Friday, December 19, 2008

"STOP! Your are now surrounded by the Holiday Spirit!"

Yesterday was a really cool day for us- Not only was it Ipanema's Karaoke Benefit, but Bakers' Crust in Carytown held a customer appreciation day in which they asked people to bring books for Books on Wheels and it was a lot of fun enjoying drinks and food and whatnot. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well, so I didn't stay for singing Karaoke, but Ward made it til 1:30 am. What a trooper! But we did go Caroling right before that, so I still got some singing done and here are a few photos of us in the Holiday Spirit. It was fun. Again, thanks to everyone for their awesome support and cheers to local businesses who support local organizations! Richmond is such an amazing city... Anyone have photos from Ipanema?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spring Tour least for now

Yes, we still spring break even though I am not in college anymore. Its just too much fun. Here is what we are looking for, or at least hoping for in March!

Books on Wheels Spring Break Tour 2008!
Friday March 13th: Greensboro, NC
Sat. March 14th: Athens, GA
Sun. March 15th: Pensacola, FL
Mon. March 16th: New Orleans, LA
Tues. March 17th: New Orleans, LA
Wed. March 18th: New Orleans, LA
Thurs. March 19th: or somewhere on the way to TX?
Fri. March 20th: Austin, TX
Sat. March 21st: Austin, TX
Sun. March 22nd: Austin, TX

and then we head home.. ..

We are open to suggestions for places, locations, stops, eats, or anything and all of this is subject to change based on booking, which I will most likely be working on until the minute we leave. Looking forward to being on the the road!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bike Sale and the end of our 2008 events! Goodbye to another year...

We got rid of quite a few bikes today and hopefully people were stoked on being able to pick up 5 dollar bikes. Thanks to the Clothes Rack, Anna and Mark, for having us, and everyone that came by this afternoon. We still have a few kids bikes if anyone is interested... picture of the inside of the bus pre-sale and then the parking lot. We love parking lots.

Anyway, we don't have anything planned for the rest of the year and more likely until our tour in March. I will post the tour dates and locations really soon, and then we can start filling in actual events. Heading down south again, chasing the warm weather. Thanks to everyone for an awesome 2008 for Books on Wheels!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mo' Talent

I got the honor of helping judge the Cutthroats/ Hell's Satan's First Talent Competition last night held at Gallery 5. Despite the unbelievably bad weather ( i never did dry off before leaving the show) the place was packed and the entertainment was incredible. Highlights included:
Julie singing "That's what friends are for", belly dancing while balancing a sword, double dutch,
Al's interpretive dance to Neil Diamonds "Coming to America", James as the "Great Flydini", and way more talent that involved some removing of clothes and some great dance moves. The event was really really fun and the cause was great- money being used to buy bikes for kids for the holidays. Yeah!!!! Can't wait until next year...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

And we are done...

Ward and I got finished dropping off books yesterday to all the organizations we are working with for the holidays. Pretty miraculously, the weather was really really warm, and so nice for driving around and unloading books, and after two days of doing this, I arrive to the last stop in Church Hill and the bus breaks down. Or more accurately, will not start anymore.

At least we are finished and its not too much of a headache right now, but it was only two months ago that we got the transmissions repaired and now we have more problems. I got the bus towed out of Church Hill back to its home, and hopefully it will stop raining long enough to try to take it into the shop. Thanks again to everyone that helped us again, it seemed like people were pretty stoked about our donations. These are the fine organizations that we dropped books off with this season:

Richmond Friends of the Homeless
Clark Springs Elementary School
Bon Secour Health Systems
Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative
Jackson-Fields Homes

The bike sale is still Saturday at the Clothes Rack unless the weather stays like this, then I don't know what the plan will be....maybe we will hold the sale inside the bus. Who knows.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

We have tote bags!

We have totes! For carrying stuff!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Books on Wheels Parking Lot

It is not particularly the best day to organize paper into cardboard boxes when the wind is so extreme that it is painful, but we picked the date, not the weather, and so we worked through the painful cold, and i must say that i am AMAZED by the people who came out and helped work this afternoon. We can't thank you enough for donating books and organizing. We are really really amped to give these books out in the next week! And come by our bike sale next weekend at the Clothes Rack. . . .

Friday, December 5, 2008

Books on Wheels Karaoke!

YEAH! You should definitely come to this awesome benefit:

Karaoke Night to Benefit Books on Wheels
Ipanema Cafe
Thursday 18th of December
$3 suggested donations and bring books to donate
Starts at 10:30 pm

This is directly after we get done Christmas Caroling, so our voices will be nice and warmed up. Ward is really good at singing Rainbow Connection. He sounds exactly like Kermit the Frog!!

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Features Books on Wheels discussing the Book Drive and Volunteer Day coming up this Sunday!! Come hangout with us!!!