Don’t Throw it Away – Fix it! | Repair Café This Sunday

Repair Café, hosted by South Pasadena Beautiful and Transition South Pasadena, is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the South Pasadena Library Community Room

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | News | The Community Room at the South Pasadena Public Library

Toss it away? No way!

South Pasadena Beautiful, in partnership with Transition South Pasadena, will feature a repair café on Sunday, August 25, as the organization holds its annual meeting.

The free community event, open to the public, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the South Pasadena Library Community Room is centered around empowering people to fix what’s broken.

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Volunteer repairers will guide residents through the process of diagnosing and repairing their broken household items, including small appliances, toys, bikes and electronic devices.

Jewelry and clothing repair are also welcome.

South Pasadena Beautiful will provide tools and workspace for the repair of items.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any special tools or replacement parts, which may be needed.

Organizers ask that only items small enough to carry be brought to the event and that large appliances be left at home.

“There are more than 2,000 active landfills in the United States and more than 1,000 full/inactive landfills,” explained South Pasadena Beautiful President Marianne Veach, when asked why the event was important to hold. “We generate 254 million tons of trash every year. By repairing household items, clothing, etc. we are rescuing one more thing that would have wound up in the landfill. On top of that, we are keeping one more thing from being produced which has many benefits including cutting CO2 emissions because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released.”

South Pasadena Beautiful is dedicated to encouraging community engagement and inspiring volunteerism and grassroots involvement in beautification in the South Pasadena community. “While South Pasadena Beautiful’s mission has stayed the same, we have been trying to steer our projects and activities to focus on more sustainable efforts,” explained Veach. “Each year we hold an annual meeting in order to invite the community to check out what we have been working on for the year. We typically feature a guest speaker and reception, but last year decided to focus on bringing the community together to share their skills and do something beneficial for our environment by providing the space and volunteers for our first repair café.”

Those interested in sharing their repair skills and would like to participate as a repair coach are encouraged to email SPB at:

The South Pasadena Library Community Room is at 1115 El Centro Street.