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Time bank volunteers offering free workshops

Topics range from drought-tolerant gardening to urban beekeeping to making animal balloons.

The linkAges TimeBank and Shareable will host its first Mountain View Skillshare event on Saturday, Sept. 26, at City Hall. Some of the city's talented residents will hold about a dozen workshops teaching a range of skills from drought-tolerant gardening to urban beekeeping to making animal balloons.

This Skillshare event is part of a larger initiative called linkAges TimeBank, a neighborhood service-exchange program, in partnership with Shareable, an award-­winning nonprofit news hub. LinkAges currently extends throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in parts of Los Angeles County.

"The city of Mountain View is offering up the space," said spokesman John Williams. "They've been very supportive of linkAges TimeBank since its inception in 2013."

Here's how linkAges works. Members can sign up by attending an orientation. After joining, they post on the website offering a service that they can provide, like teaching a skill or providing transportation. They can then bank the time they spend providing services to other users in their community and spend it later to receive services in return.

"It's a way for people to offer what they can give and receive what they need," said Williams. "It's a really great way of reaching neighbors and connecting to your community."

The the Mountain View Skillshare event is open to all, not just linkAges members, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St.

Registration is not required, but attendees are encouraged to register to help the organizers get an idea of how many people will show up.

If you'd like to conduct a workshop or have an informational booth at the event, you can send an email to timebank@linkages.org or call at 650-934-3556.

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