Main Street Program Thursday

The Ridgefield Main Street Program will hold its monthly Community Meeting, Thursday, October 19, at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The speaker this month is Bradley Richardson, Executive Director of the Clark County Historical Museum.

Complimentary coffee will be served, and breakfast is available for purchase.

First Saturday Events

November’s First Saturday is Wine & Chocolate. Sweet, spicy-hot and even tangy chocolate options paired with soft, smooth, flavor-filled local wines.

This is an over 21 event at Overlook Park from 11- 6:00 pm with wine tasting, chocolate pairing, live music – all under tents with twinkling lights and heating. Co-sponsored by the SW Washington Winery Association.

The Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar for all ages at the Ridgefield Community Center with arts & crafts, non-alcoholic wine tasting and a bake sale. Sponsored by Ridgefield Art Association. Chocolate tastings, wine & chocolate based products and lots of specials around town.

Scenes from BirdFest & Bluegrass

Dance Fusion members dressed like The Wizard of Oz characters and danced on the stage at Overlook Park

The Birders’ Market at the Community Center was a busy spot

Trailer rides were a popular feature

Bird Fest continues Sunday in downtown Ridgefield and the Refuge. Pick up a program at many locations in town.


BirdFest and Blue Grass this Weekend

Downtown Ridgefield will be rocking all weekend with activities connected with the event being staged all over town and at the Refuge. Pick up a schedule of events at any downtown location and enjoy this spectacular event.

Volunteers Needed for Birdfest

Interested in helping out in the community, meeting new people and having fun? We are looking for a few more adults or high school students interested in volunteering to assist with kids’ crafts at Overlook Park on Saturday, October 7- Birdfest & Bluegrass. The hours are 9:00AM-3:00PM. We are happy to have volunteers for the entire day or for any shift that works for you. The preference would be any 2-hour block.

The crafts include making Bluegrass instruments, creating Bird Journals, building Turkey Vulture flying birds and assisting with a “Hurl Like a Turkey Vulture” contest.

If you are interested contact

For more information about the event, see or

‘Command and Control’ is next Meaningful Movie

The screening for the next movie in the Meaningful Movies series, Command and Control, is this Wednesday, the 27th at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

From the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., comes Command and Control, the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.

Special guest speakers Dr. John Pearson and Damon Motz-Storey from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Doors open at 6:45, previews start at 7:15, show at 7:30, beverages and snacks available for purchase. Donations are welcomed.

The big news is that we have two speakers from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. John Pearson and Damon Motz-Storey. These gentlemen will be talking about issues surrounding the impact of the nuclear industry in our area.

The Meaningful Movies series is sponsored by the Ridgefield Library.

Hope to see you all there!

Burger + Brew Pop-Up Saturday

The Bergin Hunt and Fish Club is planning a burger + brews pop-up at Zebrun’s Starliner in Ridgefield this Saturday from 5-9pm.  If you’re not familiar with the Starliner, it’s a quiet country store on Pioneer between 3rd and 4th, and in the back of the store there is a spot for chef Sebastian Carosi to take over for the evening and char up some killer burgers.

There are almost a dozen tap handles for your beer pleasure(s). The burgers will be grass-fed local beef and buffalo. For those not in the mood for a burger, there will be Kobe beef kimchi dogs. There will also do some made to order bar snacks like pan roasted chili-lime peanuts and wild nettle soup. Bring your girl, bring your man, but come on down to the Starliner Saturday night.

Contact Chef Sebastian here if you plan to come to make sure there’s enough food for everyone.

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Come join us for another Roundtable Discussion at this month’s Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting this Thursday, September 21. You will have a chance to meet our new Executive Director, Marykay Lamoureaux, and share ideas and concerns for our downtown area. As usual, it is at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Complimentary coffee. Breakfast service available.

Oktoberfest this Saturday

Want something fun to do this Saturday? Come to downtown Overlook Park for Oktboerfest. It’s from 11 am to 10 pm, and promised to be fun, with German food and live music. Carnival games will go until 6 pm, and there’s a bier garten featuring Fortside, Barrel Mountain Backwoods, and Everybody’s Brewing.

Watch for the weiner dog races starting at 5 pm.

Get the latest news about this exciting event here.

First Saturday

It’s a Wild West Theme for First Saturday today. A western style scavenger hunt, a self-guided history tour, and s’more makings the old fashioned way are all features. You can make a rattlesnake pet at the library.

I’ll be at the Friends of the Library book sale under the canopy at Overlook Park until 11:30, and will be taking reservations for the Library’s Golf Tournament on Sunday, October 1. After today the price to play will go up $10, to $85. Come with check in hand, or I can take your credit card number to get a discount on your ticket. Find three other golf nuts and have a great day at Tri Mountain while raising money for the library. It’s a 1:00 scramble.

RORC Groundbreaking

The  Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex held a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon. A large number of local dignitaries attended, and short speeches were given by Mayor Ron Onslow, City Manager Steve Stuart, and School Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann.

Mayor Onslow

City Manager Steve Stuart

Dr. Nathan McCann

All three speakers stressed that the complex was a partnership between the schools and the City – neither could have afforded to do it on their own. There will be six lighted turf fields set up for multiple sports and a concession stand with a full service kitchen. The site will provide citizens with a trail network connecting to the surrounding neighborhood, a play area, and a community meeting room. This will be the premier sports facility in the area.

Some of the crowd. Notice John Burrow and Allene Wodaege, second and third from left.




Eclipse Photos

I know the eclipse is old news, but I’m finally back online after help from Mike Bonebrake, and I thought you’d like to see what was going on at the Methodist Church parking lot last Monday. There was a nice crowd.

Paul Snoey orchestrated the whole event and  captured the eclipse on his camera, projecting the image on his TV  so we could watch the eclipse without special glasses. Paul spent a lot of time learning the best way to show the eclipse with his camera. Thanks Paul!


Hal Newhouse had a huge telescope, and he projected the image on a piece of paper.

Several people made pinhole cameras, which worked surprisingly well. The secret is to really use a pin to make the hole – a larger sized hole did not work.

The big surprise to me was that it didn’t get darker – seems like blotting out 98% of the sun would make the world seem much darker.

Sean McGill from the library brought viewing glasses that the library provided, and someone from Ridgefield dropped off 30 pairs – thank you!

Reminder- Eclipse Viewing

Just a reminder that a group of people from Ridgefield will gather at the Methodist Church parking lot tomorrow  morning, August 21, starting at 9:00 am to view the eclipse.

Main Street Meeting

What: Ridgefield Main Street Monthly Community Meeting
When: Thursday, August 17, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Sportman’s Steakhouse and Saloon
Who: The businesses and community members are invited to join us and hear our guest speaker, Shawn Donaghy, new CEO of C-TRANS. He will be updating us on their future plans, including how Ridgefield fits in.
As always, complimentary coffee will be served, and breakfast service is available!
The members of Ridgefield Main Street are involved in improving the downtown core of Ridgefield.

Getting ready for the Eclipse

The picture above shows a practice shot Paul Snoey took to see how his new filters worked for viewing the eclipse on August 21. In case you missed it, Paul will have his camera at the Methodist Church parking lot for people who want to view the eclipse.

By all  means DO NOT look directly at the sun. Paul has purchased 20 pairs of viewing glasses, and I think the library is providing a few, or you can buy them at the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer for $1.99.

The moon will hide the sun starting at 9:00 am.