“Fixers” helped about 30 people at the last Repair Cafè on November 11, 2017. Photos contributed.

Do you need something fixed? Transition Town Charlotte and our Hinesburg friends will be hosting our second Repair Café from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Hinesburg Town Hall. A Repair Café is a community gathering where we come together to socialize and fix each other’s stuff. Why? Well… to keep perfectly good things out of the landfill, to meet and have fun with our neighbors, to enjoy the camaraderie of brainstorming and solving puzzles, to keep our towns looking good, and to reduce the stress of “how do I repair this broken thing?”

What will we repair? So far we have fixers willing to tackle small electric appliances, lamps, electrical gadgets and worn cords; wooden chairs, furniture; toys; hand and garden tools (including sharpening); clocks, including cuckoo clocks, attaching watch bands, replacing watch batteries; clothing, knitted items, sewing machine adjustments; jewelry repairs and modifications; doodads, widgets and thingamajigs. Plus… tutorials on smart phone usage; and small gas engine tune-ups and tutorials.

There is no charge for repairs, but we do ask participants to make a nonperishable food or monetary donation on repair day to the Hinesburg Food Shelf. In order to help our fixers prepare, we also ask that attendees let us know beforehand what they are planning on bringing. To RSVP contact us at (703) 855-9465 or via email. Coffee/tea and snacks will be available by donation and a lunch can be purchased.

The event is being sponsored by Transition Town Charlotte, the Charlotte Library and Charlotte Grange.

We tackled some interesting things last time. Bring us a challenge on May 19!