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Ridgefield Events - June 2010

Ridgefield will be jumping this week for First Friday, when many of the downtown stores will be open late and have special offers for the evening.


Alcove Art Gallery will celebrate its first anniversay with outdoor exhibits of their artists' work, a huge cake, wine and punch and other goodies. A lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the gallery. Each artist has donated an item for a raffle basket, proceeds to benefit Camp Ukandu, the cancer camp for kids

The new display at the gallery is beautiful - come check it out and meet the artists. Information: 727-3088


Organic Boutique will offer a gift with every purchase made on Friday. Mary will be serving organic wines and has Eco fabric lunch bags and lunch boxes at 20% off, one day only. The store will be open until 8:00 pm. Information: 727-3583.


Five artists will be displaying their works at the former River 'S' Print shop at 22 Pioneer Street from 4 to 9pm. Live music from the band 'UpFront' will be featured.. There will be refreshments and live music too. Information 887-8963.


Tony will have his usual wine tasting at Zebrun's Starliner Mart. He charges $10 to taste ten different wines and light refreshments. Information: 887-8131.


4Rivers Yoga, at 208-A Pioneer, will be open for anyone who wants to see their new space, and will serve light refreshments. Owner Jodi Swanson will be there to meet you and answer questions, along with her other instructors.They are located above Ridgefield Hardware, and the entrance is between the hardware and the liquor store. Information:


Bill and Susie Bishop are opening their home for First Friday and will offer wildlife carving demonstrations by Bill in his studio, photographs by Lee Ann King and information concerning summer activities at the Refuge. They're at 114 North 4th Avenue, and you are invited to drop in for wine and appetizers. Information:


The Old Liberty Theatre will feature the Ridgefield High School Music Showcase at 6:00pm. Donations will be accepted to help the RHS Music department. Information: 887-7260.


Join us at the Ridgefield Farmers Market on Saturday, June 5th, and swing to the music of the Northwest Harmony Chorus, an all ladies, a capella, 4-part harmony barbershop style, vocal group. Entertainment begins at 10:30 am.

Every week we get more and more produce on the co-op table, along with the usual booths of nuts, sausage, bacon, coffee, greeting cards, clothing items, garden pots, bread, smoked seafood, and other gifty items. Be sure to sign up for the weekly raffle at the Info Table.

When you come. bring some warm, dry weather with you (Please!).

Pioneer Street Café will offer their Happy Hour Menu from 5-8:00. Appetizers from $3-$5 and cheap wine and beer will be on special. (Jessica said it was alright to call it 'cheap!') Information: 887-8001.

Ridgefield Kayak is open for the season and offers Sunset Paddles on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month through September. These will be two hour, staff-supported paddles for all skill levels. Reservations needed @ 360-727-4520 or email

A trip to Bachelor Island is planned for this Saturday, June 5, and a Lewis River Paddle on Saturday, June 12. Classes are offered Wednesdays and Sundays, June 9, 13, 16 and 27.

Thanks to the Ridgefield Garden Club for putting new flowers in the planter boxes downtown. These ladies work hard to keep our town beautiful and it's appreciated! One thing good about all the rain is the club has not had to start their watering program!

The City of Ridgefield has been awarded a $10,818 grant from the Terry Husseman Account Grant by the Washington Stte Department of Ecology to continue to erradicate invasive, non-native plants from the areas bordering Gee Creek. Much of the money will be used to hire an AmeriCorps team through the Northwest Service Academy. Information: 887-3557.

Mayor Ron Onslow attended the Youth Achievement Award Celebration put on by the Clark County Youth Commission recently, and reports that 43 Ridgefield middle and high school students received awards for their achievement.

The awards were in arts, business enterprise, citizenship, courage, education, environmental stewardship, family life, inspiration, leadership, personal achievement and tolerance. Our schools were presented with 43 out of 269 awards given (about 16%) from across the whole county, including Vancouver. This is a remarkable percentage of the total for one of the smaller districts in the area.

Congratulations to all the Ridgefield teachers and staff who do such a good job. As Ron says, 'We've got a lot to be proud of in our youth here in Ridgefield.

Looking ahead:

Opus School of Music concert at the Old Liberty Theatre starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 12. Tickets are $5. Information: 887-72160


Ridgefield High School Class of 1980 will meet July 9 at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale. Reservations at


The American Red Cross will be at the Community Center Monday, June 28 from 1:30 - 6:30pm. Giving blood helps people throughout the area, and is an easy way to pay back your community. Reservations may be made by calling 695-8522 or


Artists in the Vineyard, July 24 and 25 at Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Put it on your calendar. The ten local wineries will be open that weekend, so make an event of it!


Parade of Homes, July 9-25, at Green Gables subdivision.


Young Professionals of Vancouver First Annual Golf Invitational, July 30 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Information: Joe Ridinger, 360-713-5504. or Deadline for entries is July 2.


Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the City of Ridgefield will be at Cedar Ridge on June 17. Come meet your city officials. Information: 887-3557.

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