‘Fix-it Fair’ comes to Hazelwood

For the first time ever, this fabulous free event comes to Floyd Light Middle School, on February 23. Read this article, and you’ll likely plan to attend …

It’s true! For the first time ever, the City of Portland Fix-it Fair is coming to the Hazelwood neighborhood – bringing loads of fun, information – and yes, even a free lunch.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The 32nd season of the City of Portland’s Fix-it Fair events kicked off at Madison High School on November 17.

But, the big news now is that the last Fix-it Fair of the year, hosted by the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) – bringing along all of the attractions of their first one this season – comes to the Hazelwood neighborhood on February 23.

Tori Garcia from the Construction Contractors Board talks with Master Recycler Sally Oakes.

Come early, because there’s much to see and do at a Fix-it Fair advises BPS Project Coordinator Wing Grabowski, who spends a moment with the Bureau’s People Services Coordinator Jill Winsor.

“The Fix-it Fair is a fun family event, where people can learn simple and effective ways to save money, connect with community resources, and get valuable information – all for free!” enthused BPS Project Coordinator Wing Grabowski back at their November event.

“For example, today we have about 60 community groups and programs that are representing and exhibiting and everything from saving a new utility bills at home, to eating healthy, gardening, reducing toxics in the home, helping people learn how to better take care of their health; including offering health screenings,” Grabowski told East Portland News.

And this is all true for their upcoming event, also.

In one of the free classes, Community Energy Project Community Educator Charlotte Schuff demonstrates low-cost window weatherization.

Making their own cleaning solutions in this “Healthy Homes Green Cleaning” workshop are Emma Faro, Diane Miller, and Jack Baikov.

Categories of information available include:

  • Water and energy savings
  • Safe and healthy home
  • Food and nutrition
  • Neighborhood and community resources
  • Recycling
  • Weatherizing your home
  • Gardening and growing your own food
  • Transportation options

Working to fix a kitchen blender are Repair Café volunteers Richard Sato and Nick Wagner.

“We also provide bicycle tune-ups; and volunteers from the Repair Café will also be here – no promises, but these skilled people do the best they can to repair small appliances, clothing, and other carry-in items,” Grabowski assured.

What’s his favorite part? “It’s the free lunch; everyone who comes enjoys one,” Grabowski smiled.

Get ready for good weather by bringing in your bike for a tune up, or minor repair.

Fix-it Fair comes to Hazelwood on February 23
The final fair of the season runs from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. – and it’s all happening at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington Street, 97216, near the East Portland Community Center.

To learn more, see their official webpage: CLICK HERE.

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