FIX-IT FAIR for most things that need fixing
Repair event on Saturday, April 29th at El Molino in Forestville in association with Russian River Rotary
The first-ever West County FIX-IT FAIR will be held Saturday, April 29th at El Molino in Forestville. “FIX it. Don’t NIX it.” is the rallying cry for Steve Griffith, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Forestville. Griffith, along with the Russian River Rotary, invite anyone to bring things in need of repair such as bicycles, lamps, clothing as well as wood and metal items.
The FIX-IT FAIR will have skilled volunteers in the following areas:
BIKE REPAIRS: lube; adjust seats, handlebars, brakes; flats; diagnostics
SEWING, ALTERATIONS, TEXTILES: patching, sewing, repairs
METAL REPAIRS: patio chairs, toys, small welding, soldering, reattaching, misc,
WOOD REPAIRS: chairs, toys, knickknacks, reattaching, misc,
CERAMICS, GLASS, WOOD: gluing, reattaching, misc.
LAMPS, SMALL ELECTRIC: lights, small appliances, amps, misc.
JEWELRY: beaded, misc.
SHARPENING: knives, cutting tools, shears, clippers, (no chainsaws)
TECH ISSUES: Apps & software glitches-cell phones, laptops, tablets. (no computer
Note: Please limit 2 items per person, 4 items per household.
“Everybody has that thing in their house, in their yard, that they intend to get around to fixing, but they can't quite bring themselves to throw it out yet,” said Griffith. Bring it to the FIX-IT FAIR. Griffith said that there are no guarantees that your thing can be fixed but you can come and find out. You can also start to learn how to fix things yourself with basic hand tools. These are important skills to find and keep alive in our community, especially among young people.
Griffith visited a similar kind of fix-it event in Santa Rosa last year and brought along a member of the Russian River Rotary Club. Together, they decided to bring a fix-it event to West County. He recruited neighbors he knew that had skills in wood, metal and electronics to volunteer at the event. He reached out to others and asked them if they’d volunteer. “If they couldn't do it, I asked them who else they could recommend,” he said. “I'm pretty fearless at asking for things. To be a good teacher, you better not be shy.”
Ana María Padilla is the Russian River Rotary Chair for the event. “We wanted to try out this community event and we hope it will be a success,” said Padilla. “Then we can do it each year.” The Russian River Rotary is helping promote the event through banners and signs in West County.
Griffith is proud that the event will be held at El Molino. “We want to remind people what a cool jewel of a school facility we have here,” said Griffith. Admission to the FIX-IT Fair is free. They’ll have taco trucks, Wicked Slush and a DJ.
Below is the FIX-IT FAIR flyer. Feel free to share the information with your family and friends— anyone who might have something that can be fixed instead of thrown away.
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