Ridgefield Main Street Meeting

Ridgefield Main Street’s September Community Meeting is this Thursday, September 20th from 8:30-9:30am at The Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main Ave.

Join us to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent of the Ridgefield School District. There’s lot’s happening in our schools, and Dr. McCann will be catching us up on all the news.

Complimentary coffee and tea are served, and breakfast service is available.

Chamber of Commerce Networking Tonight

Join the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce tonight, Tuesday, September 18, 5 to 7pm,
at Hookum Brewing Company in the heart of Ridgefield: casual networking in a nice, relaxed environment.

While there, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. All proceeds benefit RCC’s Ridgefield High School Business Scholarship Fund.

Hookum is a local-family-owned craft brewery and pub located at 120 N. 3rd Ave.

Flowserve Ribbon Cutting

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Flowserve office and warehouse on Thursday, September 20th at 1:30.

Flowserve’s core business is solving complex fluid motion and control challenges for their customers. Flowserve moves, controls and protects the flow of materials in the world’s most critical industries, including oil and gas, renewable energy, chemicals, power generation, and water.

Flowserve is at 7075 South 11th Street.


Tinkergarten provides early childhood learning in the outdoors. The curriculum engages a wide range of kids ages 18 months to 8 years. A season of Tinkergarten lessons are engineered to help kids develop a range of school readiness and lifelong-learning skills. Registration is available on-line for classes at Abrams Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning September 10.

Families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In a 5-part class each week, Tinkergarten Leader Tiffany Burnette will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development.

The program progresses to meet each child’s needs season after season. This fall, the curriculum will support the development of a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills. Our focus skill for the season will be problem solving.

Tinkergarten registration here.

Who we are: Tinkergarten is a social impact company committed to providing both play-based learning and a connection to nature for families everywhere.

 Our classes are small (12 children max), for children ages 18 months – 5 years. Meet once a week for about an hour, and a parent or guardian stays with each child.

Our partnerships: Classes are designed to leave-no-trace. We support the areas we work with in a wide variety of ways; bringing new families to the green space, engaging very young children in nature play, and building a family culture of outdoor time and respect for nature.

Grand Opening of First Centennial

Come help First Centennial Mortgage celebrate the opening of their new branch in Ridgefield. With half of the NW team being from Ridgefield, they have been anxiously waiting for this opportunity to go back to their roots. It is because of your business and constant referrals that this dream is coming true. Celebrate their growth and enjoy beverages and snacks at an open house on Thursday, September 20 from 4 to 7 pm. They are teaming up with their neighbors, NW Rose Real Estate, so you can come see both offices!

First Centennial is a 418 Pioneer Street.

Benefit for Fire Victims

Britnee Kellogg will perform September 23 at Three Brothers Vineyard in a benefit concert for the McPeake Jeffries family who recently lost everything, including their niece, in that big Ridgefield firea few weeks ago. All proceeds go to the family, and there are countless donations for a silent auction.

Tickets may be purchaed at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596382


Workshop on Taxes

The first quarterly workshop put on by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will be this Wednesday, September 12 from 9am to noon at Windy Hills Winery.

The experts at NWCPA will teach and answer your questions in this interactive workshop focused on the following topics: 1) Business Bookkeeping 2) Tax Preparation 3) Tax Planning 4) How to read your financials and make good business decisions 5) How to spot red flag activity to prevent fraud and embezzlement 6) Keep your books clean to save money at the end of the year ​

Member Fee: $25

Non-Member Fee: $50

Honoring our Service People and First Responders

About 50 boatloads of fishermen were on the River Sunday as the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Fallen Outdoors went out to fish the Columbia. I was there as they started coming in. It was impressive to see American Legion members and others welcoming them back with flags along the dike.

Many of the boats brought in nice sized fish, as evidenced by this one.

It was a busy scene at the dock when the boats returned.

Thank you to all who were involved in planning this project. Terry Hurd of the Sportsman’s provided food, but I didn’t stay for the barbecue.

Photos from Experience Ridgefield and Oktoberfest

Lots of people were having lots of fun yesterday at the combination Oktoberfest and Experience Ridgefield.

The skies looked ominous, but no rain fell and the coolness was very refreshing after all our warm weather.

Ridgefield Main Street sponsored Oktoberfest, and all profits went to expand the many programs and improvements they’ve made in the downtown area.

Spuds were there in their finery!

Ron Melton of Opus Music brought instruments for people to try out.

Tucked away where many people may not have seen it were two gentlemen creating a sand sculpture of the Ridgefield Schools logo.

The new schools were open and people could tour them and see what our tax dollars are paying for. Very impressive! I heard lots of comments, like “I wish we’d had something like this when we went to school.”


There are still a few foursomes who signed up for the Friends of the Library Golf Tournament who have not turned in their registration forms and payments. Please call me (360)887-2160 or Tevis (360)887-3879 asap as we have to turn in the count soon.

The tournament is Sunday, September 30, a 1:00 scramble at Tri Mountain Golf Course and the cost is $100.

It’s a beautiful course and we always have a lot of fun.

Wiener Dog Races and Oktoberfest this Saturday



Multicultural Festival Today

Big doings all day today as Ridgefield celebrates our Multicultural Festival. It begins at 10am with a welcome speech by Mayor Don Stose and then a parade of Chinese lions at Overlook Park, corner of Main and Pioneer,

Events continue throughout the day. Here’s the schedule for the Overlook Park events:

11am Takohachi Japanese drum and dance

12:30 Master Oh’s  tae kwan do

3:15 Maharaja Bangra Indian Dance Group

4:00 Scarlet Sails Russian Theater Group

5:00 Chinook Closing Ceremony

Cooking classes and music workshops will be held at the Community Center, but pre-registration was suggested, so there’s no guarantee there will still be space left.

9 :00 Filipino cooking ($10)

10:00 Ora Nui Tahitan Dance workshop ($25)

10:30 Scandinavian cooking ($10)

1:00 Five French ‘master’ sauces ($10)

3:00 Spicy Nigerian meat and Joliof rice ($0)

3:00 Gerardo Calderon and his Condor instrument workshop @15)

He will do an evening performance at the Old Liberty Theater ($15)

Flags of many nations will be displayed along Main and Pioneer, purchased by citizens of Ridgefield to honor their ancestors’ counties of birth.

Be sure to stop at the library and see the Chinese lion on display.

RAS Grand Opening

The Ridgefield Art Space (RAS) is having a grand opening, Saturday, August 25th from 7:30 to 11pm, and you’re invited. They’re at 208 Pioneer Street, on the second floor above the Hardware Store.*

There will be a live cover band, bar, on-site babysitting, dancing/no dancing and as much fun as you can take!

On Saturday they will introduce their instructors to the community and open registrations to the following class types and events:



Hip Hop

Baby/Toddler and Me

Monthly Date Nights with onsite babysitting

Ballroom/Partner Dance

Monthly Paint n’ Sips

Stand Up and Improv Comedy

Weekend Teen Lounge

More Parties

Suggested donation for admission is $15. Onsite babysitting for the event is offered at $5 per child (w/ accompanying admission donation). RAScoins in exchange to get drinks and raffle tickets for cool prizes. If you purchase tickets before the event you will receive RAScoins to spend at the event.

Liz and Spencer have created a lovely venue for their business, as shown in the photo below. Come and see what they have to offer.

Nonprofit “Arts for All” Fundraiser

Your donations through admission, beverage coins and raffle tickets help give access to their classes and events to everyone in Ridgefield, regardless of economic constraints.

With your help, they’re designing a platform where at least 1/4 of class attendees will not be required to pay.  Some can’t afford these things, but often they can’t afford not to.  Your participation makes theirs possible.

*note* RAS is on the second floor and has no elevator, no ADA access.  They apologize if this causes any inconvenience but are limited in this way due to the space’s existing 104 year old design. If there’s anything they can  do to accommodate additionally please call Liz or Spencer at  360-947-4484

Come to Oktoberfest!

Meaningful Movies

Climate change is the fight of our lifetime and is disproportionately affecting the poor, the elderly, children and communities of color. The current state of the U.S. Territory Puerto Rico is a prime example. After Hurricane Maria touched down 11 months ago, it has taken until last week for power to be fully restored. 254 schools have been closed because of decreased enrollment (families who were able to leave have left) and because several schools are still ravaged from the hurricane. The death toll is greater than 4,600.

I believe it is going to take the efforts of all of us together to fight it.

If you are feeling anxious about the changing climate and want to channel that feeling into action, come down to the Old Liberty this Wednesday, August 22, to watch “Before the Flood” with us and to hear what one of Clark County leaders, Don Steinke, has to say. He and his wife Alona, have been on the front lines in direct actions, legislative efforts, education and coalition building. He will talk about initiative 1631. Doors open at 6:15, movie starts at 7:00. It’s free, but donations are welcome.