CAPS Survey Welcomes Community Input on New Coffee Shop at RACC


Business and Marketing students in the CAPS Program at Ridgefield High School are working to set up a coffee shop inside the new Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC).  To best serve customer needs, they have created a short survey to gather feedback from the local community.  We invite you to take a few minutes to participate.  The survey will be available through March 25th.  Thanks for your support!

To take the survey, please click on the following link:

Innovation Ridge Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) at Ridgefield High School is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program.  Working together with business and community partners, it produces personalized learning experiences that prepare students for careers in high skill, high demand jobs.  Strands of study include Engineering; Health Services; and Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Beaches Cashback Day

Vote for Sandra!

Our very own Councilwoman, Sandra Day, will compete at the Rotary Club of Three Creeks’ Dancing with the Local Stars, Saturday, March 23, 6-9 pm, at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Movies.”

To purchase tickets or vote for one’s favorite local star with a donation, an online opportunity is available at

The six dancers will compete for best dance, voted by attendees and guest judges. The grand champion will be the local star who raises the most funds.

Thought for the Week

After the weather yesterday, I thought this little poem was very apropos:

“Is it so small a thing,

to have enjoy’d the sun,

To have lived light in the spring,

To have loved, to have thought, to have done?”

Matthew Arnold


Pipers at Hookum



The Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums will be at Hookum Brewing Company, 120 North 3rd Avenue, tonight, Saturday, for a performance at 7:00. They’re raising money to send band members to Colorado Springs, Colo, to play at an annual memorial for fallen fire fighters.

Help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and lift a glass of bubbly for a good cause.

“Ridgefield Arts Experience” Teaches Kids About Theater Production

Watch a children’s book come to life in a play that is entirely produced by Ridgefield students.  In “Ridgefield Arts Experience”, students in Grades 3-8 learn everything that goes into a musical production.  Not only will they be performing in the play, but they will also learn to create the scenery, costumes and music soundtracks.

The play is based on the children’s book, The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith.  Students will perform the play at 7:00 pm at the end of class.

The class is on Thursday, March 21, 4:00-7:30 pm in the Union Ridge Commons.  A light dinner will be provided.  The class is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield School District, FVRL/Ridgefield Library and Opus School of Music.  Register today at

Special thanks to our sponsors The Modern Orthodontist and Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation for their support of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.




Hi! I’m Priscilla Pig! I’m named in honor of the Priscilla Club because their members donated books to start the original collection of books for the Ridgefield Library.

Now I’m helping raise money to build a new and bigger library in Ridgefield, and you can help. You’re going to see me around town, especially on First Saturdays and other special events such as the Fine and Dandy Fabric Sale on March 23. 

When you see me, I hope you’ll pick up one of the food jars I’ll have with me, and fill it with your spare change. When the jar is full, bring it back to the library on any First Saturday and you’ll receive a special little item to show you’re part of my Priscilla Fan Club. Let’s get this library built!


Honk! Jr. Performances Set for March 22 and 23

The Ridgefield Community Education Theater Program proudly presents Honk! Jr.   Come and be entertained by our talented 5-8 students as they bring their rendition of this delightful play to Ridgefield!

This theater production is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling.  It is the story of Ugly, an awkward duck whose gawky looks incite intolerance from his family and neighbors.  Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home.  Along his rollicking and harrowing journey, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Performances are Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.  Tickets can be purchased online March 15-20 on or at the door.

Lunch benefits FVRL

I’m organizing a carpool from Ridgefield, so if you’d like a ride, give me a call: 360-887-2160 or

Senior Scam Education Seminar

Sad to say, many of our senior citizens fall prey to scammers every year. Come learn about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from internet scams at the Senior Scam Seminar at the Nazarene Church on Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm, upstairs in the café room. No need to sign up – just show up!

Ridgefield School District Honors March Employee and Students of the Month

On March 12, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the March Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Susan Hayley-Gates, STEM paraprofessional at View Ridge Middle School.  Susan’s steadfast support of View Ridge students, particularly this fall with a teacher on maternity leave, continues to make this innovative program accessible for all students. Her hard work, expertise, and flexibility kept the students on track while the class transitioned through two substitute teachers in the process.  Susan truly stepped up to the plate when we needed her most, essentially playing the role of teacher out of necessity.  Her calm, empathetic approach meets kids where they are at and spurs significant growth in their skills. She has taken the time and put in the work to learn the STEM curriculum to a depth not always achieved by someone in her role.

Susan Hayley-Gates

The STEM department is fortunate to have someone as selfless as Susan, who will take on the extra responsibilities that she recognizes is needed.  The STEM staff is grateful for her help every day.  For all this and so much more that she does every day, she is very deserving of the honor of March Employee of the Month.


Students of the Month

America Lozano Perez, a second grader, is March’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of America.  They write, “America knows that she can keep trying even when things get hard.  Her true joy of learning is evident every day.  She puts in great effort and gets great results in her school work.  She is kind to her peers beyond expectations.  Her smile is a signature move that she uses over and over to greet peers and staff alike.”

America Lozano Perez

Jake Sorensen, a first grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary School.  The Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Jake.  Jake was new to Union Ridge at the beginning of the year.  It did not take long for his classmates to realize that this was a peer to get to know.  What draws people to Jake first is his kindness.  His picture should be in the dictionary.  He includes all students, both boys and girls.  He is a good friend to all.  His demeanor is very calming and peaceful with a quietness about him that soothes all who are around him, including his teacher!  In the classroom, his academics are excellent.  He is a student who gets right on a task and stays focused until he completes it, no matter what else is going on around him.  He works hard and is very conscientious about his work.

Jake Sorensen

Lily Taylor, a fifth grader, is March’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Lily.  They write, “We are always impressed by Lily’s work ethic and integrity.  She is an advocate for herself and her peers.  She demonstrates empathy and compassion that is not easily matched.  While her progress can also be measured in academic growth, it is her self-confidence that has truly been highlighted this year.  She is a humble and gracious learner who extends her kindness far and wide.  What a wonderful ambassador for our Coyotes!  Lily doesn’t let anything get in her way.  She is a brave young lady who does not let struggles get her down.  She is gentle and kind to everyone.”

Lily Taylor

Hyrum Bennett, a seventh grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Hyrum.  They write, “Hyrum is an exemplary student who leads quietly by example and makes everyone around him better.  No matter if he is working with a partner or a group, he always strives to do his best while encouraging and showing his classmates how to do their best.  Hyrum has an infectious positive and hard-working attitude that has earned him respect from the staff and his peers alike.  He is one of strong character and integrity.  With his excellent work ethic, Hyrum has a bright future ahead of him.”

Hyrum Bennett

Brock Harrison, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Brock is described as a quiet leader who always does the right thing and is an all-around great Spudder.  He is an exceptional student athlete who has competed for four years in both football and baseball for the Spudders.  On February 20th, Brock signed his college letter of intent to play collegiate football for the Eastern Eagles.  One described Brock as “an excellent student, an excellent athlete and a kind person.”  Although Brock has received several awards, scholarships and recognitions, you’d never know it by his humble attitude.  Brock takes advanced classes at RHS and hopes to study marketing or business at Eastern.  We are proud of the many outstanding students who attend Ridgefield High School and proud of Brock for being chosen to represent the school as March Student of the Month.

Brock Harrison

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsors, James Schmeling of Allstate Insurance Company, whose local office is providing funding to support the district’s recognition program during this school year, and the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation.

Ridgefield School District Art Show Set for March 26th

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month presents the annual Ridgefield School District Art Show.  Be inspired by the amazing creativity of our K-12 students!  Tuesday, March 26th, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.


Thought for the Week

“I shall pass through this life but once.

Any good, therefore, that I can do

Or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature,

Let me do It now.

Let me not defer or neglect it,

For I shall not pass this way again.”

~~Etienne de Grellet

Fabric Sale to Benefit Library

If you’re into sewing, quilting, or making: costumes, set designs, small home décor projects, totes, handbags, or crafty projects, don’t miss this fundraiser! Community members have donated piles of all kinds of fabric, some with multiple yardages. Lots are one yard or less. VERY reasonable prices!

When? Saturday, March 23, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Members of the Friends of Ridgefield Library are invited to the special Preview Sale from 9:00 to 10:00 am prior to the public event that Saturday.) 

Questions? Email or call Donna (360-887-2700).

 This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library. All proceeds go to support current and future programs and to help build our new library.

State of the City

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of Mayor Stose’s address on Wednesday evening.

Don Stose delivered his first State of the City address as Ridgefield’s Mayor on March 5th at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center. His theme “Welcome to Ridgefield” reflected on the city’s growth and progress in 2018, showcased current and future projects, and celebrated services that will arrive in Ridgefield in 2019.

“We are welcoming businesses that offer new jobs for our residents, neighborhoods built to the highest standards in southwest Washington, and new services that all our residents will use every day,” said Mayor Stose. In the last year, Ridgefield has seen more than 15 new businesses and services, and eight new quality neighborhoods. And, the City kept its commitment to create at least one-mile of new trail.

Mayor Stose spoke of the businesses all over Ridgefield, but spent extra time inviting everybody to visit downtown Ridgefield. The mayor touted signature events like award winning First Saturdays, the MultiCultural Festival, Big Paddle and Farm-to-Table, and expanded services in the newly designated Arts Quarter with five new merchants in 2018 alone.

The highlight of the night was a big reveal of long term projects that will become a reality in 2019. The repurposed View Ridge Middle School opened its doors as the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center in January – with offices for school administration, community education, local non-profit organizations, and the City’s Business Center, and a new assembly room that will host City, School District, and Community meetings.

The Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is opening with six fields and a two-story community building, and will play host to Ridgefield school and sports club teams, as well as being the home field for the West Coast League’s newest franchise, the Ridgefield Raptors. Vancouver Clinic will begin accepting appointments in July and open its doors in August. Rosauers Grocery Store is opening in the fall. Fort Vancouver Regional Library is already imagining a design for a new and larger library at the Community Center, which will start construction this year. And construction will begin on a downtown Ridgefield mixed use project which will boast new shops, offices, and a new location for the Ridgefield Police Department.

“This is awesome. Through proactive planning by this City and community and a shared vision with important City partners, Ridgefield is becoming a community where we can live, work and play. Welcome to Ridgefield!”