Lions Host Casino Night

Ridgefield Lions are hosting another fun Casino Night, Saturday, February 17, from 7-10pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. This is open to anyone over 21. Last year, the Ilani dealt all our games and had teaching tables for those that wanted to learn Craps, Black Jack and Roulette,  and they will be back again this year.

Cost is $25 per person, all inclusive for light food, drinks and money for play. There will be prizes and a whole lot of fun. Last year we had a hundred people attend and everyone still had a place at a table. Come meet our members and join in some fun with us.

The Lion’s are individuals that volunteer to support community events and Ridgefield students.

RBA Meeting Wednesday

Kevin Hiebert, owner and principal of Resonate Consulting and Leadership Development, is a facilitator, trainer, leadership coach and strategy consultant who supports collaboration to create social and organizational systems change and collective impact.

He will speak at the Ridgefield Business Association meeting next Wednesday, January 31, noon to 1:00, at the Sportsman’s.

Kevin is passionate about collaboration, participatory leadership and seeing collective wisdom and action emerge.  For the past 20 years Kevin has been working with people, teams and organizations to take the next steps of growth, collaboration and action.

A Tribute to Connie Maul

Life without Limits

Connie Maul, an amazing man, who even after a tragic and debilitating injury, continued to live life on his own terms. Connie knew what he was about, defied all odds, and did it his way, even as he passed away on January 11, 2018, less than one month shy of his 91st birthday.

He provided his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends with a rich exposure to the world of construction, house-building, wood shop, horses, hunting, boats, games, and puzzles. And then there was the Connie Maul way. He hated drinking water and realized that the real key to a long and independent life was Coca Cola and coffee, straightforward good food with as few vegetables as possible, cookies, and cinnamon rolls from his dear neighbor Cindy.

Connie was blessed by the care that was unreservedly given by his wife Helen and, following her passing two years ago, by his wonderful caregivers and his family. There are truly gifts and blessings in life, and the kind and gifted women (Laurie, Arlene, Donna, Alyssa, Michelle, and Julie) that patiently cared for him and helped him retain his independence and dignity cannot be overstated.

Connie Maul will be buried at Sara Union cemetery this Saturday, January 20th at 11 am. Following burial, there will be a gathering at Zebrun’s Starliner, beginning around noon, to celebrate Connie’s life with family and friends. If you knew Connie and would like to attend at the graveside or join the Maul family at Starliner afterwards please feel welcome. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Main Street Program Thursday

Please join us on Thursday, January 18 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. for our monthly community meeting at the Sportsman’s.

Carrie Schulstad (Camas Downtown Association) will be our guest speaker. She will share how the B&O Tax Credit Program has been successfully implemented and has impacted Camas, and how it can have the same positive effect in our downtown area. This should be on every business-owner’s “must attend” list – it will be beneficial to you and to our downtown core.

Looking forward to seeing you there. As always, complimentary coffee is provided, and breakfast service is available.

Toastmasters Meeting

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting: 6:30-7:30 pm each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 South Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene McCann at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Library Programs January 16 to January 20

Tuesday January 16

Read to the Dog 6:00 p.m.-Practice your reading skills and make a new four-legged friend. Program is intended for ages 5-9. Space is limited. Call the library to sign-up.

Wednesday January 17

Stitchery Group 10:00 a.m.-All stitchery type hobbies are welcome to this informal group.

Preschool  Story Time 10:30 a.m.

Ridgefield Gaming Group 4:00 p.m. (for teens)

Thursday January 18

Mahjong  1:00 p.m.

Spanish Conversation Circle 3:30 p.m.

UCAN’TDOTHATATTHELIBRARY 4:00 p.m. (for tweens ages 9-12)-Enjoy the Amazing Library Race.

Friday January 19

Toddler Story time 10:30 a.m.

Saturday January 20

11:00 a.m.-Celebrate Tea-Sharon Grace Kryger will lead a workshop on processing tea with freshly-picked tea leaves from Ridgefield’s local tea plantation.

First Saturday is a Health and Fitness Festival

Get inspired for a New Year and a New You at Ridgefield’s Health & Fitness Festival this Saturday!

Learn how to revamp your life with traditional and new trends in making better food choices, natural nutrition supplements, fitness programs, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, skin care products, and apparel. Relax with a massage, try out essential oils, get a free body scan, talk to a chiropractor, try out horticulture therapy, learn how art & music can help with your health.

Food with a focus on local & organic including Buckets Restaurant and BakerChics.

Fitness Classes and Activities for all ages and fitness levels at the Community Center. They include:

10:00 – Drum Circle with Opus School of Music

11:00 – Cheerleading with RHS Cheerleaders

11:30 – Plank Challenge with Tailored Fitness

12:00 – Introduction to Yoga

1:00 – Free body scans and fitness activities by Unleashed Fitness NW

2:00 – Tae Kwon Do by HS Tae Kwon Do

There will be Prize Drawings throughout the day for those who participate in any health or fitness activity.

10:00  Free Fun walk/run by Why Racing Events @ Davis Park

An easy 1-mile walk/run along the waterfront & a more challenging 3-mile run through downtown Ridgefield and along Abrams Park trails.

Register on the day of the event.

Warm up with Tailored Fitness at 9:45.

Enjoy a free healthnut smoothie prepared by Seasons Coffee Shop.

First 30 runners receive a free tee shirt.


Visit local merchants and enjoy outdoor fitness by walking through downtown, biking along the waterfront, hiking a trail at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge or creating your own outdoor fun at one of the City’s four downtown parks.

Visit Gracefully Yours Fine Tea Company at Seasons Coffee Shop.

Prize drawings and Ridgefield Art Association display at Vintage Revival.

Main Street Program

Join us on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon for complimentary buffet breakfast and fellowship. This is our annual “thanks for your support” get-together, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Winners of the Downtown Holiday Decorating Contest will also be announced, and awards presented.

Singing Christmas Tree

Make your plans now to attend one of the performances of this year’s Singing Christmas Tree.  On this special fortieth anniversary, we will celebrate the decades of this popular event, including some of our
favorite songs from past performances.  Performances are scheduled for 6:30 PM on December 8, 10, 12, 15 & 17, and for 10:30 AM on December 17.  There is no cost for admission, but we encourage you to arrive early, as seats fill up quickly.  For more information, call the church office at 360.887.3576.

Wreath Placing at Northwood Park

Northwood Park is participating in Wreaths Across America on December 16, 2017 at 9:00.
We will be having a short ceremony before placing the Memorial Wreaths on the veterans graves.
We would like to thank Boy Scout Troop #14 for their participation and making sure we have enough wreaths.

Ridgefield Arts Experience is seeking authors of children’s books

Ridgefield Arts Experience is seeking the use of a story written by a local author for an integrated youth arts experience including a performance of the story. The experience will be March 22, 2018, and the author will have the opportunity to be present during the production, including a book signing.

Ridgefield Arts Experience is a collaborative production which integrates musical, literary and visual arts for school age participants. The experience is open to elementary and middle school students who have the opportunity to make costumes and scenery, compose and perform music, and enact the chosen story.

Please send a resume and examples of your work to Barbara AW Wright by December 15.

Tree Lighting

Thanks to Paul Snoey, who took took the following pictures.

I was amazed at how many people were downtown all day, enjoying our Hometown Celebration, since the weather was very rainy. Happily it had stopped raining by 4:30, so the folks who participated in the tree lighting ceremony didn’t get wet.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the day a success, and especially to Dance Fusion NW, whose performers danced on very wet and cold concrete. They are real troupers.

Walk ‘n Knock Tomorrow

Tomorrow is our annual Walk & Knock campaign to collect food for the needy. You may have gotten a brown paper bag included in  your newspaper, if not, use any bag. Put it on your porch by 9 am. If it hasn’t been picked up by 4:00 you can drop it off at the Sportsman’s in downtown Ridgefield.

Items needed are canned meat, stews and tuna, elbow macaroni, oatmeal, soup, pancake mix, powdered milk, rice, beans, instant potatoes, baby foods, diapers, toiletries.

Hometown Celebration

Saturday is Hometown Celebration and the town will be jumping. It all starts with the Ugly Sweater Run and continues all day with a bazaar at the Community Center, live music, kids’ activities, trailer rides, Santa, etc. Most of the activities are free. Some on down and enjoy the fun! The Christmas tree at Overlook Park will be lit at 5:00, with lots of food and singing.

Turkey Trot

Photo courtesy Sandy Schill

Sandy Schill reports “What a pleasure to see hundreds of walkers and runners on the Port trail on Thanksgiving morning. I’m sure many of them were seeing the Tundra Swans for the first time.”