Bunco Blast – May 18

This is a major fund raiser for our new library. Please sign up for a table.


Junction Neighborhood Meeting

The annual meeting of the Junction Neighborhood group will be at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway, Monday, May 13  at 6:30 pm. Representatives from many Ridgefield entities will give updates on their activities. The public is invited – this is always an informative and interesting meeting.

Save the date!


Lots of good things going on at the library in the next few weeks..

First of all is our Giant Used Book Sale May 3 and 4. All books are $1, and you’re sure to find something you like. We’ll also be selling tickets for the Ridgefield Quilt. They’re $5 each, and if you buy 5 you’ll get a hand painted watercolor book mark signed by the artist (me). A treasure for sure!

Then the next Tuesday, May 7, starting at 6:30, the architects for the library will be in the Community Room of our library to hear from all of you about what you’d like to see in the library. Bring your ideas, no matter how far out. Here’s an idea: how about putting solar panels on the roof to bring in natural light during the day?

And on May 18 it’s Bunco Night for the Library. Host a table for four and come join in the fun.

Second Sunday at Refuge

New Community Development Department Director

After an extensive nationwide search process, the City of Ridgefield has hired Louisa Garbo to serve as the City’s Community Development Department Director. Ms. Garbo fills a position which was previously held for 4 years by Jeff Niten, who in January, 2019, was hired to serve as the City of Shelton’s City Manager.

Ms. Garbo is a certified planner, a certified mediator, and an accredited LEED green associate. Ms. Garbo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master’s Degree in City Planning, Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Arts in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding. Ms. Garbo has extensive experience in local government administration, policy, and land use planning. She most recently served as the Community Development Director for Kitsap County, WA, with prior work as a Director of Planning in the City of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and as a City planner in Arizona for over a decade.

“I enjoy living in the West Coast and want to work in a smaller community where I can make a greater impact in help building a sustainable community. I looked up and down the West Coast for a growing community with a commitment to sustainability and a clear vision, where I felt my experience and commitment to innovative planning would be valued and valuable. I learned a lot through the interview process; after meeting with the community and the dedicated and talented people working for the City, I felt Ridgefield checked all the boxes for me,” said Ms. Garbo.

City Manager Steve Stuart said of Ms. Garbo, “We are really excited that Louisa is joining our team. She is widely recognized as a visionary at strategic planning and has a proven track record of success creating innovative ways to connect people with place.” Beyond her planning and management skills, Stuart noted that “Louisa’s Fine Arts background offers a unique opportunity to enhance our partnerships with Ridgefield organizations like Ridgefield Main Street and Ridgefield Arts Association who are working to beautify and revitalize our Arts Quarter and historic Destination Downtown.”

Ms. Garbo will begin work at the City of Ridgefield on May 1.

Main Street Program

Join us Thursday morning, April 18, as we welcome SFC Greg Stube (RET) back to visit Ridgefield.   He is an American hero, patriot and servant. Stube was injured in Afghanistan when his 30 man “A-Team” held off 3,000 Taliban for 5 days. He is a motivational speaker and author.

The Main Street meetings are at the Sportsman’s from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Breakfast is available and complimentary coffee is served.

Also, we will announce an exciting grant program for downtown façade improvement, as well as have updates from the Design and Promotions committees.  Main Street Day planning is in the works as well as Spring Clean Up Day for downtown, next Monday, April 22!

SFC Greg Stube (RET)

Book Sale May 3 & 4

This gives some idea of the amount of used books we’ll have for sale at the Library’s Used Book Sale on May 3 and 4.

All books are $1.00 – come and stock up your book shelves and support the library at the same time.

Neighbors on Watch Meeting

Are you interested in community, safety, and want to be involved?

Ridgefield has a Neighbors on Watch group (NOW). Maybe you are interested in participating.

Want to know more? Come to our next meeting on April 18th at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center. 6:30 pm. Meet other members of NOW and find out what it is all about.

-Chief Brooks

Reminder – Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Garden Club Sale May 4

Auto Tour at Refuge Closed

The Auto Tour route at the Refuge is closed during the week for a bridge update. It’s open on weekends.

Watercolor Classes Start Tuesday, April 16

A new set of watercolor classes will start Tuesday, April 16 in my downtown studio. Class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students and the size is limited to six people. The morning class is full, but there is still space in the afternoon class, from 1 to 3pm.

You’ll learn a lot, laugh a lot, and discover the artist within you. There’s lots of individual instruction and  lessons make each class a learning experience.

Cost of the six week class is $60, with a $35 materials fee for new students. That includes a palette loaded with paint, one brush, a support and top quality watercolor paper. Please call me to sign up, 360-887-2160, before Monday, as I need to buy the palette.

Staff Appreciation Day

National Library Week (April 7 – 13) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.

Tuesday, April 9th is National Library Workers Day, and the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are hosting an informal reception in the library from 4 pm to 5:30 pm to thank and celebrate our amazing and dedicated library staff.

Come in, enjoy some light refreshments, and express your appreciation to Sean, Lois and Anne-Laure, and welcome Kathleen, the newest member of the library team!

Thought for the Week