Meaningful Movies

The Meaningful Movie this month is ‘Coming of Age in Aging America.’ It’s at the Old Liberty Theater Wednesday, June 26. Chuck Green from the Clark County Commission on Aging will moderate the discussion after the movie, which suggests that America’s social and economic institutions must change to adapt to a world where half the population is at least 50 years old.

Lobby conversations and refreshments at 6:30, previews start at 6:45 and the documentary is at 7:00.

The event is free but donations are accepted and welcomed.

Help Spruce up Ridgefield’s Parks and Trails

Have some extra time to help spruce up some of Ridgefield’s great parks and trails? Citizens meet the 2nd week of every month at 9am to donate some time in our great community. The next opportunity is at Davis Park on Tuesday July 9th. It’s easy to sign up for a Tuesday or Wednesday of your choice on the attached link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4eaaae2fa6fb6-park

R Biz Networking

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly R-Biz networking event tonight at Windy Hills Winery from 5 to 7 pm.

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting

Sen. Ann Rivers will be guest speaker at the Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting this Thursday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. She will update us on the results of the latest legislative session in Olympia and more. Please join us at the Sportsman’s Road House, 121 N. Main Ave. Complimentary coffee provided, and breakfast service is available.

Rediscover Ridgefield

Visit Kennedy Farm for face painting, a bounce house, and Kona ice, then go to Seven Wells Estates for free nibbles and wine by Simply Thyme and Windy Hills Winery.

Rally, the Ridgefield Raptors mascot will give away baseball tickets at both locations. It’s all free, and takes place from 1 to 4 pm today.

Kennedy Farm is at 4132 South Kennedy Drive and Seven Wells Estates is at 1604 South 47th Place, both in Ridgefield. Information: 888-208-0506 or Lenmar.com/rediscoverridgefield.

Bgi Paddle Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Big Paddle! Events take place at the Ridgefield waterfront at the foot of Mill Street, and there’s also the Farmers’ Market and other fun events at Overlook Park.

At the waterfront enjoy an interpretive paddle on a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard in the morning, or a Recreational Paddle in the afternoon. On land, explore vendors at Paddler’s Village, live music all day, a Hookum Brewing Co. beer garden, a self-guided waterfront hike into the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and an all ages obstacle course. There will also be a Kayak Polo demonstration and scrimmage by the Portland Kayak Polo club, and a Kayak Carnival featuring land-based games using paddling gear.

In downtown Ridgefield experience Ridgefield First Saturdays at Overlook Park with the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, a Follow-the-Fish trail, live music, a wine garden with Windy Hills Winery, face painting, and Big Games. Big Games will include frisbee checkers, giant Jenga, cornhole, and sidewalk chalk. Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library will be hosting a used book sale.

Registration is required for the Interpretive and Recreational paddles, so they may be filled by now. Rentals are available, but you must reserve ahead of time, contact Alder Creek Kayak.

Trolley rides between Overlook Park and the Waterfront will be available.

Today is Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces .The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1971.

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans;[4] and Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, specifically honoring those currently serving in the U.S. military. Information from Wikipedia

Two services will be held today in Ridgefield: The American Legion will host a program at the Ridgefield Cemetery from 9:30 – 10:30 am and there will be a service at Northwood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery at 11 am.

Memorial Day Service

Northwood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery will host a Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27th at 11 am. Northwood Park is at 16407 Ne 15th Avenue in Ridgefield.

There will be Military Honors by the Battle Ground AFJROTC, patriotic music, and Chaplain Tom Yates will speak. The Patriot Guard Riders will also be on hand as we pause to remember our Veterans.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Ridgefield American Legion Post 44 will put on a Memorial Day ceremony at the Ridgefield Cemetery from 9:30-10:30am on Monday, May 27th.

This is always an inspiring event and well worth bringing the whole family to honor our service people.

The Cemetery is on Cemetery Road just off 9th (Hillhurst).

R-BIZ Networking

This month’s Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce networking event, R-BIZ, is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21 at Ridgefield Mini Storage, 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway, from 5 to 7 pm. Come and network with other business people in our community.

Meaningful Movie

This month’s Meaningful Movie on Wednesday, May 22, is a beautiful film: “Living in Future’s Past.”

It is the story of human’s place in the world and how we can address the changing planet. Our guest speakers are Steve Stuart, Ridgefield City Manager and Roben White, “artivist” who focuses on Native Rights, the environment, human rights and labor. We are excited to learn about the City of Ridgefield’s ideas for planning in the face of a changing environment and all of the work that Mr. White has been doing. Just last week, Mr. White served on the Green New Deal panel discussion.

Hope to see you Wednesday. Doors open at the Old Liberty Theater at 6:15, previews start at 6:45, film at 7, discussion to follow film. The movie is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Volcano Art Liquidating Inventory

Volcano Art is holding an open house and liquidation sale this Wednesday, May 22 from noon to 3pm. They have all kinds of concrete benches, plaques, stepping stones, wall hangings, statues, and honey.

Address is 2201 Carty Road. Weather is supposed to be dry and partly sunny, so come see their wide selection of unique art.

Ridgefield Main Street Meets Today

Ridgefield Main Street Monthly Community Meeting is this morning, Thursday May 16, 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Roadhouse, 121 N Main. Breakfast and complimentary coffee is available. We have a full speaker contingent for this meeting, sharing lots of information, so don’t miss out.

City Manager Steve Stuart introduce Luisa Garbo, the City’s new Community Development Department Director. He said of Ms. Garbo, “We are really excited that Louisa is joining our team. She is widely recognized as a visionary at strategic planning and has a proven track record of success creating innovative ways to connect people with place. Additionally her Fine Arts background offers a unique opportunity to enhance our partnerships with Ridgefield organizations like Ridgefield Main Street and Ridgefield Arts Association who are working to beautify and revitalize our Arts Quarter and historic Destination Downtown.”

To our good fortune, also on the speaker’s agenda is Eric Anderson, Deputy Project Lead for the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. Eric manages the day to day operations of the Refuge and is also currently overseeing visitor service programs.

Sorry this is so late – I typed it up Monday, but neglected to do the last step to post it.

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting on Thursday

Ridgefield Main Street Monthly Community Meeting is this Thursday, 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Roadhouse, 121 N Main. Breakfast and complimentary coffee is available. We have a full speaker contingent for this meeting, sharing lots of information, so don’t miss out.

City Manager Steve Stuart will introduce Luisa Garbo, the City’s new Community Development Department Director. He said of Ms. Garbo, “We are really excited that Louisa is joining our team. She is widely recognized as a visionary at strategic planning and has a proven track record of success creating innovative ways to connect people with place. Additionally her Fine Arts background offers a unique opportunity to enhance our partnerships with Ridgefield organizations like Ridgefield Main Street and Ridgefield Arts Association who are working to beautify and revitalize our Arts Quarter and historic Destination Downtown.”

To our good fortune, also on the speaker’s agenda is Eric Anderson, Deputy Project Lead for the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. Eric manages the day to day operations of the Refuge and is also currently overseeing visitor service programs.

Fund Raiser for Multicultural Festival

The Ridgefield Community Group is having a rummage sale to raise money to help fund the Multicultural Festival this fall.

The sale is a 1717 North Falcon Drive on Saturday, May 25 starting at 9am.

If you have items to donate to the sale, email chrisrushdudley@yahoo.com.