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Getting Ready for the New Bridge

Moving the girders for the new bridge over the railroad tracks was quite a chore. Thanks to Judy Reel for these photos of the event

Moola Program Ends December 31

Ridgefield Main Street has been running three Moola programs, which have resulted in over $8,000 Moola being put in circulation so far this month. They are:

  1. Your Restaurant Challenge – includes all Ridgefield restaurants, wineries and brew-pubs – spend $40, receive $10 moola;
  2. Shop Downtown – all retail and food – spend $40, receive $10 moola, expires 12/31;
  3. Downtown “Tent” Program – 12/16-12-24, eat/drink at Sportsman’s, Vinnie’s, El Rancho Viejo, Ridgefield Craft Brewing and receive 100% reimbursement (excluding tips).

They have run out of “Moola on hand” to send out, and are doing almost daily “sweeps” through downtown to redeem the scrip from the merchants – and immediately mailing out what is collected each day!

Residents are happy, businesses are happy, and Ridgefield Main Street is happy to have been able to make this difference during such a difficult time for all.

Holiday Decorating Contest

Hallowe’en in Downtown Ridgefield

Fall is here! And folks are busy working on what holiday events will look like for downtown Ridgefield. The first one is Halloween.

Due to COVID guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Halloween will look a little different this year. The guidelines do not allow Halloween Hall at Abrams. And, since trick-or-treating is a high risk activity, the City is not promoting that activity in the downtown area.

But, have no fear, there will be a fright night downtown! Ridgefield Art Association will create a “Halloween Town” with decorations on City Hall, on benches, in the parks including the Overlook Park stage and vacant lots, etc. The decorations will be up from Wednesday/Thursday (10/28 or 29) and taken down on Sunday, 11/1.

That’s not all! The City is creating a drive-by scavenger hunt that will ask participants to answer questions about the Halloween decorations in order to receive a Halloween goody bag.

Want to join in the fun? You can decorate your downtown business, help someone else decorate a storefront downtown, or volunteer to help RAA with the decorating.

It can and will be a Happy Halloween – even if the activities are a little different.

Getting in the Spirit of Things

The hardware store always has a good display for the various holidays. Here’s their take on Hallowe’en. Thanks Cathy and Scott and your whole crew for your creativity. Does everyone know that Ridgefield Hardware is the oldest continually operated hardware store west of the Mississippi? We have a treasure right in our back yard.=!

New Police Department Building

Lots of building going on in the downtown area. In addition to the bridge over the railroad tracks, FDM has started construction on the police department building which will contain office suites.

Leasing is available now.

I don’t understand…

Could someone explain to me why the side door of the Post Office is locked from the outside, forcing everyone to go through the lobby? That’s where there’s a big chance you’ll see other people and possibly be exposed to COVID-19. If the side door were unlocked a person could access their PO box without even seeing anyone else.

Doesn’t make sense to me – what do you think?

This Says it All!

Virtual May Day

Each year, the May Day Spring Festival marks the anniversary of Ridgefield First Saturdays, 2020 is the 5th Anniversary and we want to celebrate with you. To do so, we are adapting May Day Spring Festival to a virtual format. Tune in Saturday, May 2nd for events and activities that follow physical distancing but keep us connected as a community. Here is what you can expect from our Virtual May Day Spring Festival:

9AM: Start the day off on the right foot with a Wake Up Workout on Facebook Live with Tailored Fitness. Find it at Facebook.com/TailoredFitnessLLC

11AM: Celebrate the talents in the Ridgefield Community with a Virtual Talent Show. A compilation of community submissions will premiere on the City of Ridgefield Facebook Page at 11am. Watch it live and interact with your community in the comments. Visit Facebook.com/CityOfRidgefield
Talent show acts should be recorded in a less than one-minute video and sent via Facebook to City of Ridgefield or emailed to Events@ci.ridgefield.wa.us by 5PM Tuesday, April 28th (today) to be included.

NOON: Order Lunch via Delivery or Pick-Up from a local restaurant. Find a list of what is open at RidgefieldWa.us/coronavirus

1PM: Maypole Dance Video & First Saturday 5th Anniversary Celebration. Join us for another live premiere on the City of Ridgefield Facebook as we reminisce 5 years of Ridgefield First Saturday events with a photo slideshow! Find it at Facebook.com/CityOfRidgefield

ALL DAY: Check in at bit.ly/VirtualFirstSaturday anytime starting May 2nd for First Saturday activities that you can complete anytime, including:
Guide for supporting local farmers during this time,
Check-in video with the Ridgefield Garden Club,
Vote for your favorite Toilet Paper Inspired Digital Art Show and Contest with Ridgefield Art Association,
DIY Anniversary Cupcake Recipe and Decorating,
Downtown Mapping Scavenger Hunt, and    May Baskets and flowers for pick-up in front of Ridgefield Community Library
May Day Flower Crown kit and instructions from Ridgefield Floral. Pick up a free flower crown kit no-contact in front of City Hall beginning Thursday, April 30 and find a tutorial at    Facebook.com/RidgefieldFloral.
Finally, appreciate Downtown by visiting Facebook.com/RidgefieldMainStreet and participating in the First Saturday edition of their ‘Feel Good Fridays’ challenge.

Downtown Restaurants are Open for Takeout

I walked over to get my mail this evening and found the downtown restaurants were doing a fairly good business with takeout orders. It’s a simple procedure – call in your order, pay for it over the phone and pick it up when it’s ready. They’ll even bring out your order if needed. Please support our local businesses during this special time.

Curbside Pickup Comes to Ridgefield

Celebrate the Downtown Arts Quarter and Kick-Off for Youth Arts Month!

Start your morning at Ridgefield’s first color run! The Ridge Color Run is a 2 mile Color Fun Run in downtown Ridgefield! Check it out and register here.

Registration fee after Feb. 24th: $25. Hosted by The Ridge Parents Association.

After you run, join us at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center for activities, vendors, and an art showcase.

EVENT SCHEDULE

9AM – The Ridge Color Run @ Davis Park | Race begins at 10AM
Fun, un-timed two mile walk or run around historic Downtown Ridgefield. Wear white because you will be doused in different colored powders along the route. The fun continues at a Finish Festival with music at Davis Park. Sponsored by The Sunset Ridge/View Ridge Parent Association.
For more information and to register, click here.

9AM-2PM – Art Celebration @ Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center

Express Yourself: Hands-on activities for kids and adults of all ages. Featuring Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield Art Association and Ridgefield School District artists & staff.

Farmers Market and First Saturday Vendor Fair

Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your game board and then stroll around historic downtown to discover art pieces.

Community mural: Help create a large and colorful masterpiece.

11:30AM-2PM – Art Alive! @ Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month presents a showcase featuring talented local dancers, musicians, singers and actors from Musical Expressions, The Fusion Theater Collective, Dance Fusion NW and more!

2PM and 4:30PM – “Robinson Crusoe” @ Ridgefield High School
presented by Missoula Children’s Theater.

7PM – Quinn Liu Concert @ Old Liberty Theater

AROUND TOWN

Youth Art Displays – Enjoy youth artwork at merchants around downtown.

Create Espresso Art at Season’s Coffee

Ridgefield Coaster sets available at downtown restaurants courtesy of Ridgefield Main Street.

Main Street Gratitude Breakfast

Ridgefield Main Street invites you to join them this Thursday, December 19, for their Annual Gratitude Breakfast. It’s at the Sportsman’s Public House, 121 N. Main Avenue, from 8:30-9:30 am.

This has become a December tradition for RMS to show appreciation for the support of our community and also features the awards for the Downtown Decorating Contest. Come enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, on us, and be part of the celebration!

You’re invited!

It has been an incredible year for RMS as we expanded programs, welcomed new businesses, grew our sponsorship base and helped companies take full advantage of the Tax Credit Incentive Program. Thank you to the Board of Directors, committee members and volunteers who help make this work possible. Together we’re making a difference downtown, which will always be the heart and soul of Ridgefield!

—Marykay Lamoureaux

Getting Ready for Hometown

They were putting up the tree at Overlook Park this morning when I happened to walk by.

Lifting the Tree

It’s u[!

Now the fun part begins: securing it and stringing the multiple lights that make it so festive. Thanks to Scott Anderson of RS3 Homes who donated the tree.

This Saturday is Hometown, a celebration started 20 years ago by forward-thinking citizens like Allene Wodaege who wanted to provide residents with a local tradition so they wouldn’t have to drive into Vancouver. It’s a full day of fun, and with Rosauers opening this weekend Ridgefield is going to be a busy place.

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday.

9AM: The day begins with the Ugly Sweater Fun Run with Ridgefield Runners. Visit runridgefield.com to register. There is a special prize for the Best Ugly Sweater!

9AM-3PM: Continue the fun in the Holiday Food & Gift Marketplace at Overlook Park, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Shop Farmer’s Market vendors, Holiday gifts and decorations, roasting nuts and more under large canopies with outdoor heaters. Live music from singing groups and bands from Sunset Ridge, View Ridge & Ridgefield High School will fill the tent from 10 to 3.

9AM-4PM: Visit the Ridgefield Community Library for hot cider, cookies, and crafts as well as a Used Book & Gift Sale sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library.

10AM-1PM: Find live Reindeer at Allstate Insurance on the corner of Pioneer and 5th Avenue.

11AM-3PM: Get creative with holiday-themed games, crafts, cookie decorating, a 20th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and more fun in the Holiday Kid’s Activity Center at Tailored Fitness.

Noon-3PM: And let’s not forget about Santa! Head over to Old Liberty Theater for pictures and more activities. Bring your own camera and take pictures with Santa for free, sponsored by Ridgefield Mini Storage.

4:30PM: Enjoy the Tree Lighting Festival with a holiday dance-performance from DanceFusion NW, community sing-along with Bethel Church, hot chocolate from Trinkets Tearoom and cookies. You can enjoy the Tree Lighting from the comfort of the adults-only Windy Hills Wine Garden area. The Wine Garden will be open from 2-6PM.

All day activities are everywhere with downtown businesses decorated, open and ready with sales, give-aways, hot cocoa and Holiday Village displays with activities like kids games and crafts at Hookum Brewery and a Christmas Shop with holiday arrangements, gifts and hot cider at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. You can tour the town on the Port of Ridgefield Holiday Trolley Rides with Rudolph from noon to 3 and see musical performances on the street corners by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Band. And, don’t forget to cast your vote in the Holiday Decorating Contest!

End your evening by attending the Acoustic Guitar Summit at Old Liberty Theater. Enjoy an annual concert favorite with a winter inspired sound scape from Grammy-winning guitarists Terry Robb, Mark Hanson and Doug Smith at 7:30pm.

 

 

 

Refuge Calendar now Available

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest Calendar is back for the 2020 calendar season! Check out the winners from the 2019 contest, and stay up-to-date on important events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Support volunteer programs like habitat restoration and educational programming, and host beautiful photos of wildlife and your refuge in your home the whole year through.

The calendars cost just $18 and can be purchased at Seasons Coffee Tea and Remedies in the Old Liberty Theater.