Phyllis Theermann

Thanks for the tip Charles!

Looking for a DEET free way to keep mosquitos and ticks away? Charles found this formula while in the Dominican and says it works, smells great and oils last for many years. Give it a try:

What you need:

– Peppermint essential oil
– Geranium essential oil
– Lemon essential oil
– Eucalyptus essential oil
– Citronella essential oil
– Lavender essential oil
– 4oz glass spray bottle

How to do it:

– Fill the bottle with water
– Add 20 drops of each essential oil
– Shake and spray yourself as needed

Phyllis Theermann

The Rotary Club of Wellesley wants to add REPAIR to the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) program by announcing its second Repair Café Event. It will be held on Saturday April 7th, from 9:00 AM to Noon, at the Warren Center.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). At the Repair Café event, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make most repairs. Repairs can be made on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

There are over 1,300 Repair Cafés worldwide.

Please register as a guest in advance to attend the Café. List the item you want to repair. If you have questions, feel free to contact John Adams at or 617-817-0314. Connecting with him before the event, enables the Rotary Club to make sure they have the necessary parts for repair available.

If you have repair skills and want to help out, please register as a volunteer.


Let Folks Upcycle Your Spare T-Shirts Into Shopping Bags!

t shirt bag

The town’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is working with SaveOhno to turn your old/ spare t-shirts into reusable shopping bags. Wellesley is looking to ban single-use plastic bags in the near future, and reusable shopping bags are much more sustainable than paper bags. It’s even more sustainable if the bags themselves are recycled – out of your old or spare t-shirts.

So, if you have some good condition, clean t-shirts that you never wear, or even better, have a pile left over from an old event or promotion, please share them.

SaveOhno is an award-winning start-up which encourages action on climate and next week [beginningMar 21] dozens of Babson students will earn SaveOhno points by making shopping bags and they need the t-shirts for them to convert. If you have five or more then please send an email to saying how many t-shirts you want to donate and we will arrange pick up/drop off.

If you know someone sitting on a pile of “Save The Clock Tower 1955” t-shirts or similar then please pass this on to them, and thank you! Every donor will receive a free t-shirt-bag.

Feel free to email Sustainable Wellesley if you want to know how to do this DIY project too.