G.A.L.A. Community Makerspace Survey




All makerspaces look a little different depending on the local community needs and aspirations. G.A.L.A. volunteers and staff have visited eleven different makerspaces across the Northeast to gain an understanding of the different ways makerspaces operate and engage community. In general, makerspaces work like a gym, but instead of exercise equipment there are tools, and instead of trying to get fit, people are there to learn a new skill, develop or advance a creative hobby, fix or fabricate everyday household items, start or scale up a business idea, gain credentialing for employment mobility or career transition, collaborate with other “makers” across mediums or to simply, and profoundly, connect with community.

G.A.L.A. wants to create a space that can help the organization achieve everything it has been doing over the last ten years, only better.  We envision something more than a makerspace. It will incorporate a tool library, workshops and classes, co-working space, business incubator, workforce development, repair café, appropriate technology design challenges, private and independent work studios, apprentice and mentorship opportunities, and more. We envision a wood-shop, metal-shop, ceramic studio, fiber arts studio, computer lab, automotive bay, bicycle repair bench, laser cutter, and CNC routers and mills, among other tools and work spaces.

Our biggest priority right now is to have as many people as possible take a few minutes of of their day to complete this online survey.  And if you know of a community group that would be interested in G.A.L.A. giving a short presentation about this space please contact the offic at 603-569-1500 or email josh@galacommunity.org.

Our Next Wolfeboro Dance

Saturday, May 26th, 7-10pm
At the Wolfeboro Town Hall

With the White Mountain Ceili Band
And caller Alice Morris

G.A.L.A. hosts their next Community Contra Dance on Saturday, May 26th at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro’s Town Hall from 7-10pm.  No partners needed, family friendly, and dancing is easily learned by all ages in the first couple dances of the evening. This month’s instruction and the evening’s calls will be from long-time contra caller Alice Morris, who, although she began long before in the Midwest, has called dances around New England for 15 years.

Dexter first came to Irish music when he played for contra dances around the valley, and the session at May Kelly’s deepened his focus on the Irish tradition. Fiona grew up playing flute through Mountain Top Music Center, and went on to study music at Loyola University. While in New Orleans she began playing at Irish sessions, and now plays and sings with a few groups around New England. Siena grew up playing classical violin and viola and switched to fiddle in college when she discovered the Boston Scottish and Cape Breton music scene. Mike has played a wide range of musical styles, from classical to rock, and more recently bebop. He and Siena have both enjoyed branching out into Irish music with the White Mountain Ceilí Band.

The Contra Dance admission is $8.00-adults; $5.00- 6-18; 5-and under free. Large families or those under financial hardship are encouraged to pay only as able since all are welcome! Bring an extra pair of non-black-soled shoes, or brush them at the door to protect the wooden floors. See G.A.L.A. at www.galacommunity.org, for volunteering or more information or contact josh@galacommunity.org, 603-539-6460.

The dance takes place on Saturday, May 26th at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall” from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance.  Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live musical performance.


A Brand New Workshop

Incorporating Farm Animals
Into A
Permaculture Home Site

With Kelly Goodson

At the Barn Behind The Other Store
85 Main St., Tamworth, NH
From 5:30-7:30pm

We are excited to announce the next feature in our 2018 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  Our next workshop is Incorporating Farm Animals into a Permaculture Home Site–A Special Look at Bunnies, with Kelly Goodson. This workshop takes place on Thursday, May 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm in the barn behind The Other Store at 85 Main St. in Tamworth, NH.

Kelly Goodson has a full-time gardening business she has maintained for 21 years. Living on her property in Tamworth, NH, she is a third generation farmer and incorporates livestock into her land and landscaping. Currently, she is participating in an intensive course on Biodynamics and continues to build on her expertise. Kelly has previously done an herbal workshop for G.A.L.A and we are excited to have her back!

We are thrilled to be offering this course on utilizing the permaculture perspective for incorporating livestock into your land. Permaculture follows the idea of creating a closed system to sustainably benefit both the landowner and the Earth. Have you ever wished you could have farm animals and/or wondered if they could do some of the work for you? Kelly will talk about using livestock for creating firewood, removing weeds and stumps, mowing lawns, establishing garden beds, and replenishing your top soil. This workshop will help participants to better understand creating a sustainable landscape, the infrastructure involved in maintaining farm animals, and the multiple benefits each specific animal can provide. This workshop will spend extra time focusing on the impact and support bunnies will provide your homestead (secrets out, there will also be some bunnies for sale). Participants will also glean an understanding on how to construct a bunny habitat so please bring a pair of work gloves.

This workshop takes place on Thursday, May 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm in the barn behind The Other Store at 85 Main St. in Tamworth. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15. This workshop is supported by The Tamworth Foundation. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. Please register HERE, or by calling 603-539-6460.

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Town Clean Up Day!

Wolfeboro Town CleanUp Day
Saturday, May 5th
Meet at 23 Bay St.
8:30-11:30 AM

On Saturday, May 5th Wolfeboro area residents join many other towns throughout the region in a spring curbside cleanup, also known as Valley Pride Day.  Many families, civic groups, and businesses have made this volunteer activity an annual tradition – a great way to neatly tuck away the long winter and fully embrace the lush season ahead.

While we all welcome the melting of snow banks to make way from spring vegetation, there is a slight drawback to the melting.  At the same pace as the snow melts away the litter reveals itself, reminding us that there is no “away” when it comes to trash.  Eventually snow seems to be replaced with piles of sand, cigarette butts, cans, plastic bags, miscellaneous wrappers, a car part here and there, and a whole array of odd and unfortunate debris.

For the last several years the Wolfeboro Solid Waste & Recycling Facility and Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) have teamed up to organize a concerted road curbside cleanup effort coinciding with other towns throughout the region participating in Valley Pride Day.  Last year volunteers filled 150 garbage bags of litter from the Wolfeboro streets alone. The staff at the Solid Waste Facility then sort, recycle, and appropriately dispose of the trash collected.

The location for picking up bags and gloves is different this year than years past.  Anyone interested in participating in Wolfeboro town cleanup can should go to G.A.L.A.’s new building at 23 Bay St. from 8:30am-11:30am to receive gloves, water (please bring your reusable water bottle), bags, and a street assignment if you do not already have a litter collection location in mind.  This year’s bags, gloves, and safety vests are being generously sponsored by Huggins Hospital. Lucas Roasting will be donating some fresh coffee to be made available at the registration table to keep volunteers caffeinated for their hard work.

At the end of the day, the dedicated crew of the Wolfeboro Solid Waste facility will collect bags of litter on each street that was assigned a cleanup team, making registration at 23 Bay St. an important step for participants. Once all trash has been collected, the hard-working solid waste crew will go through each bag to sort out glasses, cans, and other materials that can be recycled.

If you are planning to volunteer on May 5th, please remember to wear bright colors and bring your own water bottle.  The organizers also ask that anyone driving the roads on Saturday morning be extra careful and contentious of volunteers.  For more information or to register a group contact Ivette Babylon, a G.A.L.A. board member, by calling 603-569-0169 or email ivette.babylon@gmail.com.

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Sign up HERE

Come enjoy spring, do something helpful for your community, and sip on delicious coffee!

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