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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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February 2018 Fix-It Fair Workshop Schedule


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 – 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

11 AM – Navigating Food & Nutrition Resources: Learn about different food and nutrition resources that can help put healthy food on the table and stretch your food dollars further. Resources include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), free or low-cost cooking/nutrition classes, and local farmers market discounts. Multnomah County Youth & Family Services

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 – “Touching” Stress in Our Lives: Learn simple techniques to take care of yourself and share with others. Address issues like headaches and insomnia. Regenerative Therapies

1 PM – Radon: Protect Your Family from Lung Cancer: Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that enters buildings from the ground. It's the second leading cause of lung cancer. This workshop will present information on radon, how to test for it, and how to prevent it from entering our homes. Multnomah County Environmental Health

1 PM – Water Quality & Home Plumbing Maintenance: Learn how to protect your family from lead in water, and receive a FREE test kit. Get tips for maintaining your hot water heater, troubleshooting low water pressure, and other important drinking water quality issues. City of Portland Water Bureau

Home Repair and Utilities

10 AM – Let’s get Connected: Low-Cost Internet & Devices: Discover options for low-cost internet and free or low-cost computers and tech support in Portland. Free Geek

10 AM – Permit Process to Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit: Find out what is required to add an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). City of Portland Bureau of Development Services

10 AM and 11 AM – House as a 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

11 AM and Noon – 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

11 AM – 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

Noon – Saving Water Makes Cents!: Learn about where Portland gets its water and how you can save water and money at home. Find tips for managing your water and sewer costs while being a good steward of our water supply. Participants get water conservation devices, including a showerhead! City of Portland Water Bureau

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

1 PM – Rodent Prevention: Protect your home and yard from rats and pests: Find tips and resources to help prevent rodents and pests from invading your house and yard. What to look for and what to do. Presented by vector specialist Chris Roberts. Multnomah County Environmental Health Vector Control


10:00 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 
  • Clothing

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


11 AM – Ways to Work (car loan program): Learn how working families can get a car loan to buy or repair vehicles. 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 – Protect Your Money: Your identity is one of the most precious things you possess. Learn how to take steps to protect yourself and recognize red flags. Credit checks available in this class. Financial Empowerment Clinic


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

Noon – Introduction 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

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

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

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

Horario de clases en español

10 AM – Navegando los Recursos de Comida y Nutrición: Aprenda acerca de diferentes recursos de comida y nutrición que le pueden ayudar a comer saludable al igual que hacer rendir su dinero para la comida. Los recursos incluyen el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP), clases de cocina/nutrición a bajo costo o gratis y descuentos en los mercados agrícola. Multnomah County Youth & Family Services

11 AM – Construyendo hábitats de jardín trasero con bajo presupuesto: Encuentre métodos gratuitos y de bajo costo para cultivar y propagar plantas nativas. Portland Audubon and Columbia Land Trust Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Noon – Limpiadores “verdes”: aprenda como preparar sus propios limpiadores para la casa, cocina, y baño! Usaremos los ingredientes naturales, baratos, y fáciles de conseguir en cualquiera tienda. Saldrá del taller con su propia muestra para su casa! Trash for Peace