Gallery: Columbia City Celebration

The remaining hours of the Columbia City Celebration are creeping in!

There is still time to browse the large selection of used books available for purchase at the Columbia City Library book sale, or to buy a raffle ticket for a handmade quilt, bid on silent auction items, or stock up on baked goods, plants and crafts made by local artisans.

The book sale is located under the covered play area at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St. The remaining activities are in Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

The event ends at 4 p.m. Photos of the quilt featured in the raffle, silent auction items, and other bits for sale, are published below. Proceeds benefit the Columbia City Library.

Car wash benefits Scappoose High band program

SCAPPOOSE — Band members from Scappoose High School will scrub down cars today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scappoose Middle School, 52265 S. Columbia River Hwy. Donations will be accepted for services.

Proceeds benefit the Scappoose High School band program.

Here is a special song to encourage a car-washing benefit state of mind:

Car dealership offers free child car seat check-up, installation

ST. HELENS — Emmert Motors will offer a free “Safe Kids Buckle Up” car seat check-up and installation event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in their dealership at 2175 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

The event is also part of “Safe Kids Columbia County”, an initiative of the Columbia County Commission on Children and Families, in partnership with Community Action Team and Columbia County Transit Division. Sunshine Pizza is also an event sponsor.

For information, call Emmert Motors at 503-438-4146.

Columbia City library benefit offers pancake feed, book sale, silent auction and more

COLUMBIA CITY — The city of Columbia City will host its annual community celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Several activities are planned at various locations in the city. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Columbia City Library.

The schedule includes:

*Strawberry pancake breakfast: 8 to 10 a.m, Knapp Social Center, 1925 First St. $6 adults, $4.50 ages 10 and younger.

*Library book sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., covered playground at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St.

*Silent auction: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

*Columbia Arts Guild sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

There also will be a raffle drawing for a quilt at 2 p.m. (tickets are $1 each, or six for $5), and a bake/plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Caples House Museum at 1915 First St. will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Cathy Lundberg at 503-366-8020, or e-mail

Thank you, Columbia County law enforcement!

Today is National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day.

There are many excellent men and women in this country who put their lives in jeopardy every day to ensure that the public is protected from danger. We are fortunate to have a very respectable group of them right here in Columbia County who deserve our gratitude for their bravery and kindness.

Law enforcement is not an easy job. Officers get more thugs than hugs. So, if you encounter one today, consider giving them thanks for the difficult work they do.

Police agencies that service our community (click on names to visit agency Web sites):

Columbia City Police

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Scappoose Police

St. Helens Police

Rainier Police

Vernonia Police

For more information about National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day, click here.

Family Fun: Ninja secrets, slippery science and more offered at St. Helens Public Library

Several free activities for children and young adults are offered now through December at the St. Helens Public Library375 S. 18th St. A schedule is listed below. Some activities require advance registration, or a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. For details, call 503-397-4544.


Ninja Night: 4 p.m., Wed, Sept. 19. Weapons talk and demonstration, crafts, and ninja snack; presented by library staff and Lewis Taekwondo; ages four and older.

Mini-Golf: 5:15 p.m., Fri, Sept. 28. Practice your putting skills in a librarian-made obstacle course fashioned from several stacks of books; for teens.


“Read for the Record”: 4 p.m., Thur, Oct. 4. A literacy event for children across the United States who pledge to read the same book, on the same day; local participants are invited to gather in the library auditorium and read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Soman and Jackie Davis; buggy costume craft, ladybug pencil giveaway and raffle for a professionally-made ladybug costume will follow; ages 3-8.

Monster Movies & Munchies: 3 p.m., Thur, Oct. 18. Scary movies and snacks; call for movie titles; ages 8 and younger admitted with a parent or legal guardian only; ages 10-14 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver at the door.

Dissection Juxtaposition: 4 p.m., Wed, Oct. 24. Library staff and volunteers dissect numerous vertebrate animals to explore what makes them tick and how they are similar to humans; ages five and older.


Fight Like a Girl: 4 p.m., Fri, Nov. 9. A self-defense class on how to avoid dangerous situations, what to do if a dangerous situation is unavoidable, and how to defend yourself if you are attacked; presented by library staff and a martial arts instructor from Lewis Taekwondo; girls and boys welcome; ages 10 and older.

Elephant & Piggie Day: 4 p.m., Thur, Nov. 15. A special story-time celebrating Mo Willems’ beloved picture book characters — Elephant and Piggie; book-related activities and picture-taking opportunities with story characters will follow; ages three and older.


Gingerbread, Juice and Jubilations: Sat, Dec. 15. 11 a.m., “The Gingerbread Man” puppet show with Penny’s Puppet Productions; ages three and older; 11:45 a.m., gingerbread man and woman decorating craft and apple cider; ages three and older; 2 p.m., “Wrap it Up!” basic gift-wrapping class for teens and adults; wrapping workshop will follow where participants can utilize library wrapping paper, ribbons, glitter and die-cutters to customize their gift-wrapping; limit three gifts a person; boxes not provided; registration is required for all three events.


Storytimes: Baby Lapsit, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays; ages six-months to two years. Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 2-3. Preschool Storyime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; ages 3-5. No storytime Nov. 21-23.

Signs of a new season

A good indicator that fall is just around the bend in Columbia County is waking up to chilly, damp temperatures in the mornings and discovering magnificently constructed spider webs draped over much of your landscaping:


And these falling from your oak trees, making crunchy noises under your feet as you cross the lawn:


We have a forecasted high in Columbia County today of 86°F. Evening temperature will drop to around 51°F. Summer is slowly making an exit. Enjoy every last second of it!