Lots happening this week in Ridgefield

This will be a busy week for us, starting Thursday, May 2, when Brad Richardson of the Clark County Historical Museum will speak at the Old Liberty Theater about the history of Ridgefield. It’s a free event, starting at 7:00 pm, and is a part of the new initiative by the museum to celebrate the local businesses, architecture, and history.

“Downtown Ridgefield and its businesses have a long and torrid history,” said Richardson. “We feel it’s important to discuss the stories of our communities at, or in, the places where they took place. It harkens to the idea, ‘If these walls could talk.’ The Old Liberty Theater provides the perfect setting for this exploration and discussion.”


Then Friday and Saturday the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold the Giant Used Book Sale at the Community Room of the library.

Friends of the Library can enter the sale at 10am and have two hours before the public is allowed. Memberships will be available at the door, so you can join then if you want. Doors open at noon for the general public.

On May 4, the sale runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Attention ALL book lovers! Mark your calendars. We will have tons of used books in every genre you can imagine for prices you won’t believe. This is a public sale, so everyone is welcome.


Also on Saturday May 4, the Ridgefield Garden Club holds its annual Plant Sale at the School District’s Maintenance Shop at 3rd and Pioneer. It starts at 9 am – come early to get the best selection of hanging plants, shrubs, trees, and best of all – homegrown items from our members.


It’s also the May Day Spring Festival, sponsored by the City and the First Saturday Group. Activities take place at Overlook Park, including the Farmer’s Market.

If I forgot anything I apologize – write and let me know and I’ll post it.

Clean Up Day

Today is the downtown clean up day, sponsored by the Ridgefield Main Street Program.  The City will be planting trees on Main Ave., Garden Club working on planters and weeding and we’re looking for volunteers, and hopefully some students to come after school for some general clean up, window and door washing, etc.  Some merchants will be sprucing up their storefront entries.

Come on down and join the fun!

Easter Egg Hunt

Earth Day Rally for First Saturday

Lots going on tomorrow at Overlook Park, the theater and Ridgefield Art Space. There will be an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, A Pop-Up Used Book Sale by Friends of the Library, earth-inspired kids crafts with the Ridgefield Art Association, recycled art, free seed packets from the Ridgefield Garden Club, face painting, snacks, music, and the return of the Ridgefield Farmers’ Market.

Learn about native plants and buy herbs at the Old Liberty Theater. and the Wine Garden, sponsored by Windy Hills Winery, opens at 11. 

Come on downtown – it’s all happening from 9am to 2 pm.

Meaningful Movies

This month’s Meaningful Movie is ‘Blood Road.’ It follow the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.

The movie will be shown at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield., on Wednesday, March 27. Doors open at 6:30 with refreshments for sale, previews at 6:45 and film at 7:00. The film is free, but donations are welcomed. 

A moderated post-film community discussion will feature Chris Thobaben (Major USMCR), Bryan Laycoe (Naval Medical Officer, Pearl Harbor 1973-75, past Commander, Post 44 American Legion, Ridgefield) and Terry Wolf (Naval Aviator, A-4 Skyhawk, Vietnam, 1972-75)






It’s time to plant peas! Don’t have a garden plot at home? Rent a plot in the Ridgefield Community Garden. It doesn’t cost much, and water is supplied. The garden is at 4th and Sargent.

There are only a couple more plots left. To reserve your spot, call the City at 360-887-3557.

Teen Gamers Wanted


Ridgefield Library Offers Tween/Teen Dungeons & Dragons Program

This program takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 pm at the library. We play a variety of game systems from Dungeons & Dragons to Pathfinder to Call of Cthulu to GURPS. This is an established, enthusiastic, fun group. New players are welcome!

Plus, the Ridgefield Library has a collection of 3.5 edition Dungeons & Dragon rule books and Pathfinder rule books in the reference collection. You’re invited to grab some friends and run your own games!

The Ridgefield Community Library is at 210 N. Main Avenue.

RACC Dedication

Although I was unable to attend the dedication of our new RACC (Ridgefield Administration and Civic Center) last night, Jan Robinson was kind enough to send me a photo. Thanks Jan!

I look forward to using this newly remodeled building for many of our public meetings.

Sportsman’s Has New Owners

Did you know the Sportsman’s has new owners? Michael Schnidrig  and Norene Kuhn took over November 1, and already people are commenting on the new menu and upgrades that are being made.

I talked with Michael last week and I’d like to share with you some of the things he told me.

Michael started as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old, working up to cook. He’s worked in so many restaurants throughout the Portland/Vancouver area that it boggled my mind, holding every job from cook,  to chef, to general manager.

He’s a hands-on owner, and he believes in good service, good food quickly and cleanliness. His wait staff wears all black and have been trained in their jobs. Alterations are being made to enlarge the kitchen and move the dish washing space to make service faster. Eventually the large room will have more sound proofing to separate it from the bar and control the noise level.

Starting Saturday the restaurant will offer craft cocktails from 5 to 8:00 pm, with a Master Mixologist on hand.

Best of all, Michael and Norene plan to continue being a gathering place for Ridgefield.

If you haven’t eaten at the Sportsman’s in the last couple of months give it a try – you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.



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..

Lions and CubScouts to Carol

The Ridgefield Lions Club and members of the local Cub Scout packs and their parents will carol in the downtown area Monday evening. They’ll be in the Port’s trolley and will start at Ridgefield Living Center and then about 6:30 they’ll be at Overlook Park.

They’ll make several stops after that and end up at the Community Center for cookies and hot chocolate.

The group would like everyone in Ridgefield to see the downtown Christmas lights and join in the caroling, so come on down and enjoy another Ridgefield tradition.

Myrtle’s has a new look!

Myrtle’s Tea House is reopening November 14 as Myrtle’s Tea House & Home Décor.

Come enjoy delicious homemade scones paired with a pot of your favorite tea, or try the new teas that have been added to the list! Be sure to explore the refreshed gift shop with all your favorite tea time goodies, plus a fine selection of home decor necessities!

No reservations are needed. Myrtle’s is open noon to 5:00, Wednesday through Saturday, and is located at 321 North 3rd Avenue.

Meet a Local Merchant

This is one of a series of articles about local stores.

John Rose Real Estate recently moved into downtown Ridgefield because John felt the time was right to bring a real estate office downtown. He grew up on a local dairy farm and takes great pride in servicing local people.

Rose Real Estate offers residential appraisal and real estate service with a focus on Ridgefield and North Clark County properties. There are two appraisers and five realtors working out of the office, and offer a free analysis of your property. Rose Realty is located at 414 Pioneer Avenue in the building shown above.

John is an active member of our community – he serves on the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Board and is vice-commander of the Ridgefield American Legion Post 44.

If you would like your business profiled on FYI98642.com, give me a shout: kathywinters179@gmail.com. I’ll send you a form to fill out with the information you’d like included. There is no cost to this service.

Photos from BirdFest

Weren’t we lucky to have such great weather for BirdFest? Especially after yesterday’s downpour. People from all over the area were having a great time, listening to music, attending the demonstrations, going to the Birders’ Marketplace and the Farmer’s Market, etc.

Ridgefield’s own Tim Dawdy was there with his group

Another group played at Davis Park

The Port of Ridgefield trailed carried people around town.

All-in-all, it was a typical Ridgefield celebration. Thanks to all of you who made it possible.

City Hall Gets a Face Lift

Check out the new paint job on City Hall when you’re downtown. The pillars next to the front door are now a clean white, and the building in back is a rust color rather than the drab gray that had been there. Looks good!