Garden Club Sale this Saturday

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The ladies of the Ridgefield Garden Club work hard to present the very freshest, best looking plants, shrubs and vegetable starts at their annual sale. This year it’s one day only, Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 am until they sell out.

These photos show some of the items that will be for sale.  garden sale 2

The sale is at the School Maintenance Shop, 3rd and Pioneer. It’s a good idea to get there right at 8:30 as the popular items sell quickly.

This year part of the money earned will go to provide hanging baskets in the downtown area.

Lucas to Become Interim Police Chief

Garry Lucas

The City of Ridgefield is pleased to announce that Garry Lucas, retired Clark County Sheriff, has been selected to serve as Interim Police Chief for its Police Department. Mr. Lucas will assume the position being vacated by

Carrie Greene, who is retiring effective May 6, 2016. He will manage the administrative operations of the Ridgefield Police Department until the City makes a decision on a more permanent replacement.

Mr. Lucas retired from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on December 31, 2014 after 47 years of service including 24 as Sheriff. At CCSO, Mr. Lucas worked his way up through the ranks from a graveyard deputy patrolling North County to Chief Criminal Deputy before becoming Sheriff. As Chief Criminal Deputy, Mr. Lucas helped CCSO become the 31st law enforcement agency in the country to become nationally accredited. Since his retirement, Mr. Lucas has remained an active member in the law enforcement community including an appointment to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which sets national standards for police agencies.

Mr. Lucas “looks forward to working with members of the Ridgefield Police Department to continue providing excellent public safety services to the citizens and businesses of the City of Ridgefield.”

He hopes that his long experience in law enforcement will bring additional benefit to the growing and professional department. “Mr. Lucas has a wealth of management and police experience that will serve the

department and the citizens of Ridgefield,” said City Manager Steve Stuart. “The City appreciates the community’s support in welcoming Mr. Lucas to the Ridgefield Police Department and looks forward to his leadership, knowledge and e

Cathlapotle Mother’s Day

Cathlapotle plankhouse

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse
28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA

1:00 – Presentation: Where the Women Are: Gender and Power in the Archaeological Record of the Pacific Northwest

2:00 – Ethnobotany Hike

Plankhouse tours and kids’ activities all day.

All events  are FREE with refuge admission

Seafood and Spirits at 3Peaks and PNWBF

Seafood and Spirits

Friends of the Ridgefield Library invite you to join us for an evening of great seafood and spirits at Ridgefield’s very own 3Peaks Public House and Taproom and Pacific NW Best Fish Company, Thursday, June 9, from 4 to 9pm.

Bring friends and family!   This is a fund raiser for the Ridgefield Library Building Fund – 3Peaks and Pacific NW Best Fish Co. will donate a percentage of sales to benefit Friends of the Library Building Project.

3Peaks is at 24415 NE 10th Avenue.

Garden Club Sales this Saturday

Garden Club logo

Imagine a room full of beautiful flowering hanging baskets, planters and window boxes along with hardy tomato, pepper plants, herbs, local shrubs and color spots ready to be planted… and you will have found the Ridgefield Garden Club Plant Sale.  There will also be “garden treasurers” and plant starts nurtured by club members especially for the sale. Located in Old Town Ridgefield at 304 Pioneer Street, School District Maintenance Building.

Sale date is Saturday, May 7, hours are 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM (or until we are sold out).

This year our fund raising is to continue to maintain the downtown planters and provide beautiful hanging baskets through the summer along Pioneer Street in coordination with the City of Ridgefield and the Main Street Program.  We take pride in our city and continue to implement community beautification as one of the club goals.  Please come and support the club in our 78th year of community service.

Basarab Sworn in as City Clerk

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Julie Basarab is sworn in as Ridgefield’s new Clerk.

Take Your Child to Work Day

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Mayor Ron hosting employees’ children during Take Your Child to Work Day.

They also toured the jail.

Touring the jail

Pioneer Street Slide

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Paul Snoey took these photos of the slide along Pioneer.

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When the slope failed it put several hundred yards of liquefied soil into the canyon blocking the creek.  It was good to see  that the creek has been  cleared, the slope stabilized, and erosion control efforts begun.

Thought for the Week

Traditional May Day origins and celebrations

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on April 27 during the Roman Republic era, and with the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane, most commonly held on April 30. The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer.

As Europe became Christianised, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration. A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany where it is one of several days on which St. Walburga, credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, is celebrated. The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps.

In Ridgefield we celebrate May Day on the First Saturday of May, with celebrations at Overlook Park, including having the RHS cheerleaders dancing around a traditional May Pole.

Comedy at Sportsman’s

the Joker

Make it a Million – Plus!

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More large items are needed for the GIANT Rummage Sale Friday and Saturday May 13 and 14. We have a team of helpers who will pick up your tables, chairs, lamps, dressers, etc. – no need for you to deliver them. Call Jean at 947-3657 to arrange for pick up.

Come to the sale, at 17714 NE 99th Avenue in Battle Ground. Hours are 9-4 both days. You may just find that perfect item you’ve been looking for!

The “Make it a Million project’ is Ridgefield’s chance to raise a million dollars to benefit the library building fund and other projects of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. 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 may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

First Saturday Celebrates its First Year

First Sat Window Cling

Ridgefield First Saturdays is celebrating its one year anniversary on Saturday, May 7, and we want you to join us!

The anniversary celebration will provide a festival atmosphere with a May Pole dance, the Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, the Art Association Annual Spring Art Fair, the Farmer’s Market season opening, a photo contest, outdoor games, a  scavenger hunt, a cupcake toast, flower crowns, live music, food, maypole decorated utility poles and more!

It promises to be a fun-filled day for all ages.

The First Saturday idea was borne out of a discussion between four small downtown business owners and the City of Ridgefield who all had a desire to help create downtown Ridgefield as a recreation destination, provide more activities for

Residents in their own community, support local businesses and showcase the small town charm of the downtown area. A

committee was formed, and with the dedication of long time business owners and excitement of new comers, creative brainstorming began. The committee established themed events for each month’s celebration including Health & Fitness, a Tailgate Party, Youth Arts Month and Wine & Gratitude.

Over the first year, First Saturdays have thrived through collaboration with the Ridgefield Art Association, Ridgefield School District, Ridgefield Community Library, the Farmer’s Market, and volunteers from businesses and churches outside the downtown area. The events do just as they were intended, they draw a crowd and residents look forward to

coming each month. We are happy to say it has been a success

Cedar Tree ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Cedar Tree Christian School

Ridgefield’s own Cedar Tree Classical Christian School (K-12) invites you to attend our spring drama, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Friday, May 6, 6:30pm and Saturday, May 7, 2:00pm and 6:30pm.

Intermission will feature our Upper School Performance Choir, light refreshments, and an opportunity to partner in giving. Tickets are $8 and are now available in the office or online. Advance ticket sales only.

The play will be at the Manor Grange, 179th St and 72nd Avenue.

Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, 20601 NE 29th Avenue, Ridgefield, WA  98642, (360) 887-0190

High School Musical

High School Musical

Line Dancing at the Sportsman’s

Line dancing