Do you love to read? Come to Ridgefield School District’s HUGE used book sale this Saturday!

Do you love to read?

The Ridgefield School District is holding a HUGE used book sale this Saturday (April 18, 2015) at View Ridge Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be over 150 boxes of books from every grade level (K-12) with paperback books costing only $0.50 each and hardcover books costing just $1.00 each!

All proceeds will go back to our schools’ libraries to help them purchase new materials.

We hope to see you there!

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Three Ridgefield schools were selected as 3 of only 20 schools in the county to receive Washington Achievement Awards!

Three Ridgefield schools – Ridgefield High School, View Ridge Middle School and South Ridge Elementary School – were selected by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as three of 20 recipients in Clark County to receive 2014 Washington Achievement Awards.

Ridgefield High School received awards in three out of the six categories: Overall Excellence, Special Recognition for Reading Growth and Special Recognition for Math Growth. South Ridge Elementary School received awards in three categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress and Special Recognition for Reading Growth. View Ridge Middle School received an award for High Progress for the second year in a row.

To achieve Overall Excellence, schools must qualify in one of two ways: they must either meet Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) for all students in reading, math and graduation rates for the three most recent years or rank among the top 5% of schools on the 3-Year Composite Index Rating.

Schools who receive recognition for being top performers in the High Progress category must be in the top 10% of Title I schools for performance improvement in both reading and math for the past three years.

In order to receive Special Recognition for a specific content area (Reading, Mathematics or English Language Acquisition), schools must rank in the top 5% highest performing schools based on median growth across the state.

Congratulations to our schools!

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Golf Tournament for Girls’ Soccer

Ridgefield High School girls’ soccer is having a golf tournament/auction to raise money to help purchase uniforms and pay for travel expenses.  As you may already know, Ridgefield girls made it all the way to the final four for the first time in school history last season in Seattle. They brought home 3rd place out of 62 schools in their division.  They are excited to make our mark again for the 2015-2016 season.  Please join us for a fun filled day of golf to show your support! Contact Trina Latshaw, 360-597-8453, or tlatty21@gmail.com if you have any questions. Checks can be made out to RHS Boosters.  Deadline is May 11th – so register now!

Ridgefield High School Girls Soccer Golf Tournament and Auction, Friday, May 15th, 12 pm registration, 1 pm shotgun start.
$120 per player ($480 per team), includes golf, golf cart, food. Prizes to top winners.
Thank you and GO Lady Spuds!

Need a plumber?

I am re-doing my bathroom, painting and installing a new toilet. The contractor I hired put in the toilet, but the water intake valve had corroded and he was unable to get it loose to install a new line. He called the plumber who works with him, Doug Massie.

Doug drove down from Kalama and fixed the problem. He also noticed that the drain on the tub was not working properly, and he took it apart and fixed that too. I was very impressed with Doug’s work, and believing that good work should be rewarded, I am giving him a plug here.

Doug owns Three Sons Plumbing, 360-673-6833, doug.massie@yahoo.com. Give him a call if you need any kind of plumbing work. I’d appreciate if you let him know how you heard about his fine work.

Ridgefield School District announces April Employee & Students of the Month

Ridgefield School District’s Employee and Students of the Month for April 2015

Ridgefield School District’s Employee and Students of the Month for April 2015

Ridgefield School District recognized its April Employee and Students of the Month in the regular Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Employee of the Month
Mindy Morris, 4th Grade Teacher, Union Ridge Elementary School

Mindy Morris, Union Ridge fourth grade teacher, was selected as Employee of the Month

Mindy Morris, Union Ridge fourth grade teacher, was selected as Employee of the Month

Mindy Morris, fourth grade teacher at Union Ridge Elementary School, was selected as this month’s Employee of the Month. Morris was described by her coworkers as:
  • I have the pleasure of working with Mindy each day. We are in a very unique situation this year, team teaching ELA in one wondrous large teaching space. I know that this situation may not work for everyone and that not everyone would feel comfortable working together at such a close setting, but I have to say that I can’t imagine going back to how I taught before.
  • I believe that great teachers work tirelessly to create a challenging, nurturing environment for their students. I found working with Mindy that great teaching seems to have less to do with your knowledge and skills than with your attitude toward your students, your subject, and your work. 
  • In Mindy’s classroom, each person’s ideas and opinions are valued.  Students feel safe to express their feelings and learn to respect and listen to others.  Mindy creates a welcoming and fun learning environment for all her students.
  • The mutual respect in Mindy’s classroom provides a supportive, and collaborative environment.  Students are aware of the rules, procedures and classroom jobs.  They learn to not only depend on Mindy, but also on the entire class.

Students of the Month

Union Ridge Elementary School
Olivia Pederson – Sixth Grader

Olivia Pederson, sixth grader, was selected as Union Ridge Elementary School's Student of the Month

Olivia Pederson, sixth grader, was selected as Union Ridge Elementary School’s Student of the Month

Union Ridge teachers and staff included the following about this month’s Student of the Month, Olivia Pederson:
  • Olivia is a hard worker.
  • She has a positive attitude and she works well with others.
  • Olivia strives to be at the top of the class.
  • She is an active participant in class discussion and she is constantly striving to make the kind of choices in class.

South Ridge Elementary School
Sophia Landry – Fourth Grader

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South Ridge teachers and staff included the following comments about this month’s Student of the Month, Sophia Landry:
  • Sophia Landry is an amazing kid, respected by her peers and teachers alike.
  • Sophia leads by example and possesses the attributes we want in all of our students.
  • Sophia is helpful, kind, and humble, and we are proud to nominate Sophia Landry for Student of the Month.

View Ridge Middle School
Maria Zosim – Eighth Grader

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View Ridge teachers and staff included the following comments about this month’s Student of the Month, Maria Zosim:
  • Maria is a hard worker that always does her best. She is an active participant in all class activities.
  • Maria is always willing to help other students.
  • Maria asks great questions and works to truly understand the scientific concepts we are learning in class.  She comes to class with a smile on her face ready to learn each day.”

Ridgefield High School
Nathan Herz – Junior

Nathan Herz, junior, was selected as Ridgefield High School's Student of the Month

Nathan Herz, junior, was selected as Ridgefield High School’s Student of the Month

Ridgefield High School teachers and staff included the following comments about this month’s Student of the Month, Nathan Herz:
  • Nathan is a standout in the academic arena. He has opted to take an extremely rigorous course of study and earned a near-perfect AP Calculus grade.
  • Nathan is a dedicated athlete and his quality character is a valuable asset on our campus.
  • Nathan has managed his commitments to academics, athletics, and high character very well.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor…

The Historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd, sponsored the Employee of the Month and Student of the Month programs by contributing funds to pay for the awards and other supplies.

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

50 Years of Conservation!

 

Pelican brewery at Old Liberty

Pairing Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge with Pelican Brewing Company is a natural—not only because white pelicans visit our waterways, but thanks to Pelican’s ongoing support of conservation in the Northwest. When Chris Lapp, Refuge Project Leader, contacted them about helping us celebrate the Refuge’s 50th anniversary, Pelican’s Marketing Manager, Sam Robinette, began brainstorming with us to develop a fabulous promotion.

From May through BirdFest & Bluegrass in October, Pelican Brewing will offer consumers a commemorative version of their award-winning Imperial Pelican Ale in bottles with a custom label showcasing Ridgefield NWR’s anniversary. This limited edition bottle will be available in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and even Hawaii. The label, in eye-catching black and gold foil, celebrates the Refuge’s Golden Anniversary with silhouettes of birds, animals, amphibians, and other familiar critters you’ll find on our Refuge. The back of the label tells a bit of our story, plus there’s a QR code that lets smartphone or tablet users quickly link to the Friends’ web page for more information.

For locations in Washington and Oregon where Pelican beers are poured on tap, there will be coasters with the same images and information about the Refuge to place under pint glasses featuring the Refuge’s 50th anniversary logo opposite the Pelican logo.

Pelican will also make these coasters and glasses available for purchase at their brew pubs on the Oregon coast, where a portion of the sales will be donated to the Friends to support our habitat and education programs. We’ll have other local opportunities to purchase commemorative items to benefit Refuge programs as well.

For a taste of things to come on our Golden Anniversary promotion (and a taste of Imperial Pelican Ale), join us for a sneak preview on Friday, April 17th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. There will be a formal kickoff at Pelican Pub & Brewery on May 2nd at 5:30 pm during the Pacific City Birding & Blues Festival.

Did You Know fourth graders created electronic inventions and demonstrated them during an Invention Fair?

Ronan Blanchard, Gavin Meyer, and Jack Champine demonstrate their invention

Ronan Blanchard, Gavin Meyer, and Jack Champine demonstrate their invention

Fourth graders at Union Ridge Elementary School created inventions using electronic circuits as part of their science classes and demonstrated the inventions during a special Invention Fair for family members and other attendees.

The project stemmed from a science project from Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits typically used to teach students the basics of electronics including the differences between parallel and series electronic circuits. “The students enjoyed learning about the different circuits so much that I built on the basic project to create the Invention Fair,” said Kelly O’Boyle, fourth grade science teacher at Union Ridge. “The new project takes what the students learned to the next level by inspiring them to create their own electronic inventions.”

Unlike preset scientific experiments, many students’ inventions didn’t work on the first try. “This is a very challenging project for my high-level thinkers because they’re learning how inventions often don’t work correctly the first time,” explained O’Boyle.

Some students brought items from home to create more elaborate inventions

Some students brought items from home to create more elaborate inventions

As part of the project, students were asked to describe their invention, draw scientific diagrams and create schematic drawings showing how their inventions work. Some students even brought items from home to help create more elaborate inventions. In addition, students studied other inventors including Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

Jack Hipple and Cohen Andre used electronic circuits to create a working fan

Jack Hipple and Cohen Andre used electronic circuits to create a working fan

Throughout the process of creating their inventions, students kept records of their changes. “The recordkeeping can become quite tricky because it adds deliberate methodology to the process of creation,” said O’Boyle. “Students get very excited to change their invention, but recording the changes is almost as important as the change itself so students can see what works and what doesn’t work.”

To help reinforce the concepts students were learning in their English Language Arts classes, O’Boyle assigned students a writing assignment asking students to describe their experiences creating their inventions. “With the new Common Core standards, I try to reinforce what my students are learning in their English classes by having them reiterate the concepts in my science classes,” said O’Boyle. “The quotes the students wrote about their experiences creating their inventions were almost as powerful as the inventions themselves.”

Some student quotes included the following:

  • “It’s not about the fun of building the experiment, but about if you learn something or you enjoy it.” -Alexander Raymond
  • “Inventing is important, and even though things get rough you should never give up.” -Carl Molina
  • “Inventing is fun and hard at the same time. It also a work of art.” -Jayson Volkoff
  • “Inventors’ inventions are far from perfect, but it doesn’t mean you don’t try to make it perfect.” -Paige Stepaniuk
  • “Scientists are never perfect, so they are always changing their experiments.” -Jordyn Davies

Parents and family members attended a special Invention Fair to see the inventions their students created over the course of the project. O’Boyle intends to assign this project every year as part of every fourth grader’s science studies.

Did you know you can submit story ideas for upcoming Did You Knows? Submit your story idea via the District’s online form here: http://bit.ly/DYK-Submit

For more Did You Knows, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter. You can also subscribe to receive the Did You Knows directly in your inbox by clicking here.

Annual maintenance work to close I-5 Gee Creek rest areas starting April 14

Drivers on Interstate 5 who need to take a break from the road should plan ahead this month. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Gee Creek Rest Areas located on both directions of I-5 near the State Route 502 interchange (Exit 11) for maintenance work.

Closure details

The northbound Gee Creek Rest Area will be closed from 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 until 8 p.m. Friday, April 17.

The southbound Gee Creek Rest Area will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday, April 20 until 8 p.m. Friday, April 24.

During the closures, WSDOT maintenance crews will deep clean each location, repave portions of damaged pavement as well as conduct routine safety inspections of the electrical and plumbing systems.

Both rest areas are among the busiest in the state, with approximately 800,000 annual visitors to each facility, a figure calculated by the number of toilet flushes.

Thought for the Week

This Moment in Time

You determine this moment in time
no one else.

Its creation is yours.
You conceive it.
You shape it.
You give it life.

Yield the creation of this moment to another, and
you suspend yourself
in air
above a chasm
hanging (or not) at their choice.
Your life no longer your own.

Fame, approval, permission granted
by another, may be
taken away.

Except by your own decision
what you create, cannot.

Yield your will to create
and your forward path becomes chosen
at the whim of another.
The journey bereft of the
joyfulness born of creation.

You create your life
and include others (or not).
You create your future
and include others (or not).

Recall a time when you were truly happy.
Recall a time that you loved someone deeply.
Recall a time when things were joyfully real.
Recall a time when you succeeded.
Recall a time when you won.

These things will be with you, always.
Regardless of what follows.

The creation of joy, of purpose
is within you.  It is a gift that you give
yourself.

It is a gift that you share with others, or not.

Build your own life.  Create your own dreams.
Live true to your own goals.
Speak your own truths.

None of these can be taken from you.
Unless you first elect it so.

— Michael Graves 4/4/15

Ridgefield Library Programs April 14 to April 18

BOOKSALE May 16 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 14
4:00 p.m. – Family Movie – A story of two princesses, a talking snowman, and a winter in the middle of summer. PG
6:00 p.m.-Teen Anime – A cursed warrior seeks to save his life in the forests, but becomes entangled in a battle between a proud tribe of humans and the forest’s animal gods led by a young woman who was raised by wolves.

Wednesday April 15
10:00 a.m. – Stitchery Group
10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
4:00 p.m. – Ridgefield Gaming Group
6:30 p.m. – Friends of the Library meeting-Imagine a new library in Ridgefield? Join us to make it happen!

Thursday April 16
1:00 p.m.-Mahjongg at the Library
3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

Friday April 17
10:30 a.m.-Toddler Storytime

Saturday April 18
3:30 p.m.-Writers’ Circle

Background Info on Off-Leash Dog Park

There has been much discussion on the off-leash dog park being proposed for Ridgefield. To help you better understand what’s going on, I have copied correspondence among Marie Bouvier, chair of the Ridgefield Parks Board; Steve Stuart, City Manager; and Becky Hill. I have edited information in some of the letters that was not pertinent to the discussion.   –  Kathy

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Letter from Becky Hill to Marie Bouvier, April 3, 2015

Marie,
I recently noticed through FYI98642 there are lots of new members to the Parks Board that are not indicated on the City’s website.  I have tried for the last week to get a more recent list and contact information for them.  Could you be of assistance?

Also, I noticed there is Resolution 481 scheduled for City Council this coming April 9th concerning designation of unleash area in Abrams Park.  Can you provide some details?

Thank you for your time!
Becky Hill

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Letter from Marie Bouvier, chair of the Ridgefield Parks Board, to Becky Hill April 3, 2015

The Parks Board requested that the City Council utilize CP-5 (the land purchased for community park 5) as a temporary dog park, as that is where we eventually planned to put a full-scale dog park.  However, we found shortly afterwards that CP-5 had a tile drain, commonly used for agriculture but unsuitable for any additional development.  Because CP-5 was no longer available as a park property, we were back to square one for a dog park.

After some discussion, we decided that rather than go with a full-scale dog park, it made more sense to go with an accessible off leash area, at least temporarily.  Abrams Park came up as the best of the many locations we had researched.  While not ideal, it was suggested that we consider a small off leash area for a provisional period of one year.  It would be fully fenced with double gating, with appropriate signage, dog waste disposal stations, and trash cans.  It’s a smaller size area within the space that was originally proposed as a dog park.

In our discussions, we made it a point to consider all of the issues that park neighbors brought up, as well as all the concerns of the dog owners.  But the Parks Board felt that the dog park discussion has been going on now for quite some time, and until we are able to locate land that we can use as a dog park, Abrams Park is our best off leash location.  If you have concerns, feel free to let me know or to bring them to the City Council or Parks Board meeting.

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Letter from Becky Hill to Marie Bouvier, April 7, 2015

Where is the survey to neighbors and community regarding a dog park in Abrams as completed with Hayden?

 

You were present on October 9, 2014 when the Mayor relayed his story to myself, my husband and the City Manager when he was at the Park Care Takers property (Martins) and his small dog helped himself to a dip.   This dog park will directly affect our property which includes a water feature that will tempt dogs and leave us with a potential unwanted liability (as the mayor knows since his dog enjoyed the swim).

 

Please explain how this does not prove my multiple points I presented from my 40-page PowerPoint presentation to the Parks Board on August 14, 2012 and the City Council on August 9, 2012?  Did you add this to your discussion at the Board Meeting?

 

So what exactly was provided to the new Parks Board members regarding the years worth of discussions?  All of the neighbors presentations and letters opposing?

 

Now how is this in-line with the 2014 Park and Rec Comp plan? (Page 70) (Comp Plan 2014 jpeg)

 

Let alone in-line with restoring Gee Creek Habitat?  Exposing to parasites and viruses?  The new federal funding approved for culvert at Main St. to connect to the wildlife refuge should help increase the flow.

 

We have been in regular contact with the city, and specifically asked Tim Shell, Public Works Director on March 5, 2014 on our back deck, why I saw the Mayor measuring the field.  At no point during any of our contact was there a mention or an answer to that question, which would have informed us of the new discussion.

 

CP-5, the denied community park for the temporary dog park, was previously owned by Council Member Wells prior to the sell to Ridgecrest Properties.  How was it not disclosed sooner that it would never be feasible for a park or additional development because of the tile drain?  Was this not brought up during the negotiating process for the sale of the neighboring 20 acres? How much did the city spend for the design and consultation of CP-5?

In the Columbian article of http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/jan/11/ridgefield-buys-land-for-community-park/. Mayor Onslow states, “the city may lease the property for agricultural use until the city is prepared to develop it.”  Please explain how, the city at the time of purchase, did not confirm Mayor Onslow’s statement?

 

How can you be sure the Martin Property, when purchased by the city $299,900 in 2009 is not in the same situation?

 

Why are the citizens of Ridgefield being told one thing, but in actuality another is occurring?

 

These questions need to be answered for citizens of Ridgefield prior to the City Council vote on Thursday.

 

Becky

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Letter from City Manager Steve Stuart to Becky Hill, April 9, 2015

 

Thanks for your interest in the off-leash proposal and issues surrounding citizen communications and transparency generally.  Since I’m relatively new to some of these conversations, I discussed the issues you raised with several staff members, which is why it took a couple of days to get answers to your questions. Here’s what I found out.

 

–Availability of Parks Board agendas and minutes:  We do have a deficiency in the Parks Board materials available online that we are working to rectify immediately.  We had some staff turnover early this year that was partially responsible for falling behind, but we are getting up to speed quickly and will definitely do better in the future. We’ve also been updating other areas of our website and social media presence, to assure updated content and easy-to-find information. It’s obviously a work in progress.

 

For public review of the Parks Board materials, here are the opportunities we do already offer:

–Sign up to receive agendas by email by contacting isa.blake@ci.ridgefield.wa.us; information will be incorporated into website (http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/pb).  We already maintain a distribution list, and we have an email address for you included; if there have been recent lapses, it’s because of the noted staff turnover.)

–Paper sign-up sheets will be available at upcoming parks board meetings for folks to sign up to receive agendas by email also.

–Check the City calendar for upcoming meetings (http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/calendar).

–Agendas and minutes are posted online (http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/meetings, filter for Parks Board).  Agendas will be available 7 days before the meeting, and minutes will be available approximately one month after the meeting, because they have to be approved and signed by Parks Board at the following meeting.

 

Please let us know if you have any other suggestions about how to share information with the community. Our Council and staff are constantly looking for new ways to connect with citizens.

 

–Availability of Off-Leash Are Proposal for April 9 Council meeting: I apologize that there was a delay getting a copy of the materials to you, but glad you did get a copy of the materials before the meeting.  While staff always meets legal deadlines for notice and materials, we do strive to have ALL materials ready 7 days before the meeting. Sometimes that’s not possible with complex issues and limited staff, but again, we’re working to get closer to 100%.

 

–Policy changes regarding off-leash area:  Parks Board and Council have had many meetings where they discussed a range of options for off-leash areas.  Many policy proposals have been considered, and the current proposal for Abrams Park has evolved from previous discussions, including the Parks Board discussion from December 9, 2014 that you cited.  Previous discussions were held by Parks Board on:

  • February 14, 2012
    •March 3, 2012
    •April 10, 2012
    •May 8, 2012
    •June 12, 2012
    •July 10, 2012
    •August 14, 2012
    •September 11, 2012
    •October 9, 2012
    •November 13, 2012
  • January 8, 2013
    •February 12, 2013
    •March 12, 2013
    •April 9, 2013
    •May 14, 2013
    •July 9, 2013
    •October 8, 2013
    •December 10, 2013
    •January 14, 2014
    •March 11, 2014
    •December 9, 2014
    •January 8, 2015 (joint session w/Council)
    •March 11, 2015

 

–Survey for Abrams Park location: No survey was completed for the Abrams Park location similar to the survey done for Hayden Park.  Staff is recommending ongoing monitoring of the Abrams Park site for the first year (and beyond as needed), and we will address performance measures identified by Council and residents.

 

–Conformity to Parks Plan: The Parks Plan identifies priorities for future parks development, and a larger, more substantial off-leash dog area as described in the Parks Plan remains a future city priority.  At present, Council directed staff to look for an opportunity that can be implemented in the near term which led us to consider existing sites.  The Martin property is being proposed as a current opportunity to hopefully be completed by additional off-leash facilities elsewhere in the city in the future.

 

–Impacts to Gee Creek Habitat: Our staff has had discussions with biologists about the potential critical areas impacts.  As stated in the staff memo dated April 6, 2015:

“The Clark County predictive model, as shown in Map B, places critical habitat areas across the majority of the property, however, the actual extent of critical habitat areas is limited to 150 feet from the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) of Gee Creek as estimated by the yellow map shading.  The proposed off-leash area will be entirely outside of the predicted yellow-shaded critical habitat areas.  Staff proposes to work with a biologist to identify the OHWM in the field, measure and mark the 150-foot buffer, and establish the off-leash area boundaries wholly outside of the buffer.”   (Maps are attached for your reference.)

Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and we look forward to talking with you again soon.

Best,

Steve Stuart, City Manager

City of Ridgefield

Steve.Stuart@Ci.Ridgefield.Wa.Us

www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us

(360)887-3557

Notes from City Council Meeting 4-9-15

Business/Public Hearing – Hearing on Petition to Annex for the Duvall property

The property is located at 1120 NE 259th St east of S 85th (10th Ave), it is 7.74 acres now designated as Neighborhood Commercial. If annexed it would be zoned Commercial Neighbor Business.

Ordinance No. 1180 – Petition to Annex for the Duvall property. This is the first reading no action is required by the Council.

Business

Resolution No. 481 – Designation of an Off-leash Area in Abrams Park. There was lots of discussion for and against the off-leash area for dogs. Resolution was tabled until issues were researched.

City Development Report – Single Family permits for March: 5 issued, 8 in review and 2 ready for pickup.

Spring Opening Event at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse is Sunday, April 12th!

The kickoff event for our Plankhouse season will be on April 12th, and will feature hikes that will connect people to the natural and cultural resources of the Ridgefield NWR. The Plankhouse will be open Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm, now through the first weekend of October. There’s a special event or speaker every second Sunday of the month. Here are the activities planned for opening day:

12 pm-4pm: Guided Plankhouse tours and children’s activities will be available throughout the day.

1 pm: Naturalist-Led Family Hike – Join a Naturalist on the trail exploring the wildlife that lives at the Refuge. This hour-long walk will meet at the Plankhouse and is geared towards families.

2 pm: Spring First Foods Hike – Plankhouse Director Sarah Hill will be leading a walk on the Oaks to Wetlands Trail discussing traditional springtime foods of Chinookan Peoples and the seasonal cycles the people of the Cathlapotle village lived by. Participants meet at the Plankhouse and should be prepared for a two-mile hike on uneven terrain.

Plankhouse programs are coordinated by the Friends of Ridgefield NWR. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this event for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodations needs to Eric Anderson, 360-887-4106, Eric_Anderson@fws.gov, TTY 800-877-8339, with your request by close of business one week before the event. For wheelchair access arrangements for this program, please contact Sarah Hill (360) 887-4106 or Sarah_Hill@fws.gov.

The 80 for 80 Campaign

Cornerstone SocietyThere are several levels of giving to the library building fund. The Cornerstone Society is a special recognition level for community leaders and businesses that make a tax-deductible contribution of $1000 or more for building a new library in Ridgefield. You can make a single donation, or phase payments for up to 40 months. That’s only $25 a month!

There’s also the possibility of making a special gift that will result in a donation of $1,000 or more, such as hosting special events, gift-in-kind donations, donations of stock, real estate, insurance policies or bequests.

Names of current members of the Cornerstone Society members will be noted on a plaque inside the new library.

Next week I will list the current Cornerstone Society members. If you’d like to have your donation recognized as one of the early contributors, send in your check before April 14.

It’s easy to donate to the 80 for 80 Campaign. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions are tax deductible. The non-profit tax id number is 91-1456753.

Arts Association Show and Sale

RFAA

The 23rd annual Ridgefield Arts Association Show and Sale will be Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd at the Community Center.

Friday night starts off with a reception to Meet the Artists from 7 to 9pm. There will be music, snacks served, and Koi Pond Cellars will host a wine tasting. You’ll have time to chat with the artists about their work while you stroll through the rooms. Student art will be displayed in the small room, as well as photos from the Cell Phone Contests.

Saturday’s hours are 10am to 5pm. The Lions Club will serve clam chowder all day, Koi Pond Cellars will host a wine tasting, and groups of musicians will rotate throughout the day.

There’s going to be a lot going on in town that weekend, since May is the kick off month for the new First Saturday program, sponsored by the City of Ridgefield. Saturday is also the Garden Club sale. Come and see what life in a small town should be!