Wiener Dog Races and Oktoberfest this Saturday



Multicultural Festival Today

Big doings all day today as Ridgefield celebrates our Multicultural Festival. It begins at 10am with a welcome speech by Mayor Don Stose and then a parade of Chinese lions at Overlook Park, corner of Main and Pioneer,

Events continue throughout the day. Here’s the schedule for the Overlook Park events:

11am Takohachi Japanese drum and dance

12:30 Master Oh’s  tae kwan do

3:15 Maharaja Bangra Indian Dance Group

4:00 Scarlet Sails Russian Theater Group

5:00 Chinook Closing Ceremony

Cooking classes and music workshops will be held at the Community Center, but pre-registration was suggested, so there’s no guarantee there will still be space left.

9 :00 Filipino cooking ($10)

10:00 Ora Nui Tahitan Dance workshop ($25)

10:30 Scandinavian cooking ($10)

1:00 Five French ‘master’ sauces ($10)

3:00 Spicy Nigerian meat and Joliof rice ($0)

3:00 Gerardo Calderon and his Condor instrument workshop @15)

He will do an evening performance at the Old Liberty Theater ($15)

Flags of many nations will be displayed along Main and Pioneer, purchased by citizens of Ridgefield to honor their ancestors’ counties of birth.

Be sure to stop at the library and see the Chinese lion on display.

RAS Grand Opening

The Ridgefield Art Space (RAS) is having a grand opening, Saturday, August 25th from 7:30 to 11pm, and you’re invited. They’re at 208 Pioneer Street, on the second floor above the Hardware Store.*

There will be a live cover band, bar, on-site babysitting, dancing/no dancing and as much fun as you can take!

On Saturday they will introduce their instructors to the community and open registrations to the following class types and events:



Hip Hop

Baby/Toddler and Me

Monthly Date Nights with onsite babysitting

Ballroom/Partner Dance

Monthly Paint n’ Sips

Stand Up and Improv Comedy

Weekend Teen Lounge

More Parties

Suggested donation for admission is $15. Onsite babysitting for the event is offered at $5 per child (w/ accompanying admission donation). RAScoins in exchange to get drinks and raffle tickets for cool prizes. If you purchase tickets before the event you will receive RAScoins to spend at the event.

Liz and Spencer have created a lovely venue for their business, as shown in the photo below. Come and see what they have to offer.

Nonprofit “Arts for All” Fundraiser

Your donations through admission, beverage coins and raffle tickets help give access to their classes and events to everyone in Ridgefield, regardless of economic constraints.

With your help, they’re designing a platform where at least 1/4 of class attendees will not be required to pay.  Some can’t afford these things, but often they can’t afford not to.  Your participation makes theirs possible.

*note* RAS is on the second floor and has no elevator, no ADA access.  They apologize if this causes any inconvenience but are limited in this way due to the space’s existing 104 year old design. If there’s anything they can  do to accommodate additionally please call Liz or Spencer at  360-947-4484

Come to Oktoberfest!

Meaningful Movies

Climate change is the fight of our lifetime and is disproportionately affecting the poor, the elderly, children and communities of color. The current state of the U.S. Territory Puerto Rico is a prime example. After Hurricane Maria touched down 11 months ago, it has taken until last week for power to be fully restored. 254 schools have been closed because of decreased enrollment (families who were able to leave have left) and because several schools are still ravaged from the hurricane. The death toll is greater than 4,600.

I believe it is going to take the efforts of all of us together to fight it.

If you are feeling anxious about the changing climate and want to channel that feeling into action, come down to the Old Liberty this Wednesday, August 22, to watch “Before the Flood” with us and to hear what one of Clark County leaders, Don Steinke, has to say. He and his wife Alona, have been on the front lines in direct actions, legislative efforts, education and coalition building. He will talk about initiative 1631. Doors open at 6:15, movie starts at 7:00. It’s free, but donations are welcome.

Ridgefield Farmers Market

The Ridgefield Farmers Market this Saturday will be at Davis Park (corner of Main St & Mill) because of the Farm to Table Dinner. We will have music by Richie Bean. We are also hosting a school supply drive with all donations going to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center for their annual Back to School Bash. Bring a donation and receive a $1 coupon towards your market purchase. ✏️🖍️📓✂️🖇️🖊️ A preview of what will be available: Blueberries from George Hoffman Pears and Blackberries from Pat Produce from April Joy Farm, Heath Farms, McPhee Family Farms Bakery goods from bakerchic’s Lularoe Mollymae Smoked Salmon and MORE!

Saturday Night Party with Onsite Babysitting! – ‘like its 1999!

Downtown Saturday Night Party, August 25th, 7:30-11pm at the Ridgefield Art Space, upstairs above the hardware store. for tickets

Come see what The RAS is all about. Being a nonprofit arts center for Ridgefield, we have classes starting soon of all types – Ballet, Hip Hop, Partner Dancing, Zumba, Baby and Me, Comedic Acting/Stand Up, Date Nights, Paint ‘n Sips, Painting Instruction, a soon to be opened Teen Lounge for weekend nights and so much more coming! Come party and meet us…And don’t worry about the kids, we’ve got you covered!

Best date night ever in less than two weeks!! Live Band … Huge Dance Hall… Mingling… Disco ball and great acoustics …Beverages 😉 You can “catered bar” your face off!

Meet our instructors …Safe transportation home… Onsite Babysitting by Red Cross Certified Sitters in adjoining suite for $5/child. Not per hour- Just five bucks per child for the whole night!

Taxis out front- we have 23 stairs up to our second floor palace above the hardware store. If you have trouble getting down them you and yours GET IN A CAB. They’ll be waiting out front. Come out for a night of fun. Make new friends and high five your old ones. See our schedule and the soon to be opened Weekend Teen Lounge.

Tickets are $15 and support your neighbors’ access to awesome events, visual and performing arts classes, and a place where everyone in Ridgefield is welcome to make memories. One of every four people taking our classes are not asked to pay based on their private financial situations. Your fun pays for theirs too! Get your tix now at The RAS- Nonprofit Arts For All.. Somewhere there’s a party… SOMEWHERE is up there!

FORE! The Library Golf Tournament

Have fun golfing while raising money for the Ridgefield Library building fund!

This year’s tournament is Sunday, September 30 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. It’s a 1:00 scramble, and as usual we’ll have lots of prizes, raffle items, a putting contest, a great dinner and just a whole lot of fun.

We’re taking reservations now. Cost is $85 if you pay before September 1, and $100 after that, so it behooves you to call in your reservation now. Tevis at 360-887-3879 and Kathy at 3600-887-2160 will be happy to take your information.

Don’t miss out on this fun day. You don’t have to be a good golfer – we even have prizes for the BA last team.

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Please join us this Thursday, August 16th, 8:30-9:30 am for the August Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting. We have TWO guest speakers this month: Brad Richardson, Executive Director of the Clark County Historical Museum, will talk about an upcoming HAUNTING event in Ridgefield; Jeff Niten, Community Development Director, will update us on current and future projects in Ridgefield.

The Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon at 121 N Main Ave., continues to host our monthly meetings, providing complimentary coffee and tea for attendees. Breakfast is available.

Through these monthly meetings we strive to provide the community with relevant and timely information in a comfortable format.

Farm to Table Dinner

A few tickets are still available for the Farm to Table dinner on August 18.

The festivities start at 6:00 with beverages and appetizers, with dinner at 7 and dancing under the stars to the music of Justin Sheehy.

It’s an evening of food, wine, draft beer and conversation and a chance to showcase our local farmers, brewers, wineries and caterers.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the city  office, 360-887-3557.

National Night Out

Don’t know how I missed this one – tonight (Tuesday Aug 7) is National Night Out. Come on down to Abrams Park for free hot dogs and exhibits by lots of organizations. It’s from 6-8pm and it’s all free.

Meet your local Police Officers, City Council and City Staff. Take a tour through our patrol cars. Get to know your neighbors and local businesses. Enjoy free BBQ hot dogs, polish sausages, chips, cookies and more. You can even bring your own bike and join in the Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. A Connected Community is a Safer Community!

Farmers for America

Just a reminder –

The documentary film Farmers for America will be shown Wednesday, August 8th, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

Starting at 6:00 PM Sunbridge Solar will be sponsoring locally sourced appetizers from Grand Army Tavern and produce from April Joy Farm. You may purchase tickets in advance here. Cost is $11.48.

For a more complete description, see my posting on July 27.

American Legion Car Show

The 8th annual American Legion car show was a huge success. There were over 50 cars parked along the streets of downtown Ridgefield.  It was great to see so many local families come out and look at all the cars. A special thanks to Terry Hurd and the Sportsman’s for donating a portion of the dinner proceeds back to the American Legion. The Legion ended up receiving a $250 donation from the Sportsman’s.


Cash-Back Night at Vinnie’s Tonight

Just a reminder to come to Vinnie’s Pizza in downtown Ridgefield tonight. They will donate 10% of your food and beverage bill to the library building fund, and best of all, they’ll match the donation.

Have, eat great food, see the results of their new interior decorations, and make money for the library at the same time.

First Saturday

It’a  picnic in the Park this month as we celebrate First Saturday. Take a walk around town with the Clark County Historical Museum at 9 am – it’s free for residents of the 98642 area code.

The Farmers’ Market will be in full swing at Overlook Park, with zucchini races at 9:30, a talent show from 11 am to 1 pm, water balloon games from noon to 1.

Order sandwiches at the End of the Road Grill (360-887-4990) and they’ll have them ready for you at Overlook Park.

The wine garden will be open from 11 to 2 featuring wines from Windy Hills Winery and Spudder Crest wines.