Big Day Tomorrow!

Both Oktoberfest and Experience Ridgefield are going to tomorrow (Saturday) at the RORC. Come and enjoy the festivities!

Wind Fields at Old Liberty

Rock Band Wind Fields will be at the Old Liberty Theater at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 14. The group is described as ‘entertainingly dark and twisty”, and tickets are $15. The group sings old pop music with short and sweet arrangements and quick changes.

Doors open at 6:45 with opener Max Hay presenting comedy and musicianship.

Tonight’s the Night!

Vinnie’s Pizza supports the library! Tonight from 4 0 9 pm Vinnie’s will donate 10% of all food and beverage sales to the Ridgefield Library Building Project, and best of all, will match that amount.

Come eat, drink, and be merry and help build our new library! I’ll be there – will you?

Multicultural Fair Today

Today is the Multicultural Fair at Overlook Park. There will be a Native village showcasing the Chinook Indian Nation and its history in the Ridgefield area. Sam Robinson, Chinook Indian Nation vice chairman will launch the proceedings with a musical blessing and Chinook carver and painter Greg A. Robinson will make and sell art.

It all starts at 9 am when the multicultural Festival Vendor Village opens alongside the regular weekly farmers market. Vendors will serve Indian cuisine and other ethnic dishes as well as barbecue.

Performers will show off the music and dance of Japan, India, Chan and indigenous Latin America until 3:00.

The library will feature a Family History Zone, and you can play DISC golf in Davis Park and learn about different world cultures along the way.

The Old Liberty Theater will present ‘Kirikou and the Sorceress,’ an animated film based on a magical folk tale from West Africa as well as a 7 pm screening of ‘Rumble, the Indians Who Rocked the World,’ about Native rock and jazz musicians.

And Friends of the Library will be selling used books.

All-in-all, a full day – come see what it’s all about!

 

 

North Bank Beer Week

There will be beer events all over the north bank of the Columbia River from the Long Beach peninsula upriver to Goldendale this week  end. Our very own 3Peaks Public House and Taproom will add tap handles for this event to feature at least one beer from 36 breweries in the Southwest Washington region.

It all starts tonight, Thursday, from 6 too 11 pm at 24415 NE 10th Avenue. Come and try out a few! Information here.

Pizza Night Monday

Vince and Elena Coco are once again offering a Pizza Night at  Vinnie’s Pizza, where they give 10% of all food and beverage sales to Friends of the Library. Not only that, they match the amount raised. It’s Monday, September 9 from 4 to 9 pm. Come, eat, drink and be merry and help support the library.

 

Oktober Fest is September 14.

Ridgefield Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event with German-style food, local beers, and live music held in conjunction with Experience Ridgefield.

Oktoberfest, originally a celebration of a royal wedding, began over 200 years ago in a field in Munich, Germany. It’s now the largest festival on earth, with people coming from all over the world to celebrate Bavarian culture and, of course, drink beer. But it’s not necessary to leave the United States to celebrate Oktoberfest. Many towns across the country – including Ridgefield – have embraced their German heritage, putting together their own festivals.

This year’s celebration is September 14 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreational Complex. $15 entry includes the first pour. $25 VIP entry is only $20 if purchased by September 1. VIP admission includes a commemorative pint glass and your first 16 ounce pour. Each additional 16 ounce pour is $5.

 

 

The wiener dog race at 4:00 is open to all dachshunds. You can sign up online prior to the event. All registrations must be received by 3:30 PM on 9/14/2019. If you pre-registered you must check in by

3:30 PM. Cost is $5 per dachshund

Here’s the Music and Event Schedule:
11:00 AM Same Old Schmidt German Band: part of the Vancouver Community Concert Band

1:00 PM Costume Contest Winner Announced

1:30 PM Steven Knape

4:00 PM Weiner Dog Races

Costume Contest will begin at 11am. Come by the Ridgefield Main Street main booth at the Bier/Family Entrance to get your photo taken. Submissions will be taken from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM and the winner will be announced at 1:00 PM.

Open Mic/Jam Session at the Sportsman’s

Paul and Ramona

The Sportsman’s Public House is holding an open mic/jam on Saturday, August 31 from 7 to 10 pm. Bring your instrument or your voice for a night of good music, friendship and fun. Dancers are welcome, or just come to listen.

The Sportsman’s is at 121 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Meaningful Movie: ‘Reject’

The Meaningful Movie this month is “Reject” on Wednesday, August 28, 7pm at the Old Liberty Theater.

The talented guest speaker after the film is Kevin Ashworth from the NW Anxiety Institute.

Come learn about how rejection affects our brains in the same manner as physical pain. How does this impact our subsequent interactions with others? What can we do to mitigate these effects? How can this help us with our interactions with each other and with the children in our lives?

The is free, but donations are welcome. Come early and get a snack or a drink at Seasons Coffee Shop.

Main Street Meeting Thursday

Ridgefield Main Street meets this Thursday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Public House. 121 North Main Avenue, for our monthly Community Meeting. We’ll be “Envisioning Downtown as a Destination”, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to give your input on this important topic.

As always, complimentary coffee and tea will be served, and breakfast is available.

National Night Out Tonight

The City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Police Department are once again gearing up for the 15th annual National Night Out Celebration. This celebration brings our community and neighbors together for a time of food and fun. We are so excited to extend an invitation to you to help us celebrate America’s night out against crime.

National Night Out began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, the first Tuesday in August. This year our celebration is tonight, Tuesday, August 6th, from 6pm to 8pm in Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Your participation is key to the great success of this event. By your participation you help us promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Free Yoga Supports Library

 

MK ELEVATE is sponsoring a free yoga class Thursday, August 8, 5:30 pm at the View Ridge Middle School gym, the ‘Den.’ 100 percent of your free-will donation will benefit Friends of the Library.

Treat yourself to a relaxing hour of yoga while supporting a great cause.

Visit www.MKElevate.com or Facebook Events to donate/sign up.

Bring a mat and a friend!

First Saturday Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last First Saturday of the summer.

The theme of this month’s event is ‘Play in the Park.’ There will be another performance written by Bob Mayfield at 10am, games, lunch, cornhole, etc.

Friends of the Library will be there, selling used books and memberships in the Friends. Come and buy a raffle ticket for the Ridgefield quilted wall hanging – it is helping raise money for our remodeled library.

And the dragon boats will be racing down at the waterfront tomorrow and Sunday.

All in all, another full day in Ridgefield!

 

 

 

Dragon Boat Races August 3-4

The Pacific Dragon Boat Association and Double Fifth Dragon Boating are pleased to present Paddle West, the 2019 Regional Club Crew Championship August 3rd through 4th, 2019, at the Ridgefield waterfront, the same location as Big Paddle. About 2,000 people are expected, with teams from all the western states.

Racing Saturday, August 3rd, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday’s race is from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

This event is a qualifier for the 2020 IDBF World Club Crew Championship in Aux-les-Bains, France.

Top clubs and paddlers from all over the west will compete for two days to determine which clubs will represent the USA at the next World Championship.

For more information, here is the website: https://paddlewest.net/

Volunteers are needed to make it work. Let’s rally that Ridgefield spirit to help: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0b44a9ad23abfd0-paddle3

These are the first dragon boat races in Ridgefield! How exciting is that!!

This is a picture of ‘our’ dragon boat. The racing boats are much sleeker.

 

Meaningful Movies

Wednesday’s Meaningful Movie will be “Anita, Speaking Truth to Power.” Library conservations with refreshments for sale at 6:30k previews at 6:45 and film at 7 pm. It’s at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue on the 24th, and is free. Donations are welcome.

This Academy Award-winning documentary by Freida Le Mock takes on law professor Anita Hill’s testimony at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and its two-decade-long aftermath. This is a thoughtful, deeply felt account of Hill’s remarkable journey and transformation from private citizen to internationally respected gender equality activist.

Jasmine Rucker Tolbert will be our guest speaker and lead the discussion after the movie. Ms. Tolbert is the Vice President of Vancouver, WA, NAACP and on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Clark County.