2016 Seed Swap and Giveaway

1-4:00 pm, Sunday, January 31st

Gardeners and wanna-be gardeners: Start dreaming of spring! Thanks to a few generous people there will again be a wide selection with many varieties. Bring your own extras to give away.

Flowers! Vegetables! Herbs! Ornamentals! Edibles! Many are local saved seeds, non-gmo, heirloom and more. This was some of what was available in 2015: 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, and zinnias. 

Last year people also brought houseplants, canna lily bulbs, garlic, horseradish, iris rhizomes and garden related items to share.

Don't have seeds to share? No problem! Bring something for the very informal soup/snack potluck or a non-perishable item for the North County Community Food Bank. Volunteers are also welcome to help set-up/clean-up. See you there!

Retiring Today!

Happy New Year Everyone! Today I am stepping down as the key keeper, treasurer and event coordinator. Join me in welcoming Sue Kvamme as Key Keeper and Kathie Malone as Treasurer for the VCC and the VHPS accounts.

Please consider donating, volunteering to coordinate, host, set up or clean up after an event in 2016. Or create your own NEW one that compliments the Historic Schoolhouse Mission Statement. If you are unsure about what to do, a list of key actions and instructions is available. I will be happy to mentor you thru the process as time permits.

Thanks for the memories! Here's to making new ones!
Kristine White

Free Make Your Own Wreath Party

1-5 pm Sunday, December 6, 2015


Be prepared to bring your own smile! This is an open house style festive, fun, free party! 

If you saved your foundation from last year bring it with you to re-decorate with a new bow and fresh greens or pick up a new homemade grapevine wreath or swag foundation and a bow upon entry. Volunteers and neighbors are happy to help show you how.

Extra greenery, decorations, treats, ornaments, wire or pruners to share are always welcome if you want to bring some. Gently used or new decorations adorning the building are free door prizes.

"Presents Under the Tree" raffle tickets can be purchased but no purchase needed to join the party! Raffle items are donated by local businesses and individuals and all proceeds go to the schoolhouse, the only pay volunteers receive is your smile! If you know someone who would like to volunteer or donate contact Kristine at 360.666.4829

Autumn Community Potluck and Auction

Family friendly event - a fun social eating party and hilarious auction afterward! Don't worry if you can't bring anything for the auction...you can still bid on homemade, hand-crafted or new items! 

Building Character...

The Venersborg area has grown a great deal just in the last few years especially but there still isn't a lot to do locally. A few annual events between the schoolhouse and the Venersborg Church next door and nothing on the schedule for entertainment for the rest of this summer. So what can you do? What do you like to do? Are you creative? Like to work with your hands? Want to give yourself, your teens, tweens or toddlers something constructive to do that they can look back on with pride and satisfaction? You can coordinate a public event - it can be as small or big as you want! Schedule a picnic for family & friends, set up a garden for next year or teach a class. It's up to you - call 360.666.4829 to volunteer. You can have fun and feel great knowing you are preserving history and building character...

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.
FREE 
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!