The big news this week is First Friday. Many of the downtown stores will be open until 8pm with special offerings. We again will have a treasure hunt. Pick up a booklet at your first stop, look for the Dusky Canada Goose picture in each store and record the letter next to the name of the store. When your booklet is complete, turn it in for a chance to win a gift basket from the Sportsman Bar and Grill.
Here's a list of stores that will be open from 4 to 8:
Pickled Heron Gallery - Big, bright, bold artist Blue Bond in a one-man show. Wine and refreshments.
Ridgefield Floral - specials on silk and things for fall decorating.
Alcove Art Gallery - 10% of sales will be donated to American Cancer Society in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wine and refreshments.
Zebrun's Starliner - samples of fine wines from Bodega Elena for $5.
Organic Boutique - 20% off Home Spa Collection. Wine and refreshments.
4Rivers Yoga - come and learn your favorite bird pose.
Ridgefield Wellness & Nutrition Club
RAge - chainsaw carvings by Bill Agee.
Vinnie's Pizza - $3 off a large or giant house pizza, $2 off a small or medium house pizza.
Sportsman's Bar & Grill - First Friday Prime Rib $11.99 and $14.99.
Old Liberty Theater - "She Gods of Shark Reef (1958) at 7pm. $1 movie, $1 ice cream cone, $1 popcorn.
Ridgefield Pioneer Marketplace - Buy one fountain drink with souvenir sports cup, get one free.
The Ridgefield Farmer's Market plans a special celebration for its last official day on Saturday, October 2, although they plan to have a presence at BirdFest on October 9. Look for them this Saturday under canopies at Overlook Park.
Thanks to all the vendors who made this year's market a success. Some of them were: Azteca NW Farm, G & H Farms, Little Heaven Flowers, BasilBob's Herbs 'n' More, Pioneer St. Café, 3G Farms, Honu Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Inspiration Plantation, Stephenson's Meats, Sons of the American Legion, Ridgefield Roasters, Ridgefield Hydroponics, MJ and T Creations, We R Nuts, CG Blueberries, Healing Hands Bodyworks, SG Jewelry and Art, Rock Shadows, Almond Farms, and Zillah Farms.
Next week-end (the 9th and 10th) we celebrate BirdFest and Bluegrass in Ridgefield. There will be something for everyone, with events planned all over town. The schedule of events is too large for me to list here, but there are copies in many different stores and the library, and for the latest updates, go to their website, www.RidgefieldFriends.org.
A large group of volunteers work all year to put on this festival, which benefits the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. A dinner and silent auction was held September 25th as a kick-off.
$10 buys a button that will get you in all the bluegrass venues. They can be purchased at the Old Liberty Theater and other venues. There are scheduled performances at the Old Liberty Theater and the Pickled Heron, plus both outdoor and indoor jamming locations. Bring your own instrument and join in a jamming session, or just enjoy the music as you stroll around town.
BirdFest events will be held in downtown Ridgefield and at the Carty and River 'S' units of the Refuge. There will be lectures and guided walks and a traditional salmon bake at the Plankhouse. Family activities, the Birders' Marketplace, a storytelling tent and a live bird show are on the schedule downtown. Guided bus, van and walking tours as well as the "Big Sit" will be held at the River 'S' unit.
Pick up a schedule and plan to spend both Saturday and Sunday having fun at BirdFest!
Noel Johnson has set up a new Lewis River News website. You can post your own news items. Go to http://www.lewisriver.com/news-forum/.
Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery is having a fall wine sale. Their Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris white wines and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot reds are priced very reasonably.
The tasting room is at 2411 NE 244th Street. Phone: 887-2085. Information: www.threebrotherswinery.com and 263-6339.
Since last spring the City of Ridgefield and the Port of Ridgefield have been working to develop a unified vision and planning strategy to guide future downtown revitalization and waterfront development. Community involvement has been an important part of this process.
The third community meeting - a project workshop - will be on October 19. The project team will present the draft action plan for review. There will be a chance to prioritize the high-impact projects envisioned for the area.
Community feedback, perspective, and insight have been invaluable to the planning process. Your continued participation is key to developing sound and effective action steps for an integrated downtown/waterfront plan.
Take a moment now to add this October 19 event to your calendar.
Warning: the speed limit on Pioneer has gone from 50 mph to 40. It's also a construction zone by the interchange so it could result in a hefty ticket.
The speed limit went from 50 to 35 on Hillhurst, south of the high school too, so be aware!
The next Ridgefield Planning Commission meeting will be Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 at the Community Center.
Here is the agenda in case you're interested in attending. It's a good way to keep up with what's going on in our little town.
New business: 2010 City of Ridgefield Comprehensive Plan Update
Community Development Status
Downtown/Waterfront Project Status
Development Code Rep-Write Status
Shoreline Master Program Update Status
Here's a note from Sandy Schill. As you may know, Sandy waited months for a kidney transplant , which was successful, and she was home when bleeding started and she spent a very long week-end in the hospital. As of Tuesday night she was home again and on the mend.
"Thanks for the newsletter.....I wish I had been where you were and not here in the hospital. I don't know if you think it's appropriate or not, but so many people have called, stopped us on the street, talked to Ron at meetings to give us their well-wishes while I am trying to recover from this kidney transplant. Things have not gone so well, but we're still working on it. May I issue a thank you via your e-mail newsletter to all those that have been concerned for us? I have sent numerous individual thank you notes to many, but I don't want to discount those that have called or shown concern for us. We appreciate every one of them and they are coming from so many everyday. Most are coming from people on your newsletter list and are those involved in our community.
"I would really like to tell all the community members that have issued well-wishes, prayers, notes, phone calls and flowers that it has meant so much to me to be a part of such a great group of people. I am so lucky to have the positive impact coming from all these wonderful caring people. I am not able to respond to each message due to the numbers. I have had a set-back but am dealing with it with my doctors. I still feel all the messages coming in really make a difference and I want to say THANK YOU."
Sandy - I know the whole town is wishing you the best and looking forward to seeing your cheerful face again soon.
If you'd like to drop Sandy a note, the address is 1195 North First Avenue, 98642, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridgefield High School October Sports Calendar:
October 1: Stevenson - home - 7:00
October 8: Kalama - home - 7:00
October 15: Castle Rock - away - 7:00
October 22: Toledo - away - 7:00
October 29: Ilwaco - home - 7:00
October 5: Toledo - home - 7:00
October 7: White Salmon - home - 7:00
October 12: La Center - home - 7:00
October 14: Stevenson - away - 7:00
October 19: Kalama - away - 7:00
October 21: Castle Rock - home - 7:00
October 26: Toledo - home - 7:00
October 28: Ilwaco - away - 7:00
October 5: White Salmon - away - 6:00
October 7: La Center - home - 7:00
October 12: Stevenson - home - 7:00
October 14: Toledo - away - 7:00
October 19: Kings Way Christian - home - 7:00
October 21: Seaton Catholic - home - 7:00
October 28: Castle Rock - away - 5:00
That's it for this week. I'm off to Cispus on Sunday and won't return until Thursday, so there may not be a mailing next week. For those of you new to town, Cispus is our Outdoor School for fifth graders, which is now in its 41st year. Many of the parents of today's children attended when they were in the fifth grade.
Be sure to come to BirdFest and Bluegrass on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th. Town will be buzzing with lots going on!