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Motor Mentors

While doing road time is par for the course for just about everyone, it seems that women are still on the short end of the stick shift when it comes to knowing what goes on under the hood of a car. But the folks at Denver’s Green Garage see no good reason for this, so they’ve been throwing quarterly Women, Wine and Wrenches events, where women, kids and even guys can mingle with other motor ignoramuses and learn a thing or two about their cars. And Green Garage must be doing something right: The last gathering drew more than 100 guests.

“The whole point of it is that — whether you go to Green Garage or any other garage — when you get your car serviced, you know a little bit about what’s going on,” says spokeswoman Jill Thompson.

A typical evening begins with a group nosh and shmooze, followed by opening words from Green Garage CEO Ryan Ferrero. Then guests break up into smaller groups to visit various stations. At one, there’s a hands-on primer on changing a tire; at another, Thompson says, “we bring the car up and point out everything underneath it.” Lastly, the Green Garage mechanics take students under the hood: “We show you where to check fluids, what everything is, what you can check and how often you should do it.” Everyone ends up at a big, lively Q&A session that sometimes even ends up with a look under the hood of an audience member’s car.

Women, Wine and Wrenches begins at 6 p.m. at the Green Garage, 2900 Zuni Street, and the entire thing is free. For information, or to RSVP, go to
Thu., July 19, 6 p.m., 2012


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