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Ridgefield Events - April 2010

First of all, a big apology to Dave Standal, who wrote me about the census forms not being delivered to people in Ridgefield whose mail is delivered to a PO Box. Dave said that the forms were available at City Hall, and I mis read the information. Sorry Dave - please accept my apologies. At least we know people read this newsletter! And by the way, if you haven't mailed in your census form, please do so asap.


Ridgefield Garden Club Plant Sale starts Wednesday, April 28 at noon. Don't come earlier - the morning is taken up with receiving shipments. This year there will be some plants grown by members, as well as a raffle to win a Sunset Western Garden Book. Chances are $2 or 6 for $10, and only 50 tickets will be sold. Ask for them! The drawing will be at 3:00 on Friday, or when all the tickets are sold, if they're gone earlier.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the town of Ridgefield. Through the years the Garden Club has donated the land for Davis Park, benches at Abrams, scholarships for deserving RHS students, the clock and fountain outside City Hall, as well as supporting Overlook Park with generous donations. There will be hanging baskets, annuals, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bedding plants and much more. Look for the ad in the Reflector the Wednesday before the sale.


Jeff at the American Legion reports they've taken about 30 orders for flags for the Parade of Flags, and they are looking for more orders for this community-wide initiative to show pride in Ridgefield and its veterans.

The flags will be displayed along Pioneer and Main streets on prescribed holidays. American Legion Post 44 is putting up the flags on the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays and Ridgefield Little League all-stars will put them up 4th of July. Volunteers are still needed for Presidents Day and Flag Day. Please call Mark Burton, 503-329-1489 and 360-727-3468, or Jeff Lightburn 949-735-9886 if you can help, or want to order a flag.

Alcove Art Gallery, 328 Pioneer continues its Celebration of Spring with artwork by twelve local artists. Sondra Smith has joined the group, displaying her porcelain art. Come and see the new show! Hours are 10:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and until 8:00 on First Friday.


April 28th 6:00 pm-8:00 pm there is an open community meeting at the Community Center regarding the plans for the Ridgefield Downtown/Waterfront Integrated Planning I will have more information before the meeting.

Reminder - the Spring Clean up is Saturday - April 17. You need to present the flyer that was mailed out in order to participate.

4Rivers Yoga is now open at 208-A Pioneer Street (between Ridgefield Hardware and the Liquor Store. Early morning classes on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and evening classes on Tuesday and Thursday. There is also a Sunday Meditation Class from 11-noon. Call Jodi Swanson for more information (360) 936-6139 or

The Stolen Sweets will give a concert Saturday, April 24th, 7:30pm at the Old Liberty Theater. Cost is $12 in advance or at the door.

This performance of The Stolen Sweets will be on the eve of the Theater's opening night sixty four years ago: April 25th 1946.

The Stolen Sweets formed in 2004 after rehearsing for a one-off tribute show to a 1930's sister act, The Boswell Sisters. They loved the material so much, the decided they weren't ready to part with it just yet. Comprised of vocalists Jen Bernard, Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland, guitarists Pete Krebs and David Langenes and double bass player Keith Brush, The Sweets' repertoire has expanded to include material from the 1920s-1940s. Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured piano, clarinet, and horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz guitar accompaniment, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt. The Sweets have also started writing and arranging tunes, six of which are included on their latest record. Information: Don Griswold 601-7549, or 887-7260.


Looking ahead - Ridgefield High School Jazz band will perform May 7th at the Old Liberty Theater, 6pm for First Friday. Donations will be accepted to benefite the RHS music department

Earth Day is coming up April 17th. There will be lots of events to attend throughout Clark County. May I suggest you plant a tree or shrub that day? Or put in some vegetables? The first Earth Day was 40 years ago!

Help improve the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge by removing the invasive yellow irises on Wednesday. April 21. Meet at River S Unit kiosk. We will dig the invasive wetland plant, yellow flag iris, from slough edges and wetlands and pile it up for removal by truck. We may also cut or pull other species. Shovels and other tools will be provided. Please wear boots and bring gloves.

There will be two other removal parties: Wednesday, May 19 and Saturday June 5. Put them on your calendar! Information: Lori Summers, (360) 887-3883,

The Union Ridge Elementary School PTA is holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 24th from 9 to 4. They are looking for gently used clothing, toys, books, furniture, dvds, cds, tools, etc. Donations may be dropped of at the school during morning drop-off (7:30-8:30am) on Wednesday April 21, and on Friday April 23 from 3:00-7:00pm, or by appointment. All proceeds will benefit the Union Ridge PTA student and school enrichment programs. For more information, contact Kelly Maul, or 887-3653.

The Ridgefield Garden Club needs to find a new home for its tractor. As you know, the planters in downtown Ridgefield that help make our town so beautiful are planted and maintained by the Garden Club. If you have a single garage sized building that could be used by the Garden Club for storage, please contact Cindi Sepe at 887-5270. the building must be in the downtown area of Ridgefield.

The Ridgefield Farmers Market starts May 8th, the day before Mother's Day. They are looking for vendors and members. Annual membership dues is still $35 and weekly vendor fee has been reduced to $10. You can register online at:

They are planning to work closer with local businesses this year, maybe even have something like a weekly local business booth. Information: Bob Mayfield

Frolic with the Faeries at the Ridgefield Community Library, Saturday, April 17 at 2:00pm. Make a faerie flower garden for your faerie to play in. There's a sample at the library - they're really sweet.

Information: 887-8281.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be in the large room of the Community Center, Monday April 26 from 1:30 to 6:30pm. Call 695-8522 for an appoitment, or just drop in. Giving blood is easy and well worth it. I've found that drinking a quart of water beforehand really speeds things up!

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