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Workshops for the November 2016 Fix-It Fair


10 AM – Lead Poisoning Prevention: Avoid lead exposure in older homes, especially those built before 1978. Qualified participants receive a free lead-safety kit (supplies limited). Community Energy Project

10 AM – 4 Simple Steps to Self-care: Learn techniques to take care of yourself and your family. Address headaches, better sleep and benefits of foot massage. Regenerative Therapies

10 AM – Emergency Communications, Part l: Learn how to stay in touch with family and get resources during a major disaster. City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

11 AM – Emergency Communications, Part 2: Learn how to get help when phone lines are down. Discover where to find BEECNs (Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Nodes) and how they work. Also find out how to volunteer. City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

11 AM – Take the Right Steps to Prevent Falls: Improve and maintain your independent lifestyle as you age. Legacy's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program

Noon – Home Emergency Kits on a Budget: Learn to build a home emergency kit with many items you already have, and create a plan to keep yourself and your family safe. Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management

Noon – Staying Healthy, Naturally!: Learn about dietary and lifestyle approaches to health and wellness, and the various ways that naturopaths can work with you to prevent disease and optimize health and healing. National University of Natural Medicine

1 PM – Lead-safe Home Projects: Find out how to safely do small projects that may involve lead paint, like sanding an old door or crib or other refurbishing project. Qualified participants get a free lead-safety kit (supplies limited). Community Energy Project

Home Repair and Utilities

10 AM and 11 AM – Your Home Energy System: Learn how heating systems, thermostats, air leaks, insulation, and appliances work together and how you can save money, stay warm and be safe. Multnomah County Weatherization Program

11AM – Basic Weatherization: Learn simple techniques to stop drafts from windows and doors, and other energy-saving tips. Great for renters and homeowners alike! Community Energy Project

Noon – Do It Yourself Insulation: Understand basic concepts, terms and procedures to weatherize your attic (or be more informed if you're hiring somebody else!). Community Energy Project

Noon – Top 5 Tips for Energy Savings: Interested in lowering your energy bills, but don't know where to begin? Identify where you're using the most energy – and ways to save it. City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

1 PM – Get Connected (to the Internet): Learn about basic internet plans for low-income families and how to earn a free computer in exchange for community service. Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) Policy Center and Free Geek

1 PM – Home Repairs for Aging in Place: Learn how staying at home can be good for you as you age. Get suggestions for home repairs or improvements as people age for healthier and safer living. Multnomah County Environmental Health

1 PM – Right-sizing for your stage in life: Clear the clutter to refresh your space. Simple Up and Resourceful PDX

1 PM – Downspout Disconnection and Stormwater Systems: Learn how disconnecting and maintaining your downspouts, gutters and stormwater systems benefits the environment and can get you a discount on stormwater utility fees. City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services


10 AM – Resources for Living on a Limited Budget: Get information on nonprofit and government programs that provide assistance to families. Multnomah County Community Services Division

11 AM – Debt-free Holidays: Discover ways to make the holidays more enjoyable and less expensive. Saving and budgeting for the season, bringing together family at low costs and finding resources for food, gifts, clothes, etc. Financial Empowerment Clinic

Noon – Tackling Student Loan Debt: Take inventory of your outstanding student loans, keep loans in good standing and create a manageable plan for repayment. Learn about ways to rehabilitate loans that are in default, the Income Based Repayment plan and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Financial Empowerment Clinic

1 PM – Ways to Work (car loan program): Learn how working families can get a car loan to buy or repair vehicles. Financial Empowerment Clinic


10 AM – Seed Saving Basics: Learn how to seed save. Winter is the best time to plan your garden and start ordering seeds. Plan your veggie garden while thinking about saving your own seeds like tomatoes, beans, corn and more. Portland Seed House

10 AM – Building Backyard Habitats on a Budget: Find free and low-cost methods for growing and spreading native plants. Portland Audubon and Columbia Land Trust Backyard Habitat Certification Program

11 AM – Gardening Goes Best with Bees: Choose bees to greatly increase your garden’s abundance. Learn how to make your neighborhood more bee-friendly and food secure. Find best practices for bee care. Urban Bees and Gardens

11 AM – Growing Vegetables in Containers: Learn methods and tips for successfully growing your own food in containers when yard space is limited. Oregon Food Bank

Noon – Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Learn the basics for growing vegetables in our climate, and best practices for planting and maintaining a healthy, low-cost garden. Oregon Food Bank

Noon – Naturescaping: Create a low-maintenance landscape that helps save time, money and energy. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

1 PM – Intro to Raingardens: Build a beautiful garden bed designed to capture rainfall and allow it to soak back into the ground, keeping streams clean and healthy. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Horario de clases en español

10 AM – Un paquete de emergencia en forma económica: Aprenda a construir un paquete de emergencia con cosas ya tiene en su hogar y crear un plan para mantener seguros a usted y su familia. Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management

11 AM – Recursos para vivir con un presupuesto limitado: Obtenga información sobre los programas sin fines de lucro y gubernamentales que prestan asistencia a las familias. Multnomah County Community Services Division

Noon and 1 PM – Los sistemas de energía casera: Aprende como un sistema coordinada puede ahorrar dinero, mantener a su familia cálida y estar seguro. Explore los sistemas de calefacción, los termostatos, fugas de aire, aislamiento térmico, electrodomésticos y mucho más. Multnomah County Weatherization Program


10:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself.

You may bring one of the following:

Small countertop appliance, or   


Volunteers will do their best to repair items, but do not guarantee a complete repair.