Virtual Multicultural Festival 2020

Saturday, September 5th, 2020


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Performances & Presentations

Vancouver Ballet Folklorico

Vancouver Ballet Folklorico is a non-profit organization that promotes and keeps alive the roots and culture of Mexico from pre-hispanic dances to traditional folklore dances. 

The dances presented here are from the states of Yucatán, Chiapas, Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Veracruz~ These dances are vibrant and colorful with intricate foot and skirt work. Some of the dances are balancing acts, flirtatious courting dances, and happy/mysterious dances.

This presentation received collaboration from Jesus Chavez, Anna Cruz, Feliz Reyes, and Maestra Elena Little.  

Traveling Day Society 

Traveling Day Society is a Native-led, inter-tribal and multi-cultural blend of musicians. Our members of Native descent are enrolled and/or affiliated with 14 distinct First Nations. On behalf of the community, Traveling Day Society is called to perform traditional Native tasks.

  • We sing and utilize the voices of the Drum, the Native American Flute and other traditional instruments to assist and enhance a peaceful “crossing” for those in hospice care.
  • We provide cultural learning programs using age-appropriate aspects of First Nations history, songs, stories and languages to encourage respect and caring for one other, family, community and Mother Earth.
  • We drum in community. In Ridgefield we have participated in several events including Indigenous Peoples Day, the Big Paddle, the Multi-Cultural Festival and Birdfest.

More info: Contact E. Madrigal,, (360) 281-1615

Ridgefield Community Library

“Sail Away” by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Discover the poetry of Langston Hughes through this illustrated book titled “Sail Away”, illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Poems are great tools for language development and since they are often short they can engage emerging readers that are otherwise daunted by longer reading materials!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr / Eric Carle
Join us for a special story time reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? from ALL the libraries of the FVRLibraries. You may just recognize your favorite story time presenter!

Traditional Japanese Dance with Takohachi

Takohachi was founded in 2007 as a non-profit organization to preserve traditional Japanese music and dance. Takohachi seeks to educate and entertain as we perform throughout the Portland area at schools, festivals and cultural events.

We believe that our time spent volunteering and performing brings forth a true sense of the Japanese spirit. For fellow Japanese expatriates, this can mean feeling a sense of home in a new home. For the inexperienced this can mean discovery of a new and beautiful part of world they didn’t know of before.
It is our wish to progress and keep improving our work, with new dances, powerful drumming and continued spirit.

Cooking and Dance Classes

Nigerian Jollof Rice Cooking Class with Dr. Buki Okafor

Dr. Buki Okafor shows us how to cook Jollof Rice! Jollof Rice is rice cooked in a spicy savory tomato sauce common in West Africa. Jollof Rice is a Nigerian party food, traditionally cooked in a steel pot over a wood fire. This method achieves the traditional smokey flavor, while adapting the recipe for easy cooking right in your kitchen. 

Filipino Lumpia and Pancit Cuisine Cooking Class with Dr. Lea Manlapaz-Villavicencio

Dr. Lea Manlapaz-Villacicencio teaches us how to prepare Lumpia and Pancit Guisado! These are two of the main staples at Filipino parties. Pancit Guisado can be made vegetarian by omitting the pork and shrimp. 

Pasty Cooking Class with Donna Suomi of KillaBites Catering

Donna Suomi, of KillaBites catering, walks us through how to make a Pasty. The Pasty is a baked pastry made by placing an uncooked filling, typically meat and vegetables, on one half of a flat shortcrust pastry circle, folding the pastry in half to wrap the filling in a semicircle and crimping the curved edge to form a seal before baking. Donna is Finnish and pasty was common in her household growing up.

Multicultural Festival Food

Vietnamese Iced Coffee with Phuong Tran, Lava Java Coffee

Vietnamese Iced Coffee, also known as Cà Phê Sữa Đá, is an iced coffee drink made with sweetened condensed milk. Tune in as Phuong teaches us how to prepare this refreshing  drink!

You will need:

  • 18 grams Ground Coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons Condensed Milk
  • 4 oz. Hot Water
  • Glass of Ice

African Dance Class with Rujeko Dumbutshena

Learn African dance from the renowned Zimbabwean teacher Rujeko Dumbutshena! 

Register for the 12PM class HERE. Register for the 1:30PM class HERE

The Taste of Ridgefield

Join John Rose, President of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, as he gets the inside scoop at various Ridgefield restaurants!


Walkable Scavenger Hunt BINGO

The Cathlapotle people, including Chinook Indians, lived in the area that is now the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for 2500+ years. Even though they lived a long time ago, there are still a lot of activities they did that we still do today – though we might do them differently. 

Walk the Carty Lake Trail!

The land upon which the Chinookan village known as Cathlapotle stood is located on the Carty Unit at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and is one of the best-preserved Native American sites in the northwest United States. 

While you can’t visit the Plankhouse replica or the archaeological site, you can explore the Carty Lake Trail and learn about the history there. Learn more on the Refuge website.

Project examples from the Hudson Valley “Virtual Quilt” Project.

Multicultural Quilt – Celebrating diversity in Ridgefield through Art!

Quilting, the stitching together of layers of padding and fabric, may date back as far as 3400 BCE and has been found in cultures worldwide. For much of its history, quilting was primarily a practical technique to provide physical protection and insulation. However, decorative elements were often also present, and many quilts are now primarily art pieces. Quilting strategies and designs vary around the world and many designs have been passed down for generations. View how quilts have been made around the world throughout history for inspiration for your own project. 

Diversity is the uniqueness each individual brings to our community based on their background, culture and heritage, as well as differing traditions and perspectives. Join us in this collaborative art project to show your neighbors who you are and to help visualize diversity in Ridgefield.

All children, teens, and adults are invited to make their own quilt square to express their uniqueness. Pictures of the squares will be combined to form a large, digital Ridgefield quilt that will be on display right here beginning Saturday, September 19th.

Express who you are through ART!

Download the Project Print Out here.


  • A blank piece of paper: any color and any size.
  • An assortment of craft supplies, scrap paper, magazines, newsprint, photographs, foil, yarn, leaves, flowers, etc. Look around your house inside and out for supplies: use your imagination. The more different things and colors you find, the better.
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers


  1. Cut your blank paper into a square shape, any size. This paper will be your quilt square.
  2. Think about what you want to show on your quilt square.
  3. Use your assortment of supplies to create your quilt square. Cut out different shapes, choose photographs and pictures, and decide what other items you want to use to tell a story about who you are and what is important to you. You may use the “examples and ideas” page on your print out, or see the image above, to help you get started.
  4. Glue or tape everything onto your square piece of paper. Fill up that paper!
  5. Using colored pencils, crayons, or markers, decorate your quilt square even more.
  6. Have FUN with it!

Ridgefield Dragon Boat 1, recently restored.

Introducing the Ridgefield Dragon Boats

The two Ridgefield Dragon Boats were purchased by the City of Ridgefield from the Portland Kaohsiung Sister City Association in 2018. The boats made an appearance at the 2019 Big Paddle, however, they were not in condition to be on the water. Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers and sponsors, these 30 year old boats will soon be fully restored and able to travel up and down Lake River!

The History of Dragon Boats and Dragon Boat Racing
Dragon boat racing is the most popular activity during the Dragon Boat Festival. This old custom has been held for more than 2,500 years throughout southern China, and now it has become an international sport.

Watch the short video below to learn about the legend behind the Dragon Boat Festival. 

Ridgefield Dragon Boat at Big Paddle 2019.

History of the Ridgefield Dragon Boats
The Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association was founded in November 1987. The Portland City Council officially approved Kaohsiung as Portland’s Sister City on May 11, 1988. At Mayor Clark’s suggestion, the original six member board, comprised of President Dr. Eng Lock Khoo, Gene Chin, Steven Louie, Liu Chi, Judith Rees, and Ted Schneider, was enlarged to fifteen, in order to represent the many facets of the metropolitan community. During the Association’s first goodwill mission to Kaohsiung, Commissioners Dick Bogle and Mike Lindberg signed the sister city agreement with Kaohsiung’s Mayor Nan Cheng Su on October 11, 1988. To signify the cities mutual tie with the Pacific Ocean, the Association presented a unique gift, a freshly caught, 36 pound Tillamook Bay Chinook salmon.

When the Association selected dragon boat racing as an annual cultural event, Mayor Su promptly donated two boats as a gift to the Association. A third boat was donated by the Republic of China and the fourth was purchased by the Association. All of them arrived at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 on March 31, 1989 aboard Evergreen’s container ship, Evergoing. On April 10, the elaborately decorated boats made their debut during the eye-opening ceremony which included a special Buddhist ceremony and water effects by the Portland Fire Bureau’s fireboat. The boats were launched from the lawn of Waterfront Park by means of a 75 foot crane.

The boats which are 40′ 6″ long and 5′ 4″ wide, each weigh 1760 lb. (800 kg). These sturdy boats can hold 22 people. Teams typically include 20 paddlers, one drummer at the bow, and one steerer at the stern. Portland’s boats are slightly shorter than the typical Kaohsiung dragon boat in order to fit inside ship containers for overseas transport. In June 1989, Portland’s first dragon boat races were held with 31 teams competing. In 1990, the Association purchased three additional boats, donating one to the newly built Oregon Convention Center. It is suspended from the south tower for tourists and conventioneers to enjoy year round.

During the goodwill mission on October 10, 1991, the 80th anniversary of the Republic of China, the Association gave Kaohsiung a state-of-the-art, US made ambulance in appreciation of their assistance in introducing dragon boat racing to Portland. In honor of the occasion, Kaohsiung donated two additional boats to the Association.

In 2018, the City of Ridgefield purchased 2 Dragon Boats from the Portland Kaohsiung Sister City Association. These boats had long been raced in the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races but were retired due to their age and size. Most race boats today are much smaller.

Dragon Boat 1, primed and ready for painting thanks to Ridgefield Lion’s Club.

Restoration of the Ridgefield Dragon Boats
Restoration has began on the Ridgefield Dragon Boats! Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers and sponsors, the boats are quickly and safely being restored so that they can be on the water next summer. 

The Dragon Boats were in need of some repair when purchased in 2018, and the restoration has become a community project. The Port of Ridgefield built a large storage facility on Port property to keep the boats protected from the weather. Thanks to continued work and dedication one boat has been restored and painted, and another will be completed by summer 2021. 

The paint design for Dragon Boat 1, thanks to the Ridgefield Art Association. The design was inspired by traditional Chinese heritage and the Ridgefield color schemes.

Several community organizations have made this restoration possible. The Ridgefield Lion’s Club has provided funds and labor for the restoration, which has included fiberglass repairs, sanding, and priming with waterproof coating. The Ridgefield Art Association (RAA) drafted several designs for the boats, including the final design chosen by the Big Paddle Committee. Bob’s Paint Land in Vancouver donated paint, and the RAA and Lion’s Club worked together to paint over 7 gallons of paint onto the first boat.  This dedicated team of volunteers has worked strategically and continuously through the pandemic to continue restoration in a safe and socially distanced fashion.

The restoration project is continuing on the second boat, and you can see the Ridgefield Dragon Boats in action on the water next year at Big Paddle (Saturday, June 5th) and the Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Races (Saturday, August 7th). The Ridgefield Dragon Boats will not be used to race, but rather be ceremonial. 

Lions Club logo
Bob's Paint land logo

Education & Community Groups

Meaningful Movies – Ridgefield Multicultural Festival Special Edition
7PM Saturday, September 5th

Join us online at 7PM for a special edition screening of the short film “Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spirit” and community discussion. This will be a Zoom streaming that we can enjoy and discuss together.

Register Here to receive the Zoom Meeting information. There is no deadline to register, but make sure you do so before 7PM so you don’t miss anything!

Japanese Cultural Edutainment: What is Jugoya? 

Japanese Cultural ‘Edutainment’ with Music by a Bilingual Japanese Cultural Edutainer: Yumi Torimaru, a creator of Kotori Japanese Music in Portland, Oregon. 

LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is our nations oldest and largest membership based Hispanic organization. LULAC Advocates for civil rights, educational attainment, economic empowerment and improved health care for all.

A quick word from Southwest WA LULAC:

NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Vancouver Chinese Association

Vancouver Chinese Association is a non-profit organization focusing on promoting Chinese culture. Visit our website here.

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Unite Ridgefield

Unite Ridgefield is a student club at Ridgefield High School. Their goal is to create a space for everyone to come together to share stories in order to create a more diverse friendly environment at the school. 

This Virtual Event was made possible by our generous sponsors, THANK YOU!

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