Mobile cupcakes at the full-size Maker Faire in San Mateo/Photo: Steve Jurvetson

I’ve raved about the idea of an East Bay Mini-Maker Faire before (disclosure: it benefits Park Day School, where I’m chair of the board). With the event only two days away, the schedule of workshops has now been published.

It kicks off at 11 a.m. with Berkeley’s own Michael Chabon and Marvel Comics artist Nick Dragotta doing what I’m confident will be an amazing workshop on making your own comics. If that doesn’t grab you (and what’s wrong with you if that doesn’t appeal?), you could go to a cape-making workshop in time for Halloween, learn to make jam with uber-Maker Tim O’Reilly, or do cider pressing with Make Magazine founder Dale Dougherty.

What happens if it rains? “Overall, we’re going on the theory that Makers are tough, curious, motivated folks who won’t be put off by a little water falling from the sky.”

The East Bay Mini-Maker Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park Day campus in Temescal. Berkeleyside readers can get discounted tickets online with the discounting code “berkeleyside”. There will be no discounts at the door.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...