Stettler’s Stacie Pederson holds up a “fixed” sign after attending the Repair Cafe last year.

Stettler’s Repair Cafe set to make a comeback this Saturday

The event will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stettler Recreation Centre lobby.

Stettler’s Repair Café event will be taking place for the second time this Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stettler Recreation Centre lobby.

The Repair Café event, organized by the Heartland Beautification Committee, gathers expert volunteers who offer free help with repair of broken items.

“It is designed to keep usable items out of the landfill and to encourage the spirit of repair,” said Grace Fix, who came up with the concept last year and got this going. “I thought why not get some expert volunteers together and help people in the community reuse what they have if those items can be fixed. These volunteers will show you how it’s done, which will give the customers some skills to walk away with at the end of it.”

With 50 repairs successfully done in four hours last Sept., this event was a great platform for Stettler and area community members to fix their broken household items.

From bicycle repair, clothing mending, small appliances/light fixtures, wood items/furniture, to musical instruments and computer repair, there will be a wide variety of volunteers providing their skills and expertise to the attendees.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the repair process as much as is reasonable, depending upon the repair, which will help them to redo it if necessary at home.

At the Repair Café, the Stettler Public Library will display DIY reading material. Conversion of family videos and slides to digital files will also be available as an ongoing service of the library.

There is no charge for the repairs, except for parts, but donations will be accepted to help cover the costs of the event.

The original Repair Café concept began in the Netherlands in 2009 and has since spread to over 1,200 communities around the world.

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