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    5 things to do in Boston the week of August 10-16

    A fixer fair, green fest, seaside garden tour, and more.

    Down with disposable, at the Fixer Fair.
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    Down with disposable, at the Fixer Fair.

    DARE TO REPAIR

    Saturday, August 16

    Here’s a counterculture idea: Instead of sending that broken toaster, blender, bike, laptop, what have you to the dump, bring it to the Somerville Art Council’s Fixer Fair in Union Square Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. and learn how to repair it, or find someone who can do the work for you. The idea is to reduce trash, foster demand for well-made things, and learn some practical skills. fixerfair.org

    GATE’S OPEN

    Sunday, August 10

    Wander through four private gardens — with their stone archways, picture-perfect plantings, and panoramic views — as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Marblehead Open Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Three gardens each charge a $5 admission; one is free. 888-842-2442; opendaysprogram.org

    POST NIXON

    Sunday, August 10

    On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the only US president to resign from office, thanks to a messy misstep called Watergate. Forty years later, the JFK Library looks at that event and the period that followed with a 4 p.m. forum today on Rick Perlstein’s new book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. WBUR’s Christopher Lydon hosts. 617-514-1600; jfklibrary.org

    SAINTLY FEAST

    Thursday-Sunday, August 14-17

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    The North End’s historic Fisherman’s Feast (devoted to the Madonna del Soccorso) begins Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through the weekend with music, processions, the flight of the angel (a girl dressed as an angel is lowered to the street), and, of course, plenty of Italian sausage. fishermansfeast.com

    GREEN PARTY

    Friday-Sunday, August 15-17

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    Boston GreenFest kicks off Friday at noon at City Hall Plaza, encompassing an ecoforum with gubernatorial candidates, a showcase of high-efficiency vehicles, film fest, green tech displays, sustainably made beer and wine, music, and more. 617-477-4840; bostongreenfest.org

    SHARE YOUR EVENT NEWS. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to week@globe.com.