Semi-an­nual Re­pair Cafe back at col­lege Nov. 17

The Daily Courier - - KELOWNA - By Daily Courier Staff

Event en­cour­ages peo­ple to have bro­ken items fixed rather than toss them out

Bro­ken items will be made good as new at next week­end’s Re­pair Cafe.

The Re­pair Cafe, run by the re­gional district’s waste re­duc­tion of­fice, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the trades build­ing at the Kelowna cam­pus of Okana­gan Col­lege.

“Th­ese Re­pair Cafes show­case the value of re­pair and re­pur­pos­ing — a counter to the throw-away mind­set,” said Rae Ste­wart, waste re­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor. “Our 30-plus vol­un­teer fix­ers will at­tempt to breathe new life into just about any­thing. If you can carry it un­der your arm, they will do their best to tackle the prob­lem.”

The re­gional district has been pre­sent­ing two Re­pair Cafes a year for sev­eral years, and at­ten­dance con­tin­ues to grow.

Often, peo­ple are sur­prised to learn that fix­ing some bro­ken items is pos­si­ble, said Ste­wart.

“If you at­tend, you will find you are en­cour­aged to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the dis­as­sem­bly, trou­bleshoot­ing and re­pair of your item, so you leave em­pow­ered, part of the process.”

The Okana­gan Re­gional Li­brary will also be on site with its mo­bile li­brary.

Peo­ple will be able to bor­row books about home re­pair, small ap­pli­ances, au­to­mo­tive re­pair, sewing and more.

Electro Re­cy­cle will also of­fer a free bar­be­cue lunch for any­one who brings in a small ap­pli­ance to be fixed or re­cy­cled. Park­ing is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to re­gionald­is­trict.com/re­pair­cafe or call the re­gional waste re­duc­tion of­fice at 250-4696250.

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