Victoria's Fairfield/Gonzales residents invited to DIY session, and more

Do-it-yourself projects are all the rage these days, from button-making to robotics to home decor.

But DIY seismic upgrading?

The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association has the topic on the agenda for its monthly open house on Monday called Come to the Place, where members of the public are free to present topics of interest.

This month, an engineer and member of the heritage foundation will be providing tips on how to make homes safer in the event of an earthquake, said John Taylor, facility co-ordinator.

“They’ve gone through and said, ‘Here’s what you can do without going to a contractor to make your house more stable, and if you do go to a contractor, here’s what you need to know,’” Taylor said.

A presentation on budgeting for young families will also be available.

The community association has been holding its open houses since September, after organizers wanted to capitalize on the one night each week without programming.

“It’s a new idea, I don’t think many community associations are doing this,” Taylor said.

Come to the Place takes place on the last Monday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m., 1330 Fairfield Rd. For more information, call 250-382-4604 or visit

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