Hello Forklift Fans!
As you know, Community Forklift is not just a thrift store for house parts. Of course you can donate or find cool stuff here…but our organization is really about building community. We love to be a place where people can come together: to meet neighbors, to discover local resources, to play and create, and to learn about living healthier and taking better care of our world. That’s why we’re throwing a big block party!
Summer of Life
Block Party & Health Expo
11am – 5pm, July 12, 2014
(Rain Date July 13)
Bring along your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets for:
Big thanks to Will Mckindley-Ward for the sound system!!
11am – 12pm See Rule Five
12:30 – 1:30pm Gina DeSimone & Pat Quinn
2pm – 3pm Suzanne Brindamour
3:30 – 4:30pm M.R. Jam Band
Fresh Veggie & Fruit Distribution
12pm – 3pm (while supplies last)
Please spread the word to any friends or neighbors in need!
Puppy Petting, Massage, & Adoption Area
Poverty Pets – Helping families and pets stay together despite financial difficulties
12pm – 2pm: Adoption Station, Prince George’s Humane Society
11am – 2pm: Relaxing Rover – Jaime, a Riverdale resident, graduated from the North West School of Animal Massage, where she earned her certification in maintenance and rehabilitation massage for small animals.
12:00 Yoga with Hermione
12:30 Zumba with Niclaire
1:00 Tai chi with Norman
1:30 Yoga with Brooke
2:00 Zumba with Zulma
2:30 Hooping with Brooke
3:00 Drum circle with Artis
3:30 Hooping with Noelle
Other Fun Stuff To Do
Wit’s End Puppetry – educating children and adults about the craft of puppetry.
11:30am – 4pm: Youth Wellness Ambassadors from End Time Harvest Ministries will do community fitness assessments and share healthy tips! Exercise Sessions will be at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.
MOM’s Organic Market – How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Through Conscious Purchasing! Trivia activity on making informed decisions on purchases to support sustainability and the environment.
SHINE Massage will be offering free chair massages!
12:15 pm – Meet at our welcome tent, and then we’ll head out for a tour of ECO City Farms. See how healthy food is grown on an urban farm!
Berliner ice cream truck is selling delicious Frozen Yogurt
ATIP Food Truck serving healthy Mediterranean cuisine, including vegetarian options (Entrees are $6-$7 each)
The Collaborative – a consortium of advocates who serve in the spirit of unity to provide a holistic approach to education and community. Working to alleviate hunger, promote health and well-being of students, families, and individuals to produce community stabilization and revitalization for all.
Community Crisis Services, Inc.–Since its inception in 1970, the non-profit Community Crisis Services, Inc. has become a one-stop calling center for information and compassionate assistance for those in crisis. Calling the Hotline is often the first step an individual makes to access the mental health services and social service organizations within the community. they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone facing crisis and personal turmoil.
University of Maryland – the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will be visiting us on theirListening Tour, to learn more about residents of communities within a 5-mile radius of the UMD campus.
11am: Outdoor Bikram Yoga
by Kendra Blackett-Dibinga of Bikram “HOT” Yoga Riverdale Park
Have you ever wanted to try hot Yoga but haven’t moved beyond the thought? Well, here’s your chance! Bikram Hot Yoga of Riverdale Park, a new studio located just down the road from Community Forklift, is bringing its class to the `Lift. Designed for the beginner, this outdoor yoga class will give you a chance to feel the heat and get inspired.
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class is a twenty-six asana series designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched. The twenty-six posture exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as Nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well being will automatically follow.
12:30pm: Financial Health
with Atin Mittra
Taught by social entrepreneur Atin Mittra, this workshop will focus on personal finance strategies to create a healthier relationship with your money. You’ll receive a workbook that will help you apply these strategies to your personal situation.
Atin is a senior at the University of Maryland majoring in Aerospace Engineering, however, his real passion is using business as a tool for social change. He founded MADE as a way to help disadvantaged members of the community overcome financial barriers. Atin spent two years organizing Terp Service Days for the UMD community and getting students to think critically about social issues. He is currently a University Innovation Fellow where he is determining ways to encourage students to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship.
2pm: 5 Steps to a Healthy (and Efficient) Home
This workshop offers an in-depth look at what makes a home healthy and efficient. Moving through the five steps for home efficiency, with a focus on local home energy programs, Elysian will talk about home energy audits, common problems homes face, and then discuss the most effective ways to address efficiency issues. The presentation covers some DIY options for curbing energy and water usage and a discussion about clean energy options that homeowners can take advantage of.
3:30 pm: Mobilizing for Community Action
with Cynthia Hartley
A dynamic discussion from one organization’s perspective on how to start from the ground up to mobilize a community for action. The presentation will touch on the importance of facilitation, networking, stakeholder engagement, baseline assessments and other key aspects of building a community.
Cynthia is the founder and executive director of CASE. She augments more than 15 years in the leadership of local and national nonprofit organizations with an extensive background in international development. She currently serves as the chair of the WPFW Community Advisory Board and the vice chair of her local neighborhood association. Previously, Cynthia served as the president of the Capitol Hill Energy Cooperative, which later spun off to become CASE. She was a member served on the board of directors for Water for People and Federal Water Quality, and as chair of the Washington, DC Water For People Committee.