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September Specials & Freebies

Dear Forklift Fans, 
If you've got Monday off, then set your sails for Community Forklift - we're having a big warehouse-wide sale for the long weekend.PIC OF WAREHOUSENow through Monday, Oct. 12th, you can save 40% on almost everything in the warehouse! 

(This sale does not include lumber, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners. May not be combined with other sales.)

Throughout October, we've also got some month-long sales and giveaways going on, and we have some great resources for both homeowners and contractors.

Also in October, of course, is Halloween! We've put together a display at the warehouse with parts and props to make your own Halloween costume or decorations, and we've been collecting ideas on 
Pinterest and Facebook.  

Go check out the video of an adorable 
little robot built with our HVAC parts, and please share your own pictures!

Now don't forget: the deadline for the National Reuse Contest is coming up at the end of the month.  We've had a Forklift Fan make it to the national finals for the last two years, so let's keep our winning streak going!     

Good luck,
Nancy J. Meyer
Want to Win $1,000 in Forklift Credit!?!
Sure You Do!

Every year Community Forklift joins reuse centers all across the nation to participate in The Reuse People Of America's National Reuse Contest. If you have recently finished a project using reclaimed building materials, or plan to in the near future, just submit it to your local participating store (that's us!) for a chance to win awesome prizes!  
The contest closes on October 31, 2015.  

We've only received a few entries so far, so your odds of winning in our local contest are good.  Big and small projects are welcome!  There are two categories:  
* Construction and remodeling
* Art and furniture

Last year, "Kate's Folly" won second prize in the national contest.  This beautiful little backyard retreat was constructed with a ton of Forklift materials!   

A Resource for Contractors 
Dear builders and remodelers:  
We know that many of you are frequent donors to the 'Lift.  You hate to see good building materials go to waste, so you donate reusable items instead of dumping.  It makes your clients happy and reduces your disposal costs - and you also feel good about helping the environment and the local community.

Well, now there's another way you can improve your business while helping your favorite reuse center! 

Do you know about the National Association of Remodeling Industries?  It's a trade group that can really benefit you, and if you mention Community Forklift when you join, they'll make a financial donation to support our work! 
The Metro DC chapter is quite active, with excellent educational and networking opportunities, and connections to help you find more leads.  Members of NARI are full-service contractors, design-build firms, subcontractors, and other related professionals who work in and provides services to the remodeling industry.  NARI Metro DC is an advocate of education and doing business with other NARI members.  By continuing to raise the skill level of member companies and the advantages of working with other members, everyone succeeds.  

Members are also able to attract new clients because NARI has a great reputation in our region.  NARI members are better prepared for working with homeowner needs thanks to continuous training, education and certification, as well as being able to offer the highest quality materials and services from highly-reputable partners.  All members are vetted through an independent review process, and have a background check completed on their licenses and business history to assure every member is operating at the highest standards. 
The NARI Metro DC Chapter awarded their 2011 Image Award to Community Forklift.
We have been very grateful for the NARI's strong and growing support of the Forklift.  For example, they recently sponsored our fall festival, "This Old Warehouse," and they often invite our staff to chapter events so their members can learn about sending excess and salvage building materials our way.

If you have questions, just contact Nancy A. Copen-Newman, Director of Membership, at narimetrodc.nancy(at)gmail(dot)com.  Check out the NARI website and calendar to learn more about the opportunities they offer, and remember to mention Community Forklift if you decide to join!


DIY Workshops! 

Bahia from On The Purple Couch is back and this time she'll be demonstrating how to update your cabinets with chalk paint. 

Come on by to learn how to refresh your tired cabinets and give your kitchen a brand new look! Attendees will learn how to prepare their cabinets, how to estimate how much paint they'll need and what finishes could be selected when painting cabinets. 

Remember, painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint requires no stripping, no priming, and no sanding....woo hooo! 

It's FREE!
When:  Sunday, October 18th 2pm
Where:  Community Forklift
4671 Tanglewood Drive
Edmonston, MD 20781
(5 minutes outside NE DC)
Not planning on updating your cabinets?  No Problem! This class will cover painting on finished woods of any kind. Come on by to learn more about what chalk paint can do for you!  

  Free Workshop Giveaway!
1 "orphan" cabinet given to each workshop attendee 
Tool Series Part 3:
Intro To Woodworking Machinery

Mark Wardlaw is back, and this time, he's bringing the big tools along!
Join us for Part 3 of Mark's Tool Series classes.  At the first 2 classes, he gave us a great overview of hand tools and  power tools. Now, he'll teach us how to properly set up & use a 12" sliding miter saw and 10" table saw. You'll have chance to use the machinery cutting different boards, and see different techniques for cutting trimwork & plywood (Note:  you do not need to have attended the earlier classes in order to tend this one). 

Mark Wardlaw is one of our regular workshop presenters and is a licensed contractor in Maryland & DC. He has been in the trades for more than 35 years and owns B.N.V Remodeling Company

It's FREE!
When:  Saturday, October 24th 2pm 
Where:  Community Forklift 
4671 Tanglewood Drive 
Edmonston, MD 20781 
(5 minutes outside NE DC)
Tanglewood Works now offers 
BYOB evening classes, too... 
Our friends at Tanglewood Works are now offering after-work evening classes so you can unwind, uncork, and let your creative juices flow!
In this class, you will 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.
Class size is limited, so be sure to register early.

Presented by Tanglewood Works and Sue of Shabadaba Chic
Location:  Tanglewood Works THE STUDIOS 
3613 Oak Lane, Mt Rainier MD
Wednesday October 21st  7 - 9pm
Wednesday Nov. 4th  7 - 9pm
Please note: there is a fee of $125 for this intensive workshop. 

Have you always wanted to try making and using your own chalk paint, but don't even know where to begin? Sue uses salvaged paint and will show you numerous recipes for creating the perfect texture for your own project. Sue will cover choosing and mixing paint, brush technique, basic distressing techniques and how to choose a sealant for your finished piece.
Class size is limited, so be sure to register early.

Presented by Sue, Tanglewood Works Senior Dumpster Diva Herself!
Location: Tanglewood Works THE STUDIOS 
3613 Oak Lane, Mt Rainier MD
Friday Oct. 16th or
Oct. 23rd 7-9 pm
Please note: there is a fee of $125 for this intensive workshop. 

Grand Opening of Green Owl Design's New Boutique & Art Gallery!
The folks at Green Owl Design are experts at creating beautiful spaces, often incorporating vintage and reclaimed items.  A full-service Interior Design firm, they are launching a new boutique and gallery space in the Gateway Arts District corridor in Hyattsville.  A Grand Opening will be held on October 17, 2015 from 7pm - 11pm, with hors d'oeuvres and libations! 

That evening, they'll also unveil their first solo artist exhibit by Maryland native Joseph Rogers. Roger's work embodies surrealism, symbolism, key motifs, and extraordinary color juxtaposition. He has the talent and style of such greats like Picasso and Chagall while maintaining his own unique identity (Joe's work may look familiar to many of you, as he exhibited at Forklift First Fridays this summer). 

Green Owl Design is located at 5303 Baltimore Avenue, Ste 101, Hyattsville, MD 20781 in the historic Maryland Building.  Hope to see you there!
Vigilante's Second Saturday Concerts
Stop by Vigilante Coffee on the second Saturday of each month to hear three different musical acts perform short sets as you sip your favorite locally roasted coffee and meet up with friends.  While you're there, see if you can spot the seating and decorations they found at the Forklift!

Celebrate Food Day with 
ECO City Farms!
 Come spend a beautiful fall day celebrating the harvest!
Visit the home of the Port Towns Farmers Market (a block away from ECO's Bladensburg Farm, just a few minutes from Community Forklift) to experience an urban farm; understand where food comes from; find out about local, affordable produce; and learn about healthy eating and active living. They'll have farm tours, a farmer photo booth, apple-tasting, cooking demonstrations, and more:
Join the Climate Conversation!
The Energy, Health & Climate Expo is a series of family-friendly community events that will bring area organizations, legislators, and YOU together for a discussion about energy, climate change, and what it means for Marylanders.
Yummy crab feasts depend on a healthy climate. Photo by Clark Vandergrift from VisitMaryland.org
At these events, you will have the chance to meet local nonprofit and advocacy groups. We will also hear from local legislators and energy leaders on the importance of acting on climate in Maryland. You'll find out what the state is doing to help address climate change and grow Maryland's clean energy economy, and learn about what you can do.
EmPOWER Maryland's fun and educational Energy Arcades will appeal to children, while also giving parents ideas about how to save energy and money in their homes.
Refreshments will be provided.
Energy, Health & Climate Expo: Southern Maryland
October 17th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
College of Southern Maryland, 
8730 Mitchell Rd, Rm BI113 
La Plata, MD 20646 

Energy, Health & Climate Expo: Prince George's County
October 24th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Suitland Community Center, 
5600 Regency Lane 
Forestville, MD 20747 

Energy, Health and Climate Forum: Howard County
November 17th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Columbia East Library/Senior Center, 
6600 Cradleroack Way 
Columbia, MD 21045 

Give a Shelter Dog a 
New Beginning
We're animal lovers here at the Forklift (we love it when folks bring their pets along to the warehouse).  So we wanted to spread the word about this:

Celebrate National Adopt-A-Dog Month by finding your new BFF at the Animal Services Facility in Upper Marlboro. Throughout the month of October, your Department of the Environment (DoE) Animal Management Division (AMD) is reducing adoption fees to $125 (normally $225) for anyone who adopts a dog from the Prince George's County Animal Services Facility. 

To view all the pets available for adoption at the Animal Services Facility, visit www.PrinceGeorgesPets4us.com. You may also see their pets in person by visiting the Facility located at 3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.  
Adoption hours are:

Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 12 PM to 6 PM

Wednesday: 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Saturday - 10 AM to 4 PM

Thursday, Sunday and holidays: Closed

The reduced adoption fee covers microchipping, pet licensing fee, rabies, distemper and bordetella shots, heartworm medicine and spay/neuter surgery cost.

For more information on National Adopt-a-Dog Month and the pets available for adoption at the Prince George's County Animal Services Facility, contact (301) 780-7200.
Your little Forklift Fans will love 
CASA's World Of Wheels!
Families are invited to come see and explore a variety of vehicles, enjoy fun and games... while supporting Court Appointed Special Advocate and helping to bring a voice to more children in foster care!

Date: October 17, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: DeMatha High School
4313 Madison St. Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 

Event in gated back parking lot. Event parking is at the front of the school just off of Rt.1/Baltimore Ave.

Enjoy local food in support of 
Prince George's Green 


Specially marked doors are FREE (while supplies last).  Many of these free doors are commercial, and will make a nice sturdy surface for work tables, shelving, and other projects.  Special does not include items without "free" stickers or signage.

Specially marked lights are FREE (while supplies last), including select wall sconces and ceiling mount lights.  Special does not include items without "free" stickers or signage.

Have you been waiting to restore a bathroom? Love the look of clawfoot tubs? September is your month! All cast iron tubs and sinks are 50% off. Sale includes vintage items with blue tags AND modern items with orange tags. Sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags or consignment items.

Upcoming Flash Sales!  
In addition to our monthly sales, we often announce surprise two or three day sales on our social media pages. 
"But I'm reading the newsletter right now!," you say, "Doesn't this have all the sale info?"  Nope - this e-newsletter only goes out twice a month, so due to the timing it can't include all the surprise sales.  
To find out about our Flash Sales, you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.  Or, you can sign up to get an email every time we post on our blog - just enter your email address in the "Follow Our Blog' box on the right column of our webpage.  
See you at the warehouse soon!   

your friends at the Forklift