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 email@example.com or 360-953-3921.
We’ve tried to make shopping as easy as possible for you.
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.
We lined up some of our best, most dedicated volunteers.
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!
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.
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!
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Tagged Arts and crafts, bags totes purses, drama sets, fabric sale, free admission, great prices, home decor fabric, pillows curtains, Ridgefield Community Center, upholestry
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.
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.
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!
Woohoo! Yippee! Hurrah! Whoop whoop! Huzza! Yahoo! [Insert your preferred exclamation of joyful excitement.]
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!
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Tagged New Library Site, Ridgefield Community Center, Thank You, We appreciate you, Your community
Help Provide Input into YOUR New Ridgefield Community Library Location
Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) District is hosting a public meeting on Saturday, April 14 at 11 am at the Ridgefield Community Center to share information on the options and opportunities for the new library location.
Come out and hear about the options.
Help weigh in on where you think the district should choose to locate YOUR new library.
This is an important meeting! Your input is valuable, so make your voice heard.
Did you hear that? It sounded like some terribly miserable sheep. Poor creatures! But I also heard something about an important meeting on Saturday, April 14th, at 11 am in the Ridgefield Community Center. What do you say? Let’s hoof on over and check it out!
Posted in Building a New Library, Community Action, Friends of the Library, News You Can Use, Ridgefield WA, Supporting libraries
Tagged community meeting, imagine a bigger better library, New Library location, Ridgefield Community Center, We need your input, Your voice matters
Nothing weighs you down like a pile of books you’ve read.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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Tagged bright idea, donating books, happy dogs, literacy matters, Ridgefield Community Center, Used books, Weighing you down, Winter Book Sale
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 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!
As always, our gratitude goes out to everyone who donated items for the sale, helped to organize the event, and supports the library!
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Tagged golden elephant sale, great prices, high end gently used items for sale, holiday shopping made easy, Ridgefield Community Center, Thank You
Painting a masterpiece takes talent. Everyone has talent. You just have to believe in yourself!
What happens to paint when it gets mixed with water on a paper?
If you guessed any of the following, then you have the potential to be talented a watercolor artist:
- The paint gets drippy…or watery.
- The color of the paint lightens up.
- If any other colors are nearby, they glush* together to form new colors.
- Magical things like landscapes and other stuff can happen.
*Technically, not a word, but it really should be!
If you’re interested in painting, magic, and artistic expression, then have we got some opportunities for you!
Kathy Winters, Ridgefield’s own distinguished resident artist, is offering TWO (2) watercolor classes.
If you missed her first class in June, she is doing an encore of that class (and landscape, Misty Morning).
Anyone can paint this beautiful watercolor under Kathy’s expert guidance.
The event is called Sip’n Paint, held at Woodland’s Fat Moose restaurant (1382 Lewis River Road), Thursday, September 29 from 7 to 9 pm. Cost is $45 per person and half the money collected will go to the Ridgefield Library building fund.
Call Shirley, 619-368-2715, to register. Call Kathy (360-887-2160) with questions.
If you think this is beyond your abilities to paint, then you’re wrong! Kathy will show you how to release your inner artist!
The second opportunity is another Paint with Kathy class held on Saturday, October 8 from 10 am to noon at the Ridgefield Community Center. This is the second in a series of paint classes, proceeds of which benefit the library building fund. Cost is $45 per person and there is a limit of twelve people. All materials are provided, and we welcome beginners.
Call Kathy NOW (360-887-2160) to register.
In watercolor, as in life, it’s important to keep hydrated! She’s positively glushing! See? I told you it should be a word!
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Tagged beginner art classes, Fat Moose Restaurant, Kathy Winters, keep hydrated, limited class size, Painting with Kathy, release your inner artist, Ridgefield Community Center, Watercolor class