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Ridgefield Business Association - Around Town - October, 2009

Live Music, Pumpkin Painting, Free Cake and More

The Port of Ridgefield attended our last general meeting. One of the topics was the impact on the local economy the I-5 - SR 501 Ridgefield Interchange would have on the economy. The following link can be used to track the phases of the project as well as the traffic impact. Next months meeting we will have Chris Tams, project engineer for WSDOT present to discuss the traffic impacts and phases of the project. We would urge you to attend this informational meeting.

Kathy Winters is the featured featured artist at Alcove Art Gallery, 328 Pioneer, for the month of October. Come and enjoy light refreshments this Friday, October 2nd, and see her new work. All the artists in the gallery are represented, and it's a lively show. They will have musicians playing throughout the evening .hoping for warmer weather, but the show will go on regardless.

In keeping with BirdFest, Kathy painted 'Returning Home' one of her newer paintings. Come see it!

Tammy Claflin has opened Ridgefield Floral next to the Alcove Art Gallery, and she'll be on hand to show you through her new quarters, which are really looking good.

Peggy Kopkie is offering an art class for children ages 8-13 on Tuesdays through October, starting the 6th. It will be at the Pickled Heron Gallery, 418 Pioneer Street, and costs $60. Call Kay Stringfellow for more information, 887-2295.

The big news around town is the BirdFest and Bluegrass celebration, coming up next week-end, October 10 and 11. There's something for everyone. please see for a complete list of events. Kathy Winters will be working Saturday at Alcove Art Gallery's booth in the Community Center - stop by and say hello! We'll be giving away a $25 gift certificate.

October 10 will be the last week-end for the Ridgefield Farmer's Market, so you have only one more Saturday to buy fresh local produce from people you know. It's at the corner of Main and Mill Street, from 9am to 1pm.

Congratulations to Kitt Rawlings, first-year head football coach at Ridgefield High as his cracker-jack team beat the White Salmon Bruins 38-28 on September 25. Good work Spudders!

Sally Lemon's Watercolor Art is featured during the month of October at the Heron Gate Gallery, 2 South 5th Place. Hours are 9am to 5pm daily. The Gallery is on the second floor lobby.

Barb and Joe are having a sale - check out their specials!

Ilia Wilken's Fall Belly Dance Class starts Monday, October 12th and runs through Monday, November 30th at the Old Liberty Theatre, 115 North Main Avenue. Times are 6:00 for Beginners and 7:00 for Intermediate and Advanced. Cost is $65 for 8 weeks and as usual, all students are welcome to participate in both classes for the price of one.

Not sure but want to take a peek? You're welcome to stop in and take a free class to see if it's for you. The balance will be pro-rated. Questions? E-mail Ilia at or give her a jingle @ 727-3387.

The annual Chestnut Festival at Allen Creek Farm will take place Saturday, October 10th, from 11am to 5pm, with free samples of roasted chestnuts and other chestnut food, harvest demonstrations and a maze. The farm is at 29112 NW 41st Avenue in Ridgefield, and the event is free. Info - Carolyn Young, 887-3669.

Ridgefield Kayak is sponsoring a Sandhill Crane Paddle on Friday, October 9, 4pm - 6pm. It will be a guided paddle to the sandbar of Bachelor Tributary for quiet observation from the shoreline of the Sandhill Cranes. Cost: $45. If you have your own kayak, $20. Reservations needed @ 360-727-4520 or 503-319-114

Ridgefield Kayak continues to sponsor the birdfest water tour. Visit for more information.

Google AdWords in Seattle

Would you like hands-on, in-person training on how to make the most of your AdWords campaigns? If so, we invite you to attend the upcoming AdWords Seminars for Success in Seattle. Each seminar is led by an independent and unbiased search marketing professional - an AdWords advertiser with years of experience who can show you how to choose targeted keywords, organize your account, and write effective ads.

On Tuesday, October 20th we will be offering AdWords 301: Advanced Account Optimization and on Wednesday, October 21st AdWords 302: Advanced Conversion Optimization.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Advanced Targeting: See how geographic targeting and the Google Network can focus your campaigns on the most valuable customer segments for your business.
  • Advanced Bidding Options: There's more than one way to bid for your ads. Learn about CPM bidding, the Budget Optimizer, and position preference tools.
  • New AdWords Interface: How to effectively use the new interface to save time and improve results.
  • Creative Workshop: Learn how to write ads that turn clickers into customers.

Additionally, each seminar will now devote a portion of time to address online advertising in a down economy. We hope this new section will be especially relevant and helpful to your current business.

You can visit our website at to find more detailed information on course topics for AdWords 301 and 302.

Learn from the experts and make the most of your advertising budget -- sign up for AdWords Seminars for Success today.


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Seminars are offered in select cities only; session topics and levels may vary by city. $50 credit limited to one per account, per session. Credit will be given to attendees who register at least 7 days before the seminar date. AdWords Seminars for Success are wholly conducted and operated by independent search engine marketing professionals who are not affiliated with or employed by Google. Click here to view the terms and conditions of advertising credits.

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Job hunting for women vets

Stats from the U.S. military estimate about 20 percent of all active duty and reserve U.S. military forces are women - there's some good news in the form of a pilot program based in Vancouver seeking to connect local job-creators to unemployed female veterans.

Called the Veteran Women Program, the new service organization made a quiet debut last week via a Craigslist ad for a full-time coordinator to help women veterans with job hunting, coaching and training.

VWP posted the notice on the same day scores of Southwest Washington businesses, including the Vancouver Business Journal, signed a pact at Vancouver Barracks to recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which bars workplace discrimination based on military service.

"We really hope to have an immediate impact on the lives of these women, many of whom are going through a different set of challenges than male soldiers," said Pam Brokaw of the Vancouver jobs-service organization Partners in Careers.

Brokaw will serve as the new group's interim coordinator until a candidate is selected. With $45,000 secured from a Clark County Community Services Block Grant, Brokaw hopes to expand VWP's services to include housing assistance and transportation.

The new service organization joins other initiatives seeking to help unemployed reservists and National Guard in a city with a long and illustrious military tradition dating back to Capt. George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy.

For those interested in more information about the program, VWP will hold an Open House event on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at PIC, 111 W. 39th St., Suite B, in Vancouver.


Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Bone's Steak & Chop House
1207 SE Rasmussen Blvd., Suite 130
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Please join us for our October event in Battle Ground on Wednesday, October 21st. Please note the new location at Bone's Steak & Chop House at the Battle Ground Village.

Our featured non-profit this month will be: 2nd Step Housing / Megan Dixon
"Providing safe, affordable housing for women and familes"
2nd Step Housing is in need of some help, so please bring packages of toilet paper or laundry soap to help.

Our second special speaker this month will be Mayor Mike Ciraulo, who will update us on all the exciting things happening in Battle Ground.

County Fire Marshal lifts seasonal outdoor burning ban

Vancouver, WA – In cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Fire Marshal’s office is lifting its countywide burning ban on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The risk of wildfires has been significantly reduced because of recent rainfall, increased woody fuel moisture levels and an extended weather forecast calling for cooler temperatures and additional rain.

Last year, Clark County joined other counties in the region by setting a regular “no burn” season from July 15 to Oct. 1. This is to help residents plan their outdoor burning during the more fire-safe times of year.

Residents still must follow all local outdoor burning regulations and burning permit requirements. Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds. On private land, recreational fires must be built according to the following regulations:

  • Recreational fires must be built in a metal, stone or masonry-lined fire pit such as those in approved campgrounds or available from home and garden stores. Burning in barrels is illegal.
  • Fires must not exceed three feet in diameter by two feet in height.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible material and have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance.
  • Fires must be attended to at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with ability and tools to extinguish the fire with a shovel, five-gallon bucket of water or water hose.
  • Completely extinguish recreational fires by pouring water or moist soil on them and stirring with a shovel until cool to the touch.

Silvicultural burning or fires on unimproved lands must be four feet in diameter or smaller. Burn piles larger than four feet require a permit. For more information, call (800) 323-BURN or go to:

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