Buy a Basket!

hanging basket

Are you enjoying the flower baskets hanging throughout town? Would you like to see more?

You can have one put up! Cost is $130, and that includes putting up the metal support, hanging the basket and watering and fertilizing it throughout the summer.

The best thing is, you can choose the location of the basket, as long as it’s in the downtown area. There are only a few left, so if you want to add another spot of color to our downtown, give me a call and I’ll arrange it. or 887-2160.

You could even get together with some friends and share the cost.

Temporary River ‘S’ Closure

Fish & Wildlife

The River ‘S’ Unit of the Refuge will be closed Tuesday July 5th for wetland maintenance.
The Carty Unit will remain open for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at (360) 887-4106.

Red Wine and Blues Festival at Confluence

Confluence logo

Confluence Winery is having its annual fourth of July weekend, “Red Wine and Blues Festival’ featuring Portland blues man, Norman Sylvester on Saturday, July 2nd, and Matt Brown, July 3rd. There will be music all day, Gourmet Food Cart Rolling Pin Eatery will have food for sale, and they will be pouring their Big Reds. A new white wine will be released.

Confluence is at 19111  NW 67th Avenue.

McGill Celebrates 20 Years with FVRL

Sean McGill celebrated his 20th year anniversary with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and we celebrated with him yesterday at the library. Sean started as a volunteer with the library, and has moved through several positions until he’s now the head librarian in Ridgefield. This photo shows Amy Liu presenting him with a certificate of appreciation.

Amy and Sean

Sean has made the Ridgefield library into a hub for the community, with the many innovative programs offered for all ages. He’s especially noted for his work with teenage boys.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Second Sunday Series

Fish & Wildlife

WHEN: July 10th, 12pm – 4pm

WHERE: Cathlapotle Plankhouse, 28908 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA 98624

Events FREE with Refuge Admission

Contempory Native Art Inspired by Cultures of the Columbia RiverMask Exhibit and Artist Talks by Lillian Pitt and Bill Rutherford


Renowned Native Artists and Friends, Lillian Pitt (Wasco, Yakama, Warm Springs) & Bill Rutherford (Chickasaw and African American), will speak on their creative process, how they draw inspiration from Native Cultures of the Columbia River, and why they use masks as a medium of artistic expression. There will also be mask collections from each artist on display throughout the day.


(Hikers meet in front of the Plankhouse, approximately 1 mile hike on uneven terrain)

Mask exhibit, Plankhouse tours and kids’ activities are ongoing during the event.

RBA Meeting this Wednesday

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Marianne Ewing from Goldman and Associates will be the guest speaker at the Ridgefield Business Association meeting on Wednesday, June 9 from noon to 1pm at The Sportsman Historic Restaurant & Saloon.

Marianne will share a highly untapped labor market working with individuals with different disabilities and finding the perfect match for your company. Join us to discover how your company could benefit from the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Lunch is available. Get there early and there’s time to socialize with other business owners in the area. The Sportsman’s is at 121 North Main Avenue, and parking is available at the lot across the street.

Thought for the Week

“My definition of getting ahead is realizing that if you make more than a living wage, have affordable housing and enough to eat, you’re doing well. If you have so many clothes that you could go weeks without repeating an outfit, you’ve gotten ahead.

If you come home and don’t have to worry if the lights will be on, you are living better than a lot of folks.

Keep investing for retirement, or start saving for your senior years. Get rid of your debt as soon as you can because that will put you ahead.

But at the same time, we’ve got to stop raising the financial bar so high that we never have a feeling that we’ve gotten ahead.”

– Michelle Singletary, in her April 8, 2016 column in the Columbian.


Question: do you think the rain will spoil the rhubarb?









Answer: NO!

Is anyone else having trouble keeping up with the weeds in their garden?


Library Celebrates First Saturday

cleaning supplies basket Some lucky person will take home this basket of cleaning supplies after First Saturday, July 2. Come to the Friends of the Library booth at Overlook Park any time between 9am and 1:30pm to sign up. Tickets are $3.00 each, or three for $5.00.

We’ll pick a name at 1:30 and contact you if you won. If you are not at the park at that time you can pick up the basket at the library during open hours. All money collected goes to the library building fund – we’ve now collected over a million dollars toward our goal.

While you’re there, check out the used books we have for sale and also some very unusual hand sewn items by Lorna Earl.


Koi Pond Cellars Celebrates

Koi Pond Cellars

Koi Pond Cellars is celebrating their second anniversary for the Ridgefield tasting room this afternoon from 2 to 8 pm. The first 15 people in the door get free champagne sangria. Food pairing will be provided by Herb and Roots. There will be live music, special wines, and they’ll be releasing their Library Wines. Koi Pond is at 120 North 3rd Avenue,

No Fireworks this 4th

No fireworks

What?!? No fireworks this year? There will be no fireworks show at 10 pm on the 4th of July sponsored by the Fourth of July committee. For several years they had a fireworks technician that did a wonderful job. He was not available last year and the spectators were clearly disappointed in the show. The committee realized it was subpar to what they had in the past. Considering their budget, they could not afford to put on the same show that Ridgefield was used to seeing.

If funds become available next year, the committee will resume a fireworks show. The dance in the park will still go from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.

If anyone is ever interested in helping with the 4th of July celebration they are always looking for volunteers. It takes 100 volunteers and a committee of 23 to put on the parade and festival. Let’s hope for good weather this year and a great festival. For a schedule, you can go to

Make it a Million (Plus)

Million dollar bill

We’ve reached the million dollar amount in our quest to raise money for the Ridgefield library! As of today the total amount raised is $1,096,000. Good work Ridgefield!

The thermometer on the front of the library shows how much money we’ve raised so far. Quarterly dollar amounts will be posted on the sign, but it was too wet today to do it.

The Friends of the Library will be at the Farmer’s Market on First Saturday, July 2, selling books and other goodies. I’ll be there working in the booth – stop and say hello and take a chance on winning a huge basket full of cleaning supplies. Cost of the tickets is only $3.00, or you can buy three for $5.00. Such a deal! Have a great weekend!


Rain Drop Roasters Open Saturday

Rain Drop Roasters

Rain Drop Roasters Coffee Roasting Company will open their doors (barn doors that is) this Saturday from 9-1pm. Come by and see where your home town coffee comes from.  Say you support the Ridgefield Library and 15% from all sales of coffee will be donated to the library.

Fresh roasted coffee will be available for purchase by the bag and the cup.  We’ve got you covered!

This Saturday we will feature our award winning Peruvian Coffee.   Come by, bring your friends, and enjoy the freshest cup in town!

Directions to Rain Drop Roasters at 21511 NW 9th Avenue, Ridgefield : pass the yellow Victorian house and keep on driving past the front of the red barn around to the east side. That’s where you’ll find us.

Polka Dancers Needed

Sandy Schill is looking for polka dancers for the Ridgefield Oktoberfest celebration September 19th. Please call or e-mail her if you know of one: 360-887-0329,

Celebrate Ridgefield History with a Pop-Up Museum

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Bring Your Own Objects!
Be Your Own Curator!
Build Your Own Museum!

On July 2 the Clark County Historical Museum will host a temporary pop-up museum at Overlook Park during Ridgefield’s First Saturday.

Visitors are invited to bring their own historical objects to display. With help from CCHM staff, they will write labels telling the history of their object. With others they will build a unique and one-time only exhibition celebrating the history of Ridgefield. Visitors will tell their own story with their own objects and words. The exhibit will change throughout the day as people and their objects come and go.