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Ridgefield Events - October, 2009

Need some work done around the house or yard? Rent-a-Wrestler from the Ridgefield High School Wrestling team, and help the team compete in tournaments around the Northwest. You can have one student athlete for half a day for $35, or two student athletes for $70. If you have enough work to keep them busy a full day (8am to 4pm) the rate is $64 for one, or two student athletes for $125. You supply tools and supplies, guidance, water and lunch (for the full day workers)

Projects they are capable of include yard work, windows, garages, attics, basements, cars, holiday decorating, painting - you name it! Reserve your wrestler by contacting Nancy Simmons at 360-609-1866 or 887-3175, or When calling or e-mailing, please provide your name, phone number, address, e-mail address, and a brief description of the job you need done.

Round Mountain, two brothers from New Mexico who play multiple instruments, will perform Friday, October 23, at the Old Liberty Theater, 114 North Main Avenue at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12. Information, 887-7260. They will play original folk songs that are travel related.

Adam the Great will offer an evening of magic, juggling, comedy and mayhem on Saturday, October 17, 7:30pm at the Old Liberty Theater. Tickets: 887-7260.

Tuesday nights are Acoustic Music Variety Show nights at East Fork Cellars, 24415 NE 10th Avenue, 727-3055. Tim Dawdy hosts a variety of talented northwest musicians, 6:30-9:00 every Tuesday. October 20th will be a Crush Celebration of the grape harvest, and October 27th will feature old-time country and western music. Enjoy seafood from Pacific Northwest Best Fish (next door) and a glass of wine from East Fork Cellars in a casual atmosphere.

Stop by Alcove Art Gallery, 328 Pioneer, to see this month's display of fine art. I'm featured artist for October, and have brand new watercolors on display, plus framed digital prints at a lower cost. The artists in our co-op create in a variety of media: oils, acrylic, watercolor, pottery, wood, glass, etc. Hours are 10am - 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Marianna Kearney won the $25 gift certificate to the gallery given away the week-end of BirdFest.

Congratulations to the young adults graduating from area colleges. I was amazed at how many Ridgefield students earned cum laude, summa cum laude and magna cum laude honors from Washington State University in Pullman. Our schools must be preparing these students well!

County-wide burn ban was lifted October 1 - you can now burn legally. Burn piles larger than four feet need a permit. An on-line form is available for burn piles smaller than 10-by-10 feet. For more information, call (800)323-BURN.

The City of Ridgefield has updated its regulation of animals. The new ordinance establishes a 30-day period within which an application for license must be made after the acquisition of a new dog that is six months old or older. New residents have 30 days to apply for the license of a dog. There are other restrictions in the ordinance covering exotic animals in the city, potentially dangerous animals, housing poultry or livestock, etc. Call City Hall (887-3557) for more information.

Congratulations to Rebecca Parker of Ridgefield, executive director of Share, who was nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership award. The 2009 recipient will be presented at a ceremony at 4pm on November 4 at the Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row. Good luck Rebecca!

There's still time to plant a cover crop in your vegetable garden. Might throw in some lettuce seeds too. And don't forget to put in garlic and onions sometime in the next month for harvest in the early summer.

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