North Portland Tool Library is hosting the next Repair Café on Thursday, May 1 from 69 p.m. at the Kenton Firehouse at 8105 N Brandon Ave.

This event is the start of a new partnership between Repair PDX and North Portland Tool Library, where the tool library will host quarterly Repair Cafés at their space in North Portland.

North Portland Tool Library is a resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools AND the power to use them. Community members may borrow from the extensive collection of tools, free of charge. The tools in the library will also be available at the Repair Café.

Repair Cafés are free events where “fixers” volunteers who like to fix things come together with people who have broken items that need repair. Fixers work alongside attendees, so there is an opportunity to learn how to fix items. Repair Cafés are organized by Repair PDX and have been taking place around Portland since May 2013. Read more in our previous post on Portland’s repair movement.

Bring broken home and garden items for volunteers to help fix – for free! This event will include:

  • Bike repair
  • Garment and fabric mending
  • Small appliance repair
  • Lawnmower and small engine repair
  • Speaker repair

The last repair event brought nearly 90 people to Northeast Portland to fix 99 items. The items ranged from lawnmowers, bikes and clothes to a circular saw, waffle iron, lamps and more. That equals 305 pounds of materials saved for reuse! Bring your broken items to the next event and see how fun fixing can be.