New World String Project at Old Liberty

Extraordinary instruments and musicians performing heartwarming music rooted in Nordic and Celtic traditions at the Old Liberty Theater, Sat. July 21st at 7:30 pm. Doors 6:45. Admission is $20 for advance tickets – call 360 887-7260.

Ridgefield Main Street

Ridegfield Main Street’s monthly Community Involvement Meeting is Thursday, July 19 at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon. This month will be a community round-table format – and we are are looking forward to hearing YOUR input, ideas and comments on growth of our downtown area. Hear about the Destination Downtown Project.

As always, complimentary coffee is provided, and breakfast service is available. (121 N Main Ave)

Volunteer at the Fair

Fair season is less than a month away and the Ridgefield Lions are looking for community members to volunteer in our food booth at the Clark County Fair.  The fair season runs August 1-12.  Here is the link to view available dates and shifts, https://www.ridgefieldlions.org/volunteer_opportunities/

The Ridgefield Lions have been active in our community since 1948, and our motto is “we serve”.  Some of the charities we help include: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Bank, Clark County Sight Committee, Washington State School for the Blind, and local cub and boy scout troops.

Another big part of our service is having monies or “grants” available to the various teams and clubs at Ridgefield High School.  These grants can be used to help fund various uncovered costs such as new uniforms, equipment, travel, or production expenses.  For example, we just donated $1500 to RHS Cheer to help pay for new jackets to use during the fall and winter seasons.  The amount available for us to donate varies year to year, and this year the Lions have $6000 to give to RHS sports and clubs.  In addition to the $6000, Lions also has approximately $10,000 in scholarship money available to graduating seniors. (These scholarships are for graduating seniors whether they attend Ridgefield or other schools, but live in our district).

One of our largest money making events is the Lions’ food booth at the Clark County Fair.  The more money we make, the more we can give back to our community.  The best way for us to have a successful booth during the fair is having adequate volunteers.

We humbly ask community members, both adults and teens, to volunteer this fair season. All jobs at the fair can be done by teens with the exception of grill cook and deep fryer. In addition, all volunteers get free parking and admission to the fair on the day they work.  Gather your family and make a fun day out of it!

Again, you can sign up directly by clicking the link to view available dates and shifts.  https://www.ridgefieldlions.org/volunteer_opportunities/

Note from Kathy – you can also support the Ridgefield Lions Club by buying food at their booth during the fair.

Walking Tours of Ridgefield

Let’s get the word out. The Clark County Historical Museum walking tour of downtown Ridgefield is sponsored by the City of Ridgefield and is free to all Ridgefield residents in zip code 98642. The walk is Friday, August  3, at noon,  and Saturday August  4 at 9:00 am.

CCHM Sign-up page: https://cchmuseum.ejoinme.org/summer_walking_tours.  Ridgefield zip code residents only us this discount code below: 98642

Both of our Downtown Ridgefield tours are FREE to Ridgefield residents. Many thanks to our sponsor, the City of Ridgefield, for their generosity!

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CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction

Almost 100 people gathered at the Community Center Saturday night for the CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction benefit for the library.

Small student chairs were auctioned off as well as a bright red fire hydrant, a little library and the table centerpieces. Not all the results are in, but it looks like we made over $11,000! We signed up new Cornerstone members ($1000 donations.)

Herb ‘ Roots provided the food and the Friends of the Ridgefield library made desserts. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the chairs – I was too busy talking to people!

Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries spoke about the timeline of events that will happen as we get closer to having a new library.

Thank you Ridgefield – this is our biggest fund-raiser yet, and it shows people are ready to donate to build our library.

My new theme is ‘$75 EACH!’ which I’ll explain in a future blog.

Main Street Day this Friday

THIS FRIDAY!! Ridgefield Main Street Festivities start at Overlook Park at 9:30 a.m. Music, Children’s Activities, Root Beer Floats.
At 11:15, the bus arrives with dignitaries and others interested in the Main Street Program. We will have Tribal Blessing, Mayor Proclamation, and more speakers.
Come and enjoy this FIRST Official Main Street Day with us!

Clark Conservation District

Clark County is experiencing rapid growth in residential, commercial, and industrial development. Now more than ever it is important for us to protect the organizations that help maintain a balance between development and conservation of natural & agricultural resources. One such agency is the Clark Conservation District (CCD). “The CCD is a legal sub-division of state government that administers programs to conserve natural resources. We are a non-regulatory agency that was created to bridge the gap between local landowners and state and federal government,” – www.clarkcd.org.

The CCD works with farmers, landowners, and policy makers to implement best management practices, improve the health of rural lands, and protect waterways. They offer the technical resources to aid property owners in being good stewards of the land they tend. This may be through such actions as farm management plans and resources to enhance wildlife habitat. The District also engages the community through plant sales, environmental education, and programs with young people.

Unfortunately, the grants that fund the CCD are disappearing. We are at risk of losing an organization that protects our quality of life. The good news is that each of us can take a small action to save them. A petition is in place to encourage the Clark County Council to adopt a modest fee of $5/per parcel/per year. Signing the petition will continue the CCD’s work of bringing people closer to the land. This may be key in encouraging folks to consider how the preservation of their land will impact the community and generations to come. The link to sign the petition is below. Will you help save the Clark Conservation District?

The petition to save the CCD may be found here:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/183/568/491/save-clark-conservation-district-%E2%80%93-protect-our-water-and-land-now/

Visit the Clark Conservation District website here: http://www.clarkcd.org/  

– Contributed by Byron Brink

Natural Garden Tour

The self-guided Natural Garden Tour is happening on July 15! This year will offer 12 gardens that can be viewed between 10 & 4 on that day. The tour offers an opportunity to chat with local residents who have learned how to maintain gardens without relying on fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.

This is a great opportunity to see how beautiful yards can be without the use of chemicals that can harm people, pets, and wildlife. For more information and to download or learn where to pick-up a tour guide, visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/gardentour .

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Gleaners

Garden season is underway, and soon you may have more vegetables and fruit than you can handle. When it happens, call the Ridgefield Community Gleaners, an all-volunteer group that will assist getting your extra garden produce to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, which supports families in need in various ways.

Gleaners will harvest and/or deliver your produce, and can provide you a tax-deductible receipt.  Call ‭(360)931-9573‬ or (918)766-2025 to schedule harvesting, or pickup and delivery of your extra garden vegetables and fruits. Thanks for your support!!

The Gleaners are also raising money to buy fresh produce this fall and winter after gardening season is over. They are selling raffle tickets of a watercolor painting of an original historic Ridgefield barn. Tickets are $5 each and many be purchased by calling one of the above numbers.

‘Summer Evening’, by Kathy Winters

Friends of Refuge Fundraiser

Time to Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote in the August 7th Primary Election?

Monday, July 9th, is the DEADLINE for mail or online new voter registrations or updates, otherwise, you’ll have to go in person to register through July 30th.

The library has mail-in voter registration forms or print your own from this link: www.sos.wa.gov/elections/print-voter-registration-forms.aspx

Make it 2m

 

July’s auction item is a basket full of items for a barbecue: BBQ book, chef’s apron, veggie grilling pan, wire brush, shish kabob skewers, BBQ towel, chef’s mitt, Micro Brew BBQ Sauce, American flag, hot dog/sausage roasters, reed basket.

It’s on display in the library, and you can bid on the basket through the end of July.

There are still a few seats available for the CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction next Saturday the 14th. Call me, 360-887-2160, kathywinters179@gmail.com, if your’d like to come and enjoy the fun.

Old time cars

Thanks to Sarah Scott for this old-time-looking photo of cars waiting in Abrams Park for the parade on Wednesday.