Giant Book Sale Today

The Giant Book Sale to benefit the library starts today at 3:00 for members of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, donors, and teachers. Not a member? No problem – buy a membership at the door. No scanners please.

Tomorrow the sale opens to everyone at 9 am. No scanners in the children’s area please.

At 2:00 on Saturday the winner of the Priscilla Guessing Contest will be announced, and the winner of the Ridgefield Quilt will be picked. Chances on the quilt cost $5 and may be purchased right up to the drawing.

 

 

Getting Ready for Hometown

They were putting up the tree at Overlook Park this morning when I happened to walk by.

Lifting the Tree

It’s u[!

Now the fun part begins: securing it and stringing the multiple lights that make it so festive. Thanks to Scott Anderson of RS3 Homes who donated the tree.

This Saturday is Hometown, a celebration started 20 years ago by forward-thinking citizens like Allene Wodaege who wanted to provide residents with a local tradition so they wouldn’t have to drive into Vancouver. It’s a full day of fun, and with Rosauers opening this weekend Ridgefield is going to be a busy place.

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday.

9AM: The day begins with the Ugly Sweater Fun Run with Ridgefield Runners. Visit runridgefield.com to register. There is a special prize for the Best Ugly Sweater!

9AM-3PM: Continue the fun in the Holiday Food & Gift Marketplace at Overlook Park, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Shop Farmer’s Market vendors, Holiday gifts and decorations, roasting nuts and more under large canopies with outdoor heaters. Live music from singing groups and bands from Sunset Ridge, View Ridge & Ridgefield High School will fill the tent from 10 to 3.

9AM-4PM: Visit the Ridgefield Community Library for hot cider, cookies, and crafts as well as a Used Book & Gift Sale sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library.

10AM-1PM: Find live Reindeer at Allstate Insurance on the corner of Pioneer and 5th Avenue.

11AM-3PM: Get creative with holiday-themed games, crafts, cookie decorating, a 20th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and more fun in the Holiday Kid’s Activity Center at Tailored Fitness.

Noon-3PM: And let’s not forget about Santa! Head over to Old Liberty Theater for pictures and more activities. Bring your own camera and take pictures with Santa for free, sponsored by Ridgefield Mini Storage.

4:30PM: Enjoy the Tree Lighting Festival with a holiday dance-performance from DanceFusion NW, community sing-along with Bethel Church, hot chocolate from Trinkets Tearoom and cookies. You can enjoy the Tree Lighting from the comfort of the adults-only Windy Hills Wine Garden area. The Wine Garden will be open from 2-6PM.

All day activities are everywhere with downtown businesses decorated, open and ready with sales, give-aways, hot cocoa and Holiday Village displays with activities like kids games and crafts at Hookum Brewery and a Christmas Shop with holiday arrangements, gifts and hot cider at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. You can tour the town on the Port of Ridgefield Holiday Trolley Rides with Rudolph from noon to 3 and see musical performances on the street corners by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Band. And, don’t forget to cast your vote in the Holiday Decorating Contest!

End your evening by attending the Acoustic Guitar Summit at Old Liberty Theater. Enjoy an annual concert favorite with a winter inspired sound scape from Grammy-winning guitarists Terry Robb, Mark Hanson and Doug Smith at 7:30pm.

 

 

 

David Taylor Recogntion

David Taylor

Come celebrate the service and retirement of Councilor David Taylor with cake and light refreshments, Thursday, December 5th, 5”30, in the Columbia Assembly Room at the RACC, 610 Pioneer Street

City Council member David Taylor is a long-term Ridgefield resident and has been involved in numerous local civic activities including Lion’s Club of Ridgefield, assistance with View Ridge Middle School Aviation STEM classes, and organization of the Ridgefield Community Garden. Councilor Taylor has also been instrumental in arranging the 4th of July F-15 Flyover of Ridgefield.

Join us as we recognize Councilor Taylor’s twelve years of service in the Ridgefield City Council and congratulate him on his retirement.

Thought for the Week

An Ode to Fred Meyer

You’ve served me well for 17 years, but now it’s time for me to move on.

I can’t say I’m sorry to see you disappear from my life.

The new ‘improvements’ you’ve made means I now spend twice as much time on my grocery shopping. And why did you do away with some of my favorite items, only to add more unhealthy pop and flavored waters?

The checkout stands with a moving belt sound like a good idea on paper, but when there’s no one at the end of the belt to bag up the groceries it means the checker has to come out of her station to bag them. And the weighing device in the bulk items area is often not working or out of paper. For a brand new machine this is disgraceful.

You’ve done some things right – I love the idea of giving free fresh fruit to children and the fresh produce area is very nice.

But now it’s time for me to move on. Rosauers – here I come!

Rosauers Grocery and Pharmacy will open this weekend with all kinds of specials events and sales. Come and check it out!

More Info on Meaningful Movie

Here’s more information about Wednesday’s Meaningful Movie, ‘In Pursuit of Silence:’

This week we have a treat in store with you with a thought provoking meditative film “In Pursuit of Silence” and two speakers who have very different areas of expertise.

Paul Donavan, Sc.D. is the Secretary General of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineers. Although Dr. Donavan has a broad background in acoustics, his particular areas of expertise include tire noise, sound intensity methods, aeroacoustics and wind tunnel testing, and structure-borne sound. He received his Doctor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology specializing in Acoustics with research in urban sound propagation and he will be sharing data of noise levels around Ridgefield.

Our second guest is the Reverend Yuki Sugahara from the Oregon Buddhist Temple. He is originally from Shimane Prefecture located just north of Hiroshima. In 2009 Reverend Yuki came to the United States to attend the International Ministerial Orientation Program at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California. Rev. Yuki also obtained a B.A. in Human Studies (major in Buddhist Studies) from Musashino University and M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Musashino Grad School.

It will be a very interesting juxtaposition between the scientific and the spiritual. This is great film to bring the young people in your life to as it will be an opportunity to get their questions answered about Buddhism and the physics of sound. We hope to have a roboust discussion on this Thanksgiving Eve.

Doors open at 6:30, movie starts at 7:00 at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

Toy Drive at Acero Apartments

The folks at Acero Apartments are partnering with KGW and trying their best to provide them with a truck load of toys for those in need. If anyone would like to drop off any brand new but unwrapped toys through December 12, they are welcome to bring to any location listed below (please verify business hours before stopping by):

*Acero Ridgefield Apartments

4125 S. Settler Drive

Ridgefield, WA 98642

 

*NW Rose Real Estate

414 Pioneer Street Suite 201

Ridgefield, WA 98642

 

*Ridgefield School District

510 Pioneer Street

Ridgefield, WA 98642

 

*Bethany Vineyard & Winery

4115 NE 259th Street

Ridgefield, WA 98642

Thought for the Week

            Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey wrote this in 1964 for his radio broadcast, ‘Now You Know the Rest of the Story.’ That was 55 years ago. Read it and tremble.

“If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

“To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

“And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

“If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies is showing the film ‘In Pursuit of Silence’ this coming Wednesday at 7pm at The Old Liberty Theater. One of the world’s foremost authorities on sound mitigation will be on the panel that leads a discussion after the movie.

Doors open at 6:30 – come buy a treat and/or beverage and talk with your neighbors before the movie. It’s free, but donations are very welcome.

Priscilla Contest

Only one more week to enter the Priscilla contest. Guess how much money is in the carboy, write that number on an entry form, attach a $5 bill or check, and put the form in the green box on the librarian’s table,

The contest will close next Saturday, November 30, and the winner will be notified at Hometown on December 7. If you win you’ll get half the money collected for the contest.

Good luck!

True Story from the Ridgefield Police

        Officer Wattson

Last night was a cool and crisp fall evening when Officer Wattson was working the swing shift in the greater Ridgefield Metropolitan Area. The radio, burbling with activity in different jurisdictions, urgently directed Officer Wattson to the area of 50th and Pioneer for an “Animal Problem.” Officer Wattson arrived and  learned a motorist had accidently struck an owl with their car. Officer Wattson carefully positioned his police car in a manner to buffer the owl and “keep the little fella safe.” He then spoke words of reassurance to the owl, referred by Officer Wattson as Hedwig (from Harry Potter fame).

With the help of Officer Wattson’s words of gentle encouragement, Hedwig the Owl was able to recover from the collision and fly off into the night. Officer Wattson was also able to comfort the driver who was shaken by the whole incident. The driver, now calmed, was able continue on their journey. Thank you Officer Wattson for your care taking off all of Ridgefield’s Residents. Today you have earned the “Be Kind, This is Ridgefield” shout out recognition. –Chief Brooks

Main Street

Main Street Program’s monthly Community Meeting is Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30-9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Public House. Our guest speaker is Lisa Gibert, CEO of the Clark College Foundation. She will give a presentation on the plans for Clark College Boschma Farms campus, so don’t miss it.

As always, complimentary coffee is served, and breakfast service is available.

Also, be sure you have Thursday, December 19th on your calendar – for our Annual Gratitude Breakfast (featuring scrumptious breakfast buffet compliments of RMS).

Thought for the Week

– is it true?

H – is it helpful?

– is it inspiring?

N – is it necessary?

– is it kind?

Volunteers Needed

The City of Ridgefield is currently accepting applications for Parks Board and Planning Commission members.

The Parks Board is comprised of seven volunteer citizens who advise the City Council on parks planning, parks acquisition, and parks operations and maintenance within the current and future city limits of the City of Ridgefield. The application may be obtained by contacting City Clerk at 360-887-3557, julie.ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or online: https://ridgefieldwa.us/…/Application-for-Appointment-to-Pa…

The Planning Commission is comprised of seven volunteer citizens who advise the City Council on planning, development and growth issues for the community. The application may be obtained by contacting City Clerk at 360-887-3557, julie.ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or online: https://ridgefieldwa.us/…/application_for_appointment_to_pl…

Applications must be received no later than 5:00PM on December 6, 2019.

Meeting with the Architects

                                    Proposed exterior for the new library

Meet the Architects and see plans for the remodel and expansion of our new library – Tuesday, November 19, 6 t0 8 pm in the Community Room of the library.

They’ll have all the latest updates and you’ll be able to give feedback to them.

This will also be the last public viewing of the Ridgefield quilt, and a chance for you to buy tickets before the drawing for the winner at Hometown. All tickets benefit the library building fund – all materials were donated.

Buy your tickets now!

 

 

 

Free Down

I am replacing my California King-sized down comforter. The down is in good shape, but the fabric covering it needs to be replaced. There’s plenty to make another large comforter, or pillows, or… If you have a use for the down, please give me a call.  360-887-2160.