Category Archives: Tax Deductible Donation

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!

bunny artist

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! 

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!

 

Desperately Seeking Painters

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 Saturday, 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). All proceeds benefit the Library Building Fund and current library programs.

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

bunny artist

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. Even I don’t get hungry when I look at it …

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

Truth and Beauty: A Writing Workshop Just for YOU!

All right, class. Give me 1,500 words on beauty. Make it the truth and make it riveting just like I taught you. Go!

All right, class. Connect to your inner (fill in an inspirational author like Dr. Seuss). Give me verbs and nouns. Make your words profound. Make them from your heart. Make them really smart. Um. This is not a poetry workshop.

WHY WOULD I BE INTERESTED IN A WRITING WORKSHOP?

Writing can be personal or utilitarian, fiction or fact, occasional therapy or a routine requirement of your job. Regardless of what role writing plays in your life, this writing workshop is for you.

In four weekly two-hour sessions, learn how to become a better, more confident wordsmith. In this workshop, you will learn how to organize your thoughts, structure your message, create the effect that you want with your words, learn basic self-editing techniques, and get tips about how to publish your work.

Bonus!

The essays you write and hone in this workshop will (if you choose) become part of an anthology of essays entitled, More than a Dream: Stories about what Matters Most, and will be published and sold as another future fundraiser for the new Ridgefield library. So if you want to become a published author (or bolster your portfolio), this is a great opportunity for you!

The $75 fee for eight hours of instruction is tax deductible because it goes directly to help build a new Ridgefield Community Library.

It’s a win, win!

WHO IS TEACHING THE WORKSHOP?

No, that's not Princess Di. That's me!

No, that’s not Princess Di. That’s me!

Good question!

Lorna Earl, Ph.D. was a sociology professor who taught, published many academic papers in professional journals and conducted research in both private and public universities on the east coast for over twenty years. Creative writing has been her path since her premature disability retirement due to Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome in 2006. That and pretending to be Princess Di, which hasn’t worked out very well.

Lorna has written two successful self-published books. Her first book, How Was I Supposed to Know? was awarded Best Memoir, 2012 by the Adirondack Writing Center. Never Turn Back is her second book and her first historical fiction novel. In 2010, she was a finalist in the memoir genre of the national Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Contest with her short story, Monkey Business. Her recent short story, Tomb Therapy, won second place in the 2015 Susan Albert Story Circle Life Writing Contest and was published in the Women’s Story Circle Journal. Two of her current short stories have been published in The Columbian. She is certified as a copy editor and belongs to the Amercian Copy Editors Society.

Her first set of fundraising workshops about writing life stories (offered May-June, 2015 and October-November, 2017) were so popular that she was asked to offer more writing workshops. Since Lorna misses teaching and loves to help people as they work to attain their goals, she was happy to donate her time and talents once again.

Lorna lives in Ridgefield, Washington. As a person committed to lifelong learning and a believer in the integral role that public libraries play in personal and social development, Lorna is donating all the proceeds of this writing workshop to support the construction of the new Ridgefield Community Library.

Doesn’t she sound like someone who you would like to meet?

There is no advanced registration.

Just come to the Ridgefield Community Center on April 21 (Thursday) at 1:30 ready to learn to write better right now! Your $75 tax deductible fee will be due on the first day of the workshop.

If you write a check, make it payable to The Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library (write small!).

Still have questions? EMAIL Lorna!

Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea?

It's December What? Already?

It’s December What? Already?

The countdown is upon us.

If you still have some of those I-never-know-what-to-give-them people on your gift-giving list, consider this.

Make a charitable contribution to help build a new Ridgefield Community Library in those people’s names!

Wow! What a great gift that will keep on giving well into the future. And you don’t need a lot of wrapping paper.

Green and community-minded: the perfect Ridgefield gift!

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Yes, some kitties...er, um, people love to wrap presents. But then there are the rest of us who are tired and need some rest.

Yes, some kitties…er, um, people love to wrap presents. But then there are the rest of us who are prone to paper cuts, need some rest and have to simplify our lives. Do you find that ribbons tend to  complicate life?

Think about it…but don’t wait too long. December 25 is almost here!

Desperate for Docents

If you can't help us during the Holiday Home Tour, we're going to have to rely on her...and we have a strict "No Smoking" policy!

If you can’t help us during the Holiday Home Tour, we’re going to have to rely on her…and we have a strict “No Smoking” policy!

We hope you already know about the fabulous Ridgefield Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

We need docents (hosts) for either the 2-4 pm shift or the 4-6 pm shift.

What is a “docent?”

Glad you asked! A docent is a decent, upstanding person who (at least in this case):

  • greets Holiday Home tourists
  • checks to make sure each person touring has a ticket (and isn’t just a run-of-the-mill lookie-loo)
  • directs traffic flow in the home being toured (not in major intersections)
  • monitors “house rules”
  • helps with refreshments

Benefits of being a decent docent:

  • you may have to chit-chat, but you don’t have to give any major speeches
  • you get a free ticket to tour the homes before or after your 2-hour shift ($20 value)

Who can be a docent?

Great question! Anyone who cares about the Ridgefield Community Library because this is an event to help build the new library. If you love holiday decorations, you’d be a perfect person to volunteer, too!

Adults and responsible teens click here to contact Jean Meyers to volunteer to be a docent for the Holiday Home Tour.

Hope to see you there and thanks so much for your help!

Hope to see you there and thanks so much for being neighborly!

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:

HHT Poster Final

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!

The Golden Elephant in the Room

 

Does anyone have one of these to donate for our Golden Elephant Fundraiser?

Does anyone have one of these to donate for our Golden Elephant Fundraiser?

On Saturday, December 5th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, 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 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 really great Golden Elephant Sale, we need you to donate YOUR up-scale, gently used items. NO clothing, please!

We’re looking for new or like-new gadgets, jewelry, collectibles, fashion accessories, home decor items, glassware, etc. Think of the kind of items you would likely see in a nice vintage or recycled items shop.

Then, on December 5th, 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 items at the sale) will benefit the new library building fund!

To donate items call Ilia (360-727-3387), Jan (360-887-4288), or Donna (360-887-2200).

Pie Making Can be as Easy as Pie. Learn How!

This is the easy part of pies...until now.

Easy as pie? Maybe eating pie! At least until now.

Want to impress your friends and family just in time for the holidays?
We thought so!
Learn to make a truly great pie (berry or pumpkin) with a professional chef, Meredith Robertson, as she hosts a pie-making workshop.
When: November 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: The Ridgefield Community Center
What: Just bring a pie pan (all ingredients will be provided for the cost of the ticket)
How Much: $20.00 (to benefit the new library building fund)
Space is limited to 15, so sign up today by clicking on the following link. 

Donna Taylor

Be sure to tell Donna which type of delicious pie you want to make (berry or pumpkin).