Free Workshop TODAY at 2pm! Green Ideas for Daily Living

Hi Forklift Fans – we’ve got a great workshop TODAY, Saturday July 19th, at 2pm at Community Forklift.  But if you can’t make it, we’ve got more workshops later this summer.  They’re all free, too!  Read on for the full schedule…


Green Ideas for Daily Living

with Tanya DeKona, M.S., Occupational Therapist from the “The Green Elf”

THIS SATURDAY, July 19th at 2pm


You shop at Community Forklift because you care about reusing materials, saving money, and reducing your impact on the earth.

What if you could improve your quality of life, reduce your bills, and live lightly on the earth in daily living, make your lifestyle very “green?”

Through this interactive and lively event, you will learn practical ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in daily life, key decisions that affect the planet and your money.

You will begin to think more deeply about how to integrate the 3 R’s– Reduce, Reuse and Recycle into your daily life by considering:

  • what you bring into your home (Reduce),
  • what you use in daily life (Reuse), and
  • what you discard (Recycle),

You are also invited to bring along objects (or photos of objects) that you’ve been keeping because you just don’t know what to do with them. We will brainstorm about possibilities, even trade objects within the group!

If you leave wanting to learn more about how to integrate the “3 R’s” into your own home and community, “the Green Elf” does home visits. A “green lifestyle” audit is an opportunity to discuss your needs on site and empower you to live the “green” lifestyle that you want.

You can reach your local elf, “The Green Elf,” via her business phone: (301) 385-3619.  



The “Green Elf, has lived a “green” lifestyle for years. That is, a lifestyle that integrates “the ‘3 R’s’ (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) into every aspect of daily life.
It is the Green Elf’s goal to methodically share that information, to teach others how to “green” their lifestyles. 

Some of the “Green Elf’s” community accomplishments include:
*  providing direct recycling services to Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary and Maryland Occupational Therapy Association;
*  creating self-sustaining recycling programs for local non-profits such as St. Mary’s Armenian Church;
*  preventing thousands of pounds of goods from going to the landfill for the Pennyworth Thrift Shop by diverting them for reuse by the Washington Humane Society and Community Forklift.

The Green Elf gives you an excellent “bang for your buck.” How? By applying years of professional skills working with clients in their homes to the arena of sustainability. As an occupational therapist for 10 years, “The Green Elf” has honed the skills of analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and organization of time and mind. A conversation between you and “The Green Elf” can enable you to have an excellent quality of life, reduce your bills, and live lightly on the earth.

If you would like to learn explore a “green“ life style audit, please speak with “The Green Elf” or call “The Green Elf” “hotline:” (301) 385-3619. Based in Takoma Park, Maryland..



Learn how to turn a door into a headboard!

Intro to Repurposing / Upcycling & Paint Prep Basics

with Mark Wardlaw from BNV Remodeling Company

July 26th at 2pm

In this workshop, Mark will provide an interactive demonstration of how to turn a reclaimed door from Community Forklift into a headboard using basic hand tools. Through this interactive class, he will guide the beginner from start to finish.

Walk away with not only the knowledge and visual help needed to do-it-yourself, but also with a $5 Community Forklift coupon to use toward a door of your choice.


Repurposing with Community Forklift 101:

Thinking Differently About Materials, and Starting Your Next Project

with Forklift Fan Ryan Quinter

August 9th at 2pm


Do you have a project in mind but don’t know where to start? Come learn the basics of re-purposing with a class built just for beginners.

In this customized workshop Ryan will work with attendees who have projects in mind, but don’t know where to start. We will be rethinking about salvaged materials and how they are used, looking at materials differently in order to help start or finish home projects and inspire others to do the same!


Ask Mr. Fix-It

Repairing & Restoring Old Furniture 

**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

with Bergamin Fortunati from Southern Cross Co.

August 16th from 2-4pm


Have an old piece of furniture you want to restore but don’t know how to get started? Bring it in to Community Forklift during this interactive, hands-on workshop.  Bergamin Fortunati will show you how to repair and restore old furniture, without great costs.  Bergamin will guide you through decisions on what kind of finish to use, how to decide whether to strip the wood, replacing broken parts or removing water stains and marks. Trim, knobs, handles and other useful materials are available here at Community Forklift.  Bring your questions and let’s get started!


Making & Using Your Own Chalk Style Paint

**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

with Sue Mondeel from Shabadaba Chic

August 23rd from 2-3pm


At Shabadaba Chic, we are all about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! There are many varieties of chalk style paints available today which make it easy for painting novices to tackle their own furniture facelifts, but the price tag can be daunting. The beauty of chalk based paint is its ability to adhere to almost any surface and to create customized weathered looks.

We will show you how to take any latex paint you find, either in your own basement or on the shelves at Community Forklift and mix up your own chalk based paint.


We’ll show you how to measure it, mix it, paint it, layer it and weather it too.

Bring some paint and a small furniture item such as a stool, side table, chair, or any other metal or wood item that you would like to transform.