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Ridgefield Events - January 2010

Saturday there will be a fund-raising dinner at the Community Center to raise money to help pass the Ridgefield School levy. As you know, this replacement levy represents 20% of the operating expenses for the school. This is not a new tax - it replaces the levy that expires at the end of 2010. It will continue funding of basic programs and services for the next three years: 2011, 2012, 2013.

Here's information on the dinner:

Date: Saturday, January 9th Time: 7:00 PM Location: Ridgefield Community Center

Cost/donation $10.00 per person for dinner.

If you would like to host a table and get 10 people to attend Michelle Gumringer can do that for you. Otherwise email her the names of those who will attend and she will assign them a table. They need to know ahead of time who will be there - can't just have people showing up that night. This is because there is only room for 180 people for the dinner. There is still space for about 40 people, so let Michelle know if you are interested in attending, or have any further questions.

If you need to reach Michelle by phone, she is usually home by 4:00 PM from work.

Michelle Gumringer 887-8791

If you can't attend the dinner, but would like to make a donation, please contact Don Lasher, 887-4222

Alcove Art Gallery is featuring the work of eight Ridgefield High School students during the month of January. You are invited to attend an Open House this Friday, January 8, from 5 to 8 pm, honoring these students: Brandon Anderson, Austin Herrman, Emily McGraw, Brittany Mohr, Andrea Ohnesorge, Scott Pederson, Kevin Roberts, and Alex Vigue. The students will be on hand to talk about their art and their plans for the future. This is a great chance to see what's being created in our schools, and meet some fine artists. Hot spiced cider and cookies will be served. Please come and honor our student artists.

New work from the artist members of Alcove Art Gallery will be on display too - and it's an outstanding show this month. The gallery is at 328 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield. If you haven't been in before this is a good chance to see what wonderful art work is being created right here in Ridgefield.

Sign ups for Ridgefield Little League take place January 9, 16 and 23 from 12 noon to 3pm at Union Ridge Elementary School, 330 North 5th Avenue. Little League is for children from eight to 18 years of age. This is a 100% volunteer-run organization, and they can use your help. For more information, please contact Dan Willette at 887-4049. Website is

The Pioneer Street rail overpass project received nearly $1 million in new federal funding to cover about 90% of the engineering costs for the project, expected to be under construction by 2012. The overpass will replace two treacherous street-level crossings at Division and Mill streets. The Mill street crossing is the 5th-most dangerous rail crossing in the state. Port officials plan to redevelop the waterfront as a mixed-use commercial development after the bridge is in.

During January, Heron Gate Art Gallery features the work of Shanti Lona, who works in ceramics and jewelry, and Marj Casswell with her acrylic paintings. The gallery is in the Heron Gate building, 2 South 56th Place at the junction. Information: Dan Baker, 887-8963.

Looking ahead:

The Old Liberty Theatre will feature Terry Robb and his acoustic trio playing blue grass music on Saturday, January 16 at 7:30. Cost is $12. Information: 887-7260.

The Bloodmobile will be at the Community Center on January 22 from 1:30 to 6:30 pm - please give blood! To schedule an appointment online, go to with sponsor code ridgefield, or contact the American Red Cross at 695-8522.

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