In conjunction with Boulder CHaRM, TinkerMill will be hosting a U-Fix-It clinic on Sunday, June 14, at 1840 Delaware Place.
TinkerMill is a local makerspace that provides various equipment and space for members to hack and create. CHaRM, located in Boulder, is part of Eco-Cycle and allows people to bring in items that are not easily recycled or are harmful if thrown away (like electronics).
"(The clinic) is a way to get people to think about fixing something instead of throwing it away," said Lynne Davis, co-director of the event. "We provide a place and some coaches and open it to the public."
Coaches from both TinkerMill and CHaRM will be on hand to help people fix whatever may be broken including appliances, toys, electronics or devices.
Davis said the event came about because some TinkerMill members went to one of the U-Fix-It clinics CHaRM in Boulder occasionally hosts, and got CHaRM and TinkerMill connected.
"We're doing it in Longmont at TinkerMill because it's a really fabulous space," said Dan Matsch, executive director of CHaRM. "Makerspaces are really proliferating in a lot of places but TinkerMill is a special place among makerspaces."
There have been nine U-Fix-It Clinics thus far, but this will be the first one in Longmont. Matsch said these kind of clinics are important to teach people to "take back ownership" of their possessions.
"I think everybody understands that there's something wrong with the way we handle our possessions right now," Matsch said. "The lifetimes of our material objects are so ridiculously short and there's virtually nothing we fix anymore. It's an opportunity to re-experience or experience for the first time what it means to actually fix something, and to do it yourself is really empowering. You can learn some basic ways to diagnose whether something is fixable and some simple methods for fixing and just take back ownership."
Davis said this event falls right in line with what TinkerMill is trying to provide for Longmont.
"It's a place where we are trying to promote people coming and being innovative and taking on the task of building something," Davis said. "This just fits right into our charter."
There will also be a U-Fix-It clinic in late August at the Longmont Public Library.
To sign up for a time with a coach or learn more go to: http://tinyurl.com/orsea2l