Free Repair Program expands offerings to residents

Repair Clark County program partners with local groups to increase the types of items they can fix

VANCOUVER — Conservation Through Repair. That is the goal of Repair Clark County, a traveling program of Columbia Springs. This program moves around to various venues throughout Clark County and holds 2 hour “fix it fairs” where the public can bring in broken items and have them repaired for free. 

Northwest Vintage Radio Society chair, Pat Kagi, helped repair a vintage radio at the November 2019 Repair Clark County event. Photo courtesy of Columbia Springs
Northwest Vintage Radio Society chair, Pat Kagi, helped repair a vintage radio at the November 2019 Repair Clark County event. Photo courtesy of Columbia Springs

For the February event, Repair Clark County will again partner with the Vancouver Community Library and offer repair of electronics, appliances, bicycles, sewing projects, and other items, such as jewelry or household decor. The program also regularly offers sharpening of knives, garden tools and other dull items. In addition, representatives from the Northwest Vintage Radio Society will be testing, diagnosing issues and dispensing free advice on vintage radios and other antiques that contain tubes. 

Library staff will be demonstrating a 3D printer throughout the event and also offering information on various sewing classes. Finally, the fair will include light book repair, such as gluing of bindings or repair of pages in children’s books and cookbooks. 

“We’re excited to be fixing more and more things all the time.” says Terra Heilman, the program coordinator. “There are so many items that just need a little TLC and they can be bringing joy to their owners once again.” 

The next repair event takes place at the Vancouver Community Library on Wed., Feb. 26 from 5-7 p.m.

About Columbia Springs

Located on a 100 acre natural area in the city of Vancouver, Columbia Springs is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation and science education close to home. The Repair Clark County program is primarily an “off site” program for the community, offering free fixing events, repair skills workshops and other waste reduction programming throughout Clark County. 

What: Repair Clark County event, where you can bring your broken household items to be fixed, for free

When: Wed., Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Community Library,  901 C St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Information provided by Columbia Springs.

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