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Ridgefield Events - July 2010

The Artists in the Vineyard festival at Confluence Vineyard and Winery last week end was a great success! Thanks to all of you who attended and bought artwork from our local artisans. The festival collected money for the Oregon Food Bank and Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Ridgefield Farmers Market happens every Saturday, but it was unsure at press time if they will be moving to Overlook Park this week.

A group of Ridgefielders are trying to get some pick-up Ultimate Frisbee going and would like to invite any and everyone interested in having some fun and getting some cardio at the same time. We meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm in the field between the middle school and elementary school. Information: Celia Antonini,

I always get the East Fork Cellars events announcement too late to list, but they have music going every Tuesday and Friday nights. Call them for next week's information: East Fork Cellars , (360) 727-3055,

Agave Jeans Outlet is featuring art by local artists in their store. Starting in August they will be open on the first Friday and Saturday of the month. Visit them on your way to First Friday! Their Back to School sale is scheduled for August 20. Information: Brad Schafer,

For anyone interested in the on-going activities of our fire district, go to their webpage and scroll down the main screen to their facebook option, then, if you have facebook, you will get district news regarding different events that the fire district is involved with/in... Information:

A Ridgefield facebook page is being developed - more information next week! Information: Eleanor Van Natta,

This news from Elizabeth Madrigal: Heritage Day (August 21) is still seeking artists to add to this event. If you look at what is going on - including the Farmers' Market - this is going to draw a crowd. I have promoted this event on KBOO, with Noel at, the Columbian, the Reflector, the Oregonian, Washington Zest, Bonafied Country Magazine, Vancouver Voice, The Daily Insider, and to lots of movers and shakers around town. And now I'm telling you about it!

The Community Center and the Heritage Day Committee are spending money to place ads in the papers too, so expect a crowd at this free event. You'll have antique-ers, families for pony rides, the Boy Scouts giving roping lessons and there will be a draw for locals with antique farm equipment. And the Fairground Church Ladies will sell their famous pies.

The community center's 25th anniversary, First Independent Bank's 100th anniversary and Heritage Day's 10th anniversary are going to make this day a memorable one.

Come, show up with a few easels or a table or whatever, stay as long as it makes sense and you are still enjoying yourself. No clean up, no fees, no commission, no hassle... just a great opportunity! If you are going to do it, a quick email to me would be great.

Elizabeth Madrigal, 360-887-4530,

Note from Kathy - Alcove Art Gallery will be there!

Nine school friends will be hosting a fundraiser carwash this Saturday, July 31st. It will be held at the Nazarrene Church on Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield, across from View Ridge Middle School, between 10am and 3pm.

All proceeds will be used for their 8th grade Washington DC trip happening next June. Several of the families may not be able to afford to send their kids so we are holding this fundraiser to help everyone out. Any donation would be OK and we welcome you to bring your cars, SUV's, trucks, boats, fire engines, or ?? Information: Karen Estep,, 607-6120.

Looking ahead:

Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation will host a beef, chicken and pork barbecue at the Port of Ridgefield's Commissioners' picnic, Friday, August 20 from 4-7pm. Money raised will support the programs of the Foundation. The barbecue will be sponsored by Smokin' Eagle, Wishing Well Productions, Quetopia Barbecue Company and the Port of Ridgefield. Information: Tim Shell,, 503-542-3806, cell: 503-502-8941

Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course, August 24, to raise money to help fund several things: the Principal's Checkbook Program; a mini-grant program to help teachers, prinicipals and school-affiliated clubs and organizations; teacher appreciation awards to help them pay for continuing education expenses; scholarships for Ridgefield School district students going on to higher education, etc. There are many ways to participate. For more information, contact Pam Marini or Trent Thomas, 503-891-5086,

A second campus for Messiah Lutheran Church will open at the Heron Gate Building, 2 South 56th, Suite 203, in Ridgefield on September 12. We welcome pastor Peter Braafladt and his group to our community. Information: 574-7081,

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