Confluence Celebrates Ten Years

Come celebrate ten years of Confluence Wines, tomorrow, Saturday, November 17, starting at noon.

There will be music, food, raffle drawings, wine specials and much more. Confluence is at 19111 NW 67th Avenue

Thought for the Week

Yesterday I attended the Veteran’s Day program put on by our American Legion Post 44, and was impressed with the message the speakers chose. which was to cherish our veterans, include them in our activities, reach out to them and hire them.

The Columbia River Chorus sang three patriotic songs. Colonel Larry Smith (Ret) was the keynote speaker, and Mayor Don Stose and Commander John Rose also gave short speeches.

Attention Public Safety Minded Neighbors

The first meeting of the Ridgefield Police Event Volunteers is taking place next Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm at the Ridgefield Fire Station, 911 N 65th Ave. We will be organizing the group and providing training to our first group. If you would like to participate, join us Wednesday night. If you have additional questions call or email Chief John Brooks at (360) 887-3556 or

Swing Dance Classes at RAS

Ridgefield Arts Space is holding Swing and Salsa classes, starting Tuesday, November 13 from 7 to 8:30 pm at their beautiful space above the hardware store at Main and Pioneer.

Cost is $90 single or $150 per couple but receive a 20% discount if you mention this post, making it $72 single or $150 per couple.

To register, call Liz or Spencer at (360) 947 4484 or click the register link below. Choose a single registration or a pair. Either mention this ad by phone or enter coupon code SWINGSALSA20 when registering online and receive a 20% discount.

Last class is December 18th.

Now you can be a show off at your next event!


Christmas Card Workshop

Once again I’ll hold a Christmas Card Workshop as a fund raiser for Friends of the Library, where folks can come and create their own watercolor Christmas cards.

This year I’m offering two sessions: Saturday, November 17 and Monday, December 3. Cost is $45 or $40 for Friends members. Come to both classes for $80, or $75 for Friends members.

All materials are supplied, and this year we’ll have glitter available to make the cards even more stunning.

Class size is limited, so call now to reserve your spot. 360-887-2160 or

American Legion Honors Vets

Folk Music Tickets

Two tickets to the Honey Whiskey Trio performance on Friday, November 16, at the Reedwood Friends Church in Portland are available for $20 each at the library. A local couple has season tickets to the Portland Folk Music Society events and they will be out of town for this performance, so have donated their tickets to benefit the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Los Angeles based Honey Whiskey Trio tells stories through song and stomp, highlighting the musical traditions of American Folk Music. The three sisters began singing together in each other’s living rooms as an emotional and musical release. They solidified their style as American Folk and picked up instruments to further enhance their vocally driven sound. They create, arrange, and explore music from the front porches, music halls and hymn books of early America.

If you would like to attend this performance, call the Ridgefield Library at 360-906-4770. First caller wins the tickets.

Myrtle’s has a new look!

Myrtle’s Tea House is reopening November 14 as Myrtle’s Tea House & Home Décor.

Come enjoy delicious homemade scones paired with a pot of your favorite tea, or try the new teas that have been added to the list! Be sure to explore the refreshed gift shop with all your favorite tea time goodies, plus a fine selection of home decor necessities!

No reservations are needed. Myrtle’s is open noon to 5:00, Wednesday through Saturday, and is located at 321 North 3rd Avenue.

Clark County Open Studios This Weekend

Clark County Open Studios is a chance for you to visit artists in their studios, talk to them about their art, and hopefully purchase a piece of art. This year four artists are from Ridgefield. They are Robert Bickel (painting), Lauren Rengani (painting), Anne Gilmour (fiber), and Kathleen Duncan (wood). The signs like the one above mark the location of each studio.

Tour guides are available locally at Seasons Coffee Shop, Lava Java, and other locations around the County. The studios are open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Home Tour This Weekend

Used Book Sale Saturday at Seasons

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are launching their first “Mini Pop-Up” Used Book Sale inside Season’s Coffee Shop on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 am to 1 pm. Stop in and enjoy your favorite cup of coffee, tea or a special treat as you browse from a small selection of hand-picked gently used books at can’t be beat prices! Proceeds benefit the Library Building Fund and Library Programs.

Meaningful Movies

The Meaningful Movie this month is “Immigration Paradox,”  The movie takes a critical and in-depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history–immigration. After encountering an immigrant crossing the Arizona desert, Emmy Award winner and Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez set out to understand why people would risk their lives to come to the U.S. Her quest takes a shocking twist when she musters enough courage to cross the line at a protest and has an encounter with someone whom she believed was her enemy.

From there on her journey, spanning seven years searching for answers and solutions to this complex social issue, takes her and the audience to places never before considered in the immigration debate. THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX is a feature length documentary that exposes the missing information to the immigration issue by interviewing an array of people from various backgrounds,  that include economics, sociology, philosophy, history, policy, and activism. This documentary will move you beyond the villain or victim scenario, the heated rhetoric and sensationalism to reveal the bigger picture.

No matter what your viewpoints or beliefs are regarding this deeply emotional issue; the information exposed in THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX will surely leave you shocked.

The movie is this Wednesday, October 24, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. Previews start at 6:45pm, film at 7. The movie is free, but donations are accepted and welcome.

The discussion following should be great with immigration attorneys and SW WA League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) members, Eulalia Soto and Yessenia Martinez. They will be joined by Lindsay Luis who is the National LULAC Youth President and Phuong Tran, Ridgefield business owner and first generation immigrant. There is much to discuss especially with the latest news of migrants from Central America.

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting

Please join the Ridgefield Main Street group Thursday, October 18 at 8:30 am to hear Mayor Don Stose update us on happenings and plans in the city.

Meeting is at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Complimentary coffee is served, and breakfast is available.

Sale to Benefit Family Resource Center

Barb Blystone of The Mercantile store is having a Fall Sale and Cold Weather Clothing Drive to benefit the Ridgefield Family Resource Center on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 from 10am to 5pm. Come out and pick up a gift for the upcoming holidays from her vast stock of creative and thoughtful items.

Bring a coat, hat or gloves for a local child, or donate money for the RFRC.

The sale is at her home, located across from the Carty section of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge at 28823 NW Main Ave in Ridgefield. There will be a sign near the driveway.

Hallowe’en Hall

Family fun Halloween Hall is back for its 3rd year! There will be pirates, ghosts, witches, a straw bale maze, Dance Fusion “thriller” performances plus games and a special contest for those brave enough to enter the HALL! Admission is $5 at the door. Wear your Halloween Costume. Also on Friday, October 19th a VW Club will join us starting at 5 pm for a ‘Trunk or Treat’. Come join the fun.