Community Happenings

Help us win Best Green Business of 2015!

Got a second to vote?

One of our biggest challenges is that renovators don’t know that they can donate leftover materials instead of sending them to the landfill. 

But if we win the City Paper’s “Best Green Business” contest again, it will mean tons of free publicity!

This means more homeowners & contractors will find out about us, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, more green jobs will be created – AND you’ll find more good stuff here in the store!  Please help us win Best Green Business of 2015!

Vote now!

 

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Snow Flurry Flash Sale! 30% Off Storewide!

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Wintery weather may be coming, but we’ve got coffee and hot chocolate! And we’re having a 30% off STOREWIDE flash sale Friday-Sunday (January 23-25) to encourage your winter home improvement endeavors!

As always, this sale does not include items from Tanglewood Works, certain specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners (Treincarnation, Salvage Arts, Alco Appliances) or Amazon Paint. The sale may not be combined with other sales.

If the weather is hazardous, please call the store at (301) 985-5180 to make sure we are open. We will change the voicemail message if we close due to weather.

Polar Bear Plunge:  Our Forklift Freezers will also be plunging into the Potomac on Saturday morning at National Harbor, if you’d like to come cheer them on! (Or make a donation to our team page to raise money for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.) Help keep winter cold!

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The National Building Museum needs volunteers!

 
Our friends over at the National Building Museum are up to some pretty cool things this year, including their Design Apprenticeship Program, which brings together 30 youth from the D.C. metro area to learn the basics of design and construction.

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2014 NBM Teen apprentices using materials from the `Lift to build a Little Library

Community Forklift worked with the NBM apprentices last year, and we’re looking forward to doing it again.  But before they can begin, the museum needs some skilled adult volunteers to help with the students!
–>  This summer, NBM is partnering with the Petworth Community Market. The Petworth Community Market strives to be perceived as more than a place where people buy produce from local farmers. They want it to be a space where people feel comfortable, connected to their neighbors, and engaged with ideas that are important to the neighborhood. Working in studio teams, the apprentices will generate design solutions that help create a sense of community in a temporary space, a weekly and seasonal outdoor market. The end products are entirely up to the studio teams and may address issues such as presence, visibility, way-finding, and engagement.
–>  The Design Apprenticeship Program meets on Saturdays, February 28 through May 2 (with one Saturday off, on April 4), and volunteers actively instruct and assist the teens as they explore materials, learn to use power tools, and work in teams to fabricate their final product. Ideally volunteer instructors can commit to all 9 Saturdays, but we understand that sometimes life gets in the way, so 2 sessions would be the max one could miss.
–>  There is a mandatory training on Saturday, February 21, 10am-2pm (if majority of schedules don’t work with this day, will shift to a weekday evening session).
–>  More information:

–       Volunteer hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm; 9:30am is when we check-in as a staff and volunteer team, arriving at this time is really important

–       Volunteer role is heavy on instruction, so one should feel comfortable leading a group of 5-6 teens, with help from 2 other adult instructors, through the project. Any fabrication and tool experience one has will be helpful, but not mandatory.

–       Though it is my job to create and implement the curriculum, volunteer instructors should plan on spending time reviewing weekly emails (before meeting on Saturday morning) or communicating with their team outside program hours as the project progresses.

–       The first couple days will focus on revealing the project, getting to know the client, brainstorming ideas, and sourcing materials. There will be 3-4 days devoted to fabrication, and the final day will be a final presentation of their work to their family, friends, and the museum community.

–       The students are 13-18 year olds in DC, MD, and VA, and have all completed DAP I, and some have completed DAP II once or more. DAP I is always in the fall and is for new students only, and DAP II is always in the spring and is for returning students.

If you are still interested after reading, please fill out the volunteer application. Should you have any questions, please get in touch with Lauren Wilson, Teen Programs Coordinator at 202.272.2448 ext. 3301  |  202.376.3564 (fax)  |  lwilson@nbm.org |  Follow Teen Programs on Facebook and Instagram | National Building Museum  |  401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001  |  www.nbm.org  |  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles: gorgeous mosaics from Art Vortex

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. If you need something unusual and amazing for a special person on your list, check out these gorgeous mosaics from Fairfax-based Artist Valeria Birch of Art Vortex!

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles: Handmade Habitat’s all-natural candles are perfect for last-minute presents!!!

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. If you have a few last presents to pick up, don’t fear!  You don’t have to fight the crowds at the big box stores, just stop by the ‘Lift to pick up some lovely candles from Takoma Park-based artisan Amina Ahmad of Handmade Habitat.

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles: great greeting cards from Elf Art Designs

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift.  If you still need to pick up some cards to go with those gifts, don’t worry – you don’t need to fight the crowds at the big box stores.  Just stop by the Forklift and pick up some adorable and quirky greeting cards from Washington, DC based Artisan Erika Florez of Elf Art Designs.  Her packs of general cards are also great presents for folks who love to write hand-written notes, and the larger prints are perfect for the animal-lovers on your list!

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles: Figs & Honey Bath, Body and Spirit

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Check out Gaithersburg- based Robert Williams and Jennifer Ighani of Figs and Honey Bath, Body and Spirit:  their gift baskets are perfect for someone who is hard to shop for!

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles: Fisticuffs Leather

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Mt. Rainier-based artist John Davis of Fisticuffs Leather makes really cool cuffs – great for men and women!  He has a wide variety of styles – both ornate like the ones pictured below, as well as cuffs with simple, strong lines.

fisticuffs leather

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profile: Honey Cove Candles

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. One of the hottest sellers is Gaithersburg, MD based Artisan Nancy Williams of Honey Cove Candles.

honey cove candels

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profile – Karmalades, household cleaners with a conscience!

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Check out Suitland-based artisan Cynthia Brevil of Karmalades .

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