Ridgefield News

January 6, 2011 - Ridgefield Events

It's First Friday time again in Ridgefield! Most of the downtown stores will be open late to celebrate 'New Beginnings.' Pick up a booklet at the first store you visit, look for the baby 2011 poster in each store, and record the number in your passport. Turn in your completed booklet at the last store you visit, and next week there will be a drawing for a winner.

Barb Blystone of the Dancing Rabbit Holiday Shop (soon to be renamed The Mercantile in a new location) is donating this month's prize, a $50 gift certificate to her wonderful shop. The first 20 people who visit the shop will get a free votive candle.

The participating stores are:

    Alcove Art Gallery has a retrospective show featuring gallery members. Wine and refreshments will be served.
    Zebrun's Starliner, will have a $5 wine tasting from Main Street wines. The store and caf? will be open for dinner from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
    Organic Boutique will have clearance items on sale and refreshments.
    4Rivers Yoga is offering $59 unlimited yoga for the month
    Ridgefield Wellness and Nutrition Club has $1.00 off every PD2 peanut butter product
    Vinnie's Pizza will offer $3 off a large or giant house pizza and $2 off a small or medium house pizza.
    Sportsman's Bar and Grill will have First Friday Prime Rib in two sizes: $11.99 and $14.99.
    Old Liberty Theater will show 'So This Is Washington' starring Lum and Abner at 7:00 pm The movie is $1, and they have $1 popcorn and $1 ice cream cones.
    Pioneer Street Cafe will have Happy Hour specials
    Pioneer Computer will showcase 'Starlight Illusions' in an Open House.

Come on down and support your local businesses. It's fun, and a good chance to get out of the house and Experience Ridgefield!

The American Legion Auxiliary has a $500 scholarship for liberal arts for someone in high school or college. Contact Bruce Crocket, 887-2165 for more information.

Messiah Lutheran Church North County Campus is hosting a FREE Love and Logic course on the next two Tuesdays, January 11 and 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. It's at 2 South 56th Place, Suite 203 (Heron Gate building located west of the exit 14 junction.) This is open to the public. Adults only, no child care provided. Information: 574-7081.

Ridgefield High School students collected 3,395 cans during the Christmas Food Drive. With Kalama High, a total of 8,099 cans were donated!

The Ridgefield/La Center area brought in 12.2 tons of food and $309 in cash donations at the Walk and Knock Food Drive.

Thanks to the whole community for contributing to these worth-while causes. For a small town, we certainly have a lot of concerned, supportive members!

Kids, here's your chance to see your artwork on 10,000 bookmarks! The Vancouver Public Library system is sponsoring a book mark contest. Complete contest guidelines and entry form at: http://www.fvrl.org/kids/bookmark_contest.htm. Get your entry form, draw a bookmark, and turn it in at our local Ridgefield library by January 31.

The library will pick a branch winner for each grade level, from kindergarten through eighth grade. District grand-prize winners will be selected from branch finalists. 10,000 bookmarks will be printed using the grand-prize winning artwork. Information: 887-8281.

Arts of Clark County will list arts events, workshops, classes, etc., on their website, www.artsofclarkcounty.org. They will add an education links category, so people can find art lessons, dance lessons, workshops, etc. If you are a teacher, workshop presenter or know someone who is, send the information to Elizabeth Madrigal at RidgefieldArtsRep@gmail.com.

DivorceCare, a seminar/support group for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Ridgefield Nazarene Church. Call 887-3576 if you have questions, or to sign up.

In November the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation awarded $3,400 to Ridgefield schools as part of its Fall 2010 mini-grant program. Grants to Ridgefield High School funded new compasses for geometry classes, new laser and optical equipment for science classes, and new young adult literature and dictionaries for English classes. A grant to South Ridge Elementary School will help pay for 15 LED lighted cordless compound microscopes for sixth grade science. A pending grant to Union Ridge Elementary School is slated to support the start up and operation of a Homework Club. For more information about the Foundation, or to learn how to make a donation, go to www.ridgefieldpsf.org, or call Paul Lewis, 904-1352.

The Foundation recently appointed Kerri Clary to its Board of Trustees. An employee of Ridgefield-based Agave Jeans, Clary brings a strong background in fundraising to the Board. Also joining the Foundation Board as ex-officio members are two Ridgefield High School students: James Oman and Katy Vance. Both Oman and Vance are members of the high school's leadership team and will bring a student's perspective to the Foundation board.

New weight loss challenge begins Wednesday, January 12, at Ridgefield Wellness and Nutrition, 112 North Main Avenue. Refer a friend who joins the challenge and you will receive a $25 shopping spree at the store.

Drop in the Artisan Studio in the front of the shop and see beautiful, hand-crafted gifts made by local folks. Information: 904-6019, www.shopherbalife.com/merrilee.

The Vancouver Food Co-op is out of our area, but we have nothing like it in Ridgefield, so I thought you might be interested in this news release. Store manager Kendra Pearce lives in Ridgefield and has been active in the community since moving here.

Vancouver Food launched its new web site this month. The new site includes major upgrades to the online ordering system for VFC's store. "When we opened the store September 1st, 2010, we knew we had challenges with the online ordering system," said Kendra Pearce, store manager. The new site takes care of those difficulties, and makes ordering much easier and faster. The new site has product search capability, allows the shopper to select and maintain a list of favorites, build a shopping list to return to later, and has photos and ingredient lists, items the old system did not have. Per Marj Casswell, VFC's president, "The old site and ordering system got us started, but visitors will find the new VFC web site modernized and just plain easier to use and more fun to navigate." VFC is a cooperatively owned not-for-profit grocery store located at 215 West 4th Street in Vancouver, and sells a wide range of organic products provided through a regional distributor. Store providers include several local farmers and other food vendors. The store is open to the public, though VFC member-owners receive a discount on all products. Order and delivery cycles occur every two weeks, with plans for more frequent delivery as volume increases. VFC was chartered in 2006, began selling shares in 2007, and subsequently held its first members meeting in 2008. The online store is a step toward opening a full physical grocery store in the future. For more information, visit the web site, www.vancouverfood.coop, or email questions@vancouverfood.coop, or call 360-694-8094.

Inspiration Plantation is a local provider whose farm operations are expanding this year, adding a farm store, processing facility, six mobile chicken coops, a chick brooder and a large mobile laying house. You can help by joining their Meat CSP (Community Supported Pasture) and ordering pasture-raised chicken, turkey, lamb or pig. For more information, subscribe to their newsletter at www.inspirationplantation.com, or call 503-997-8757, 503-810-6020.

January Ridgefield High School Sports Schedule:

Boys Basketball:
    Tuesday, January 11: La Center at Ridgefield, 7:15 pm
    Thursday, January 13: Ridgefield at Stevenson, 7:00 pm
    Tuesday, January 18: Ridgefield at White Salmon, 7:00 pm
    Friday, January 21: Castle Rock at Ridgefield, 7:15 pm

Girls Basketball:
    Friday, January 14: Ridgefield at Stevenson, 7:00 pm
    Tuesday, January 18: Ridgefield at White Salmon, 7:00 pm
    Thursday, January 20: Castle Rock at Ridgefield, 7:15 pm

    Friday and Saturday, January 14, 15: Clark County tournament (all day, all schools)
    Tuesday, January 18: Stevenson, Castle Rock and Ilwaco at Ridgefield, 7:00 pm
    Saturday, January 22: Stevenson at Ridgefield, 7:00 pm

Volunteers are needed to help restore Whipple Creek Mill (17202 NW 21st Avenue) so it will be a reasonably safe place that horseback riders, hikers, walkers, bird watchers and bicycle riders can visit and enjoy. There is a danger the facility will be removed if no volunteers sign up. For more information, call 687-4760.

High school sophomores and juniors can learn about Running Start at an information night, Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at the gymnasium in the O'Connell Sports Center at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to earn college credits while fulfilling their high school graduation requirements. Students pay for books, transportation and some fees. Information: www.clark.edu/runningstart, or 992-2366.

National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about receiving or refusing telemarketing calls at home. You can register your phone numbers at www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx or call 888-382-1222.


Congratulations to Ken Wanderer, whose photo of a man walking through the audience hall of the Agra Fort, a walled city in Agra, India, was published in the 'Your Best Shot' section of the Oregonian!
Thanks to the volunteers who cleaned up invasive Himalyan blackberry and English ivy plants from the area around Gee Creek last fall.
Congratulations to Jerry Stallings, who was named 'Ridgefield Citizen of the Year' recently. Jerry is a long-time volunteer and is active in many activities.
Thanks to the many friends of Ron Onslow and Sandy Schill who raised over $5000 to help cover expenses for Sandy's medical problems. The Spirit of Ridgefield lives on! If you would like to contribute, you can send the money to Ron or Sandy at 1195 North First Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Sandy has been battling kidney failure and other problems for a long time, and the expenses are unreal.

FUTURE EVENTS Ridgefield Community Blood Drive will be at the Community Center, Friday, January 21 from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org with sponsor code ridgefield, or call 695-8522. This is an easy way to support your community with a needed service.

There will be a Bunco Night at the Community Center, Saturday, February 12, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm to benefit the Ridgefield High School Equestrian team. $20 per person includes dinner, drinks and desserts. There will be a silent auction and raffles. Contact is Sheri Rayburn, sheric.1@netzero.com, 904-1443.

Door prizes and gift baskets are needed for the fundraiser - if you can help, please call Sheri.

The new Clark County Arts Commission will hold its January 25 meeting in the conference room at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, 6:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend. A tour of the facility will be followed by the meeting. This will be the only meeting to be held in Ridgefield this year as the events will rotate around the county. The Commission will be developing an agenda and mission statement and charting a course of action for the future. Elizabeth Madrigal is the representative from Ridgefield, and welcomes your input: 281-1615.

Overlook Park Committee will host a free showing of a DVD describing the construction of a small park, similar to ours, at Fairhaven in Bellingham. Save the date - Monday, February 7. The public is invited to watch the video, at 6:00 pm at the Old Liberty Theater.

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