Category Archives: Community Action

What was I Supposed to Remember?

Petey the Pup: Is dis a test? Dang! I knew we shoulda jus stayed home an’ done chores like we was s’posed ta.

This is not a test. It’s a simple reminder that the Fine & Dandy Fabric Fundraiser is coming up THIS Saturday (March 23) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the current library building (210 N Main Ave).

Gee, thanks for the scoop! Once this hits the wires with MY byline, maybe the boss will take me off of the Lonely Hearts column.

Friends are welcome to come to our Preview Sale from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Not a Friend? No worries; join at the door!

Really?

Yes, really!

The fundraiser is all about selling fabric that has been sorted, measured and tagged (at MUST-GO prices). All you need to do is come and BUY, BUY, BUY! For more information about the sale, click here.

Questions? Email or call Donna (360-887-2700).

Hope to see you there!

Oh, yes! I want to reprise my role as court jester (seen here in my favorite college photo). Alas, this costume no longer fits my middle-aged rolls. I know the Fine & Dandy Fabric Fundraiser will have just what I need.

Sew Much Excitement​. Again. For Real This Time.

This is no way to drive to the Fabulous Friends Fabric Fundraiser. That’s why we chose to cancel the event in February. We’re hoping that you won’t need much more gear than your wallet for the rescheduled event on MARCH 23.

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Okay. Remind me. I can’t keep all the details in my nicely permed head.

If you’re into sewing, quilting, or making:

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

Community members have donated piles of all kinds of fabric. Some with multiple yardages. Lots are one yard or less. VERY reasonable prices!

When? Saturday, March 23, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Members of the Friends of Ridgefield Library are invited to the special Preview Sale from 9:00 to 10:00 am prior to the public event that Saturday.) 

Gee. I wish I was I Friend. I’d love to get in early.

No worries! Just join at the door. The Friends will  welcome you!

Where? The Ridgefield Community Center (small room)

Questions? Email or call Donna (360-887-2700).

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

We’ve done the sorting, labeling and pricing.

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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 quilters, sewers (um, er, people who sew), crafters, and costume or set designers to come down to the Ridgefield Community Center on Saturday, March 23 between 10 am and 2 pm. You can enter for free, but please don’t leave empty-handed!

Really? You’re gonna let me go to the Fine & Dandy Fabric Fundraiser knowing what a hound I am for a good deal? Howl about that!

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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Official! A New Home for our Library!

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Don’t know about you, but it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been this flexible. But … we’ve been waiting a LONG time to get the official word about our new library’s home, too. So, let’s shimmy, shake, and swing in celebration! And turn up your heating pad to the “Yup, I acted like a young-un’ again” setting.

You’ve probably heard the unofficial word that the Ridgefield Community Center is going to be converted into our new, bigger, modern Ridgefield Community Library.

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Yup! Even I’ve heard that rumor.

Well, it’s not a rumor anymore! It’s official.

The Memorandum of Understanding among the Ridgefield Community Center, the FVRL Foundation and the Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is signed, which allows the planning for the new Ridgefield Library to proceed.

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This means we can get serious about building the library because we have a site.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

The thermometer on the sign outside the library has changed to reflect that the generous donation of the building qualifies for the matching grant through the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. The building’s appraised value will be matched!

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Woohoo! Yippee! Hurrah! Whoop whoop! Huzza! Yahoo! [Insert your preferred exclamation of joyful excitement.]

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We gratefully thank the Ridgefield Community Center Association. And a big thanks to each and every one of you who have supported us and will continue to help us as we raise the much-needed funds to complete this valuable project for YOUR community!

 

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!

 

Need to spice up your life?

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Ho hum. It’s not that that I’m sick or tired or bored. It’s just that everything seems so…I don’t know…BLAND lately.

If you need to put a little more zippity in your doodah, we’ve got just the thing for you.

Come on down to the library and bid on August’s Silent Auction item.

It’s an exciting Celebración basket full of fun and delicious items from around the Hispanic World including:

1 Gorgeous multicolored blanket from Mexico
1 Rainstick from Peru
1 “Celebración” cookbook with recipes celebrating Latino family life
1 New World Kitchen book by Norman Van Aken
1 Nuevos Sabores para ensaladas book published by William Sonoma
1 bottle of Organic extra virgin olive oil from Portugal
1 bottle of Tempranillo Reserve red wine from Spain
1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
1 bottle Tia Lupita hot sauce from Mexico
1 jar of Cholula chipotle hot sauce from Mexico
1 jar of Belinda’s Jalapeno sauce from Costa Rica
1 container of Crema Catalana (crème brulee) mix from Spain
1 bottle of Sangria rose from Spain
1 bottle of Sangria rojo from Spain
1 Chipolte chili chocolate bar from World Market
1 basket

This basket has a retail value of $150.00.

All items were donated by the Friends of Ridgefield Library.

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I LOVE spicy stuff! Just look at me. But how does this silent auction thing work? I mean, I’m flexible and want to give it go, but I need details!

How does it work?

Every month, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library host a Silent Auction to help raise money to support current library programs and the new library building fund.

We rely on the generous donations of our members or the public for the items which are usually valued anywhere from $25 to over $100 dollars. The auction lasts the entire month. You must come into the library to see the item, to place your bid on the bid sheet and to see if you’ve been outbid. The person with the highest bid at the end of the month wins the item and will be contacted at the end of the month.

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Sure! Everyone is welcome to trot on down to the library. But pace yourselves because we’re still a little library until we expand into a BIGGER, BETTER library with YOUR help!

 

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!

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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.