A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

Hello Ridgefield Neighbor,

We are a group of local Ridgefield residents who want to ensure that the children of our community have a good Thanksgiving dinner. To that end, since 1995, we have been collecting donations and putting together a Thanksgiving “basket” of food for local residents who ask for assistance at this time of year. Last year we helped 32 families have a Thanksgiving meal like the one listed below.

What started as a mission to teach our children the value of volunteerism, grew into an endeavor that brings those children back as adults to continue helping us serve this community.

Due to the rising food costs, we are seeking donations to continue this philanthropic tradition. We have received donations from the Ridgefield Lions, Friends of the Library, Teachers and other individuals. A typical basket consists of the following items and costs approximately $50.

A turkey

5-10 pounds of potatoes







Pumpkin pie


Cranberry sauce

Whipped cream


Your cash donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call or email:

Marney Hefflin at       360-606-9815 email:   marney98642@aol.com

Carla Bonebrake at     360-601-8662 email:   ltcarla@comcast.net

Checks can be made out to Carla Bonebrake and sent to the address below.

Carla Bonebrake

PO Box 1055

Ridgefield, WA 98642

Thank you for taking the time to read this and making a donation.

American Legion Honors Vets this Saturday

Ridgefield Post 44 The American Legion will have a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 330 pm this Saturday on 3rd next to Veterans Memorial and Fire Station. Brief Remarks and National Anthem followed by Rifle Salute is the format. We plan a very uplifting patriotic ceremony that all will enjoy.
Bryan Laycoe

Open House Next Sunday

So  many people who knew Richard Hanford and Nancy McQuillan, the former owners of the house we bought, have been asking to see what we’ve done to the house that we have decided to hold an open house. It will be next Sunday, November 12, from 1 to 5:00, and you’re invited. The address is 114 North 4th Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

It will be a fund raiser for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, so I am asking people to bring a donation of either cash or goods. They need personal hygiene items, non-perishable (unexpired) food items, and gently used or new shoes and coats.

And of course we can’t forget the library. I am selling all my artwork that doesn’t fit on our walls at very low prices. This includes original framed watercolor paintings, 11 x 14″ matted prints, note cards, hand painted cards, etc. All money collected from that sale will go to the library building fund.

I’ll provide finger food and fruit punch, but since there’s no telling how many people will show up, it would be nice if everyone brought something to share. Nothing elaborate – just something to nibble on while you tour the house and garden.

Just a warning – there’s still lots to be done to the house and especially the yard, so don’t expect a finished product!

Spudder Bunco

A Sale

Celebrate at the Sportsman’s

Wings of the World Dedication

Our new ‘Wings of the World” sculpture will be dedicated Saturday, November 18, 4:00 at Overlook Park.

This beautiful sculpture of a soaring eagle was created by Sharon Agnor and commemorates the lives and efforts of five significant people who had the vision for and helped create Overlook Park: Allene Wodaege, Jim Maul, Sydney Reisbick, Amy Montoya, and David Dines.

This community gathering will include a history of Overlook Park, music and refreshments. Please come.


Recap of Meaningful Movies

What a week! I think this was our most powerful showing yet. It was amazing to have Holly Yasui, the filmmaker, there to answer questions and inspire us. I may be biased as this story is important in my own family history (see my grandma’s picture below from the concentration camp in Jerome, AK) but we had the largest turnout yet and great participation from Mrs. Uhacz’s high school students. Several times the students asked in various ways “what can we do to fight back when we see an injustice?” Answers from the audience ranged from getting involved in direct action to stopping and considering what your gift is to contribute. Rheta Rubenstein talked about using the arts to get your message heard, our moderator Chris Dudley suggested stopping and having a “good think” before deciding how to get involved which per Kathy Winters of FYI98642 involves first putting away your iPhone!

Meaningful Movies at Cascade Park is showing Shadows of Liberty on 11/9 at 5:30 pm. It presents the true story of today’s disintegrating freedoms within the U.S. media and government that they don’t want you to see.
Up next for us here in Ridgefield on Thanksgiving Eve (11/22) is “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”. This is Al Gore’s follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth”. To learn more check out this New York Times review.
The big news is that we will have Ridgefield’s own Marc Rappaport who has is an innovator in renewable energies and has designed geothermal-solar systems and biomass power projects. I am excited to learn more about his work after the film.
The film will start at 7 pm, doors at 6:15 pm. Please consider taking a break from Thanksgiving prep and bringing your relatives down to the Old Liberty! Stay up late with us and talk about our changing climate and what we can do about it.
   Contributed by Megan Dudley

Halloween Events

Don’t worry if you missed Halloween Hall last week (thank you Ridgefield Art Association) – there are still more activities to help create a fun and safe Halloween.

10/27 -Tony Starlight Show and 10/28 Comedy Show @ The Old Liberty Theater.
10/28 – Used Book Sale and The Tell Tale Heart storytelling @ Community Center.
10/28 – Dressed in Pink Halloween Party @ Sportsman’s to benefit the Pink Lemonade Project.
10/31 – Afternoon trick-or-treating @ downtown businesses followed by the Harvest Festival @ Church of the Nazarene.

Friend’s Book Sale

Get an early start on the Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library in the large room of the Community Center tonight from 6 to 8pm. You have to be a Friends member, but you can join at the door, and you’ll have first pick of the thousands of books on sale. All sales benefit the library,

Dressed in Pink Halloween Party

Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness, a “DRESSED IN PINK” HALLOWEEN PARTY is being held at the Sportman’s Steakhouse & Saloon this Saturday, October 28th from 5 to 8 pm.

BEST COSTUME CONTEST – Come in a PINK costume. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

Tickets $15 each – includes appetizers. A portion of proceeds goes to The Pink Lemonade Project.

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.