Ridgefield News


November 4, 2010 - Ridgefield Events


I'd like to report on the "Make a Difference Day", held October 23rd at the cemetery. There were over 50 people who showed up to help make a difference. Scouts, Garden Club, football players, citizens. Trees were cleaned up, chipped, the cemetery was raked, blackberries & ivy were cut, cleaned up, grave markers were swept and cleaned around. Lunch was served by Joe Melroy, food donated by Mayers meats, Odwalla juices, cake by Allene Woodage, cookies by Carey Siegmund.

It was a great success and a little rain did not dampen the enthusiasm. Bruce Crockett and Gary Adkins provided a great deal of help with their Bobcat and tractors. Many bushes were trimmed or removed and we even discovered some old grave markers that were hidden. I would like to thank all those who contributed in some way to this clean up. It was fabulous!

Thanks to all....Ron Onslow/Mayor


Ron is missing his rake from the 'Make a Difference Day' - it's a hard-tine one and 'Ron O' is marked on the handle.

He has someone's shovel and a small hand saws-all which were left at the cemetery. If they're yours, give Ron a call at 887-0329 and he'll get them back to you.


American Legion Post 44 will conduct their "Community Awards Program" Saturday November 13, 2010.

The Post will recognize a Law Enforcement Person of the Year, Humanitarian & Lifesaver of the Year, Educator of the Year (K-6) & (7-12), Citizen of the Year and they will also honor several "Blue Star Banner" members.

The Post members invite all citizens to attend, there is no charge and hors d'oeuvres and punch will be served. The event starts with a social hour beginning at 5:30 PM and the program will start at 6:30 PM.

The American Legion Post is located at 327 #B Pioneer St., on the corner of 4th Ave & Pioneer. Information: Bob Ford, 887-8351.


Ridgefield Art Association will hold their next meeting at the Pickled Heron Gallery, 418 Pioneer, on Tuesday, November 9, at 7 pm. Artists and supporters of the arts are welcome to attend. Election of officers will be held, and dues for 2011 may be paid at the meeting. Members who pay their dues before the new year will have first choice on spots in the May, 2011 art show.

Information: Dan Baker, president, ridgefieldartists@gmail.com, 887-8963, 608-0421.


Alcove Art Gallery, 328 Pioneer, will give away a wood-fired vase made by Robin Hominiuk to a lucky winner next month. Every time you buy something from the gallery you will get a chance to win the vase. The lucky winner's name will be drawn on December 23. Stop in and see the new show! Alcove's new longer hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11-6 and Saturday, 10-5. Information: 727-3088, 887-2160.


An Open House to introduce three alternatives for reducing congestion, improving safety and supporting economic development on NE 179th Street with be held Tuesday, November 9, between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the Clark County Event Center at the fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road. Information: Linda Samll 397-6118, #4753.


Congratulations to our own Darin Shields, who competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawai'I.


It's First Friday time again in Ridgefield! Have your First Friday booklet stamped as you visit each participating store, and take a chance on winning this month's reward. The prize this month will be a Money Tree, with special offers from each store. It's fun! It's local! It keeps these stores in business!

Most of the stores offer libations and refreshments. Here's a list of stores to visit:

Ridgefield Floral - 10% off Doug and Melissa toys.
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Alcove Art Gallery - featured artist for November - Ruth Schmit with her oils and acrylics - wine and cheeses, dessert
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Zebrun's Starliner - $5 wine tasting from Bear Flag wines. Store and cafe open for dinner, 4-8
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Organic Boutique - 15% off cotton organic bath sheets - refreshments
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4 Rivers Yoga ..................................................
Ridgefield Hardware - $10 off a $40 purchase (non-sale items)
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Ridgefield Wellness & Nutrition Club
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Vinnie's Pizza - $3 off large/giant house pizza; $2 off small/medium pizza
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Sportsman's Bar & Grill - First Friday prime rib, $11.99 and $14.99
.................................................. Old Liberty Theater - 'The Big Trees,' 1952, with Kirk Douglas - $1 movie, $1 ice cream cone, $1 popcorn - old-time fun!
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Ridgefield Pioneer Marketplace
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Pioneer Street Café - happy hour entrees, wine and beer specials


It's not too late to plant garlic and shallots. Tuck them in any unused sunny corner of your garden, 2" deep and 4" apart. They'll make roots all winter, and be ready to harvest next June or July. Save the biggest bulbs and replant them next fall for a continuing crop.


Saturday, November 6 from 10-4 the Pleasant View Church at 801 NE 19th will have its annual holiday event. Lunch and drinks will be served for a small cost. There are free samples of fudge and also free jewelry being passed out until it is gone. Beautiful bracelets, earrings, necklaces, key chains and mirror charms. Information: Sheri, 904-1443.


Several people wrote me to request I mention the part that American Legion Post 44 had in procuring flags for our downtown celebrations. I apologize that I didn't do so in my last mailing. The Legion has asked the Lion's Club to erect the flags for Veteran's Day this month, and will work with local organizations so the flags get displayed throughout the year. If you can help, please call 887-8351.


LOOKING AHEAD

Ridgefield High School is having a canned food drive starting November 29 and ending December 14th. The food will be donated to North Clark County Food Bank, and RHS will compete with Kalama High School for the most food collected.

Community members are asked to donate food to support the High School and the Food Bank. Donations may be dropped off at the Ridgefield Community Center lobby on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-8 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10-5 (library hours.) The Ridgefield High School office is also accepting donations and their hours are Monday - Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm.

Let's show Kalama how strong our community spirit is and support this very worthwhile group!


Electronic Christian Music bands Isopod, Lectronin, and Situation will perform Sunday evening, November 14, at Messiah Lutheran Church's North County Campus: 2 South 56th Place, Suite 203 in the Heron Gate Building in Ridgefield.

This free concert is open to middle school and high school youth from 6:30-9:00 pm. For more information, please call 574-7081 or visit www.messiahvancouver.org.


Help the stores in downtown Ridgefield open the holiday season with a gala celebration Saturday, November 20. Put it on your calendar! Special offers in each store! Refreshments! Come and enjoy! Information: 727-3588, 887-2160.


Smiles Dental and First Independent Bank are sponsoring 'The Ugly Toothbrush Exchange' on Wednesday, November 17, from 10 am to 3 pm. Bring your old tooth brush and exchange it for a dental gift bag including floss, lip balm, a new toothbrush and other special offers from Smiles Dental. A $100 gift card to Smiles will be given to the person with the ugliest toothbrush. This offer is only good at the Ridgefield branch of First Independent, 228 Simon Street. Information: 699-4276.


Messiah Lutheran Church Health & Wellness ministry is sponsoring a free evening event, Unplug the Christmas Machine: Take Back Your Holiday, on Thursday, November 18, from 6:30-8:00 pm at its North County campus at Heron Gate, 2 South 56th Place, Suite 203. Chaplain Barry Stueve from St. John Medical Center in Longview will share ideas about how to make more intentional choices about spending, gift-giving, time obligations, decorating and gathering for the holidays. Free child care is available. For more information, please call 574-7081 or visit www.messiahvancouver.org.


There will be a Board of County Commissioners hearing about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan on Tuesday, November 23, 10 am, in the 6th floor hearing room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver. The hearing is open to the public and there will be opportunity for public testimony. Information: Laurie Lebowsky, Laurie.Lebowsky@clark.wa.gov, 397-2280, ext. 4544.

I know this meeting is out of our area, but may affect local citizens, so I'm including the information.


The 17th annual Ridgefield Hometown Art & Craft Bazaar will be Saturday, December 4, 9 am - 4 pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. Save the date - more information about this home-grown event in future mailings. My understanding is the hall is filled, but if you want more information, contact Vic at 601-7587.


The 26th annual "Walk & Knock" food drive is Saturday, December 4th, and volunteers are needed to help collect food within the Ridgefield area. Volunteers are needed to help repackage the collected food and load it into the truck/trailer at the high school. This is a great chance for a church group or youth organization to get involved with helping the community.

All the food that's collected is distributed to the needy within the Clark County area, including Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Ridgefield. The Ridgefield Lions will provide coffee, hot chocolate, doughnuts, sandwiches, chili and sodas on the day of the drive.

Groups that want to help should contact Missy Stucky at 901-0470, missy-mfarms@tds.net.


Learn the art of harvesting chickens at home. Inspiration Plantation, 24311 NW 24th Avenue, will present 'Chicken Harvest 201, BYOC (Bring Your Own Chicken),' on Sunday, November 21, from 8 am to noon.

Farmers Matt and Jen Schwab of Inspiration Plantation will walk you through the process of how to humanely kill and butcher a chicken at home. These are good skills to know for the person wishing to be more self-sustainable, know where their food comes from, or who has a hen that is no longer laying. The class cost of $25 per person includes bringing one chicken, or the farm can provide a chicken for an additional $15. There are a limited number available, so please reserve one immediately if needed.

Space is limited, to sign up, e-mail inspirationplantation@gmail.com. Information: 503-997-8757, 503-810-6020, www.inspirationplantation.com.


Solar Escape Tanning in the Tri-Mountain Plaza offers a free tan day on Saturday, November 20, from 9am to 7pm to celebrate their fourth year in business. There will be free lotion samples and discounts on tanning packages. Information: 887-0555.

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