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Ridgefield Events - May 2010

Tonight, Tuesday, May 4th, is the East Fork Cellars Musical Variety Show from 6:30 - 9:00pm. Each Tuesday night Tim Dawdy hosts a rotating cast of talented musicians. This week they are hosting the Abby Roadsters. It will be a fun evening of Beatles music. Enjoy fresh seafood from Pacific Best Fish Café (next door) and a glass of wine in a casual fun-filled atmosphere. East Fork Cellars - 24415 NE 10th Avenue 727-3055,

Celebrate First Friday this week with many of downtown stores remaining open until 8:00. We now have enough stores to make a trip into town worth while, and many offer specials for the evening.


Alcove Art Gallery (329 Pioneer) features the glass bead jewelry of Sue Haley. Sue has been designing jewelry for several years. She uses the peyote stitch and some of the beads are so small you can hardly see them. Take a chance on a $25 gift certificate, good on any item in the store. Alcove will have wine and nibblies for you to munch on while you view the wonderful art, all made locally by member artists.


Ridgefield Floral (238 Pioneer) is offering a Mother's Day Special of a wrapped mixed bouquet with gerbera daisies and other spring flowers for $20. Make your mom happy with a bunch of fresh flowers! Information: 887-4054.


Organic Boutique (218 Pioneer) will offer one-day-only Mother's Day specials, all day from 10am to 8pm. Mary is a Registered Aromatherapist, and she will be serving organic tea, wine and have hors d'oeuvres. Information: 727-3588 Deep Steep Organic Bath & Body line 20% off (excludes foaming hand wash and refills)Coyuchi 100% premium organic cotton Mattress (Pad) Covers 20% off (so nice!)MyChelle Dermaceuticals skin care 15% off (excludes sample size)


The Ridgefield High School Jazz Band will perform at 6:00 at the Old Liberty Theatre. (113 North Main). Come and enjoy the lively music from this group of talented musicians. Information: 887-7260.


Lily Wiggans (108 North Main) will be open late with a fine offering of candy, antiques, and other collectibles. Drop by and say hello! 887-1114


Next door, Nutrition RX (112 North Main) will offer $2.00 off on the first protein/meal replacement shake that's purchased.


And of course - the event everyone's been waiting for! The Ridgefield Art Association's Annual Member Show and Sale will hold their Artists Reception Friday night from 5 to 9pm at the Community Center (210 North Main). This active group of fine artists, led by Dan Baker, will be on hand to meet you and show you their new work. Punch and light refreshments will be served. The show and sale will continue on Saturday. Come and buy a piece of artwork for your home or business, or even to give as a gift. There will be a silent auction benefitting the Art Association scholarship fund. Information: 887-8963.

Grand opening for the Ridgefield Farmers Market, is Saturday, May 8. For this date only, the market will be on the grass in the park outside the Community Center. They are looking for more people selling flowers for the event, since it's the day before Mother's Day. Information Bob Mayfield, 989-6440.

Confluence Vineyards and Winery will be celebrating, Moms this Saturday, May 8th, from 12-6:00 pm with free tastings for Mom, a rose, and romantic classical/Spanish guitar music serenading them.....join them.....19111 NW 67th Ave. Ridgefield

Ridgefield Junction Neighborhood Association annual meeting will be Monday, May 17 at the Dollar Tree Warehouse Conference Room, 7509 South 5th Street. Doors open at 6:30, meeting is from 7 to 8:30. Come meet your neighbors and see what's happening in our area. Info: Dave Kelly,887-0750

On Wednesday I attended the meeting of The City of Ridgefield and the Port of Ridgefield to discuss the revitalization of downtown. Here's a report I received after the meeting from Karen Ciocia of Normandeau Associates.

"I would like to thank everyone who attended the community workshop Wednesday night. Seventy five enthusiastic participants helped us draft a unified vision for the downtown/waterfront area and began the process of prioritizing projects and programs to help us achieve that vision. The information gathered will be compiled into a draft action plan and presented back to the community on June 22 at the Community Center from 6 - 8 p.m.

There is still time to comment for those who were unable to attend or those who have additional comments. Comment boxes and forms can be found at Ridgefield City Hall, Ridgefield Community Library, Starliner Foodmart, and Old Liberty Theatre Café. The comment boxes will be available until Monday, May 10. You can pick up forms or email for an electronic version. For more information call (360) 601-5360.'

The Port of Ridgefield has purchased 17 acres of developable land at the southeast quadrant of Pioneer Street and South 45th Avenue. The property will be combined with 13 adjacent acres owned by the port into a 30 acre plot with convenient freeway access. The property could make an ideal single-tenant corporate campus, college or university branch campus of a multi-tenant office park. Information: Michael Williams, 887-3873,

Thanks to all who purchased plants at the Ridgefield Garden Club Plant Sale last week. All the money raised at the sale is spent in Ridgefield, to benefit many different activities. These ladies work hard to provide fresh, healthy plants at very reasonable prices, and as usual, most of the items were sold the first day. The sale was a success.

BTW - have you noticed the red and yellow tulips blooming all over town? Several members of the club took a day to plant them early this spring, and we're getting to enjoy their hard work.


Ridgefield Kayak opened the Boathouse for their 5th season on Lake River, May 1st, for the 2010 Paddle Season. Being one with the water is their connection to the water trails, the environment, the wildlife refuge and playful spirits. Surrounded by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, there are many water trails that support all skill levels. Rentals, classes and guided trips will continue to be offered.

Visit their website to see what's cooking for the coming Spring and Summer months. Phone numbers are 360-727-4520 and 503-319-1146.

Upcoming May Paddles:

Saturday, May 8th - Mother's Day Paddle.

Saturday, May 15th - Great Blue Heron Paddle. Bachelor Tributary.

Sunday May, 16th - Basic Skills Classes

Saturday May, 22th - Sierra Club Paddle

Sunday May, 23rd - Lake River Paddle/ Vancouver Lake to Ridgefield

Saturday May, 29th - Full Moon Paddle.

Sunday May, 30th - Basic Skills Classes.

Ridgefield High School Plant Sale will be Friday, May 7th 9am to 5pm and Saturday, May 8, 9am to 3pm at the Ridgefield High School Greenhouse. They will have a variety of plants for sale at very good prices.

Expert birders from the Vancouver Audubon Society will lead bird walks for Migratory Bird Day at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Both walks will be on the Kiwa Trail in the River S unit of the Refuge May 8 and 9 at 9am.

Plan to allow 1.5 hours for the walk, 30 minutes to get from Ridgefield to the Kiwa Trail and another 30 minutes to get back to Ridgefield (2.5 hours total). More if you want to watch birds on the way to the trail head, which is just under halfway around the auto tour route. Mosquito repellant may not be necessary, but it is safest to bring it. Wear sturdy shoes. Information: 887-7880

Gardeners will want to go to the VanRidge Garden Club plant sale, Friday, May 14, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, May 15, 9am to 3pm. It will be at the Pleasant View Church of the Nazarene. 801 N.E.194th Street (1 block off 10th Ave, just south of Shorty's Nursery) in Ridgefield.

Items for sale at less than commercial prices will be tomatoes, peppers, other veggies, annual flowers, perrenials shrubs and flowers, raspberries, strawberries, herbs, and some house plants. Funds raised go toward a horticultural scholarship to Clark College. Information: 263-2137.

4Rivers Yoga is offering a Spring Special to new students - $29 for the month of May, unlimited classes. Classes are throughout the week - e-mail Jodi Swanson for more information

Bob Rylander is recuperating nicely after his fall, and would welcome visitors. He's at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living Community, 201 NW 78th.

Pat Laird will teach a class in watercolor at the Pickled Heron, Sunday, May 16, 10am to 5pm. Cost is $30. Information: 687-4051.

I'm pleased to announce that Merrilee Lee is buying Nutrition RX, and is looking for a couple of partners to join the business. She has big plans for the store - better signage and lights, some remodeling inside, open six days a week, etc. If you know anyone with a background in nutrition who is reliable and would like to become a part owner of an exciting business, have them call Merrilee at 904-6019.


River City Ramblers will be at the Old Liberty Theatre, Saturday, May 22nd at 7:30. Admission is $12. Information: 887-7260,

The Ridgefield Living History Project, spearheaded by Elizabeth Madrigal, will hold their first meeting Tuesday, May 25, 7:00pm at the Pickled Heron Gallery, 418 Pioneer Street. Citizens and friends of Ridgefield are invited to participate as members or contributors in a broad effort to add to the historical information about our area. The group's focus will be on collecting and preserving stories, memories, pictures and other historical and current information that captures the living history of the Ridgefield area and its residents. Information: 887-4530,

There will be a meeting of the Heritage Committee, May 19th at 7:00pm in the Community Center (small room) Coffee and dessert will be served. The next Heritage Day will be Aug 21st, and we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Community Center. Artists will exhibit with Art in the Park and the GFWC (Women's Club) will have an Antique Appraisal Faire. Information: 887-8732.

Reknowned pastel artist Marilyn Hocking will teach still life composition at the Pickled Heron, Saturday, May 22, from 9:30 to 3:30. Cost is $50. Supplies may be purchased at the Pickled Heron. Information: 887-2295.

The 'Zoo' at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center is running low on stuffed animals for their pediatric units. A new stuffed animal is give to each child that comes to the hospital to keep as a companion. Help to continue the tradition by taking a new stuffed animal to either Lava Java at the Junction (109 South 56th Avenue) or Ridgefield Junction Auto Licensing (2 South 56th Place) before Wednesday, May 26th. Information: 607-8595.

The Friends of Ridgefield Overlook Park will hold a tea to raise money to begin construction of the park on Sunday afternoon, June 27. Invitations will go out shortly, but this early notice is to suggest you save the date and write it on your calendar. It's going to be a fun time at a private home, and the women of our community are welcome. Men on the committee will be doing the serving. Information: 887-3596.

Ridgefield Garage Sale, sponsored by the American Legion, will be June 11 and 12. For those of you new to our community, this is a yearly event, where a map is printed to show all the locations participating. sometimes you can find some real treasures. You may register to be on the map at the Starliner or the Pioneer Market. Information: Jo Knerr 887-3492.

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