Repair Café Comes to Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park on April 6

March 27, 2019

 Repair Café Comes to Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park on April 6

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica is hosting a Repair Café on Saturday, April 6 to connect community members who have broken household items with volunteers who demonstrate repairs.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 12 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401

WHAT: Participants will share community skills, reduce waste, and have fun in the process. Although it’s fun to DIY (do it yourself,) it’s even better to do it together with your community! All are invited to bring their appliances, bicycles (a guest mechanic from the Santa Monica Bike Center will be present), computers/electronics, wooden furniture, torn garments and broken jewelry for repair. Special activities include a seed exchange workshop with Christy the GardenNerd and practical 3D printing of replacement parts with Librarian Kelly Wortham of the Santa Monica Public Library. Westside Repair Café is presented in partnership with Our Time Bank, Transition Culver City, Santa Monica Bike Center, Santa Monica Resource Recovery & Recycling, the Santa Monica Library, and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. This free event is open to the public.

The City of Santa Monica’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan calls for 95 percent of our waste to be diverted from landfills by 2030, and since household waste is a considerable portion of landfill usage, the items that Repair Café fixes helps toward achieving this important goal. Repair Café empowers the community to regain skills that are becoming lost in a disposable society. The skills developed and relationships fostered during these events not only help sustain the planet, but on a local level, help build sustainable neighborhoods. 

About the Camera Obscura Art Lab:  

The Camera Obscura Art Lab is a hive of activity, where adults of all ages can roll up their sleeves and dive into hands-on crafts, art, and cultural programs. Artist Residency programs bring local artists to the Camera to practice their craft and share their work with participants. The Camera Obscura Art Lab at Palisades Park is operated by the City of Santa Monica. For more information about the Camera Obscura Art Lab, visit  

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