Indigenous People’s Day

The ‘Indigenous People’s Day – Honoring Women’s Voices” will celebrate First Nations people through poetry, prose and music at the Old Liberty Theater this afternoon from 4 to 6 pm.

This should be an informative afternoon. Bring the kids.

Getting in the Hallowe’en Spirit

As you drive around town you’ll see all sorts of creative decorations for Hallowe’en. Everyone’s getting in the spirit!

Hallowe’en Hall

The 4th annual Hallowe’en Hall created by the Ridgefield Art Association is happening soon! This is their largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s at Abrams Park.

The dates this year are October 18th and 19th. The Hall will be open from 6-9pm both nights. $5 admission for 3 years and older, under 3 children get in free. All other activities on the grounds are free.

This is a family fun event that will not be bloody or gory. It is meant for the younger age groups in grade school and middle school. Non-scary costumes on children and adults are welcomed and encouraged.

Saturday the 19th, there will be the added attraction of ‘That Damn VW Club’ from Vancouver that will hold a “Trunk or Treat” event starting at 5 pm. Dance Fusion NW will again perform the THRILLER flash mob at the bottom of the hour (3 times a night).The hay bale maze is free for little ones to go through as many times as they wish.

Back again will be the Pumpkin Hunt inside the Hall.  Pumpkins will be hidden within Bennett Hall and a drawing will be held for a winner each night from the correct guesses. Main Street Moolah will be given to the winners.

The Ridgefield Lion’s Club will offer food items for purchase both nights. Ridgefield Library will offer a small craft. We are also happy to have the new Trinkets Tea Room represented.

As with the three previous years, this is a community endeavor. The high school football team kicks off the set up by removing the heavy picnic tables from the building on October 12th. Creating the hall takes place over the next five days and all the work is done by volunteers. A small number of high school seniors volunteer their time along with Ridgefield Art Association members and citizens of Ridgefield that just “love Halloween”. The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and a few employees of City Hall are new additions to the creation team. Returning favorites inside the venue are the Ridgefield Pirates, the blacklight hallway, a large (but friendly) snake and many many spiders. There might even be some stranger things.

The event is posted on our Facebook Page  ​Be sure to click on the event to see the promo video or find it here

Silent Auction to benefit Friends of the Library

Two Great Blue Heron Prints are offered by silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Friends of the Library. One print can be viewed at Lava Java Coffee Shop, 2 S 56th Pl Unit 102, Ridgefield and the other can be viewed at Seasons Coffee Shop,115 N Main Ave.

The framed and matted prints measure 31 1/2 X 26 1/2” and would make a good pair since the framing is identical.

The print at Lava Java is by Stoehsler, 1990, and the print at Seasons is by Charles M Frieman, 1995.

On Friday both prints will be available for viewing at Seasons Coffee and will be on display for Birdfest through Monday.

NOTE: The auction closes on Monday, Oct 7 at 3:00 pm so don’t miss this opportunity to buy a beautiful piece of artwork and support your local Library.

Thanks to Lynda Graham for arranging the showing of the prints and the silent auction. She’s a true supporter of our new library.

Watercolor Class

Sample Student Painting

There is still one space left in the six-week watercolor class I’ll be teaching starting next Tuesday, September 10, so give me a call if you want a chance to challenge yourself and find your creative center. (360) 887-2160.

You may never had held a brush  in your hand, or maybe you want to expand your abilities. Beginning to intermediate students are welcome in this positive, fun class. It’s in my bright and cheery home studio in downtown Ridgefield. Come and be amazed at your talent!

Cost of the class is $60 and there’s a $40 materials fee for new students

Free Diorama Class

The Ridgefield Art Association is offering a free class at our RACC room this Thursday, August 22nd at 6 pm.

We are providing a rustic 12″ x 12″ box and plain cardboard back and an assortment of colored paper. You provide your own fun, decorative ingredients: glue, scissors, etc. The Dollar Tree has some Halloween items in stock.

Open to elementary – adults. Elementary children need an adult to attend with them. It’s is limited to the first 10 people that reply to this email.

It will take place in the RAA room at the RACC. Follow the signs when you get to the entrance of the RACC. 501 Pioneer Street. Please reply to this email here if you would like to participate.


Ticket to ‘Wicked’

A member of our community has a ticket to ‘Wicked’ doe this Sunday, July 16, that she cannot use due to an emergency in her family. She has offered to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the money to Friends of the Library for their building fund.

The play is at Keller Auditorium in Portland, starting at 1:00 and the seat is an excellent one – in the Orchestra, main, row PB #8. Face value of the ticket is $149.

Call Barbara at 916-207-5043 if you’re interested.

Design Camp

LSW Architects is sponsoring a Young Architects Design Camps for children from 8 to 12 years old at two different locations and several weeks this summer.


It’s a program developed to cultivate creativity and exploration in elementary aged children. By placing an emphasis on design-based thinking, imagination, teamwork, and fun, the camp aspires to mold the problem solvers and creative leaders of tomorrow. Each week revolves around a unique central theme that informs a week-long project that culminates in an art walk where campers present their designs. Although the camp emphasizes drawing and building, we do not hesitate to get outside and play a bit too!


Last summer, there were multiple weeks offered where students had the opportunity to participate in various themes of design and creativity, from designing treehouses, spaceships, and more! At the end of each week, campers had the opportunity to present their creations to family and friends. In addition to their projects, the children participated in several other activities, such as sketchbook making, collaborative painting, and working with clay.  The campers were also given fun architecture tours through the Vancouver library as an educational field trip through their city.

The camps will run from 9 am to 3pm and cost $200 per session. Contact for more information.


Union Chapel: 806 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Union Ridge Elementary: 330 N 5th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642

There will be multiple sessions of Design Camp this summer. Register before all of the spots fill up.

Session 1 – Union Ridge Elementary, July 8-July 12

Session 2 – Union Chapel: July 15-July 19

Session 3 – Union Ridge Elementary: July 22-July 26

Session 4 – Union Chapel: Aug 5-Aug 9

Session 5 – Union Ridge Elementary: Aug 19-Aug 23

Click here to register now

Art Association Sale Saturday at Overlook Park

Come to the Art Association’s annual art show and sale at Overlook Park on Saturday, opening at 9 am..

Many types of media will be represented, and it’s a good chance to meet the artists, talk about art, and maybe even take home an article you admire.

Look for the art canopy at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Ridgefield.

Moms and Mimosas at the Art Space

This sounds like a fun event. Email to sign up.

Watercolor Classes Start Tuesday, April 16

A new set of watercolor classes will start Tuesday, April 16 in my downtown studio. Class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students and the size is limited to six people. The morning class is full, but there is still space in the afternoon class, from 1 to 3pm.

You’ll learn a lot, laugh a lot, and discover the artist within you. There’s lots of individual instruction and  lessons make each class a learning experience.

Cost of the six week class is $60, with a $35 materials fee for new students. That includes a palette loaded with paint, one brush, a support and top quality watercolor paper. Please call me to sign up, 360-887-2160, before Monday, as I need to buy the palette.

Spud Feed Supports Ridgefield Performing Arts

Musicians Needed

Good afternoon Ridgefield community, 

 The RHS Performing Arts Department is currently preparing for “Chicago”, our annual spring musical production.  Kaitlyn Etter (RHS Theater) and I are in search of instrumentalists in the Ridgefiled School District and Ridgefield community to volunteer their time and talent to serve as musicians for the pit orchestra.  

As is the precedent, we always offer the opportunity to RHS students first.  Currently, most spots are occupied by student-musicians.  Due to the large breadth and depth of the instrumentation required for the production, we are seeking adult volunteer musicians to play the following instruments:  

 – Soprano Saxophone 

– Alto Saxophone 

– Trombone (First and Second Parts – Two musicians required) 

– Banjo 

– Piano 

 If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested in volunteering for the show, please let us know at your earliest convenience.  

Thank you!

 Charlie Greggerson   / Kaitlyn Etter 

RHS Band Director   / RHS Theater Director  /

Watercolor Class Starts October 30

Sample of student’s work

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed, positive atmosphere and watch your amazement grow as you create an original water color painting.

Our next series of watercolor classes start Tuesday, October 30 from 9 to 11 am at my home studio in downtown Ridgefield. Lots of individual instruction for a small group of students.

Cost is $60 for a series of six lessons. Call today to register – this class fills up quickly and is limited in size. 360-887-2160 or

Saturday Night Party with Onsite Babysitting! – ‘like its 1999!

Downtown Saturday Night Party, August 25th, 7:30-11pm at the Ridgefield Art Space, upstairs above the hardware store. for tickets

Come see what The RAS is all about. Being a nonprofit arts center for Ridgefield, we have classes starting soon of all types – Ballet, Hip Hop, Partner Dancing, Zumba, Baby and Me, Comedic Acting/Stand Up, Date Nights, Paint ‘n Sips, Painting Instruction, a soon to be opened Teen Lounge for weekend nights and so much more coming! Come party and meet us…And don’t worry about the kids, we’ve got you covered!

Best date night ever in less than two weeks!! Live Band … Huge Dance Hall… Mingling… Disco ball and great acoustics …Beverages 😉 You can “catered bar” your face off!

Meet our instructors …Safe transportation home… Onsite Babysitting by Red Cross Certified Sitters in adjoining suite for $5/child. Not per hour- Just five bucks per child for the whole night!

Taxis out front- we have 23 stairs up to our second floor palace above the hardware store. If you have trouble getting down them you and yours GET IN A CAB. They’ll be waiting out front. Come out for a night of fun. Make new friends and high five your old ones. See our schedule and the soon to be opened Weekend Teen Lounge.

Tickets are $15 and support your neighbors’ access to awesome events, visual and performing arts classes, and a place where everyone in Ridgefield is welcome to make memories. One of every four people taking our classes are not asked to pay based on their private financial situations. Your fun pays for theirs too! Get your tix now at The RAS- Nonprofit Arts For All.. Somewhere there’s a party… SOMEWHERE is up there!