TCC will be sharing the reDiscover Center space with the Young Makers as we host our first fix-it workshop! You are invited to come play with our tools and gain some repair skills under the protective wing of one of our friendly Transition Work Party fix-it folks.
TCC Fix-It Workshop #1
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
11 am – 2 pm
12958 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90066
$5 requested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Here’s what we know for sure we’ll be fiddling with, but feel free to bring in whatever broken object you have that you’d like to take a crack at (with some help of course):
- • repairing audio earbuds
- • minor jewelry repairs
- • fixing a jammed CD player
- • re-caning a chair…
- • and who knows what else?
While the Young Makers are busy with their Mega Take-Apart Crafternoon for Kids (making kinetic art out of what they’ve deconstructed), we’ll be there to provide another perspective—seeing if we can make broken things work again! All ages welcome with adult supervision.
One of the goals of the Transition movement is to help re-skill the populace, helping spread Do-It-Yourself resilience in communities as we head into increasingly uncertain times. Re-skilling also helps encourage the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Repurpose/Repair paradigm. In the past TCC has hosted repurposing clothes parties, a twilight bike ride to Bikerowave to learn some basic bike repair, on-the-job carpentry trainings while building a chicken coop, and a concrete post installation mini-course at a rainwater-harvesting system installation work party.
Fix It, Don't Nix It!
But Transition isn’t the only group tuned into the importance of building community around learning D.I.Y. skills and finding fun ways to fulfill that goal. The Fix-It movement is gaining momentum on many fronts! Annie Leonard, famous for her funny and informative Story of Stuff animation, just posted a 20 minute audio called Fix It, Don’t Nix It>>
Then there’s online resources like iFixIt.org and instructables.com where you can find easy visual instructions to fix just about anything to turn yourself from a consumer into a “maker”… and Maker Faires springing up all over North America—family-friendly conventions operating under the credo “Make, Create, Learn, Hack, Invent, Craft, Innovate, Build, Play!”
Right in Culver City are our new friends Crash Space who call themselves “a collection of hackers, programmers, builders, makers, artists and people who generally like to break things and see what new things we can build with the pieces.” They’re situated in a storefront on Venice Blvd. and have lots of creative projects and events going on, so check them out! (We think the Young Makers with whom we will be sharing the reDiscover space are somehow related to the Crash Space folks, but we’ll know more about that after June 30th).
Weekly Fix-It gathering @ Proteus Gowanus in NYC
The New York Times ran an article called The Art of Repair about a Fix-It collective in NYC that evolved from an Art Gallery project. According to the article, a tiny room at the Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn has become the home to the Fixers Collective, an art project turned community group that meets weekly at the gallery. The collective began as a workshop in the spring of 2008 as part of a yearlong exhibition called “Mend” with the simple, useful premise: people bring broken objects to be fixed, or else come empty-handed with a willingness to help others fix things. No expertise is required. “We call it ‘improvisational’ mending,’ ” said Tammy Pittman, a director of the gallery….
Read the whole story >>
Participate in the cultural renaissance of repair!
So come empower yourself by building new skills at the reDiscover Center on June 30th!
Transition Culver City organized a fantastic event as part of 350.org‘s Moving Planet action this Saturday (09/24/11).
Our Alternative Transportation Parade gathered around 60 cyclists and walkers to explore and reflect on low or no-carbon solutions to getting around Culver City.
met Chelsea, the Honey Love bee, who is an advocate for urban beekeeping
rode & walked to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station
made mini alt-cars out of recycled materials donated by reDiscover Center
… And then brainstormed about local, sustainable transportation together.
The discussion pointed to improvements needed for safe walking and biking to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station: good lighting along Washington; fewer vacant lots; a welcoming and landscaped approach to the station that includes plenty of bicycle parking.
SHOUT OUT! Gratitude to all the participants. You made this event a success! Thanks to wonderful Transition Culver City leader Michelle, co-organizers Ginny & Meghan, team member Disa, & amazing community partners Culver City Bicycle Coalition (Darren, Jim, Brian), Sustainable Streets (Ron), reDiscover Center (Mary Beth), Bikerowave (Donald & Richard), Girl Scout Troop 5635, Honey Love (Chelsea), and, of course 350.org for initiating this global event. Thanks also to School Board member Karlo Silbiger, former mayor Gary Silbiger, and school board candidate Nancy Goldberg for joining our discussion. Last but not least thanks to Karim & Ginny for documenting the event.
350.org has initiated another global day of action for the climate:
Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.
See more about Moving Planet here.
Transition Culver City is hosting an Alternative Transportation Parade to celebrate and explore fossil-free transportation in Culver City, in partnership with several organizations including Sustainable Streets, reDiscover Center, and Culver City Bicycle Coalition.
Join Transition Culver City on Saturday September 24th, from 1-4pm!
1pm: We’ll meet at Town Plaza, by the Lion Fountain (9500 Culver Blvd), to get costumed, decorate bikes, shoes & hats, and make parade banners and signs.
2pm: Cyclists will explore the Downtown Connector, a newly installed bike route linking Downtown Culver City to the new Metro Light Rail station.
Walkers, runners, strollers & little red wagons will take Washington Blvd. toward Light Rail station.
3pm: At City Hall (9770 Culver Blvd.), we’ll gather to celebrate and create individualized plans and goals for lowering our carbon footprint! Children can create mini alternative vehicles from recyclables provided by reDiscover Center.
Helmets required! Wear fancy parade attire. Materials for banner-making and bike, hat & shoe decorating will be provided.
Click on event flyer to download:
Check TCC’s video of last year’s 350.org action here!
- Bike to the Eat Real Festival on Saturday & Sunday, July 16th & 17th at Helm’s Bakery.
- Eat Real is a free two-day festival at Helms Bakery that celebrates eating, making and growing good, affordable food. L.A.’s best food trucks will converge with numerous food skill demonstrations, which include learning how to make butter, grow balcony food gardens, craft kimchi, raise backyard chickens, and concoct fresh gazpacho using a bike blender! Also on the menu is a panel on food writing, live music, butchery contest, and craft marketplace. Read more about the festival here.
The Culver City Bicycle Coalition is teaming up Bikerowave to host a free bike valet service and lead DIY fix-it workshops and bike tuneups! We’ll also have a Bike Wheel of Fortune raffle. So ride your bike, spin for chance to win awesome prizes ranging from beer, swag, food, and great bike stuff, and beat the “Carmegeddon” heat.
The valet is along Venice Blvd. – between National and Helms. It will run from 10am-6pm on Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Free Bike Valet!
For those coming from L.A. – biking to Eat Real couldn’t be any easier, especially with our guided bike tour! The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will take the lead on guiding two-wheel rides to the event. Meet at the courtyard at the Wilshire and Western station of the Metro Purple Line at 10:30 a.m., and the ride begins promptly at 11 a.m. You’ll arrival at the event no later than noon, with plenty of time to enjoy the food fun. Ride happens at both days, same times.
Ride With LACBC
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 310-845-5831
Want to volunteer? Sign up here!