Category Archives: Non-Profit

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!

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.

 

 

 

May We Offer You Some Tea?

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Don’t worry. My dollies are used to sharing. My mommy says I’m a super-duper tea server. Wanna see?

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 and to see if you’ve been outbid. The person with the highest bid at the end of the month wins the item!

For May, we have a wonderful “Tea-Themed” basket that includes:

1 teapot
1 creamer
1 sugar bowl
4 mugs
1 package of Ridgefield’s very own “Liberty Blend” tea
1 basket

This basket has a retail value of $55.00.

So come to the library and start the bidding!

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When these gals switched from coffee to tea, they calmed right down. Their cackles became melodic laughs. Their brooms became household (not transportation) items. And they used their hats to guard against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays (not for really bad traffic cones or for scaring kids or for making them look kinda silly).

Thanks in advance for being part of the solution to a new, bigger, better library for Ridgefield!

Shout out for the August Silent Auction

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Okay. This isn’t the item up for auction. Maybe when we get our NEW LIBRARY built and if we have a little (or a lot) of energy left over for more fundraising, we could afford to buy this sleek little number so that one of our Ridgefield tots can jet around in space-aged style. But, for now, let’s get ourselves back down to good old Mother Earth, shall we, People?

Every month, the Friends auction off something special and wonderful in our never-ending quest to raise money for the library.

You have to check in regularly at the library to see what’s up on the auction block, what the current bid is, and if you are in the lead.

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A brand-new, deluxe Scrabble board game with a Scrabble Dictionary and a beautiful wooden cribbage set will be available throughout the month of August as the Silent Auction item. Bidding starts August 1 (see the item and make your bid at the library). Don’t miss out on these wonderful additions to your game collection and the chance to support a GREAT cause.  At the end of August, the highest bidder will be notified. Questions? Contact Tevis Laspa (360-600-0943) 

It’s an easy, fun, and exciting way to support YOUR library AND get wonderful things for you or someone on your gift-giving list.

Silent auctions are great! Look what I got. It's not just a ball. It's a just-my-size, perfectly yellow, I'm-not-sharing ball.

Silent auctions are great! Look what I got by being silent. It’s not just a ball. It’s a just-my-size, perfectly yellow, I’m-not-sharing ball.


Remember,
 proceeds from the Friends fundraisers will be used to support the Ridgefield Library Building Fund, as well as the programs and services provided by the Ridgefield Community Library.

As always, thank you for supporting YOUR public library!

 

Shout out for the Silent Auction

What's that you said about a silent auction? I love auctions. That's where I got my fancy new hearing enhancer.

What’s that you said about a silent auction? I love auctions. That’s where I got my fancy new hearing enhancer.

Every month, the Friends auction off something special and wonderful in our never-ending quest to raise money for the library.

You have to check in regularly at the library to see what’s up on the auction block, what the current bid is, and if you are in the lead.

Only a few days left to snag this Welcome banner for your door. it was designed and hand-crafted by one of our Friends.

Only a few days left to snag this Welcome banner for your door. it was designed and hand-crafted by one of our Friends. 100% cotton. Machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted. Comes ready to hang on your door. $40 value!

March's Silent Auction item is a large basket FULL of art supplies in honor of Ridgefield's Student Art Month. $40-$50 value!

March’s Silent Auction item is a large basket FULL of art supplies in honor of Ridgefield’s Student Art Month. $40-$50 value! Come to the library for a list of all items in the basket

It’s an easy, fun, and exciting way to support YOUR library AND get wonderful things for you or someone on your gift-giving list.

Silent auctions are great! Look what I got. It's not just a ball. It's a just-my-size, perfectly yellow, I'm-not-sharing ball.

Silent auctions are great! Look what I got by being silent. It’s not just a ball. It’s a just-my-size, perfectly yellow, I’m-not-sharing ball.


Remember,
 proceeds from the Friends fundraisers will be used to support the Ridgefield Library Building Fund, as well as the programs and services provided by the Ridgefield Community Library.

 

Take a Load Off. We’ll Help!

Nothing weighs you down like a pile of books you’ve read.

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Well, I suppose some things could weigh you down even more.

Anyway, those wonderful books you’ve enjoyed are just sitting there, taking up space, gathering dust, and silently asking to be released into the literary wilderness for someone else to enjoy them.

How about you make them (the books), you, countless other readers, and the Ridgefield Library very happy by donating those books to our Winter Book Sale?

I know!

I know!

Just pile up your books, load them into your car (or other form of transportation), and drop them off at the library any time before February 1.

This will work, too. Just make sure Peaches has her Wheaties before hauling too many books, especially if you live downhill from the library.

This will work, too. Just make sure Peaches has her Wheaties before hauling too many books, especially if you live downhill from the library.

If that doesn’t work for you, call Sarah (360-702-8245) and she’ll help make arrangements to lighten your load.

And remember to stop by the Winter Book Sale on Friday (2/3/17) or Saturday (2/4/17)  from 10 am to 3 pm at the Ridgefield Community Center to pick up great books you haven’t read yet.

Don't worry. We'll have bags. Lots and lots of bags for those great books at unbelievably low prices.

Don’t worry. We’ll have bags. Lots and lots of bags for those great books at unbelievably low prices.

All donations and proceeds of the book sale benefit current library programs and  the future new library.

As always, thank you so much for your support of literacy and YOUR public library!

Yup. That's how we feel about our library friends!

Yup. That’s how we feel about our library friends!

The Purr-fect Solution to Your Holiday Shopping Woes

Are you having trouble completing your holiday gift-giving list? Fret no more. We have the purr-fect solution for you.

Are you having trouble completing your holiday gift-giving list? Fret no more. We have the purr-fect solution for you.

On Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Friends will be holding a Golden Elephant Sale in the Community Center as part of Ridgefield’s Hometown celebration.

If you find this little pachyderm irresistible, then we've got something to talk about!

If you find this little pachyderm irresistible, then you’ll love the generous and high-end donations that the Friends have been collecting over the past several months just for this annual event!

What’s a Golden Elephant Sale? It’s a place for you to buy high-end, gently-used items at ridiculously reasonable prices. These treasures are perfect for your holiday gift-giving lists: high-class goods that are oh-so-kind to your budget. You’ll find the kind of items you would likely see in a nice vintage shop.

So come on by and buy, buy, buy!

Everything you buy will benefit the library!

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As always, our gratitude goes out to everyone who donated items for the sale, helped to organize the event, and supports the library!

All that glitters…and more! We need your treasures for our Golden Elephant Sale.

If you find this little pachyderm irresistible, then we've got something to talk about!

If you find this little pachyderm irresistible, then we’ve got something to talk about!

On Saturday, December 3rd–don’t laugh, it’ll be here before you know it!– the Friends will be holding a Golden Elephant Sale as part of Ridgefield’s Hometown celebration.

What’s a Golden Elephant Sale? It’s a place for you to buy high-end, gently used or brand new items at ridiculously reasonable prices. These items are perfect for your holiday gift-giving lists: high-class goods that are oh-so-kind to your budget. Think of this sale as an up-scale White Elephant sale.

But before we can have a Big Top Ballyhoo of a Golden Elephant Sale, we need you to donate YOUR new or upscale, gently used items. And we need them NOW! 

We’re looking for new or like-new gadgets, jewelry, collectibles, fashion accessories, home decor items, glassware, etc. NO clothing, please! Think of the kind of items you would likely see in a nice vintage or recycled items shop. Or items that could be regifted without any hullaballoo.  

What? That catnip mouse you gave me was formerly Mr. Whisters' discarded toy? The never of some humans...

What? That catnip mouse you gave me was formerly Mr. Whisters’ discarded
toy? The nerve of some humans…

To donate items call Ilia (360-727-3387) or  Vicki (513-335-0955) NOW.

Then, on December 3rd, come to the Ridgefield Community Center with your holiday shopping list in hand and get ready to buy, buy, buy and save, save, save!

Everything you do (donating items and buying gifts at the sale) will benefit the Ridgefield Community Library!

Thank you so much for your support!

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are SO excited about how supportive everyone in the community is when it comes to helping to build a new, bigger, better library!

The Friends of Ridgefield Library applaud this community. You are so supportive of YOUR public library!

 

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee! Quick!

If you love coffee like he loves coffee, have we got an event for you!

If you love coffee like he loves coffee, have we got an event for you!

If you love coffee,

or the smell of coffee,

or you know someone who does,

then make time THIS SATURDAY (12/12/15) to stop on over to Rain Drop Roasters, an award-winning coffee roaster company in Ridgefield, WA.

They are located at 21511 NW 9th Ave in RidgefieldWA (360-241-9711).

They will be opening up their roasting room from 11 AM to 3 PM for those interested in seeing how their coffee magic happens.

When you stop in, be prepared not only for the heavenly aroma of freshly roasted coffee, but:

  • Local sweets and treats
  • A wide array of their award-winning local coffee for all your gift-giving needs
  • Stocking stuffer ideas galore

10% of all proceeds of the day will be donated to the Ridgefield Library Building Fund.

So stop in and BUY, BUY, BUY to get great coffee for yourself and others, support a local business AND support your library!

Talk about a WIN-WIN-WIN!

Okay. Maybe that's enough coffee for you, Sir.

Okay. Maybe that’s enough coffee for you, Sir. How about you buy some of Rain Drop Roaster’s coffee for that nice woman so she can keep up with you?

 

Need Some Holiday Inspiration?

Is it that time to decorate for the holidays already?

Is it that time to decorate for the holidays already?

If you need a little inspiration to make your home truly sparkle this holiday season, we have just the event for you.

Set aside some time on the afternoon of Sunday, December 6, to tour three (3) Ridgefield homes decorated in high-style for the holidays. Prepare to be both wowed and inspired. While you’re at it, gather ideas for decorating your home.

Everything you need to know about the event and where to buy your tickets follows:

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To purchase tickets in advance click this purchase link. Major credit cards welcome.

All monies collected go to help build a new, bigger, better Ridgefield Community Library. The cost of your ticket, then, is tax-deductible!