Friends Meeting

The Friends of the Library group is trying something new. The Public Awareness Team is looking for additional volunteers to help with the following:  newsletter, website, publicity, social media and community outreach. There will be an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 18th at 11 am in the small community room of the library to discuss what the needs are, what skills we’re looking for, etc.  There is probably a little something for everyone.

Please consider attending this meeting even if it’s just to hear what this team does, but especially if you have any interest in becoming involved in the Friends and their efforts in supporting the library.

Thought for the Week

“There is nothing weak and unmanly about clean hands and faces. A man who is strong and tough never needs to show it in his dress. Toughness is a quality of mind, like bravery or honesty or ambition.”

E.R. Brathwaite, in To Sir with Love.

Rediscover Ridgefield

Visit Kennedy Farm for face painting, a bounce house, and Kona ice, then go to Seven Wells Estates for free nibbles and wine by Simply Thyme and Windy Hills Winery.

Rally, the Ridgefield Raptors mascot will give away baseball tickets at both locations. It’s all free, and takes place from 1 to 4 pm today.

Kennedy Farm is at 4132 South Kennedy Drive and Seven Wells Estates is at 1604 South 47th Place, both in Ridgefield. Information: 888-208-0506 or

Update on the Library Building Fund

We now have some cost figures on remodeling the library building of about $360 per square foot.

With the generous donations of the Community Center building by the Community Center Group, an anonymous donor who matched a million dollars worth of donations, pledges by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, a huge donation by the Firstenburg family, funds raised by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, and large and small donations from the Ridgefield Community, we have raised about $3.3 million dollars so far.

This is not enough to build the library. We all know we need a larger library. With the growth in Ridgefield our existing space is not large enough. It’s time to buckle down and think of ways to raise more money.


Thought for the Week

What are you giving room in your mind?

Are you dumping just any old thing into it?

If you use it as a garbage container, you will live a garbage can existence.

~ Von Hesse


Thought for the Week

“What was Paradise?

but  a garden,

an orchard of trees

and birds, full of

pleasure, and nothing

there but delights.”

William Lawson

I hope  you have time to work in your garden this week and enjoy our beautiful weather.

Bgi Paddle Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Big Paddle! Events take place at the Ridgefield waterfront at the foot of Mill Street, and there’s also the Farmers’ Market and other fun events at Overlook Park.

At the waterfront enjoy an interpretive paddle on a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard in the morning, or a Recreational Paddle in the afternoon. On land, explore vendors at Paddler’s Village, live music all day, a Hookum Brewing Co. beer garden, a self-guided waterfront hike into the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and an all ages obstacle course. There will also be a Kayak Polo demonstration and scrimmage by the Portland Kayak Polo club, and a Kayak Carnival featuring land-based games using paddling gear.

In downtown Ridgefield experience Ridgefield First Saturdays at Overlook Park with the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, a Follow-the-Fish trail, live music, a wine garden with Windy Hills Winery, face painting, and Big Games. Big Games will include frisbee checkers, giant Jenga, cornhole, and sidewalk chalk. Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library will be hosting a used book sale.

Registration is required for the Interpretive and Recreational paddles, so they may be filled by now. Rentals are available, but you must reserve ahead of time, contact Alder Creek Kayak.

Trolley rides between Overlook Park and the Waterfront will be available.

Today is Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces .The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1971.

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans;[4] and Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, specifically honoring those currently serving in the U.S. military. Information from Wikipedia

Two services will be held today in Ridgefield: The American Legion will host a program at the Ridgefield Cemetery from 9:30 – 10:30 am and there will be a service at Northwood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery at 11 am.

Thought for the Week

Memorial Day Service

Northwood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery will host a Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27th at 11 am. Northwood Park is at 16407 Ne 15th Avenue in Ridgefield.

There will be Military Honors by the Battle Ground AFJROTC, patriotic music, and Chaplain Tom Yates will speak. The Patriot Guard Riders will also be on hand as we pause to remember our Veterans.

Save the Date!

Britnee Kellogg will perform at a cash-back evening at 3Peaks on June 29 that benefits the library. She’s a local celebrity who had a nice writeup in the Columbian not too long ago.

A percentage of your bill will be donated to the Ridgefield Library for their building campaign between 5 and 10 pm, and Ms. Kellogg will be there from 6 to 8.

It should be a fun evening of country music with good food from Pacific NW Best Fish next door. Members of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library will be bussing tables, so give them your ‘thanks’ for the yeoman’s work they been doing in raising money for the last five years.


A Thank You from the Garden Club

One Small Step…

Tonight at the Meaningful Movie, “Living in the Future’s Past,” Phuong Tran of Lava Java announced they are no longer serving straws with their drinks. She said the response has been overwhelmingly supportive among her younger customers, while the older people are lukewarm about the idea.

If we all made one small ecologically correct change in our live styles, imagine what a better world it would be!


Memorial Day Ceremony

Ridgefield American Legion Post 44 will put on a Memorial Day ceremony at the Ridgefield Cemetery from 9:30-10:30am on Monday, May 27th.

This is always an inspiring event and well worth bringing the whole family to honor our service people.

The Cemetery is on Cemetery Road just off 9th (Hillhurst).

R-BIZ Networking

This month’s Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce networking event, R-BIZ, is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21 at Ridgefield Mini Storage, 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway, from 5 to 7 pm. Come and network with other business people in our community.