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.

Welcome New and Relocated Businesses

A good sized group of people showed up downtown this afternoon to welcome the new shops and changes to our cityscape. The Main Street Program had ribbon cuttings celebrating all the changes.

The owner of Fin and Feather has had an online presence for several years. and his customers asked him to open a retail store.

Even the Raptor mascot was there!

Coach’s Cuts is moving to the former location of Ridgefield Liquor, End of the Road restaurant is relocating to Battle Ground, Bain Boutique  is doing great business.

Around the corner, Merilee Lee, owner of the Main Street Studio building on Main Avenue, is upgrading the building with new signage,  freshened brick work and a cleaner look.

A surprise to me was the announcement that the space between the former Coach’s Cuts and End of the Road restaurant will now be a game center.

Check it out!

The Main Street Design Team

Celebrate Downtown

The Main Street Program invites you to celebrate downtown this afternoon, November 8, from 4 to 7 pm in the alley between the new location of Coach’s Cuts and Bain Boutique. Sip, munch, and meet our new business owners. There will be street music and the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Roundabout Red Label to be Chosen

Saturday, at 3:00 pm during the Chickadee bazaar in the Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield Art Association will have the honor of having wine maker Gary Gouger choose one entry from the RAA membership entries for the new label of the soon-to-be-bottled Roundabout Red. The labels will be on display all day long so come down and see what the artists have created.

Ridgefield Roundabout Red is made from the grapes grown at the roundabouts and is a potential award-winning wine. We’d like for many folks to come down and see the entries and be there when he makes his choice.

First Saturday Roaring 20’s

Support the Friends of Ridgefield Library during First Saturday in November when Overlook Park will be transformed into a jazz-filled speakeasy housed under large canopies with heaters & chandeliers for a Roaring 20’s themed wine tasting and celebration! Come enjoy the bounty of the wine corridor surrounding Ridgefield and participate in a day of 1920’s themed fun.

Friends of the Library will be pouring, and there will be a wine wall, where you can take a chance on a choice bottle of wine for $20. This is a major fund-raiser for our new library, so come and support the Friends.

Vinnies Pizza Gives Cash-Back

For the last four years, Vince and Elena from Vinne’s Pizza have sponsored a cash-back night, where they not only donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening to the Friends of the Library, but match that amount.

Here’s Elena presenting the check to yours truly.

Good news! Elena told me they’d like to do it again in January. Keep posted!

When you order your pizza or other Italian food from Vinnie’s, please tell them ‘thanks’ for supporting our library.

New Store in Town

Samantha Bain

We have a new specialty shop in town – Bain Boutique. Samantha Bain started her business online and decided to open a store front in Ridgefield because of the friendliness of the people here.

She carries women’s clothes in sizes extra small to 3X. Many of her products are one-of-kind from local artists. She prides herself on having quality merchandise at reasonable prices.

Bain is at 218 Pioneer Street. Stop by and say ‘hello’ and ‘welcome to Ridgefield.’

Bain carries a wide assortment of items

 

 

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!

What Makes Ridgefield so Special #14

Everyone came to Birdfest yesterday: by car, by truck, by  motorcycle, and by walking, but someone very special rode horses.

Since horses are not allowed at Season’s Coffee Shop, their owners made sure they wouldn’t get away by hitching them to the ring on the sidewalk outside the shop.

Only  in Ridgefield!

Apartment for Rent

The bottom level of this charming coach house in downtown Ridgefield is for rent. It’s a great space for one person, and will be available November 1. Approximately 600 square feet, the apartment is clean and fresh and rents unfurnished. Utilities are included in the $900 per month rent. The space is air conditioned and heated. Contact Carol Pinnell, 503-313-9975. Please do not disturb the current tenants.

                 Details

Laundry facilities on premises.

Walkable to downtown and parks and public garden

First and last month’s rent plus security deposit

1 year lease

No smoking or pets

Utilities included

Parking space on street.

Small gardening areas available for personal use

Community Garden Gets a Refresh

The Community Garden got a refresh this week: new gravel on the roadways and bark on the paths. It looks great!

People are planting for fall gardens now – lettuce, strawberries, broccoli, onions, beets, Swiss chard, etc. The garden is at 5th and Sargent if you haven’t been there before – check it out.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.