What do you do with a dress that has a tear? With a toaster that no longer works? Or, a knife that has lost its sharp edge? Toss it? No way! The Cities of Culver City and Santa Monica, in collaboration with Transition Culver City and Our Time Bank have organized the first Westside Regional Repair Caf√© on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., in Culver City.

A Repair Caf√© is a free event. Volunteer “fixers” are available to help repair broken items free of charge, with the exception of the cost of replacement parts. Visitors to the Repair Caf√© can bring damaged items from home including toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys- anything that is broken is welcomed and our “fixers” will attempt to restore it to its original glory.

Looking to volunteer? Members of the community handy at making repairs in the areas of sewing, furniture, electrical appliances, electronics, bicycles, blade sharpening, small engines, tools, ceramics, and more are welcome. Please contact one of the group organizers for more information.

By promoting repairs, the organizers aim to help reduce waste throughout the region. We throw away piles of things which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Let’s change that!

Visit the Repair Caf√© with your broken items or simply spend some time meeting your neighbors and learning how you can volunteer as a “fixer” at the next event.

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