Empty Bowl Benefits Resource Center

The High School National Honor Society is hosting an Empty Bowl event to benefit the Resource Center for families and individuals in need, and the public is invited to attend.

It’s Saturday, December 2 from noon to 2 pm at the middle school.  Art club members and art students have been working all year to make ceramic bowls which they will sell filled with soup.  The soup will be sold with the handmade ceramic bowls, and also individually in regular bowls. This is a community event – Vinnie’s Pizza, Pacific NW Best Fish Co., End of the Road Grill, and El Rancho Viejo are donating the soup for the event.

This is Hometown weekend, so plan to take a lunch break to support our kids and the Family Resource Center.

Fall Showcase

Opus School of Music presents their Fall Showcase of Music Sunday, November 19, from 4-5 pm at the Ridgefield United Methodist Church, 1410 South Hillhurst Drive. It’s free with two cans of food for the local food bank.

Come and find out what talented young musicians we have in town.

Confluence 9th Anniversary

Confluence Vineyard is holding a 9th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, November 18, starting at 1 pm. Confluence is at 19111 NW 67th Avenue. Come and help Jae and Greg celebrate!

Reminder: Dedication Tomorrow

Our new ‘Wings of the World” sculpture will be dedicated tomorrow, Saturday, November 18, 4:00 at Overlook Park.

This beautiful sculpture of a soaring eagle was created by Sharon Agnor and commemorates the lives and efforts of five significant people who had the vision for and helped create Overlook Park: Allene Wodaege, Jim Maul, Sydney Reisbick, Amy Montoya, and David Dines.

This community gathering will include a history of Overlook Park, music and refreshments. Please come.

RNWR Calendars on Sale

Time to start holiday shopping while supporting a great cause!

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s 2018 Calendar is here! This year’s calendar features the winning photos from our annual photo contest and will be on pre-sale through November 28th, 2017.

Our calendars are much more than amazing, high resolution action shots from Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, they also help the Friends support its’ mission of providing habitat restoration,  cultural and environmental education on the Refuge and to its’ visitors. All the photo’s subjects are identified, and there is also some info about each photo! Learn about the seasonal changes in habitat restoration, important dates to look forward to, read a passionate poem about our refuge, and much more. Just $16 pre-sale, these 12 month, 8.5×11 (opens to 11×17), saddle-stitched wall calendars are the perfect gift!

Whether as a holiday gift for loved ones, your friends or co-workers, or a functional keepsake for yourself, your purchase helps support our public lands, protecting wildlife and the history of our area, in perpetuity. With gorgeous photos of wildlife and a little learning, what more could you ask for?

Order yours today to get the pre-sale price and guarantee you get one! Pre-orders will be shipped the first week of December: www.yearbox.com/FriendsofRNWR/

After pre-sale, you can still order your calendars online, or you can purchase them in town at City of Ridgefield‘s Hometown Celebration on December 2nd, or at Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies while supplies last!

RMS Meeting

Marie Moalwy

Please join us for our Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting on Thursday, November 16th at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon.

A special thank you to Mayor Ron Onslow for bringing us a very special guest speaker. Marie Mosley, City Manager of Kennewick, WA, is traveling all the way to Ridgefield to present to us on a unique opportunity in Kennewick , which has many aspects that pertain to our own Ridgefield. The presentation deals with growth, infrastructure housing, business and relationships of each.

Invitations to attend have also been extended to the City Staff, RBA, Port, Planning & Parks Commissions, Arts, and more. This presentation is of interest to every person, every business, and every organization in Ridgefield. As always, complimentary coffee is provided by the Sportsman’s. Breakfast service is available.

Welcome Vintage Revival

Welcome to our newest retail shop in town, Vintage Revival.

Owner Dee Gaudet has created a unique store with something for everyone. Over twenty vendors provide all kinds of gifts, antiques, and handmade items. If you miss shopping at the Mercantile for that special treasure, take a look at what Vintage Revival has to offer – Barb Blystone from the Dancing Rabbit has a space, and the store is ready for early Christmas shopping.

Vintage Revival is at 418 Pioneer Street and is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 6. 360-887-2101

Please support our local businesses!


Meeting on Gee Creek Sub-Area Plan

Ridgefield Development Code Amendments: Gee Creek sub-area plan
Notice is hereby given that the Ridgefield City Council will hold a Public Hearing on
Thursday November 16, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM, at the Ridgefield Community
Center, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, Washington.

The proposal is to adopt a sub-area plan for the Gee Creek Plateau area generally
bounded by Gee Creek to the south and west, South 45th Avenue to the east and
the alignment of S. 5th Way to the north.

This notice is intended to invite interested persons to appear at the public hearings
and submit written or oral comments on the proposed amendments. Written
comments should be directed to the Ridgefield City Clerk, PO Box 608, 230 Pioneer
St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, no later than 4:30 PM on November 16, 2017.
Comments may also be submitted into the record at the public hearings.

Information regarding the proposed amendments is available to the public on
request at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal
weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM.
The staff report will be available November 9, 2017.

City of Ridgefield
Published: October 11, 2017

City Wins Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgefield by the government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program which include demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA also recognized the City’s Finance Department with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement as the department primarily responsible for preparing the CAFR.

The City has received the Certificate of Achievement for three consecutive years. This significant accomplishment was driven by the Ridgefield City Council’s commitment to transparent government, promoting accountability, and being conscientious stewards of public funds. “The City is constantly striving to improve how it communicates with the public and this award recognizes our progress in that effort,” said Mayor Ron Onslow. “I am very proud of the Finance Department team for preparing financial statements that inform, enlighten and communicate the City’s financial story to the public,” said Kirk Johnson, Finance Director.

Thought for the Week

Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.  ~ Thomas Edison

What you don’t know you can always learn.

Every day gives you another chance.

Achievement seldom exceed effort. ~ Mortimer Adler

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies presents “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”  on Wednesday, November 22, at the Old Liberty Theater. This is Al Gore’s follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth”. To learn more check out this New York Times review.
The big news is that we will have Ridgefield’s own Marc Rappaport who has is an innovator in renewable energies and has designed geothermal-solar systems and biomass power projects. I am excited to learn more about his work after the film.
The film will start at 7 pm, doors at 6:15 pm. Please consider taking a break from Thanksgiving prep and bringing your relatives down to the Old Liberty! Stay up late with us and talk about our changing climate and what we can do about it.
   Contributed by Megan Dudley

Open House Tomorrow

All the artwork that won’t fit on my walls (and more) will be for sale tomorrow at our Open House from 1 to 5 pm. Come and take advantage of this benefit for the Ridgefield library. Prices range from $1 to $100.

Lots of Ridgefield ‘stuff’ – note the granite monoliths from Eagle’s View Park at the left of the picture above.

My note cards are displayed alphabetically so it will be easy to find your favorites if you have some. The box at the right has small originals, mostly done plein air.

This is the room where I give watercolor classes. A new series will start in January, I take beginner through intermediate students, and so far everyone I’ve taught has produced outstanding work.

The Open House will also benefit the Ridgefield Family Resource Center. There will be a box for gently used clothing as well as a donation jar. Help support our local families with your donations.

The Open House will be from 1 to 5 pm at 114 North 4th Avenue. I’ll have fruit punch and light refreshments, and would welcome finger foods if you want to bring some to share. We’re the second house north of Pioneer – look for a blue house with a lot of trees (and leaves!).


A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

Hello Ridgefield Neighbor,

We are a group of local Ridgefield residents who want to ensure that the children of our community have a good Thanksgiving dinner. To that end, since 1995, we have been collecting donations and putting together a Thanksgiving “basket” of food for local residents who ask for assistance at this time of year. Last year we helped 32 families have a Thanksgiving meal like the one listed below.

What started as a mission to teach our children the value of volunteerism, grew into an endeavor that brings those children back as adults to continue helping us serve this community.

Due to the rising food costs, we are seeking donations to continue this philanthropic tradition. We have received donations from the Ridgefield Lions, Friends of the Library, Teachers and other individuals. A typical basket consists of the following items and costs approximately $50.

A turkey

5-10 pounds of potatoes







Pumpkin pie


Cranberry sauce

Whipped cream


Your cash donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call or email:

Marney Hefflin at       360-606-9815 email:   marney98642@aol.com

Carla Bonebrake at     360-601-8662 email:   ltcarla@comcast.net

Checks can be made out to Carla Bonebrake and sent to the address below.

Carla Bonebrake

PO Box 1055

Ridgefield, WA 98642

Thank you for taking the time to read this and making a donation.

Harvest Gold at Old Liberty

Harvest Gold, the area’s premier Neil Young Tribute Band, will be at the Old Liberty Theater Saturday, Nov. 11th, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are $12.00 and veterans and active military get in free. 360-887-7260

There will be a silent auction, with the proceeds donated to the LaCenter American Legion.

Come on down and reminisce, or for your younger kids, dig on some vintage rock & roll.

American Legion Honors Vets this Saturday

Ridgefield Post 44 The American Legion will have a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 330 pm this Saturday on 3rd next to Veterans Memorial and Fire Station. Brief Remarks and National Anthem followed by Rifle Salute is the format. We plan a very uplifting patriotic ceremony that all will enjoy.
Bryan Laycoe