Youth Arts Month at Barnes and Noble Today

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month is celebrating today, Friday, March 16, at Barnes and Nobles, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. This is a fund raiser as part of the proceeds from food and book sales at the store will go to support RYAM.
Come and enjoy a variety of youth arts, enjoy a snack at the B and N deli, and support Ridgefield’s youth arts programs.
We will have vouchers with our number 12343752. Use it when you make a purchase or tell them you are supporting RYAM.
Ridgefield Youth Arts Month activities will be from 6:00 – 9:00
6:00   Dance fusion
6:30   Opus school of music instrument petting zoo
6:00 – 9:00   Poet and authors meet and greet
6:00 – 9:00   Make and take art

WSU Vancouver invites public to community conversation about the opioid crisis

This is a little outside our area, but so many people are interested in this topic that I thought it was worthwhile posting.

The Initiative for Public Deliberation at Washington State University Vancouver invites the public to participate in a discussion about the opioid crisis. Small group conversations about opioid abuse in Southwest Washington will take place March 20, 22 and 23.

The same conversation will be held at four locations:

6 – 7:30 p.m. March 20, Evergreen High School, Vancouver

4 – 5:30 p.m. March 22, Hegewald Center, Stevenson

6:30 – 8 p.m. March 22, Washougal Library, Washougal

1 – 2:30 and 6 – 7:30 p.m. March 23, Cowlitz County Event Center, Longview

All forums are free and open to the public. Register by visiting the following link: bit.ly/IPDforum

Get Involved!

Many of us are dissatisfied with our current Congressional delegate. Here’s a chance to learn about an alternative.

Carolyn Long is running for Congress in the 3rd District, and she will hold a Town Hall at the Ridgefield Community Center, Saturday, March 17, 6-8 pm.

Volunteers were canvassing on Saturday, as was Carolyn. At last, someone willing to come out and talk to people!

Go to www.electlong.com if you want to learn more.

No matter what you feel about Jamie Herrera Butler, it’s good to be informed about choices.

It would be great to see some young voters at the meeting – invite your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews and the young adult down the street. See you there!

 

 

Ridgefield Main Street Program

Please join us this Thursday, March 15, for our monthly community involvement meeting. The Port of Ridgefield’s Nelson Holmberg, Vice President – Innovation, will be our guest speaker. He will update us on all the exciting Port news, including dark fiber, the 45th & Pioneer development and the flyover bridge.
The meeting is held at The Sportsman’s, 121 N Main, 8:30-9:30 am. Complimentary coffee is served and breakfast is available. We recently changed our meeting format to be more efficient for our attendees: Welcome, Guest Speaker, Announcements.

Just in Case You Missed the First Posting…

Mayor Ron Onslow and wife Sandy Schill are hosting an all inclusive seated dinner with entertainment to raise money for Parks and Trails in Ridgefield.

This year’s project will be to purchase sunshades for the plaza in Overlook Park in Downtown Ridgefield. THE GOOD OL’ DAYS is this year’s theme. Wear retro clothes and enjoy comfort foods highlighting the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

It will be held March 24, 2018 6pm at the Hunter’s Ranch Event Center. $65 per person. RSVP required, by calling 360 887-0329. This event is limited to the first 100, so don’t delay.

Mayor’s Ball

Mayor Ron Onslow and wife Sandy Schill are hosting an all inclusive seated dinner with entertainment to raise money for Parks and Trails in Ridgefield.

This year’s project will be to purchase sunshades for the plaza in Overlook Park in Downtown Ridgefield. THE GOOD OL’ DAYS is this year’s theme. Wear retro clothes and enjoy comfort foods highlighting the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

It will be held March 24, 2018 6pm at the Hunter’s Ranch Event Center. $65 per person. RSVP required, by calling 360 887-0329. This event is limited to the first 100, so don’t delay.

At Last – a Grocery Store!

Produce Department at Rosauers Bozeman

The City and Port of Ridgefield together announced today that a new retail development center that includes a grocery store will move forward on a portion of the port’s Discovery Ridge property at the southeast corner of the roundabout at 45th and Pioneer streets.

At its regularly-scheduled meeting on February 28, the Port of Ridgefield commission voted unanimously to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the port and holding company Discovery Ridge LLC, for around nine acres of the 30-acre site, paving the way for the development of a 53,000 square foot, full-service, regional grocery store with a fueling station. Discovery Ridge LLC will contract the project to FDM Development, owned by Ridgefield-based developer Dean Maldonado.

Prior to the port’s approval of the property sale, the port completed required environmental and other due diligence to satisfaction.

The grocer, Rosauers Supermarkets, (pronounced “Rose are zz) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of URM Stores, headquartered in Spokane, Wash. There are 21 Rosauers stores in the region. The Ridgefield location will be the company’s first store in western Washington. Rosauers had previously signed a lease agreement with Maldonado, contingent on the holding company’s purchase of the property from the port.

Rosauers Bozeman Bakery

This is a long-awaited project and will be a welcome addition to our community.

First Saturday Fun

Come downtown on Saturday and get creative with a full day of kick-off events for Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

9:00 am – Tundra Swans Paddle Ridgefield Kayak/Alder Creek.
10AM-2 pm – Art Fair & More Ridgefield Community Center.
Farmer’s Market Vendors, Community Mural, LOTS of crafts activities & an Art Puzzle Scavenger Hunt
11AM-3pm – Art Alive Performances Sportsman’s Steakhouse.
7:30pm – The Strange Tones & The Volcano Vixens Concert Old Liberty Theater.

AROUND TOWN – art displays, festivities, local eateries, shopping bingo @ Vintage Revival, Coloring Contest @ Ridgefield Floral & Gifts

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies continues with a great film tonight.  “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” is about the amazing Shirley Chisholm. She was the first Black congresswoman, elected in 1968 and the first Black presidential candidate. She served in congress from 1969 to 1983. This showing is in celebration of Black History Month in partnership with the Vancouver NAACP.

Volunteers from the NAACP will be present and will have the book “First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community from WWII to the 21st Century” for purchase. This ongoing grassroots community project aims to document the memories, culture, contributions and heritage of these early families down through today. Its first production, a book written by Jane Elder Wulff and co-published by NAACP Vancouver in 2012 is also available at the Clark County Historical Museum, 16th & Main in Vancouver.

The film is appropriate for all ages and there is so much to discuss! As always the showing is free and at the Old Liberty Theater, doors open at 6:15, film at 7.

Hope to see you there!

Grocery Store

HOT NEWS!

The name of the grocery store that will anchor the commercial development at 45th will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Port Meeting – 3:00. The long-awaited day is here at last!

Toastmasters

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting: 6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 South Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene McCann at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Main Street Benefits from B & O Tax Program

Judy Hinz accepts a check from Sharif Burdzik (l) and Kim Capeloto of Riverview Bank

The Washington State Main Street Tax Incentive Program allows businesses to make a deduction to Ridgefield Main Street, and in return earn a 75% state B & O tax credit for that amount.

Scott and Cathy Hughes of Ridgefield Hardware were the first business to take advantage of this plan, and Riverview Bank presented a check for $1000 at the Main Street meeting on Thursday.

This program is open to all businesses that pay B & O tax, but the deadline to apply is March 15. The money may be paid all at once or in monthly payments until November 15, and our Ridgefield Main Street Program could benefit up to $95,000. With this amount of money the Ridgefield Main Street Program could continue its’ goal to make our downtown a more vibrant, active community.

Interested? Call MaryKay Lamoureaux, http://ridgefieldmainstreet@gmail.com , 360-524-2754, for more information

R Biz

The Ridgefield Business Association will host its’ monthly R Biz networking meeting at Three Brothers Winery, 2411 NE 244th Street, tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 20, from 5 to 7 pm. This is a chance for you to chat with other business owners in our community. Food, prizes, raffle and fun are all included. Come and nosh!

Change in Speaker

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting Update: We’ve had a change in our speaker for this week’s meeting. Senator Ann Rivers had to cancel because of demands of the current Legislative Session.
Our guest speaker will now be Steve Stuart, Ridgefield City Manager. He will be speaking about what is currently happening at the City level, and focusing on the planned developments in the works for the 45th/Pioneer area, and the effects and impacts on downtown. As fate would have it, we couldn’t have had a better time to have Mr. Stuart as our speaker, as this is important to every one of us – resident or business owner. Be sure to join us at Sportsman’s on Thursday, February 15th at 8:30 am for this very important information.
Senator Rivers has rescheduled for Thursday, April 19th, so mark your calendars now. Also, for the March meeting, the Port of Ridgefield will be providing an update on what’s happening, including the overpass.

Reminder – Lions Club Casino Night

Ridgefield Lions are hosting another fun Casino Night, Saturday, February 17, from 7-10pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. This is open to anyone over 21. Last year, the Ilani dealt all our games and had teaching tables for those that wanted to learn Craps, Black Jack and Roulette, and they will be back again this year.

Cost is $25 per person, all inclusive for light food, drinks and money for play. There will be prizes and a whole lot of fun. Last year we had a hundred people attend and everyone still had a place at a table. Come meet our members and join in some fun with us.

The Lion’s are individuals that volunteer to support community events and Ridgefield students.