“In the Middle” – Thriving Art Community

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County art scene has grown stronger over the past few years.  One could say, we are in the middle of a thriving art community here in Columbia County. Currently, Columbia County has several groups that are working to put local artists in front of new customers, expose families to community art projects and create a sense of community pride for our local artists and projects.

Local art club, Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) looks forward to a great upcoming new year.  In 2016, CAG created August Art Fair in conjunction with the Scappoose Farmers Market conducting local art demos, author readings and presenting their art.   CAG will hold the 2nd Annual August Art Fair on August 5th, 2017 from 9:00 am – 2 pm.  CAG hosts quarterly show at local businesses or community organizations.  The Columbia County Courthouse in St Helens and Brown Butter Bakery in Scappoose are proudly displaying local groups’ art.  For $15.00 a year, you can join CAG.  Joining is a great way to support the artists.  It’s easy to become a member just fill out the CAG Application online.  They are an active group of Artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM  for Plein Air Art at the Columbia Learning Center, St Helens.  Bring your own art (BYOA) meet in the hallway, work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers and go out to Paint the Town!  Check out, the CAG Facebook Page for more information.

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GAC members with their work at Brown Butter Bakery, Scappoose.

In Summer 2016, another group the St Helens Arts and Cultural Coalition finished their first round of funding for its second Gateway Structure called the Salmon Tree Cycle.  This group of volunteers raised over $16,000 for public art with a Kickstarter campaign called the Salmon Tree Cycle Project for more information on the committee visit the City of St Helens Arts and Cultural Coalition website. The St Helens Library also has a variety of art classes such as Collage and Paints for Adults on Jan 31st, 2017 as well as a Writers Guild.

New to Columbia County is the first Art Hive Network at Deer Island Manor, Deer Island, OR.  An Art Hive Network is a community art studio that welcomes everyone. The workshops for Art Hive Network will start on Feb 4th, 2017 from 12-4:00 PM.  Workshops will continue the first Saturday of the month go to  The Art Hive at Deer Island Manor for more information.

Something new in Clatskanie, Clatskanie Farmers Market is hosting it’s first Clatskanie in Bloom Art Show March 17th- March 31st, 2017 at Hazen Building Registration is now open for artists.

It’s a great time to create. It’s a great time to admire our talented local artists.  It’s the right time to be in the middle of a thriving art scene with the upcoming economic development in Columbia County.   #SupportALocalArtist #shopsmall

 

 

 


2016 Business Bits Overview

Columbia County, OR – The economic atmosphere in  2016 could be termed “Transformational” as far as future economic development in Columbia County.  Many new small businesses opened across varied industries in St. Helens, Scappoose & surrounding areas which welcomed new restaurants, art galleries, franchise businesses and mom and pop shops.

In March of 2016, Senator Betsy Johnson used the term “Transformational” to describe the announcement of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center  (OMIC) in an article written by The Spotlight.  Chuck Daughtery, Executive Director, Columbia County Economic Team, (CCET) provided a brief synopsis in response to a question, “What are the Goals of OMIC”  on Facebook December 19th.  Daughtery’s response: Create state of the art metals research and development center in collaboration with the Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, Oregon State University and industry partners including Boeing. R&D projects will be funded by industry partners and executed by the research universities. Industry will get access to intellectual property for use in prospective manufacturing processes.  Current updates are available OMIC project updates The Spotlight December 2016.

OMIC project leaders and partners met November 2nd at the newly purchased building in Scappoose adjacent to Scappoose Sand and Gravel.  Senator Betsy Johnson welcomed not only Governor Kate Brown but a”Who’s Who” of both Oregon Education & Business Community with local leaders and dignitaries for the explanation of the OMIC project and the what it means not only to Columbia County but to Oregon.  OMIC is currently the only Boeing partnered Research & Development Center in North America.  It’s right here in Scappoose, OR.  It’s transformational all right, in more ways than one.   This center will attract additional businesses with similar interests and train for employment after college.  For more information on the project, go to Oregon Business article on Filling the Gaps with Apprenticeships.

The Scappoose Industrial Air Park gained an additional expanding business in Columbia County. One might say, It was a big deal.  In June 2016, Cascades Tissues, a Canadian Based Company, operating in St Helens announced an expansion of a new paper converting company at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark creating jobs.  This expansion is a $63 million dollar project.  The project is currently underway.

South Columbia County not only saw an uptick in large business but also in the variety of new small businesses.  Some examples include two new artists with art galleries in Old Towne St Helens.  Captain Studley offers art classes at his studio and Johnny Grinder & partner, Orange brought Steam 33 to our community.  Big River Bistro opened its doors for great coffee, lunch or breakfast with a beautiful view of the Columbia River.  New neighbor to Big River Bistro,  North Lake Physical Therapy joined the Old Town merchants in the old Muckle building.  Let’s not forget about the re-opening of the Warren Country Inn after years of being closed.  These examples are certainly not all that opened in 2016 but a good sampling of the variety of new businesses.

New small businesses continue to open in Scappoose such as Brown Butter Bakery, Rosebud Cafe and even business services such as a local recruiting company, Normine, Lombard & Associates. Large franchises like Bi-Mart have also joined the mom and pop shops in Scappoose over the past last six months.

Columbia County will enter 2017 with a strong business foundation with many good things ahead for our local economy!  #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #welovewherewelive

Senator Betsy Johnson explaining OMIC (Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center). Photo Courtsey: Keep It Local Columbia County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Columbia County Holiday Fun!

St. Helens, OR –  As the holiday season approaches, many of you may have children on school break or are anticipating company visiting.  It’s always a good idea to be proactive with a few ideas in your back pocket should the question come up “What is there to do around here?”

Just a few ideas to help jog your memory keeping everyone full of holiday cheer.

Both St. Helens and Scappoose have great libraries.  They offer programs for adults and kids such as the Dash & Dot Team Challenge on Dec 29th from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM.  Find more information at Scappoose Public Library Events and Details.    Go to St. Helens Library Calander to find interesting classes such as Beginning Ukulele maybe for the teenage kids or just quality time with your mom or dad.

Scappoose Public Library Dec 29th Event

Eisenschmidt Pool offers a variety of options for kids of all ages or exercise if you need some me time!  St Helens Pool Schedule

Photo Courtesy: SHEDCO

Around sunset is the perfect time to check out all the beautiful lights at the Courthouse Plaza Square in St. Helens. Thanks to local nonprofit SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation), you should leave feeling that Holiday Spirit.  Plus, it’s a great spot to take family photos.   Open Anytime & FREE.

It’s not always the specific activity with family that we remember.  It is how we felt when we spend time with our family.  How hard we laughed and the memories we shared.  It’s the moments we spend together that matter.  Keep it simple and wonderful all rolled into one.  Happy Holidays Columbia County!

 

 

 

 

 


2016 Summer Community Celebrations

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Our communities offer many types of activities around the 4th of July to showcase a sense of community pride while celebrating our nation’s independence.  These communities are inviting you to join in the fun.

Scappoose –  Start your morning off right with a donation only Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11:00 AM.  All proceeds go to Scappoose Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund held at 52751 Columbia River Hwy.

St. Helens-  4th of July Festivities start at Columbia View Park  at 11:00 am with an Adult Tail Gate Party down at the waterfront.  The Elks Food Cart opens between 11:00-8:00 PM.  Elks will be grilling up hamburgers and such to raise funds for Veterans.  Other family friendly events like a Pie Baking Contest,Watermelon Eating Contest, Trash Can Painting Contest all happen during the day.  Live music starts at 3:00 PM followed by local sensation Hit Machine at 8:00 PM.  For specific events, go to  St Helens 4th of July Events Schedule.

Rainer Days starts officially at noon on July 7th.  You will find free live music, carnival rides, evening kids movie in the park and more until July 10th.  According to their website, they were voted Best fireworks on the Columbia River for 5 years in a row.  Make sure to catch the “Fibre Federal / Rainier Days in the Park Fireworks show” July 9th 10:00 PM.  Rainier Days 2016 Schedule.

Clatskanie – Heritage Days is a long-running tradition started by pioneers.  Many new events have been added to showcase the best of Clatskanie. On the 4th, they have a day full of events to celebrate their local Heritage.  Two of the highlights is a live logging show at 6:30 PM followed by a fireworks show at dusk.  For more information or detailed events, go to their website.

The Vernonia Chamber of Commerce hosts the  Vernonia Great American Bash 2016.  They have a parade that starts at 6:00 PM and fireworks at dusk.  Looking for daytime activities? The newly upgraded Dewey Pool is ready for visitors.   Want to squeeze in a bike ride?  You can jump on the Crown Zellerbach Trail.   Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy your time in Vernonia.

Columbia County hosts many community events with free activities that allow you to see your neighbors, meet new friends and participate in what makes small towns so great.  #Thankscolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #welovecc #welovewherewelive

 

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Festival, Parade & More starting June 16th, 2016

13433336_10208173950839377_9005612333863629753_oSt Helens, OR-   Do you remember the old Port-o-Fun?  Port-o-Fun was located downtown along the waterfront in St Helens for many years.  St Helens Kiwanis decided to bring back the memories and fun with a new name, The River Festival.  St. Helens River Festival will start at noon on Thursday 16th with Free Admission. You’ll have plenty to do with 13 Nights on the River  open air market  from 3:00-9:00 PM and live music starting at 6:00 PM by  a band called “Slicker” made up of some of Oregon’s finest home grown, professional musicians.

Another long-standing local tradition, St Helens Kiwanis will also host the 101st year Kiwanis Parade with the theme “2016 Year of Health & Wellness”  June 18th at noon at Columbia Blvd and Hwy 30.  This parade is great family fun.  If you want to get creative,  you can participate in the parade by signing up the day of the parade between 9-11 at Emmert Motors.  Parade judging starts at 11:00 and Parade at Noon.  It’s a not to miss community event.  Kiwanis want to invite Columbia County to join in the celebrations.

Yes, there is adult fun involved.  When was the last time you attended a street dance?  This upcoming weekend, you’ll have the option to attend two street dances.  One on Friday 17th by Stevie Marie & Jackson Road and The Wieners will play on Saturday both start at 8:00 PM with a $5.00 cover for each dance.  River Festival Facebook Page follow along for details.  Spending time at community creates great family memories.

#hereincc #keepitlocalcc #livemusic #recreatecc


Brown Butter Bakery Now Open

Photo Courtesy of Brown Butter Bakery
Brown Butter Bakery 

Scappoose, OR – Brown Butter Bakery has been creating baked-from-scratch desserts for Columbia County families since 2010 .  They have expanded their business to a brick & mortar location.  Brown Butter Bakery is located at  52310 SW Old Portland, Rd, Scappoose, OR.  They are open from 6:30AM-3:00 PM Wednesday thru Saturday.  Be sure to stop in for a hot, strong cup of coffee and a one of a kind sweet treat.

Darcy McDonald, the owner, sells all natural, baked-from-scratch items with a great taste, nothing artificial.   She enjoys making cookies, cupcakes, scones and cakes. She can even make it Gluten Free if you ask!  Follow their Facebook page to keep up with daily treats!

Photos are Courtsey of Brown Butter Bakery Facebook Page.

 

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One of Brown Butter Bakery’s Custom Made Cakes 
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A variety of homemade treats!

 


Scappoose Farmers’ Market 14th Season

23433_101502389893541_2811927_nScappoose, OR- Every  Spring, one thing is certain.  That’s the opening of the  Scappoose Farmers’ Market.  May 21st marks the 14th Season open from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.  This year you will find some of the favorites such as veggies, plants, and artisan gifts.  You’ll find a few new things in the mix this year.

* Demonstrations focused on Art of Food Preparation using local ingredients, grant by Columbia County Cultural Coalition.

*Planting Ideas & Master Gardeners Tips

*Kids Programs

*Live Music courtesy of Columbia River PUD’s Community Grant

*Burrito USA using local fresh ingredients where possible

*Scappoose Community Club will occasionally  feature their Sauerkraut Sandwich.  Stay tuned to Scappoose Community Club Updates.

If you haven’t been, it’s a must to check out in Columbia County.

See you at the Scappoose Farmers’ Market located behind in City Hall Parking lot at E 2nd Street.


Artists Row in St Helens

Within the past few months, two new artists have appeared to ignite the Art Scene in Saint Helens on 1st South Street.

Located at 289 S 1st street, right across the Courthouse plaza, you’ll find the Phil Fake Studio.  Phil Fake is one of the new artists in St.Helens.  His current show, On the Voyage to become Captain Joe Studley, Fake Pirate, A Life/Art Project by Unknown Artist/Owner, Phil Fake.  You can view his work at Captain Jim Studley Gallary.  Phil is offering a series of art classes starting May 1st.   Be sure to stop by his studio and introduce yourself.  Phil works in character as Captain Joe Studley, a real pirate dressed just as you would imagine.  He often paints outdoors so you may even meet him while he is painting.

The second artist to arrive on 1st South Street is Steam #33 at 295 S. 1st Street, St Helens.  Owner, Johnnie Grinder explained that he and Orange,another featured artist at Steam #33. spent the last 9 years traveling around Taiwan.  He mentioned that they painted last summer in Florence Italy.  When they found St Helens, they felt they had found something special.  To view their work, go to Steam 33 Art Gallary or stop by and say hello .  You can find them also at the Portland Saturday Market.  We want to welcome both these artists to Columbia County.  #artistsincc #hereincc #keepitlcoalcc #welovecc

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Steam 33 Gallary, 295 S. 1st Street, St Helens, OR
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Phil Fake Gallary, 291 S. 1st St, St. Helens, OR
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An example of one of the many Art classes offered at Phil Fake Studio.

 


2016 St Helens Spring Into Artwalk

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St Helens, OR-   Join in on the fun at this new event hosted by SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation), Columbia Arts Guild and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.  Start at the Columbia County Courthouse & Museum from 3-4:00 PM to get your Artwalkmap for the Spring Into Art Walk on March 31, 2016.   The map has a variety of artists  featured at local businesses.  This is an opportunity to visit over fifteen local business that will host local artists plus artistic demonstrations like Native Drum Making, Clogging, and much more.

Want to join in the artist fun?  You can participate in the SIAcoloringcontest with prizes given for three different age groups.  Must be present at the wrap-up party to win prizes.  Participating artists and local residents will meet at the Visitor Center at the South Columbia County Chamber, 2194 Columbia Blvd., from 6:00-7:30 PM for a wrap-up party and a chance to meet your neighbors.

#hereincc #keepitlocalcc

 

 

 


Columbia County 1st Century Challenge

C3-logomark (rev 2)If you travel highway 30 on a Saturday, you most likely have seen groups of cyclists ascending into Columbia County from Portland.  For years, these groups of cyclists  have been coming out here to enjoy the CZ (Crown Zellerbach Trail) from Scappoose to Vernonia and onward to Banks, OR.  You see, as a country, we are quite bike friendly. The City of St Helens has a Pedestrian and Bike Commission that meets on a monthly basis.  Plus, many local businesses are bike friendly with bike racks. If you own a business, check out how to become Bike Friendly and more from City of St. Helens Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

To meet the needs of locals and tourists alike, June 18th will mark the 1st Cycle Columbia County, Columbia Centurian Challenge, starting in downtown St Helens riding thru many small towns such as Vernonia, Mist and Columbia City. To see a full route and to register for the challenge which opens soon go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com and “like”  Columbia Century Challenge Facebook page. #hereincc #columbiacenturychallenge #cyclistslovecc
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