Category Archives: Charitable cause

Saturday? February 9? Hmmm . . .

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Hmmm. This Saturday . . . It’s not Valentine’s Day or Earth Day. I don’t think I scheduled my semi-annual hair cut, manicure, and pedicure for that day. But I know it’s something I want to attend. Oh, yes! I know! It’s that Fine & Dandy Fabric Fundraiser the Friendly folks who support the library are holding. Yup. I plan on whipping me up a new vest. Had this one since the late 1930s.

On the off, off, off chance that you forgot, SATURDAY, February 9 from 10 to 2 in the small room of the Ridgefield Community Center, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are holding a SUPER DUPER fabric fundraiser.

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Um . . . Excuse me. It’s called the Fine & Dandy Fabric Fundraiser. We crafty kittens feel quite strongly about our cutsie names.

If you’re into making:
# gifts
# costumes
# set designs
# small home décor projects
# totes
# handbags
# crafty projects

Don’t miss this fundraiser!

Want some ideas for what you could do with this fabric besides make clothing?

Community members have been donating all manner of home décor, quilting and other fabric (notions, too!). Some with multiple yardages. Most one yard or less. VERY reasonable prices!

When? Saturday, February 9, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Members of the Ridgefield Friends can see the fabric and buy what they want EARLY—Friday, Feb. 8, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm! (Small room of the Community Center)

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That’s very nice, Friends! A nice, orderly line. no pushing or shoving among crafters that often happens when the words “sale” and “fabric” appear together. Come to see what we have and buy what you like before anyone else has the chance to scoop it up!

Where? The Ridgefield Community Center (small room)

All proceeds go toward supporting the Ridgefield Public Library.

Questions? Contact Lorna at dizzylorna@hotmail.com.

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Hey, I gotta question. When will my Person come outta that sewing/crafting room? I been one Lonesome Love Muffin since that BIG Fine & Dandy Fabric Fundraiser! Alls I hear are sounds like scissors slicin’ and a sewin’ machine, well, uh, sewin’. To top it off, I’m missin’ playtime. You know what dat means, right? I’m puttin’ on extra weight just before swimsuit season.

As always, thank you for supporting YOUR public library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew Much Excitement​!

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Okay. You’ve got my attention. This better be good. I do not have time for frivolity because, as you can see, I am quite busy. My glasses say it all.

If you’re into making:

costumes, set designs, small home décor projects, totes, handbags, or crafty projects, don’t miss this fundraiser!

A community member who helped close a Hanover Fabric store donated multiple bins of mostly home décor fabric. Some with multiple yardages. Most are one yard or less. VERY reasonable prices!

When? Saturday, February 9, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Friends of the Ridgefield Library can see the fabric and buy EARLY—Friday, Feb. 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm!)

Where? The Ridgefield Community Center (small room)

Questions? Contact Lorna at dizzylorna@hotmail.com or 360-953-3921.

We’ve tried to make shopping as easy as possible for you.
You’re welcome!

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Those of us who know about the world of fabric sorted, consulted, and assessed the fabric. Plus, we tossed around ideas about how to avoid the plague this year.

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We lined up some of our best, most dedicated volunteers.

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We measured, priced, and labeled every piece of fab—whoa! Wait just a minute! Iix nay on the Ihemicals cay! We know nothing about the chemical composition of the fabrics. Do we look like microscale metamaterials physicists? I rest my case! What was my case, anyway?

Now, all that’s left is for you sewers (um, er, people who sew), crafters, and costume or set designers to come down to the Ridgefield Community Center on Saturday, February 9 between 10 am and 2 pm. You can enter for free, but please don’t leave empty-handed!

men like fabric too

Wow wee, Miss! Golly, this’ll make a fine Sunday bonnet for my ‘lil girl. I gotta have it, Miss. Even if it takes every doggone cent I got! Ya see, Miss, I got me plenty of time at sea with nothin’ ta do but ta get me perty good at the ole needle and thread. I made Stewart here his headband: yes, I did! 

 

This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library. All proceeds go to support current and future programs and to help build our new library.

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Friends don’t keep any money for themselves. Honest. There won’t be any pulling of tricks from our sleeves; we are clearly a sleeveless kind of group!

As always, thank you for supporting YOUR public library!

 

Painters, Listen up!

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Gee, they look as if they are having fun, but we weren’t thinking of that kind of painter.

Have you ever wondered if you could paint something beautiful?

No, not paint a house, fence, or your face, but put paint a picture on paper and have it look like something:

  • recognizable

  • fabulous

  • worthy of sharing with family and friends

Well, here is your chance!

On Saturday, November 17, from 9-11 am AND Monday, December 3, from 9-11 am, Ridgefield’s renowned artist, Kathy Winters, will expertly guide you in creating your very own Christmas cards in watercolor, ready for personalizing, signing and sending.

No experience in painting is necessary, and all materials will be provided. She will hold the workshop in her downtown Ridgefield studio.

The size of this workshop is limited, so CALL Kathy NOW to register  (360-887-2160). She can answer any questions you may have as well.

The fee for the class is $45 ($40 if you’re a member of the Friends of Ridgefield Library).

You could sign up for both! $80 ($75 for FOL members). All proceeds benefit the Library Building Fund and current library programs.

Give it a try! This may be the beginning of something really wonderful!

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I don’t know. Clearly, it’s fabulous. And my friends and family will be so hoppy that I’m finally doing something constructive with my nervous energy. But it’s supposed to be carrots. lots and lots of carrots. I don’t even get hungry when I look at it …

As always, thank you to everyone who supports the library by attending these FUNdraising programs! 

Too Many Books? Pish Posh!

Is it possible to have too many books? The Friends Fall Used Book Sale is just around the corner, so it’s a timely question. Let’s ask some passersby …

 

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I can’t say much ’bout too many books. But I sure as shootin’ are haulin’ too many buffalo chips. Ain’t nobody toll me pioneerin’ were gonna be so dang smelly!

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We both love books and more books. A novelette by Daphne du Maurier entitled “The Birds” is a particular favorite. We disagree, however, on a fondness for birds. I wonder why?

I don’t know about you, but that wasn’t very helpful. Let’s ask one more person. He’s John Q. Benham of Avoca, Indiana. His private collection of books numbers over 1.5 million. As they have filled up his house, most of them must be kept in his six-car garage, a two-story building, and piled under tarpaulin outdoors.

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John may or may not be in this picture. If he’s not, I hope he’s heading over to Ridgefield for our used book sale next week!

So, People, it looks as if the majority of people we spoke with believe that you can’t have too many books.

It’s a good thing that the Friend’s Fall Used Book Sale is coming up soon! Here are the details:

Thursday (10/18) from 6 to 8 pm: Members-Only Appreciation Reception and Early Access to the sale. If you want to become a new member or are renewing your membership, fill out the membership form in advance or at the door. We’ll have delicious treats for you to savor while you browse the tables and shelves packed with books, two raffles for a free bag of books, and many great door prizes. The Reception is in the small room of the Community Center and the used book sale is in the large room.

Friday (10/19) from 11 am to 7 pm: The sale is open to members and the public. Anyone may still join the Friends! This year, we are having a “Marketplace” in the small room of the Community Center (where you will be paying for your purchases). You will find a variety of A+ gift items for that special “someone” for the holidays (or any day).

Saturday (10/20) from 11 am to 3: pm: Same as Friday, only the hours are shorter. There may be a special sale the last hour. You’ll have to come on down to find out!

As always, we appreciate everyone who comes along and buys “merch” that helps fund our current library and goes towards the building project for our new library.

We also are in need of helping hands to set up before, staff, and clean up after this major event. If you have even an hour or two and feel like making a difference in your community, please contact Jeanne at (360) 887-2579 or jeanne.androvich@mindspring.com

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We’d love you to do some things with us!

 

What’s Red or White and Makes you Glow all Over?

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What? Red? White? Glow? I can’t even figure out where I am and why I’m wearing this funny hat! I don’t even play the saxophone…

Give up?

Okay.

It’s wine!

And if you walk, skip, march, saunter, jog, or simply go to the Ridgefield Community Library, you will find TWO gift baskets that the Friends of the Library are offering for their October silent auction. Bid on one basket or bid on both!

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What’s inside these beautifully-wrapped baskets you should get for yourself or as a gift for someone you REALLY like?

They each have two bottles of wine, chocolate, a wine-related book (stories more than wine info), glasses, and a few additional goodies. One basket features red wine; the other features white wine. Each bottle comes from one of four of Ridgefield’s wineries.

Are you feeling glowy yet?

Remember, ALL proceeds of the auction will be used to support the Ridgefield Library Building Fund and other programs and services provided by the Ridgefield Community Library.

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Cheers to everyone who supports the library! But hold the wine. Give me more of that chocolate in that basket!

 

Chasing balls? I’m in!

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I simply must tell every poochie pie and putter nutter that something big (well, bigger than me) is a-coming in September. I sure hope this fancy contraption works. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to run around all of Ridgefield and yap, yap, yap the news. Trust me, no one wants that.

And the news is…

The 4th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser to benefit the Ridgefield Library,
FORE! the Library Building Fund will
be held on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 7 pm.

And here’s what you need to know:

  • Location: Tri Mountain Golf Course (1701 NW 299th Street Ridgefield, WA/360-887-3004/trimountaingolf.com)
  • This tournament is an 18-hole scramble
  • A team is 4-people large
  • Tickets are $100 per person (Exceptions: $85 if you purchase tickets before September 1 OR $85 for current Friends members regardless of when you buy the ticket)
  • The registration fee includes dinner (spaghetti, salad, and bread)
  • There will be a putting contest between holes 9 and 10
  • There will be games, raffles, and all kinds of fun

All proceeds go toward helping to build a bigger, better library for Ridgefield

Questions? Want to get in on the action AND support the library? Call 360-887-2160

 

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What? I paid my registration fee, and the gal who called me said it was a Scramble. I scrambled to get this ball after some human batted the thing way out here. I’ll give it back when I’m finished. Cross my paws and hope to slobber.

As always, thanks for continued support of YOUR community library!

3rd Annual Guilt-Free Pizza Night! It’s True!

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There’s no room for guilt when eating is this much of an adventure!

Go ahead.

Have seconds…or thirds.

Just make sure to save your splurge for
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, from 4-9, at
Vinnie’s Pizza, Pasta and More in downtown Ridgefield 

That’s when your (and our) favorite downtown Ridgefield Italian restaurant is hosting a fundraiser to help raise money for the Ridgefield Community Library.

Vinnie’s Pizza, Pasta and More will be donating 10% of the proceeds all food and drink sales (eat-in or take-out) to the library building fund! As a bonus, the generous owners of Vinnie’s will donate another 10% to equal 20% cash-back to YOUR wonderful library!

So bring your appetites!

And know that by having a delicious meal, you will be supporting your community in two ways:

  1. by helping to make our dream library a reality!
  2. by patronizing a local business that believes in libraries as much as you do!

If that doesn’t want to make you grab another slice of pizza and raise it in a toast for our awesome community, I don’t know what will!

Ridgefield is full of pizza party animals!

This should be a great time for everyone. Ridgefield is full of pizza party animals!

 

Shush! I’m trying to bid!

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Okay, okay. I know I have to be quiet in the library. But I’m not idling. No siree! I’m no idler. I’m taking a good, long look at this BBQ basket being silent-auctioned off in July. And I’m fixing to bid on that bad boy.

What kind of auction can you have in a library? Silent, of course!

Did you know that the Friends have been holding a monthly silent auction offering a must-have item that either you will enjoy or that would make a great gift?

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Go-o-o-o-o-ly! How in tarnation did I miss that? Well, sure as shootin’ I know now, an’ I’m goin’ ta hoof on down ta the library…if Sarge lets me. Hey! Maybe Sarge’ll want ta go? Go-o-o-o-o-ly! That’d sure be swell.

Each month we have a new treasure for you to bid on. ALL proceeds support the Ridgefield Library Building Fund and other programs and services provided by the library.

July’s item is a BBQ-er’s dream!

July basket

An Ode to BBQ: BBQ, I love you. Thinking about you makes me drool. I’m pretty sure I need more tools. BBQ, I love you.

It’s a basket filled with everything you’ll need for your next BBQ adventure:

a chef’s apron,
1001 Best Grilling Recipes,
veggie grilling pan,
wire brush,
BBQ kitchen towel,
shish kabob skewers,
chef’s mitt,
Micro Brew BBQ sauce,
small American flag,
2 hot dog baskets, and
a large reed basket.

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WOW! How do I get in on this action?

EASY! Come to the Ridgefield Community Library (where you can look at the basket) and use the bid sheet to leave your name and a bid. The auction ends the last day of July at closing time for the library. The highest bidder wins. If it’s you, you will be contacted to come to pick up your treasure.

You may bid as many times as you wish, so remember to keep checking the bid sheet throughout the month. I bet you’re not the only one who loves BBQ-ing!

Questions? Contact Kathy Winters at 360-887-2160 or kathywinters179@gmail.com

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As always, thank you for your support of the Ridgefield Community Library. Only YOU can help a new library happen. Well, you and lots of others like you. Hey, I’m just a poster bear, and “they” make me say stuff that isn’t always logical but has an important message nonetheless. 

Give Me Liberty (Blend) or Give Me…

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Take a few deep breaths, Patrick. We know you’re all jazzed up about telling your compatriots about the BIG news coming out of Seasons in Ridgefield. But don’t be so melodramatic, especially about tea. One should be mellow about tea. So let us take over and announce the scoop about Liberty Blend Tea, okay Big Guy?

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are proud to announce (on behalf of Sharon Grace Kryger, Tea Sommelier and owner of Gracefully Yours Fine Tea Company in Ridgefield AND Earleen Griswold, owner of Seasons coffee and tea shop in downtown Ridgefield) that a new, loose-leaf tea is available for sale EXCLUSIVELY at Seasons.

The tea comes from Sharon’s local plantation, is organic, and all of the ingredients are locally-sourced. The special blend, called LIBERTY BLEND (Earleen’s brainchild) was created over many months of collaborations between the two businesswomen.

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Yes, Good People of Ridgefield, we are serious about our tea. We are serious about hats. Our hair? Not so serious about that. Oh, and we are not Sharon and Earleen, but would seriously love to try this Liberty Blend of which they speak.

10% of all sales of this delicious tropical peach green tea goes directly to the Ridgefield Building Fund, helping to make our dream of a NEW LIBRARY come that much closer to reality.

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Hip hip, jolly good! A percentage of what I purchase goes to a charitable cause? I shall drink to that.

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by Seasons to sample LIBERTY BLEND, please accept Sharon and Earleen’s gracious invitation to a WELCOME RECEPTION on June 9 from 9 am to 12 noon. Enjoy a cup of tea, eat some light treats, and thank these marvelous businesswomen for supporting the library.

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Why aren’t more people here? Oh! It says Saturday, June 9th from 9 to noon. I told you, Milly, Friday at our afternoon naptime was probably not the best time to sneak away. But the Liberty Blend tea is yummy!

 

Help!

Ah, yes. When we (by “we,” I mean the Friends) were so much younger than today, we never (by “never,” I mean a little less than now) needed anybody’s help in any way (by “any way,” I mean in a lot of ways).

But now my (our) life (lives) have changed in oh, so many ways (like pretty much every way)…you get the picture, right?

The Friends could use some help!

What kind of help? Glad you asked!

For now, you could get your volunteering feet wet by helping us with our monthly Pop-Up Used Book Sales we hold in conjunction with each of Ridgefield’s First Saturday extravaganzas from May to October.

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This is Ridgefield, a quiet city filled with decent, hard-working, law-abiding citizens in need of a new library to keep literacy high and crime low. This is my partner, Bill Gannon and I’m Sargeant Friday. Today we’re working the Volunteer Squad. We’re going to use straight talk, serious eyebrow action and some discretionary finger-pointing to give you the facts. Our facts. The only facts that matter.

The first thing you should know is that you will always be with at least one experienced Friend so that volunteering will be a fun and easy experience.

The Saturdays for which we need YOU are:

June 2nd
July 7th
August 4th
September 1st
October 6th

(Volunteering for just one or two dates would be great! More would be marvelous!!)

While the sale is open to the public from 9 am to 2:00 pm, we have an early (8 to 11:30 am) and a late (11:30 am to 2:30 pm) shift to break the day up.

If you can’t be there for the whole shift, but can donate an hour here and an hour there, we’d love that. The more the merrier, and the more people on deck, the more we seem to sell!

To sign up, click HERE or contact Jeanne via email or by calling (360) 887-2579.

Remember, everything we do and every penny we make goes towards helping the Ridgefield Community Library become BIGGER and BETTER for all of us for generations to come.

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Yea. So how about being a part of making that new library happen? Look at me. I love talking with folks about books, making new friends and taking people’s allowance, um, donations, but my parents have this thing about knowing where I am, like, ALL the time.