Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Album Art Show Opening Party

Join us to celebrate the opening of our second art gallery collaboration with Bump 'n Grind! Based on the theme of Album Art, the gallery show will include lettering pieces from different contributors from the area. The festivities will include socializing with other cool Silver Spring creatives, a lettering coloring activity plus a CLUB MERCH TABLE.

RSVP TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A FREE SSLETTERS SWAG BAG!

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Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

September Hand Lettering Doodle Session: School Supplies

 Thanks to Boosaba Tantisunthorn for this month's promo doodle! 

Thanks to Boosaba Tantisunthorn for this month's promo doodle! 

Join us at Creative Colony, a coworking space in the World Building in Downtown Silver Spring for our September doodle session to letter all things school supplies, one of our favorite things in this world. 

 

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Every month has a different location for September-December 2018. After the end of the year, we'll poll members to see if we should continue rotating in 2019 or find a new permanent home.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm! Creative Colony is also accessible by Metro and bus.

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Papercut Lettering Workshop

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Join us for a paper cut lettering workshop with paper cut artist and illustrator Annie Howe! We are so excited to have Annie bring this special workshop to us this fall. She will walk you through paper cutting and how to design lettering to be papercut.

In this three hour workshop you will learn the basics about papercutting and how to create your very own custom papercuts. Annie will cover the nitty gritty details of how to use lettering in your papercuts as well as adding in your own special details and elements to your designs. Workshop participants will leave with at least one finished and framed papercut and the resources to keep papercutting at home.

All materials provided plus some fun treats!

This workshop is held at Handmade Habitat's studio at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse. 

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Yoga and Hand Lettering Workshop - for Strength
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Yoga and Hand Lettering Workshop - for Strength

Our first yoga and hand lettering workshop was such a hit that we're bringing it back again, this time for strength. Join us at Third Space Wellness to hand letter your favorite strength-building affirmations and mantras and maybe find some new ones too. We'll intersperse yoga and lettering / journaling time in this 90 minute practice designed for all levels of yogis and letterers. We hope you'll join us! 

This workshop includes a 50 minute yoga practice plus 40 minutes of hand lettering and journaling time interspersed.

This workshop is open to all levels of yogis and hand letterers. Don't be shy if it's your first time in yoga or hand lettering! We'd love to have you join us!

DRESS: Please wear yoga-appropriate clothing, as this is primarily a yoga workshop. We will provide all lettering supplies, and yoga mats are available to rent at Third Space Wellness for $1 each (cash). You are welcome to bring your own mat if you would like!

About the Instructor: Artist and chandler Amina Ahmad grew up in the rolling hills and bushy woods of the less glamorous parts of Maryland. After beginning her studies in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland, she soon discovered the toxic effects that traditionally-made candles have on the environment, home, and ultimately, body. As a lifelong DIYer, she started making her own non-toxic, eco-friendly soy candles in her college apartment. By using only natural materials, her candle creations would purely and non-toxically illuminate the home, uplift the spirit, and inspire the soul. Since 2010, Amina has designed and poured all natural candles and beauty goods under the brand Handmade Habitat. Amina also co-organizes the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring, dabbles in creative consulting, and is a yoga teacher.

This workshop is a collaboration between Handmade Habitat, the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring and Third Space Wellness

Participants will take away a hand lettered affirmation or mantra.

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Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

August Hand Lettering Doodle Session: HEAT

 Thanks to Sarah Brown for this month's promo doodle!

Thanks to Sarah Brown for this month's promo doodle!

For those dog days of summer, join us this month and letter all your feels about this summer's HEAT. Will it ever be cool again?

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? This is our LAST meeting held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace located at 8121 Georgia Ave, LL1, Silver Spring, MD 20910. In the future we will be rotating to different coffee shops and creative spaces in Silver Spring and beyond.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

July Hand Lettering Doodle Session: Water

 Doodle by Hannah Churn

Doodle by Hannah Churn

Join us this July to letter all things WATER! Bring your watercolors, or use our stash, and play with this fun style of lettering. May it cool us all off this summer. 

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace located at 8121 Georgia Ave, LL1, Silver Spring, MD 20910

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

June Hand Lettering Doodle Session: Primping

 Thanks to  Samyuktha Krishna  for this month's promo image!&nbsp;

Thanks to Samyuktha Krishna for this month's promo image! 

How do you primp? Come hand letter your primping routines with us this month! 

NOTE: This meeting will not be held at our usual location. Instead we will be meeting at Bump n Grind on East West Highway, and will be from 6-8pm.

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Our meetings are usually held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, but this meeting will be held at TBD.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Yoga and Hand Lettering Workshop
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Yoga and Hand Lettering Workshop

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We are so excited to bring you a yoga and hand lettering workshop for the soul! Join us at Third Space Wellness to hand letter your favorite affirmations and mantras and maybe find some new ones too. We'll intersperse yoga and lettering / journaling time in this 90 minute practice designed for all levels of yogis and letterers. We hope you'll join us! 

This workshop includes a 50 minute yoga practice plus 40 minutes of hand lettering and journaling time interspersed.

This workshop is open to all levels of yogis and hand letterers. Don't be shy if it's your first time in yoga or hand lettering! We'd love to have you join us!

DRESS: Please wear yoga-appropriate clothing, as this is primarily a yoga workshop. We will provide all lettering supplies, and yoga mats are available to rent at Third Space Wellness for $1 each (cash). You are welcome to bring your own mat if you would like!

About the Instructor: Artist and chandler Amina Ahmad grew up in the rolling hills and bushy woods of the less glamorous parts of Maryland. After beginning her studies in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland, she soon discovered the toxic effects that traditionally-made candles have on the environment, home, and ultimately, body. As a lifelong DIYer, she started making her own non-toxic, eco-friendly soy candles in her college apartment. By using only natural materials, her candle creations would purely and non-toxically illuminate the home, uplift the spirit, and inspire the soul. Since 2010, Amina has designed and poured all natural candles and beauty goods under the brand Handmade Habitat. Amina also co-organizes the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring, dabbles in creative consulting, and is a yoga teacher.

This workshop is a collaboration between Handmade Habitat, the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring and Third Space Wellness

Participants will take away a hand lettered affirmation or mantra.

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Recipe Hand Lettering Workshop
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Recipe Hand Lettering Workshop

 Thanks to  Melanie Ouellette Karlins  for the workshop promo image!

Thanks to Melanie Ouellette Karlins for the workshop promo image!

Join us for this unique hand lettering workshop where we'll get to both improve our hand lettering skills and enjoy the munchies available at Modern Market! Letterpress printer and hand lettering wiz Melanie Ouellette Karlins will walk us through the process of drafting and beautifying a recipe using watercolors and markers. All materials included as well as 1 drink (includes beer & wine) and buffet-style pizza and salad. Just bring yourself and a simple recipe with up to 5 steps to letter.

About the Instructor: Melanie Ouellette Karlins is a letterpress printer in Northeast DC. Melanie started printing in 2008 when she needed a creative outlet during her time in law school. She learned to print, racked up lots of volunteer hours, and then taught letterpress classes at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (now in Hyattsville). Since 2011, Melanie has designed and printed greeting cards under the wholesale and retail line Grey Moggie Press. She has exhibited the line at the National Stationery Show and sold the greeting cards at Crafty Bastards, Eastern Market, and many other local craft fairs. Recently, Melanie has started adding hand-lettered elements to her greeting cards and is excited to share this medium with others. You can see her work at greymoggie.com.

This workshop is a collaboration between Grey Moggie Press, the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring and Modern Market.

Participants will take away with one watercolor 8 x10 watercolor recipe of their making.

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May
8
7:00 PM19:00

May Hand Lettering Doodle Session: 1984

 Thanks to  Amina Ahmad  for this month's doodle!

Thanks to Amina Ahmad for this month's doodle!

A doodle session for how it feels these days. 

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, which is located in THE WORLD BUILDING at 8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. DIAL 011 ON THE CALLBOX to access the building. Catylator is located on LL1. Take the elevator down.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Neon Lettering Workshop

Who doesn't love oggling a really great neon sign out in the wild? Here's your chance to learn how to make your own custom neon sign to show off your love of all things that glow! Hand letterer and crafter extraordinaire Abdullah Syed will walk you through the process of designing and crafting letters made of neon colored EL wire. Participants will take away with their own handmade sign! All materials included. Just bring yourself and an idea of a single word (around 5 letters works best) to use for your sign.

About the Instructor: Abdullah Syed is an artist and designer based in Washington, DC. He has been making stuff on and off the internet all his life. His work revolves around pop culture, words, cities and food- their relationship with each other. More info is available at abdullasyed.com

This workshop is a collaboration between Abdullah Syed, the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring and Catylator Makerspace.

Participants will leave with one 20"x15" neon sign. All materials provided.

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Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Song Lyrics Art Show: Opening Party

Join us to celebrate the opening of our first art gallery collaboration with Bump 'n Grind! Based on the theme of Song Lyrics, the gallery show includes lettering pieces from different contributors from the area. The festivities will include socializing with other cool Silver Spring creatives, DJing by David from Bump 'n Grind + Johnson from Joe's Record Paradise, a lettering coloring activity plus a CLUB MERCH TABLE. There will also be yummy snacks and drinks from Bump 'n Grind available to purchase and enjoy with 15% of sales being donated to SSLetters!

RSVP TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A FREE SSLETTERS SWAG BAG!

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Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Letter Writing Night at Analog

Join us at Analog on Thursday, April 19th for an evening of letter writing in honor of National Letter Writing Month! We are so excited to team up with our favorite handmade + vintage shop in the District for this event. 

Melissa, owner of Analog, is a hand lettering and mail expert (double-whammy!). Come hang with us, send some notes with some super cute materials, and shop all the treasures in store. 

Bring your favorite pens, and we'll have plenty of letter writing supplies on hand.

Drop by anytime from 5-8pm. Stay for a little, or a while, and also explore the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market while you're at it! 

Analog is located at 716 Monroe St NE, Studio 5 on the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk

 
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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

April Hand Lettering Doodle Session: Plants

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Come hand letter and doodle all your favorite plants! House plants! Garden plants! Forest plants! Fantasy plants! The plants you killed! All the plants! 

Thanks to our sponsor, Melissa of Analog for this month's promo doodle!

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, which is located in THE WORLD BUILDING at 8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. DIAL 011 ON THE CALLBOX to access the building. Catylator is located on LL1. Take the elevator down.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

March Hand Lettering Doodle Session: Song Lyrics

 Thanks to  Christy Batta  for this month's promo doodle!

Thanks to Christy Batta for this month's promo doodle!

Come sing us a song at this month's hand lettering / doodle session all about lettering our favorite song lyrics.

NOTE: This meeting will not be held at our usual location. Instead we will be meeting at Bump n Grind on East West Highway, and will be from 6-8pm.

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, which is located in THE WORLD BUILDING at 8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. DIAL 011 ON THE CALLBOX to access the building. Catylator is located on LL1. Take the elevator down.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

February Hand Lettering Doodle Session: Love and Hate

 Thanks to  Abdullah Syed  for this month's promo doodle!

Thanks to Abdullah Syed for this month's promo doodle!

Come letter all your love (or hate, if that suits you better) at this month's meeting!

Special Note: We will also have access to the laser cutter during this meeting for you to engrave a design out of wood! It's $5 to engrave, and limited to a maximum size of 6 inches by 6 inches.

It is free to attend this meeting and participation in laser engraving is not mandatory! Just bring cash if you'd like to participate!

RSVP to our meeting so we know you're coming!

F.A.Q.:

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS? The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in company. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets and meet other creatives in your community.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, which is located in THE WORLD BUILDING at 8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. DIAL 011 ON THE CALLBOX to access the building. Catylator is located on LL1. Take the elevator down.

WHERE CAN I PARK? Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. All parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

WANT TO GIVE BACK? Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag about your skillz! We'll repost on our channels, too! You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community. (That means you!) <3

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

December Doodle Session: Caroling

Get in the ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah spirit by bringing your favorite holiday song lyrics to letter with us! We'd love to see you for our last meeting of 2017! 

Doodle Promo Image by Marina Temkin of Whim and Vigor Ceramics.

FAQ's

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? 

Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

 

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? 

Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, which is located in THE WORLD BUILDING at 8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. CALL CATYLATOR ON THE CALLBOX to access the building. Catylator is located on LL1. Take the elevator down.

 

WHERE CAN I PARK? 

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. Metered parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

November Doodle Session: Recipes

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To kick off the holiday season we are returning to one of our favorite themes to remind us what is truly important about the holidays - stuffing our faces with yummy food! Join us to doodle, letter and swap recipes in good company.

Promo Doodle by Sarah Brown

FAQ's

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? 

Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on-hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

 

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS? 

Our meetings are held at (and sponsored by) Catylator Makerspace, which is located in THE WORLD BUILDING at 8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. CALL CATYLATOR ON THE CALLBOX to access the building. Catylator is located on LL1. Take the elevator down.

 

WHERE CAN I PARK? 

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue, or on the street. Metered parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm!

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