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!

State of City

Put it on your calendar!

Ribbon Cutting at Refuge

To celebrate the recent completion of the project to improve pedestrian access to the headquarters of the Ridgefield National Wildlife offices, project partners and residents are invited to a procession on the newly improved path and a ribbon cutting celebration at the Refuge.

The procession will meet on Friday, February 14th at 1:00pm at Overlook Park in downtown Ridgefield and walk north on Main Avenue about one mile to the refuge. The path will follow the newly constructed sidewalk and pass over the new and improved Gee Creek crossing. At the Refuge, a brief presentation and ribbon cutting at 1:30pm will conclude the procession. If you prefer not to hike, you may park at the Refuge and meet the procession for the ribbon cutting at 1:30pm.

The completion of this major project improves access to the Refuge and further links the Refuge with its local community. When the Carty Lake Trail opens for the season in May, walkers will be able to complete a 4.8 mile loop through Downtown Ridgefield, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and the Port of Ridgefield. The loop will serve as a tour of the heart of Ridgefield and offers views of historic downtown buildings, Gee Creek, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Carty Lake, and Lake River.

Bacon, Baseball and Bingo!

It’s almost February – where did January go? Come to downtown Ridgefield and enjoy the day!

Bring the kiddos and your appetites to the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center for a fun filled breakfast with Spudders Baseball and the Ridgefield Raptors! Play Bingo and other games and win prizes.

Corwin Beverages Blood Drive on Feb. 5

Once again Corwin Beverages is partnering with the American Red Cross to host an onsite Blood Drive Wednesday, February 5th, at Corwin Beverage Co. (219 South Timm Road in Ridgefield)

Why February?

The need for blood is critical at this time of year. All eligible donors are urged to give.

In February, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can make it difficult for the American Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply. Your donation can give hope and strength to patients in need. Your donation may give more life to kids fighting cancer, older adults battling chronic illnesses or accident victims with traumatic injuries

Every unit that is donated at the blood drive can help save up to three lives. Each recipient of that blood donation has his or her own story. He or she could be an accident or trauma victim, cancer patient, a mother giving birth, a premature baby, a transplant recipient or surgical candidate. Our impact goes beyond that patient – it is multiplied by the impact it has on that person’s loved ones who are thankful for the unit we donated.

The American Red Cross could not meet patient needs and touch all of those lives if it were not for organizations like Corwin. They are proud to support our community and be a part of the impact that the Red Cross makes every day.

Think about all of the lives we can touch by signing up to donate. A typical donation takes less than one hour. If you can’t give, you can still make an impact by encouraging others to give, this event is open to friends and family, and by advertising our event on your social media channels and network.

Remember that every blood donation has a story attached to it. The story of why we donated; each volunteer’s story of why they helped; the story of why we hosted the blood drives and the recipient’s story when they receive a generous donation. Consider making your personal story part of the collective stories.

We look forward to your participation and seeing you there.

Let’s make an impact in our community on February 5th

School Bond Forum Today

The Ridgefield School District is hosting their last of four School Bond Community Forums. This final forum will be Wednesday, January 22 @ 5pm in the Vocational Education Building at Ridgefield High School.
It will be attended by the school superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann. He will be accompanied by school board members, district administration, and the current RHS woods/medals teacher, Mr. Shipp.
The forum will be centered on the need for a new Vocational Education Center @ Ridgefield High School which is one of the components of the current school bond. This school bond is up for a vote on February 11, 2020.

Lions Club Casino Night at ilani

 

Join the Ridgefield Lions Club in the ilani Cowlitz Ballroom for a private evening of fun, friends, and prizes on Saturday, February 15. This is a “friend raiser” and membership drive.

While you are there, find out a little more about the many ways the Ridgefield Lions help the community of Ridgefield and SW Washington and how you can be a part of the most active service organization in Ridgefield.

$25 entry includes: appetizers, two drinks, “Lions bucks” for playing, ilani dealers, a private room and the chance to win great prizes! Please RSVP to secure your spot at this fun annual event! Everyone who RSVP’s will get an extra raffle ticket. Sandy, sandyschill33@gmail.com or Jen, theduckmom@gmail.com.

Meaningful Movies – How We Grow

Meaningful Movies will sponsor a free showing of a coming-of-age story of a community re-learning how to work together and growing stronger in the process. Inspired by the drive and dedication of the next generation of agricultural leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley, the community explores how to overcome pressing issues of land access, income inequality, and a short growing season. Come discuss how these issues apply to our rapidly growing area and find out from local farmers the challenges they face.

It’s at the Old Liberty Theater this Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30 so you can enjoy a goodie and/or drink from Seasons Coffee Shop before the show.

Main Street Program

Thursday, January 16, at 8:30 am is the 2020 Kick-Off of monthly community meetings for the Main Street Program. Guest speaker is Brent Grening, CEO of Port of Ridgefield who will bring us up to date on what’s happening at the Port.

The meeting is free and at the Sportsman’s. Breakfast service is available, and as always complimentary coffee and tea are served.

Main Street Gratitude Breakfast

Ridgefield Main Street invites you to join them this Thursday, December 19, for their Annual Gratitude Breakfast. It’s at the Sportsman’s Public House, 121 N. Main Avenue, from 8:30-9:30 am.

This has become a December tradition for RMS to show appreciation for the support of our community and also features the awards for the Downtown Decorating Contest. Come enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, on us, and be part of the celebration!

You’re invited!

It has been an incredible year for RMS as we expanded programs, welcomed new businesses, grew our sponsorship base and helped companies take full advantage of the Tax Credit Incentive Program. Thank you to the Board of Directors, committee members and volunteers who help make this work possible. Together we’re making a difference downtown, which will always be the heart and soul of Ridgefield!

—Marykay Lamoureaux

A Unique Gift

Give your sweetheart the gift of an experience this holiday season, rather than a ‘thing.’

Friends of the Ridgefield Library and Gouger Cellars are teaming up to offer a unique gift – a prime rib dinner on Valentine’s Day, February 14, starting at 6:30 pm. The gala evening includes Gougér Cellars’ Sparkling Rosé tasting with appetizers to start. Then there’s a choice of prime rib or cheese tortellini entrée with salad, a decadent dessert and a glass of wine. Wear your best cocktail attire, and come prepared to have fun.

Seating is limited, so I suggest you make your reservation at 360-887-2160 immediately if you want to enjoy this very special evening. Credit cards are accepted.

Tickets cost $75 each, and a gift card and tickets announcing your present can be mailed to you if you make your reservation before December 19th. Gouger Cellars is at 26506 NE 10th Avenue.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ridgefield Library Building Fund.

Christmas Eve Service

All Saints Episcopal Church, 2206 NW 99th Street, Vancouver, is holding a 4:00 pm Christmas Eve program and all are welcome to attend. The Rev. Joe Scheeler serves as Pastor and the worship service will be a joyful one.

Having an afternoon service is a way to accommodate everyone so it will be easier for families to attend as well as elders. There is a nursery at the back of the church with a rocker, crib, sink and privacy. A window and speaker allow one to follow the service. During this worship service we will sing Christmas carols. If you haven’t been to All Saints before, don’t worry. They are an inclusive community. Here is a link that explains more.  http://www.allsaints-vancouver.org/worship/

Directions: Take I-5 South to the 99th Street Exit. Go West for about 4 minutes You’ll find the church on the right at the corner of NW 21st Avenue and NW 99th Street.

Getting Ready for Hometown

They were putting up the tree at Overlook Park this morning when I happened to walk by.

Lifting the Tree

It’s u[!

Now the fun part begins: securing it and stringing the multiple lights that make it so festive. Thanks to Scott Anderson of RS3 Homes who donated the tree.

This Saturday is Hometown, a celebration started 20 years ago by forward-thinking citizens like Allene Wodaege who wanted to provide residents with a local tradition so they wouldn’t have to drive into Vancouver. It’s a full day of fun, and with Rosauers opening this weekend Ridgefield is going to be a busy place.

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday.

9AM: The day begins with the Ugly Sweater Fun Run with Ridgefield Runners. Visit runridgefield.com to register. There is a special prize for the Best Ugly Sweater!

9AM-3PM: Continue the fun in the Holiday Food & Gift Marketplace at Overlook Park, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Shop Farmer’s Market vendors, Holiday gifts and decorations, roasting nuts and more under large canopies with outdoor heaters. Live music from singing groups and bands from Sunset Ridge, View Ridge & Ridgefield High School will fill the tent from 10 to 3.

9AM-4PM: Visit the Ridgefield Community Library for hot cider, cookies, and crafts as well as a Used Book & Gift Sale sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library.

10AM-1PM: Find live Reindeer at Allstate Insurance on the corner of Pioneer and 5th Avenue.

11AM-3PM: Get creative with holiday-themed games, crafts, cookie decorating, a 20th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and more fun in the Holiday Kid’s Activity Center at Tailored Fitness.

Noon-3PM: And let’s not forget about Santa! Head over to Old Liberty Theater for pictures and more activities. Bring your own camera and take pictures with Santa for free, sponsored by Ridgefield Mini Storage.

4:30PM: Enjoy the Tree Lighting Festival with a holiday dance-performance from DanceFusion NW, community sing-along with Bethel Church, hot chocolate from Trinkets Tearoom and cookies. You can enjoy the Tree Lighting from the comfort of the adults-only Windy Hills Wine Garden area. The Wine Garden will be open from 2-6PM.

All day activities are everywhere with downtown businesses decorated, open and ready with sales, give-aways, hot cocoa and Holiday Village displays with activities like kids games and crafts at Hookum Brewery and a Christmas Shop with holiday arrangements, gifts and hot cider at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. You can tour the town on the Port of Ridgefield Holiday Trolley Rides with Rudolph from noon to 3 and see musical performances on the street corners by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Band. And, don’t forget to cast your vote in the Holiday Decorating Contest!

End your evening by attending the Acoustic Guitar Summit at Old Liberty Theater. Enjoy an annual concert favorite with a winter inspired sound scape from Grammy-winning guitarists Terry Robb, Mark Hanson and Doug Smith at 7:30pm.