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Fix-It Fair ends its season at Parkrose High School Community Center

TIM CURRAN
THE MID-COUNTY MEMO

Scads of helpful, useful information about how to make and maintain a more sustainable home are always available at Fix-It Fairs. Roseway resident Chuck Bernt gets tips from Metro's Caran Goodall about nontoxic household chemicals.
At the season ending Fix-It Fair held last month at Parkrose High School Community Center, 9-year-old Dakota Butler, a student at Shaver Elementary, gets his bicycle professionally fixed by the Bike Gallery's Brian Link. Metropolis Cycle Repair and No Po Mobile Bike Shop representatives were also on hand fixing bicycles, all for free.
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Mid-county hosted its second Fix-It Fair in as many months at Parkrose High School Community Center last month. In its 23rd year, Fix-It Fairs are free events presented by the city's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. They're designed to save people money, provide helpful information and connect them to neighborhood resources.

Fix-It Fairs occur seasonally, on three Saturdays in winter from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at different locations around Portland. David Douglas High School in outer east Portland was the site for January's. The first Fix-it Fair of the season is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

At a Fix-It Fair you'll find dozens of exhibits and workshops on topics like energy savings; keeping a safe, healthy home; food and nutrition; neighborhood resources; recycling tips; home weatherizing; gardening; growing your own food; yard care; composting and transportation options to help you get around Portland.

Also part of every Fix-It Fair are hourly door prizes as well as free lead blood testing, professional child care, lunch and minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repairs for students and families. And it wouldn't be a Fix-It Fair without the famous, free incandescent energy-saving light bulbs.

For more information or to receive e-mail notification of the 2010-11 Fix-It Fair schedule, call 503-823-4309, or e-mail fixitfair@ci.portland.or.us.

The 2009-10 Fix-It Fair sponsors included Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Development Commission, Portland Lead Hazard Control Program and Portland General Electric.
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