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 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 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 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 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 and judges will drive by on July 4th. The best decorated in each neighborhood will receive prizes similar to floats in the traditional parade.


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:

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

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

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.

High Speed Internet

It’s coming! The Davey Tree people were trimming trees along the power lines on 4th Avenue this morning, in preparation for adding high speed internet.

Moola Project Continues

Feel Good Fridays Continue

Victory Garden Contest Opens

People all over the world are taking time during the global slowdown to start their own vegetable gardens. We thought, why not celebrate the abundance of green thumbs right here in our beautiful Ridgefield area? We have adopted the name “Victory Gardens,” popularized during World War II, to highlight that self sufficiency in a time of great economic and supply chain uncertainty can also be a patriotic act. Growing our own vegetables, herbs and flowers can allow us to live more sustainably too. In other words, this contest is a winner by every measure.

Important dates:

Contest Opens: May 1st, 2020

Final Submission Date: August 23rd, 2020 by 11:59pm

Winners Announced: September 1st, 2020

Contest Rules: Gardens must be located in the 98642 zip code. They can be at a home, community garden or business and must be grown in 2020. Households or businesses with more than one garden may submit entries for each garden. All ages are encouraged to participate. Gift certificates for Lava Java Cafe will be awarded for each of the following categories:

10 Contest Categories:

Least Water Usage

Most Visually Stunning or Best Use of Art

Best Garden in Which to Be a Kid

Most Biodiversity

Most Improved (submit before and after photos)

Best Use of a Small Space

Best Food Theme (i.e. salsa, Asian veggies, herbal tea, pizza toppings etc)

Greatest Food Production

Best Youth Garden (Under 18 years old)

People’s Choice (most positive Facebook comments)

Important dates:

Contest Opens: May 1st, 2020

Final Submission Date: August 23rd, 2020 by 11:59pm

Winners Announced: September 1st, 2020


Please submit your contest photo by posting it on the Ridgefield Forward Facebook page, Indicate for which category or categories you would like to be considered. If you don’t use Facebook, you can still participate simply by emailing your pictures to


Sponsors:  This contest is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Forward, a newly formed collaboration of local volunteers focused on reducing and reversing Climate Change, and Lava Java Cafe owner Phuong Tran, who is passionate about conservation and helping the planet.

*Photo submission is considered permission to post; however, ownership of all images shall be retained by the photographer. Please note that all photos submitted will be posted on our Facebook site and may be used for contest publicity.




First Saturday Virtually

First Saturday 5th Anniversary: We are celebrating the 5th Anniversary of First Saturdays tomorrow – it is all virtual, but still a reason to celebrate! Thank you to everyone who has dedicated time and energy over the last five years to make this celebration possible. It has been fun to look back at our accomplishments and the awesome activities that so many residents and visitors have enjoyed. We even won an award from Association of Washington Cities. Watch the slide show tomorrow.

If you don’t know, the founders of the First Saturday event are Earleen Griswold, Peggy Quall, Barb Blystone and Kay Stringfellow. A huge shout out to them for making First Saturdays possible.

We are all looking forward to being able to celebrate live again! But, until then, the City is committed to continuing First Saturday events in whatever way possible.

May First Saturday/5th Anniversary Celebration: Here is the link for May First Saturday. It will go live later tonight:

Shop Local and Save: The City is launching a program today to encourage residents to shop local. In a nutshell, residents who shop at a business within City limits can turn in the receipt for a credit on their next water bill. How you can help – provide receipts and let your customers know it is happening. Here is a link to find out more information:

Look for another shop local program that will be unveiled next week. If you have your own FB page, please share the announcements – it will benefit your business and this fabulous place that we live.

Virtual May Day

Each year, the May Day Spring Festival marks the anniversary of Ridgefield First Saturdays, 2020 is the 5th Anniversary and we want to celebrate with you. To do so, we are adapting May Day Spring Festival to a virtual format. Tune in Saturday, May 2nd for events and activities that follow physical distancing but keep us connected as a community. Here is what you can expect from our Virtual May Day Spring Festival:

9AM: Start the day off on the right foot with a Wake Up Workout on Facebook Live with Tailored Fitness. Find it at

11AM: Celebrate the talents in the Ridgefield Community with a Virtual Talent Show. A compilation of community submissions will premiere on the City of Ridgefield Facebook Page at 11am. Watch it live and interact with your community in the comments. Visit
Talent show acts should be recorded in a less than one-minute video and sent via Facebook to City of Ridgefield or emailed to by 5PM Tuesday, April 28th (today) to be included.

NOON: Order Lunch via Delivery or Pick-Up from a local restaurant. Find a list of what is open at

1PM: Maypole Dance Video & First Saturday 5th Anniversary Celebration. Join us for another live premiere on the City of Ridgefield Facebook as we reminisce 5 years of Ridgefield First Saturday events with a photo slideshow! Find it at

ALL DAY: Check in at anytime starting May 2nd for First Saturday activities that you can complete anytime, including:
Guide for supporting local farmers during this time,
Check-in video with the Ridgefield Garden Club,
Vote for your favorite Toilet Paper Inspired Digital Art Show and Contest with Ridgefield Art Association,
DIY Anniversary Cupcake Recipe and Decorating,
Downtown Mapping Scavenger Hunt, and    May Baskets and flowers for pick-up in front of Ridgefield Community Library
May Day Flower Crown kit and instructions from Ridgefield Floral. Pick up a free flower crown kit no-contact in front of City Hall beginning Thursday, April 30 and find a tutorial at
Finally, appreciate Downtown by visiting and participating in the First Saturday edition of their ‘Feel Good Fridays’ challenge.

Ridgefield Life

Ridgefield Life Magazine invites you to participate in the Front Porch Photo issue. Details below.

 Celebrate 4th of July with

Red, White & Blue


Drawing to win gift cards El Rancho Viejo & Teriyaki Thai

Your neighborhood magazine, Ridgefield Life, wants to capture your spirit for America. We’d like to come by and take photos of you and your family.

A photo of your family on your porch.

Dress and Decorate your porch in

red, white and blue to celebrate 4th of July!

 We will publish these photos in the July Ridgefield Life issue

And your name goes in a drawing to win gift cards.

Let me know if you want to join in the fun!

Text Cindy Lebeau (360-901-1738) or call with your name and address. Our professional photographer, Chris Bidleman, will stop by to take the photo. Tell me your preferred day and time range Friday, May 8th after 3pm or Saturday, May 9th.

We will text you with a ten-minute reminder that we’re on our way. Social distancing may still be in place so we would stay about 15 feet away.

In support of local businesses, we are also giving you a chance to win gift cards!

Thank you for making Ridgefield Life your special magazine

Cindy Lebeau 360-901-1738

This Will Make Your Day!


Parr Lumber’s Ladies Night Workshops – POSTPONED

This event has been postponed because of the pandemic

Celebrate the Downtown Arts Quarter and Kick-Off for Youth Arts Month!

Start your morning at Ridgefield’s first color run! The Ridge Color Run is a 2 mile Color Fun Run in downtown Ridgefield! Check it out and register here.

Registration fee after Feb. 24th: $25. Hosted by The Ridge Parents Association.

After you run, join us at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center for activities, vendors, and an art showcase.


9AM – The Ridge Color Run @ Davis Park | Race begins at 10AM
Fun, un-timed two mile walk or run around historic Downtown Ridgefield. Wear white because you will be doused in different colored powders along the route. The fun continues at a Finish Festival with music at Davis Park. Sponsored by The Sunset Ridge/View Ridge Parent Association.
For more information and to register, click here.

9AM-2PM – Art Celebration @ Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center

Express Yourself: Hands-on activities for kids and adults of all ages. Featuring Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield Art Association and Ridgefield School District artists & staff.

Farmers Market and First Saturday Vendor Fair

Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your game board and then stroll around historic downtown to discover art pieces.

Community mural: Help create a large and colorful masterpiece.

11:30AM-2PM – Art Alive! @ Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month presents a showcase featuring talented local dancers, musicians, singers and actors from Musical Expressions, The Fusion Theater Collective, Dance Fusion NW and more!

2PM and 4:30PM – “Robinson Crusoe” @ Ridgefield High School
presented by Missoula Children’s Theater.

7PM – Quinn Liu Concert @ Old Liberty Theater


Youth Art Displays – Enjoy youth artwork at merchants around downtown.

Create Espresso Art at Season’s Coffee

Ridgefield Coaster sets available at downtown restaurants courtesy of Ridgefield Main Street.