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The auction items to benefit the library have changed. We are now auctioning off a set of Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates as they seemed more fitting for the season. Some of them are in the display case in the lobby of the library, but there are at least 7-8 more. They will be sold as a group to the highest bidder, and would make a real conversation grouping in your home.

The plates are from the 60’s and 70’s and have holes in the back rim so they can be mounted on a wall. Each is named and signed on the back. The 2017 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate is for sale on the Internet for $192, but I don’t believe these are that valuable. We might be amenable to a reasonable offer if you would like to purchase the lot in time for Christmas.

Thought for the Week

Time is:

   Too slow for those who wait

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love,

time is not.

~ Henry Van Dyke


Mural at Ridgefield Floral

Ridgefield Floral has a new mural that really brightens up the entrance into town.  The artist is Kassi Summers and she is also a designer at the shop. Isn’t it great when shop owners decide to make our town more beautiful?

Be a Secret Santa

There is a Secret Santa Tree set up in Seasons Coffee Shop, next to the Tteater. The tree is to help make Christmas special for the residents of the Ridgefield Assisted Living facility at the bottom of Pioneer Avenue.

Please stop by and pick a gift tag off the tree. Pick up a gift (or two or three) for one of the residents (or more). Their wants and needs aren’t great. Once you have purchased your gift, please return your UNWRAPPED gifts, with the tag attached, back to Seasons Coffee Shop. There isn’t much time, as all gifts must be received by December 19th. Thank you in advance for giving back to our little town we love!

Singing Christmas Tree

Make your plans now to attend one of the performances of this year’s Singing Christmas Tree.  On this special fortieth anniversary, we will celebrate the decades of this popular event, including some of our
favorite songs from past performances.  Performances are scheduled for 6:30 PM on December 8, 10, 12, 15 & 17, and for 10:30 AM on December 17.  There is no cost for admission, but we encourage you to arrive early, as seats fill up quickly.  For more information, call the church office at 360.887.3576.

Wreath Placing at Northwood Park

Northwood Park is participating in Wreaths Across America on December 16, 2017 at 9:00.
We will be having a short ceremony before placing the Memorial Wreaths on the veterans graves.
We would like to thank Boy Scout Troop #14 for their participation and making sure we have enough wreaths.

Ridgefield Arts Experience is seeking authors of children’s books

Ridgefield Arts Experience is seeking the use of a story written by a local author for an integrated youth arts experience including a performance of the story. The experience will be March 22, 2018, and the author will have the opportunity to be present during the production, including a book signing.

Ridgefield Arts Experience is a collaborative production which integrates musical, literary and visual arts for school age participants. The experience is open to elementary and middle school students who have the opportunity to make costumes and scenery, compose and perform music, and enact the chosen story.

Please send a resume and examples of your work to Barbara AW Wright by December 15.

Christmas Card Workshop

I will again offer a Christmas Card Workshop to benefit the library building fund. This year it will be held in my home studio, 114 North 4th Avenue, right in downtown Ridgefield.

In order to accommodate people who work during the week there will be two choices of time: Saturday, December 9, from 1-3 pm, and Tuesday, December 12 from 9 am to noon.

Surprise your friends with a hand painted Christmas card! We’ll have lots of creative ideas, or bring your own reference materials. All supplies provided.

Cost is $45. Class size is limited, so call today to register, 360-887-2160.

Thought for the Week

“A Woman”

This is written in the Hebrew Talmud, whee all the sayings and preachings of Rabbis are conserved over time.

It says” Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib. Not from the feet to be walked on. Not from the head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved,


Tree Lighting

Thanks to Paul Snoey, who took took the following pictures.

I was amazed at how many people were downtown all day, enjoying our Hometown Celebration, since the weather was very rainy. Happily it had stopped raining by 4:30, so the folks who participated in the tree lighting ceremony didn’t get wet.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the day a success, and especially to Dance Fusion NW, whose performers danced on very wet and cold concrete. They are real troupers.

Walk ‘n Knock Tomorrow

Tomorrow is our annual Walk & Knock campaign to collect food for the needy. You may have gotten a brown paper bag included in  your newspaper, if not, use any bag. Put it on your porch by 9 am. If it hasn’t been picked up by 4:00 you can drop it off at the Sportsman’s in downtown Ridgefield.

Items needed are canned meat, stews and tuna, elbow macaroni, oatmeal, soup, pancake mix, powdered milk, rice, beans, instant potatoes, baby foods, diapers, toiletries.

Follow up on the November Meaningful Movie

Wednesday’s showing of An Inconvenient Truth was the best attended to date due to our partnership with the Sierra Club. It really speaks to the importance of working together! If you weren’t able to attend, “An Inconvenient Sequel” is available through Amazon to rent, Red Box and Netflix’s DVD service. I highly recommend it.

Some notes from my husband, Chris Dudley, who is our discussion moderator:

“A big Thank You! To our sponsors, The Loo-Wit Sierra Club, The Ridgefield Community Library, The Ridgefield Community Group, The Old Liberty Theater, and to everyone who came out, contributed, and/or spoke up!

First, I incorrectly attributed a Freeman Dyson statement about humanity’s need to plant a billion trees to help mitigate climate change to an Albuquerque, New Mexico television reporter named Stuart Dyson. I met Stuart at a college party in the late 80s and he became a hero of mine. I’ve had some email correspondence with Freeman Dyson, the eminent theoretical physicist, over the years. Confusing the two men may seem inexcusable unless you know that both are irascible, interesting characters.

A question was asked that begs for more discussion, ‘how to get people engaged in the climate fight who have other social justice concerns that they feel they need to focus on instead.’ Our thought from the Meaningful Movies team, based on a mountain of literature, is that our changing climate will disproportionately affect people with the least resources, those suffering, those who have always suffered systemic oppression. Fighting climate change is the right thing to do from a social justice perspective because the disenfranchised face the worst consequences of global climate change.

I mentioned a Brooking’s Institution White Paper on Carbon Tax Credits. There a myriad of them. The Brooking’s Institution is a fantastic resource for policy information.

Here is NASA’s report on the gravitational pull of icebergs and what the loss of those iceberg’s may do to nearby cities and ports.

Information about the Hybrid Geothermal-Solar power plant recently installed in Nevada which Marc Rappaport designed and spoke of can be found here.

Please get in touch with Don Steinke ( to find out how you can help specifically in stopping projects that contribute to climate change and in working on policies in the schools and city governments to reduce fossil fuels. He’s out front, every day. If you realize how important this fight is but don’t know what to do, ask Don! He, and we, could really use your help and involvement. His hand-out is linked here.

I’ll be putting together an informational meeting on Marc Rappaport’s idea of building a community solar array. I have nearly zero details at this point, and am only gathering information and hoping to find those interested. Please, please text or call me 505 803 3766 or email me if you live in Ridgefield and you’re interested in learning more (unless you put your info on the sign-up list already).”

We were also so fortunate to have Brian Ettling from Citizens Climate Lobby in Portland speak briefly. If you are interested in getting involved with legislative efforts at the state and federal levels, please contact Dawn Marineau Kropp, who is involved with the Vancouver chapter at 503-830-2174 or e-mail her at

There will be no film in December. Please save the date January 24th for Tickling Giants.

Megan Dudley

Hometown Celebration

Saturday is Hometown Celebration and the town will be jumping. It all starts with the Ugly Sweater Run and continues all day with a bazaar at the Community Center, live music, kids’ activities, trailer rides, Santa, etc. Most of the activities are free. Some on down and enjoy the fun! The Christmas tree at Overlook Park will be lit at 5:00, with lots of food and singing.

Thought for the Week

What is happiness? I am not sure what happiness is, but I know for certain that happiness is not looking up from what I’m doing to say I am happy!

Holiday Elves Needed

Calling all Holiday Elves!  The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are in need of donations of baked goods (sweet and savory) for the Hometown Celebration BAKE SALE Fundraiser on Saturday, December 2ndfrom 9 am to 4 pm in the Ridgefield Community Center.  If you’d like to donate something yummy for the bake sale, please contact Jeanne Androvich to sign up at or 360-887-2579.

Baked goods may be dropped off at the Ridgefield Community Center on Friday evening, December 1st from 5 pm to 7 pm, or on Saturday morning, December 2nd from 7:30 am to 9 am.  We are looking for donations of candy, cookies, bars, fruit pies, cakes, quick breads, muffins, rolls, and breads.  We CANNOT accept any item that needs to be refrigerated!  We especially are in need of baked goods that are vegan, gluten free and nut free.  Please label your donations to avoid any guesswork for the Elves.  Also, the Elves need to know if the baked item contains milk, egg, nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soybeans.

Want to give the Friends the gift of your time, but you don’t bake…that’s okay…the Friends need extra Elves to help during the Bake Sale as a server or cashier.  The Friends especially need extra hands for the 12 pm to 1:30 pm shift, the 1:30 pm to 3 pm shift, and the 3 pm to 4:30 pm shift.  And if you have a food handler’s license we can really use your help!  Contact Jeanne if you’d like to help at the Bake Sale.

All proceeds from the Bake Sale will go towards the Library Building Fund and library programs at the Ridgefield Community Library.  The Friends thank you for your support of your local library and wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Holidays, Jeanne Androvich, President, Friends of Ridgefield Community Library