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Get a lesson in DIY

An upcoming event on Family Day encourages local residents to get into the thought of “doing-it-yourself” (DIY).

The Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC)  is hosting the fifth annual Durham DIY Showcase, a free family-friendly event on Monday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. at Simcoe Street United Church, 66 Simcoe St. S. In Oshawa.

“Our attendees come from all walks of life and share a common passion to learn how to get involved with various hobbies and crafts directly from the community experts,” said Glenn McKnight, event coordinator.

Durham DIY Showcase promotes an opportunity for local citizens to network and learn about hobbies, and clubs that they may be interested in.

This year, the groups involved are Durham PC User Club, Northshore HAM Radio.

Canadian Victory Gardens, Durham Woodworking, Durham Metal Detecting, Local historical Camp X researchers, historic vehicle repairers and more.

According to a news release, a new addition this year is the first Wikithon workshop for members of the community to learn how they can volunteer to edit Wikipedia.

Wikipedia administrator Anne Delong will hosting demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet, connect to the Internet through WiFi, and join in expanding and improving articles about local Oshawa topics.

Users can create a Wikipedia account ahead of time, but it is not necessary to participate.

“Help build the world’s most popular online encyclopedia by improving

some of its six million articles. Wikipedia has been created by people like you, working with other writers from all over the world,” Delong said.

To learn more about Durham DIY Showcase at or contact Glenn McKnight at or 289-830-6259