Hydroponics 101

Ever wonder about hydroponics, the technique of growing plants in water? It may seem like a daunting prospect, but it’s actually something that can be a simple, fun and inexpensive way to bring some green into almost any space.

We stopped by the Organic Garden Center this morning and Mark was happy to show us a system they’ve built (using PVC fence posts!) that had lots of young plants thriving in a window without much direct sun.

This Saturday at 1 PM – 2:30 PM, stop by the Organic Garden Center at the Pajama Factory for their “Hydroponics 101” class! It’s a free class, but you should reserve a spot.

See you there!

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Congratulations to Maria Helminiak!

Maria Helminiak

Maria created this lovely Artwork in Rita Bower’s art workshop at Studio 48 at the Pajama Factory! This piece won first prize and will be on display in Washington DC at the Capitol Building!

What an honor Maria!

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Have You Got a Story in You?

Of course you do, and you owe it to yourself to learn how to share it with the world.

Come to the Community Room tomorrow. No writing experience is necessary, just a desire to write something great in the New Year!

What Is Your Story?

Join a writing workshop with Angela Nichols. Every Sunday in January from 1-3pm at the Pajama Factory. Just $25 for 5 weeks. Register at studiodoor9@gmail.com.

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You Too Can Can! – Free Class!

Did you grow up canning your own vegetables at home, using techniques and recipes handed down through your family?

Me either…

Don’t despair! It’s not too late to learn everything you need, in a collaboration between The White Knight’s Game Room & Erik’s Edibles and the Organic Garden Center!

You Too Can Can
Monday, December 14 at 6 PM – 8 PM (Free)

Canning is one of the best ways to preserve your garden harvest so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long. But unless your grandmother taught you how, you probably have no idea where to start

More info and link to free tickets on the Facebook Event page.

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Intro to Tintypes

While tintype photography has been around for 160 years or so, it certainly qualifies as ‘new and exciting’ around these parts.

There’s a workshop coming up in early September where you can learn about the process, take your own tintype, or even sit for a portrait!


Saturday session – Still lifes – Sept 12 – 10 AM to 4 PM Use our props or bring your own to create a table-top set to photograph.

Sunday Session – Portraits – Sept 13 – 10 AM to 4 PM We’ll take turns sitting for a portrait or use a model. If you have vintage or period clothing bring it along.

Maximum enrollment is six. This process is not well suited for young students.

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Build-a-3d-Printer Workshop? | tommaho.com

Tom and Jamie Mahoney are some of our newer tenants here at the Pajama Factory and they’re certainly involved with a lot of different things!

At the last First Friday, Tom was giving a demonstration of his new 3d printer, a device that lets you design a three dimensional model on a computer, then, with the push of a button, print it out!

The machine sits on his table and converts a spool of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene filament to whatever object he can dream up on his laptop.  While “Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene” may sound ominous and dangerous, it’s a plastic better known as ABS and it’s the very same stuff they make Lego™ building toys out of.

Tom’s a big believer in what’s called the “Maker” movement, a world-wide movement of people taking “DIY” (Do It Yourself) to new heights.  Wikipedia says it well:

‘Maker culture’ emphasizes learning-through-doing in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. Maker culture encourages novel applications of technologies, and the exploration of intersections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working including metal-working, calligraphy, film making, and computer programming. Community interaction and knowledge sharing are often mediated through networked technologies, with websites and social media tools forming the basis of knowledge repositories and a central channel for information sharing and exchange of ideas, and focused through social meetings in shared spaces such as hackspaces. Maker culture has attracted the interest of educators concerned about students’ disengagement from STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in formal educational settings. Maker culture is seen as having the potential to contribute to a more participatory approach and create new pathways into topics that will make them more alive and relevant to learners.

Build your own 3d Printer

As one of the basic tenets of the Maker movement is of sharing knowledge and spreading education through discovery, Tom is proposing a 3D Workshop, right here at the Pajama Factory:

We had a great turnout for Septembers First Friday event at the Pajama Factory! There was a ton of interest in 3d printing, and hopefully enough interest generated in the larger Maker movement to help produce some momentum.

There were more than a few questions about the cost of getting into 3d printing. Sharing the price tag of a Makerbot produced one of two reactions: “oh, that’s still way too expensive” or “that’s totally worth it!”. There really weren’t many in between.

For the way-too-expensive crowd, I offered that a good get-your-feet-wet printer can be built from a kit for around $350.

If the $350 option sounds appealing, I would be interested in hosting workshops at the PJ Factory where we build kit printers. I would suggest the Printrbot simple makers kit in wood ($349) or metal ($549). Visit Printrbot’s instruction page to familiarize yourself with the process.

Send me an email at tom@tommaho.com if you’re interested!


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Even if the idea of doing your own 3d printing doesn’t fill your mind with ideas, but your the sort of person who loves tearing things apart to fix them, or just to see what makes them tick, plan on stopping by Tom and Jamie’s studio to see what they’re up to1


It’s time to really get to know your bicycle

Want to get to know your bike better? Then this is for you!

Basic Maintenance Class – $15

Wed. July 16th – 6 to 9 pm at Williamsport Bicycle Recycle in the Pajama Factory.

Are you tired of paying someone else to fix your flat tires and grease your chain? Come down and learn the basic techniques that will keep your bike safe and fun to ride!

This 3-hour course will teach you some basic bicycle maintenance and simple repairs you may need on a bike ride. You will learn how your bicycle works, what actions you can take to prolong the life of your bicycle, and what to check for when your bicycle is not functioning properly.

  • Names of different parts of the bike & how they work
  • Different kinds of bikes & their uses
  • Fixing a flat
  • Diagnosing problems
  • Regular maintenance techniques

To register, williamsportbicyclerecycle@yahoo.com.

We have room for 8 people. If you have to cancel, let us know by Sun. 7/13 so we can fill the spot from the waiting list. Pay cash or check at class.

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Zumba fitness classes fuse hypnotic Latin and world rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create an effective and exhilarating workout designed for people of any fitness level, from any background, and of any age.

Vivian Severn has a background in music education and dance, and a love for Latin and world rhythms. Zumba fitness is the perfect combination of global dance, fitness and fun. Her classes include Latin, Hip hop, Reggaeton, Bellydance, Bhangra and other international dance styles.

Classes are $6 each, and 5-class punchcards can be purchased for $25. After 10 classes, the 11th class is free! No need to register and no dance experience needed – just drop in. Beginners are very welcome! Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – 11am.

Wear comfortable clothes for working out, and sneakers without too much tread/grip (preferably not running shoes or cross trainers). If you have any questions please contact Vivian for advice on the best footwear.

Please park in the parking lot on Cemetery Street and enter through the double doors with the stars.

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