Monthly Archives: January 2011

Featured Charity: The Bicycle Exchange

Bad Tempt-Her tests out a repaired scooter

The Bicycle Exchange, 2566 Leghorn St., Mountain View, CA

A part of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Exchange helps needy families and individuals by repairing and donating used bicycles to partner community service organizations. Bikes benefit needy children as well as homeless individuals by providing transportation from shelters to schools and places of employment.

The Bicycle Exchange meets on selected Saturdays throughout the year to receive, repair, and distribute its inventory of donated bicycles. Their warehouse and workshop are fully outfitted with storage, repair stands, and tools for year-round operation.

New volunteers learn bicycle repair skills by assisting a team of more experienced volunteers. Mechanics always have lots to do and none are paid so they appreciate your effort to clean up your bike before donating it so they can focus on repairs.

SVRG recently volunteered with this group, and we were impressed with how much we learned about bicycle repair in a short amount of time. During our volunteer day, we helped to fix over 45 bicycles for donation, which is a very rewarding feeling.

Bad Tempt-Her, an SVRG newbie says, “I couldn’t have asked for a much more structured and valuable day. The team of experienced volunteers were readily available to provide step-by-step instruction on how to D.I.Y. regardless of the complexity of the repair. Not only did I enjoy the restoration process but I was also able to produce fully functional bicycles to people who will appreciate them most. I will definitely be volunteering or donating again in the near future!” SVRG will be back again soon and we hope to see you there!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

VOLUNTEER to fix up bikes during one of their volunteer service days from 10am to 3pm on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of every month. Individuals and groups are welcome, and if you volunteer 5+ work days during a year you get a T-shirt or shop apron!

DONATE a bicycle, scooter, tricycle, accessories, or even cash to help keep this great volunteer-run organization going – it’s tax deductible!

ORGANIZE a bicycle exchange chapter in your area. The Bike Exchange would like to start up a San Jose Chapter but hasn’t yet found someone with enough time to commit to organizing and running a Bike Exchange Chapter. Interested in helping? Contact them for more info.

Visit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition for more information!

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Win a WFTDA Prize Pack!


The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is hosting its annual fan demographic survey and by participating you’re entered into a drawing for a prize package! This survey is designed to help the WFTDA and its individual member leagues understand the modern roller derby audience – that means YOU! To participate in the survey please click on over to the WFTDA website.

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Tune In to KSCU on Tuesday to Win Bout Tickets

Still haven’t bought tickets to our February 5th season opener and double-header bout? Well if you’re penny-pinching here’s your chance to win a pair! We’ll be live on-air with Maddgirl on KSCU 103.3 FM from 3-5pm next Tuesday, January 25th, giving away two pairs of tickets!

Maddgirl plays a variety of punk, indie, pop, and electronic music for your listening pleasure and you can call in to ask your favorite derby girls those burning derby questions by calling the request line at (408) 554-5728 during the show!

And if Tuesday isn’t your lucky day, don’t forget that tickets are still available online at Brown Paper Tickets – but not for long, so buy them while they last!

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Featured Charity: One Brick

A percentage of the proceeds from our February 5th game will be donated to One Brick, a local nonprofit organization that provides support to other local nonprofit and community organizations by creating a unique, social, and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community. They enable people to get involved, have an impact, and have fun—without the requirements of individual long-term commitments.

Several SVRG members volunteering at RAFT through a One Brick event

In 2010, utilizing One Brick’s awesome events, SVRG donated many community service man hours sorting school supplies at Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT), making crafts with kids on Family Fun Day at Palo Alto Art Center, serving food for a Christmas in the Park fundraiser, and sorting donations at Sacred Heart Community Service. Their events are always well-organized and tons of fun!

Come volunteer with us at One Brick by checking out their available community service events! And don’t forget to buy your tickets to our February 5th game to help financially support this amazing organization! They’re only $11 at Brown Paper Tickets until the 15th!

ABOUT ONE BRICK

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, One Brick is a nonprofit organization that brings volunteers together to support other local nonprofits by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience. One Brick creates a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each volunteer event—which typically lasts only 3-4 hours—they invite volunteers to gather at a local restaurant or café where they can get to know one another in a relaxed social setting.

One Brick’s “commitment-free volunteering” allows you to choose when you volunteer, rather than having to make commitments for a certain number of volunteer hours, or agree to be available every week at a specific time.

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Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

It’s time to sharpen your betting skills and get your game face ready because the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are having our first-ever Poker Tournament! This exciting, high-stakes fundraiser will help to sponsor our players with new uniforms for the 2011 season.

Proudly hosted by CSR Real Estate, this event will be held on Friday, February 25th at 6:30pm at the CSR office located at 5671 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Suite 100, in San Jose.

Your $100 buy-in includes $1500 worth of playing chips as well as delicious pizza and beer to satisfy your appetite, served to you by your favorite roller derby girls! Re-buys/add-ons will be available for $40, with a limit of one per person. Prizes too great to name will be offered to the top 10 players!

Buy-in is required at the time of registration to reserve your spot, as space is limited. Interested players should contact Lindsay Lohanded at Lindsay.Lohanded@ymail.com or call (408) 881-2881.

Don’t think that you have to be a card shark to come—everyone is welcome! Come cheer on your favorite player and get a chance to meet your local roller derby team!

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Kick Off SVRG’s 2011 Season

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls kick off our 2011 season on February 5th with an action-packed double-header!

SVRG’s 2011 home games are on Saturday nights, including February 5th, April 2nd, June 11th, August 20th, September 10th, and October 15th. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets before they sell out, because we sold out our 1,000+ capacity in advance of many of last season’s games.

The season opener on Saturday, February 5th is a WFTDA-sanctioned double-header which allows SVRG to be nationally ranked among the nation’s best flat track roller derby teams. The games feature SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes against Bellingham, Washington and SVRG’s KillaBytes versus B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls’ Berkeley team. The event will kick off at 5:30pm at San Jose Skate, located at 397 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Tickets for February 5th are on sale now at San Jose Skate, Streetlight Records, and Psycho Donuts (Campbell & Downtown) and online at Brown Paper Tickets. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to One Brick, a local volunteer nonprofit organization that brings people together to help nonprofits and community organizations staff their events or work on volunteer projects throughout the Bay Area.

Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black. For more details about the bout and SVRG, click on over to our website.

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