The first ever Santa Cruz Repair Cafe took place at Grey Bears on Saturday, May 4. The warehouse was transformed into a Euro-style “speed-fixing” arena where about 80 people of all ages brought their broken items in hopes of saving them from the recycling bin. Electrical geniuses, seamstresses, and arts & crafts gurus delved inside toasters, computers, appliances, electric leaf blowers, bikes, clothing, video game consoles, lamps, jewelry and toys with the dual aim to both teach and repair. Three East Bay founders of the Fixit Clinics that have spread throughout the Bay Area and nation drove down to help.
A desk lamp brought by Peggy deVecchis of Santa Cruz was rejuvenated by volunteer electrical coach, Ron Pomerantz. “I’m so happy that he was able to help me save my favorite lamp. I’ll get to continue using it for some time to come,” she said elatedly. Seamstress Judy McNally mended, among other things, a wetsuit and three backpacks. “I only brought one needle for my machine, and fortunately it worked.”