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Ridgefield Events - November, 2009

Alcove Art Gallery features Marilyn Hocking with her beautiful pastels during the month of December. Join us First Friday, December 4 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for the gala opening of her show. There will be light refreshments and libations, and of course the other gallery artists will have lots of new work to show as well as prints, cards and gifts. Alcove Art Gallery is at 328 Pioneer Street. Information: 727-3088.

Artist members of Alcove Art Gallery are donating a portion of their specially-marked items to the charity of their choice during December. Come in and get a free gift just for being there! Pat Laird is offering a free print "Dogs at Christmas" to the first 25 people who spend $20 at the gallery. Some of these have already been given out, so get in early if you want one.

This is a little out of our territory, but I'd like to invite you to a performance of Haydn's Missa Solemnis in B flat this Thursday, December 3rd from 12 noon to 1:00 at Washington State University - Vancouver. The University Singers will be joined by soloists and orchestra. The performance is free, and will take place in the administration bulding, room 110. I'm singing with the group, and it's stirring music - please try to come! You can call me if you have any questions: 887-2160.

I just watched a video of an explosion at a self-service gas station due to static electricity when a customer touched the gas pistol while refueling. I'd like to warn you about this potential problem. 150 cases of fires resulting from static electricity were studied. The majority happened to women because they tend to get back in the vehicle while the gas is being poured in.

The static charge often results from when a passenger rubs their clothes against the upholstery of the seats on getting in or out of the car. To avoid this, it is recommended that nobody gets in out out of the vehicle while the gas is being poured in. Movement in or out should only be done before starting, or when the fuelling is finished and the gas cap replaced. Get used to closing the car door when you get out of the vehicle. After closing the door touch the metal part of the bodywork before touching the gas pump pistol. By doing this the static electricy in your body will be discharged on the metal and not on the pistol.

Citizens for Ridgefield Schools meeting on Tuesday December 1, 7pm at the Community Center to continue plans for the levy. Come and be a part of the solution. Information: Carla Bonebrake 887-4042.

East Fork Cellars and Tim Dawdy present Bluegrass and Fiddle Madness, Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 - 9:00. The GTM String Band and Kate White Band will be playing, as well as Franz Sanger and Randy Hoffman. They've added extra seating. East Fork Cellars is at 24415 NE 10th Avenue. Information 727-3055.

Ridgefield Art Association invites you to a reception featuring the art of Wanda McEvoy (oil painter) and Susan Williams (photographer) at Heron Gate Gallery, 2 South 56th Place on Saturday, December 5, from noon to 2:00pm. This is in conjunction with Hometown Celebration. Art work will be displayed for the month of December. For information contact Wanda at 695-9134 or Susan at 904-8333.

Second annual SW Washington Studio Tour and Pottery Sale December 5th, 6th & 12th, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Five local potters invite you to visit their studios to find the perfect holiday gifts and experience the variety of handmade items being made locally. While you're out stop by one of the local wineries or tree farms. Visit for full information and artist-specific studio hours.

Looking ahead - Bruce Crockett and Patricia Thompson invite you to an evening of fiddle and guitar instrumentals at their home, 1521 NW Carty Road on Sunday, December 13th at 5pm. Franz Sanger and Steve Rapalus are the musicians, and dessert and refreshments are provided. Admission is $10 per person. Should be a fun evening! Information: Patricia, 360-931-9573.

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