Solar Eclipse

On Monday morning August 21th, we are going to have a partial eclipse of the sun. Actually it will be 98.4% covered here in Ridgefield.  It will be 100% if you go to Salem but then there’s all that traffic. Paul Snoey has ordered some solar filters for his cameras and wants to take pictures.

The Methodist church on Hillhurst has invited people to use their parking lot to view the eclipse, and they invite others to view. The library has some viewing glasses for children available to see the eclipse but no scheduled activity.

These are the times:

Start of eclipse is at 9:06 am

Maximum eclipse at 10:19 am

End of eclipse is at     11:38 am

At the beginning of the eclipse the sun will be about 10 degrees south of due east and about 1/3 up from horizon to overhead. At the end of the eclipse it will be about halfway up the sky and further south of due east, so there should be a good view from most places in Ridgefield.

There are lots of warnings about not looking at the sun without eye protection and not taking pictures of the sun without protecting your camera.  If Paul can figure out how to do it, he plans on having his camera hooked up to a laptop for a good view.

 

First Saturday – It’s a Picnic!

The sultry days of summer are upon us. So saunter downtown for food, friendship and fun at August’s First Saturday. It’s a picnic! Bring your food, or buy some at Overlook Park.

Shop the used book sale, vote on your favorite pet photo, enter the watermelon eating contest and perform at the first “Ridgefield’s Got Talent” show.

National Night Out

Tonight is National Night Out. Come to Abrams Park for fun, food and friends. There will be all kinds of vendors, games, and many of your neighbors.

The photos are from last year’s event. See you there!

Ellie and Raffee Need a Home!

Ellie the Elephant and Raffee the Giraffe were painted on a small student chair by Jean Meyer. The delightful chair, with others, will be auctioned off at the CHAIR-ity benefit for the library building fund at a dinner at the Community Center on August 11.

Each unique chair has a story behind it, and would make a great gift for grandparents to give their young grandchildren.

There are still a few tickets left for this dinner auction – please contact me at 360-624-7359 or kathywinters179@gmail.com if you would like to attend. Tickets are only $20, and if you are a Friend of the Ridgefield Library, you get a $5 discount. Dinner will be pulled pork with accompanying items, prepared by Dave Palenshus of Bubba’s BBQ and Rick Browne the Barbecue Man.

It’s going to be a great evening in Ridgefield! Buy your ticket today.

School Supplies Needed

Ridgefield’s Back to School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th, from 9am to noon at View Ridge Middle School. This event is a celebration of the start of a new school year and will have inflatables, games, snacks, as well as services that will aide students in their preparation for the new school year.

Services will include backpacks, school supplies, clothing for the whole family, haircuts, sports physicals and immunizations. This will be a free event and is being put on by Compassion 360 and several churches in the Ridgefield Community.

As we prepare for this event, the involved churches have held school supply drives, which have brought in a fair amount of what we need, but our biggest needs are backpacks for elementary and middle school kids, Ticonderoga pencils, Crayola markers, watercolor paint sets, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners. A full list of school supplies, our Amazon wish list, and how to donate financially can all be found at our website compassion360.org. If community members want to volunteer their time, there are many different volunteer options and volunteer registration can also be found at our website.

Car Show this Friday

The American Legion Post 44 will have its Annual Bruce Crockett Car Show this Friday from 4 to 9 pm in downtown Ridgefield. There will be some spectacular cars on display.
David Watson  and his Jazz Band will play in the skate park at 3rd and Simon from 6 to 9.
We hope everyone will come down and enjoy the shade trees and music and cars. Enjoy dinner at one of our Ridgefield restaurants.

Movie on Permaculture Tonight

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents “Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective” 7:30 tonight at the Old Liberty Theater. It’s free and open to the public, donations appreciated.
This is an opportunity to learn how to effectively grow food and heal the soil whether you are in the country, suburbs or city.
 
Special guest speaker Warren Neth Executive Director of Slow Foods Southwest Washington.

Grand Opening of New Fish and Wildlife Building next Wednesday

A grand opening celebration and tours of the new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife building, located at 5525 S. 11th St. are slated for Wednesday, July 26. A flag-raising by Boy Scouts of America Troop #310 will be at 1 p.m. followed by remarks from various officials. Tours of the new building will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m.

This event is open to the public. All are invited to attend. The ceremony will have seating available. To RSVP or if you need special assistance, please email WBaldwin@portridgefield.org.

 

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents “Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective” in partnership with the Old Liberty Theater, the Ridgefield Community Group and the Ridgefield Community Library on Wednesday July 26th, 7:30 pm at the Old Liberty Theater.

This is an opportunity to learn how to effectively grow food and heal the soil whether you are in the country, suburbs or city.  Free and open to the public, donations appreciated to cover the cost of using the theater.

Special guest speaker will be Warren Neth, Executive Director of Slow Foods Southwest Washington.

http://www.slowfoodswwa.com/

For more info:

https://meaningfulmovies.org/neighborhoods/meaningful-movies-in-ridgefield/

https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulmoviesridgefield/

Celebrate the 4th!

Here’s the schedule for the day:

7 – 10 am: Pancake Breakfast – Community Center

8 am: Fun Runs – Pioneer & Main

10:15: Pet and Kids Pre-Parade – Pioneer & Main

11 am: Fourth of July Parade

10 am – 6 pm:  Downtown Festival – Overlook Park

2:15 pm: Pie-Eating Contest – Overlook Park

5:30 – 9:30 pm Dancing in the Park – Overlook Park

10:15 pm: Firework Display – View from Railroad Avenue

 

Fish & Wildlife’s New Building to Open

About 100 Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife will move into their new Region 5 headquarters building in Ridgefield on July 3, just 11 months from the construction start date. The Port of Ridgefield was awarded a 10-year lease contract on the building last June, clearing the way to build the 31,000 square foot building on one of the port-owned properties at South 11th Street at its Wisdom Ridge development site.

The building will support WDFW’S Region 5 operations which service six Southwest Washington counties.  As of July this year, Region 5 operations will relocate to Ridgefield permanently, and the WDFW’s Vancouver office on Grand Boulevard will be permanently closed.

In addition to the office facility, there are two public meeting rooms, a fish lab, 10,000 square feet of warehouse space for WDFW storage, and 8,000 square feet of covered storage for outdoor vehicles and other equipment.

With a short time frame in which to secure engineering, permits, bidding and complete construction, the addition of record rainfall throughout the winter and spring made work on the $8 million concrete-tilt building extremely challenging. The port was, however, able to meet its June completion requirement while also coming in under budget on the project.

Laurie Olin, the port’s Vice President of Operations, credits the work of the project’s many committed contractors to meeting the deadlines established in the contract.

“While we had to overcome the weather and some bumps in the road common in construction, from the general contractor – 2 KG – to its subs, everyone worked together to get this done,” Olin said.

Port CEO Brent Grening noted that WDFW has had a long-term vision to relocate to new space.

“We congratulate WDFW on achieving this milestone, and thank past and present management for choosing Ridgefield.  We also thank the Southwest Washington legislative delegation for their support of this important project.”

The architect for the project was Mackenzie; financing for the port was provided by Banner Bank.

A grand opening celebration and tours of the building, located at 5525 S. 11th St. are slated for Wednesday, July 26. A flag-raising by Boy Scouts of America Troop #310 will be at 1 p.m. followed by remarks from various officials. Tours of the new building will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m.

This event is open to the public. All are invited to attend. The ceremony will have seating available. To RSVP or if you need special assistance, please email WBaldwin@portridgefield.org.

Recognitions

At the City Council Meeting Thursday, American Legion Post 44 and the City of Ridgefield were honored and recognized  by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The patriotism demonstrated by the Flags displayed on Flag Days brought about this commendation.

Receiving the Certificates were Mayor Ron Onslow and AL Post 44 Commander Bryan Laycoe

Invitation to Participate in National Night Out

The City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Police Department are once again gearing up for our 13 th annual National Night Out Celebration. This celebration brings our community and neighbors together for a time of food and fun. We are so excited to extend an invitation to you to help us celebrate America’s night out against crime.

National Night Out began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, the first Tuesday in August. This year our celebration is Tuesday, August 1 st , 2017 from 6pm to 8pm in Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Your participation is key to the great success of this event. By you participating, you help us promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. You, along with other area business and community service representatives will help make this event a great success.

Last year we had about 1200 people partake in the activities of live music, antique cars, a bike rodeo, games, ice-cream, and of course a great BBQ.

To reserve your space for the celebration, please contact Sandra Hoots our Police Clerk at (360)887-3556. Or you may email her at sandra.hoots@ci.ridgefield.wa.us. We will provide for you a free space to setup your own tent, booth or static display. There is a limited power supply available so make sure you let us know if you need power. Please call the police department if you have any questions regarding our event. Our staff is excited to serve you. We hope to hear from you soon.

Reminder – 3Peaks Benefit Tomorrow

Just a reminder – 3Peaks Public House and Taproom, 24415 10th Avenue NE will donate a percentage of all food and drink sold from 5 to 9 pm tomorrow, Thursday.

Come eat, drink, and be merry and help raise money for the new library at the same time. Tevis and I will be there to greet you and make sure you have a good time.

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Eat drink and be merry!

Come to 3Peaks Public House and Taproom next Thursday, June 22, when a percentage of all drinks and food sold will go to benefit the library. Tevis and I will be there to greet you and thank you for your donations. The event runs from 5 to 9 pm, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the evening.   3Peaks is at 24415 NE 10th.