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Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, spoke to city council Thursday night and discussed a proposal to have the library expand into the Community Center Space. Council seems to support this idea.

The Ridgefield Community Center board is very excited that their long time partner (FVRL) is interested in considering an expansion of the library at this location. They want to donate the building to FVRL! The value of this donation would be based on the building’s assessed value, likely over $650,000. Amelia reported that it looks like the Southwest Washington Community Foundation may match this donation through a donor advised fund.

FVRL is still in the analysis and feasibility phase of considering this opportunity. They have contracted withBergerABAM for a survey of the property, a phase one environmental analysis, construction analysis of the deficiencies discovered in the first phase analysis as well as having an architectural analysis of the space for program needs and possible exterior facade changes. This work will cost FVRL just under $35,000.

FVRL will share the results of this study and seek feedback from the community to assist them in making this decision. They will be hosting a public meeting at the Ridgefield Community Center on Saturday April 14th at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to attend. FVRL will also take written comments through the Ridgefield Community Library prior to that time for those who can’t attend.

Misleading Articles

Both the Columbian and Reflector printed misleading articles about the owners of Teriyaki Thai restaurant that have hurt their business.

Seems the FORMER OWNER was charged and pled guilty to forced labor, visa fraud and tax evasion and both papers printed that he was “the owner of Teriyaki Thai restaurant in Ridgefield.”

But the current owners Sombat and Rujir Wongthawinkul bought it from this convicted owner two years ago!

Sombat reported their business has tanked in the last several days because local people think they are the guilty ones – instead of honest, hard working people who value and treat their employees very well.

First Saturday Events Kick Off Ridgefield Youth Arts Month

Ridgefield will be buzzing on First Saturday, March 3rd as performers and artists converge downtown to help kick off Ridgefield Youth Arts Month with two exciting events sure to entertain and engage.

At 10:00 am, the Ridgefield Community Center comes alive with creative art opportunities for kids of all ages (and adults too!).  “Express Yourself!” offers hands-on art activities featuring Ridgefield Art Association and Ridgefield School District artists and staffers.  Engage in even more activities at the Art Bar sponsored by the Ridgefield Library or grab a paintbrush and add some colorful inspiration to Ridgefield’s first-ever Community Mural.

Across the street at Sportsman’s Restaurant & Lounge, check out “Art Alive!” starting at 11:00 am – a showcase celebrating the performing arts.  Watch live theatrical, instrumental, vocal, dance and poetry performances by local and future stars and professional entertainers.  Mac Potts, blind pianist extraordinaire, will perform at 1:00 pm, providing a preview of the upcoming “3 Grands Concert” on March 18th at RHS Performing Arts Center, where he will perform with two other award-winning, blind pianists, Nick Baker and Brent Gjerve.  Be inspired and entertained!

Join us on First Saturday, March 3rd for a day of engaging fun, creativity and entertainment to celebrate and support local youth art programs in Ridgefield.

Spring Camps

Spring break is just around the corner, and Quick Start Sports has a few two day camps this year! They will offer basketball and baseball, and all camps will be run by Coach Jason who is a high school coach at multiple schools throughout the area. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend a couple of days having fun, being active and learn from one of the best! Register today, as space is limited. Register here:

R-Biz Canceled

Tonight’s R-Biz Networking event at Three Brothers has been cancelled due to weather.  See you in March!

r-Biz canceled

Main Street Benefits from B & O Tax Program

Judy Hinz accepts a check from Sharif Burdzik (l) and Kim Capeloto of Riverview Bank

The Washington State Main Street Tax Incentive Program allows businesses to make a deduction to Ridgefield Main Street, and in return earn a 75% state B & O tax credit for that amount.

Scott and Cathy Hughes of Ridgefield Hardware were the first business to take advantage of this plan, and Riverview Bank presented a check for $1000 at the Main Street meeting on Thursday.

This program is open to all businesses that pay B & O tax, but the deadline to apply is March 15. The money may be paid all at once or in monthly payments until November 15, and our Ridgefield Main Street Program could benefit up to $95,000. With this amount of money the Ridgefield Main Street Program could continue its’ goal to make our downtown a more vibrant, active community.

Interested? Call MaryKay Lamoureaux, http://ridgefieldmainstreet@gmail.com , 360-524-2754, for more information

R Biz

The Ridgefield Business Association will host its’ monthly R Biz networking meeting at Three Brothers Winery, 2411 NE 244th Street, tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 20, from 5 to 7 pm. This is a chance for you to chat with other business owners in our community. Food, prizes, raffle and fun are all included. Come and nosh!

More on Hairy Bittercress

Those of you who have been reading the blog for awhile may remember that I warned you about hairy bittercress, the pretty little weed that tends to take over our gardens in the spring. Now I find out the leaves are edible and add a mild and peppery flavor to spring salads.

The plants have actually been lurking near the surface all winter, having germinated in the fall and waited out the cold temperatures before sending up flowers and seeds.

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) leafs out in a basal rosette, and like other members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), its tender greens are edible. Though the flowers can be tough to chew, the tender leaves are suitable for a chic microgreens salad and have tons of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.

A warning – try to pull up all the plants before they flower and go to seed, or you’ll be sorry.

This information is from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.(not the last paragraph – that’s original Kathy Winters!)

Thought for the Week

What if we were to treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion—a mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence.

Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than women and health care, right?  I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people within seconds, right?

~ Author unknown

Library Programs February 20 -24

Tuesday Feb 20

6:00 p.m.-   READ TO THE DOG – Practice your reading skills and make a new, four-legged friend. Program is intended for ages 5-9. Space is limited. Call the library to sign-up at (360) 906-4770.

Wednesday Feb 21

10:00 a.m.-STITCHERY

10:30 a.m.-PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

4:00 p.m.-GAMING GROUP – Pen and paper RPG gaming for tweens and teen.

Thursday Feb 22

1:00 p.m..-MAHJONG

3:30 p.m..-SPANISH CONVERSTION CIRCLE

4:00 p.m..-TWEEN TECH MONTH-Tweens will do some experiments with sound followed by a build project. Registration required. Contact the Ridgefield Library at (360) 906-4770 or go to www.fvrl.org and look for this program on the Events Calendar for Ridgefield.

Friday Feb 23

10:30 a.m..-TODDLER STORY TIME

Saturday Feb 24

2:00 p.m..-TWEEN/TEEN GAMING-Pen and paper RPG gaming for tweens and teens.

Library Appreciation Day

Friends of the Ridgefield Library hosted their first Library Appreciation Day on Tuesday. Sean, Anne Laure and Lois do a great job for us, making the library a hub of activity in the downtown area.

Friends President Jeanne Androvich welcomed visitors and thanked the library staff, and the Friend’s members gave us a little background on each staff member. They were presented with a gift basket from the Friends.

 

Newest Free Library

The newest neighborhood free library in Ridgefield is on Riverview Drive. Built almost entirely from recycled materials, it echoes the style of the house and outbuildings where it resides. A kitchen cabinet from The Rebuilding Center forms the core of the library and all the exterior materials were reclaimed from old barns in Hockinson. The treated lumber post and plexiglass window are the only new purchased parts. The focus for this library will be childrens’ books on the lower shelf and adult books on the top shelf.

There are other free libraries scattered around Ridgefield. Have you found them? The idea is to take a book and eventually replace it with another one.

Ridgefield Celebrates Youth Arts Month

Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month in a big way this year, joining with local businesses, organizations, the city of Ridgefield and local artists to offer an abundance of opportunities for children and the Ridgefield community to discover their creative side through art and music throughout the entire month of March.

The school district established Ridgefield Youth Arts Month to support the district’s commitment to deliver personalized learning experiences for each student through appreciation of the arts as well as to increase support of the arts throughout the community.

To celebrate Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering a phenomenal array of classes for the community and for kids of all ages.  Many classes are free!  View the Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2018 brochure here or visit the Community Education page at www.ridgefieldsd.org and click on 2018 Catalog.

All classes require online registration and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you find a class full, sign up for the wait-list.  With enough interest, a second class may be added!  Visit www.ridgefieldyoutharts.com for updated information.

Choose from a variety of classes in arts and crafts or music and dance.  Get involved in theater arts productions like “Junie B. Jones” or “The Little Mermaid”.  Take in the District Art Show or the many musical concert performances scheduled throughout the month showcasing the talents of our amazing students.

This year, Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Lions Club are pleased to present a special performance by three award-winning blind musicians, Mac Potts, Nick Baker and Brent Gjerve in an amazing piano concert, “3 Grands Concert & Benefit” on Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at the Ridgefield Performing Arts Center.  Be prepared for a unique, awe-inspiring performance by these talented musicians.  Proceeds benefit Ridgefield High School’s scholarship program and the Ridgefield School District’s music program.  Tickets are now available online at ridge.revtrak.net.

Be in the know!  Join Ridgefield Community Education’s mailing list to receive periodic updates and reminders.  Simply email “Add me” to terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.  A variety of Winter/Spring classes is now being offered.  Visit the Community Education page at www.ridgefieldsd.org.

Questions?  Call Ridgefield Community Education at 360-619-1303 or email Terri Cochran at terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

Ridgefield School District Honors February Employee and Students of the Month

On February 13, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the February Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Sara Eastham at Union Ridge Elementary School.  Sara is an outstanding member of the Union Ridge Elementary community.  She is constantly stepping up and volunteering her time, talents, and skills for the betterment of the school.  A member of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, she volunteered to take the lead in planning and presenting the school’s PBIS assemblies.  Her ability to tap in to what children find interesting and enjoyable makes the monthly assemblies a favorite activity for all.  Sara is also a leader in her second grade professional learning community and is a mentor to a new teacher.

Sara Eastham

The Union Ridge staff is grateful for all that Sara does to make the school a great place for students.  It is with pride that we congratulate Sara Eastham as February’s Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Marlena Hernandez, a fifth grader, is February’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Marlena’s growth throughout the school year is an inspiration to all.  She comes to school with a smile on her face every day, ready to learn.  Marlena is kind to everyone, is respectful to her peers and teachers, and participates in class discussions.  Her joyful attitude towards learning lifts the mood in the classroom and contributes to a positive environment for everyone.  Marlena’s commitment to school, paired with her positive attitude for learning, make her a perfect choice for South Ridge Elementary’s Student of the Month for February.

Marlena Hernandez

Jack Rorabaugh, a second grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Jack is an outstanding student and a kind-hearted leader among his peers.  With his warm and friendly demeanor, he reaches out to everyone and is a friend to all.  He holds high expectations for himself and is quick to take initiative no matter what the task.  A creative and critical thinker, Jack continually looks for ways to solve problems outside the box.  He is also an extremely hard worker and pushes himself to achieve.  The staff and students at Union Ridge are thrilled to name Jack Rorabaugh as its Student of the Month for February.

Jack Rorabaugh

Lucas Allmaras, an eighth grader, is View Ridge Middle School’s Student of the Month.  Lucas is an excellent student and role model.  He is also a strong athlete and leader in the wrestling program.  Lucas works well with others and is always respectful and courteous.  He consistently contributes to a positive learning environment and maintains high expectations of himself by welcoming  feedback–even seeking it out—and grows academically as a result.  View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Lucas Allmaras for February Student of the Month honors.

Lucas Allmaras

Sydney Dean, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  When asked to describe Sydney, teachers say that she is hardworking, respectful, dependable, ruthless in her learning, and demonstrates the 3 R’s (respectfulness, responsibility and resilience) on a daily basis.  One teacher describes Sydney as “the kind of student who makes me a better teacher.”  Sydney is in the jazz band, playing alto sax, is involved with Knowledge Bowl and plays tennis.  Outside of school, she is involved in 4H.  Students of the Month at Ridgefield High School represent less than 1% of the total student body, and Sydney is truly deserving of the honor for the month of February.

Sydney Dean

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hug your sweetie.

Give your kids a hug and tell them how great they are and how much you love them – even if you don’t always! It means more to them than you’ll ever know!