Category Archives: Ridgefield WA

Wanna Come? Wanna? Wanna? Please …

Please come to the party. Trust us, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library know how to throw a nifty shindig.

We want to make sure you see this because we want you to be there to thank the people who made the perfect site for YOUR new library happen.

Um, no. It’s not that kind of party.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Small, no, Giant Step …

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Okay, fine. So maybe our “step” isn’t quite as big-hoopla-showy and ooh-la-la memorable as the moon landing, but it’s jump-up-and-down, gotta-spread-the-word fabulous. At least we think so.

Next time you are walking or driving by the Ridgefield Community Center, you’ll notice some new signs indicating that construction will begin soon on YOUR new, bigger, better library!

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We just saw the signs. On the library, that is. Great news! We’re so excited. And, if you don’t mind our saying so, these are pretty giant steps, right?

Our dream of a new library became a vision that we, as a community, supported (and continue to support!) in every way. Now, four years later, our new library is becoming very real.

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Only four years? Really? I could have sworn it was longer. My hair was was jet-black and I had eyelashes when we started this fundraising campaign!

As the current library relocates and construction begins, keep your eyes peeled here for news about library programs, fundraising events (yes, we still need money to make the dream a reality), and updates on the construction. You can also visit the Friends of the Library website: folridgefieldwa.com for current information. You can also join the Friends!

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I’m begging you, People, use these nifty information sources available to you, otherwise,​ I’m going to have to dust this old monster off, hope she works and blast out news alerts … or tobacco​ smoke. I can’t remember what this thing does …

Thank you, Ridgefield and everyone who invested in this treasure of a community resource! And a HUGE thanks to the Ridgefield Community Center for providing us with the perfect site for the library.

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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!

 

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!

 

Help! We Need Some Cookies! Help!

Help! We need some cookies! Help! Not just any cookies. H...e...l...p! We're just four fab blokes who could use some tasty biscuits to fatten us up a might.

Help! We need some cookies! Help! Not just any cookies. H…e…l…p! We’re just four fab blokes who could use some tasty biscuits to put some zip in our act, yeah, yeah, yeah.

The First Saturday in December (December 1) is Hometown Celebration in Ridgefield.

That means the Ridgefield Community Library will be abuzz with activity.

To keep everyone’s energy levels up, the Friends are serving a Smorgasborg of tasty delights (a.k.a. cookies and spiced cider) from 9 am to 3 pm in the library.

And lots of them!

YUMMY!

That’s where you come in.

We need volunteers to bring in a dozen or two or three of your favorite PACKAGED (store-bought) cookies to share with the public. 

Make sure you deliver your delectable decadences in their original packaging before 6:00 pm on Friday, November 30 so they will be available when the library opens for the festivities on Saturday.

We also need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up. Even an hour of your time will help us so much. And you’ll have fun. Remember, you’ll be standing behind a table filled with yumminess! But it won’t be as hectic or demanding as this:

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Please contact Jeanne Androvich if you would like to help us and be a part of the fun! (360) 887-2579

Painters, Listen up!

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

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!