Fix It Fair Season is Upon Us (Portland)

Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy! 

Fix-It Fair
The Fix-It Fairs are free events designed to save you money and connect you to resources. Fix-It Fairs occur seasonally, on three Saturday mornings during the winter (between November and February) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at various locations around Portland. The first Fix-it Fair of the season is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Rosa Parks Elementary School, 8960 N Woolsey Ave, Portland

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave, Portland

All Fairs occur from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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What you’ll find at a Fix-It Fair

Ongoing exhibits and hourly workshops on such topics as:

  • Water and energy savings
  • Safe and healthy home
  • Food and nutrition
  • Neighborhood and community resources
  • Recycling
  • Weatherizing your home
  • Gardening and growing your own food
  • Yard care and composting
  • Transportation


  • Free lead blood testing
  • Free giveaways
  • Hourly door prizes
  • Free professional childcare
  • Free lunch
  • Free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families 

For more information or to receive email notification for future Fairs: 503-823-4309,

Thank you to our Fix-It Fair Sponsors

The 2010-2011 Fix-It Fair season was presented by The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Housing Bureau and Portland General Electric.

Thanks to Erin Graff for the tip.

Donated Dental Services: Nov 21/22 at Oregon Convention Center

The Oregon Dental Association will host their second annual Mission of Mercy event on Monday & Tuesday, November 21 and 22, 2011.  Mission of Mercy is a dental clinic with portable dental stations set up in a large public arena.  Dental scree
nings and services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, at no charge to those who attend.  MOM combines the donated services of hundreds of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians and an array of volunteers to provide these free dental services.

Where: Oregon Convention Center

Time: Doors open @ 6 AM

Services: cleaning, x-rays, filings, extractions, and partial dentures

Thanks to Natasha Roe for the tip.

Home Care Commission Offers Training; New DD/Mental Health Committee Forming

Beginning January 1, 2011 Personal Support Workers who provide services to persons with Developmental Disabilities or Mental Health conditions have:

Access to training opportunities available through the Oregon Home Care Commission
Priority in registering for training classes for Homecare Workers and Personal Support Workers.
Access to Workers’ Compensation benefits.

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New Developmental Disability and Mental Health Committee
House Bill 3618 requires that the Home Care Commission to create a Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Committee.  The Developmental Disability and Mental Health Committee will review issues related to (but not limited to) the areas below:

1)     Qualifications for Personal Support Workers;
2)     Registration of Personal Support Workers;
3)     Referrals for routine, emergency, and respite care;
4)     Training opportunities for Personal Support Workers; and
5)     Collective bargaining.

6th Annual Youth Transition Conference: Building Futures

6th Annual Building Futures Youth with Disabilities Secondary Transition Conference

October 24th & 25th, 2011  at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel  

8235 Northeast Airport Way Portland, Oregon 97220

Building Futures is for youth with disabilities and anyone who has an interest in supporting youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life.

This includes Secondary Educators, Post Secondary Educators, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Special Educators, therapists, counselors, service providers, job developers, and other rehabilitation specialists, and especially secondary students with disabilities and their families.

Throughout this two-day event there will be presentations by regional and national experts on issues surrounding secondary transition, post-secondary transition, employment, higher education and assistive technology.

If you would like to sponsor this annual event or receive more information, please contact Karen Ripplinger at: 503.581.8156 ext. 210 or