2015 Sweetheart's Dance

2015 Sweetheart's Dance
Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse
24309 NE 209th St (Risto Rd)
Saturday, February 14
7-10:00 pm
18 + older
Several genres of romantic music for (mostly) slow dancing. Easy, fun environment.
Light refreshments. Dress formal or casual. Photos under the arch.
Free Door prizes. Terrific Raffle Prizes donated by local businesses.
donations always welcome 

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Golden Tusk Thai Cuisine
Northwood Public House
Old Town Battle Grounds
BG Safeway
1010 Nails & Spa
Columbia Credit Union
BG Fred Meyer
BG Ace Hardware
BG Prestige Cinema

Sweetheart Raffle Tickets
1 - $1
7 -$5
15 - $10
Door prizes are free!

Seed Swap & Giveaway, 1-4:00 pm, Sunday, January 25

Whether you have row crops, raised beds or a few containers on your windowsill now is the time to begin planning your garden. Flowers! Vegetables! Herbs! Ornamentals! Edibles!  Many are local saved seeds, non-gmo, heirloom and more. Thanks to a few generous people there will be a wide selection with many varieties. Bring your own extras if you have any. Visit with new and experienced gardeners and start dreaming of spring! Here is a partial list: basil, beans, beets, borage, broccoli, calendula, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, dill, fennel, kale, lettuce, marigold, melons, nasturtium, nigella, onion, parsley, peas, peppers, poppies, pumpkins, radish, squash, sunflowers, swiss chard, tomatoes, zinnias and more.
Very informal soup/snack potluck and food drive  to benefit the North County Community Food Bank. Call 360.666.4829 if you would like to help set-up/clean-up or donate. See you there!

Make Your Own Wreath Party

Sunday, December 7th, 1-5:00 pm. 

Bring your family and friends at the schoolhouse for a festive, fun, free party! If you have a foundation from last year please bring it with you to re-decorate with a new bow and fresh greens or pick up a grapevine wreath or swag foundation and a bow upon entry - supplies are limited so only 1 foundation and  bow per person please!
Everything you need to make your own wreath is provided  free. Extra decorations, treats, ornaments or pruners to share are always welcome. Gently used or new decorations adorning the building are free door prizes. If you want to try your luck you can purchase tickets for the "Presents Under the Tree" raffle. Items donated by local businesses. If you know someone who would like to volunteer or donate contact Kristine at  360.666.4829

Prints for Sale to Benefit Schoolhouse

11"x14" Pen and Ink artwork prints, numbered and signed by local artist Michael D. Allen of Ink Sensations available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the schoolhouse. Limited quantities. Call 360.666.4829 for more information.

Wanted: A Few Good People

Don't have a skill? We don't care! So many opportunities for people of all ages: Lawn care, weed/ivy pulling, blog writing, promoting, grant writing, photography, baking, painting, organizing events or just keeping an eye on the building...you can help! Call 360.666.4829 or 360.3687.7071 to volunteer today!

Spring Community Potluck & Auction

Join us at the schoolhouse Saturday, April 12th at 6:00 pm. for a fun social eating party and hilarious auction afterward! Don't worry if you can't bring a donation for the auction...you can bid on items too!

Meet & Greet + Informal Potluck

Come visit with our Swedish guest, Robert Carlberg, on Thursday, March 20 from 5-7:00 pm. Robert is a photography student who is interested in learning about the history of our area. He would appreciate information on early Swedish immigrants to Venersborg but is interested in meeting people of all kinds. You are welcome to bring a snack or dish for an informal potluck - vegetarian (eggs, dairy, fish OK) a plus!

2014 Sweetheart's Dance

This year's dance will be on Saturday, February 15th from 7:00-10:00 pm. Several genres of romantic music, from classic rock, hip hop, jazz, country, blues, classic and more. Refreshments. Casual, yet romantic and classy. An easy, fun environment for even the most die-hard non-dancing partner! Dress ballroom formal or jeans and tees. Digital pictures under the arch for couples or just friends.

Door prizes and Raffle prizes - so far - include  Bones in BG Village, $25 gift card, South Pacific Cafe, $25 gift card, flowers, chocolates with more to come! You must be at least 18 years old to attend. Raffle prizes containing alcohol, if any, may not be consumed on site and may only be won by someone 21 years or older with alternate prizes offered.

FREE with a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per couple. Raffle tickets cost $1 each, 7 for $5 or 15 for $10. Show your community support and have a great time too!

Like Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse on Facebook and get up to date information and to view pictures from a variety of past events.

Seed Swap & Soupapalooza 1-4:00 pm, Sunday, January 26th

Seed giveaway/exchange. Planning a garden? Bring your extra seeds, if you have any to share or come get some from the schoolhouse if you don't. Lots of vegetable and flower seeds to choose from. Stay for an informal soup-style potluck. Your favorite soup or other snacks are welcome - but not required!

Holiday Meeting

Next Meeting is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 11:00 AM and will be held at the Schoolhouse…this is a change from the initial planned meeting place.

This next meeting will include an end of year elections for our 2014 Board Officers and a celebration of the Holiday Season, so please join us! 
1. If you would like to participate in a fun white elephant gift exchange, please bring a modest item (for example, an ornament, candle, scarf or something from home that someone else could enjoy…including homemade goodies, etc), gift wrapped without a name and we will have a fun exchange at the end of the meeting.
2. This will be a no-hostess, so if you’d like, please bring a dish or goodies to share with everyone. Beverages and table service will be provided.

If you have questions or need directions, please call: Kathy Holtby 687-7071 or B.J. at 687-0626.

Wreath Party 2 Raffles + Door Prizes

Risto Road is dry and clear and the woodstove will be keeping everyone warm and toasty. No purchase is required but you can buy tickets for the 2 different raffles: Mary Jo's quilt and the Presents Under the Tree. All drawn at the party!
Here is a list of the Presents Under the Tree - feel free to patronize our donors!
Les Schwab-(2) 55 pc. Emergency Road Kits
Trader Joe's - $40.00 gift bag
BG Safeway - $35.00 gift basket
Yuletide Plate/Mug basket
Olive Garden gift basket
Big 5 - (2) $25.00 gift cards
Starbuck's - mug bag
Thornton's Treeland - gift certificate for tree


Windy Hills Tree Farm in LaCenter donated the Grand Door Prize - free prizes! - a beautiful noble (decorations not included) tree. Other door prizes were donated by clients of Always P&P Estate Sales, Gene Shafir (think lots of new teddy bears!) and several others!

Be sure to put your tickets in the correct container for the raffle you want to win. All tickets cost $1.00 = 1 ticket, $5.00 = 7 tickets, $10.00 = 15 tickets

Christmas Wreath Making Party 1-5:00 pm Sunday, December 8th

Yes it is that time of year again. Holiday commercialism and consumerism got you down? Let us help with BOTH! The annual wreath making party is coming on Sunday, December 8th from 1-5:00 pm at the schoolhouse. If you still have a grapevine wreath foundation from last year please bring it with you to re-decorate with fresh greens. Each person will get a foundation and bow upon entry - supplies are limited so only ONE foundation and ONE bow per person please!
Everything is free and shared. If you want to bring extra decorations, bows or treats to share please do so. Gently used or new decorations adorning the building will be given away as door prizes.
Donations are always welcome but there will also be 2 different raffles: Presents under the tree are gift wrapped items donated by local businesses. The other raffle is for the Christmas quilt donated by Mary Jo Lewis, a master quilter and quilt instructor. All winners are drawn during the party but need not be present to win. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 360.666.4829. You don't need to purchase tickets to make a wreath. All proceeds go towards future events and maintenance of the building. Hot cider, coffee and tea provided so come join us for a fun time at the old schoolhouse!
Quilt made and donated by Mary Jo Lewis