School Supplies Needed

Ridgefield’s Back to School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th, from 9am to noon at View Ridge Middle School. This event is a celebration of the start of a new school year and will have inflatables, games, snacks, as well as services that will aide students in their preparation for the new school year.

Services will include backpacks, school supplies, clothing for the whole family, haircuts, sports physicals and immunizations. This will be a free event and is being put on by Compassion 360 and several churches in the Ridgefield Community.

As we prepare for this event, the involved churches have held school supply drives, which have brought in a fair amount of what we need, but our biggest needs are backpacks for elementary and middle school kids, Ticonderoga pencils, Crayola markers, watercolor paint sets, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners. A full list of school supplies, our Amazon wish list, and how to donate financially can all be found at our website If community members want to volunteer their time, there are many different volunteer options and volunteer registration can also be found at our website.

Contact info for Yrs Truly

My land line has not been connected since the move last Friday, and while I find it very refreshing to be unconnected, I’m starting to feel a little guilty. If you need to reach me in the next few days, please call my cell phone, 360-624-7359.

I have been told that the cell phone does not accept voice mails, so if I don’t answer please send a text.

I’m hoping all systems will be up and running next week.

Car Show this Friday

The American Legion Post 44 will have its Annual Bruce Crockett Car Show this Friday from 4 to 9 pm in downtown Ridgefield. There will be some spectacular cars on display.
David Watson  and his Jazz Band will play in the skate park at 3rd and Simon from 6 to 9.
We hope everyone will come down and enjoy the shade trees and music and cars. Enjoy dinner at one of our Ridgefield restaurants.

Movie on Permaculture Tonight

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents “Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective” 7:30 tonight at the Old Liberty Theater. It’s free and open to the public, donations appreciated.
This is an opportunity to learn how to effectively grow food and heal the soil whether you are in the country, suburbs or city.
Special guest speaker Warren Neth Executive Director of Slow Foods Southwest Washington.

Milkweed Plants Survived

The photo is of a blossoming narrow leafed milkweed plant that’s by the entrance to the Pickled Heron building on Pioneer Street.  From a few plants given last year to the owner, Kay Stringfellow, they’ve divided into a nice sized cluster. Honey bees love these flowers.

There were over 200 plants and seed packets given away in Ridgefield last year and those with plants should find them at the peak of blooming.

These plants were given in the hopes of attracting monarch butterflies, but few if any have been seen so far.  The plants are also attractive to other species. The populations of these iconic butterflies are in decline and there is a petition to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to list them as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

USFWS has agreed to make a ruling on this in June of 2019.  In the meantime, it makes sense to grow milkweed plants since the decline in milkweed plants has led to a decline in the Monarch butterfly population.  For those interested, there is a beautiful film about Monarch butterflies.  It is titled Flight of the Butterflies, and can be seen on Netflix.

Grand Opening of New Fish and Wildlife Building next Wednesday

A grand opening celebration and tours of the new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife building, located at 5525 S. 11th St. are slated for Wednesday, July 26. A flag-raising by Boy Scouts of America Troop #310 will be at 1 p.m. followed by remarks from various officials. Tours of the new building will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m.

This event is open to the public. All are invited to attend. The ceremony will have seating available. To RSVP or if you need special assistance, please email


I’m Back!

Did you miss me? I have been gone for almost two weeks: first to a watercolor workshop in Maine, then to Cleveland for a family reunion and my sister’s 80th birthday party.

Don’t believe the things you’ve heard about Cleveland, sometimes called the Mistake on the Lake. We found it to be a jumping place, with gracious yards and substantial buildings. Because they get rain in the summer the gardens flourish and their grass stays green during the summer. In fact there was a gusher while we were there.

As we drove home from the airport I noticed all the weeds along the way, such as the overpass along Pioneer. We could take some lessons from Cleveland!

Now it’s on to my move and getting settled in downtown. My new address is PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Phone numbers stay the same.

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents “Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective” in partnership with the Old Liberty Theater, the Ridgefield Community Group and the Ridgefield Community Library on Wednesday July 26th, 7:30 pm at the Old Liberty Theater.

This is an opportunity to learn how to effectively grow food and heal the soil whether you are in the country, suburbs or city.  Free and open to the public, donations appreciated to cover the cost of using the theater.

Special guest speaker will be Warren Neth, Executive Director of Slow Foods Southwest Washington.

For more info:

Make it 2 m

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.

Charming Apartment for Lease

Fresh, clean, apartment in downtown Ridgefield for rent for one person and no pets. Clean, fresh, 600 square feet, high cabled ceiling and loft. Air conditioned and heated. Furnished or unfurnished. Like new, available now. $1000 per month, including TV, internet, all utilities. Need a security deposit of $500 plus last month’s rent. One year lease. Call Carol Pinnell, 503-313-9975.

Celebrate the 4th!

Here’s the schedule for the day:

7 – 10 am: Pancake Breakfast – Community Center

8 am: Fun Runs – Pioneer & Main

10:15: Pet and Kids Pre-Parade – Pioneer & Main

11 am: Fourth of July Parade

10 am – 6 pm:  Downtown Festival – Overlook Park

2:15 pm: Pie-Eating Contest – Overlook Park

5:30 – 9:30 pm Dancing in the Park – Overlook Park

10:15 pm: Firework Display – View from Railroad Avenue


Thank you!

I happened to be at the Post Office today when John Burroughs was picking up his mail. If you remember, David Taylor suggested sending birthday greetings to John for his 102nd birthday, which is tomorrow, and I mentioned it on this blog.

John had a stack of envelopes over two inches thick and was laughing that he could hardly get them out of the PO box.

Thanks to all who participated in this typical Ridgefield activity. Isn’t it great to live in a town with such caring and involved citizens?

Thought for the Week

With all the fun things going on tomorrow for Independence Day, please take a moment to think about the history of our country and the wonderful place we live.

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Notes from the 4th of July Committee –

A reminder that chairs along the parade route cannot be put out before 6:00 pm on July 3rd.

The Fireworks will be shot off on the north end of the Port property. Little seating is available on Railroad Avenue due to construction, so the viewing will be directly on the Port property and the marina looking north. NO OUTSIDE FIREWORKS will be allowed anywhere in the Marina or on Port Property.
The entire 4th of July Celebration is put on by an all-volunteer committee with the help from their sponsors, the City and the Port. If you are interested in helping with future 4th of July planning, please visit their website at for contact info.
Enjoy the holiday and your freedoms, and be safe!

Make it 2 m

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.

More info on why Butterflies Puddle

Photo taken at the edge of Gee Creek last week

When butterflies mate the male gives a lot of sodium to the female.  The extra sodium helps with the development of the eggs. Nectar from flowers contains sugar but little sodium. To get the lost sodium back the males will look for wet areas that have concentrations of salt. Although these butterflies are puddling together, they are actually competing. The one that can mate with the most females will pass on more of his genes. The more quickly a male can restore the missing salt, the more quickly he can seek another female. Guys getting together for drinks but looking for females is not unheard of.   – Paul Snoey