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Don’t Toss It — Fix It! Repair Cafe is Back to Help South Orange-Maplewood Recycle

From SOMA Two Towns for All Ages:

Ben Viltale at the Repair Cafe

Back by popular demand, Repair Café is returning to Maplewood and South Orange on October 27th.

SOMA Repair Café has drafted repair experts for sewing, jewelry, lamps and small electronics, bikes, tech devices, woodwork, carpentry, and more. So, if you have a broken, beloved item you want to fix, don’t throw it out – bring it to:

Morrow Memorial Church (600 Ridgewood Road) on Saturday October 27, between 2 – 5 pm.

And if you would like to share your repair skills or would like to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Cathy Rowe at [email protected] or 973-558-0863. Volunteers of all skill levels are appreciated.

Started in the Netherlands a few years ago, Repair Café has grown to over 1,000 locations worldwide. The first one came to New Jersey last fall when SOMA Two Towns for All Ages paired up with Morrow Memorial Church. As an inter-generational event, Repair Cafes bring people of all ages and levels of expertise together. With expert volunteers, repairs are made to all kinds of beloved items. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the repair specialists they start making their repairs – it’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can just watch and enjoy a cup of coffee, lend a hand with someone else’s project or get inspired at the reading table by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

Why a Repair Café? We throw away lots of stuff, even things which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost.

The Repair Café changes all that! Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light and once again appreciate their value. The Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society. But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?” (

Ben Vitale, Brian Ratkevich, Lucius Brachfeld at the Repair Cafe

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