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The Art of Reclamation
Have What It Takes to Win a Design Contest?
September's Forklift First Friday
Tanglewood Works celebrates its first "Birthaversary"
You'lll love "This Old Warehouse" on September 12th
Power Tools Petting Zoo
Around the Community
August Specials & Freebies

Dear Forklift Fans, 
Go get your calendar out - there are SO MANY cool events happening at our warehouse and around town in the next few weeks! 

You can:
*  Check out an upcycled art exhibit 
*  Enter a design contest
*  Celebrate a "birthaversary,"
*  Meet antique & restoration experts at our fall festival
...and so much more!

There are also a lot of cool materials coming into our reuse warehouse this time of year.  We only send this newsletter out twice a month, so if you want more up-to-date info, just subscribe to our blog, or follow us on social media.  For example, these posts were popular in recent weeks:

*  We received some nifty old farm crates that would be great for storage and creative projects (folks on our Facebook page went nuts!)

*  We announced some fantastic weekend flash sales, including a Mid-Century Modern Sale on August 7-9, and a Half Off Storewide Summer Blowout on August 15th & 16th.

*  A Forklift Fan shared a great article about finding and dismantling pallets for use in crafty projects.

If you missed these posts, don't worry, we have more good ones in the works!  Plus, you still have 9 more days to save big with our August Specials (just jump to the end for all the details).

See you soon!  
Nancy J. Meyer


Attention metal fabricators, woodworkers, tradespeople and upcyclers!  Art Lives Here and Community Forklift are issuing TWO design/build challenges this month.  One is an Art Lives Here metal sign and the other is a counter top for the incubator gallery.  

Click here for all the details!
We take the "community" part of Community Forklift seriously.  So, on the first Friday of each month this summer, we've been staying open late to throw a party.  Please spread the word about the next one:
Admission Cost:  FREE!

Come down to the Grand Ole 'Lift for the summer's last Forklift First Friday, featuring tear-in-your beer, classic Honky-Tonk band Rodeo Motel.  They'll take you back to the heyday of classic country with their specialized duet harmonies and their fiddle and pedal steel-driven sounds that harken back to the 50's and 60's, when stars like George Jones, Kitty Wells, and Webb Pierce were making history on the Grand Ole Opry. 

Local favorites Adrienne Price and Joe Rogers will be showing their stunning artwork again.  We hope Joe will break it down on the dance floor one last time, too!

Town Center Market will be here with their pop-up-bar, with just the right microbrews for all those tears to go in the beers (and wine of course, if that's your thing).

And what honky-tonk would be complete without some good ol' fashioned BBQ? Bill's Backyard BBQ will be joining us as our featured food truck.  

So, grab your friends and family, and do-si-do down to the 'Lift for one last summer jam!  


BirthaversaryFirst Friday is just the beginning of the fun here on Labor Day weekend. 
Tanglewood Works is turning one year old, and boy, do those artists know how to party. If you haven't been into this amazing shop in front of the Forklift warehouse, now is the time! 

What better way to commemorate Labor Day than celebrating the one-year anniversary of a local small business - AND celebrating its expansion!

Thanks to all the fantastic support from fans far and wide, as well as the talents of so many local artisans, Tanglewood Works has made it to its One Year Anniversary!  Not only that, but thanks to the success of our first year and the high demand for upcycled furniture and artistic instruction, Tanglewood Works is unveiling its new 3,000-foot communal maker space.

To celebrate both of these milestones, we will be hosting an open house at the shop (4641 Tanglewood Drive, just in front of Community Forklift's warehouse) during regular hours Saturday and Sunday, and on 10am - 5pm on Labor Day. We'll be serving up refreshments and 10% off ALL store items.

From 10am - 5pm on Labor Day ONLY, we will host an open studio tour at our new Maker Space (3613 Oak Lane, Mt Rainier). Here we will be hosting FREE upcycling demos and selling as-is furniture all day for discounted prices.  Topics include basic lamp repair, stained glass ornaments, and how to repair missing molding.

We will also be having a "Salvager Hunt" where participants can hunt for salvaged items at CF, Tanglewood The Shop and Tanglewood The Studios all weekend long. Turn in all three items and redeem your FREE Upcycled Prize at The Shop or the Studio.

Into old houses or old tools?  
You're going to love the Forklift's 2015 fall festival...

On September 12th, we're celebrating all things 
vintage, antique, and well-loved. 

Wide Selection of Old Tools!
In addition to live music and food trucks, free restoration workshops and info from experts, you'll have a rare opportunity to check out our large selection of antique tools & hardware!  (normally sold only online).  

Antiques like these are crucial to the Forklift - the proceeds from rarer and more valuable items make it possible for our nonprofit program to survive!  Your purchases help to create good green jobs, reduce waste in the region, and support local community groups and neighbors in need.

Information & Demos!
Learn about preservation grants, rebates, local restoration companies, and more.  We'll have a ton of folks here to share useful info, including:
Prince George's Co. Office of Historic Preservation
The Prince George's Memory Project
Appraisal Assistance!
10 am - 3 pm 
Sarah Reeder is a specialist at the Potomack Company. Her particular areas of expertise are mid-century modern design and decorative arts. She looks forward to providing advice on a range of items including silver, ceramics, fine art, glass, and 20th century furniture and decorative arts. Individuals with items outside of Ms. Reeder's areas of expertise are welcome to bring their items and she will document them to be evaluated later by her colleagues. 

FREE Workshops!
We'll be adding more, so check our webpage often for more details and updates.

Understanding Your Electrical System
presented at 10 am by Steve Palmer of Stephen Palmer Electric, Inc.
Familiar with all types of wiring, dating back to the late 19th century, Steve will be sharing tips to troubleshoot and assess electrical safety in old homes.

Restoring Historic Windows
presented at 2pm by Stephen Ortado of Historic Structures
An expert in conserving, restoring and reproducing period window styles from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Stephen will introduce you to basic maintenance and repair techniques for your old windows. 

Old-Timey Bands!
Jacob Panic: 
10am - 11am
Solo banjo with pop and bluegrass influences.

Sweet Back Papas: 
12pm - 1pm
Moving seamlessly through guitar, ukelele, mandolin, washtub bass, harmonica, sax, fiddle and keyboards; the Sweet Back Papas play an eclectic mix of americana, blues, latino and jazz.
Sweetback Papas play Ukeadoodledoo
Sweetback Papas play Ukeadoodledoo

Rodeo Motel: 
Rodeo Motel takes you back to the heyday of classic country! Tom and Caroline Alderson have been singing country duets for 34 years, along with fiddler Dave Goldman since 1995. Now joined by their son Johnny, an avid fan of vintage country and roots music, they specialize in duet harmony and the tear-in-your beer, fiddle and pedal steel-driven sound of the 50's and 60's.

The Grub: 
Urban Bumpkin BBQ is a modern rolling cuisine that combines Asian, Native Alaskan and Russian dishes with American smoking traditions and unique bang'n flavors.  They say, "Some may call it the idenity crisis menu, but it's defintely the epitome of melting pot 'Murica!"

Thanks to our Sponsor:
Thanks to the National Association of Remodeling Industries Metro DC Chapter for making this event possible!
Tool Series Part 2: Power Tools
Saturday, August 29th at 2 pm
in the Community Forklift classroom  

In this hands-on class, you'll learn about a variety of small power tools, including drills and saws. We'll discuss safety, and how to perform different cuts and tasks. Bring your questions! Presented by Mark Wardlaw of BNV Remodeling. 

Did you know Tanglewood Works also offers in-depth classes?  They sell out quickly though, so you have to sign up fast.

Sept. 13th: 
From crab baskets to chicken feeders, there are so many fun objects to convert but you've gotta know the right way for the right piece.

Sept. 27th:
Learn multiple techniques for transferring images onto wood and even fabric. Prior to class, Sue will take your own personal images and prep them for transfer so that each participant gets to leave with a finished personalized piece of their very own.

Click on the links below to get involved!

Community Forklift is helping GreenBuild provide an urban food studio at the Capitol Area Food Bank this fall - will you help too?  
The Forklift's Community Building Blocks program provided construction materials for an all-season space for gardening, cooking education classes, volunteers, workshops and other events at the Capitol Area Food Bank.

Free opportunity for artists to sell their work at the Sept. 13th Fairwood Arts Festival in Bowie, MD.

Riverdale Park Community and Resource Day is coming up on Sept 26th. Featuring free groceries, prizes, moonbounce, and community organizations offering information about needed services.

Want to plant trees at your faith's retreat center, school, or congregation to help restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed while learning to care for Creation?  Sign up now for a free workshop - and free trees!

A Fall 2015 Hands-on Course in Organic Food Growing for beginning and advanced growers is being offered by the Neighborhood Farm Initiative.

After a Saturday trip to our warehouse, pick up some yummy veggies and fruit.  That's right, the Port Towns neighborhood now has a Farmers Market!  It's open on Saturdays from 10am - 1pm, just a few minutes from the 'Lift. 

FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia:  join the Anacostia Watershed Society on Thursdays this summer.  You provide the curiosity, and AWS provides canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson.

25% Off 
Modern & Vintage Furniture
Take an extra 25% off the blue & orange price tags on desks, chairs, dressers, bed frames, dining tables, coffee tables, end tables, consoles, bookshelves, file cabinets, outdoor furniture (tables, benches and chairs) & church pews. 

Sale does not include select specialty items, kitchen cabinets, bathroom medicine cabinets, mirrors, framed art/photos, housewares, décor, outdoor umbrellas, architectural salvage, mantles & vanities. Sale does not include items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags.


BOGO Chairs!
(Buy 1, get 1 free) 
Buy 1 chair priced at $20 or less and get a second chair of equal or lesser value FREE!  Offer does not include consignment items, specialty items, chair sets, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

With such a great deal, why not experiment a little? Chairs with broken seats can make lovely planters.

FREE Sample-Size Paint    
This month, all paint containers size 8 oz. or less are zero dollars (while supplies last).  Stock up for craft projecs and small jobs! 
Giveaway does not include Amazon Recycled Paint, 
or paint in containers larger than 8 oz.

(Did you know that we also have a permanent "Free Department?"  Out in our courtyard, we have section where we put chipped tile, wood scraps, and oddball items.  Ask about it when you visit - these items are just waiting for someone creative to give them a new life!)
See you at the warehouse soon!   

your friends at the Forklift