Shop Local

During the Ridgefield Shop Local and Save Program the City of Ridgefield is offering utility rebates on your water bills for local receipts. You can earn a credit on your utility bill by buying and eating locally made food and beverages, or by purchasing a gift card from your favorite downtown store. Our local businesses make the possibilities seem endless.

How does it work?
Spend $25 at a local business or restaurant (you can combine two receipts) – the receipt must have the date and business name.

Write your name (as it appears on your utility statement), phone number, and utility account number on the receipt(s).

Scan and email the receipt to utilities@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or drop off the receipt(s) in a sealed envelope at the gray dropbox in front of City Hall at 230 Pioneer St.

The City of Ridgefield will credit $15 towards your utility bill.

You can earn up to 5 credits per account with a maximum credit of $75 per account. Eligible businesses include any business within the Ridgefield city limits. This program will go from May 1st-June 30th.

You can learn more about the program at https://ridgefieldwa.us/shop-local-and-save/

First Saturday Virtually

First Saturday 5th Anniversary: We are celebrating the 5th Anniversary of First Saturdays tomorrow – it is all virtual, but still a reason to celebrate! Thank you to everyone who has dedicated time and energy over the last five years to make this celebration possible. It has been fun to look back at our accomplishments and the awesome activities that so many residents and visitors have enjoyed. We even won an award from Association of Washington Cities. Watch the slide show tomorrow.

If you don’t know, the founders of the First Saturday event are Earleen Griswold, Peggy Quall, Barb Blystone and Kay Stringfellow. A huge shout out to them for making First Saturdays possible.

We are all looking forward to being able to celebrate live again! But, until then, the City is committed to continuing First Saturday events in whatever way possible.

May First Saturday/5th Anniversary Celebration: Here is the link for May First Saturday. It will go live later tonight: bit.ly/VirtualFirstSaturday

Shop Local and Save: The City is launching a program today to encourage residents to shop local. In a nutshell, residents who shop at a business within City limits can turn in the receipt for a credit on their next water bill. How you can help – provide receipts and let your customers know it is happening. Here is a link to find out more information: https://ridgefieldwa.us/shop-local-and-save/

Look for another shop local program that will be unveiled next week. If you have your own FB page, please share the announcements – it will benefit your business and this fabulous place that we live.

What’s New at the Library?

Our Vancouver Regional Libraries are still closed due to the pandemic, however Sean and his staff at Ridgefield Branch are thinking up ways to keep you interested and involved.

There are two books displayed in the library windows, and each day a new page is turned. Check it out when you’re downtown. Sorry for all the reflections in this photo – you can see I tried to stay out of the picture!

There’s talk of maybe using social distancing to pass out books on hold, so if you’re running out of reading material, find some books you’d like to read and put them on hold. When this service is offered you’ll be first in line.

Virtual May Day

Each year, the May Day Spring Festival marks the anniversary of Ridgefield First Saturdays, 2020 is the 5th Anniversary and we want to celebrate with you. To do so, we are adapting May Day Spring Festival to a virtual format. Tune in Saturday, May 2nd for events and activities that follow physical distancing but keep us connected as a community. Here is what you can expect from our Virtual May Day Spring Festival:

9AM: Start the day off on the right foot with a Wake Up Workout on Facebook Live with Tailored Fitness. Find it at Facebook.com/TailoredFitnessLLC

11AM: Celebrate the talents in the Ridgefield Community with a Virtual Talent Show. A compilation of community submissions will premiere on the City of Ridgefield Facebook Page at 11am. Watch it live and interact with your community in the comments. Visit Facebook.com/CityOfRidgefield
Talent show acts should be recorded in a less than one-minute video and sent via Facebook to City of Ridgefield or emailed to Events@ci.ridgefield.wa.us by 5PM Tuesday, April 28th (today) to be included.

NOON: Order Lunch via Delivery or Pick-Up from a local restaurant. Find a list of what is open at RidgefieldWa.us/coronavirus

1PM: Maypole Dance Video & First Saturday 5th Anniversary Celebration. Join us for another live premiere on the City of Ridgefield Facebook as we reminisce 5 years of Ridgefield First Saturday events with a photo slideshow! Find it at Facebook.com/CityOfRidgefield

ALL DAY: Check in at bit.ly/VirtualFirstSaturday anytime starting May 2nd for First Saturday activities that you can complete anytime, including:
Guide for supporting local farmers during this time,
Check-in video with the Ridgefield Garden Club,
Vote for your favorite Toilet Paper Inspired Digital Art Show and Contest with Ridgefield Art Association,
DIY Anniversary Cupcake Recipe and Decorating,
Downtown Mapping Scavenger Hunt, and    May Baskets and flowers for pick-up in front of Ridgefield Community Library
May Day Flower Crown kit and instructions from Ridgefield Floral. Pick up a free flower crown kit no-contact in front of City Hall beginning Thursday, April 30 and find a tutorial at    Facebook.com/RidgefieldFloral.
Finally, appreciate Downtown by visiting Facebook.com/RidgefieldMainStreet and participating in the First Saturday edition of their ‘Feel Good Fridays’ challenge.

Thought for the Week

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Marj Casswell wrote this as a Letter to the Editor of the Columbian, and I felt it was worth passing on. 

“Much of science fiction would have this pandemic started by an evil leader to dominate the world. Human beings would fall ill with a mysterious disease creating psychological and economic damage. People would die, governments would weaken and fall.

But suppose our storyline follows another plot. One where Mother Nature, weary of humanity’s failure to heed warning signs – water unfit to drink, air too dirty to breathe, human bodies with toxic cancer-causing chemicals – strikes back. So exasperated is Mother that she sends yet a more powerful signal, a pandemic the inhabitants cannot fight except with extreme measures.

Suppose the only way to avoid illness and death is physical isolation, drive less, shop less, for several months?

Eventually a vaccine will allow a return to normal activities. But suppose humans like what they gained from Mother Nature’s anger?

Suppose folks embrace clean air and water, the pleasure of growing their own food, even if just a tomato plant on a balcony? And suppose support for polluting industries stops and we invest in alternative energy? Suppose folks see how endless accumulation of stuff is not what brings happiness? What if more people got to know their neighbors?

What will we have learned and what will we value when this pandemic is over?”

Community Garden

The Community Garden is in full swing, with all plots taken. The derelict building to the south of the garden has been removed as well as the large conifer that shaded so much of the area, so all plots get good sun.

The City might open another garden in a different location if there’s enough interest. Call Lee at 360-887-3557 if you’re interested in having a plot. This might be a good year to grow some vegetables, and there’s plenty of time to start them as the weather is still cool.

National Library Week

‘Find Your Place at the Library’ is the theme for National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020.

The theme was chosen months ago before the emergence of the global pandemic forced libraries to temporarily close their buildings, and it makes us all realize how important libraries are. Our library and its staff are such an important part of our town.

Even though the physical building is closed, you can access online classes, stream documentaries, movies and TV shows, listen to music or read a book with eBooks and audio books. It’s all available at www.fvrl.org. If you need help it’s available at 360-906-5000.

And the Friends of the Ridgefield Library are still meeting (via phone) and discussing ways to raise more money for our new building.

Green Bag Project

The most recent food collection of the Green Bag Project scheduled for April 11th was called off because of the Stay At Home order due to COVID 19.

Instead, we asked food donors to contribute money so that we could still help the Ridgefield Schools Family Resource Center and Neighbors Helping Neighbors even though we couldn’t collect food.

Ridgefield Neighbors really came through, donating over $4,400!

Below is a photo of Clyde Burkle of the Green Bag Project presenting Safeway and Winco gift cards to Christine Poppert, Director of the Family Resource Center.

Below that is a photo of a pickup truck filled with $1000 worth of food and another photo of John Shaw of Neighbors Helping Neighbors receiving it. Another pickup load has been ordered!

THANK YOU Ridgefield Neighbors!

If you meant to donate but just didn’t get around to it, you can still mail a check to Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project, Box 416, Ridgefield WA 98642.

Ridgefield Life

Ridgefield Life Magazine invites you to participate in the Front Porch Photo issue. Details below.

 Celebrate 4th of July with

Red, White & Blue

FRONT PORCH PHOTOS

Drawing to win gift cards El Rancho Viejo & Teriyaki Thai

Your neighborhood magazine, Ridgefield Life, wants to capture your spirit for America. We’d like to come by and take photos of you and your family.

A photo of your family on your porch.

Dress and Decorate your porch in

red, white and blue to celebrate 4th of July!

 We will publish these photos in the July Ridgefield Life issue

And your name goes in a drawing to win gift cards.

Let me know if you want to join in the fun!

Text Cindy Lebeau (360-901-1738) or call with your name and address. Our professional photographer, Chris Bidleman, will stop by to take the photo. Tell me your preferred day and time range Friday, May 8th after 3pm or Saturday, May 9th.

We will text you with a ten-minute reminder that we’re on our way. Social distancing may still be in place so we would stay about 15 feet away.

In support of local businesses, we are also giving you a chance to win gift cards!

Thank you for making Ridgefield Life your special magazine

Cindy Lebeau 360-901-1738

cindy.lebeau@n2pub.com

Thought for the Week

Downtown Restaurants are Open for Takeout

I walked over to get my mail this evening and found the downtown restaurants were doing a fairly good business with takeout orders. It’s a simple procedure – call in your order, pay for it over the phone and pick it up when it’s ready. They’ll even bring out your order if needed. Please support our local businesses during this special time.

Support our Seniors!

Support the Class of 2020 by turning on your porch light tonight at 8:20 tonight, Friday.

Stadium lights across the state will be lit to honor the graduating class. The effort, which is endorsed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, calls for high school stadium lights to be turned n at 8:20 (2020 in military time) to give a nod to this year’s senior class. The stadium at Ridgefield High School will be lit for 20 minutes and 20 seconds.

What Is Normal?

Thanks to Steve Coxen for sending this.

For weeks I have heard people saying “ I just can’t wait for things to be back to normal.” I remember even saying that a few times myself. But as I’ve thought about our current situation I have realized how much I don’t want things to go back to the way they were. Here are a few of thoughts…
1. I hope that the next time a friend grabs me and pulls me in for a hug, I actually take the time to appreciate the gift of their embrace.
2. I hope that when school resumes and you are dropping your kids off, you take the time to thank the staff for the amazing gift that they give to your family.
3. I hope that the next time I’m sitting in a crowded restaurant I take the time to look around at the smiling faces, loud voices and be more appreciative for the gift of community.
4. I hope that when I am at the grocery store that I take a moment to acknowledge the necessities of life and the amazing people who work so hard to keep us supplied.
5. I hope that I never again take for granted the ability to hop in the car and visit a friend, go to the mall, go to a movie, etc.
So, truth is, I don’t want things to return to the way they once were. I hope that we take the lessons and challenges of the past few weeks and create a new normal.
My goal is to appreciate more, love harder, and truly appreciate the daily abundance of blessings that were so easily overlooked just a mere few weeks ago. If someone tells you they love you, take it to heart!

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