Reminder – Casino Night

Ridgefield Lions are hosting a fun Casino Night this Saturday, April 1, from 7-10pm at the Community Center. This is open to anyone over 21. $20 per person for light food, drinks and money for play. There will be prizes and a whole lot of fun. The dealers from the new Ilani Resort will be there to teach guests game play.

The Lions are individuals that volunteer to support community events and Ridgefield students – let’s support them!

Support the Music Students

Please join the Ridgefield High School Music students Friday, March 31st from 6-9 pm for a hot spud dinner and music talent show! Build your own baked potato with a wide selection of toppings.

The band and choir students appreciate your support, as all proceeds will help with the costs of a trip to Disneyland. The students will be participating in a workshop, and will perform live at Disneyland – a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Hope to see you there for a fun night of food, live music and good conversation.

$10 per person

$25 per family of 4

$6 for students with ASB card

Toastmasters

There’s a new Toastmasters group starting up in Ridgefield!
Join the Ridgefield Toastmasters at the Sportsman’s on Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30pm to hear guest speaker Cari Corbet-Owen speak on growing your confidence with evaluations. Cari is a Distinguished Toastmaster, psychologist, author, seminar leader, and current president of Vancouver Toastmasters Club 353.  She will specifically be discussing the sandwich method of evaluation, and the specific tools she’s used tow in many Toastmasters evaluation awards.
Additional content will feature the theme “Smoke and Mirrors,” talking about the magic of everyday life, and the tricks that sometimes hide reality.

Thought for the Week

Student Art in Businesses

There is one week left to view student art in the above area businesses. The Ridgefield Youth Arts Month committee wants to thank all the supporting businesses for displaying student art.

District Art Show & Calamity Quintet

The District Art Show will also be open.

 

Make it 2m

There’s more good news this week about the campaign to raise money for the new library. The Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library have pledges a cool million dollars to our fund. With the money the Friends of the Ridgefield Library have raised we now have $1,182,101 in our kitty.

We’re on our way folks! Donate today and help us get there sooner.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make out  your check 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.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now. Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

Michelson Service this Saturday

Long time Ridgefield resident Phyllis Michelson died last month, and the celebration of her life service will be this Saturday, 1:00, at the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church. She was 91 years old. Phyllis was very active in the Ridgefield Garden Club and her church. She was often seen walking downtown using two walking sticks and kept that up well into her 80’s. Phyllis was also one of the faithful waterers of the downtown planters, driving the Garden Club’s tractor. She is survived by her daughter Carey Siegmund, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the church playground fund (1410 South Hillhurst Road) or the Ridgefield library building fund (PO Box 534).

Floral Contest

In celebration of Youth Arts Month Teri at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts held a contest for youth to create a “Floral” picture.  There are prizes for different age groups, and the work will be judged next week.

There was a good turnout for this contest, and Teri plans to make this an annual contest to be held during Youth Arts Month. Keep tuned for pictures of the work

News from Paul Snoey

March has been a very wet month.  Thursday, March 16th was the first dry day in some time. The sun came out and began shining on the red alder trees in Abrams Park in the early afternoon.  A little breeze picked up and a cloud of pollen was suddenly released.   Trees like alders do not use insects or hummingbirds for pollination. They broadcast so much pollen that it is bound to land on the female catkins of other alders.  Alders put out more pollen that any other plant this time of year.   For those that are allergic to alder pollen, it is a miserable time.

Paul’s photo shows very graphically the flow of pollen.

Democracy in Action

Over 20 people from Ridgefield came to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Trustees’ Meeting last night to talk about their choice of location for the new library. The land north of the Post Office was the big winner – only one person preferred the View Ridge site.

Thank you to all who attended – this is a good example of the community involvement that Ridgefield is so famous for.

Thought for the Week

Today’s the day! Let the library Trustees know where you’d like to see the new Ridgefield library located: the View Ridge site, or the property to the north of the post office.

Come to the monthly Trustees meeting at Three Creeks library today at 4:00 and you’ll get a chance to make your ideas known. If you have two or three reasons for your choice it would add to the strength of your argument.

It’s Time to be Heard!

Now that the school bond has passed, the Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library are starting to think seriously about where our new library will be located. They are looking at two sites: View Ridge Middle School and the plot north of the Post Office. It’s time people in Ridgefield let the group know their feelings about where the library will be located. Let’s show that Ridgefield wants to be involved in the site selection.

The trustees meet this Monday, MARCH 20 (Note – this date  was incorrect in the first posting) at Three Creeks Library starting at 4:00. There is time for public comments soon after the meeting starts, and I would like as many people as possible to attend the meeting and speak about which location they prefer. It would be good to have several reasons for your choice.  You do not have to stay for the whole meeting – just for the comments portion.

Invite your friends – make it an afternoon of showing what Ridgefield is all about. You could even go out for a drink afterwards.

Three Creeks Library is at 800 NE Tenney Road –  it shares a parking lot with Fred Meyer.

P.S In case you’re wondering, I’m for the Post Office location because of the views out over the Refuge, proximity to the existing Community Center, and a million other reasons. My idea would be to have senior housing on the second floor of the building, with garden spaces on the west side. Can’t you imagine living right downtown and having access to all we have to offer?

Up to 2m

Rhonda Pfeifer (center) of Dick Hanna Dealerships presented checks to Kathy Winters and Tevis Laspa of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library recently. Thevery generous $13,000 donation will be matched by an anonymous donor who has pledged to match all donations over $10,000 up to a million dollars. This money makes a huge boost to our fund raising efforts, and hopefully will encourage other businesses and individuals to make large donations.

Thank you Dick Hannah!

Two sites are being considered for the new library: View Ridge Middle School and the property just north of the Post Office. If you prefer one of these locations over the other you can make your wishes known at the FVRL Trustees meeting on Monday, April 17 in Washougal. The meeting starts at 6:00 at the Washougal Library, and the time for public comments is early on the schedule, so you would not need to stay for the entire meeting.

This would be a good chance to speak up for the site of your choice, as now that the school bond has passed the Trustees will be getting more serious about selecting a site. It makes sense that our community members should let their feelings be known and not leave ithe location entirely up to the Trustees of the Library.

 

Reminder – Main Street

Jeff Niten and Bryan Kast will speak on Growth & Development in Ridgefield at the Ridgefield Main Street monthly community meeting at the Sportsman’s, Thursday, March 16th at 8:30am.