Repair volunteer expert Dave Carstairs, right, with resident Len Cherwinski at an earlier Repair Café. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Repair Café to be hosted on Saturday, Sept. 30

For the third time, Stettler and area residents can bring items to the Rec. Centre to get fixed.

Stettler’s popular Repair Café will be hosted for the third time this Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stettler Recreation Centre lobby.

The Repair Café event, which is organized by the Heartland Beautification Committee, gathers expert volunteers offering 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, one of the main organizers and vice-chair of Heartland Beautification Committee. “This time, expert volunteers will be available to help with repair of wood items/furniture, knife-sharpening, clothing mending, small appliances/light fixtures, musical instruments, computer repair, and sewing machine repair/advice.”

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the repair process as much as is reasonable, depending upon the repair, and may perhaps leave with a new repair skill or two.

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

“There is no charge for the repairs, except for parts, but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the event,” Fix added. “In the past, about 50 repairs have been done during the four-hour event.”

Anyone who likes to repair things is invited to join the list of expert volunteers for future Repair Café events by contacting the Heartland Beautification Committee at or by calling 403-742-4411.

The original Repair Café concept began in the Netherlands in 2009 and has since spread to over 1,300 communities around the world. Readers can go to for more information.

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