The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Cafe Foundation, is hosting a Repair Café via Zoom videoconferencing on Saturday, June 20, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. (ET). Residents of Bolton, Maynard, and surrounding towns - as well as people around the world - are invited to join this Zoom session and find out what a Repair Café is all about.
 
The purpose of the Bolton and Maynard Repair Cafe is to offer free online advice to the public about the repair of household goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees who want to fix items during the Zoom session need to supply only the parts and tools required to make the repairs.
Attendees who want only advice need only describe the broken item and possibly have a few tools to repair the item.
 
To sign up as a guest with a broken item, visit https://tinyurl.com/Guests-with-Broken-Items. We are also looking for people to help with fixes. Plus, anyone can observe. To sign up as a fixer or an observer, visit https://tinyurl.com/Fixers-or-Observers.
 
Once you sign up, you will be e-mailed more information plus the Zoom meeting ID and password. The registration deadline is June 6. Space is limited, so sign up now!
 
The Bolton and Maynard Repair Cafe will begin with a quick introduction of five or six broken items by the guests. Fixers will then offer advice or provide help to the guests to make the repairs. After that, the process will be repeated with the next group of guests with broken items. When fixers cannot help guests repair items that may be repairable, they will help guests find nearby repair shops online if possible.
 
Until now, local Repair Cafes have been in-person events where volunteer fixers work with owners of broken items to make repairs. With the current coronavirus situation, we cannot safely do in-person repairs. Therefore, we are offering help in a Zoom meeting. This means owners of broken items will have to do the actual repairs with guidance from the fixers. Our fixers cannot handle or work on those items. 
 
For more information on the Bolton and Maynard Repair Cafe, contact Ray Pfau at 978-779-5545 or ray.pfau@alum.mit.edu.