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Ridgefield Events - November, 2009

Many of the artists at Alcove Art Gallery, 238 Pioneer Street, are donating a portion of the sales of their Christmas items to the charity of their choice. The gallery looks very festive this month, with a Christmas tree and lights. Robin Hominiuk, potter, is the Featured Artist for November. Her wood fired stoneware and porcelain items are unique and make wonderful gifts. The artists at the gallery work hard to bring fresh new work to display every month. If you haven't stopped by, please do! Tell them Kathy Winters sent you! Information: 727-3088.


Gary Stroutsos, world flute master, international recording artist and cultural storyteller will perform at the Old Liberty Theater, Saturday November 14, 7:30pm. Admission is $15 in advance or at the door. Information: Don Griswold, 601-7549, don@oldlibertytheater.com, www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Gary draws on many cultures and places to create his own romantic voice. He 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, Gary 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. www.garystroutsos.com


East Fork Cellars, 24415 NE 10th Avenue, features the Mighty Filberts Band and their American music this Tuesday, November 17th from 6:30-9:00. Stop by Pacific Best Fish Café (next door) to order dinner, then enjoy it with a glass of wine in a casual fun-filled atmosphere. Your host is Tim Dawdy, the Hardest Working Fire Chief in Show Business. Information: 727-3055


If you're interested in better schools, please come to the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools meeting Tuesday, November 17, 7:00pm in the large room of the Ridgefield Community Center. There will be a replacement levy vote in February - come to the meeting to learn how you can help.


All ages are welcome to a gaming program, Saturday, November 14, 1-4pm at the Ridgefield Community Library. Come for a fun afternoon of board and video games. Free and open to the public. Information: 887-8281.


Most of the local wineries will participate in a Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour. Bethany, Confluence, East Fork Cellars, Three Brothers, English Estate, Olequa and Rusty Grape wineries will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a chance for you to experience the fine wines that are being produced locally and talk to the people responsible. Information: Jae Weber, Confluence Winery, 887-2343, gragnjae@aol.com.


Ridgefield's American Legion Auxiliary Unit 44 is now a reality. The group officially formed and elected officers during the regular post meeting Tuesday night. Priscilla Ford is President.

The post also approved a motion to form a Sons of the American Legion Squadron - which enables men who are not veterans themselves, but had a father, grandfather, etc. who did serve in a branch of the U.S. Military, to be a part of our effort to serve the community. A gentleman come forward who is willing to head this up. This will complete the three legs of the stool - with an active post, an auxiliary and a squadron. The post is growing and will be able to serve the community even better. Information: Bob Ford, 887-8351.


The Centennial Time Capsule will be buried at 4:00 in Davis Park during Hometown Celebration on Saturday, December 5. After this ceremony, Christmas carols will be sung at Overlook Park and the Ridgefield Christmas tree will be lit. Information: City of Ridgefield, 887-3557.


Allene Wodaege is still looking for White Elephant items to sell at Hometown Celebration, Saturday, December 5th. Proceeds will benefit Overlook Park. You may drop them off at her home, but please call first. 887-3596.


Blinds 17, 18, and 19 at the Refuge are closed to hunting for dusky Canada geese this year because of declining population. This closure will not affect duck hunting from the three blinds. Information: Eric Anderson, 887-4106.


Eight-hour boating safety classes will be held November 21 and December 12 at the sheriff's west precinct office at 505 NW 179th Street near the fairgrounds. Beginning January 1, 2010, people ages 12 to 30 must carry a boater safety card while operating boats with 15hp motors or larger. Reserve your seat now in either class, sponsored by the Marine Patrol Unit of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. To register: Deputy Todd Baker, 360-397-2106, todd.baker@clark.wa.gov.


Congratulations to Ridgefield's own Rick Browne, who won first place in the animals category of the Society of American Travel Writers' Bill Muster Photo Competition. He also won third place in the action category and honorable mention in the people category. Way to go Rick!


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