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Don't toss it, fix it at the Bakersfield Repair Cafe

Bob Phillie works on a leaf blower Monday, April 3, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., ahead of the April 8 Repair Cafe event. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

That broken toaster, bike or lawnmower sitting in your garage could get a second life this weekend at the Bakersfield Repair Cafe.

The pop-up repair service will be staffed by volunteers knowledgeable in areas from electrical engineering to upholstery.

"The art of repairing has been lost," said organizer John Tweed, a former Navy electrician. "We live in a very disposable society."

Inspired by similar events around the world, he wanted to bring a Repair Cafe to Bakersfield. But, don't expect him to do all the work.

"It's not that we ask people just to bring things here, and we're just going to repair it for them. We're going to teach them how to repair it," he said.

They're equipped to help fix most household items. Though, Tweed said they are not accepting large appliances, such as refrigerators and washing machines.

The event is free and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2300 Brundage Lane. For more information, visit the Repair Cafe website.

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