Big Paddle and First Saturday

Saturday is the BIG PADDLE at the Ridgefield waterfront and downtown, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

There is something for everyone on this adventure-filled day: breakfast, paddling, obstacle course, live music, beer and wine garden, games and a ‘Totally Awesome Scavenger Challenge’.

Registration begins at the Port of Ridgefield Waterfront at 7:00 AM with the BIG PADDLE beginning at 9:30 AM. Registration is required and costs $5 per person or $20 for groups up to 6. The fee does not include any rentals. Purchase tickets in advance at Eventbrite. 

Paddlers Village at the Waterfront opens at 8:00 AM. This festival will havw vendor booths, a Carty Lake interpretive walk, hands-on activities, outdoor massage, live marimba music, cold beer, lunch and so much more!

Be sure to bring the whole family out for what is sure to be an exciting day in Downtown Ridgefield!

For more information and a full list of the day’s events, please visit the City of Ridgefield website.

And while you’re in town, visit the Farmers’ Market at Overlook Park between 9 am and 2      pm. Fresh strawberries are in, and there will be a host of vendors with lots of great things to buy. Don’t miss the Friends of the Library booth. Two of the decorated chairs that will be featured at the CHAIR-ity dinner/auction will be on display – and for sale!

There will be trolleys traveling between downtown and the waterfront, so come on down!

Thought for the Week

Raising the Flag, 2015

Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.  Information from Wikipedia

American Legion Post 44 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 29th, at Ridgefield Cemetery. It will commence at 9:30 AM and conclude with a rifle salute and bugle taps at 10AM.

Annual Culture Parade

All Union Ridge students will parade through downtown Ridgefield Thursday, May 31, starting at 9 am. The parade will wind from the school to Pioneer, turn right at Main Avenue, and right again at the library, winding up at Mill and 5th Street.

The students will represent a variety of cultures that are being studied in the classroom. Come and support our children!

Memorial Day Ceremony

American Legion Post 44 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 29th, at Ridgefield Cemetery. It will commence at 9:30 AM and conclude with a rifle salute and bugle taps at 10AM.

We will remember those who died in battle and their Legacy of Valor. We will also recognize the end of WW1 100 years ago. The program will be heartfelt as we especially recognize those who died in the war and who rest in our cemetery.

    Note from Kathy – this is always a very touching ceremony and is especially meaningful for young adults and older children.

Fire and Rain at Sportsmans’ this Sunday

Initiative 1631

Don Steinke is planning to gather signatures for Initiative 1631 this Saturday at the Ridgefield Farmers Market. He’s looking for one or two assistants at 9 am and one or two assistants at noon. In Don’s words, “the most important thing we can do in the next six weeks to fight climate change is to get Initiative 1631 on the ballot.” Initiative 1631 will place a fee on the pollution from refineries and on power plants and use the funds to invest in clean energy projects such as wind and solar.

If you, or someone you know is able to help, notify Don at crVanWash@gmail.com or 360-903-3052.

He’s collected 1300 signatures so far and statewide over 60,000 people have signed the petition.

The job is easy.  All you need to do is hold the sign that’s provided and ask people if they have signed yet.

Our sign says

Washington Voters

Sign here

For clean air

And clean energy

Yes on 1631

May’s Meaningful Movie

The Meaningful Movie for May is “He Named Me Malala” about the amazingly resilient and inspiring Malala Yousafzai who is a champion of girl’s education around the world.

There will be a discussion after the movie, led by a panel including Mrs. Jill Uhacz an English teacher from Ridgefield High School who has been recognized time and again for her thought provoking curriculum and Dr. Buki Okafor who is from Nigeria and is a local pediatrician with Northwest Permanente. Dr. Okafor will update us on the state of girl’s education in Nigeria.

The movie is Wednesday, May 23rd – doors open at 6:15 pm, film starts at 7pm, discussion to follow film. The movie is free, but donations are welcome.

Sportsman’s Memorial Day Tribute

This is a kick-off event for a program that will give a percentage of profits to military organizations.

Library meeting is a GO

At the meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on Monday, May 21, at the La Center Community Center, the location of the new Ridgefield Library will be announced, and the public is invited.

The La Center Community Center is at 1000 East 4th Street, and the starting time is 4:45. Let’s get as many people out to show our excitement about finally having a location for the library!

Now the real fun begins – raising enough money to furnish the inside of the building. We’ll do it!

 

Family Fun Nigh at Sportsman’s

RMS Meeting Thursday

Join us Thursday, May 17, for the Ridgefield Main Street Program, and learn about the NEW Chamber of Commerce launching in Ridgefield June 15.

April Salsbury, President of the Ridgefield Business Association, will be our guest speaker. You will hear about why the change to a Chamber has come about. You can also learn about how it differs from Ridgefield Main Street, and why both are essential to our little city.

Meetings are held at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main, 8:30-9:30 am. As always, complimentary coffee is served and breakfast service is available.

R Biz Tonight

Juncition Neighborhood Meeting Tonight

Reminder –  the Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction meeting is tonight, May 14, 7:00 at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway. Representatives from many local organizations will bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and is projected to happen in our community.

Representatives from the city, schools, Vancouver Clinic. Clark College, Clark Regional, Ilani, the Cowlitz and others will be present. Come and get a vision of the future.

Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction Meeting

The Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction meeting will be next Monday, May 14, 7:00 at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway. Representatives from many local organizations will bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and is projected to happen in our community.

Representatives from the city, schools, Vancouver Clinic. Clark College, Clark Regional, Ilani, the Cowlitz and others will be present. Come and get a vision of the future.

Garage Sale June 9

SAVE THE DATE – GARAGE SALE!

Have stuff you need to get rid of?

Ridgefield Mini Storage is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 4pm, and invites you to participate.

They will provide you with a unit to set up and sell all your stuff! RMS will also do the marketing for you.

(Facebook, Craigslist, newspaper, City of Ridgefield, school district, etc)

Cost to participate is $25, and all proceeds will go to the Ridgefield School District.

Space is limited call to reserve your spot 360-684-4549. Ridgefield Mini Storage is at 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway,
www.ridgefieldministorage.com