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Ridgefield Events - July 2010

Ridgefield Farmers Market is going strong, Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Stop by and see what's new and fresh this week. Two weeks ago there were three new vendors:

Tyler Martin of 3G Farms makes healthy dog and horse treats.
Sandy Grim, and her handmade jewelry was already a big success at the 3rd of July Celebration.
Pat Jeschke does stained glass on rock, all shapes and sizes.

Cynthia Memford won cards from Mary Jo Stith in the giveaway two weeks ago.

Information on the market: Bob Mayfield, 989-6440,

Ray Baxter is the Featured Artist at Alcove Art Gallery this month. Ray's imaginative oil and acrylic paintings are bold and colorful. The other members of this co-operative art gallery also have new work on display. Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

News from Mayor Ron Onslow on the Parade of Homes: "The Parade of Homes is happening now...right here in Ridgefield. We had a fabulous opening ceremony. I toured the homes and they are really great. 'Attainable and Sustainable' is the theme. You should all visit and tour them. They have ideas you may use. I have a way for you to get in free and help the City. The City of Ridgefield has a booth that needs to be manned dailly from 10am-8pm. Can you help us? You can virtually pick a time, any time to help out. Just call Kay or Julie at the city (887-3557) and they can try to fit your time with when we need the help. Or e-mail kay.kammer@ci.ridgefield, You, your spouse, or your young adult. An hour or two here and there and we'll have it covered. And it is fun and easy. AND you get to see these great new energy-efficient houses.
The Parade of Homes will run until July 25.
As always:, 'thank you' you are part of the greatest little city around
Sincerely, Ron Onslow, Mayor"


And more information from Kay Kammer:

"Volunteers: Please note that I must send an updated list with any volunteer's name on it to the Parade of Homes organizer for them to allow entry. I would hate to have someone show up and have them turned away because your name was not on the list as a volunteer. Thank you for considering working at the Welcome Booth, we really do appreciate your time and efforts. This is a great way to engage the attendees and let them know what Ridgefield has to offer for a return visit or to perhaps some day call home.

The booth location is down by the concession stand next to Penquin Windows. Additional forms and a volunteer information box are under the table. If you have questions, please let me know.

Kay Kammer"

Northwest Workouts Summer Schedule for INNERgystics, pilates and Zumba! classes is now in effect. If you have not yet tried a workout, try a class - FREE! All new students should arrive a few minutes early. Information: Stacy Hope, 425-941-8801,

Basic skills classes, personalized guided trips and kayak rentals are in full swing at Ridgefield Kayak. Events are listed on the Events Calendar at

Wednesdays they offer $5 off the rental of each kayak, and 10 - 20% discounts are offered to paddle parties of ten and more. Ridgefield Kayak is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Upcoming paddles:

Bachelor Island trip - July 25
Annual event to celebrate the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Guided paddle out through the tributary for playful times on the beach and lots of opportunity for birding. 8 miles of water trails. Pack a lunch. Cost $45, children 1/2 price. Reservations 727-4520.

Lewis River paddle - July 18
Paddle the wide and lazy Lewis River. 8-10 mile paddle over five hours. Put in at Paradise Point on the Lewis River. Ridgefield Kayak transports the kayaks and gear. Carpooling is necessary. All levels welcome - double kayaks are suggested for first time paddlers. This is an exceptionally gorgeous paddle. Cost: $60. Reservations at 727-4520 or 503-319-1146

Salmon Creek Evening paddle - July 28
Rendezvous at Felida Marina for a three hour paddle from the mouth of Vancouver Lake to Salmon Creek. All levels welcome, perfect trip for beginners, wildlife galore. Cost: $45. Reservations, 727-4520.

Poetry Paddling series - July 15 with poet Dot Hearn
Dot Hearn, poet and author, teams up with Ridgefield Kayak to offer creativity workshops on the water. A two-hour guided paddle on Lake River with the intent to be in flow with the water and the wildlife, letting nature be our guide and our muse. Join us as we share poetry and inspiration, being present as our creativity blooms. Writing and note-taking time will be included. Reservations required at 727-3120.

Thursday evening Sunset Paddle - every Thursday with staff.

Full Moon paddle - July 25

From George Espinosa of the Ridgefield Lions Club:
"Our thanks to all the help and support of several Lion members, friends of Lions, the Ridgefield 4th committee, the generous citizens of Ridgefield and our guests. The Lions club Salmon/Chicken BBQ was a success. These proceeds will be distributed among many worthy and worthwhile causes throughout the coming year. Two personal water bottles and one ear ring were left in the Lions health screening van July 3rd. They can be reclaimed by calling Lion George at 727 3004 and identifying them."

If you missed planting a garden this spring, now's the time to put in a fall vegetable garden. I have a list of plants for winter vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest - if you'd like me to send you a copy, let me know by return mail. The list may also be found at Google 'winter gardening'. This is a great website for gardeners who live west of the Cascades.

Looking ahead -

Join almost 20 artists at the Artists in the Vineyard art festival July 24 and 25 at Confluence Winery. Hours are noon to 6pm Saturday, noon to 4pm Sunday. Come and see the wonderful artwork created by your neighbors and friends, stay to sample the wine and have a bite to eat. Oregon Food Bank and Neighbors Helping Neighbors will benefit from the festival. There will be music all day. Information: 887-2160.


August First Friday will be a Treasure Hunt. Visit each participating store to find the hidden number somewhere in the store. When your card is completely filled out, leave it at one of the stores and you will be entered in a drawing to win a fabulous prize. More information as we get closer to the date.


Belly dancing lessons start Wednesday, September 1 with Ilia Wilken at the Old Liberty Theatre. 6:30pm beginners, 7:30pm intermediate/advanced. Eight classes for $65. Information:, 727-3387

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