BELMAR, NJ — Enter the world of coding to learn how to make a weather station or traffic light. Master computer audio techniques to record podcasts, live music or demos. Design costumes for children and pets — just in time for Halloween.

That’s just a sampling of the do-it-yourself projects offered this fall at the Belmar Community Makerspace, located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.

To be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the sessions are open to all residents of the Jersey Shore, including children beginning at age 12.

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Here is a rundown of each program, including any costs or required supplies.

TUESDAYS – MEC: Microcontrollers, Electronics and Coding (six-session program, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

In this course, participants will delve into the basics of programming a microcontroller like Arduino to accomplish different tasks. 

After learning the building blocks of coding, instructor Gregory Glezman will lead the class in assembling the electronics necessary for the coding to perform its tasks, including the use of 3D printed parts, breadboards and wiring.

This is one continuous six-week program, requiring attendance at all sessions below to complete the final project.

October 8: Your First Piece of Code – Get to know the basics of coding and the tools you'll be using.

October 15: Skills Building – Build your coding skills for the next sessions.

October 22: Buzzers and Other Sounds – Learn how to program sounds and noises into your projects.

October 29: Give Your Computer Vision – Learn how to make you project “see” its surroundings.

November 5: Weather Station Project – Make your own weather station.

November 12: Traffic Light Project – Control traffic with this project.

Cost is $60 per person. Click here to register.

Meet Maker Greg Glezman

Greg Glezman worked as a software engineer for both large corporations and a variety of startup firms for nearly 40 years. His work experience includes 14 years at Qualcomm as a senior engineer designing and developing software for the San Diego-based cellular network.

He was named a distinguished member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs, where he worked for 15 years on fiber transmission systems forming the backbone of the internet.

Now retired, Glezman has been described as engaging, a good listener and one who can create good outcomes, professionally as well as interpersonally. He has a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University in New York and bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute, New York.

Glezman has lived in Belmar for the past nine years and is hoping to interest Belmar and local students in the field of software design and coding.

 

TUESDAYS – Computer Audio Recording: Podcasts, Music and Vocals (three-session program, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

This three-part class is designed for anyone who wants to record an original podcast, create or record live music, produce demos for songwriters, edit music, perform voiceover work — or just to learn and be creative.

Participants will learn the basics of computer recording from accomplished audio engineer, producer and musician Paul Ritchie. He will provide a “how-to” into setting up and operating an audio interface, microphones, MIDI keyboards, and the basics of editing, recording and mixing using GarageBand.

The first three-session offering will be held on October 8, October 15 and October 22 and will be repeated on October 29, November 5 and November 12.

For more details on each session, click here.

Cost is $30 per person.  To register, click here.

Meet Maker Paul Ritchie

Paul Ritchie is a seasoned musician, producer, and engineer, who completed the audio recording and production program at the New York City-based Institute of Audio Research 17 years ago.

Since then, he has toured internationally with his band, The Parlor Mob, produced and engineered at various studios including but not limited to Retromedia Sound Studios of Red Bank, Lakehouse Recording Studios of Asbury Park. Currently, he can be found at his co-owned studio, New Future, in Belmar.

 

THURSDAYS – Fall Fiber Fiesta (one- and two-session programs, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Creativity certainly will abound in these learn-to-sew projects with experienced seamstress Carol Robbins serving as instructor.

Costumes for Kids and Pets (two-session project on October 10 and October 17)

Bring your idea for a great costume for Halloween or other event for this two-part class, where participants will learn how to layout patterns and designs, cut fabric and sew them together, using sewing machines, and various sewing techniques and tools.

While there will be a selection of fabrics available, participants are asked to supply their own materials and fabrics since each costume is unique.

Cost is $20 per person.  To register, click here.

Make Your Own T-Shirt Quilt (two-session project on October 24 and November 7)

During this two-session workshop, participants will learn how to layout and begin creating a T-shirt quilt using their own T-shirts — a minimum of 12 to start.

Cost is $20 per person.  To register, click here.

Repurposed Shirt Pillows (one-session project on November 14)

Participants will create a special pillow to hug — made from the shirt of a loved one. Bring a shirt to make into the pillow.  All other materials and tools will be provided.

Cost is $10 per person.  To register, click here.

Meet Maker Carol Robbins

Carol Robbins has been sewing since she was a child — a talent she now shares with others through her sewing and quilting classes at the Belmar Community Makerspace.

The longtime Jersey Shore resident also works as a library assistant at the Bradley Beach Public Library and a picture framer at Main Street Gallery in Manasquan. And the mother of four — and grandmother of five — also finds time to create beautiful quilts and heirloom dresses.

 

About the Fall Maker Program

There is a class limit of 10 participants for every course, so early registration is encouraged and can be made by clicking here.

Registration can also be made in person at the Makerspace, 503 Seventh Avenue, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
 

Belmar Public Library cards are not required to register for courses in the Fall Maker Program.

For more information, email Luis Pulido at lpulido@belmar.com.

 

Belmar Community Makerspace: Where Opportunities for Creativity are Boundless

The Belmar Community Makerspace is designed for people to both learn and refine their skills, whether they take a workshop or class, or visit during open hours to work in their own personal projects.

The state-of-art facility includes 3D printers, computers, sewing machines, video and photography equipment, basic workshop and electronic supplies, a large flat-screen television for workshop instruction and presentations, and free Wi-Fi and internet access.

“The Belmar Community Makerspace offers a place for people to create and learn free from the distractions or limits of home or work,” said library assistant Luis Pulido, who manages the Makerspace, situated on the second floor at 503 Seventh Avenue. “Whether you have a project for school or business, a passion or interest, or simply a desire to learn new skills, the Makerspace gives you the equipment, space and support you need to achieve your goals.”

Open hours are available from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For workshops and classes, no experience is necessary, and there are no prerequisites.

The Makerspace is open to Belmar residents and nonresidents alike. While Belmar Public Library cards are required to take classes and workshops, they are required of those looking to work independently on personal projects in the Makerspace. Library cards are free for Belmar residents and $25 for nonresidents. They are available at the Makerspace or main library at 517 Tenth Avenue.

Children under age 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult during open sessions.

To register for a workshop or class, click here. Registration can also be made in person at the Makerspace, 503 Seventh Avenue, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

For a rundown of upcoming workshops and classes, visit the Belmar Public Library website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732-681-0775 or email Pulido at lpulido@belmar.com.

 

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