Planning Session Tonight

Reminder!! You are invited to an open house! Share your ideas with Ridgefield City Council members and City staff about plans for our junction with I-5 and the rapidly growing area around 45th and Pioneer. Tonight, September 23, from 5:30 to 7:30, at the Ridgefield Community Center. For more information, see the City’s website at www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us.

Name the Painting

Unnamed Painting

I need your help! This is a copy of my latest painting, but I’m having a problem thinking up a name. Can you help?

Send your ideas to me at kwinters@q.com, before Saturday, April 26, and I’ll choose the one I like best. Winner will get an 11×14” matted print of the painting, or one of my other prints. If more than one person comes up with the same name, I’ll pick one randomly.

Come and see the painting at the Ridgefield Art Association Show and Sale May 2-3 at the Ridgefield Community Center. There will be fine art from local artists as well as a large selection of student art. Come and vote for your favorite piece! Buy something from the Silent Auction! Meet the artists! Light refreshments will be available.

Hours are Friday, May 2 from 6 to 9pm, and Saturday the 3rd from 10am to 5pm. It’s going to be a great show!

Donate Blood on January 18

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Community Center on Friday, January 18, from 1:30 to 6:30.

This is a good chance to give back to our community, and the blood is badly needed at this time.

Call Nanette Idzerda at 695-8522 to make an appointment, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: ridgefield.

Hometown Celebration this Weekend!

Hometown is this Saturday!

 

Friends Appreciation Meeting

The Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge invite our members to the annual volunteer and member appreciation meeting on Sunday December 2nd. Our celebration brisket dinner, prepared by Smokin Eagle BBQ, will be held at the Ridgefield Community Center.

We will feature Sam Robinson, Chinook tribal leader, who will be blessing the food, drumming, and telling ancestral stories. Don’t miss the exclusive silent auction items, raffle prizes, door gifts and special prizes.

Please join us from 2-4pm as we celebrate and recognize the dedication of many individuals and organizations that make the Friends such a successful organization.

Reminder – Meet the New City Manager Tonight!

Give Blood on November 16

The Ridgefield Community Blood Drive will be Friday, November 16 from 1:30 – 6:30 at the Community Center. Call 360-695-8522 to schedule an appointment, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Ridgefield. Your donation of blood helps save lives.

Potluck at Community Center

James Pfeifer and Pat Pietz, both of whom have serious medical problems, are putting on a potluck tomorrow, Saturday, September 29, at the Community Center from 5 to 9pm.

Come and join their families in sharing stories about the two of them. I talked with James this afternoon, and he wants to be able to sit and enjoy listening to his friends and family. He warned me that he might not even be awake, but he would still like to see everyone and enjoy the get together.

It’s hoped that folks will stay around to help clean up after the event.

 

BirdFest Marketplace Has Openings

There are a few spots left in the Ridgefield BirdFest Marketplace, so if you have a craft to sell, especially if it relates to birds or birding, you might want to rent a space. The event, held in the Community Center, is a popular stopping place for visitors to Ridgefield on this busy weekend. Hours are Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 14th, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Contact one of the Marketplace coordinators for more information:

Lucy Krantz, lucyk88720@gmail.com(360) 887-2033

Vickey Seagull-Schell,  silverseagull@comcast.net, (360) 601-7587

Friends of  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, PO BOX 1022, Ridgefield, WA 98642, Email: contact@ridgefieldfriends.org

Donate Blood!

The community blood supply has dropped to critically low levels for blood types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative. The Red Cross calls on eligible blood donors to make a blood donation appointment as soon as possible.

The Bloodmobile will be in Ridgefield Friday, June 29, from 1:30 to 6:30. To make an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Eligible donors are encouraged to double the difference their donation can make by donating via the innovative double red cell technology, which will be available in Ridgefield on this date. I called the Red Cross to find out what this involved, and here’s what I found out.

The double red cell donation is a way to capture red blood cells. A needle is inserted in each arm. Blood is taken out of one arm, spun in a centrifuge, where the red cells are captured. The white cells are returned to the other arm along with a saline solution. The woman at the Red Cross that I talked to said many donors like to give blood this way because more fluid is returned than is taken out, and they feel better afterwards.

This is a weight, height, and blood type requirement to donate under the double red cell technology. For men it’s a height of 5’1” and 130 pounds and for women it’s a height of 5’5” and 150 pounds. If you meet these requirements you might inquire about this service. It will not be offered in the July Ridgefield blood drive.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are generally in good health may also be eligible to donate blood. Visit redcrossblood.org for mor

Bunco/Auction Benefit for Owen

Owen Miles suffered a stroke shortly before or after his birth in September of 2009. The cause is still unknown, but he has now been diagnosed with severe quad spastic cerebral palsy.

Family and friends of Matt and Jamie Miles are joining forces to raise money to help cover the many expenses that are not covered by insurance. This is an opportunity to help a young family in our community that has always stepped up and helped others in need.

Owen’s Benefit Bunco/Auction will be held Saturday, May 5, at the Community Center beginning at 6:30. The cost for this evening of fun, beer, fiesta taco bar, and prizes is only $15 per person. Over 21 only please.

The event planners are looking for donations of certificates or other gift items which will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Your donated item or service will be displayed and given appropriate acknowledgement the evening of the event. Your support of this young family in our community is greatly appreciated. When you make a donation you are helping to promote a more interactive future for Owen.

Contact one of the following people for more information:

Carla Bonebrake, 360-601-8662 ltcarla@comcast.net

Marney Heflin, 360-606-9815, marney98642@aol.com

Lisa James, 360-904-7478, lrj667@aol.com

Kay Kammer, 360-624-6780, klk0160@inet.com

Gwen Laspa, 360-887-3879, laspafam@pacifier.com

Leanne Lefebvre 360-624-0454, leanne@krbdesign.us

Shar Miles, 360-607-8545, shar98642@comcast.net

Nancy Simmons, 360-887-3175, nancysimmons98642@gmail.com

Ridgefield has always stepped up to help those in need. Here’s another chance for us to help.

Take a Trip Around the World

Ridgefield resident Carol Pinnell will lead an interactive discussion of ethnic textiles and fine folk art traditions in a talk at the Community Center this Saturday, April 14, at 1:00 entitled ‘Take a Trip around the World.’

Carol has traveled to over 130 countries, collecting textiles and fascinating stories along the way. Attendees at the event are invited to bring a favorite piece of folk art to share and/or try to identify.

I heard Carol speak at the Clark County Historical Museum, and she has a delightful story to tell, plus many beautiful and rare examples of native art.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 to help pay for the rental of the room. Information: 360-887-8281.

Carol Pinnell

Carol Pinnell

Ridgefield resident Carol Pinnell will lead an interactive discussion of ethnic textiles and fine folk art traditions in a talk at the Community Center on Saturday, April 14, at 1:00 entitled ‘Take a Trip around the World.’ Carol has traveled to over 130 countries, collecting textiles and fascinating stories along the way. Attendees at the event are invited to bring a favorite piece of folk art to share and/or try to identify.

I heard Carol speak at the Clark County Historical Museum, and she has a delightful story to tell, plus many beautiful and rare examples of native art.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 to help pay for the rental of the room. Information: 360-887-8281.