Code Amendments

The Ridgefield Community Development Department is processing a set of code amendments in order to bring the code up-to-date and to address some of the development standards to further promote a livable community in Ridgefield. Below is the link and we welcome any comments you may have on any of the proposed code sections. This online public comment period will remain open until City Council’s hearing tentatively set for October 2019, to consider adoption of the proposed code amendment. To view the proposed amendments and submit online comment, click here. 

An Open House will be held to discuss these code amendments on Thursday, August 29th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center located at 510 Pioneer St.

Meet with Architects Tonight

Farm to Table

The annual Farm to Table Dinner is this Saturday, August 17th from 6 to 10pm at Overlook Park.

There is a five course meal of the finest and freshest ingredients of the local harvest created by Crave Catering and Gather & Feast Farm. The evening begins on the plaza at six o’clock with happy hour and live music by Faisal & Mitch. Dinner is served family style on long tables brimming with fresh cut flowers at seven o’clock. After dessert, relax to music and dance under the stars with your friends and neighbors. Local wines served by Ridgefield Art Association and beer served by Trap Door Brewing. This is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. For more information visit: www.Ridgefieldwa.us/farm-to-table

Thought for the Week

Toni Morrison passed away on Monday at the age of 88. She is the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She authored multiple novels, children’s books and essay collections. One of her most popular and well-loved books Beloved won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and also the American Book Award.

As Barack Obama, the 44th President of the US, stated in his eulogy on social media:

“Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time non-traditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant career — a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much more — and with

it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her stories — that our stories — will always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.”           Information from Wikipedia

Meet with Library Architects

Tuesday, August 13, architects for the remodeled Ridgefield Library will present conceptual drawings of the space, and attendees will have a chance to critique them and offer suggestions. This is a chance for you to bring your ideas on what the library should include.

Ask your kids what they’d like to have included – they will be using it for a long time. With so many people in Ridgefield coming in from other areas and bringing their ideas we have a chance to make our new library an award-winning building.

It all starts at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the library. Be there!

Attention Gardeners

Ridgefield vegetable gardens are in their full glory and fruit trees are drooping under the weight of their bounty. It’s a wonderful time of year to be a gardener! Thanks to generous donors, the Ridgefield Community Gleaners have helped to provide a variety of fresh produce, such as kale, zucchini, beans, cucumbers, plums, apples and figs to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center. Yes, even some early apple varieties are ready to eat!

As you tend your gardens and orchards, please consider helping less fortunate Ridgefield families by donating some of your produce.  Contact the Ridgefield Community Gleaners at (360) 931-9573 or (918)766-2025 to arrange for help with harvesting and/or delivering your extra produce to the Family Resource Center. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer group, and can provide a tax-deductible receipt, if desired.

National Night Out Tonight

The City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Police Department are once again gearing up for the 15th annual National Night Out Celebration. This celebration brings our community and neighbors together for a time of food and fun. We are so excited to extend an invitation to you to help us celebrate America’s night out against crime.

National Night Out began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, the first Tuesday in August. This year our celebration is tonight, Tuesday, August 6th, from 6pm to 8pm in Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Your participation is key to the great success of this event. By your participation you help us promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Thought for the Week

Enjoy this perfect weather – summer in the Northwest at it’s best.

And come down to Abrams Park tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th) night for National Night Out. It’s fun!

Free Yoga Supports Library

 

MK ELEVATE is sponsoring a free yoga class Thursday, August 8, 5:30 pm at the View Ridge Middle School gym, the ‘Den.’ 100 percent of your free-will donation will benefit Friends of the Library.

Treat yourself to a relaxing hour of yoga while supporting a great cause.

Visit www.MKElevate.com or Facebook Events to donate/sign up.

Bring a mat and a friend!

Update on First Saturday

The wine garden and play scheduled for today’s First Saturday have been canceled.

First Saturday Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last First Saturday of the summer.

The theme of this month’s event is ‘Play in the Park.’ There will be another performance written by Bob Mayfield at 10am, games, lunch, cornhole, etc.

Friends of the Library will be there, selling used books and memberships in the Friends. Come and buy a raffle ticket for the Ridgefield quilted wall hanging – it is helping raise money for our remodeled library.

And the dragon boats will be racing down at the waterfront tomorrow and Sunday.

All in all, another full day in Ridgefield!

 

 

 

Registration Now Open for Ridgefield’s First Annual One Pitch Co-Ed Softball Tournament

Ridgefield Community Education is holding its first annual One Pitch Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 24th 8:30 am at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC).

Rally your family and friends!  Create a team and enter today.  Teams consist of 10-14 players (ages 15+).  To register, complete the Tournament Registration Form and submit it to Community Education at the District Office, 510 Pioneer Street.  Team fee ($150) can be paid by visiting https://ridge.revtrak.net (under Programs, click on Community Education, then click on Adult Sports).

Complete rules will be emailed to registered teams prior to the tournament.  For more information, check out the Ridgefield Adult Softball Facebook page.  Questions?  Email terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

Registration is limited to the first 12 teams.  Sign up today!

Backpacks Needed for Back to School Bash

The Back to School Bash is August 24th from 9-12pm at the Nazarene Church.  School supplies and backpack donations are needed for this event.  They can be dropped off at the Nazarene church or the Family Resource Center.

Office Depot is having a good sale on backpacks now until August 10th.  Their backpacks that are $29.95 or less are on sale for $10 (limit 2) and all the others are on sale for 25% off (no limit).

We are in need of backpacks for all ages.

Ridgefield Community Ed Offers Sports Summer Camps in August

Starting next week, Ridgefield Community Education is offering the following youth sports summer camps for soccer and lacrosse.  Spaces are still available.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net.

 

 

 

Dragon Boat Races August 3-4

The Pacific Dragon Boat Association and Double Fifth Dragon Boating are pleased to present Paddle West, the 2019 Regional Club Crew Championship August 3rd through 4th, 2019, at the Ridgefield waterfront, the same location as Big Paddle. About 2,000 people are expected, with teams from all the western states.

Racing Saturday, August 3rd, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday’s race is from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

This event is a qualifier for the 2020 IDBF World Club Crew Championship in Aux-les-Bains, France.

Top clubs and paddlers from all over the west will compete for two days to determine which clubs will represent the USA at the next World Championship.

For more information, here is the website: https://paddlewest.net/

Volunteers are needed to make it work. Let’s rally that Ridgefield spirit to help: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0b44a9ad23abfd0-paddle3

These are the first dragon boat races in Ridgefield! How exciting is that!!

This is a picture of ‘our’ dragon boat. The racing boats are much sleeker.