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Ridgefield Events - March 2010

There will be open auditions for the "Rip Roaring Ridgefield Revue" Saturday, March 20th and Sunday March 21, 7:00, at the Old Liberty Theater. The revue is a comedy based on genuine historical fact and has lots of references to Ridgefield's history. Four men and three women are needed. Come one, come all. Be prepared to sing and have a good time. Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and the show will open Memorial Day weekend. Information: 887-7260 or

The Ridgefield Lions Club is in desperate need of items for their gigantic Super Auction to be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds Saturday, April 3rd. Funds raised by this event are used to support Lions sight and hearing projects and many civic, youth and community groups in the Ridgefield area. So far this fiscal year the Lions Club has distributed more than $66,000 and the requests for assistance are increasing. All manor of items are accepted: boats, planes, cars, trucks, lawn mowers, hand tools, power tools, work benches, tables, building materials new and used, most household items, gift certificates and MONEY. All donations are tax deductible. If you, your friends or neighbors have items you think will help please call any one of these people: Hank Boehm 887-8093, King Lion Henry Boehm 887-5055, Dick or Donna Carlson 887-1520 or 600-9832, George or Robin Espinosa 887-8635 or 608-1826, Don Stose 887-2196, Tood Vogel 887-5441 or Frank Zerafa 213-6186.

Mountain View Christian School is having their annual Spring Auction Saturday, March 20th at the school. Doors open at 5 pm, Hors d'oeuvres and Silent Auction begin at 5:30 pm, Live Auction and Dessert begin at 7 pm. There will also be ongoing Raffle Ticket drawings throughout the evening. Auction items include: a condo in Hawaii, Winterhawks tickets, Hazel Dell Lanes, autographed Blazer's basketball, five days in Palm Springs, gift certificates to Billygans, and much much more! Tickets are $15 for one or $25 for two tickets and two raffle tickets. Child care is $2 per child or $5 for a family with 3 or more children--this includes dinner. Raffle tickets are $1 each. It is a Hawaiian theme this year and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian outfit. It will be a wonderful evening of great food, wonderful people, and fabulous prizes! Information: Karey Amies,

Support the Ridgefield High School Band at a pancake breakfast this Saturday, March 20, from 7:30-11:00 at the Community Center. It's a fun way to meet your neighbors and do some good for our high school students.

Family Gaming Day at the Ridgefield Library, Saturday, March 27, 1:00 - 4:00pm. This event is for all ages, so bring your friends, your parents, your kids or the weird people across the street. There will be lots of board games and video games: Wii, Playstation, Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Risk, Battleship, Connect Fours and more! Information: 887-8281

Looking ahead - Kendra Pearce, founder of the Urban Farm School will present two programs on preserving your harvest. On Saturday, April 10, she'll talk about Preserving Jams, Jellies and Chutneys. On Saturday, May 1 the subject will be Pickling and Fermentation. Times either day will be 10am to noon. Both classes will include information about health and safety, appropriate canning supplies and recipes. The reason for having the classes in the spring is so that you can plan your vegetable garden to include the items that are suitable for preserving. Information: Ridgefield Library, 887-8281.

A Pickled Heron announces art classes for students from grade school through high school, taught by Nicole Mongrain. Drawing and Painting for Kids enables students to develop their drawing and painting skills by exploring different techniques using watercolor, crayon and colored pencil in a workshop environment. The class will focus on a new element each month. The next series will start April 4. Class fee of $50 per month is due at the beginning of the first class of the month. Information: 887-2295 or 606-4939.

Congratulations to the RHS speech team, coached by Ken Bisbee, that won their fourth consecutive AAA district championship in Feburary, scoring two firsts, three seconds and four thirds. Way to go Spudders!

The idea of having a Community Garden in Ridgefield is going forward. Needed is someone to spearhead the project. There is City-owned property available, a grant has been written for some money to fund it, but someone needs to take charge and run with the idea. If you have any ideas or could lend a hand, please call Justin Clary at the City, 887-3557.

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to the City of Ridgefield in partnership with the Port to develop a strategic plan defining the needs, opportunities, available resources, formal and informal partnerships and actions necessary to redevelop and revitalize Ridgefield's downtown and Lake River waterfront. Normandeau Associates, an environmental consulting and management firm, and Maul Foster Alongi, an engineering, planning and landscape architecture company, have been selected as consultants on the grant, that was awarded by the Washington State Department of Ecology. In addition, businesses in town are working together on ideas to better our community. Information: Michael Williams, 887-3873.

Dan Baker's wood turnings and other creations are featured at Alcove Art Gallery during the month of March. Did you see the nice write up in this week's Reflector about the gallery? Exhibits are changed monthly, so there's always something new to see. A popular "Preferred Customer" program now provides a 10% discount on one item after ten purchases of $10. If you bought something at the gallery for more than $10 during February or March there is a card waiting for you. Come in and pick it up!

Bluegrass Music Class at East Fork Cellars, 24415 NE 10th Avenue, will continue Monday, March 22 for beginner and intermediate players on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, acoustic bass and dobro. It continues Sundays through May 23. Cost is $10 per session and family rates are available. Taught by Darrell Johnson, 749-1596 and 727-3055

Driver Safety Training is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19 at the Public Safety Complex, 505 NW 179th. Time is 9am - 1pm. The class costs $14 with a $2 discount for AARP members who bring their membership cards to the first class. Completion of the training can qualify participants for discounts on their insurance. Register at 546-3186.

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