Meaningful Movies

January’s Meaningful Movie is ‘Higher Education – the New Global Economic War’. It’s this Wednesday, January 23, at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue, in downtown Ridgefield. Lobby opens at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments. Previews start at 6:45 and the film begins at 7:00.

WSU professors Sue Peabody and Desiree Hellegers will moderate the discussion after the movie. It’s all free, but donations are gladly accepted.

This film asks the questions: who really benefits from this heightened competition? Just how much debt should students take on? What is the real price for our society?

Come find out how we got here and discuss solutions to change the system.

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

This month’s Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, January 30 from 11:30 to 1:00 will feature Seanette Corkill and Anne Marie Luthro, owners of Frontdoor Back. This month the meeting will be at the Sportsman’s Restaurant, 121 North Main Avenue.

They each have 20+ years experience in retail, design, research, marketing, & sales, working independently and together for independent, regional, national and international clients. Knowing the bigger picture of retail trends and shopper behavior gives their organization, Frontdoor Back, a competitive edge. Their skills and personalities complement each other for lively, fun & educational presentations.

Purchase lunch at Member Fee: $15 (includes lunch & networking). Non-Member Fee: $20 (includes lunch & networking) or $5 if lunch is not requested.

Apply for membership and sponsorship packages at

Main Street Program

The Main Street Program meets Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Restaurant located at 121 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

The start of the new year means new plans and projects.

We’ll hear updates from the following community organizations:

Ridgefield Raptors Baseball

Friends of the Library

Ridgefield School District

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

Ridgefield Art Association

Camas Downtown Association

and a few more…

Complimentary coffee and tea will be served. Breakfast is available on request.

Open House at Our Lady of Lourdes

New Year’s Event at the Sportsman’s

Cone to the New Year’s Eve party at the Sportsman’s, meet the new owners, and learn about the upgrades that are planned. It will be fun!

Reservations are recommended..

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Please join the Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. for our Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast at the Sportsman’s, 121 N Main Ave.

As is tradition, we will be serving a complimentary breakfast, and awards for the downtown decorating contest will be presented.

Hometown Celebration this Saturday

Plan to spend most of the day in downtown Ridgefield this Saturday, as festivities begin at 9 am with the Ugly Sweater 5 and 10k runs, and include activities throughout the day. Pick up a schedule at most downtown stores.

9 am  Walk n knock

9 am – 3 pm  Cider, cookies & crafts at the library

9 am – 4 pm  Arts & Craft Bazaar at the Community Center

10 am – 3 pm  Live music at Overlook Park

10:30 am – 11:30  Concert by Opus School of Music   (At the Methodist Church)

11 am – 3 pm  Ridgefield Children’s Holiday Bazaar (Union Ridge Gym B)

11 am – 3 pm – Kids’ Activity Center (Ridgefield Art Space)

noon – 3 pm Santa at Zebrun’s Starliner Cafe

noon – 3 pm  Holiday Trolley Rides

2 – 6 pm Wine Garden at Overlook Park

5 pm Tree Lighting Festival at Overlook Park

7:30 pm  Acoustic Guitar Summit Holiday Concert  (Old Liberty Theater)

Many of the stores in town will offer cookies and other surprises – check them out!

Walk ‘n Knock on Saturday

Walk & Knock, Clark County’s largest one-day food drive, is taking place in Ridgefield on December 1st (8:30-2:30). This is a fantastic opportunity to go out into our community, collecting food for our local food bank, and helping our neighbors. You may sign up to volunteer via: Or (under the “Volunteer Now” tab.

“Promised Land” – November’s Meaningful Movie

Meaningful Movies this month is “Promised Land,” an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.”

The film will be shown at the Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Avenue on Wednesday, November 28. The film starts at 7 pm, previews at 6:45pm, with a discussion to follow the film featuring Sam Robinson, Vice Chairman of the Chinook Tribe and Sarah and Vasant Salcedo, filmmakers. There is not cost to attend, but donations are gladly accepted.

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Here is a wonderful collection of Native films and music that are free to stream through the library of congress.

PBS is streaming several documentaries this month featuring Native topics and tribes from across the country.

A few film recommendations:

This May Be the Last Time (viewable through Amazon, YouTube, Itunes, Google Play): Tracing a heartfelt journey, award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united Native American communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope.

Reel Injun (Netflix DVD, YouTube, Kanopy): Since the dawn of cinema, Hollywood has made over 4,000 films about Native people — over 100 years of movies that shape the way we see Indians … and the way Indians see themselves. Romanticized and demonized, what does it mean to have your identity defined by the movies. Cree Indian filmmaker, Neil Diamond, sets off on a cross-country journey to explore his Hollywood roots.

Medicine Woman (streamable for free in the link): What does it take to heal a people? That’s the question at the heart of Medicine Woman, a new one-hour PBS documentary interweaving the lives of Native healers of today with that of the first Native American doctor. Born on the Nebraska frontier in 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte studied medicine at a time when few women dared.

Ishi’s Return (Kanopy): A half-hour film about Ishi, billed in 1911 as the “last wild Indian,” when he wandered out of the woods in Oroville, California, and became a national sensation. When Ishi died, his brain was removed and sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Eighty years later, his descendants in California fought to have his remains repatriated to his ancestral home.

Red Power Energy (Amazon): Tribal lands are the microcosm of today’s controversial energy debate. Between the fears that fossil fuels cause climate change and the hope that renewable energy can save the planet, lies the complex reality of American Indian reservations grappling with the balance of culture verse progress, poverty verse new-found wealth, and the fate of the environment.

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 (Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Itunes): A documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.

The Mayors of Shiprock (streaming for free in the link): Meet THE MAYORS OF SHIPROCK – that’s what some people call The Northern Diné Youth Committee. These young Navajo leaders meet every week to learn about their Native culture, discuss community improvements, and work to bridge divides within their community. Some on the reservation say they don’t have the traditional knowledge and language needed to be real leaders…but the Mayors are not stopping.

Vision Maker Media is a great resource for more information about Native films.

In this Thanksgiving week, many of us grapple with how to talk to kids about Thanksgiving and the complexity of our country’s history. Teaching Tolerance offers some great resources. I especially like American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving which states “American Indians are still here, living modern lives. Even as contemporary people, many American Indians still retain strong connections to their specific traditions.” This idea was sorely lacking from my educational experience as a kid in Michigan where learning about the local tribes felt like an archaeology project rather than learning about the people who were around us in the community.

I’ll leave you with this short from the Kiowa-Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd:

~ contributed by Megan Dudley

See you on the 28th

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