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  • BirdFest and Bluegrass
    10:00 am-5:00 pm
    10/05/2019

    113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    20th Anniversary of Birdfest and Bluegrass

    A festival that spans downtown Ridgefield and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge with activities on the Lake River, and a trolley to transport you in between.

    DOWNTOWN RIDGEFIELD

    Bluegrass Picker’s Festival, Bluegrass performances, Birder’s Marketplace, LOTS of family friendly crafts and activities, Audubon live bird shows, vendors, food and MORE!

    10-4PM: Birdfest Themed Family Friendly Activities @ Overlook Park
    Farmer’s Market and Birdfest vendors, scavenger hunt by Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, LOTS of kids crafts, food vendors, bluegrass jamming, and MORE!

    10-12PM: Arts & Crafts @ Ridgefield Library

    10-5PM: Birder’s Marketplace @ RACC
    Arts & Crafts galore! Fabulous photographs, garden art, jewelry, wood carving, books, bird supplies, glass, ceramics, and much more. Come learn, explore, and even get a head start on holiday gifts!

    10:30-12:30PM: Guided Interpretive Paddle
    Join experienced Alder Creek Kayak guides and naturalists from the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for 2.5 mile paddle on Lake River. Welcome home the fall migration, enjoy music and lunch on the beach! Children free when accompanied by an adult in a double kayak. Click here to register or learn more. 

    11AM: Wine Garden opens with Windy Hills Winery

    12-2PM: Oregon Zoo ZAP @ Overlook Park
    ZAP Teens will be on hand with some amazing animal skulls and pelts to examine.

    12-2PM: Gerardo Calderon, Latin American Musician @ Overlook Park Stage

    12PM: Bluegrass Picker’s Festival around town
    Enjoy bluegrass music with pickers jamming in businesses, outdoor venues, and parks throughout downtown Ridgefield.

    Picker Locations:

    Outdoor

    Overlook Park
    Davis Park
    Skate Park
    On the Trolley
    Pioneer Street Patio
    Old Liberty Theater


    Indoor

    Vinnie’s Pizza
    RACC
    The Sportsman’s
    Hookum Brewery
    Ridgefield Community Library

     

    12-3:30PM: Bluegrass Performances @ Old Liberty Theater
    Bands include Sunny South, Whiskey Puppy and Sleepy Eyed Johns. Tickets are $10 and available for pre-sale at Old Liberty Theater/Seasons Coffee. Day-of tickets available at the Old Liberty Theater and the Friends table at Overlook Park. $2 off ticket price if you show your BirdFest & Bluegrass 20th Anniversary button (day-of sales only).

    1-2PM: Live Bird Show @ Union Ridge Elementary School
    Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.
    Meet an owl, a turkey vulture and a raven; learn about their amazing abilities and get close to some of the birds you might see on the Refuge.

    1:30-3:30PM: Guided Interpretive Paddle
    Join experienced Alder Creek Kayak guides and naturalists from the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for 2.5 mile paddle on Lake River. Welcome home the fall migration, enjoy music and lunch on the beach! Children free when accompanied by an adult in a double kayak. Click here to register or learn more.

    2:15-3:15PM: “Crows: Clever, Curious, and Charismatic” @ Union Ridge Elementary School
    Loma Pendergraft, a PhD student at University of Washington, will present some fun and interesting facts about crows before discussing some of the research he and his lab have conducted on crow behavior, vocalizations, and capacity to solve novel problems.

    3 – 3:30PM: Photo Contest Announcement @ Birder’s Marketplace (RACC)

    2:30-4:30PM: Live Birds on Display @ Davis Park
    Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.
    Get a close-up look at these magnificent birds of prey and learn about their habitats.

    4:30-6:30PM: Big Canoe Paddle on Lake River @ Public Boat Launch
    Sponsored by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
    Family friendly canoe paddle through the Wildlife Refuge. Participants paddle 14-passenger, 29 foot canoes to experience Lake River from a unique on-water perspective. Click here to register. Registration is required and will open September 14th.

     


    RIDGEFIELD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Visit the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for free during Birdfest. Discover the birds, wildlife, trails and Cathlapotle House; learn about the culture and history of the Ridgefield area; and appreciate the beauty of the natural area just across the river from downtown Ridgefield.

     

    6AM and 5PM: Sandhill Crane Tours @ Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
    Join expert staff to learn about cranes and wildlife, and to see and hear the magnificent flight of hundreds of sandhill cranes! Meet at the Visitors Contact Station on the River “S” Refuge Unit 15- minutes before the tour time. Pre-registration required at www.ridgefieldfriends.org.

    8:30AM: Activities begin @ Carty and River S Units on the Refuge
    Family friendly birding walk, birding photography, geology walk, Cathlapotle Village Hike, and MORE! For a full schedule and pre-registration see www.ridgefieldfriends.org.

    4PM: Chinookan Style Salmon Bake @ Cathlapotle Plankhouse
    Join the Chinook Indian Nation and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for a blessing of the food, drumming and a taste of the traditionally balked salmon and seafood stew. Spnsored by Columbia Credit Union. While supplies last.

     


    GET YOUR BUTTON ON!

    Sport your Birdfest & Bluegrass pride with a unique 20th Anniversary 2019 button – featuring the 2019 bird of the year: the Sandhill Crane. Buttons are available at Ridgefield First Saturday events, participating downtown merchants and during the event.

    2019 Bird of the Year: Sandhill Crane

    Very tall, long necked and thin legged – from afar they can be mistaken for Great Blue Herons, but upon closer inspection you can quickly notice their light grey coloring, rust colored streaks, and red eye patch. They are also known for their dancing, the elegance of their mating courtship has inspired people in cultures all over the world – including the great scientist, conservationist, and nature writer Aldo Leopold.

    The Sandhill Crane’s call is a loud, rolling, trumpeting sound whose unique tone is a product of anatomy –long trachea’s (windpipes) – that coil into the sternum and help the sound develop a lower pitch and harmonics that add richness.

    Sandhill Cranes do not hunt in open water or hunch their necks the way herons do. They forage for grains and invertebrates in prairies, grasslands and marshes.

    Sandhill Cranes form extremely large flocks – into tens of thousands – on their wintering grounds and during migration. They often migrate very high in the sky, which is why we see them less than we see geese or other migrating species.


    Interested in being a vendor? Our First Saturday Vendor application may be found here.

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  • Toastmasters
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    10/07/2019

    510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    This is a great space to practice public speaking professionally and personally.
    Free and open to the public.

    Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

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  • Baby/Toddler Storytime: Ages 0-36 Months
    10:30 am-11:00 am
    10/11/2019

    210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    Build your child’s vocabulary with songs, books, and movement for active toddlers and their parents or caregivers.

  • Paint and Sign Porch Sign Workshop
    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    10/11/2019

    Windy Hills Winery, 1418-1432 S 38th Ct, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    Windy Hills Winery, 1418-1432 S 38th Ct, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    CHOOSE A SINGLE SIDED OR DOUBLE SIDED SIGN
    Join us at the beautiful Windy Hills Winery for wine tasting and sign making! These porch signs are a fun and simple way to decorate your porch for fall and winter. We’re offering 6 designs for our 4′ x 11.25″ signs and as seen in the second picture, this adorable scarecrow and who else but…The Grinch, which measures 39″ tall x 11.25″ wide. Who doesn’t love The Grinch? All supplies and hands-on instruction are included in the fee of $49 for single sided signs and $74 for double sided. Please note that the scarecrow/grinch sign cannot be combined with any other design.
    TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
    PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS WHEN CHECKING OUT.
    For those painting double-sided signs, you will have the choice of taking supplies home or joining us again on November 3rd at 1pm to paint with us!
    We’re looking forward to spending a fun afternoon with you!

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  • Citizens for Ridgefield Schools Fundraiser
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    10/12/2019

    Windy Hills Winery, 1418-1432 S 38th Ct, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    Windy Hills Winery, 1418-1432 S 38th Ct, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    This fundraiser allows Citizens for Ridgefield Schools to advocate on behalf of the Ridgefield School District. There will be another bond on the ballot this coming February 2020. An unsuccessful bond will result in the district having to make difficult and drastic decisions to accommodate our kids. Ridgefield School District is expected to grow by 1760 students over the next 5 years. The Ridgefield School District continues to strive to be a premier district, but we need your help to do that.

    Please join us on Oct 12th. You can have a fun night out while showing your support for our schools!

    Dinner/Auction Fundraiser – “Losing Isn’t An Option”
    Saturday, October 12
    Windy Hills Winery – 1346 S 38th Court
    $75/person (includes 2 drink tickets)
    Only 100 seats available / Reserve your seat today

    For reservations: email citizens4rs@gmail.com

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  • Second Sundays @ the Cathlapotle Plankhouse on the Refuge
    12:00 pm-4:00 pm
    10/13/2019

    28908 No. Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    28908 No. Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    Resilience and Resurgence is the theme for the 2019 Second Sunday Series. As we revitalize the Refuge’s oak woodlands, we turn an eye towards those that have shaped this landscape Since Time Immemorial. As always, our series will highlight issues most closely related to the work we do here at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

    May 4-5 – Opening Weekend
    May 12 – Indigenous Resilience and Resurgence
    June 9 – Oaksploration
    July 14 – Tending the Wild with Fire
    August 11 – Traditional Technologies
    September 8 – Ancestors and Elders
    October 12-13 – Closing Weekend

    The Plankhouse is also open every Saturday and Sunday May 1st-October 13th, 12 PM-4PM.

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  • Toastmasters
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    10/21/2019

    510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    This is a great space to practice public speaking professionally and personally.
    Free and open to the public.

    Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

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  • Toastmasters
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    10/28/2019

    510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

    This is a great space to practice public speaking professionally and personally.
    Free and open to the public.

    Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

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