Zumba Classes at Community Ed


Mariana Love will teach Zumba® classes at the high school auxiliary gym from 6-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 25 through March 31.

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. It is for everyone!! All exercisers from beginner to advanced will enjoy the benefits of a Zumba® class. Every class feels like a party! Marianna is eager to share her love for Latin music and dance. Come join us and you’ll see what I mean. You don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body. It’s easy! It’s fun!! FREE Kick-off Class: Tues, Feb 23rd, 6-7pm at the Ridgefield High School Auxiliary Gym. It’s a great opportunity to give Zumba® a try!

Cost is $50 for 11 classes, or $7 drop in fee.

A note from the instructor: Hello, I am Marianna Love and I recently moved back to Ridgefield after living in Central America for 13 years. I have been sharing Zumba® for 5 years (in 5 different countries) and I absolutely love it!! I look forward to sharing my passion for the Latin culture. I believe a big part of my life journey is to inspire others to be the best version of themselves. Please join me!

Questions, or to register: Call Terri at Ridgefield Community Ed, 619-1303

Thank you, Ridgefield!

Ridgefield Voters,

On behalf of our students, staff, and Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support of the Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy.

Initial election results show very strong support for the levy, with 63.68% “yes” votes. Ballots will continue to be counted over the next several days, and final election results will be announced no later than February 19, 2016.

Great schools and great communities are inextricably linked. Your vote in support of our students is also a vote of support for the entire Ridgefield community. Unabashedly, our aspirations are grand: to be the state’s premier school district. Achieving our goal is only possible because of the tremendous support and involvement we receive from each of you.

Please know, our teachers and staff are tirelessly working each day to provide every Ridgefield student the personalized learning experiences, opportunities, and skills that ensure success and unlimited possibilities.

Your vote is a validation of our efforts and motivates our team as we seek to get better every day.

Thank you again for your continued support of our schools.

With gratitude,
Dr. Nathan McCann

More Info on the Slide

The following was written by Paul Snoey:

A further comment about the slide on Pioneer that has traffic down to one lane:   It was mentioned that the slope on the Ridgefield Curves was stable for many decades and then began to have failures.  We’ve had a lot of rain this year of course but other years with heavy rains didn’t cause slides.  What’s different?  Possibly it’s the trees.  Each decade and each year they’ve gotten bigger, taller, and older.  Some are weighted down with Ivy as well.  Many seem brittle and diseased.  So it’s possible that the trees are some of the problem by adding weight to the slope.  If a tree falls then it could leave an opening in the slope and help destabilize it.

Pionee St landslide

Michaela Cloyd Earns Trip to Statewide Poetry Out Loud Finals


Competing against students from across Southwest Washington, Michaela Cloyd did what no previous Ridgefield High School student had accomplished when she advanced to the statewide finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition with her victory at the Southwest Regional Finals of the national competition on February 2.  

Cloyd, a junior, earned the trip to Tacoma on March 5 with stirring recitations of Dirge in Woods” by George Meredith and “Cadillac Moon” by Kevin Young.

“The tension in the room was palpable, and we all experience it,” Cloyd said when describing the environment at the regional finals.  

Michaela Cloyd

Michaela Cloyd

“Michaela was incredibly poised and powerful; she commanded the space while delivering two beautiful and varied performances.  No surprise considering her impressive theater resume and diligent study of the poems.  The entire English Department is exceedingly proud to have her as a representative,” said  Brittany Rodin, an RHS English teacher and the school’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator.  

Brittany Rodin

Brittany Rodin

Rodin began the Poetry Out Loud program in Ridgefield to expose students to more works of poetry and help build self-confidence.  “Many students struggle with public speaking, and Poetry Out Loud gives them an additional opportunity to practice this skill,” explained Rodin.

Cloyd acknowledged the many benefits of participating in the program, saying, “Competing with the other contestants both at RHS and Regionals was a very rewarding experience, and also very enjoyable. I got to meet new people and just by sitting there in silence, a  relationship was created unlike any other I have ever had.  We all became friends by sharing these feelings through little to no words.”

Looking ahead to the state competition, Cloyd reflected and said, “I am proud of my accomplishment, but I know I couldn’t have done it without Mrs. Rodin, my family, and my wonderful boyfriend, Rayne, who put up with hearing my poems all the time while checking them for accuracy. I am looking forward to the next round, and I can’t wait to give it all I’ve got.”

The state finals take place at Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts on March 5.  Joining Cloyd in representing Southwest Washington at the state finals, will be Sameayah Pehlke from the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics.  


Update from Paul Snoey on the Salmon Incubator

We’re still waiting for our fish eggs.  In the beginning of January we were told that we would likely not get any eggs because there was a shortage of returning Coho.  Then a week or so later, we learned we would get 50,000 each for Gee Creek and Allen Canyon Creek around January 22nd.   They didn’t come but then we were informed that because the water temperature was colder than usual the development of the eggs was slower than usual (fish eggs are temperature dependent).   So, we would likely get ours about mid-February.  That’s later than usual but Les Greear says it’s not too late.  In the meantime, everything is ready as the new site below Riemann Road is doing quite well and the flow is clean and clear which is perfect for developing eggs.  The eggs are put in a basket at the top of the incubator and when they hatch the fry drop down to the bottom for several weeks.  When they are ready they swim out of the overflow and into the stream.  The photo is of the new site.

fish incubator


March is Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield

Ridgefield School District will celebrate Youth Arts Month through partnerships with Ridgefield businesses, organizations, the City of Ridgefield, and community members to offer opportunities for children to create and display art throughout the month of March, recognized nationally as Youth Arts Month.

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“Youth Arts Month was established to emphasize the value of participating in art for all elementary and secondary students. In Ridgefield, Youth Arts Month developed from a tiny spark of an idea. Now it has ignited into a month-long celebration of all the arts during March,” said Barbara Wright, a member of the organizing committee.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month developed as a way to bolster support for the fine and performing arts throughout the community while supporting the district’s commitment to delivering personalized learning experiences for each student.

“Participation in the fine and performing arts provides our students a creative outlet to express their emotions, thoughts, and skills,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent of Ridgefield School District and a member of the organizing committee. “Robust support for the arts is essential to a whole child education and research tells us that high-quality art educational opportunities enhance critical-thinking skills and foster critical values such as empathy and tolerance.”

Student art on display at Ridgefield Floral.

Student art on display at Ridgefield Floral.

The schedule of events begins on March 1, but the official commencement events will be held on Saturday, March 5.  Partnering with the City of Ridgefield, Youth Arts Month will be the focus of the city’s First Saturday activities.  Arts activities for individuals of all ages are scheduled throughout the morning at the Ridgefield Community Center and the Ridgefield Community Library.  Ridgefield School District students participating in Missoula Children’s Theater will present two performances of Aladdin at Ridgefield High School’s Performing Arts Center, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road.  Show times are 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and admission prices are $4 for adults and $2 for children.

The annual Kick-Off Concert will be held that evening at Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Avenue.   The concert, which begins at 7:00 p.m. will feature performances by local dancers, musicians, poets, and singers.  The suggested donation is $5, and 100 percent of proceeds will go to support Ridgefield School District Youth Arts programs.  Last year’s show received extremely positive reviews, and organizers are equally excited about this year’s event.

Student art work on display at Myrtle's Tea House

Student art work on display at Myrtle’s Tea House

“The line-up includes inspiring performances by talented artists, including singer/songwriter, Paul Lesinski, The Fuse Dance Force dance company, poet laureate Christopher Luna, an incredible piece by Rejoice! Diaspora celebrating cultural diversity, and other live vocal, dance and poetry pieces.   This fast paced collection of all things artistic is the perfect way to celebrate and encourage a lifetime of creativity,” said Carla Kendall-Bray, the event’s executive producer.

“It doesn’t get any better than an evening of incredible performances in a historic theater in beautiful downtown Ridgefield,” notes Wright.

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month will receive formal recognition the following week.  The Ridgefield School Board of Directors will issue a resolution supporting Youth Arts Month on March 8 at their regularly scheduled meeting.  On March 10, at the Ridgefield City Council meeting, Mayor Ron Onslow will sign a proclamation declaring March Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield.

In celebration of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering a variety of free classes.  In cooperation with local artists, students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of arts and crafts, dance and creative expression.

“We are excited to offer our students a variety of opportunities to explore their creative side!  Whether it be hand crafts, dancing or theatre, Ridgefield youth are sure to find a way to express themselves through art,” said Terri Cochran, the district’s community education director.

Additionally, businesses and organizations throughout Ridgefield have teamed up with Ridgefield School District to display student art in their offices and shops.  “March in Ridgefield is the time to see magnificent student art, hear amazing student music, and enjoy wonderful student performances,” said Wright.

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month banner over Pioneer Street.

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month banner over Pioneer Street.

“I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of our school district to the entire Ridgefield community for partnering with the district to support Youth Arts Month.  Special thanks go to the Ridgefield Art Association and Dance Fusion Northwest for all their hard work,” added McCann. “Seeing the groundswell of support for Youth Arts Month is one of the many reasons that make Ridgefield such a great place to live and learn.”

Youth Arts Month started in 1961 when the Council for Art Education and National Art Education Association named March as Youth Arts Month to recognize art education and the value of art to create a better quality of life for all people.  Ridgefield Youth Arts Month represents a partnership between Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield community encouraging young people to take part in artistic endeavors including literary, visual, musical, and performing arts.

For a full list of the Schedule of Events throughout the month of March, go to www.RidgefieldYouthArts.com.

What’s up at the Port?

Port of Ridgefield

Learn what’s up downtown at the Port of Ridgefield’s Feb. 24 regularly scheduled commission meeting. Frank Shuman, president of the Ridgefield Main Street program, will make a Partner Presentation to the commission and guests during the Innovation Report segment of the meeting. Shuman will provide an update on the activities of the Main Street Program. According to its mission statement, the non-profit, volunteer-run organization works to create a sustainable, vibrant downtown that nurtures a sense of community.

Nelson Holmberg, the port’s vice president, innovation, introduced the Partner Presentations program at the port in December. The presentations will be scheduled for the port’s second monthly commission meeting, held the fourth Wednesday of each month.

“For the port to promote innovation and to help forward the idea of others for the benefit of Ridgefield citizens, business owners and visitors, it’s important for us to have an understanding of the good work our community partners are doing,” Holmberg said.

The Feb. 24 port commission meeting begins at 3 pm, and will be held at the port offices at 111 W. Division St. in Ridgefield.

For more information about the Port of Ridgefield’s Partner Presentation program, contact Holmberg by email NHolmberg@portridgefield.org or call (360) 887-3873.


Thought for the Week

Homer Siimpson

Three little sentences that will get you through life:

  1. Cover for me
  2. Oh, good idea, boss!
  3. It was like that when I got here.

– Homer Simpson

NWCPA Hires Jim Holder

Jim Holder

James Holder CPA has joined NWCPA, a certified public accounting firm located at 2 South 5th Place in Ridgefield.

The firm prepares financial statements, income tax returns for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, individuals, trusts and estates. They also offer business consulting, tax planning, bookkeeping, construction accounting and payroll services. Jim has 21 years of experience in public accounting much of it here in Clark County and the Portland metropolitan area. Jim can be reached at 360-887-4659. The firm’s website is www.nwcpa.net.

Parks Board Agenda


Wednesday,  February 10, 2016, 6:30pm
Ridgefield Community Center
210 N Main, Ridgefield, WA  98642



1.   Flag salute

2.   Roll call

3.   Late changes to the agenda


Anyone requesting to speak to the Board regarding items not on the agenda may come forward at this time.  Please state your name and address.  Comments are limited to three minutes.  Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk prior to the meeting.


1.   Approval of Minutes from January 13, 2016


1.   Ridgefield Little League, Vanessa Smith

2.   Pacific Soccer Club, Will Holden


1.              Innovative Park Ideas (Presentation, Discussion),   Marie Bouvier, Parks Board Chair


2.      Park Impact Fee Fund Balance

3.     Temporary Off-Leash Area Update

4.     Abrams Park Restroom and Bridge

5.     Grant Opportunities

6.     Parks & Trail Maintenance Update


1.     Final 2016 Parks Board Work Program (Discussion)

Marie Bouvier, Parks Board Chair


1.     Use Agreements for Sports Teams (Discussion)

Bryan Kast, Interim Public Works Director


Anyone requesting to speak to the Board regarding items not on the agenda may come forward at this time.  Please state your name and address.  Comments are limited to three minutes.


1.       Board Member Updates

2.     Council Update Schedule

3.     Requests from the Board for Upcoming Meetings


Fifth Graders Create an Arcade Wonderland at Union Ridge Elementary

Fifth grade art students at Union Ridge Elementary participated in a unique design and development project recently, creating an arcade wonderland that delighted the school’s second grade students.  Alan Adams, the Ridgefield school’s art teacher, came across a YouTube video that told the story of how Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation in 2011 constructing an arcade out of cardboard boxes and miscellaneous supplies found in his father’s auto parts store in Los Angeles, CA.  Inspired by the video, Adams designed a cross-curricular unit intended to leverage the creativity and imagination of his fifth grade students.

Students work on their arcade project.

Students work on their arcade project.

Union Ridge principal Tracey MacLachlan describes the unit as “Absolute magic…It captures the kids’ imagination and encourages creativity, experimenting, and the feeling of satisfaction that comes from constructing something.”

Union Ridge principal Tracey MacLachlan

Union Ridge principal Tracey MacLachlan

Adams began his project by sharing the video, “Caine’s Arcade” with his students for inspiration.

“When you tap into the creative minds of students and add in some cardboard scraps and recycled materials, unlimited possibilities abound,” notes MacLachlan.

Collaborating with Union Ridge’s fifth grade teaching team, Jake Dixon, Caitlyn LaChaine, Laurie Pritchard, and James Stevens, Adams moved forward.  Students chose their teams and began the design proposal process.  As student designs became more intricate,  requests were made for additional materials to meet the creativity of the design teams.  Teachers encouraged students to work on the design and development of the arcade games when they finished assignments early.

Students spent five weeks developing, building, and testing their games in Adams’ art classes.  First attempts often did not work, requiring students to make modifications to their designs.  As the building progressed, students also made many revisions to their plans to make the games more engaging and fun.  Adams made his classroom available for students during recess and many students even took their projects home to continue the work after school.

The resiliency and teamwork required by the students are highlights of the project according to Adams.

“It builds problem-solving skills by giving kids a real world context for their designs.  Students really have to work!  It is also huge for developing teamwork, and we spend quite a bit of our lesson time focused on how to work productively with teammates.  I see it as a way to get kids excited about our STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) program at View Ridge.  The experience helps them see the connection between engineering, design and art, and it is lots of fun,” notes an enthusiastic Adams.

Alan Adams, art teacher at Union Ridge

Alan Adams, art teacher at Union Ridge

The culminating activity involved Union Ridge second grade students playing the arcade games.   Fifth graders were required to market their games and teach the second grade students how to play.  They offered tickets and prizes, creating a carnival atmosphere that made it more enjoyable for the second graders.

The pride felt by the fifth grade design students was evident.  “I liked it when the kids beat their score.  Their facial expressions really made me happy, and I was proud of what my team and I created,” said Kayla Miller.

Cayden Lauder agreed.  “Our game was titled Alien Blasters.  I liked that you got to use your ideas and techniques.  You got to see other kids enjoy it.  There was one second grader who played our game over and over; that was really special.”

Students proudly display their arcade game.

Students proudly display their arcade game.

Reflecting on the project, Adams is pleased with the outcome.  “The Ridgefield School District is very supportive of the arts at all levels of the administration.  I am given a lot of freedom to explore different types of curriculum that can motivate and engage students at the various age levels that Union Ridge serves.”

For more information on Caine’s Arcade or to view the video, visit www.cainesarcade.com.

Singin’ in the Rain at RHS

Singin in Rain

Journey Theater Arts Group presents Singin’ in the Rain at Ridgefield High School the last two weekends in February.

The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin’ in the Rain. Each unforgettable scene, song, and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.

Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

Performances are February 19 – February 28, 2016 at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S Hillhurst, Ridgefield WA, 98642. Tickets are on sale now at journeytheater.org or by calling 360.750.8550.  Pre-sale adult tickets are $14.  Youth and senior tickets are $10.  Our “family day” performance is February 20, 7 p.m. with all tickets $10 in advance.  Tickets for all performances will be $4 more at the door.

A school day performance will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23.  Tickets are $6 each for groups of 10 – 99 and $5 each for groups of 100 or more, with one free ticket for every 15 purchased.  Call our office to arrange to bring your class or home school group!

Public Performances

Friday, February 19th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 20th @ 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 21st @ 2:00 pm

Friday, February 26th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 27th @ 3:00 pm

Saturday, February 27th @  7:00 pm

Sunday, February 28th @ 2:00 pm

School Day Performance

Tuesday, February 23rd @ 9:30 am

About Journey Theater Arts Group

Journey is the most dynamic theater arts community in the Portland/Vancouver area, offering dozens of classes in drama, dance, voice and more, as well as producing 12 shows in four locations during the school year and a professional-level community theater musical each summer.   Journey strives for excellence, while providing a welcoming and encouraging environment where kids ages 6 to 18 and their families can build life-long skills and friendships. Journey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, with offices located at 1400 NE 136th Ave, Suite 201, Vancouver WA, 98684.  Contact at 360.750.8550 or www.journeytheater.org.

Will your business appear on the 2016 RBA map?

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2016 is the start of something NEW.  It is the first year we have the opportunity to bring businesses and our beautiful community of Ridgefield together on a professionally crafted, double-sided map with Marketing Solutions NW.  Over 6500 copies will be printed with our maps being displayed not only in Ridgefield but also Battleground, Woodland, Kalama, and LaCenter!

RBA MISSION:  “Dedicated to bringing the businesses and community to Ridgefield together.”

WHAT WE DO: The Ridgefield Business Association supports local businesses and our growing community. RBA Annual membership runs January 1st to December 31st.

​​All display ads will be in full color. Marketing Solutions NW produces all artwork free of charge and you will see a proof before printing. There are various ad sizes and prices and, of course, prime locations on the map. David Baker of Marketing Solutions NW will be in touch with members of the Ridgefield Business Association in the near future to discuss advertising options, so if you want your business to show on the map, join or renew your membership in the RBA by clicking here. Artwork for the map is due before February 15.

Make it a Million!

Million Dollar Bill

The 80 for 80 Campaign is over, and all  our goals were reached and even exceeded. I’ve been trying to think of what our next milestone for the library building fund should be, and I’ve (tentatively) come up with “Make it a Million.” What do you think?

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library gave us $750,000 last year, and with the $103,000 we raised we have a total of $853,000 in our kitty. If we try for a cool million dollars, we would need to raise only $147,000 this year. I think that’s very doable. It’s not even 150% of what we raised this year.

Our next fundraiser will be a Pizza Night at Vinnie’s Pizza, 206 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield, Thursday, February 18 from 4 to 9pm. Elena and Vince will donate 10% of sales that night to support the Ridgefield Library Building project. Put the date on your calendar right now, and come have a great meal while raising money for the library.

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 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.

First Saturday is Tailgate Party

Tailgate party

It’s a tailgate party! Don your favorite football jersey this Saturday and celebrate First Saturday with family fun and football at Overlook Park, corner of Pioneer and Main. Tailgate festivities from 10am to 3pm will include a farmers market and sports related vendors, nacho cooking demonstrations, flag football games for all ages, a punt, pass & kick contest with the Spudders, live halftime music on the stage, an outdoor beer garden and the Steakburger truck.

At noon the Community Chili Challenge will take place. Compete to win cash, swag and bragging rights. For entry applications and more information, contact City Hall or visit www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us.