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Pipers at Hookum



The Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums will be at Hookum Brewing Company, 120 North 3rd Avenue, tonight, Saturday, for a performance at 7:00. They’re raising money to send band members to Colorado Springs, Colo, to play at an annual memorial for fallen fire fighters.

Help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and lift a glass of bubbly for a good cause.

Lunch benefits FVRL

I’m organizing a carpool from Ridgefield, so if you’d like a ride, give me a call: 360-887-2160 or

Senior Scam Education Seminar

Sad to say, many of our senior citizens fall prey to scammers every year. Come learn about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from internet scams at the Senior Scam Seminar at the Nazarene Church on Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm, upstairs in the café room. No need to sign up – just show up!

State of the City

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of Mayor Stose’s address on Wednesday evening.

Don Stose delivered his first State of the City address as Ridgefield’s Mayor on March 5th at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center. His theme “Welcome to Ridgefield” reflected on the city’s growth and progress in 2018, showcased current and future projects, and celebrated services that will arrive in Ridgefield in 2019.

“We are welcoming businesses that offer new jobs for our residents, neighborhoods built to the highest standards in southwest Washington, and new services that all our residents will use every day,” said Mayor Stose. In the last year, Ridgefield has seen more than 15 new businesses and services, and eight new quality neighborhoods. And, the City kept its commitment to create at least one-mile of new trail.

Mayor Stose spoke of the businesses all over Ridgefield, but spent extra time inviting everybody to visit downtown Ridgefield. The mayor touted signature events like award winning First Saturdays, the MultiCultural Festival, Big Paddle and Farm-to-Table, and expanded services in the newly designated Arts Quarter with five new merchants in 2018 alone.

The highlight of the night was a big reveal of long term projects that will become a reality in 2019. The repurposed View Ridge Middle School opened its doors as the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center in January – with offices for school administration, community education, local non-profit organizations, and the City’s Business Center, and a new assembly room that will host City, School District, and Community meetings.

The Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is opening with six fields and a two-story community building, and will play host to Ridgefield school and sports club teams, as well as being the home field for the West Coast League’s newest franchise, the Ridgefield Raptors. Vancouver Clinic will begin accepting appointments in July and open its doors in August. Rosauers Grocery Store is opening in the fall. Fort Vancouver Regional Library is already imagining a design for a new and larger library at the Community Center, which will start construction this year. And construction will begin on a downtown Ridgefield mixed use project which will boast new shops, offices, and a new location for the Ridgefield Police Department.

“This is awesome. Through proactive planning by this City and community and a shared vision with important City partners, Ridgefield is becoming a community where we can live, work and play. Welcome to Ridgefield!”

Come to Elevate

Spud Feed Supports Ridgefield Performing Arts

Soundtrack for a Revolution

This month’s Meaningful Movie is Soundtrack for a Revolution, the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs sang on picket lines, in mass meetings and in jail cells as people fought for justice and equality. It features new performances by top artists, archival footage and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders.

The movie is tonight, Wednesday, at Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue. Lobby opens for refreshments for sale at 6:30, and the film is at 7 pm. It’s free, but donations are very welcome. The showing and discussion in celebration of Black History Month are sponsored in part by the NAACP Vancouver Branch 1139 and the generosity of Rheta and Howard Rubenstein. 

David Watson will speak after the film about his life as the “Doctor of Bebop“. He is an amazing man and draws his inspiration from the great Ella Fitzgerald. In lieu of our usual previews at 6:50 pm, we will be showing a short documentary about his life before the main movie.
As usual there will be a moderated community discussion after the movie.


Teen Gamers Wanted


Ridgefield Library Offers Tween/Teen Dungeons & Dragons Program

This program takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 pm at the library. We play a variety of game systems from Dungeons & Dragons to Pathfinder to Call of Cthulu to GURPS. This is an established, enthusiastic, fun group. New players are welcome!

Plus, the Ridgefield Library has a collection of 3.5 edition Dungeons & Dragon rule books and Pathfinder rule books in the reference collection. You’re invited to grab some friends and run your own games!

The Ridgefield Community Library is at 210 N. Main Avenue.

Main Street Program

The Ridgefield Main Street program will be Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Restaurant located at 121 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

 Chief John Brooks of the Ridgefield Police Department, and John Babcock, former Commissioner, Clark County Fire and Rescue, will speak about disaster preparedness.

There will be updates and announcements. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served and breakfast is available on request.

Come and bring a friend to learn more about the Main Street Program.


Tom McCarthy

I’m sad to report that Tom McCarthy died February 11. Owner of Volcano Garden Art and a well-known beekeeper, Tom was past Commander of Ridgefield American Legion Post 44 and member of the Clark County Bee Keepers Association. He is survived by his wife Sherry McCarthy, sister Roxanne Borean and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for Tom will be held Sunday, February 17 at 2 pm at the Ridgefield Veterans Memorial in downtown Ridgefield next to the Fire Station, followed by a Celebration of Life and Potluck at the Community Room in the Ridgefield Library (formerly Ridgefield Community Center.)

Reception for Board of the Community Center

You are invited to a reception honoring the Ridgefield Community Center Association (RCCA) Board for their recent donation of the building and land to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s (FVRL) planned expansion of the Ridgefield library. The Recognition Reception is Sunday, February 24, from 3 to 5 pm in the small room at the Ridgefield Community Center.

The RCCA teamed up with the Ridgefield library in 1994 when the library wanted to expand from the Priscilla Club building to their current location. The FVRL District worked hand in hand with the RCCA to plan and apply for grants to facilitate that building project. After operating the Community Center (the heart of Ridgefield) for 25 years, the RCCA Board felt it was time to allow the library to grow once again, especially since Ridgefield’s population has grown remarkably, and there are now many venues available for groups of many sizes.

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library feel that the RCCA Board deserves recognition for their efforts in creating community and library space. Without them, the heart of Ridgefield would not beat so strongly.

Please join us in celebrating a group that worked tirelessly to benefit our community.

Jeanne Androvich, President of the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library

Lions’ Casino Night at ilani

Join the Ridgefield Lions on Saturday, February 23rd from 7-10 pm for our Casino Night at ilani. Our private event will be held in the ballroom by Line & Lure and will be an evening of fun, friends, and prizes!  This is a “friend raiser” and membership drive. 

While you are here, 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.

 $20 entry includes: appetizers, two drinks, “Lions bucks” for playing, ilani dealers, a private room and the chance to win great prizes!

All the prizes are Ridgefield inspired and are centered around the concept of “PLAY IN RIDGEFIELD”. 

 Please e-mail Jen Lindsay with any questions,



Garden Club members and others are making a Ridgefield-themed quilt as a fund-raiser for the library, and need a few more people to do some simple embroidery on small panels. It’s all one color, and just an outline, as shown in the sample, below.

We’ll meet next Monday at 9 am to work on the panels, and then go to Fuel for lunch. If you are interested, give me a call, (360) 887-2160, and I’ll give you the meeting place. It would help if you had a small (5-6″) embroidery hoop. All other supplies will be provided.

RACC Dedication

Although I was unable to attend the dedication of our new RACC (Ridgefield Administration and Civic Center) last night, Jan Robinson was kind enough to send me a photo. Thanks Jan!

I look forward to using this newly remodeled building for many of our public meetings.