Just about everyone loves a bargain, and there will be bargains aplenty at the Really Cool Kids Consignment Sale this weekend.
Anything kid-related, from infants through teens, can be sold, so there's something for everyone with kids, all new or in gently used condition. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Danville Women's Club, 242 W. Linda Mesa Avenue.
And another really cool thing? During the final two hours of the sale, everything is half-off! Anything unsold, with the consignor's consent, will be picked up by Kiss the Toad Creations and donated to local foster children in need.
"Like any family, you want to save money where you can," said Janine Kaganzev, a Danville resident and founder of Really Cool Kids, which sponsors two sales a year. "If toys and clothes are taken care of, you can pass them on. It's a great way to renew, reuse and recycle."
Janine said she participated in seasonal consignment sales in Pennsylvania, where she previously lived. The first Really Cool Kids consignment sale was in February. The sales take the place of having garage sales or listing things for sale on the Internet. Families can get extra cash for items they no longer need, pick up bargain-priced items and ultimately give back to the community at the same time with any unsold items. To participate as a consignor or for further information, go to http://www.reallycoolkidsconsignment.com/.
Also available during the sale is a special selection of books and gift certificates offered by Shop from The Heart, with proceeds benefiting Kiss the Toad Creations. Since its official launch in 2008, Kiss the Toad Creations has shipped more than a thousand superhero capes to children battling life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. The nonprofit organization is based in San Ramon. For further information, go to http://www.kissthetoadcreations.com.
MUSIC PROGRAM SUPPORT: Thanks to some generous donations from Blackhawk Chorus members and their friends and families, two Danville schools have each received $3,000 to promote their music programs.
The donations were made in memory of Debbie Frey, a longtime member of Blackhawk Chorus, who passed away several years ago after a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer, said Diane Gilfether, founding director. The funds were awarded to Jennifer Brown, music director at Charlotte Wood Middle School, and Ken Abrams, director at San Ramon Valley High School, following a Blackhawk Chorus concert last month. Blackhawk Chorus formed in 1991 and has grown from the original 12 members to 140.
"We can't grow anymore," Diane said, "because no stage could hold us."
Among the original members still performing are Donna Armentano, Dottie Keyser, Linda Kralik and Brenda Zwahlen. Jim Keyser, Nick Armentano and Gene Paschal have been with the chorus since 1992, when men were first invited to join. The chorus performs two series of shows each year, one in the spring and one during the holidays.
Diane said they are taking a break now, but will pick up rehearsals again in August. To donate to the Debbie Frey fund, contact Jayne Hegenbart, business manager, through the group's website at http://www.blackhawkchorus.com.
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