Become a ‘Fresh Food Friend’

Help Ridgefield Community Gleaners ‘Make a Difference’ in 2021 b y becoming a  ‘Fresh Food Friend’: 100% of your donation will be used to buy fresh produce weekly for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) to help Ridgefield families in need.

Any size donation is welcome! All donations are tax deductible.

If you are able to Adopt-a-Week, $100 provides a week’s worth of produce for RFRC.

If you are able to Adopt-a-Month, $400 provides a month’s worth of produce for RFRC.

Participate by yourself or form a team of family and friends to reach your contribution goals.

Donations by check can be made payable and mailed to:
Ridgefield Community Gleaners
304 Riverview Dr.
Ridgefield, WA 98642

Donations can be made through our GoFundMe campaign at

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/ridgefield-produce-partners

For more information email: rcgleaners@gmail.com

Include your email to receive more information about Ridgefield Community Gleaners.
Find us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/RidgefieldGleaners

Thank you for helping to ‘Make a Difference’ in Ridgefield!

Make a Difference Month – Week 3

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives. In the process, we recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside ourselves. As a result, gratitude connects us to something larger than ourselves – to our families, friends, and community.

Check out our community gratitude compilation on YouTube!

Think about how to take that inward reflection of gratitude and extend it to your community. How can Gratitude make a difference?

Gratitude Week Challenges:

Create a Thankful Wheel (directions here!)

Add to a Gratitude Tree: Starting on Monday, November 23rd find colorful tree leaves and a tree trunk at select locations. Write down what you are thankful for on the leaf and attach it to the tree!

Participate in our first ever Make a Difference Month! Each week, beginning with Ridgefield First Saturday on Saturday, November 7th, will have its own theme, activities, and challenges.

We have all had a difficult year. Take the time to care for your surroundings, spread kindness, exercise gratitude and connect to your community.

RMS Expands Moola Program

Support our Restaurants!

Reminder – Make a Difference Month

The City of Ridgefield and Ridgefield First Saturdays is launching our first ever Make A Difference Month starting with Make A Difference Day Saturday, November 7th and ending with Hometown Celebration on Saturday, December 5th.

Make A Difference month is a community wide challenge with weekly themes and activities that emphasize the importance of caring for and appreciating our community. Each week will have its own theme, activities, and challenges. Complete all the challenges and receive a “I Made A Difference” certificate and thank you card from Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose. Weekly themes include: Stewardship, Small Acts of Kindness, Gratitude, and Community Connection. All activities and content can be found on our website, at bit.ly/RIDGEFIELDCARES

We recognize how challenging the past year has been for our community, and have seen an incredible demonstration of resilience and community among our residents and businesses. The Ridgefield community has stepped up to the plate to help one another through difficult times. With Make A Difference Month, we want to recognize and promote those actions in our community as we enter a time of year that can be tough for many. Come together with your community and Make A Difference in Ridgefield!

Make A Difference Month begins November 7th and there will be many opportunities to participate in the event throughout the month, but before then we want to ask the community for help in preparing a video. One of our weekly themes, is Gratitude, and we are asking: “What are you thankful for in Ridgefield/the Ridgefield Community?” If you have an answer to this question, and are willing to be featured in a video produced by the City of Ridgefield for Make A Difference Month, please email Events@ci.ridgefield.wa.us by Monday, October 26th for information on how to participate. Ridgefield community members of ALL ages are welcome to participate.

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.

Zoom Session on County Home Rule Charter

Join the Ridgefield Community Group for a Zoom conference on Sept 26th at 5pm with Chuck Green to discuss Ridgefield centric data from the August primary and to learn about the County Home Rule Charter. Chuck is a Clark County Charter Review candidate from Ridgefield and is a wealth of knowledge about most things in Clark County politics. He serves on the Clark County Commission on Aging and the 3 Creeks Rotary. He has been the project manager for many transportation projects in our area and was the construction manager for the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Center. To join the discussion, use this zoom link:
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Meeting ID: 892 7223 0087
Passcode: 177156
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Support Rally for RPD

Derek Sommers and others are planning a Ridgefield Police Department Support Rally on August 8th, 10:30 am at Overlook Park.

We will start at the park with a few words and then do a short march around downtown and end at the RPD. We will have flags and signs as well as some notes to leave for the officers.

Derek will have opened up a few tabs up at Liberty Theater and Vinnie’s Pizza for the officers to use so anyone who wants to can put money down on the tabs. Please do it the day of the rally so there’s no confusion.

We will keep things simple but the impact will be huge for the RPD! Please spread the word on social media and word of mouth. Thank you for all of your support!

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Chamber donates

l/r: Mayor Don Stose, John Rose, Chris Poppert, Judy Hinz

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and Ridgefield Main Street presented a check to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center for $500. This is a grant given out to local businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19. Grant applications are being taken through the end of the month by emailing info@ridgefieldchamberofcommerce.com and telling us why you deserve / need up to $500 in grant money. For more info you can reach out to John Rose, President of the Chamber of Commerce at 360-903-3466.

Protest In Ridgefield

A group calling themselves ‘Freedom of Assembly Ridgefield, WA’ held a protest against systemic racism yesterday at Overlook Park. Several people spoke about their experiences and after the rally many marched around downtown Ridgefield chanting “Black Lives Matter.” About 30 people attended and the group handed out a leaflet listing books, movies, and podcasts of interest as well as organizations that address the issue of systemic racism.

As a white woman living in Ridgefield, which is overwhelmingly white,  my question is: What are five concrete things I can do, beside reading a book or watching a movie, to combat racism?

 

4th of July Photos

This from Sandy Schill:

“As the longtime Festival director for the Ridgefield 4th of July, I just couldn’t bring myself to say, “Canceled” for our event. While it looked nothing like the annual parade, festivities and evening fireworks that we usually have, we altered it to comply with the safety for our citizens due to the current pandemic.

We asked our community citizens to celebrate our independence at home in their front yards and driveways and we would bring some fun to them. People started the day at 1 p.m. holding their own kid parade in their street. At 2 p.m. Cars and Parade entries randomly began driving around our development neighborhoods. One of our long-standing parade entries, RDO, passed out 5,000 units of potato chips and instant potato packets. Ice cream trucks roamed the streets. Human bugs from a pest control company, Natura, performed as they drove through the neighborhoods. We were pleasantly surprised at how many people participated in our suggestion to stay home and celebrate. We also had a patriotic Parade of Homes in which the best decorated home for the 4th of July received a trophy in each neighborhood. We had a lot of participants that did a wonderful job decorating for the 4th. They pre-phoned in their address and we drove around and judged the homes awarding them with their trophy.

We also had #Ridgefield Strong t-shirts custom made over the last four weeks. Everyone was wearing their shirt for the day.

The city had their own virtual events happening such as a virtual pancake breakfast and a virtual shoebox parade float that was streamed online. While it was a bummer that we couldn’t hold our traditional event, it just goes to show how strong our community spirit is in Ridgefield.”

Here are photos of some of the winning displays

Get Your 4th of July Tee Shirt Today!

Sandy Schill sent me this information about the tee shirts she’s ordered to celebrate the 4th of July.

Many people have asked, “Are we having a parade?” According to the Phases plan, the answer is, “Not the traditional parade we are used to seeing.”

We’re suggesting people create their own festival at home and the 4th of July Committee will come to you. Visit our website at www.Ridgefield4th.com for more information.

As part of the annual event, there has always been a designated shirt for sale only at the event. We designed this shirt to express the ongoing strength and community spirit that Ridgefield exemplifies. They are available in a Men’s crew neck or Ladies V-neck, all sizes and many colors. They are $15 each and the proceeds help fund the event listed on our website for this year.

Call or email Sandy Schill at 360 887-0329 or sandyschill33@gmail.com to order and arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Order now so you can have your shirt in time for the 4th!

 

 

 

Fourth of July

Ridgefield celebrates the Fourth of July BIG each year, this year will look a little different due to our need to protect the health of our community, but with your help it will be just as fun and patriotic!

9AM Virtual Fun Run: Register and run your 5K on the road, on a trail, on the treadmill or around your yard; post a picture with #RidgefieldRuns4th2020 and receive participant swag. Registration information to come.

10AM Zoom Pancake Feed: Make your own pancakes or order them to-go; then join a special guest and your neighbors for the feed. Stay tuned for more details.

11AM Streaming Kid, Pet and Craft Parade: Get dressed up, decorate wagons or bikes, or make a shoebox-size float and take a picture. Send your pictures to Events@ci.ridgefield.wa.us with the subject line “Virtual Parade” anytime between June 7-30, and you will see them in an online parade on the City of Ridgefield Facebook on the 4th. Include any names or stories you would like to be included. Ridgefield Art Association will lead the parade with their shoebox-sized float entries.

1:00 pm Kids and Pets Parade: Dress up the kids/pets and parade them on your street for 6 blocks left, then right and back home. Keep the little ones in sight or follow along, but parade for your neighbors like you would if you were on the corner of Pioneer and Main. But, make sure all participants stay 6 feet apart.

2:00 pm Car Parade: Instead of watching the parade, be the parade. Decorate your car, truck, trailer, or whatever and drive the neighborhoods of Ridgefield. Create your own theme with your imagination. A suggested loop will be posted on www.Ridgefield4th.com. Parade safely: resist sharing your vehicle, and maintain social distancing by waiting in your front yard for cars to come to you.

4:00PM Judging for a Patriotic Parade of Homes: Decorate your homes to the MAX in all it’s glory. Think of how much effort we put into decorating our homes at Christmas, but do it for July with Red, White, and Blue or whatever July 4th looks like to you. If you’re in the city limits, submit your address to www.Ridgefield4th.com and judges will drive by on July 4th. The best decorated in each neighborhood will receive prizes similar to floats in the traditional parade.

ALL DAY

Enjoy a Front Yard or Driveway BBQ: Grill up a hot dog, make a potato salad and apple pie and enjoy an old-fashioned family 4th.  Set up the lawn chairs and create your own fun and friendly competition with outdoor games like kick-the-can or capture the flag, decorate the driveway with chalk art, get out the yard games and play croquet, or badminton.

Display a U.S. Flag: Beginning June 21, pick up a handheld flag at Ridgefield businesses. One per family. Provided by Ridgefield4th Committee.

Purchase a full size flag for a home display by June 12th and support the Ridgefield Lion’s Club: https://www.ridgefieldlions.org/

Wear a Ridgefield 4th T-shirt: Pre-order your shirt at ridgefield4th.com.

Kids Activities and Games: Find 4th of July inspired DIY crafts, scavenger hunt and other fun at home activities at bit.ly/VirtualFirstSaturday.

Co-sponsored by the Ridgefield 4th of July planning organization, City of Ridgefield, First Saturday Committee and local businesses.

The live Kid Parade, Car Parade and Patriotic Parade of Homes are hosted and judged by Ridgefield 4th Non-Profit.

American Legion’s Memorial Day Service

Posting the colors at the service in 2015

Ridgefield’s American Legion Post 44 will once again host a Memorial Day service at the Ridgefield Cemetery at 11am on Monday. A live video of the service will be aired for those that don’t want to attend in person. Social distancing will be expected.