Chamber Launch

Mini Storage Open House

Ridgefield Neighbors Food Drive

Join Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project – Building Community.  Sharing Food. One Green Bag at a Time.

In summer 2017, Clark County neighbors started Clark County’s first neighborhood-based food donation program to help folks who struggle with hunger. Clark Neighbors Food Project (CNFP) is a revolutionary way to collect food: It’s a donor drive, not a food drive. Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, Neighborhood Coordinators enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors to provide sustainable food supply for local food pantries. The concept is simple: “Neighbors want to help…we make it easy!”  (We pattern it after similar efforts in Portland, Olympia, Ashland and cities across the country — see http://clarkfoodproject.com/).  Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project began in January of 2018.

It’s amazingly simple. You get a reusable green Neighbor Food Project bag to store food in. Every two months a Neighborhood Coordinator picks up your full Green Bag, leaves an empty Green Bag, and takes all the bags to a site where volunteers box the food. All food collected in Ridgefield goes to Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Family Resource Center at Ridgefield Schools. Food donors will receive an email reminder so you don’t forget the pickup date. That’s all there is to it.

How much food will people donate? We suggest food donors buy one extra nonperishable food item per week when you go to the market, but it’s really up to you. Some folks will donate a lot, some a little. The amount is not important — as long as you’re participating the Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project will be a success.

Neighbors Want to Help, We Make it Easy!  And that’s our secret: we don’t just help hungry neighbors who receive food—we build connections with neighbors who donate —a true sense of community: the feeling of belonging, of making a difference and on top of that, it’s fun!  Tip for parents: A rewarding activity is to volunteer as a family to give neighbors green bags and pick up food donations. Instill values of fun community service and positive neighborly relationships!

We are currently seeking Neighborhood Coordinators to sign up food donors in Ridgefield neighborhoods.   Contact Bill Baumann at ridgefieldfoodproject@gmail.com.

Pickup Days – 2ND SATURDAY of EVEN months

In 2018 it’s:  Feb 10, Apr 14, Jun 9, Aug 11, Oct 13, Dec 8

3Peaks Helps Library

Come to 3Peaks Public House and Taproom this Thursday and part of your bill will be donated to the Library. This is the third year they’ve helped the library, and it’s always fun. Food and drink purchased inside the building count toward the donation.

There will also be a donation jar and people to talk about the new library.

3Peaks is at 24415 NNE 10th.

Thought for the Week

Reminder – Garage Sale

Are you looking for a bargain?

Ridgefield Mini Storage is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 4pm, and invites you to participate. Multiple vendors will be on hand – you may find that treasure you’ve been looking for.

All proceeds benefit the Ridgefield School District.

Ridgefield Mini Storage is at 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway, www.ridgefieldministorage.com

Thought for the Week

“Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.

~James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets that rivaled the popularity of British poets. These writers usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.      (Information from Wikipedia)

It Rained on our Parade…

But not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the Union Ridge students who paraded through downtown for our annual Culture Parade this morning. Each grade level chose a theme for their costumes, and some even stopped and put on little shows on the way. This is what Ridgefield is all about! Thanks to all the people who made this possible – it’ a lot of work to co-ordinate a parade.

 

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!

Travel Conditions this Week

Travel on the following roads will be impacted this week.

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – shoulder work. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street – shoulder work only this week for frontage improvements along Hillhurst next to the Kennedy Subdivision. When completed, this section of Hillhurst will be widened with sidewalks, planter strips, and street lights.

NW 229th – Shoulder work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Royle Road from the intersection with Hillhurst Road approximately 500 feet – one lane closure with flagging. This project is utility relocation in support of the Hillhurst frontage improvements and the Royle & Hillhurst intersection improvements.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

South 5th Street and So. 65th Avenue – shoulder work with intermittent lane closures and flagging. A contractor working for Comcast will be completing improvements to existing overhead utility lines.

Ridgefield Student Advances to National Level Competition in National History Day Contest

Tyla Engstrom, an eighth grader at View Ridge Middle School, has earned a spot to compete nationally in the National History Day Contest in Maryland in June.

National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for teachers and students to engage in historical research.  Through the NHD Contest, students examine history by selecting topics of interest based on an annual theme.  This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.

Engstrom’s project, entitled Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement, is a monologue she wrote based on research she did on Scholl, a German anti-Nazi political activist.  Engstrom herself performed the monologue at the school competition, then at the state competition where she qualified to advance to nationals.

“It has been a roller coaster through the making of my project from writing my script, to expanding my bibliography.  Honestly, I can’t even describe how happy I am to be going to nationals for NHD,” said Engstrom.  “Overall, this has been such a life-changing experience.”

Tyla Engstrom

It’s not surprising that Engstrom, who has aspired to be an actress from a young age, chose to perform her monologue.  “I feel like because of National History Day, I might be able make my dream a reality.  NHD has helped me practice and get better,” said Engstrom.  “The thing that has made this fun has been the competitiveness and just doing what I love, which is acting.”

“Tyla’s project was exceedingly creative and engaging,” said Justin Nelson, View Ridge Middle School history teacher.  “Tyla is a natural performer and used her skills to strengthen her project.  But what I was most impressed with was how she seamlessly weaved her historical research into her performance script.  Everyone watching her performance was learning lots of great information while being entertained.”

“I was not surprised after watching her performance here at the school in January, that Tyla has gone this far,” said Tony Smith, View Ridge Middle School principal.  “She is a talented performer and chose a compelling, inspirational and courageous person to be the focus of her monologue.  We are proud to have her representing us on the national stage.”

According to Smith, all eighth graders at View Ridge Middle School complete a project for National History Day.  The National History Day website estimates that more than half-a-million students participate in the contest annually.

The national competition will take place at the University of Maryland, June 10-14.  Engstrom will be competing among 3,000 students from across the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and from international schools in China, Korea and South Asia.

“I’m super happy to be going to nationals, and I will try my very best,” said Engstrom.  “But no matter what the outcome is from this competition, taking first in state and making it to nationals is better than I can ever ask for.  Even if I don’t place in this final round of competition, I hope that I can still inspire others.”

For more information about the National History Day Contest, visit www.nhd.org.

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