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Ridgefield Events - November, 2009

The Ridgefield High School Jazz Band will perform at the Old Liberty Theatre, 6:00pm this Friday night, November 6. Should be a good show! All donations go toward the future of Ridgefield High School Music. Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main, Ridgefield. Information: 887-7260.

Either before or after the concert, stop at Alcove Art Gallery, 328 Pioneer, to see new works by potter Robin Hominiuk, who is the Featured Artist of the month. Robin's work is imaginative and distinctive and ranges from small sake cups to large stoneware constructions. There will be light refreshments and libations, and a $25 gift certificate to the gallery is given away every First Friday. the celebration will run from 5 to 8 pm.

A new show was hung at the gallery on Monday, so all the art work on display is new and exciting. Watch this space for special holiday promotions.

Painters Carol Bietsch and Nicole Mongrain and jewelry artisan Ilia Wilken will be displaying their work at Heron Gate Art Gallery through November 30th. A reception for the artists will be November 6th from 6:00-8:00PM. Refreshments will be served and the public is most welcome. Information: Ilia Wilken;727-3387. (Please note that I had an incorrect address for Heron Gate in my mailing last week. It is at 2 South 56th Place, just west of the gas station at Pioneer and the freeway.)

Solar Escape Tanning is celebrating their third year in business on Saturday November 7th with a free tan and lotion sample. Solar Escape is at 109 South 65th Avenue, Suite 106. Information: Char Hartman, 887-0555.

The Lion's Club will be serving their famous Pancake Breakfast Saturday, November 7 from 8-11am at the Community Center. The Ridgefield Boy's Basketball team will be the beneficiary, and I imagine a bunch of them will be serving and helping that morning. Get out and enjoy a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee for a reasonable $5 per person or $15 per family, no matter how big. Information: Allene Wodaege, 887-3596.

Ridgefield Methodist Church will hold its annual bazaar and salad bar luncheon Friday, November 6, from 10am to 3pm. Lunch is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and will be served from 11:30am to 1:00 pm. the church is at 1410 South Hillhurst Road. I've heard good reports about the quality of items for sale at this bazaar - stop by and see for yourself! Information: Patti Meuler, 887-3923.

Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Community Center Monday, November 23 from 2-7pm. To schedule an appointment online, go to with sponsor code Ridgefield, or call 695-8522. Giving blood is a relatively painless way to help your community.

Ridgefield's American Legion Post will conduct a Blue Star Program on Wednesday, Veterans' Day, November 11 at 7pm. Families of active duty service men and women will be presented with a Blue Star banner, which has a red border, white field and blue star. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Information: 887-8351.

All the tables at the Community Center during Hometown on December 5 are rented, according to organizer Vic Schell, 601-7587. There are 45 vendors this year, with everything from hand made textile items, knitted/crocheted items, pottery, jewelry, oil painting, dog items and treats and this year they have added a Grandma Kitchen with baked goods and yummy treats. It should be a great year. We'll have more information about scheduled events during Hometown as we get closer to the date.

Pie making clinic at Southridge Community of Christ Church, Wednesday, November 11, 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm. Cost is $15, and the proceeds will be donated to Share House Thanksgiving Dinner. A reservation is needed. Information: Lisa Leonard, 241-5681.

Looking ahead: Saturday, November 14th, world flute master and cultural storyteller Gary Stroutsos will perform at the Old Liberty Theatre. The concert starts at 7:30pm. Admission is $15 in advance or at the door. Information: Don Griswold (360) 601-7549,

World flutist Gary Stroutsos draws on many cultures and places to create his own romantic voice. Gary has over 25 recordings to his credit which reflect his experiences in Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Native American, and Far Eastern musical traditions. Originally drawn to the European silver flute, he later journeyed to the Dakotas and then to the southwest, where he learned the Native American Flute. This ultimately led to international attention, when he was featured in the Ken Burns PBS documentary, "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."

Gary has performed throughout North America and in the Far East. He has played at the White House for President Clinton, and he is a frequent head-liner and master-of-ceremonies at flute festivals throughout the country. He is also a respected story teller, and often combines school programs with his concerts wherever he plays.

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