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Fall cleaning season is here with the autumnal shift, and while you’re cleaning house you may notice some items or areas that need a bit of TLC. Fortunately, you’re in an industrious city with knowledgeable folks who can teach you how to do a lot of that work on your own.

And why not have some fun with it? Today offers two events dedicated to DIY home care. First up is Waverly Ace Hardware’s Neighborhood Fix-It Fest, with demos for various types of projects and lessons on weatherizing your house for the cold season ahead. The kids can get in on it while you’re getting schooled, with pumpkin painting and a scavenger hunt in a pumpkin patch. There will be giveaways, a cookout and ice cream, too.

Starting (and running) a bit later is the Station North Tool Library’s Fix It Fair. This promises be a little more hands-on, as all are invited to bring along a wide range of personal items, from bikes and small appliances to clothing and jewelry—pretty much anything that could need fixing. While volunteers will be there to help you repair your possessions, you’ll also leave with some knowledge on how to do it of your own volition the next time whatever it is goes kaput. Note: not all repairs are guaranteed, but the experts will surely do what they can to help.

Fix-It Fest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Waverly Ace Hardware, 601 Homestead St., (443) 627-8893, Facebook event, free. Station North Tool Library’s Fix It Fair, noon-4 p.m., Station North Tool Library, 417 E. Oliver St., (410) 347-0850,, free.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...