More Halloween fun in south county this weekend

Witches Brew and a Story, Too: 7 to 9 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; Oak Meadows Inn Best Western or Americas Best Value Inn, both in St. Helens; a Halloween “tuck-in” story-time activity for children offered by staff from St. Helens Public Library; $20 a child, or $30 for two children; proceeds benefit the library; registration required; details: 503-397-4544.

Kids’ pumpkin painting: Noon to 4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; Masonic Building, ground floor, 231 S. First St., Old Town St. Helens; costumed volunteers help children can paint Halloween masterpieces on pumpkins; free, although donations of $2 a child is appreciated; proceeds benefit various public art projects in St. Helens; sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission.

Corn maze and pumpkin picking: 9 a.m. to dusk daily through Halloween; Bernet Farms, 51372 Dike Road, Scappoose; pumpkin picking (more than 20 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds) kids’ hay maze, hay rides, farm animal “looking” zoo, food and beverage vendors and farmers’ market; haunted corn maze from 7 to 10 p.m. Fri-Sun, Oct. 26-28; details: 971-506-8605, or www.bernetfarms.com.

St. Helens Haunted Tours: Offered every half hour beginning at 7 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; meet at the gazebo in Columbia View Park, off Strand Street, Old Town; visit old haunts and re-live the secret, spooky and creepy history of St. Helens; presented by Shoestring Community Players; $10; details: 503-366-4406, or www.sscpmusicals.com.

Kiwanis Daybreakers children’s fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; St. Helens High School commons, 2375 Gable Road; booths by 28 community agencies, children’s activities, reptile road show, bounce house, face painting, “fishing” for prizes, crafts, performance by St. Helens High School Sound FX choir, dance academy presentations, a visit by Ronald McDonald and more; free; costumes encouraged.

Photos with the ‘Great Pumpkin’: 3 to 6:30 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Plaza Park, off First Street, in front of the Historic Courthouse, Old Town St. Helens; children in costume can have their pictures taken before or after the Little Spooks Parade; photos by Curt Davis Photography; small fee charged.

Little Spooks parade: 4:30 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; children and their parents or guardians gather on the corner of St. Helens and First streets, Old Town St. Helens; parade begins at 5 p.m. Trick or treating at local business merchants will follow.

Little Spooks haunted house: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Pythian Building, 215 S. First St., Old Town St. Helens.

Spirit of Halloweentown costume contest: 7 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Plaza Park, off First Street, in front of the Historic Courthouse, Old Town St. Helens; winner awarded $1,000 and becomes the Spirit of Halloweentown mayor; no registration required.

Tarot card trunk show and readings: 4 to 7 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Word for Word Books and Espresso, 293 S. St., Old Town St. Helens; 503-396-6910.

Tarot card readings: 6 to 9 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31; Klondike Restaurant, 71 Cowlitz St., Old Town St. Helens; 503-366-2634.


SCC chamber offers ‘Better, Smarter, Richer’ business workshop

ST. HELENS — The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will facilitate the Jackie B. Peterson workshop “Better, Smarter, Richer” on Oct. 30 at the St. Helens Public Library.

The workshop, offered as part of a fall series, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. It is aimed toward “solopreneurs” and creative entrepreneurs.

Topics discussed will include uncovering the importance of focusing within your field, exploring the time-money squeeze, learning to charge what you are worth, and discovering basic business principals to help “solos” and creative types build a financially successful business.

The cost to attend is $60; chamber members pay $40. Class size is limited to 85 participants. Advance registration is required. The workshop is sponsored by Pacific Industrial Service.

Register online at the chamber Web site at www.sccchamber.org.

Details: Linda Chval, 503-397-0685.


Library patrons can pay fines with food until Oct. 31

ST. HELENS — The St. Helens Public Library is still accepting donations of canned food as a means for patrons to pay off their outstanding library fines.

The experimental program, called “Food for Fines”, will go through Oct. 31. Charges for lost or damaged items are not covered under the program. All food donations will be given to the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

The library is at 375 S. 18th St. Collection times are 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

Details: 503-397-4544 or www.sthelens.plinkit.org.


Amani Center accepting children’s artwork for holiday cards

ST. HELENS — The deadline for children to submit their works for the Amani Center holiday card art contest is Friday, Oct. 26.

The winner selected will have their artwork featured in the center’s annual holiday cards, which are sold to benefit services that assist child abuse victims in Columbia County.

Contest rules include:

• Artwork must be submitted on 8½ x 11 white paper. Any art medium may be used. The child’s name must be clearly written in pencil on the back.

• Multiple pieces of artwork may be entered. The center may select multiple pieces from the same artist.

• Artwork must represent one of three categories: Christmas Spirit, a faith/religious holiday, or winter wonderland.

• An artwork release form must be signed by the child’s legal guardian in able for them to enter the contest.

Original artwork and signed release forms can be mailed or hand-delivered to the center at 1621 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens. Winners will be chosen by the Amani Center Team.

Details: 503-366-4005 or amanicenter@comcast.net.


Spooky bedtime stories, haunted tours, a pumpkin festival and more featured Saturday in St. Helens and Scappoose

A girl and her mother craft designs on a pumpkin during the first session of the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission’s kids’ pumpkin painting activity on Oct. 13.
The commission will offer the activity again tomorrow, Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Masonic Building in Old Town St. Helens. Photo courtesy of Michelle Tullock.

South Columbia County is bursting at the seams with events for people of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 20. The list of local offerings include:

Kids’ pumpkin painting: Noon to 4 p.m.; Masonic Building, ground floor, 231 S. First St., Old Town St. Helens; costumed volunteers help children can paint Halloween masterpieces on pumpkins; free, although donations of $2 a child is appreciated; proceeds benefit various public art projects in St. Helens; sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission.

Witches Brew and a Story, Too: 7 to 9 p.m.; Oak Meadows Inn Best Western or Americas Best Value Inn, both in St. Helens; a Halloween “tuck-in” story-time activity for children offered by staff from St. Helens Public Library; $20 a child, or $30 for two children; proceeds benefit the library; registration required; details: 503-397-4544; also offered Oct. 26-27.

Pumpkin Fest: 9 a.m. to dusk; Bernet Farms, 51372 Dike Road, Scappoose; pumpkin picking (more than 20 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds) kids’ hay maze, hay rides, farm animal “looking” zoo, pumpkin run, pumpkin games, bouncy castle, live music, food and beverage vendors, farmers’ market, “Find the Golden Pumpkin” contest ($100 prize), and a haunted corn maze from 7 to 10 p.m.; details: 971-506-8605, or www.bernetfarms.com.

St. Helens Haunted Tours: Offered every half hour beginning at 7 p.m.; meet at the gazebo in Columbia View Park, off Strand Street, Old Town; visit old haunts and re-live the secret, spooky and creepy history of St. Helens; presented by Shoestring Community Players; $10; details: 503-366-4406, or www.sscpmusicals.com; also offered Oct. 25-27.

Halloween Cruise/Haunted Boats: All day; city docks, located behind the county courthouse, Old Town St. Helens; presented by Columbia River Yachting Association; details: 253-312-1101; also offered Oct. 21.

Great Pumpkin Lighting: 6 p.m., Plaza Park, Old Town St. Helens.

Dogtoberfest: 3 to 7 p.m.; Columbia Humane Society, 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens; dog Halloween costume contest, games and prizes; bratwurst meal by Dockside Steak & Pasta with cookies by Houlton Bakery ($8), microbrews by Captured by Porches ($3); admission $5; proceeds benefit the shelter; donations of dry dog food, bleach and paper towels for the shelter will be accepted; details: 503-397-4353, or www.columbiahumane.org.

Mystery shopping: Noon-6 p.m.; shop at random businesses in Old Town St. Helens to win one of 10 $50 Target gift cards.

Haunted Hot Rod Cruise-in and Hearse Rally: Noon to 5 p.m., Plaza Square and Strand Street, Old Town St. Helens; dozens of haunted hot rods on display; free.

Fabulous Finds bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., home of Johneta Johnson, 58972 Ward Drive, St. Helens; Silpada jewelry, PartyLite candles, Watkins, River City Candy Company, holiday centerpieces by j.ann designs, cards by Johneta and Kathy, purses, scarfs and jewelry by Rochelle; details: 503-397-2292.


‘Dogtoberfest’ — a day for dogs and their people; featuring costumes, games, brats and beer

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Humane Society will host their sixth annual Dogtoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20, in their facilities at 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens.

The event, from 3 to 7 p.m., will feature a dog Halloween costume contest, games and prizes. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the shelter.

Dockside Steak & Pasta will serve bratwurst on a pioneer roll with sauerkraut or peppers, chips, cookies by Houlton Bakery, and soda or water. Meal tickets are $8, and can be purchased in advance at the shelter, on their Web site or at the gate the day of the event.

Microbrew beers will be poured by Captured by Porches; beer tokens are $3 each.

The shelter will be accepting donations of dry dog food, bleach and paper towels during the event. Volunteers for the day also are needed.

Details: 503-397-4353 or www.columbiahumane.org.