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Music & Microbrews at Forklift First Fridays
Green Job Fair coming to Prince George's County
Teens use Forklift materials to help the Petworth Community Market
We're Hiring Community Builders!
Events Around Town
Free Workshops Coming Up - and a Toddler Tour!
Stop by our Port Towns Pit Stop on Bike To Work Day
Last Chance for Awesome April Sales

Dear Forklift Fans,

We've been working hard to put nicer items on our shelves, provide cleaner aisles, and host lots of fun events at the warehouse.  Now, we're finally able to bring you something else - longer store hours!

next week, on Saturday,
May 2nd
we'll be opening our doors at
9am every day of the week

Also starting on May 2nd, we'll be extending our evening hours to stay open 
every Wednesday and Friday 
until 7pm. 

It wasn't a hard decision to make, because we love it here. In fact, we love being here so much that we've decided to bring happy hour to our own workplace!

Receiving & Processing Manager TJ brings his kids to work, and this is what they get to do!

Come join Forklift staff, friends, and family this May 1st (and the first Friday of every month through September) as we celebrate longer and warmer days of summer. 

Working together with Town Center Market, Riverdale Parks Arts Council, and Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance, we will have craft beer & wine, food trucks, artist vendors, live music and an hour of open mic.  See below for more details about our very first Forklift First Friday!


Do you have friends you haven't seen in a while?  Maybe you all love DIY, thrifting, or vintage stuff? Here's a great excuse to catch up with them!  

On May 1, between 6-8m, meet your friends at Community Forklift. Hang out, enjoy music from Juliette and the Thunderballs, and fill up on gourmet macaroni and cheese from CapMac

You can also shop for beaded jewelry & stained glass creations from Hyattsville artist Sally Ann Rogersa native Floridian who has been living and working in Prince George's County for the past 38 years. Sally Ann's work has been displayed at Maryland State House in Annapolis, the Director's Office of MNCPP, Montpelier Arts Center and Franklin's Restaurant in Hyattsville, MD.

Following our band spotlight, whip out your instruments and join in the musical merry-making during our open mic session between 7-8pm.  Have a beverage and relax - it's Friday!

Thanks to Riverdale Park Arts Council for their financial contribution to our band spotlight, and for the use of their sound equipment (We can't wait for their annual ArtsFest, coming up on Sunday, May 3rd!)

Spread the word and

On Saturday June 20th, 
from 2-5pm,  Prince George's County will host its first annual  Green Job Fair. Sponsored by Prince George's Department of the Environment
and Community Forklift, the event will highlight opportunities to build up our green economy and establish a strong economic base that promotes our environment and local community.

Head over to Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville to meet with organizations like MD Sun, Corvias Solutions, PGDOE, Love & Carrots, Eco-City Farms, Green Drop, and Grid Alternatives. Find out what employment opportunities are available and start on the path of your own green career! No RSVP necessary, and childcare will be provided on a case by case basis. 

Please contact our outreach team for more information, and keep checking our blog to stay up to date with our list of participating employers.

If your organization promotes social, environmental and economic sustainability, and you'd like to be involved, please fill out the employer form, and we'll be in touch! The fee for vendor participation is $40.00 for for-profit businesses and government agencies, and $20.00 for nonprofit organizations. 
Teens Take Over 
Petworth Community Market:
Using Community Forklift Materials to Build Community  

Teens at the National Building Museum found an awesome plastic frame to use for signage at the Petworth Community Market. Photo by National Building Museum 

Starting next weekend, stop by the Petworth Community Market to see how participants of National Building Museum's Spring Design Apprenticeship Program have strengthened the Market's connection to its surrounding neighborhood (The market opens for the season on Saturday, May 2nd from 9am-1pm, and is located on 9th Street in NW DC, between Taylor and Upshur Streets). 

Teen design teams addressed myriad issues for the market, including visibility, overall visitor flow, and aesthetic cohesiveness. The young designers sourced materials from Community Forklift, and used design software at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Digital Commons space to fabricate the final products.

Projects will be presented during the Market's opening day on May 2nd between 1pm-3pm at Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011), where they'll be tested by members of the public for the first time. This is a unique opportunity for program participants to receive feedback on their designs and ideas immediately. Projects include an interactive photo booth, large scale games, and a community square.

Program participants represent a wide cross section of the D.C. metro area, coming from public, private, charter, and home schools across the region.

Created in 2000, the Design Apprenticeship Program builds upon the Museum's two other teen programs, CityVision and Investigating Where We Live. Each year, approximately 50 new and returning teen designers work alongside industry professionals to design and construct a project of their own conception.

Could you be a 
Community Builder?  

Photo by PabloRawPhoto.com
Community Forklift is seeking energetic, friendly,
and extremely outgoing people with excellent people skills who are available to work on some Saturdays & Sundays. Occasional weekday availability is a plus. 

Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this part-time contract position. For more info, check out our job posting here.

Upcoming Events

During the month of May, stop by the ArtDC Gallery at Lustine, located at 5710 Baltimore Ave. in Hyattsville, MD to see up-and-coming Riverdale Park artist Grayson Heck present
The New Nature.  

Some of you may remember Grayson from his time as a Reuse Associate at the Forklift front desk.  We're thrilled that his art career is so going well!

The opening reception will take place on 
May 9th, between 1-4pm
Toddler Sensory Tour at 
Eco-City Farms 
Saturday, May 9th, 11am-12pm


Toddlers and parents are invited to explore and engage with nature through a tour of ECO City's urban farm in Edmonston, MD (right down the street from the Forklift). We will touch, smell, and sometimes taste all phases of our vegetable production from worms to roots and greens. We'll see farm buildings and projects built with Community Forklift materials. We may even be lucky and get a visit from the farm cat, Rosie, and the ducks!


Deborah Wren has been the manager at ECO City Farms at Edmonston for just over a year. Having grown up on a family-run dairy farm in Upstate New York, she has always spent her days outdoors loving nature. Now that she has started her own family, she realizes even more the importance of engaging our youth with nature and all the wonders it has to offer.


Eventbrite - Toddler Sensory Tour at Eco-City Farms

Getting Started on 
Your Home Garden 
Saturday, May 23rd


Starting your new home garden can be a daunting task. Meredith Sheperd, Founder of Love & Carrots, will share some expert tips on getting started the right way. From choosing the best plants to grow in your space to strategizing on a master plan, Meredith will share some tips of the trade to help you get growing this season. Whether novice or expert, this workshop is a great opportunity to discuss your most pressing questions or to simply absorb some new information.



Meredith has an extensive background in landscaping and design, small organic farming, and environmental science. She has been working in sustainable agriculture for many years. Before founding Love & Carrots, she spent several seasons managing Chailey Farm in Virginia, which produces organic herbs and vegetables for high end DC restaurants City Zen, and The Sou'wester. Meredith shares her passion for growing food by leading workshops on home gardening and small scale urban agriculture throughout the DC metro area and by providing a supportive and educational work environment for her dynamic team of urban farmers and agriculture enthusiasts. 



Eventbrite - Getting Started on your Home Garden
Fruit Tree Growing in the 
(Washington DC Region)
Sunday, May 24th

From paw paws to peaches, discover the fruit trees that grow best in our region. This talk is especially suited to gardeners lacking growing space or living in urban areas. Presenter Kathy Jentz is the Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine.



Kathy is a life-long gardener from a family of farmers and dedicated gardeners. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club and on the board of several other clubs and organizations. You can read Kathy's work in the Washington Examiner and Washington Woman in addition to regular guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4 and WAMU radio.


Washington Gardener magazine is published specifically for the local metro area - zones 6-7 - Washington DC and its suburbs. The magazine premiered in March/April 2005, and is now about celebrate its 10th anniversary!



Eventbrite - FREE Workshop - Fruit Tree Growing in the Mid-Atlantic (Washington DC Region)

Coldframe & Germination 
Chamber Building Workshop
Saturday, May 30th

Join Farmer Colin to learn how to build cold frames, germination chambers, and other season extension structures you can replicate at your own home. Colin is the farm manager at ECO City's new farm in Bladensburg.




Eventbrite - Coldframe & Germination Chamber Building Workshop

Bike to Work Day 2015


Community ForkliftECO City FarmsAnacostia Watershed Society and the town of Edmonston's Green Team are joining forces to bring you the... 


Port Towns Pit Stop!


On Friday, May 15th, ride to work in style and stop by for free refreshments, entertainment, and fun raffles. Register ahead of time for your free 2015 Bike to Work Day T-shirt!


Celebrities at our pit stop?  Well, you never know!

Registration for the 2015 event is free and easy to complete online. When prompted to select your pit stop location, remember to select "MD - Port Towns - Edmonston." Our pit stop will be open for both the morning and afternoon commute (You may stop by in both the a.m. and p.m., but you must register for a time of day to let us know when you'd like to pick up your Tshirt).


Biking to work for the first time? No fear! According to organizers,

"Cycling classes, commuter convoys, bike-to-work guides, and the regional Guaranteed Ride Home program are among the many services and resources designed to help commuters feel safer and more comfortable taking to the roads and trails as part of the event." The classes are offered by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), one of the co-organizers of Bike to Work Day.

Click Here to Register!


The first 14,000 registrants who attend an official pit stop will receive a free event t-shirt. All registrants will be entered into a raffle to win one of many donated bicycles! 


Bike to Work Day launched in the Washington area in 2001 with just a few hundred registrants and has grown every year since, to nearly 17,000 participants. More details about our Port Towns Pit Stop are coming soon, so stay tuned.


April Sales
It's hard to see much potential in this old cabinet.  


Single kitchen cabinets with $5 orange tags are now ZERO DOLLARS in April!  Offer does not include medicine or bathroom cabinets, shelving, kitchen cabinet sets, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags.


Perhaps you don't need a spare cabinet?  Think again!  Here are some great project ideas:


AFTER:  The folks at Young House Love created a really cute play kitchen!


Other great things you can do with single cabinets:


 1)  Add feet and a cushion to build a window seat storage bench,

2)  Create a sturdy mudroom bench, or

3)  Find cabinets that are close in style to your existing kitchen, and build an island




 Throughout the month of April,
  • 18" carpet tiles are just $0.25 each
  • 24" carpet tiles are $0.50 each, and
  • 36" carpet tiles are $1.25 each!*
*Regularly $0.50, $1, and $2.25

Sale does not apply to surplus/new carpet tile, to roll carpet or other types of tile or flooring, or to select specialty items.

Carpet tiles are ideal for high-traffic areas like playrooms. Don't forget to buy a few extra, just in case you stain one and need to swap it out! 


An old desk makes a great kitchen island! Check out ThisOldHouseOnline.com for tips on how they did it.

This month, save 50% on desks and dressers with orange tags, and 25% on desks and dressers with blue tags. 


Sale does not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.


It's a great excuse to experiment, and give an old piece of furniture a cool new life!


A boring old dorm desk can become a cute changing table. Click on the picture for an explanation of how they did it.
Will cooking on a vintage stove make you look as glamorous as Lena Horne?  We think so. 

Throughout April, save 50% on appliances with blue tags! 


Sale does not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.




This blogger turned a boring builder-grade light fixture into something really fresh and pretty
Save 25% on light fixtures with blue and orange tags. 

Sale does not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.

Design Sponge has a great tutorial for turning old light fixtures into beautiful terrariums!

Did you know that we post our monthly sales (as well as surprise flash sales) right on the front page of our new website? If you're looking for our May Sales, just check out CommunityForklift.org 
They will be announced on May 1st.

See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift