Category Archives: Do-it-Yourself

Planning for the Future

Vector Space takes knowledge & skills beyond the classroom.

“When will I ever use this as an adult?” Sound familiar? Maybe you said it to your own parents years ago. Maybe you’re hearing it echoed from your child now. It’s not an easy question to answer, especially when the devices we carry in our pockets do a lot of our thinking for us.

Students, like their parents, are increasingly relying on cell phones and tablets to discover, create, and enjoy groundbreaking innovations. Unfortunately, even as technology advances, educational opportunities for middle and high school students have struggled to keep up throughout the country. 

In Lynchburg, the folks behind Vector Space are doing their part to change that. Their 8,000 square foot space provides a home for individuals and groups to work with tools and equipment to build a variety of different products from the fields of woodworking, metalworking, textiles, electronics, computers, and prototyping. This spring, their partnership with The Best Buy Foundation will also increase the resources for teenagers who are interested in learning how different subjects, specifically fashion, can merge with technological advances to create promising employment opportunities. 

Beginning in January, ten teens will enroll in a six-week class at Vector Space that will introduce them to hand sewing, machine sewing, soldering, and garment design, as well as electronics and computer programming. Classes will meet two evenings per week in January and February, and will be lead by two instructors, and engineer, and a fashion designer. The program, sponsored by Best Buy, will culminate in a public fashion show at Randolph College on March 24, 2019 at the Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire. 

“Textiles and electronics are really still at the beginning stages of coming together. There is a lot to be explored, a lot of creative ways we can merge these two fields,” says Adam Spontarelli, Director of Education at Vector Space. “This is not just the first fashion and tech class in Lynchburg, it is cutting edge in both industries.”

A goal of this project is to introduce young women to computer programming. It’s hard to believe, but even in 2019, there are less women than men in computer science fields. Both organizations hope to help reduce the barriers for women and emphasize computer science skills for females during their middle and high school years. 

Community support is vital, because every piece of the puzzle matters as young people begin to understand how what they are learning will apply to the real world in just a few short years. With the dedication that students put into their work at Vector Space, the future of fashion, engineering, and computer science is promising—and so is the impact on our region.

“This is our third annual event,” says Elise Spontarelli, Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire Producer. “World Maker Faire added a Fashion Show in 2018, and I am thrilled to have our own fashion feature at Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire.”

For more information on how your child can get involved, and the membership and classes offered at Vector Space, visit www.vector-space.org/fashion.

Written by Hayleigh Worgan

Get Creative

Creativity Take Courage

A practical hands-on guide to strengthening creative intuition.

Dare to break the mold with Creativity Takes Courage. This inspirational and thoughtful guide is a practical, hands-on guide to strengthening creative intuition and an interactive workbook focusing on the pleasure of the process, this is a creativity book like no other. Organized around a series of 13 dares, it challenges the reader to bravely silence the critical inner voice, look around at the world through the eyes of a child, disconnect from technology, learn from failure, and even take time to be bored. Paper ‘goodies’ are sprinkled throughout, from postcards to daily project notebooks and a quietness diary, to fold-out posters and pull-out Polaroid-style frames. These surprises bookend chapters and serve as a guide to putting each dare’s lessons into immediate practice.
www.flowmagazine.com

Virginia Made: RIOT Rooster

Holiday Shopping

Support local artisans and small businesses while celebrating RIOT Rooster’s 10th Anniversary!

Written by Hayleigh Worgan

To say we are excited about RIOT Rooster is an under-statement! This month, RIOT Rooster will celebrate its 10th year, and will host their two-day event at 16 West Marketplace. Come on out to shop small, relax, and celebrate with your favorite Bella girls on Friday, November 16 from 5-10pm and Saturday, November 17 from 9am-6pm!

As returning fans of this event already know, there are many reasons to love and support RIOT Rooster. In addition to the importance of supporting local, small businesses, RIOT Rooster is a place that puts the fun back in holiday shopping. Unlike other shopping events in the area, it is open to the public with no admis-sion fee! Community is the main focus here, and you’ll find that in the details. Always family-friendly, special features include a fire-pit lounge and the Cactus Joe Choo Choo, which will offer free down-town rides to attendees.

Several artists participating this year are making limited edition items to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this special event. First up, one of our personal favorites: Piper Lane, of Magpiper Metalworks (www.facebook.com/magpipermetalworks), is creating a “ring for the resistance”. She will offer ten of these limited edition, adjustable rings, exclusively for RIOT Rooster.

Next, Giant Star (www.facebook.com/giantstarco), a collaboration between Josh Gibson of Giant Step Design and Stratton Delany from Starlight Bicycles, will offer a limited edition RIOT Rooster tee available only at this year’s event. They will also sell their popular stock designs of regional natural assets such as McAffee Knob and The Cove.

Finally, Robin Gross and Andy Dillon of Transcendent Glass (www.facebook.com/TranscendentGlass), a knitting and glass-making business, will create their own limited edition collaborative piece for RIOT Rooster. Keep an eye out on social media for more details as they are available!

With what we know about RIOT Rooster, 16 West Marketplace will be filled with talented artisans, and there will be something special for everyone! This is the place to find handmade, upcycled, recycled, and odd and useful gifts for all of the people who are hard to shop for on your holiday lists. Set aside time to browse and enjoy the environment—you won’t even have to leave for food and beverages!

Existing businesses will be open inside 16 West Market-place, including Little Green Hive and Wok n Roll Kitchen. The Roanoke City Democratic Committee will also serve craft libations on both days, with all proceeds benefitting the West End Center.

This event is eagerly anticipated by those who attend every November, so don’t miss your opportunity to get there on Friday night and take advantage of swag while you shop for the limited-edition items throughout 16 West Marketplace! Stay tuned to RIOT Rooster’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RIOTRooster) for vendor updates, giveaways, and more!

 

Hayleigh is a freelance writer, independent author, and writing consultant. In 2017, she published her first novel, The Huntsman: A modern retelling of Red Riding Hood. She spends a lot of time traveling and exploring new regions for inspiration, but Roanoke will always be her home. www.hayleighworgan.com.

Bella Eats – Fermentation Revolution

Transform the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

Fermentation is one of the hottest kitchen trends of the past several years, and for good reason —it allows us to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary (delicious pickles, olives, ginger beer). But, more than that, fer-mented foods enhance nutritional value, aid in digestion and help regulate our immune systems. Contrary to what you may think, fermenting doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult or over-whelming. You don’t have to disinfect your entire kitchen or worry about weird things growing in your pantry. Home fermentation is an inexpensive way to prolong the life of your food, multiply its nutritional properties tenfold, awaken your taste buds and liven up every meal. Canadians Sebastien Bureau (a food scientist) and David Cote (an organic restaurant chain founder) have written the perfect book providing 70 easy and cost-effective recipes for everything from fermented vegetables, fruits and sugars to milk, grain and legumes. Fermentation Revolution covers the science behind fermentation, as well as types of fermenta-tion processes and useful equipment. Fermentation Revolution is an excellent book to get you started on the road to in-home fermentation. With 70 easy, healthy recipes for sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and more, this is THE book to help you get started, even if you’re just mildly curious.

www.revolutionfermentation.ca

Get Creative

A Unique Guide to Drawing

International magazine, Flow, presents an unparalleled guide to drawing.

From the creative directors of the groundbreaking international magazine Flow comes an unparalleled guide to drawing: 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper.

Inside these pages, you’ll find a drawing guide filled with beautiful illustrations and plenty of “paper goodies,” from bound-in tracing paper and colored paper to a daily drawing pad, a paper doll fashion sketchbook, and DIY postcards. While encouraging readers to draw inspiration from personal items that carry meaning (things on your desk, furniture in your home), 50 Ways includes fun, approachable step-by-step drawing lessons from professional illustrators across the globe; each exercise allows readers to put techniques into immediate practice as they develop their unique artistic style.

50 Ways celebrates the mindfulness inherent in artistic work, creative energy and enjoying the simple pleasures in everyday life. www.flowmagazine.com 

Shop & Save

BJ’s Wholesale is coming to Roanoke!

Being the bargain shoppers we are, finding out BJ’s Wholesale is coming to the Roanoke Valley made us jump for joy! BJ’s is a leading membership warehouse club in the Eastern United States. The Roanoke club will be located along Hershberger Road, N.W. in the Crossroads Shopping Center. 

“We’re thrilled to bring BJ’s Wholesale Club to the community and to let families save up to 25% on their groceries,” said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “BJ’s is the perfect one-stop shopping destination, offering unbeatable value and quality on a wide selection of items from fresh produce, deli and bakery to the latest in tech, health and beauty and apparel.” 

The Roanoke BJ’s Wholesale Club is scheduled to open this fall and will provide affordable fresh food options to the community, saving families 25 percent compared to grocery store prices. The club will feature a BJ’s gas station, offering members even more savings. The company currently operates over 210 Clubs (and counting!) in 16 states from Maine to Florida and employs more than 25,000 Team Members. So, their reputation alone means we can’t wait to check out all they offer. 

So, just how can you sign up to join NOW? Visit their Hospitality Center, located at 1507 Hershberger Road in Roanoke or visit their website at www.bjs. com/roanoke. Currently you can enjoy the privileges of being a “Roanoke Founding Member” with two special offers when you join by August 31. For $45, you’ll receive a 12-month BJ’s Inner Circle membership, 10 cents off per gallon at BJ’s Gas for six months after the Club opens and $20 in BJ’s Bucks. Or for $80, you’ll receive a 12-month BJ’s Perks Rewards membership and earn 2% cash back on most BJ’s purchases. Plus, you’ll get $35 in BJ’s Bucks and save 10 cents off per gallon at BJ’s Gas for six months after the Club opens! 

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club brings a number of benefits to the community: 
  • BJ’s offers excellent value. 
  • BJ’s beats supermarket prices on national brands every day, saving families 25 percent on groceries. 
  • The company is the only major wholesale club that accepts all manufacturers’ coupons, offering families another great way to save. 
  • Its exclusive brands, Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms, let families save without sacrificing quality or fun. 
  • BJ’s biggest advantage is fresh food – produce, dairy, meat and deli. 
  • BJ’s offers members much more fresh food variety than other clubs. 
  • BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheeses. 
  • Members can have fresh meats cut to their specifications. BJ’s butchers will recut and repackage at no additional charge. 
  • A BJ’s Membership is filled with added convenience. 
  • BJ’s offers the most payment options of any major wholesale club. 
  • Members can research, shop and install electronics with help from BJ’s Tech Advisors. 
  • BJ’s Pick Up & Pay program allows shoppers to stock up by reserving select items online and then picking up in-club. 
  • Members can save time and money by filling up their tanks at BJ’s Gas. The company’s gas prices will be among the lowest around. 

Additionally, through BJ’s Feeding Communities Program, the Club will donate unsold produce, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy and bakery products on a daily basis to reduce food waste and provide wholesome, fresh food to neighbors in need. 

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. And BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options. 

To sign up for your membership or to learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club, visit www.bjs.com/roanoke. 

Celebrating Spring

Plan a day with the family at The Early Bird Spring Craft Fair & Gardening Primer!

Are you ready for spring? Gardening season is here, and we are excited to welcome it with The Early Bird Spring Craft Fair and Gardening Primer at 16 West Marketplace on April 14 from 8am to 4pm! (PLEASE NOTE: Date is updated due to winter weather. April 14th is new rescheduled date!!) Spend the day downtown supporting local businesses, and drop by throughout the day for workshops, vendors, food, and fun!

In its second year, The Early Bird is an indoor/outdoor event with over 50 vendors including indie crafts, wearables, jewelry, edibles, and more! For all the animal lovers out there, Little Critters Petting Zoo will be on site from 8am-1pm, and photos are encouraged! They will also be selling food so visitors can feed the animals.

Gardeners of all levels can enjoy seed exchanges with local farms and purchase seedlings. This is also a great time to buy, sell, or trade tools at the Used Garden Gear Tent. In between shopping, visitors can participate in demos and workshops on gardening, DIY, wellness, and homesteading. Specifically, Roanoke Community Gardening Association is putting together a Build Your Own Worm Bin class. There is something for everyone at this event, and it’s one you certainly don’t want to miss!

For anyone interested in doing their part to make the world around us a brighter, healthier place, Bartlett Tree Experts will also be on site with free trees. Last year, they gave away five hundred trees including Dogwoods, Redwoods, Crepe Myrtles, and Holly Trees! Planting a tree is a great family bonding experience, but it is also important for our environment. Bartlett’s act of kindness is an opportunity for us, as citizens, to truly pay it forward in our community.

You can easily make this event an all day affair with your family. There will be several food vendors available between workshops and shopping opportunities including Granpa Ike’s Mini Donuts, Little Green Hive, Wok n Roll Kitchen, and a brand new restaurant in 16 West, S and J Cafe. For more up to date information on vendors and workshops, find The Early Bird Spring Craft Fair and Gardening Primer on Facebook!

Bella Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event. See you there!