Photos from BirdFest

Weren’t we lucky to have such great weather for BirdFest? Especially after yesterday’s downpour. People from all over the area were having a great time, listening to music, attending the demonstrations, going to the Birders’ Marketplace and the Farmer’s Market, etc.

Ridgefield’s own Tim Dawdy was there with his group

Another group played at Davis Park

The Port of Ridgefield trailed carried people around town.

All-in-all, it was a typical Ridgefield celebration. Thanks to all of you who made it possible.

Neighbors on Watch

Citizens of Ridgefield who are interested in making their neighborhoods safer are encouraged to join Chief of Police John Brooks to discuss ideas for creating Ridgefield Neighbors on Watch (NOW) tonight, Wednesday October 3, at Clark County Fire & Rescue, 911 North 65th Avenue. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30.

The topics will include the biggest neighborhood security concerns, community security, volunteer opportunities, community emergency response teams and lots of Q&A.

Neighbors on Watch citizen volunteer programs help reduce crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, foster cooperation between citizens and police officers, increase crime awareness and educate citizens on crime prevention, and provide an opportunity for communities to bond through service.

Meaningful Movies this Wednesday

On Wednesday, September 26th, Meaningful Movies will show the documentary “Trans“. This film is an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. The extraordinary news is that we have Jamison Green coming to speak after the film. Dr. Green is a nationally recognized transgender rights advocate. This is great opportunity for us all to talk to an expert in the field of transgender rights.

In other news, last month’s conversation with Don Steinke about climate change and initiative 1631 is available as a podcast.  With the Sound Cloud app, you can listen on the go. We realize that Wednesday nights are not ideal for many people and we hope that this will help you stay informed. If you have comments and want to continue the discussion, please do so on our Facebook page.

Fundraiser at the Sportsman’s

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

Join the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce for the first meeting of the fall, Wednesday, September 26, at Windy Hills Winery, 1346 South 38th Court.

Networking 11:30 to noon. Then lunch, a professional education presentation by Gabriel Larson on Finding a Top-Performing Employee, and Chamber & Community updates.

Free to Members | $15 with Lunch
Free to Platinum Sponsors | Lunch Included
Non-members $10 | $20 with Lunch

Purchase lunch at

Apply for membership and sponsorship packages at

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting

Ridgefield Main Street’s September Community Meeting is this Thursday, September 20th from 8:30-9:30am at The Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main Ave.

Join us to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent of the Ridgefield School District. There’s lot’s happening in our schools, and Dr. McCann will be catching us up on all the news.

Complimentary coffee and tea are served, and breakfast service is available.

Chamber of Commerce Networking Tonight

Join the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce tonight, Tuesday, September 18, 5 to 7pm,
at Hookum Brewing Company in the heart of Ridgefield: casual networking in a nice, relaxed environment.

While there, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. All proceeds benefit RCC’s Ridgefield High School Business Scholarship Fund.

Hookum is a local-family-owned craft brewery and pub located at 120 N. 3rd Ave.

Flowserve Ribbon Cutting

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Flowserve office and warehouse on Thursday, September 20th at 1:30.

Flowserve’s core business is solving complex fluid motion and control challenges for their customers. Flowserve moves, controls and protects the flow of materials in the world’s most critical industries, including oil and gas, renewable energy, chemicals, power generation, and water.

Flowserve is at 7075 South 11th Street.


Tinkergarten provides early childhood learning in the outdoors. The curriculum engages a wide range of kids ages 18 months to 8 years. A season of Tinkergarten lessons are engineered to help kids develop a range of school readiness and lifelong-learning skills. Registration is available on-line for classes at Abrams Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning September 10.

Families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In a 5-part class each week, Tinkergarten Leader Tiffany Burnette will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development.

The program progresses to meet each child’s needs season after season. This fall, the curriculum will support the development of a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills. Our focus skill for the season will be problem solving.

Tinkergarten registration here.

Who we are: Tinkergarten is a social impact company committed to providing both play-based learning and a connection to nature for families everywhere.

 Our classes are small (12 children max), for children ages 18 months – 5 years. Meet once a week for about an hour, and a parent or guardian stays with each child.

Our partnerships: Classes are designed to leave-no-trace. We support the areas we work with in a wide variety of ways; bringing new families to the green space, engaging very young children in nature play, and building a family culture of outdoor time and respect for nature.

Grand Opening of First Centennial

Come help First Centennial Mortgage celebrate the opening of their new branch in Ridgefield. With half of the NW team being from Ridgefield, they have been anxiously waiting for this opportunity to go back to their roots. It is because of your business and constant referrals that this dream is coming true. Celebrate their growth and enjoy beverages and snacks at an open house on Thursday, September 20 from 4 to 7 pm. They are teaming up with their neighbors, NW Rose Real Estate, so you can come see both offices!

First Centennial is a 418 Pioneer Street.

Benefit for Fire Victims

Britnee Kellogg will perform September 23 at Three Brothers Vineyard in a benefit concert for the McPeake Jeffries family who recently lost everything, including their niece, in that big Ridgefield firea few weeks ago. All proceeds go to the family, and there are countless donations for a silent auction.

Tickets may be purchaed at


Workshop on Taxes

The first quarterly workshop put on by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will be this Wednesday, September 12 from 9am to noon at Windy Hills Winery.

The experts at NWCPA will teach and answer your questions in this interactive workshop focused on the following topics: 1) Business Bookkeeping 2) Tax Preparation 3) Tax Planning 4) How to read your financials and make good business decisions 5) How to spot red flag activity to prevent fraud and embezzlement 6) Keep your books clean to save money at the end of the year ​

Member Fee: $25

Non-Member Fee: $50

Honoring our Service People and First Responders

About 50 boatloads of fishermen were on the River Sunday as the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Fallen Outdoors went out to fish the Columbia. I was there as they started coming in. It was impressive to see American Legion members and others welcoming them back with flags along the dike.

Many of the boats brought in nice sized fish, as evidenced by this one.

It was a busy scene at the dock when the boats returned.

Thank you to all who were involved in planning this project. Terry Hurd of the Sportsman’s provided food, but I didn’t stay for the barbecue.

Photos from Experience Ridgefield and Oktoberfest

Lots of people were having lots of fun yesterday at the combination Oktoberfest and Experience Ridgefield.

The skies looked ominous, but no rain fell and the coolness was very refreshing after all our warm weather.

Ridgefield Main Street sponsored Oktoberfest, and all profits went to expand the many programs and improvements they’ve made in the downtown area.

Spuds were there in their finery!

Ron Melton of Opus Music brought instruments for people to try out.

Tucked away where many people may not have seen it were two gentlemen creating a sand sculpture of the Ridgefield Schools logo.

The new schools were open and people could tour them and see what our tax dollars are paying for. Very impressive! I heard lots of comments, like “I wish we’d had something like this when we went to school.”


There are still a few foursomes who signed up for the Friends of the Library Golf Tournament who have not turned in their registration forms and payments. Please call me (360)887-2160 or Tevis (360)887-3879 asap as we have to turn in the count soon.

The tournament is Sunday, September 30, a 1:00 scramble at Tri Mountain Golf Course and the cost is $100.

It’s a beautiful course and we always have a lot of fun.