The Art of Brewing Coffee

The Art of Brewing Coffee Manually with Phuong Tran, owner of Lava Java in Ridgefield.

Join us for this hands-on workshop and demonstration on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee using Chemex, French Press, and a Hario pour-over. Taste-testing is included.

Registration is required for this workshop. Please sign-up on the events calendar at www.fvrl.org. This program takes place: Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Community Library, Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Three Creeks Community Library Wednesday, February 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the La Center Community Library.

These workshops are open to the public and are offered at NO cost to participants. Space, however, is limited, so please register at the FVRL site under the library offering the time and date of the workshop that best fits your schedule. Call the Ridgefield library, (360)906-4770, if you have any questions.

Citizens Rally for the Schools

It was a full house at the Sportsman’s this evening as people rallied for the schools.

If you were unable to make the rally, but still want to help pass the school bond, there are several ways you can help.

Attend the dinner/auction fund raiser on Saturday, January 26 at the Community Center, 6 – 9 pm.

Canvas in your neighborhood on Fridays and Saturdays at the end on the month, and also do sign waving at two locations.

The final push will be manning phone banks on February 5, 7, and 11.

Click here if you’d like to volunteer for any of these activities. A member of Citizens for Ridgefield Schools will get back to you.

 

 

Bond Rally Tonight

City Says Goodbye to Jeff Niten

Jeff Niten

Jeff Niten was feted at the Sportsman’s last night. He is leaving Ridgefield for a job as City Manager in Shelton. Several people talked about how Jeff had helped them, or mentored them.

We will miss you Jeff.

 

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Save the date! February 9 from 10 am to 2 pm Friends of the Ridgefield Library will hold a fabric sale at the Community Center. There will be lots of upholstery fabric, some in small pieces that could be used for pillows, purses, tote bags, – you name it.

Come and see what your imagination can come up with!

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

Citizens for Ridgefield Schools to Hold Bond Rally

Calling all Bond supporters! Bring your friends, bring your neighbors down to the Sportsman’s to launch our Bond campaign. We need your enthusiasm and “Go Ridgefield” spirit. Food will be provided by the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools. This group of dedicated volunteers holds fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money to support school programs.

A New Little Library

The little library on 4th

There’s another little library in town – this one in the 300 block of 4th Avenue North. That makes seven or eight scattered around town.

The books are free, and the hope is that you’ll take one and leave one. The Friends of the Library sponsor this program, and they help with providing books, but it’s been shown that once people start using the libraries there’s very often no need to re-stock as people bring books to share.

If you’d like to provide space in your yard for a little library, contact the Friends at folridgefieldwa.com.

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Have you checked out the thermostat posted outside the library? You’ll note there are now three different bands of color. The bottom red one shows the money raised by the Friends of the Library, donations by members of the community and the Vancouver Regional Library – all the money collected through December.

The black and white checkered band shows the value of the Community Center Building, donated by the Community Center Board of Trustees.

The top red bank is the matching money that was pledged by an anonymous donor for any donation over $10,000.

With this much money pledged, and the title to the former Community Center building and land, the next step is to pick an architectural firm to work on conceptual drawings. After that contract is awarded, there will be community meetings to get input on what our citizens would like to see included in the library building.

Stay turned for the time and location of these meetings – and in the mean time I suggest you start writing down your ideas of what the library should include. Think big – then it will be a matter of choosing the best ideas. and what we can afford.

There’s still lots of money to be raised – we will have a better idea of costs after the conceptual drawings are complete.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you’re over 70 1/2, ask your CPA about how to save paying tax on IRA money that’s donated directly to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. It’s a way to help you and your community at the same time.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

THE GRINCH COMMENTS ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

If you put up Christmas decorations outside your home or business, it would be nice if you monitored them frequently. Having candy canes that are in all angles of disarray and blow-up figures that are collapsed is not a good look, and certainly not the way we want Ridgefield to look.

I didn’t take any pictures, but there are a couple of very tacky looking decorations that need to be re-done.

Thought for the Week

News from Rick Browne

I wanted to share some great news with the residents of Ridgefield.

Ridgefield Living magazine is returning to your mailboxes beginning in February. We have been on forced hiatus since June due to some problems the State of Washington had when we announced we were expanding our free circulation from 1,50 homes to 4,300 homes.

There were legal problems, all of which I am not privy to, that were settled by our corporate headquarters in N. Carolina and now we can bring Ridgefield’s favorite magazine back to you all.

Several changes: First I will no longer be the Editor, that role will be aptly fulfilled by Cindy Lebeau, with whom I will be working as Content Editor. Since I’ve lived here for a dozen years we want to keep my knowledge of the community front and center to better serve our readers. Cindy will be handling the administrative details, advertising, as well as contributing to the editorial content decisions.

The second change: The magazine will now be called RIDGEFIELD LIFE. But will have the same type of stories about residents, their children, businesses, pets, gardens, hobbies, and leisure and community support activities. And, as before, we will continue to seek suggestions as to stories our readers are looking for.

You can send ideas and suggestions to me at rick.browne@n2pub.com or to Cindy at cindy.lebeau@n2pub.com.

We’re delighted to bring your magazine back and hope that not only enjoy what we produce but want to take an active hand in contributing ideas, family photos, and your enthusiasm.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year

Rick Browne

Ridgefield Life

Content Editor

Open House at Our Lady of Lourdes

New Year’s Event at the Sportsman’s

Cone to the New Year’s Eve party at the Sportsman’s, meet the new owners, and learn about the upgrades that are planned. It will be fun!

Reservations are recommended..

RING THE BELLS!!!

RING THE BELLS! BEAT THE DRUMS! IT’S AN EPIC DAY IN RIDGEFIELD!

The Memorandum of Understanding among the Ridgefield Community Center, the FVRL Foundation and the Trustees of the FVRLibrary was signed this afternoon, which allows the planning for the new Ridgefield Library to proceed. The Friends of the Library have been waiting anxiously for this to happen, and it means we can get serious about building the library because we have a site.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. Now the fun part begins – we start talking about what we want in the library.

Have you noticed the large thermometer outside the Community Center? The bright red line shows how much money has been raised for the new library by people like you.

Check the space in a few days – you’ll see a dramatic jump as the donated cost of the Community Center building is added to the total.

Not included in the total is the amount set aside by FVRLibrary to help pay for the library.

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Please join the Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. for our Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast at the Sportsman’s, 121 N Main Ave.

As is tradition, we will be serving a complimentary breakfast, and awards for the downtown decorating contest will be presented.