First Saturday

This will be a big week in Ridgefield, with the Garden Club Plant Sale, the Ridgefield Art Association’s Spring Show, First Saturday’s doings, etc. I’ll be putting in snippets of what the expect during the coming week.

The Art Association will sell postcards, as shown at left, as well as 6 x 6″ pictures painted by the members. The original paintings sell for $30 each, and will go fast I’m sure, so get there early. Look for them  under the big tent at Overlook Park.

Toastmasters

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Thought for the Week

A Glimpse into the Possible Future – will it happen?

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Work:  70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture:   There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

Suspicious White Van

In the past 7 months, the Ridgefield Police have received three calls of a white van with the driver attempting to make contact with young people. Each instance occurred in the afternoon, between 2:30 and  5 pm. The vehicle is described as an all-white work van with no windows, unknown license plate and possibly no plate at all. The van was seen in the Pioneer Canyon area and the Hillhurst/Sevier road area. The driver is described as an African-American male, 28 to 35 years old.

Residents are asked to call 911 if they observe any suspicious circumstances.

In light of suspicious activity, please review the following safety tips with your children.

  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Don’t take anything from strangers.
  • Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.
  • Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers.  If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.
  • Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  • Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone.
  • Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices.
  • When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away.  Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream.  Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you.  If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”
  • Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department.

Ridgefield Library Programs: April 24-28

 

TUESDAY APRIL 24

   6:00 p.m.-Adult Book Discussion: We are discussing Defiancethe Extraordinary Life of Lady Anne Barnard by Stephen Taylor.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 25

   10:00 a.m.-Stitchery

   10:30 a.m.-Preschool Storytime

   4:00 p.m.-Tween Book Discussion: We are discussing Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

   4:00 p.m.-Tween/Teen Gaming

   7:00 p.m.-Meaningful Movies: Movie title is Swim Team, a movie about parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum. Using high expectations and zero pity to train them, what happens next alters the course of the boys’ life. Discussion follows.

THURSDAY APRIL 26

   1:00 p.m.-Mahjong at the Library

   3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

FRIDAY APRIL 27

   10:30 a.m.-Preschool Storytime

SATURDAY APRIL 28

   9:30 a.m.-Friends Fair 2018: This is an opportunity for all the Friends groups in the Fort Vancouver    Regional Library District to get together and share what do. This takes place at the Rose Besserman Room at the 164th Street Transit Center. Please RSVP to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation to attend.

Drug Take-Back Day

The Battle Ground Police Department, in partnership with the Ridgefield and La Center Police Departments, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, and La Center United, is hosting Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28th.

Anyone with expired or unneeded medication may dispose of them safely and free of charge at the Battle Ground Police Station located at 507 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Appropriate disposal of expired or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs helps keeps homes and the community safe by reducing accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of medications. Pass it on!

Toastmasters

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Post 44 Recognized

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Ridgefield American Legion Post 44 was recognized as Post of the Year at the recent Spring Conference of District 5 , Washington Department of American Legion.

Commander Bryan Laycoe was recognized as Legionnaire of the Year for the District. The District covers the southwest corner of the state. Post 44 is so proud to give back to the community.

Make it 2 M

Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold a silent auction to raise money for the library building fund, and this month the item is two table lamps. They are in excellent shape, and would provide a lovely accent for your home.

Visit the library to see the lamps and make and offer on them.

Barbara Bush RIP

Main Street

The Main Street Program meets at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Please join us this Thursday at 8:30-9:30 am to hear Sen. Ann Rivers speak, updating us on what’s happening in Olympia.
Complimentary coffee, and as always, breakfast service is available.
Looking forward to seeing you!”

Toastmasters

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.

I AM SO PUMPED!

Just got back from the meeting at the Community Center with Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Library system, and I am excited. A good sized crowd listened while she gave a history of what sites for the library had been evaluated, and why they were not chosen. She then talked about the environmental and other studies that had been done to see if the current site of the Community Center would be feasible for a library.

The last thing still to be evaluated is the contamination of the soil around the Community Center due to the poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and the former dry cleaners. Those studies will not be complete for awhile – in fact a group will start drilling Monday to monitor what’s happening in the soil. This means the site will not be officially chosen for awhile, so things are still up in the air, but if the report is positive it looks as if we will have a new library soon.

Lots of questions were asked and answered. There was good audience participation. Jane Higgins, Board Member of the Library, complimented us on how well people in Ridgefield have worked together towards this common goal. Jane was a powerhouse in the building of the Battle Ground library.

The thing I liked best about the information given was the fact that the new building will be first class, with new HVAC, lighting, a new facade, etc. An addition to the east will enlarge the size of the building so it’s within range of the required space. Ms. Shelley has already overseen the building of new libraries around the country, and she has a good idea of what’s needed to make it happen.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion, and remember – there are matching funds available for anyone who donates $10,000 or more to the Ridgefield Community Library Buiding Fund. If the money is a rollover from an IRA you do not need to pay taxes on it.

R Biz Networking

Make it 2 M

Reminder – the welcome reception for Jessica, our new librarian is this afternoon from 4 to 5 at the library. Come and give her a warm Ridgefield welcome!

AND there is a public meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 11 am at the Community Center, seeking input from Ridgefield residents about options and opportunities for a new Ridgefield Community Library location.