Meet with Library Architects

Tuesday, August 13, architects for the remodeled Ridgefield Library will present conceptual drawings of the space, and attendees will have a chance to critique them and offer suggestions. This is a chance for you to bring your ideas on what the library should include.

Ask your kids what they’d like to have included – they will be using it for a long time. With so many people in Ridgefield coming in from other areas and bringing their ideas we have a chance to make our new library an award-winning building.

It all starts at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the library. Be there!

Attention Gardeners

Ridgefield vegetable gardens are in their full glory and fruit trees are drooping under the weight of their bounty. It’s a wonderful time of year to be a gardener! Thanks to generous donors, the Ridgefield Community Gleaners have helped to provide a variety of fresh produce, such as kale, zucchini, beans, cucumbers, plums, apples and figs to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center. Yes, even some early apple varieties are ready to eat!

As you tend your gardens and orchards, please consider helping less fortunate Ridgefield families by donating some of your produce.  Contact the Ridgefield Community Gleaners at (360) 931-9573 or (918)766-2025 to arrange for help with harvesting and/or delivering your extra produce to the Family Resource Center. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer group, and can provide a tax-deductible receipt, if desired.

National Night Out Tonight

The City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Police Department are once again gearing up for the 15th annual National Night Out Celebration. This celebration brings our community and neighbors together for a time of food and fun. We are so excited to extend an invitation to you to help us celebrate America’s night out against crime.

National Night Out began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, the first Tuesday in August. This year our celebration is tonight, Tuesday, August 6th, from 6pm to 8pm in Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Your participation is key to the great success of this event. By your participation you help us promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Thought for the Week

Enjoy this perfect weather – summer in the Northwest at it’s best.

And come down to Abrams Park tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th) night for National Night Out. It’s fun!

Free Yoga Supports Library


MK ELEVATE is sponsoring a free yoga class Thursday, August 8, 5:30 pm at the View Ridge Middle School gym, the ‘Den.’ 100 percent of your free-will donation will benefit Friends of the Library.

Treat yourself to a relaxing hour of yoga while supporting a great cause.

Visit or Facebook Events to donate/sign up.

Bring a mat and a friend!

Update on First Saturday

The wine garden and play scheduled for today’s First Saturday have been canceled.

First Saturday Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last First Saturday of the summer.

The theme of this month’s event is ‘Play in the Park.’ There will be another performance written by Bob Mayfield at 10am, games, lunch, cornhole, etc.

Friends of the Library will be there, selling used books and memberships in the Friends. Come and buy a raffle ticket for the Ridgefield quilted wall hanging – it is helping raise money for our remodeled library.

And the dragon boats will be racing down at the waterfront tomorrow and Sunday.

All in all, another full day in Ridgefield!




Backpacks Needed for Back to School Bash

The Back to School Bash is August 24th from 9-12pm at the Nazarene Church.  School supplies and backpack donations are needed for this event.  They can be dropped off at the Nazarene church or the Family Resource Center.

Office Depot is having a good sale on backpacks now until August 10th.  Their backpacks that are $29.95 or less are on sale for $10 (limit 2) and all the others are on sale for 25% off (no limit).

We are in need of backpacks for all ages.

Dragon Boat Races August 3-4

The Pacific Dragon Boat Association and Double Fifth Dragon Boating are pleased to present Paddle West, the 2019 Regional Club Crew Championship August 3rd through 4th, 2019, at the Ridgefield waterfront, the same location as Big Paddle. About 2,000 people are expected, with teams from all the western states.

Racing Saturday, August 3rd, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday’s race is from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

This event is a qualifier for the 2020 IDBF World Club Crew Championship in Aux-les-Bains, France.

Top clubs and paddlers from all over the west will compete for two days to determine which clubs will represent the USA at the next World Championship.

For more information, here is the website:

Volunteers are needed to make it work. Let’s rally that Ridgefield spirit to help:!/showSignUp/20f0b44a9ad23abfd0-paddle3

These are the first dragon boat races in Ridgefield! How exciting is that!!

This is a picture of ‘our’ dragon boat. The racing boats are much sleeker.


Save the Dates!

Here are some events you’ll want to put on your calendar.

Saturday, August 3. Friends of the Library will be at Overlook Park for First Saturday with a pop-up used book sale. 9am to 2pm.

Tuesday, August 13. The architects for the new library will present conceptual drawings of the exterior and interior of the remodeled library. They’ll welcome input from the public on their ideas. This is an important meeting and a chance for you to get involved in the planning for the library. Don’t miss it!

Monday, September 9. Vinnie’s Pizza Cash Back Night, 4 – 9 pm. Vinnie’s will not only donate a portion of the money taken in, but will match the amount collected. The Coco’s are very supportive of the library and have sponsored this event for several years.

Sunday, October 6. FORE! The Friends of the Library Golf Tournament. Noon scramble. We’re not taking reservations for players and looking for sponsors for this event.


Thought for the Week

More rules to live by:

Sixteen: When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Seventeen: Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

Eighteen: Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

Nineteen: When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Twenty: Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

Twenty-one: Spend significant time alone in a healthy place.

The end

Meaningful Movies

Wednesday’s Meaningful Movie will be “Anita, Speaking Truth to Power.” Library conservations with refreshments for sale at 6:30k previews at 6:45 and film at 7 pm. It’s at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue on the 24th, and is free. Donations are welcome.

This Academy Award-winning documentary by Freida Le Mock takes on law professor Anita Hill’s testimony at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and its two-decade-long aftermath. This is a thoughtful, deeply felt account of Hill’s remarkable journey and transformation from private citizen to internationally respected gender equality activist.

Jasmine Rucker Tolbert will be our guest speaker and lead the discussion after the movie. Ms. Tolbert is the Vice President of Vancouver, WA, NAACP and on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Clark County.

Lions Club Needs Volunteers

The #1 fundraiser of the year for the Ridgefield Lions is their food booth at the Clark County Fair, which runs from August 2 through the 11th this year. The fair booth is all volunteer-run, and they need volunteers to make it work.

They have about 80 spots to fill. Please consider volunteering your time and helping Ridgefield be the best community in Washington!  Please click the link to see available shifts and to sign up.

Did you know that the Ridgefield Lions donate 100% of their profits back into the community?

Every year they donate to local groups like:

*Neighbors Helping Neighbors

*RHS Athletics and Activities

*Big Paddle (dragon boat restoration)

*Ridgefield Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop”

*Plus $10,000 in annual scholarships to Ridgefield residents!

Of course, there’s also their work at the county level including supporting Clark County Sight, Clark County Hearing and Walk ‘n Knock.

Thank you for supporting the Ridgefield Lions!

Tee-Off for Troops

Heroes Northwest is sponsoring the First Annual Golf Tournament with Ridgefield American Legion Post 44.  Proceeds will be used to help local veterans.

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019.
-11:30am Check-in/Registration
– 1:00pm Shotgun Start
– Dinner/Auction to follow

Where: Tri-Mountain Golf Course, 1701 NW 299th St., Ridgefield, WA 98642

How much: Only $90 per person, includes Round of Golf, Golf Cart Rental, Practice Balls, Dinner, and Great Prizes!

Exclusive Hole Sponsorship: $200 – call John below.

What else: Silent Auction and Cash Donations are welcomed.

Sign up: Now
– Sign up a team, or by yourself (we will place you in a team).

– Submit Team member names, email addresses, phone numbers, and payment to, 360-903-3466

– Make checks payable to American Legion Post 44, PO Box 1566, Ridgefield, WA 98642

Tailgate Downtown before the Game

Today is “Tailgate Downtown before the Game” Day! Hookum’s, El Rancho Viejo, Vinnie’s and Sportsman’s ALL have specials starting at 3 pm. There will be drawings for tickets to future Raptor’s games. Don’t worry about getting to the stadium for parking as C-TRAN FREE shuttles start running at 5:05 pm, departing from Simon and Main, and they’ll bring you back after the game.

So start and end your game night in Downtown Ridgefield!