Fix-it-Fair: Learn to fix faulty items for free

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The first annual Fix-it-Fair is coming to the Columbia Public Library from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Volunteer experts will be at the event to teach residents how to fix their broken personal items and small appliances, with the exception of microwaves and CRT monitors.

Lelande Reharde, a district manager for the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District, said the idea is to learn how to fix your broken items, not just have it fixed for you.

"We try to bring together volunteers who have some experience fixing items with people who are interested in learning how to fix their own items," Reharde said.

Organizers are expecting numerous volunteers with knowledge in many different areas.

"We did get some pretty substantial help on the textiles from Appletree Quilting," Reharde said. "We've had a few small repair businesses on the electronics side, they're volunteering to come in."

Reharde said they also received volunteers from the community and are hoping to build a solid base of them this year to continue to host the event in the future. He estimates between 20 to 50 people will attend the event.

The Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District, the City of Columbia Solid Waste Utility, the Office of Sustainability and the Daniel Boone Regional Library are the co-sponsors of the event. Volunteers and those with questions are asked to contact Lelande Reharde at 573-817-6422.

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