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Repair Café at Camera Obscura

Saturday, April 6 from noon to 4 p.m.

By Staff Writer

The City of Santa Monica is hosting a Repair Café on Saturday, April 6 to connect community members who have broken household items with volunteers who demonstrate repairs at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Avenue in  Santa Monica.

Participants will share community skills, reduce waste, and have fun in the process. Although it’s fun to DIY (do it yourself,) it’s even better to do it together with your community! All are invited to bring their appliances, bicycles (a guest mechanic from the Santa Monica Bike Center will be present), computers/electronics, wooden furniture, torn garments and broken jewelry for repair. Special activities include a seed exchange workshop with Christy the GardenNerd and practical 3D printing of replacement parts with Librarian Kelly Wortham of the Santa Monica Public Library.

Westside Repair Café is presented in partnership with Our Time Bank, Transition Culver City, Santa Monica Bike Center, Santa Monica Resource Recovery & Recycling, the Santa Monica Library, and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.

“The City of Santa Monica’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan calls for 95 percent of our waste to be diverted from landfills by 2030, and since household waste is a considerable portion of landfill usage, the items that Repair Café fixes helps toward achieving this important goal. Repair Café empowers the community to regain skills that are becoming lost in a disposable society. The skills developed and relationships fostered during these events not only help sustain the planet, but on a local level, help build sustainable neighborhoods,” said the City in a press release.

This free event is open to the public.

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