According to the San Jose Mercury News (Bay Area fix-it clinics repair what usually gets trashed), Santa Cruz is having a “fix-it” clinic:
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, California Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer Ave. Details: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831- 479-1055.
The idea is simple: you bring in a small (hand-carryable) appliance that is broken, and they’ll help you try to fix it. You have to pay for any parts that are needed, but nothing for labor. We have a few broken appliances out in the garage (intended for tear-down sessions with my son that we never got around to doing), but I don’t think any of them are worth fixing—I fixed the ones that were feasible, and the remaining ones are generally to the point where part salvage is about all they’re good for.
Still, it’s a nice idea and I hope they get a lot of participation.