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

Submissions:

Please submit your contest photo by posting it on the Ridgefield Forward Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RidgefieldForward/. 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 mdonavan@gmail.com.

 

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: bit.ly/VirtualFirstSaturday

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: https://ridgefieldwa.us/shop-local-and-save/

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 Facebook.com/TailoredFitnessLLC

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 Facebook.com/CityOfRidgefield
Talent show acts should be recorded in a less than one-minute video and sent via Facebook to City of Ridgefield or emailed to Events@ci.ridgefield.wa.us 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 RidgefieldWa.us/coronavirus

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 Facebook.com/CityOfRidgefield

ALL DAY: Check in at bit.ly/VirtualFirstSaturday 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    Facebook.com/RidgefieldFloral.
Finally, appreciate Downtown by visiting Facebook.com/RidgefieldMainStreet 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

FRONT PORCH PHOTOS

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

cindy.lebeau@n2pub.com

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.

EVENT SCHEDULE

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

AROUND TOWN

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.

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies has a terrific film for you this week that is a must see about the amazing life of Bayard Rustin, an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.

We are happy to be partnering with the Vancouver NAACP again and very grateful to have the wonderful Andrea Marzette as our guest speaker. Ms. Marzette is the communications director for the Vancouver NAACP and is incredibly active in the community. This showing is sponsored by NAACP members, Rheta and Howard Rubenstein who shared this article from the Nation about Mr. Rustin. He truly was a remarkable man and involved in so many social justice fights.

The movie is tomorrow night, Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. Doors open at 6:30 to give you a chance to buy treats and libations and the show starts at 7:00. It’s free, but donations are welcome.

Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream

March is Youth Arts Month! Help us to celebrate and be inspired by the amazing documentary story of the artists behind the full length feature film “Loving Vincent” which was painstakingly hand painted. This Meaningful Movies event is brought to you in part by the Ridgefield Art Association.

It’s at 7:00 Wednesday, March 25 at the Old Liberty Theater.

Elevate!

Main Street

Part of the charm of downtown is our business owners! Ridgefield Main Street has an exciting line-up of speakers ready for this month’s Community Meeting at the Sportsman’s. Learn about these new businesses and why they chose our downtown Ridgefield as their location! We’ll also have updates on some of the properties for sale or scheduled for development in our downtown area.

Join us Thursday, February 20, 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s.

Breakfast service is available, and as always complimentary coffee and tea are served.

You’re invited!