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It’s Our Anniversary! Join Us As We Celebrate!

Join us in celebrating our 3 year anniversary Saturday July 15, 2017!  Open house from 9AM to 4PM with snacks and lunch! As our 3 year mark approaches, we are continuing to make some BIG changes and with those big changes we would love your support! To get us to the finish line, we are hosting a fundraiser to promote the new look; all proceeds go directly toward our new Community room that fellow member (and metalwork artist) is remodeling!  Our goal is $1,500 and any amount is welcome! There are many ways to donate: stop by the front desk with cash, check, or Paypal (minibutmightycreative@gmail.com) Urban Workshop greatly appreciates those who have and will be donating!

Free Small Business Workshop – Double Header!

Join Urban Workshop on Thursday, June 22, 2017, as we host Tom Miller, President of Persuasive Business Plans, as he presents this free double-header workshop “The Color of Money and It Takes a Team to Fund A Company”! Learn to attract money and people to your business and accelerate your success!  Free tickets to this event can be found on our Eventbrite page!

Register today for Summer Camp!

This is not our average Summer Camp – more like old school shop classes! Your kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot saw dust, metal chips and wire scraps along the way! Urban Workshop’s one-week Junior Maker summer camps will give your kids, ages 10 to 16, the hands-on experience of becoming a Maker and develop a life-long love of learning, creating, and building! Geared towards beginners, our program introduces them to a wide selection of hand tools and a wide variety of materials, all in a relaxed, pressure-free environment!

Register today by visiting our Youth Programs/Kids Summer Camp tab!

Free Small Business Workshop!

Thinking about starting a small business? Need money or partners to help grow your business? Have you reached a plateau in sales or seen your profits erode? THEN THIS SEMINAR IS FOR YOU! Join us Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as we host Tom Miller, President of Persuasive Business Plans, as he presents this free seminar “Think It Through! It’s A Process, Not A Document!” *Research your industry and competitors *Develop a plan of action for your marketing, sales and operations *Create a budget based on solid, verifiable assumptions

Registration is now open for our 2017 Summer Camps!

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Registration is now open for our 2017 Summer Camps!

This summer we are offering Levels 1, 2 and 3, and enrollment will allow your child to advance to the next level in the Fall semester!

This is not your average summer camp – more like old school shop classes! Your kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot of sawdust, metal chips and wire scraps along the way. For more information and registration, please visit our youthprograms/summercamp page!

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Free Small Business Seminar Thursday, February 16!

Thinking about starting a business? This seminar is for you! Join Urban Workshop as we host Tom Miller, President of Persuasive Business Plans, as he presents “Think It Through! It’s a Process, not a Document”.
Tom will show you how to research your industry and competitors, develop a written plan of action for your marketing, sales and operations, and create a budget based on solid, verifiable assumptions!

Free tickets are available on our Eventbrite page!

Last Week to Sign Up for Spring Semester!

Last Week to sign up for Spring semester! Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for ages 10-16; call us at (949) 296-2153 or click on our youth overview page by Sunday 1/15 at 4:00 p.m. to enroll! Charter School parents: Did you know you can use your charter school funds for enrollment? We are registered vendors for many charter schools in Southern California!

Spring 2017 Youth STEM Registration Now Open!

Registration now open for our Spring 2017 12-week STEM program!  Beginner, intermediate & advanced classes for ages 10-16 start the week of January 16, 2017!

New for Spring 2017 is our Level 4 Expert Kids Program, which is our most challenging class series yet and will reinforce good shop work habits as the students learn even more advanced skills. The goal is for students to be safe and comfortable in all areas of an open shop environment. Students will learn the skills needed to intermingle technologies from other shop areas, such as building wooden furniture with metal support structures. These are no ordinary STEM classes, more like old school shop classes really. The kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot saw dust, metal chips and wire scraps along the way!

Urban Workshop’s 12 Week Youth Learn and Build S.T.E.M. Program is designed to create a relaxed and pressure-free environment in which students, ages 10 to 16, learn to use a wide selection of hand and power tools with a variety of materials. Each individual class introduces participants to a new group of tools and techniques, and includes a project. Your child will build confidence and independence learning practical skills by experiencing firsthand engineering and technical problem solving. Using both traditional and high-end equipment, they will explore career opportunities that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Charter School Parents! Did you know you can use your Charter School funds? We are registered vendors with many Charter Schools in Orange County; please call to register at (949) 296-2153!

Surfboard Design Series Classes Start September 7th!

This is the class we’re all been waiting for! We are totally stoked to announce our Surfboard Design and Build classes will be starting Wednesday, September 7th. Learn the basics of designing and building a surfboard using the latest methods and eco-friendly products (foam, fiberglass, and resins) that are the future for surfboard manufacturing. By the end of this 3-part course, you will have a CNC cut, and hand finished surfboard that’s ready to go shred! Everyone is welcome from groms (kids) to pros (bigger kids); our only requirement for you to take this series is the desire to build your own personal masterpiece! SURF’S UP!

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THE CONCEPT

Learn to build a complete surfboard from scratch using Urban Workshop’s Laguna Tools CNC Router! Topics covered in this 3-part class include: Board geometry variables, design in BoardCAD, creating tool paths for the CNC Router, foam-stringer glue-up, CNC machining, foam sanding techniques, fin box creation, and glassing techniques from base coat through to polish coat.

• SRF101 Surfboard Design will cover the 3D design skills required in both Autodesk Fusion360 and BoardCad, provide a comprehensive review of board sizing and shaping variables, as well as show you how to create toolpaths for the CNC machine.
• SRF102 Surfboard Shaping will cover the stringer/foam glue-up, setup and operation of the CNC Router to create the board blank, hands-on finish sanding techniques for the CNC foam blank, fin box layout/routing/glueing, and how to create custom graphics for your board using rice paper and an inkjet printer!
• SRF103 Surfboard Laminating is an “open-workshop” which will cover start-to-finish glassing techniques, hands-on glassing, hot coating and final polishing. Drying time between coats is included in the open-workshop concept. Each student will have 1 month from the time of their first class to complete the glassing and finishing phase (SRF103). You are welcome to attend as many sessions of SRF103 within that time period as necessary in order to have technical support and ongoing hands-on help to teach you everything you need to get out of the shop and in to the lineup as fast as possible.

Class Series cost is $720.00 for all 3 parts, including all materials. The only pre-requisites you need are basic computer knowledge, basic hand tool knowledge, and the desire to build your own surfboard! Maximum class size will be 4, but we will look to expand this as demand increases. Sign up early, as these classes are already filling fast!

All participants will be required to bring a laptop with both Autodesk Fusion360 and BoardCAD pre-installed. Laptops are available on-site, but we have a limited supply, so please call ahead to reserve a laptop for your class session if necessary. Both software packages are free to download and are available for both Windows and Apple Operating Systems. The programs may be downloaded by following these links:

BoardCAD: www.boardcad.com

Autodesk Fusion360: www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview

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Free Small Business Workshop

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016

6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Thinking about starting a business?  Need money or partners to help grow your business?  Reached a sales plateau or have you watched your profits decline?  Then this seminar is for you!

Join Tom Miller, President of Persuasive Business Plans, as he presents Part 3 of his seminar series: “Strategic Business Planning: Your Roadmap to Success!”  You will gain insight on how to research your industry and competitors; develop a plan of action for your marketing, sales, and operations; and create a budget based on solid, verifiable assumptions.

Tom has more than 25 years of success helping his clients tell compelling stories to attract investors, partners and money to their businesses, and accelerate their growth!