Paint and Pour

Is football NOT your thing?  Come join Maureen at her next Paint and Pour being held at Koi Pond Cellars on Feb. 4th from 3:00 – 5:00pm.  All materials are supplied and the price ($40) includes one glass of wine.  No experience necessary. Give watercolors a try! You might be surprised at what you can accomplish.
 Koi Pond’s new tasting room is located at 24211 NE 41st Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642.
 Please call Michelle  (360) 281-2716 to reserve your seat. Sorry, no walk ins.

Make it 2 m

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library had an active and productive 2017, and have more planned for 2018! This is a recap of the programs and events they sponsored last year.

Our Winter Used Book Sale in February brought in $4,000.

In February A Winter Tea benefit for the Friends netted $3,280.

Kathy Winters taught a watercolor workshop, bringing in $450.

The Vinnie’s Pizza cash-back night in March raised $927.

We had a booth at every 1st Saturday Farmer’s Market (6) selling used books and other items. We made $670 on all of these.

An Egg Decorating and Hula Dancing workshop raised $110.

In June, 3Peaks once again hosted a cash-back event for us. The proceeds from that event were $571.

The “Chair-ity” fundraiser in August raised an impressive $5,500.

For the third year in a row, our fundraising golf tournament was held at Tri-Mountain golf course. Between tickets to play and raffles, we made $4,800.

In October, we sold popcorn and cider for children of all ages who braved the soggy weather during the Halloween Hall. We received $135 in sales and donations.

The Autumn Used Book Sale and Membership Drive Kick-Off in October brought in a healthy $3,476.

In November, we sold yummy baked goods during the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar. Our sweet rewards totaled $300.

During the FVRL’s Annual Author’s and Illustrator’s Silent Auction in November, our members arranged for gift baskets and art pieces to be auctioned off for proceeds totaling a little over $1,000.

Kathy Winters hosted an Open House and Art Sale to benefit the library in November. She donated the proceeds, $559.

During Hometown Celebration in December, Friends hosted an Open House in the Library AND organized a huge bake sale, bringing in $300+.

Kathy Winters held a Christmas card painting workshop, donating another $135 to our coffers.

Monthly Silent Auctions in the library yielded $334.

Thanks to all who presented programs and participated in the Friends activities. We’re always looking for more volunteers. Make a difference in your community! Meet new people! Feel good about giving back!

Don’t let your membership in the Friends of the Library lapse!
Renew by January 31 for 2018!

Meaningful Movies Return

After the December hiatus we are back this week with a great film that tackles freedom of speech, the Egyptian Spring and the roll of comedy in shaping the public consciousness. “Tickling Giants” starts at 7 pm at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.  Doors open at 6:15, Wednesday January 24th.

Tickling Giants tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart”, who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how he finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power.

We are honored to have guest speaker, Shirin Elkoshairi, who is originally from Virginia and is currently a partner at a small IT consulting firm. He has been a sideline activist for years but increased his level of activism after returning from Egypt and realizing how easy is was for people to be silenced if they don’t take action. You may know him from the “Conversations with Muslims” events that have been happening around town. He is also part of the Faith Action Network, the Interfaith Clergy of Vancouver, Indivisible Greater Vancouver, the Islamic Society of SW WA and the 18th LD Democrats.

– Megan Dudley

Thought for the Day

“I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”    Abe Lincoln


Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting: 6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 South 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 McCann at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Government Shutdown

In answer to questions about how the government shutdown will affect our local refuges, here is the official statement:

“Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is unable to fully staff the properties under its management.  It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to National Wildlife Refuge System properties.

Refuge visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as FWS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response on Refuge System property.  Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.”

This does not affect the Member and Volunteer dinner on January 21st, as it is being held at the Ridgefield Community Center.

Lions Host Casino Night

Ridgefield Lions are hosting another fun Casino Night, Saturday, February 17, from 7-10pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. This is open to anyone over 21. Last year, the Ilani dealt all our games and had teaching tables for those that wanted to learn Craps, Black Jack and Roulette,  and they will be back again this year.

Cost is $25 per person, all inclusive for light food, drinks and money for play. There will be prizes and a whole lot of fun. Last year we had a hundred people attend and everyone still had a place at a table. Come meet our members and join in some fun with us.

The Lion’s are individuals that volunteer to support community events and Ridgefield students.

Make it 2m

As you probably read in yesterday’s Columbian, the City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield School District are working on a plan to move a few city departments to the View Ridge site after the new 5-8 building is complete. That means the View Ridge site is no longer being considered as a location for the new library.

One site that is being looked at is the existing Community Center, but that is by no means a final decision. Keep posted!

RBA Meeting Wednesday

Kevin Hiebert, owner and principal of Resonate Consulting and Leadership Development, is a facilitator, trainer, leadership coach and strategy consultant who supports collaboration to create social and organizational systems change and collective impact.

He will speak at the Ridgefield Business Association meeting next Wednesday, January 31, noon to 1:00, at the Sportsman’s.

Kevin is passionate about collaboration, participatory leadership and seeing collective wisdom and action emerge.  For the past 20 years Kevin has been working with people, teams and organizations to take the next steps of growth, collaboration and action.

A Tribute to Connie Maul

Life without Limits

Connie Maul, an amazing man, who even after a tragic and debilitating injury, continued to live life on his own terms. Connie knew what he was about, defied all odds, and did it his way, even as he passed away on January 11, 2018, less than one month shy of his 91st birthday.

He provided his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends with a rich exposure to the world of construction, house-building, wood shop, horses, hunting, boats, games, and puzzles. And then there was the Connie Maul way. He hated drinking water and realized that the real key to a long and independent life was Coca Cola and coffee, straightforward good food with as few vegetables as possible, cookies, and cinnamon rolls from his dear neighbor Cindy.

Connie was blessed by the care that was unreservedly given by his wife Helen and, following her passing two years ago, by his wonderful caregivers and his family. There are truly gifts and blessings in life, and the kind and gifted women (Laurie, Arlene, Donna, Alyssa, Michelle, and Julie) that patiently cared for him and helped him retain his independence and dignity cannot be overstated.

Connie Maul will be buried at Sara Union cemetery this Saturday, January 20th at 11 am. Following burial, there will be a gathering at Zebrun’s Starliner, beginning around noon, to celebrate Connie’s life with family and friends. If you knew Connie and would like to attend at the graveside or join the Maul family at Starliner afterwards please feel welcome. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Main Street Program Thursday

Please join us on Thursday, January 18 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. for our monthly community meeting at the Sportsman’s.

Carrie Schulstad (Camas Downtown Association) will be our guest speaker. She will share how the B&O Tax Credit Program has been successfully implemented and has impacted Camas, and how it can have the same positive effect in our downtown area. This should be on every business-owner’s “must attend” list – it will be beneficial to you and to our downtown core.

Looking forward to seeing you there. As always, complimentary coffee is provided, and breakfast service is available.

Paint and Sip at Lava Java

Lava Java coffee shop (2 South 56th Place suite 102) will  host a Paint and Sip event on Sunday, January 28th from 2-4pm . No experience needed, open to 12 years and older.  Taught by local watercolor artist, Maureen O’Reilly, the session includes all necessary supplies plus a signature cup of coffee. Cost is $40. Please call to reserve your seat: 360-887-3980.

Gouger Cellars Wins 3 Medals

The results of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition were released recently. Gouger Cellars entered three wines and received three medals. Over 7000 wines were entered in this well-respected competition.

Gouger Cellars received a Bronze medal for their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (not yet bottled), the 2013 Zinfandel received a GOLD medal and the 2014 Syrah received a DOUBLE GOLD!

Gary Gouger, owner/winemaker, opened Gouger Cellars in 2009 after graduation from Adelaide University, Australia, with a degree in enology (winemaking). Gouger Cellars is located in a converted firehouse at 26505 NE 10th in Ridgefield and specializes in big reds and sparkling wines.

Thought for the Week

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

– Goethe

Toastmasters Meeting

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting: 6:30-7:30 pm each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 South 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 McCann at 802 989-0624 for more information.