News and Views
Ridgefield Events - March 2010
The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are getting ready for their annual Dolly Dessert at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, in the Ridgefield Community Center at 210 N. Main Avenue. The whole family is invited, and boys and girls are encouraged to bring a favorite doll, stuffed animal or action figure. The Opus School of Music will help keep the beat as they parade through the library. Afterwards there will be stories read by several local guest storytellers. There'll be refreshments and door prizes, too. Admission is free and the Center is handicapped accessible. Information: 887-8281
The Old Liberty Theater is hosting 3 Leg Torso in concert, Saturday, March 6th. at 7:30 pm. Adm: $12 Influenced by Tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements.
Friday night is First Friday. Come and tour our wonderful stores. Several will have special offerings that night.
Urban Farm School is holding a "Keeping Urban Chickens" class at Pioneer Feed, 21605 NE 10th Avenue, Saturday March 6, 10am to noon. Learn the basics of keeping laying hens in a backyard lot. Class will include information about chicken breeds, food requirements, coop options, brooding, common diseases, and more! A good one for around here since city council passed the chicken ordinance last summer. Fee: $15, pre-registration and payment, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-852-3728.
A Small Business Tax Info/Help Class will meet monthly on the first Tuesday of each month, 6-9pm. Call Don Lasher, 360-887-4222 or Shar, 360-887-1995 for information on where the next class will meet, and what to bring. The goal of the class is to help small business owners get organized, answer tax questions and whatever else comes up. Cost is $25.
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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers plenty of volunteer options to suit your needs and interests. Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to Environmental Education - Help lead visitors and school groups in nature activities and hikes on the Refuge, Cultural Education - Educate weekend visitors and school groups about the replica Plankhouse and the local cultural history, Habitat Restoration - Track and remove invasive plants and help restore wildlife habitat and native plant communities, and Refuge Guide - Greet and inform visitors about the Refuge. For more information visit the website (http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield/getinvolved.html).
Full Moon Night Hikes
Heron Gate, 2 South 56th Place, will sponsor an old fashioned Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 3 from 11am -2pm. This event is free, but registration is needed by March 31. There will be live bunnies and fun for children ages 2-12. Over 100 eggs will be hidden inside and out. There will be hot chocolate and treats, treasures and candy. Search for the three $50 golden eggs! Register at http://tinyurl.com/herongate.
Have you noticed the tulips coming up all over town? Thanks to the Ridgefield Garden Club for planting the 1500 bulbs donated by the Van de Salm Bulb Farm in Woodland. These ladies do so much for our town - put their Garden Sale on your calendar - April 29 and 30, with limited quantities available the 28th.
The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation will roll out a mini-grant program this spring through its Principal's Checkbook Program. The foundation will raise money throughout the year to support two programs: teacher appreciation awards and scholarships for Ridgefield School district students. For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.ridgefieldpsf.org.
A public hearing on a proposal to spread biosolids on 200 acres of land near 27201 NE 19th Avenue will be held at the Ridgefield Community Center on March 11 at 6pm. Effluent biosolids are remains of treated municipal wastewater. Those who want to present their views on this matter, or request a public hearing, should write the Department of Ecology by March 15. Information: Kyle Dorsey, 360-407-6300.
There will be a public meeting on a proposed 160 foot Verizon wireless tower on Thursday, March 4, 6pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. Proposed location for the tower is 5613 NW 289th Street in Ridgefield. Information: Shanin, 503-720-7295.
Clark County Fire & Rescue commissioners will hold an open meeting Monday, March 8 at 11am to review commissioner applicant qualifications. The meeting will be at Station 21, 911 N 65th Avenue in Ridgefield. An executive session will follow the open meeting. Information: Kathy 887-4609.
It's cold today, but time to think about getting your vegetable garden planted. Some cold-hardy vegetables you can start now are: