R-Biz Tonight

Tonight is the Ridgefield Chamber R-Biz networking event. 5-7pm at 3 Peaks Public House and Taproom. 24415 NE 10th Ave, Ridgefield. This event is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members.

Ridgefield Main Street Meets Thursday

Be sure to join the Ridgefield Main Street group this Thursday, June 21 at 8:30 am, for our community meeting at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N. Main. If you are a local business owner, make sure you are there to learn some important information in growing your business.

If you own a local business or are considering starting one, you face a lot of important and difficult questions. Fortunately, your local government can help you find the answers to these questions. Through the City of Ridgefield’s partnership with Buxton, the leader in consumer analytics, you can access local reports to guide your business strategy and tools for marketing success. Join us to learn more about how to leverage Buxton’s resources for your business.

Speaker for this session will be Cheyenne Robinson, Account Executive with Buxton. Cheyenne manages client relationships throughout the U.S. She provides ongoing support and strategic recommendations for her clients throughout their economic development growth. She graduated from Tyler Junior College with a degree in public relations and advertising and completed continuing studies in public relations at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thought for the Week

The Ridgefield Dozen

The Ridgefield Dozen is a unique fundraising race and ride benefitting World Bicycle Relief. It’s Strava based, a free app for your smartphone, and can be ridden anytime until August 19, 2018.

The Ridgefield Dozen is uniquely tailored to offer a challenge for beginning riders, race curious riders, and even experienced racers. There are three courses, short, medium, and long. You get to pick your challenge, who you compete against, or even if you want to compete at all–maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to go for a ride? The Ridgefield Dozen offers that excuse.

Ride anytime, at your convenience, until August 19, 2018. Start with the short route, maybe work your way up to the medium or Long distance route. Challenge yourself!

There is a King Of the Mountain, and Queen of the Mountain jersey to the overall winners. Plus, depending on participation, other prizes and awards.

See full details at the website: https://ridgefielddozen.com/

Make it 2m

The evening at 3Peaks Saloon and Tap Room was a great success for the library. Lots of people came – in fact it was such a profitable evening that Zach, the owner, is already talking about doing something bigger and more exciting for next year.

Thanks for all who came and especially to the volunteers from the Friends of the Library who were there to talk about the new library.

You’ll notice we have a new banner. Now that we’re so far along in the process of raising money for the new library, we’re thinking ‘invest’ rather than ‘imagine.’ We’ll still be imagining, because there will be many opportunities for the public to make suggestions about what the library should look like and contain, but now we’re thinking about the final push to raise the last bit of money still needed.

For those of you who were told to look for an exciting announcement in this posting, sorry, it’s been tabled until next week. Keep tuned!

Flags for the Multicultural Festival

Megan Dudley has a request:

Hi all, I’m writing to ask for your help in talking to your friends about the festival flags for the September 1st Multicultural Festival. The City is unable to purchase the flags themselves and they asked me to organize this. With my circle of friends, I’ve gotten 20 orders so far but we have about 160 flag poles. I think since it is not going through the city, people might be apprehensive purchasing from me so direct connections will help.

I am ordering through a website where the flags are $18-30 dollars with most flags falling around $25. We are asking everyone to just give $25 for simplicity. If there is any $ left over, it will be donated to the festival for operations.

The flags are outdoor quality nylon in a 3′ by 5′ size. They will go on the existing wooden poles that are around town. If someone does donate $25 for a country of their choice, their name will go on a display downtown during the festival. The flags will be kept by the City for subsequent festivals. The site I am ordering through does not have any Native flags but if someone if interested in them, I can help them find something though the cost I found for the Oglala Sioux Nation for example was up to $163, there are less expensive options through Ebay.

I am collecting information about names and who people want to dedicate their flag to on a google form. It is ok to print out the form instead of doing on-line. If you run across people who want to do it, you can share this information with them:

If you are interested, please fill out this google form. The cost per flag is $25. The deadline for submission is August 10th. You can send a check to 1717 N Falcon Dr., Ridgefield WA 987642, drop off a check or cash with Sean McGill at  210 N. Main Avenue (Ridgefield Community Library) Tuesday 11-8 pm and Wed-Sat 10-6 pm or with Megan or Chris Dudley at a Meaningful Movies’ showing (3rd Wednesdays of the month, 7pm at the Old Liberty Theater).

Thanks so much for your help!


Ridgefield to Host Multicultural Festival

The City of Ridgefield’s 1st Annual Multicultural Festival will be September 1st, 2018 in downtown Ridgefield. With the aim of celebrating cultures at home and around the world, the festival will include live performances from the Taiko Drum group Takohachi, Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team, Master Oh’s Taekwondo team and the Ke Kukui Foundation Hula Dancers. There will be cooking classes of Filipino, French, Nigerian and Scandinavian cuisines and many activities for children. Gerardo Calderon of Grupo Condor will teach a workshop about the musical instruments of the world and the Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will teach a Tahitian dance workshop. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn about and experience Ridgefield history and its own unique culture.

“As Ridgefield is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, we felt the time was now to create a festival that honors the many cultures of Southwest Washington and Ridgefield and brings people together,” said Jessica Kipp, Community Relations Specialist for the City of Ridgefield. There will be plenty of activities for all ages with food trucks selling a variety of cuisines, vendors, information booths and a genealogy discovery area.

Performances and festival activities are free to the public. Although some classes require registration and payment of a small fee. For updates on the event schedule and participating vendors please see: https://ridgefieldwa.us/event/multicultural-festival/

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Ridgefield’s First Saturday events which have successfully been bringing the community together for the past three years. The First Saturday events are a collaborative effort between many downtown merchants, the City of Ridgefield, the Ridgefield Art Association, Ridgefield School District and the Farmer’s Market.

This Week’s Traffic Update

The following projects are under construction and are expected to impact traffic in the coming week:

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road –Shoulder work this week. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road Between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street- Flagging planned on Monday and Tuesday for frontage improvements along Hillhurst next to the Kennedy Subdivision.  When completed this section of Hillhurst will be widened with sidewalks, planter strips, and street lights.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidew   alks and planter strips on both sides.

So Hillhurst from Carty Road to Royle Road, and for approximately 500 feet on Royle Road – One lane closure with flagging.  Expected start date is June 15th.  This is for utility work in conjunction with the Hillhurst frontage improvements and intersection improvements at Royle Road and Hillhurst Road.

NW 229th – Shoulder Work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Make it 2M

The Ridgefield Community Library is getting closer to a reality. FVRL Executive Director Amelia Shelley shared an update with me. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is working with the Ridgefield Community Center Association to negotiate the donation of the building and wrapping up some site evaluation work. Both parties intend to make every effort to complete this process this summer. It appears that the building will serve as a match for a portion of the million dollar matching grant offered by an anonymous donor. An appraisal of the building will establish the value of that match. The Community Center Board is in the process of determining how much longer they will manage the property, the terms of the donation to the library and what they will do with the assets that remain.

To date, the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and the Library District have raised and set aside nearly $1.3 million for this project. Those funds, combined with the matching grant, get us close to enough money to cover the estimated construction costs for the expansion and remodel based on preliminary estimates. Amelia said that she believes that another $800,000 to $1 million dollars will be needed for soft costs such as architects, engineers and other consultants, furnishings and fixtures, upgrades and amenities for the new library (such as an early literacy installation in the children’s area or a fireplace) and other facilities costs. The District intends to hire an architecture team this fall that can help establish a final project budget.

Chamber Launch

Mini Storage Open House

Ridgefield Neighbors Food Drive

Join Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project – Building Community.  Sharing Food. One Green Bag at a Time.

In summer 2017, Clark County neighbors started Clark County’s first neighborhood-based food donation program to help folks who struggle with hunger. Clark Neighbors Food Project (CNFP) is a revolutionary way to collect food: It’s a donor drive, not a food drive. Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, Neighborhood Coordinators enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors to provide sustainable food supply for local food pantries. The concept is simple: “Neighbors want to help…we make it easy!”  (We pattern it after similar efforts in Portland, Olympia, Ashland and cities across the country — see http://clarkfoodproject.com/).  Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project began in January of 2018.

It’s amazingly simple. You get a reusable green Neighbor Food Project bag to store food in. Every two months a Neighborhood Coordinator picks up your full Green Bag, leaves an empty Green Bag, and takes all the bags to a site where volunteers box the food. All food collected in Ridgefield goes to Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Family Resource Center at Ridgefield Schools. Food donors will receive an email reminder so you don’t forget the pickup date. That’s all there is to it.

How much food will people donate? We suggest food donors buy one extra nonperishable food item per week when you go to the market, but it’s really up to you. Some folks will donate a lot, some a little. The amount is not important — as long as you’re participating the Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project will be a success.

Neighbors Want to Help, We Make it Easy!  And that’s our secret: we don’t just help hungry neighbors who receive food—we build connections with neighbors who donate —a true sense of community: the feeling of belonging, of making a difference and on top of that, it’s fun!  Tip for parents: A rewarding activity is to volunteer as a family to give neighbors green bags and pick up food donations. Instill values of fun community service and positive neighborly relationships!

We are currently seeking Neighborhood Coordinators to sign up food donors in Ridgefield neighborhoods.   Contact Bill Baumann at ridgefieldfoodproject@gmail.com.

Pickup Days – 2ND SATURDAY of EVEN months

In 2018 it’s:  Feb 10, Apr 14, Jun 9, Aug 11, Oct 13, Dec 8

3Peaks Helps Library

Come to 3Peaks Public House and Taproom this Thursday and part of your bill will be donated to the Library. This is the third year they’ve helped the library, and it’s always fun. Food and drink purchased inside the building count toward the donation.

There will also be a donation jar and people to talk about the new library.

3Peaks is at 24415 NNE 10th.

Thought for the Week

Reminder – Garage Sale

Are you looking for a bargain?

Ridgefield Mini Storage is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 4pm, and invites you to participate. Multiple vendors will be on hand – you may find that treasure you’ve been looking for.

All proceeds benefit the Ridgefield School District.

Ridgefield Mini Storage is at 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway, www.ridgefieldministorage.com