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)

 

 

 

 

Gardeners!

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

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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!

 

Meet a Local Merchant

This is another in a series of articles about businesses in our downtown core.

Today we meet Jon Taylor, the owner of the Farmers Insurance Agency on Pioneer Street. Jon has been an insurance agent for 19 years. He prides himself on fast, fair and friendly service, and if you let him give you a quote on your insurance needs he’ll give you $5 in Main Street Moola. That scrip can be exchanged for goods at any participating merchant in the downtown area.

Farmers provides auto, home, recreational vehicle, life and commercial insurance, and Jon says he does it with a smile.

Jon moved into Ridgefield because he loves the downtown area, and his office is now closer to his home. Give him a call for your insurance needs.

Note from Kathy – Jon has already immersed himself in volunteer activities in Ridgefield. This is the type of business owner we really appreciate! If you would like to  have your business featured on FYI98642.com, please email me: kathywinters179@gmail.com.

Farm to Table Dinner

A few tickets are still available for the Farm to Table dinner on August 18.

The festivities start at 6:00 with beverages and appetizers, with dinner at 7 and dancing under the stars to the music of Justin Sheehy.

It’s an evening of food, wine, draft beer and conversation and a chance to showcase our local farmers, brewers, wineries and caterers.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the city  office, 360-887-3557.

American Legion Car Show

The 8th annual American Legion car show was a huge success. There were over 50 cars parked along the streets of downtown Ridgefield.  It was great to see so many local families come out and look at all the cars. A special thanks to Terry Hurd and the Sportsman’s for donating a portion of the dinner proceeds back to the American Legion. The Legion ended up receiving a $250 donation from the Sportsman’s.

 

First Saturday

It’a  picnic in the Park this month as we celebrate First Saturday. Take a walk around town with the Clark County Historical Museum at 9 am – it’s free for residents of the 98642 area code.

The Farmers’ Market will be in full swing at Overlook Park, with zucchini races at 9:30, a talent show from 11 am to 1 pm, water balloon games from noon to 1.

Order sandwiches at the End of the Road Grill (360-887-4990) and they’ll have them ready for you at Overlook Park.

The wine garden will be open from 11 to 2 featuring wines from Windy Hills Winery and Spudder Crest wines.