Main Street Program Thursday

The Ridgefield Main Street Program will hold its monthly Community Meeting, Thursday, October 19, at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The speaker this month is Bradley Richardson, Executive Director of the Clark County Historical Museum.

Complimentary coffee will be served, and breakfast is available for purchase.

Ridgefield Library Programs week of October 24 to October 28

Friends of the Ridgefield Library Book Sale

Thursday Oct 26, 6-8 pm-Members only sale. Memberships available at the door. Consider joining as a lifetime member.

Friday Oct 27, 10-7 pm-The book sale begins in earnest!

Saturday Oct 28, 9-4 pm – The book sale races to its finish. 3-4 pm is five dollars per bag of books.

Enjoy a baked goodie or hot beverage too!

Also on Saturday at 11:00 am – The Tell Tale Heart and Other Spooky Tales from Around the Globe-Master storyteller, Christopher Leebrick, present a riveting performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece and other spooky tales. For ages 12 and up please.

Wednesday October 25 – 10:00 a.m.-Stitchery Group

10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story time

4:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Gaming Group

7:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Meaningful Movies-Watch a film that relates the life-history of Minoru Yasui, the first Japanese-American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated a legal test case by deliberately violating military orders that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans. Discussion follows. The film is being shown at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Avenue.

Thursday October 26-1:00 p.m.-Mahjong at the library

3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

First Saturday Events

November’s First Saturday is Wine & Chocolate. Sweet, spicy-hot and even tangy chocolate options paired with soft, smooth, flavor-filled local wines.

This is an over 21 event at Overlook Park from 11- 6:00 pm with wine tasting, chocolate pairing, live music – all under tents with twinkling lights and heating. Co-sponsored by the SW Washington Winery Association.

The Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar for all ages at the Ridgefield Community Center with arts & crafts, non-alcoholic wine tasting and a bake sale. Sponsored by Ridgefield Art Association. Chocolate tastings, wine & chocolate based products and lots of specials around town.

Halloween Hall this Friday and Saturday

The Ridgefield Art Association is hosting its 2nd annual Halloween Hall October 20 & 21, this Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, located at Bennett Hall in Abrams Park. This is a family-friendly event, no blood and gore, with free activities along with $5 admission to the hall. Dance Fusion will dance to Thriller three times each night, there will be a hay bale maze for the little tykes and a professional puppeteer, Whorls of Wonder. Popcorn and cider is available for purchase from the Friends of the Library and we will also have a food vendor, Fire and Ice, with meal and snack options. Non gory costumes are welcome. The Hall will be decorated with different vignettes for touring and the outdoor area will have covered canopies in case of rain.

The Association is still looking for some volunteers to help build the vnignettes, Tuesday through Friday and tour guides for Friday and Saturday evening. Questions call or text Jan Haig, 360-798-6508.


Thought for the Week


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

  • Epictetus

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You don’t want to miss the FRIENDS BIG Autumn Used Book Sale! The large room at the Ridgefield Community Center will be filled with hundreds of gently used books for only $1! The doors open early for the MEMBERS ONLY SALE on Thursday, October 26th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Not a member? No problem! Join at the door and shop early for the best selection of books. An annual adult membership is only $10!

The PUBLIC SALE begins Friday, October 27th from 10 am to 7 pm and continues on Saturday, October 28th from 9 am to 4 pm. During the last hour of the sale get a bag of books for only $5!

The Friend’s 2018 Membership Drive will kick off during the 3-day used book sale! Join during the sale and your membership will be valid through 12/31/18. As a special bonus, if you join or renew your membership anytime during the 3-day sale you’ll be entered into one of the hourly drawings to win a FREE Bag of Books!

The Friends are still looking for volunteers to help with set-up, during the sale, and packing-up after the sale. Email the Friends at  (correction from earlier version)if you’d like to help out for an hour our two or more! President Jeanne Androvich will forward you via email information about dates and times the Friends need help. Contact Jeanne at 360-887- 2579 if you have any questions.

This is one of the Friend’s largest fundraisers of the year. Monies raised will go towards the new library building campaign and other Ridgefield Community Library programs and projects.

Thought for the Week

Age 3: Looks at herself and sees a Queen!

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty.

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as fat/pimples/ugly. (Mom I can’t go to school looking like this!)

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees ‘too fat/thing, too short/tall, too straight/too curly’, but decides she’s going anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees ‘too fat/thin, too short/tall, too straight/too curly’, but decides she doesn’t have time to fix it so she’s going anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees ‘too fat/thin, too short/tall, too straight/too curly’ – but says, “At least I’m clean”, and goes anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees “I am,” and goes wherever she wants to go.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability, and goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Scenes from BirdFest & Bluegrass

Dance Fusion members dressed like The Wizard of Oz characters and danced on the stage at Overlook Park

The Birders’ Market at the Community Center was a busy spot

Trailer rides were a popular feature

Bird Fest continues Sunday in downtown Ridgefield and the Refuge. Pick up a program at many locations in town.


Dedication this Morning

This morning at 10 am members of the Ridgefield Garden Club will dedicate the new monument in Davis Park, honoring our founding members. You are invited to attend and lean a little more about the history of the park and the Garden Club.

Light refreshments will be served.



BirdFest and Blue Grass this Weekend

Downtown Ridgefield will be rocking all weekend with activities connected with the event being staged all over town and at the Refuge. Pick up a schedule of events at any downtown location and enjoy this spectacular event.

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Check this out!! A nicely decorated spinet piano just in time for Birdfest is available throughout the month of October as the Silent Auction item benefitting the new Ridgefield library. Bidding started October 1 (see the item and make your bid at the library). Don’t miss out on these wonderful additions to your game collection and the chance to support a GREAT cause. Money raised helps fund a new, bigger, and better library in Ridgefield. At the end of October, the highest bidder will be notified. Questions? Contact Tevis Laspa (360-600-0943) As always, thank you for supporting YOUR library!

The golf tournament last Sunday was a big success and brought in about $4000 for the library building fund. The weather was perfect: cool and brisk with high clouds, the food was great as were the raffle prizes. Thanks to all who participated. By far the most popular raffle prize was the fixings for Moscow mules, including four cups, a pitcher, and a cookbook  with the recipe. It was donated by Jim Vincent of Vincent Construction Management. Thanks Jim!

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now. Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

Welcome to our New Author

Paul Snoey has been contributing articles to FYI for a long time now, and I’ve now given him direct access to the blog, so he’s now able to post directly without my editing the article.

This will ensure that the pictures he takes go along with the writing portion, as I sometimes goofed up and had an incorrect caption.

His posts will be filed under ‘Paul Snoey Articles’ so they’ll be easy to access if you want to look at them again. If you would like to comment on Paul’s posts, it’s easy to do so, just click on ‘leave a comment.’


Library Programs this Week

Tuesday October 3
Movies for Adults 6:00 p.m.-Please call the library for title
Wednesday October 4
Stitchery 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Teen Gaming 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday October 5
Mahjong 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Spanish Conversation Circle 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday October 6
Toddler Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Teen Council 4:00 p.m.
Saturday October 7
The Ridgefield Library opens at 9:00 a.m. for First Saturday
Stop and make a craft to celebrate Birdfest 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Bird Stories 10:00 a.m.
Bird Stories 11:00 a.m.

Unleash your creativity!

I will teach watercolor classes in my home studio starting Tuesday, October 10, and running for six weeks. This class will be for beginner through intermediate painters – you do not need to know anything about painting to join us. Classes will be informal and fun, with the stress on fun. We’ll start off each day with a short demonstration, and then you’ll have time to paint. I will work with each student individually.

These will be a little different from the classes I’ve given benefiting the library. It will be a series of six classes, and you will choose your picture, either from my stock or your own, sketch it on tracing paper, transfer the sketch to watercolor paper and then paint it.  I will lead you through each step of the process. We’ll talk about color theory, perspective, lights and darks, etc.

There will be a supply list, and you will need brushes, paints and a palette. We can make a group purchase of supplies after the first class, but you can supply your own materials if you have them. I’ll supply the support and the first piece of paper.

The class will be held in my home in downtown Ridgefield, and meet from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Cost is $99. Please call me if you’re interested as I only have room for a limited number of people. 360-887-2160

Volunteers Needed for Birdfest

Interested in helping out in the community, meeting new people and having fun? We are looking for a few more adults or high school students interested in volunteering to assist with kids’ crafts at Overlook Park on Saturday, October 7- Birdfest & Bluegrass. The hours are 9:00AM-3:00PM. We are happy to have volunteers for the entire day or for any shift that works for you. The preference would be any 2-hour block.

The crafts include making Bluegrass instruments, creating Bird Journals, building Turkey Vulture flying birds and assisting with a “Hurl Like a Turkey Vulture” contest.

If you are interested contact

For more information about the event, see or