New World String Project at Old Liberty

Extraordinary instruments and musicians performing heartwarming music rooted in Nordic and Celtic traditions at the Old Liberty Theater, Sat. July 21st at 7:30 pm. Doors 6:45. Admission is $20 for advance tickets – call 360 887-7260.

Ridgefield Main Street

Ridegfield Main Street’s monthly Community Involvement Meeting is Thursday, July 19 at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon. This month will be a community round-table format – and we are are looking forward to hearing YOUR input, ideas and comments on growth of our downtown area. Hear about the Destination Downtown Project.

As always, complimentary coffee is provided, and breakfast service is available. (121 N Main Ave)

CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction

Almost 100 people gathered at the Community Center Saturday night for the CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction benefit for the library.

Small student chairs were auctioned off as well as a bright red fire hydrant, a little library and the table centerpieces. Not all the results are in, but it looks like we made over $11,000! We signed up new Cornerstone members ($1000 donations.)

Herb ‘ Roots provided the food and the Friends of the Ridgefield library made desserts. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the chairs – I was too busy talking to people!

Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries spoke about the timeline of events that will happen as we get closer to having a new library.

Thank you Ridgefield – this is our biggest fund-raiser yet, and it shows people are ready to donate to build our library.

My new theme is ‘$75 EACH!’ which I’ll explain in a future blog.

Natural Garden Tour

The self-guided Natural Garden Tour is happening on July 15! This year will offer 12 gardens that can be viewed between 10 & 4 on that day. The tour offers an opportunity to chat with local residents who have learned how to maintain gardens without relying on fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.

This is a great opportunity to see how beautiful yards can be without the use of chemicals that can harm people, pets, and wildlife. For more information and to download or learn where to pick-up a tour guide, visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/gardentour .

National Night Out

Ridgefield’s 14th annual celebration of National Night Out is fast approaching. We are so excited to once again invite you to come together with our community, neighbors and public safety representatives to commemorate this national event.

This year marks the 35th annual celebration of National Night Out nationwide.  This event began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Please join us in Scenic Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield, on August 7th 2018, from 6pm to 8pm, for our community gathering. You will enjoy free hot dogs, great music, and games for the kids.  A bike rodeo, ice cream, representatives from the public safety community, along with police cruisers and fire trucks and a variety of vendors from the Ridgefield area.

If you are a non-profit organization, you will be provided a free space to set up your own tent or display. If you are a “for profit vendor”, a nominal fee of $75.00 will be charged to help off-set the cost of the event. To reserve your space for our celebration, please contact Sandra Hoots our Police Clerk at (360) 887-3556, or you may email her at Sandra.hoots@ci.ridgefield.wa.us.  We will provide for you a space to setup your own tent, booth or static display. There is limited spaces with a power supply, so make sure you let us know if you need electricity. Please call the police department if you have any questions regarding our event. Our staff is excited to serve you. We hope to hear from you soon.

Posted by Police Chief John Brooks

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Today

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce monthly membership meeting at Windy Hills Winery on Wednesday the 27th from 11:30-1:00. The new format allows for networking from 11:30-12:00 and general membership meeting with guest speaker from 12:00-1:00pm. $15 for members and $20 for non-members which includes a catered lunch.

Meaningful Movies Tonight

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents this free documentary tonight at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. Doors open at 6:15, show starts at 7:00.

In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.

“Kiki” follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. In “Kiki” we meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya. Each of these remarkable young people represents a unique and powerful personal story, illuminating the Kiki scene in particular, as well as queer life in the U.S. for LGBTQ youth-of-color as a whole.

Doors open at 6:15 pm. Donations welcome. Snacks, ice cream, beer, wine and other beverages available for purchase.

March for Immigration Policies

Can you march in support of immigrants? Please join thousands of citizens rallying in Washington DC and across the United States at an event here in Vancouver. MoveOn Clark County is hosting a march to bring attention to Immigration policies which treat asylum seekers as criminals, and break up or incarcerate families. Even though the Trump administration announced it will no longer take children from their parents, there is no current plan to reunite families. It appears that the next step is to incarcerate families until they can be deported, without proper hearings for those seeking asylum.

The march is Saturday, June 30, at 12:45 pm. Meet at Jamie Herrera Beutler’s office O.O. Howard House (Officers’ Row) , 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver.

March starts at 1 p.m.  We will march to Esther Short Park, Bell Tower Community Square.

Please bring a sign. If you do not wish to march, meet at Esther Short Park by 1:30 for a short program of CONVERSATIONS ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND FAMILIES.

Please go this link to sign up.

R-Biz Tonight

Tonight is the Ridgefield Chamber R-Biz networking event. 5-7pm at 3 Peaks Public House and Taproom. 24415 NE 10th Ave, Ridgefield. This event is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members.

Ridgefield Main Street Meets Thursday

Be sure to join the Ridgefield Main Street group this Thursday, June 21 at 8:30 am, for our community meeting at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N. Main. If you are a local business owner, make sure you are there to learn some important information in growing your business.

If you own a local business or are considering starting one, you face a lot of important and difficult questions. Fortunately, your local government can help you find the answers to these questions. Through the City of Ridgefield’s partnership with Buxton, the leader in consumer analytics, you can access local reports to guide your business strategy and tools for marketing success. Join us to learn more about how to leverage Buxton’s resources for your business.

Speaker for this session will be Cheyenne Robinson, Account Executive with Buxton. Cheyenne manages client relationships throughout the U.S. She provides ongoing support and strategic recommendations for her clients throughout their economic development growth. She graduated from Tyler Junior College with a degree in public relations and advertising and completed continuing studies in public relations at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ridgefield to Host Multicultural Festival

The City of Ridgefield’s 1st Annual Multicultural Festival will be September 1st, 2018 in downtown Ridgefield. With the aim of celebrating cultures at home and around the world, the festival will include live performances from the Taiko Drum group Takohachi, Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team, Master Oh’s Taekwondo team and the Ke Kukui Foundation Hula Dancers. There will be cooking classes of Filipino, French, Nigerian and Scandinavian cuisines and many activities for children. Gerardo Calderon of Grupo Condor will teach a workshop about the musical instruments of the world and the Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will teach a Tahitian dance workshop. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn about and experience Ridgefield history and its own unique culture.

“As Ridgefield is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, we felt the time was now to create a festival that honors the many cultures of Southwest Washington and Ridgefield and brings people together,” said Jessica Kipp, Community Relations Specialist for the City of Ridgefield. There will be plenty of activities for all ages with food trucks selling a variety of cuisines, vendors, information booths and a genealogy discovery area.

Performances and festival activities are free to the public. Although some classes require registration and payment of a small fee. For updates on the event schedule and participating vendors please see: https://ridgefieldwa.us/event/multicultural-festival/

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Ridgefield’s First Saturday events which have successfully been bringing the community together for the past three years. The First Saturday events are a collaborative effort between many downtown merchants, the City of Ridgefield, the Ridgefield Art Association, Ridgefield School District and the Farmer’s Market.

Mini Storage Open House

Ridgefield Neighbors Food Drive

Join Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project – Building Community.  Sharing Food. One Green Bag at a Time.

In summer 2017, Clark County neighbors started Clark County’s first neighborhood-based food donation program to help folks who struggle with hunger. Clark Neighbors Food Project (CNFP) is a revolutionary way to collect food: It’s a donor drive, not a food drive. Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, Neighborhood Coordinators enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors to provide sustainable food supply for local food pantries. The concept is simple: “Neighbors want to help…we make it easy!”  (We pattern it after similar efforts in Portland, Olympia, Ashland and cities across the country — see http://clarkfoodproject.com/).  Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project began in January of 2018.

It’s amazingly simple. You get a reusable green Neighbor Food Project bag to store food in. Every two months a Neighborhood Coordinator picks up your full Green Bag, leaves an empty Green Bag, and takes all the bags to a site where volunteers box the food. All food collected in Ridgefield goes to Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Family Resource Center at Ridgefield Schools. Food donors will receive an email reminder so you don’t forget the pickup date. That’s all there is to it.

How much food will people donate? We suggest food donors buy one extra nonperishable food item per week when you go to the market, but it’s really up to you. Some folks will donate a lot, some a little. The amount is not important — as long as you’re participating the Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project will be a success.

Neighbors Want to Help, We Make it Easy!  And that’s our secret: we don’t just help hungry neighbors who receive food—we build connections with neighbors who donate —a true sense of community: the feeling of belonging, of making a difference and on top of that, it’s fun!  Tip for parents: A rewarding activity is to volunteer as a family to give neighbors green bags and pick up food donations. Instill values of fun community service and positive neighborly relationships!

We are currently seeking Neighborhood Coordinators to sign up food donors in Ridgefield neighborhoods.   Contact Bill Baumann at ridgefieldfoodproject@gmail.com.

Pickup Days – 2ND SATURDAY of EVEN months

In 2018 it’s:  Feb 10, Apr 14, Jun 9, Aug 11, Oct 13, Dec 8

3Peaks Helps Library

Come to 3Peaks Public House and Taproom this Thursday and part of your bill will be donated to the Library. This is the third year they’ve helped the library, and it’s always fun. Food and drink purchased inside the building count toward the donation.

There will also be a donation jar and people to talk about the new library.

3Peaks is at 24415 NNE 10th.

Reminder – Garage Sale

Are you looking for a bargain?

Ridgefield Mini Storage is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 4pm, and invites you to participate. Multiple vendors will be on hand – you may find that treasure you’ve been looking for.

All proceeds benefit the Ridgefield School District.

Ridgefield Mini Storage is at 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway, www.ridgefieldministorage.com