CHAIR-ity Event a Big Success

Last night’s CHAIR-ity fund raiser for the library was a big success. Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer Tevis Laspa kept things moving along, and the crowd responded by donating lots of  money. Small student chairs painted by local artists were auctioned off, as well as the table centerpieces, three barbecue books by Rick Browne, and a little library.

Food by Bubba’s BBQ was a big success, as were the cookies and cupcakes baked by Jan Robinson.

Thanks to the table hosts who found seven other people to attend and decorated their tables, brought drinks and centerpieces. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our next big fund raiser is the Golf Tournament on October 1. Keep tuned!

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Do you love soccer? Do you love libraries? Now you can love both at the same time.

Our Vancouver Regional Library Foundation has put together a fundraiser for our “branches to be” in Woodland, Ridgefield and Washougal.

Join us on July 15th at Providence Park as the Portland Thorns face the North Carolina Courage and a portion of your ticket will go to our three library building projects.

Purchase tickets online:

For online sales, go to Use FVRL as the promo code. Click Go.

Order your tickets (reserved upper seating) for $15 (normally $20).

Every purchase is entered into a drawing for prizes!

The best part is that ~$10 from every ticket will go to our building projects! Yay!

We’d love to have a little competition to see which building project you’d most like to support. Send Judy Musa ( an email to let her know when you’ve purchased tickets and which building project you would like your money to go to or leave it up to her to decide. All donations will be anonymous, so no hard feelings about who you love best. You can also purchase tickets directly from Judy by cash or check.

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Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library auction off an item to raise money to support the many programs of the library, and help raise money for the new building.

July’s item is a Farberware hard-anodized, non-stick cookware set. It’s oven safe up to 500 degrees and contains 8 and 10″ skillets, 1, 2,and 3 quart saucepans with lids, a 5 quart Dutch oven with lid and a set of 4 plastic tools for the pans. The set has a value of $100.

The bid sheet and cook ware set will be at the library tomorrow. Maybe you have a child who’s just graduated and is starting out on their own, or a young married family who need cookware. The set is unopened and makes a perfect gift.

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Things were jumping last night at 3Peaks at the benefit for the library. Lots of people came because they had seen the event advertised, and others learned about it that night. We won’t have a count of the amount raised for a few days, but the donation jar held almost $100. Thanks to all who attended and to the staff and owners of the taproom for inviting us. It’s a pretty easy way to raise money for such a good cause.


Summer Programs at the Library

Here’s the schedule of summer programs going on at the Ridgefield library, starting next Tuesday


Amazing magic, hilarious comedy, eye-popping juggling and tons of audience interactions by a two-time Guinness World Record Holder.


Be amazed by exciting and explosive chemical reaction demonstrations. Don’t try this at home! Come see it at your library!


An entertaining and educational experience featuring 15 different parrot species representing four continents! Hosted by zoologist Karl Anderson.


Creature Teachers bring the wild to you! Meet an amazing array of reptiles and creepy crawlies. Education is the key to conservation.


Reptiles! A fascinating, interactive, and educational reptile program for all ages.


One of the Northwest’s best-known clowns performs an exciting mix of physical comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling and puppetry. A high-energy show that children will talk about for months!

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.

Grand Opening Little Free Library

The Ridgefield Friends of the Library invite you to the grand opening of our first Little Free Library, Saturday, June 17th, at 10 am. It’s near the old oak tree on South Hillhurst Road and the nearest cross street is South Nighthawk Road.

A short dedication will be followed by light refreshments.  Please come and join our celebration!

Little Free Libraries are a nation-wide program to promote reading. Books in the Little Free Library will be stocked by volunteers from The Friends of the Ridgefield Library, and people are urged to donate books after they’ve read them. Several libraries will be erected in neighborhoods across the City, and one is already  up in the 700 block of Shobert.

Bring a book… take a book… or come and have a cookie!

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Every  year the Fort Vancouver Regional Library sponsors a Friends’ Fair, when Friends from the branch libraries meet to talk about what they’ve accomplished over the past year and what they plan to accomplish in the future. It’s a fun-filled day where lots of ideas are tossed around. A nice luncheon is served and you get to meet Friends from the other libraries in the area.

The date is July 29 and it’s from 9 to 2:30. A group from the Ridgefield Library plans to car pool, so if you’re interested in going, call Sean at the library for more information. 360-906-4770.

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Fort Vancouver Library is considering a third site for our new Ridgefield library – the ball field at the middle school. Advantages of this site are its size, location at the entrance to our downtown, amount of parking available, proximity to the elementary schools,  etc. Since the middle school building will be used for community education and other uses the block will be like a center for the community. I can see a lot of advantages to building there.

The other two sites are the lots north of the Post Office and extending down to the railroad tracks and the actual View Ridge Middle School site, which would require tearing down the old building.

I’d love to hear your comments, as I’m sure the Directors of the Library would. Please press ‘comment’, below, to comment on this location.


Last Chance!

Last chance to bid on the coping saw in the library’s silent auction!

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library put a different item up for bid each month, and May’s offering is a coping saw. Bidding closes tomorrow, May 31, so head on down to the library to make your bid if this is something you could use.

It would be ideal for making Christmas presents for those grand kids…

The money raised helps the Friends in their support of the library.

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Plans for the CHAIR-ity event are coming along nicely. This benefit for the new Ridgefield library will feature an auction for small student chairs that have been painted by local artists, a little library, pies and cakes, as well as other items donated by members of the community. The date has been moved to Friday, August 11, so please mark that on your calendar.

There are two things we still need to make this event a success. The first is hosts or hostesses to sponsor a table of eight. All the plastic ware and place settings will be provided by the caterer, so you will need to provide a centerpiece and find eight of your friends to pay $25 to come and help raise money for the library. We’ll provide plastic tablecloths, but you can bring your own if you’d rather.

The second thing we need is donations for a silent auction. Do you have a time-share you could donate?  Could you host a dinner party? Could you prepare a themed basket? Use your imagination to think of ideas that would sell at a dinner like this.

I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s make this a bang-up day for the new Ridgefield library. Call me at 887-2160 or

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Save the date – our second fund raiser at 3Peaks Public House and Taproom will be Thursday, June 22 from 5 to 9 pm. A percentage of food and drinks bought inside the building will qualify for a donation to the library building fund. Bring your appetites and have fun while raising money for the library.

3Peaks is at 24415 NE 10th in Ridgefield.

Sakamoto’s Hula Class Raided  

But it was all in fun.

Yvonne Sakamoto taught a group of people how to hula dance yesterday as a benefit for the library building fund. It was a lot of fun – I didn’t realize how much energy is used in dancing!

Yvonne arranged with the police department to have an officer come in with a complaint that he’d heard of a scantily dressed man harassing women. And sure enough, there was Tevis!

It ended up with Office Ferriss wearing a lava lava and going back to the department with a piece of coconut cake.

Only in Ridgefield…

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Artists are busy painting student chairs for the CHAIR-ity event on August 12. Two have already finished – see photo below. There are a baker’s dozen of chairs to be auctioned off. If you don’t know what a baker’s dozen is, ask your grandma.

Mark your calendar so you can be sure to attend this dinner/auction. Plans are still being finalized, but I can assure you we’ll have a good time.