Page 10 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • March 25, 2009 Ridgewood Notes Barba to address Women Gardeners Jane Brook Barba will be the guest speaker at the Women Gardeners of Ridgewood’s bi-annual open meeting on Tuesday, March 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place. Barba has studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and garden restoration and preservation at The Art Foundation of NaLapoule in France. Her program, “Cottage Gardening for Everyone,” focuses on the practical intermingling of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs to create the perfect kitchen garden or potager. In addition to the special presentation, there will be an auction of creative gift baskets, Atlock Farms will have unique topiary plants for sale, and Amanda Steen will be featuring her botanical prints and note cards. There will also be a “Potting Shed” with lightly used garden treasures. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 in advance. Checks should be made pay- able to the Women Gardeners of Ridgewood, 504 Aspen Lane, Wyckoff, NJ 07481. Tickets will be held at the door. Tickets will cost $20 day of the event. For more information call (201) 560-9977. Final Four Game Night set All residents are invited to join Ridgewood Parks and Recreation for “March Madness” on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring family and friends to enjoy the big games on the big screen. Admission is $5 per person and includes hoagies, salads, beverages, and desserts. Reserve a spot by calling (201) 670-5500, extension 301. Be sure to leave your name and expected attendance. The Community Center is located on the lower level of Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue. For more information, call (201) 670-5560. LIFFT discussion group forming On March 26, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood will offer LIFFT (Lively, Interactive Food for Thought), a new discussion and idea sharing group 1 to 2:30 p.m. The group will provide a supportive environment for open discussion on current events and issues. The theme of this session will be “Take a Positive Approach.” A moderator will be present. LIFFT will continue to meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month until June 11. For more information visit the website at or call (201) 444-6225. The Unitarian Society is located at 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Casino Night planned by Newcomers The Ridgewood Newcomers Club of the YWCA of Bergen County will be hosting its annual Casino Night on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club. This fundraiser will benefit several of the programs at the YWCA, including the YWCA Rape Crisis Center, which provides a 24-hour counseling hotline, and the YWCA Adapted Programs that provides all day, before and after school childcare, and sport programs for children with disabilities. Special auction items include vacation homes, services and artwork that have all been donated by many local businesses and families. Contact Carrie Giordano at (201) 857-4130 to join the Ridgewood Newcomers Club or and to purchase tickets to the event. Valenti to exhibit Thomas Valenti will exhibit oils and watercolors at the Cottage Place Gallery through March 29 at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. Thomas is an award winning artist who teaches adult watercolor at the Ridgewood Community School and conducts watercolor demonstrations and workshops to art interest groups everywhere. He will appear on March 27 on WCTV at 8 p.m. demonstrating his individualized techniques of watercolor painting. Valenti, a 30 year resident of Washington Township, is president of Allied Artists of America. He is also an honorary member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City, which is one of the oldest art organizations in America. Examples of his work can be seen on his website www. Call (201) 444-6225 for times to view the exhibit. The gallery is open from noon to 1 on Sundays. Used soccer equipment sought Soccer Equipment Neighborhood Drive (SEND), a charity that collects and distributes pre-owned soccer equipment to people in need, is again collecting old cleats, jerseys, shin guards and other soccer equipment. Drop-off bins are located at all Ridgewood elementary and middle schools. Hundreds of pairs of cleats, soccer balls, and many socks, shin guards, jerseys, and other equipment have been sent to recipient organizations located in Haiti, Vermont, and the New York Metropolitan area. Contact SEND ( to learn how to receive pre-owned equipment at no cost. To learn more, to make a financial contribution, or to bring SEND to a community, visit www. Library sponsors events The Ridgewood Public Library’s Friday Movie Matinees will include “Burn After Reading,” rated PG-13, 110 minutes on Friday, March 27. On Friday, April 3, the feature will be “The Secret Life of Bees,” rated PG-13, 110 minutes. Friday Movie Matinees begin at 1 p.m. Home inventory expert Jamie Novak will offer practical solutions for conquering clutter, sorting items, and finding more time and energy with her program “Get Organized!” on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. Copies of Novak’s book “The Get Organized Answerbook” will be available for sale. On Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. there will be an Ukranian Pysanky Workshop. Patty Wiszuk-DeAngelo will guide this ancient Ukrainian art form. Participants will create their own decorated egg for Easter or Passover. There is a $20 materials fee. Registration for this workshop is required. Call (201) 670-5600, extension 125. Explore the power of the ancient healing practice of Reiki at a workshop on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. The Ridgewood Public Library is located at 125 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood.