Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

Spring Into Art 2018

St. Helens, OR –  Book Signing, Open Mic, Fiber Art & Leather Making Demos, all ages Coloring Contest and more fun.  What do all of these have in common?  It’s the 3rd Annual Spring Into Art event at The Columbia Learning Center, 375 18th Street St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) on May 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM.  This is a free family-friendly fun community event.

Columbia Arts Guild is a powerhouse for pulling Columbia County artists working in a variety of mediums together to support all the Arts.  Teresa Knight, President of CAG,  was excited to add more vendors to the mix this year.  She told us that Spring Into Art is important to host because “A very good friend of mine told me that art builds community. I believe we are all born as creative individuals. When we surround ourselves with art it inspires us to try again or challenges us to do something new. The synergy of a festival brings together people who are active in art and those who may be interested but not sure where to start. Most of all there is an atmosphere of fun!”  Teresa noted, “As for me I love art, all kinds of art and I love a party!”

New this year, sponsors donated prizes for the coloring contest and raffles!  Events like this couldn’t happen with support from local businesses like St. Helens Market Fresh (Red Apple), Walmart, Safeway, Ace Hardware and Lagunitas Brewing Company.   You still have time to participate in Coloring Contest.  Entries taken until noon on May 4th, Drop off at the Columbia Learning Center.  You can go to this link for contest rules and pages.  Be sure to click on right click on the image, save as and print out to color to participate.

Other partners on site will be This Is Us St. Helens, a community art project, St Helens Ukelele Orchestra,  Sausage King food cart with food available for purchase and of course the art show and vendors! The Columbia Humane Society will be on site and if possible please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

Local events like these give you a chance to meet your neighbor, learn something new or just have fun.  See you on Saturday!

#Community #Arts #OpenMic #ColoringContest #kids #familyfriendly #columbiacountyor #artshow #artparty #shoplocalcolumbiacounty #keepitlocalcc

 

 

 


2018 Annual Home & Garden Show

Columbia County, OR –  The Home & Garden Show continues to grow every year.  It’s happening this Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.  Last year an estimated 3,000-5,000 attended each day.  Organizers expect a larger crowd this year due to the increase in vendors. This year more than 49 vendors will be on site along with product demonstrations, food and fun!

The Home & Garden show has all sorts of new Spring items for both your home and your garden.  This show is sponsored by The Chronicle, St Helens Community Credit Union & Dahlgren’s Do It Best.  If you forget to grab your free ticket, it’s only $3 Admission at the gate.  You can stop by local businesses to pick up Free Tickets at the any of the above sponsors and The Chief,  Don’s Rentals, Sears Hometown Store of Scappoose, and Discount and Deals in Clatskanie.

Growing the show means many new vendors are coming in this year such as Sunset Equipment which will have an Excavator outside the pavilion.  Cedar Farm from Clatskanie Oregon will have their patent-pending product Hizap, an insulated fence extender, a PVC pipe extension making electric fences higher and wider.  Organizer, Amy Johnson also mentioned that there are more garden vendors this year such as BlackBerry Bog Farm, offering plant starts, herbs, and plants.  A few of the highlights of the Show will include local companies such as Clatskanie Builders Supply grilling up samples of tasty barbeque on their Traeger Grills to share with attendees and Dahlgren’s Do It Best Building Supplies will have onsite Cordless Power Tool Demonstrations.  The food was so good they brought back St Helen’s Grill which offers gourmet style food for purchase.

Staying up to date with what’s happening at the show is easy as local radio station KOHI 1600 AM which will be broadcasting LIVE on Saturday so you can listen in to what’s going on.  OSU Extension Service of Columbia County will be on site doing pop up demonstrations/workshops.

Amy Johnson, Organizer & Sales Representative for The Chronicle/The Chief, mentioned she enjoys this event because “I love that we can put local businesses in front of our customers to help grow our communities.  They do well and we do well.”

Meet your neighbors.  Find local resources for your home & garden needs.  See you this weekend!  #home #garden #columbiacountyor #shopcolumbiacounty #spring #community #family #businessresources #neighbors #community

 


Farm to Table Cooking Class

Deer Island, OR – It’s new to Columbia County.  It’s a twist on the Farm to Table concept trendy in the restaurants but different.  It’s a farm tour, a cooking class, and then eating! It’s called “Good Farm- Good Eats” a new event happening here in Columbia County on April 14th at Canaan Hill Farm, 33219 Canaan Road, Deer Island, Oregon 97054 from 1:00-2:30 PM.  You can purchase tickets directly on the website Eventbrite.   At this event, you’ll be cooking with the food at the farm after you have met the farmer.

Photo Lindsey Jones, RD – Photo Credit Facebook Page

Lindsey Jones, RD (Registered & Licensed Dietitian since 2006) has been cooking with individuals to help them on their wellness journey or in groups since she opened her private practice, One on One Good Easts in 2014.

Lindsey loves to share nutrition information with kids and adults alike.  In 2017,  she partnered with St Helens Community Credit to promote a project called “Going Green” promoting Budgets & Wellness with her emphasis on presenting the importance of nutrition to local businesses, teachers & administrators in our schools.   Lindsey loves to teach nutrition.  She believes, “So many people have become disconnected from their bodies and minds- how they function, and the role that food and nutrition play in that.  I love teaching people how to create healthy minds and bodies.”

This year she is sharing a new experience with a local business while Farm to Table is popular in restaurants a close partner, agri-tourism is popping up in rural areas to promote tourism.  As defined by Wikipedia, Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.     Canaan Hill Farm owners, Pat & Jeannie Schenk approached Lindsey about cooking on their farm.   This is the first agritourism kick-off event to start as more “Good Farm-Good Eats” events will happen during the growing season.   Lindsey wanted to partner with a local farm because, “Connecting people with the farmers and with local food that is grown and raised in a sustainable and responsible way, is vital to promoting thriving and sustainable food systems.”   People want to know where their food comes from and with the close proximity to farms, we have fresh produce and opportunities in our backyards & surrounding communities here in Columbia County.

You still have some time to sign up for the new class but do it soon her classes tend to sell out.  Going up to the farm shows you what is in season now for early spring and why you want to eat the types of fresh produce this time of year.  You will be given handouts and recipes along with nutrition education.  Both Canaan Hill Farm &  Ferreira Family Farms will  have their produce for sale the day of the events.  Follow Lindsey on her social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or find her on her website to stay up to date on her nutrition classes, nutrition tidbits and more!  #healthyeating #cookingclasses #canaanfarms #ferreirafamilyfarms #agritourismcc #farming


Business Bits: Acoustic Flash Mob (AFM)

Columbia County, OR- New to Columbia County, Acoustic Flash Mob (AFM) packed the house the night of their 1st performance on Feb 24th at Running Dogs Brewery in St Helens.  This is just the beginning for AFM fans as they are also performing April 14th at Warren Country Inn and booked for Rainier Days in July 2018.  So you too can join in the sensation surrounding the new concept of reflective social commentary and humor inviting those that listen to engage in the music and fun.

Band Member, Todd Tolles, tells the tale of how the band formed, “Acoustic Flash Mob, aka AFM, began one fine summer day back in 2016.  Two acoustic guitar troubadours, Bob Salisbury and Todd Tolles, wandered into the dining patio of one of our local Columbia County establishments, sparked by Bob Salisbury’s brilliant idea of finding an audience, instantly, to partake in our fun… we sat down with a few local patrons and began playing some familiar songs.  After being well received and appreciated some of the folks joined along in singing, AFM was born.”  Tolles explains, “Fast forward to today; we ‘Troubadors’ have decided to take AFM up a notch by adding a rhythm section.  The rhythm section has Chris Ponti on upright Bass and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sean Clark on percussion.  Enhancing the ability brought a whole slew of new songs to perform as a mostly acoustic outfit; think MTV Unplugged circa the early 90’s.”  The spirit of the ‘flash mob’ stays alive with the use of songbooks at performances to help audiences sing along.

AFM creates a fun loving, intimate vibe in the venues where they show up or even in their planned shows.  They choose songs with a little bit of reflective social commentary and some tongue in cheek humor, along with some very familiar tunes to those for singin’ along to.  AFM aims to enrich people’s time out in our local community with thoughtful, good vibrations.  AFM wants you to resolve to evolve by seeing more live music in 2018 and they are the perfect group to inspire folks to do just that.  Their mission for their show is simple:  AFM-Resolve to Evolve  | See More Live Music.   Contact band manager, Meagan Tolles for booking and questions 503-333-8790.

 

 


Oldest Photo of Oregon Senate Donated by Your Neighbor

St. Helens, OR – On March 3rd, during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session in Salem, Senator Betsy Johnson presented the Oregon Senate with the oldest photo of the Senate and showed members of the 12th Bi-Annual 1882 Oregon Senate.  Local resident Diane Kruggel Dillard recently found this heirloom photo and wanted to share it with the Oregon Senate.

The Dillard family has a long history of public service in Columbia County. The photo was the property of William Barclay Dillard married to Susan Holcomb Dillard, and who were early residents of St. Helens. William Barclay worked as a Columbia County District Attorney and his wife was the first postmistress and later head librarian. They had two sons, William Walden and James Mason. Walden, like his father, served as County District Attorney while James Mason was appointed Federal District Attorney.  The Dillard family had two sons, Max W. “Sandy” Dillard and Carl Dillard.

Diane Dillard married Sandy in 1964. Sandy served as a County Commissioner for Columbia County.   Diane served as Communications Manager for Boise Cascade and retired after 44 years of service. She donated her time to many worthy causes including, Columbia Rural Fire District, United Way, CASA, Chamber of Commerce, Sacagawea and Chance to Become Scholarship.  Diane, a widow, is still a strong supporter of Columbia County.

To view the official state recording from the Senate website, go to Dillard Senate Presentation


Business Bits: The Lake House

Scappoose, OR – The new business that has everyone buzzing comes complete with a water feature as one would imagine from its name, The Lake House.  It is located at 1600 SE 9th St. in Scappoose, OR.  They opened their doors to events after hosting their first wedding in August of 2017.

Since then they’ve hosted many types of events such as baby showers, class reunions, weddings, birthday parties, memorials, family reunions, holiday events, and much more.  They have a blast at everything they do with the main goal to make their client’s vision come to life.

It’s not surprising that this new event, performance & concert venue is such a success from the start. Bart Hafeman, the owner, decided to open the doors to events because of his years of experience in the industry and his desire to create a warm, positive atmosphere for celebrating unique moments and milestones in life.   If you’ve seen Bart play, he carries that rock n roll, have fun just dance attitude always with a big smile.  He makes you want to get up and go.  His positive outlook on life carries thru in his interactions with his audience and clients.

Bart’s experience gives The Lake House its own relaxed atmosphere that draws people to his venue.  Bart Hafeman is widely known as the singer for Hit Machine, and because of that he’s been able to entertain at a handful of our events- However, they have hosted small private exclusive events like Jennifer Batten, guitar player for Michael Jackson on the Bad, History and Dangerous world tours. Bart joined in and sang “Human Nature” with her that evening. Tommy Tutone who sang the 80’s hit, “867-5309” has performed on the property as well.  They are currently working on a Lake House Summer Concert Series and would love to hear from people about who they would like to see perform at The Lake House.  Please send your suggestions to ashley.gray28@yahoo.com.  They want to hear from you!

If you are looking for a venue to host an event, you may want to consider The Lake House.  They can accommodate between  20 to 200 people. For winter events the barn can hold up to 85 individuals downstairs and 30 people upstairs- summer events offer more room due to better weather conditions, which allows up to 200 guests.   Additionally, they offer a complete package for the one-stop shopper, or can customize an event when desired. They have a list of preferred vendors but are always open to our client’s dreams and desires for their event.  The Lake House offers an incredibly unique atmosphere that carries a rustic and elegant element all at the same time. The barn has a warm intimate feeling that not many venues offer.

We want to welcome The Lake House to Columbia County and wish them continued success!  #columbiacountybusinesses #concertvenue #TheLakeHouse #performancevenue

 


A Growing Art Scene

Columbia County-  Thanks to the Columbia Arts Guild, 2018 brings many opportunities for Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike.  The  Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has accomplished big things in just a few years for local artists.  This group of committed and talented volunteers continues to work together to bring more to the table in 2018 for our communities.  In 2017, the group became an official 501(c) 3 and fundraised to build a secure cabinet to display art at the St Helens Public Library.  You can find more about their group on their website

Columbia Arts Guild is connecting like-minded artists with one another by creating together, hosting a countywide art competition, a community art project and a celebration with hands-on art.  A little something for everyone. Here are more specifics about the upcoming CAG events and ways you can get involved:

  • Art Happening- Paint the Town.  Weekly group of artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the hallway of the Columbia Learning Center.  The goal is for the artist to Bring Your Own Art (BYOA), work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers as they go out to Paint the Town! 
  • CAG Virtual Arts Competition will run until Dec 31st, 2018.  The competition is called Adventure & Art in Columbia County.   To enter go to their Facebook paged upload your submission photo in the album.  Competition is open to all Columbia County residents.  Basic guidelines, you can enter as many times in as many categories as you want.  Open to all mediums.  Judging will be in January 2019, people’s choice awards will be chosen by a number of likes on the Facebook post with people’s choice. The competition is for the I LOVE Columbia County Book will be created with winners published by December 2019 available on Amazon in 2020. The I LOVE Columbia County book proceeds will go to further Art Opportunities in Columbia County through the Columbia Arts Guild.
  • “This is Us” St. Helens is a Community Art Project.  During the next several months the CAG will be hosting “This Is Us” paint events throughout the St. Helens area. Paint events are the opportunity for you and your group of 10 or more to take part in this project. They provide everything you need to paint your house and participate.   CAG will keep all the painted, signed houses created by the community so that we may assemble them into one large piece of community art.  Everyone can create/paint one house to represent themselves in our diverse community. You can even take a picture of your house and share it on this page.  Call or text Joan@5033691081 to schedule a paint event.
  • Spring Walk Into Art is in its 3rd year to Celebrate the Arts!  It has a Professional Art Show, Youth Art Show, Music, Dancing, Open Mic, Book Signing, Culinary Art, Hands on Art and more!  Save the date for May 5th at Columbia Learning Center, 375 S 18th St, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051.

 

#artincolumbiacounty


Businesss Bits: Running Dogs Brewery

Photo Courtesy of Running Dogs Brewery FB Page

St Helens, OR –  Running Dogs Brewery is so much more than just beer.  Running Dogs Brewery is a place where locals hang out for good drinks and a good time.  Help us welcome, Maggie & Jaron Clayton, owners of Running Dog Brewery at 291 South 1st St, St Helens, OR to the downtown business scene.   They have only been open a few months but are already a welcome new addition to Downtown St Helens.

They have many board games, a tasty beer with a selection that changes often and when the weather is good your dog can enjoy time on the patio! Open Wednesday thru Sunday Running Dogs provides a new hangout, hours do vary on Sunday so check out their Facebook page!

They not only have craft beer made in Columbia County but also make a variety of panni’s along with cheese/meat boards, snacks, and kids meals. Click here for the full menu.

Regular events like Trivia & Bingo Nights happen often also a variety of different events upcoming for January 2018.  Please follow their Facebook page to stay up to date.  Below is a snapshot:

New Years Eve Party, Dec 31st – Before 9:00 PM, Family Friendly fun. Live music starts at 6:00 PM with champagne for Sale and Confetti Cannons!  Dance the night away.

Yoga & Beer, Jan 7th, 2018 –  Flow Yoga for all levels 60 Minutes, taught by Beer Yogi and Yoga Instructor, Amanda Malarkey. After class, yogis are invited to stay and enjoy a post-class pint. Your registration includes yoga + your first pint of beer.

Northern Lights Painting Party, Jan 8th, 2018  –  6:00 PM- 9:00 PM.  $45 includes your painting & Panino Sandwich.

Zumba & Beer, Jan 15th, 2018-   11:00 AM -12:00 PM.   Free class taught by Claire Catt.  Deposit required can be applied to food or beer after class.

Paint Your Pet Night, Jan 22nd, 2018  –     6:00 PM -9:00 PM.  $55 includes your painting and a Panino Sandwich.

To Get creative?  Exercise?   Relax?  Great conversation?  New friends? Stop by the taproom.  You’ll find a little bit of everything at Running Dogs Brewery. To get more information on their business check out their website  Welcome to Columbia County Running Dogs Brewery!  #brewery #madeincc #shopcolumbiacounty

 


Business Bits: Roof

St. Helens, OR- Take the elevator or stairs it doesn’t matter but check out the new restaurant, Roof.  It’s located on the 4th floor of the Muckle Building at 31 Cowlitz Street, St Helens.  Roof offers food and drinks with sweeping views of the Columbia River.  It’s only been open since September so it’s still considered fairly new to Columbia County.

Owners, Marsha Lee &  husband,  Jeff Carver decided to get into the restaurant industry according to Marsha because “Jeff has the passion for the restaurant business.  He loves the Columbia River and this restaurant, so it has been a good fit.”  As we move into the winter months, Marsha said, “It’s going to be awesome with the first snowfall.  We have all these big windows for patrons to look and enjoy all the sights from tugboats to freighters to the bald eagles that soar just below the restaurant.”  Marsha is right, it’s an experience to view all the activity on the mighty Columbia.

Roof offers a variety of craft beers, ciders, wine, Irish Coffee plus a variety of handmade wraps, salads and now serving Chili and soups.   They also have a few fun upcoming events you may want to check out:

Follow their Facebook Page to stay up to date.   Stop by for lunch or a drink and don’t forget the views at Roof! #gemsofcolumbiacounty

 

 


It’s Here! It’s Holiday Bazaar Season

Columbia County, OR – Many local organizations host a Holiday Bazaar as fundraisers for our nonprofits like our PTO’s, band programs, and more worthy causes. The bazaars are more than just local businesses wanting to sell you something.  They want to share their products with their neighbors.  You are sure to find many reasonably priced quality goods made in Columbia County.  These Holiday Bazaars offer a place to meet your neighbors and new friends.  It’s part of the holiday culture out here in Columbia County.  You will find many talented bakers, artisans, and artists at these local bazaars.

We’ve listed a few local favorites but this certainly isn’t a complete list only highlights.   You will find many events listed on www.KeepItLocalCC.com, and  www.sccchamber.org.  Upcoming local holiday bazaars:

Nov 18thLadies of the Elks Christmas Bazaar, 350 Belton Road, St Helens, OR from 9-3:00 PM.  Large assortment of homemade goodies & craft items.  Refreshments available all day long for purchase.  Cake Walk & Santa 11-1.

Nov 25th Columbia County Small Business Expo– Featuring local businesses and professional services such as Wauna Federal Credit Union hosting the Kids Activities, Scott Burge Insurance, 5R Farms, Darling Foods, Saint Helens Market Fresh with a Made in Columbia County Booth and more.  Expo open 10 AM- 4 PM.  Santa will be on site from 10-1.  Hot drinks & treats available.  Fundraiser to benefit Columbia County K-9 Unit and Keep It Local CC programs. 

Dec 2nd– Avamere hosts a Holiday Bazaar for their residents and the community.  Avamere presents gifts to the first 50 attendees.  McBride POT also has a Holiday Bazaar at  McBride Elementry,  9:00-2:30 PM

Dec 9th & 10th–  Holiday Bazaar to benefit Scappoose Share & Care & Columbia County Toy N Joy 10:00 AM -4:00 PM at Oregon National Guard Armory, 474 S. 7th, St, St Helens.  This is their 8th year.   They have a reindeer which is an adult and kid favorite. The reindeer are on site with Santa on Sunday 10th from 11-2 PM.  Photos taken by Mossbarger photography with donations requested but not required.   Lewis & Clark Elementary PTO is also hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Dec 9th. 111 S. 9th, St Helens,  Open to public 10-2 PM.

Dec 16th- St Helens Band Patrons Lions Holiday Bazaar at St Helens High School Commons 10-4 PM.  Contact Nicole Johanson 971-203-6300 if you are interested in being a vendor.  

 

 


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