0619 fix it days

From left, Bud Anderson and Dick Kent repair a blender during a 2018 Fix It Day. The first Fix It Day of 2019 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 at the Depot Arts & Community Center on Seventh Street and R Avenue, during the Anacortes Farmers Market. (Contributed photo)

Getting that lamp or small appliance fixed could help make the world a better place.

Having a Fix It Days volunteer fix it, rather than tossing it and buying a new one, keeps that item from going into a landfill, said Eric Shen of Transition Fidalgo & Friends. A donation offered in exchange for the repair helps support the Anacortes Family Center.

Fix It Days takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at the Depot Arts & Community Center on Seventh Street and R Avenue, during the Anacortes Farmers Market. The first Fix It Day of the season is scheduled for Saturday, June 29.

In addition to repairs, Fix It Days volunteers will now offer clothes mending, Shen said.

Transition Fidalgo & Friends was founded in 2006 in response to local concerns about climate change. That year, the organization sponsored a showing of the film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon and has since started other community initiatives.

The organization monitors and documents environmental changes in the Anacortes Community Forest, created a community garden, gleans local gardens and redistributes the produce to those who need it, established a seed exchange, and founded Skagit Community Solar, which installed solar arrays at Anacortes Middle School, Anacortes Library, the Anacortes Police Station and Maple Hall in La Conner.

The organization also hosted community meetings in 2013 to develop Vision 2030, a document that identifies ways to help Anacortes become “a forward-looking, resilient community with a strong, localized economy, a secure food supply, clean transportation options, energy-efficient buildings, and engaged citizens who measure wealth not by consumption but by contentment.”

Transition Fidalgo board members are Bud Anderson, Phoebe Barnard, Rich Bergner, Heather Burke, Sylvia Cooper, Sequoia Ferrel, Roger Fuller, and Eric Shen.TransitionFidalgo.org

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