Snakes, Lions, Makers, and Hot Pots!


Please join us for our Anniversary/New Year’s party! Link is to Facebook, but the whole text of the invite is here:

Please join us on Sunday to welcome in the Year of the Snake! We are starting the festivities at 3 PM.

It’s our anniversary, and we want to celebrate together with you our community of makers and activists. We’ll remember great events from our first year and tell you about our news for 2013. Join our teachers, volunteers, board members and community members for an evening of fun and food. There is a rumor that Comrade Lover will make an appearance or two. We may even teach you to lion dance before the event is over.

1234 23rd Ave. (between International Blvd. and E 12th. St.)
Oakland, CA 94606
Bring food to share or $5 suggested donation for LOL . No one turned away.

We will have vegan and gluten-free options at the event. If you bring something for hot pot, please make sure to label the ingredients; we just want to make sure that everyone’s dietary restrictions are met.


October Events

POC Alliance Bullding

POC Alliance Making         

  10/1 @7pm

Decolonize Meeting

10/4 @ 6:30

The Wellness Collaborative

Principles of Respect Meeting

10/6 @ 6:30pm

Radical Fucking Sangha

This will be an ongoing event. Twice a month.

10/09 @ 7 :00pm

Sew Badass: Make your costume  Class
Make your halloween costume awesome with LOL! Resident Sewing Genius Phong is back and she will guide you through your pattern and pins to Halloween Excellence. Make Super costumes for the whole fam!!

Register Now! Space is limited.
10/13 @ 10:30am

Pancakes and Politics

Sun Oct 21 9:30-12:30
Voting is more fun when you can talk over issues w/ friends over brunch. 🙂

We will provide pancakes and probably a few side dishes. If you want to bring something to share, that would be awesome! Just let us know what you’re bringing in the comments. Listing ingredients would be really appreciated by people w/ dietary restrictions. Speaking of which, if you have food sensitivities, please write them in the comments, too. We can’t promise we can accommodate requests, but we’ll try.

Please bring your ballot if you have it. If you’re going to be researching anything before we meet, maybe add that in the comments, too, so people have an idea of who’s looking into what. We will also bring the results from the Thursday night voting party (, too.

Building the Haunted House

Oct 21 from 1-5pm

Bring Decorations, Building Materials, Ideas for games and tricks!

Super Kids love DIY. They can make a costume or do fun crafts at LOL

Scary Movie Night

Friday 10/26 @ SOL


Kids Movie

Grown-up Movie

We need your votes!

Haunted Happenings @ LOL

10/27  Sat 12:00pm

Make spooky crafts, listen to scary stories or paint a pumpkin for your front stoop.

Haunted Happenings for Kids and Adults! 10/26 & 10/27

Get Involved! Volunteer!

We love volunteers and we could use a few on 10/27. Email us at


Thank you to our new member MAX!

Allied Events:

Ella Baker center:

Happy Hour for a Happy Movement

Thursday, October 11 at 5:00pm at ERA art bar and Lounge

And more to come…

Tonite and Next Week at LOL!



An acoustic jam session with James of Steel Pony! 6:30pm

LOL Oakland Maker Space will be hosting a meetup/jam session for Acoustic Musicians and singer/songwriters to get together hangout and make some sweet music.
Bring your guitar, ukelele, banjo, cello, tambourine, melodica, accordion or just your voice and come jam with us.
We are asking for a sliding scale donation of $1-$5 to keep the space running and growing but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
All skill levels encouraged and your also welcome to just come and hang out


Wed 7pm
Burners of Color Makeathon

  • Hey Burners of Color! You know who you are!  Have you been on the playa, looked around, and felt a bit lonely being the only darkie at camp?  Looking to meet other awesome burners for future collaborations?

    It’s almost time to go to the playa!  This meetup is a get together for people to hang out, talk about how radical inclusion on the playa can be even more inclusive,  and get last minute co-collaboration help on art projects!  We are still radically inclusive and non POC allies are welcome!

    We are meeting at the new POC-led makerspace in Oakland – Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL).

    Hope to see you there!  There will be cake!

Praveen Hosts.

Friday 7:30pm

The final Film Friday of the Summer. Submit or short and watch this feature with us. Can you guess what it is?


Sat 6pm

Making Marks Returns

Jen leads this dynamic class about the artistic process.

  • Come share time and space with friends and lose yourself in music and art! 20 bucks suggested donation to help keep LOL open and thriving!!

Discussion of Q/POC and woman-identified organizing in Occupy w/ Amber Kelsie

On Monday, Amber Kelise will be hosting a discussion about Q/POC and woman-identified organizing in Occupy.

Link to the event:

More info from Amber:

How do we maintain and demonstrate solidarity with others as we organize across difference? How do we assess different risk levels in our organizing? How do we participate without being co-opted or whitewashed? On Monday we’ll meet @ LOL (1234 23rd ave) to discuss our experiences within occupy. Women, queers, poc and others welcome. Amber Kelsie will be recording people who choose to share their experiences.
-Amber Kelise

Read more about it:

Coming up at LOL (7/21 – 8/2)

the key is to accessorize

News & Events @ LOL Oakland Makerspace
1234 23rd Ave
Oakland, CA
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  • LOL Clothes Swap is on! Your donation gets you new shooz and lunch while you help LOL and SOL Throw Down For The Town Saturday, 12-4pm. 7/28 
  • Do you like cords and wires? Did you run the A/V club in high school? Come to Tech Night on Thursday, August 2 from 7 to 9pm. We are putting together donated computer parts and getting the office space ready for computer/hack/coding classes. Bring your old keyboards and usb mice and we’ll put them to work.

More News:

Are you conferencing this summer? Had an amazing maker experience on your roadtrip? Did you discover your DIY roots at the family reunion? Tell us about it!

  • Puck & Jen-Mei attended  APOC in New Orleans this weekend. Praveen went to Hackers on Planet Earth in NYC. Flynn is attending Oakland Digital’s Social Media conference. Send in your travel blogs! We miss you.

The membership drive is still on! Join LOL and click here to learn how. Help us reach our goal of 20 members in July!

Want to know more about what’s going on? Join us at our Next meeting: Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m.


LOL Membership Drive

LOL Membership Drive

Join LOL Today and support community economics, education and self reliance.

For $5 per month you support LOL’s operating costs and help keep us open and accessible for the queer, POC, striving and driving, building, painting, nerdy, radical, eclectic, feminist, crafting, DIY, hacker, bookworm, yogi,  bike punk gardeners that make our community. (& If i didn’t mention your adjective you should come visit more often!)

All Moved In!

We’re all moved in! With help from Keaton the Wonderpup, we’ve set up the space and moved in all the furniture lovingly donated by Amy and Brian. We are ready to host all the amazing happenings this weekend!

Film Friday (tomorrow @7pm), Screenprinting II (Sat @ 3:30pm) and How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (Sun @ 2pm!)
Did you know you can add our calendar to your googlecal? Just add: to your “friend’s calendars” toolbar.

Plus we have two new partners this month in the space: Fresh N’ Dandy Barbershop & Mangos with Chili!

James Mitchell, Amy, Brian, Jen-Mei, Michael, Sathid and Keaton: Thank you so much for your time and your lifting POWER!  – Flynn and LOL

Film Friday @ LOL

How about a different spin on first friday…
We’re screening local short films at LOL this friday night. Bring your short film and we’ll screen it to benefit LOL- Oaklandmakerspace. A $5 suggested contribution is requested. There will be snacks and a feature length movie to follow.

We will be hosting Film Fridays every other week through the summer and we’re looking for more filmmakers to submit work!