“Hearts Here. Hearts There. Hearts Everywhere”

St. Helens, OR – Have you noticed all the hearts hanging up at the local businesses?  You can find them at Columbia River PUD, Ace Hardware, & Houlton Bakery to name a few.  They are gold or pink.  The hearts are sold by local businesses for the Sacagawea Health Care Center which is a nonprofit here in Columbia County.  Sacagawea Health Care Center helps all children get the health services needed weather insured or not to be successful in school.  The Sacagawea Health Center is located at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 1060 Eisenschmidt Lane, St. Helens, OR.

You can purchase hearts at local busineses up until Feb 28th,2015.  Additional locations to purchase hearts.  You still have time to buy them at $l for pink $5 donation for Gold.  Thanks for your support for the “Touch the Heart of a Child Campaign.”

ACE Hardware not only a great store but supports local.



Slingin’ sauces at Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine

Kuy Kao fills several glass jars with her homemade Cambodian peanut sauce in her kitchen at Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine in St. Helens. Photo by Rathana Soenneker

ST. HELENS — Kuy Kao, owner of Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine in St. Helens, whips up a batch of her popular Cambodian peanut sauce following today’s lunch rush in her restaurant.

Assisting are son-in-laws (left to right), Jake Wakeman and Ali Amhaz, and server Jackie Coddington (far left).

Kao sells her specialty sauces in her restaurant at 524 Milton Way, and at selected farmers markets in the area during harvest season. Other sauce varieties include: fried garlic, sweet chili, garlic vinaigrette, chili oil, and stir-fry.

For product information, and recipe ideas, visit: www.kuyscambodiansauces.com.

Wine festival offers tasting tours, good eats, and jazz

Sample wines and delicious local fair during the Rain or Shine Wine Festival Sat, March 1.

The event, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., features a trolley tour through Scappoose and St. Helens, stopping at different businesses for various wine and food tastings. Pick-up is at Avenue 30 wine shop, 33480 Chinook Plaza, in Scappoose.

The final stop on the tour includes a “long happy hour” with food, drinks and live world class jazz music in 2Cs Vendor Mall.

Participating businesses include: Houlton Bakery, Alternations by Heather, Bertucci’s, Flowers 4 U & Antiques Too, Bella Maison, Miyako, Mo’s Art, Hook & Needle, 2Cs Vendor Mall, Treasures, Trinkets & Threads, Scandalous Hair Design and Dockside Steak & Pasta.

Tickets are $30 a person and can be purchased online by clicking here, or in person at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St.. Helens.

The event is sponsored by the City of St. Helens and Shedco.


Herbal tea maker returns to Scappoose salon

Photo courtesy of The Owl and Raven


SCAPPOOSE — Anjeanette Russell of The Owl and Raven has returned to 3rd Avenue Salon with her custom herbal tea blends and Reiki energy healing services.

Russell will be at the salon from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, and also is available by appointment. In addition to custom herbal tea blends and Reiki healing, she also sells organic herbs, herbal dream pillows and Crystal Gemstone Jewelry.

3rd Aveneue Salon is at 33611 Columbia Ave. Details/appointments: 503-543-5840.



Business bits: New frozen yogurt shop to open; fashion boutique relocates

YoMamas frozen yogurt shop will open Sept. 1 in Scappoose.
YoMamas frozen yogurt shop will open Sept. 1 in Scappoose.

SCAPPOOSE — Yo Mamas Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, will open in Scappoose on Sept. 1.

The business, owned by Scappoose residents Amy and Troy McNeil, is located in the Fred Meyer shopping complex at 51505 Columbia River Hwy. Customers will be able to create their own desserts with YoCream frozen yogurt products and a variety of toppings for 45 cents an ounce. Beverages will be available from $1-$3.

Yo Mamas will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


ST. HELENS — Fashion Mystique has relocated to 2254 Columbia Blvd.

The clothing boutique sells fashions for women, men and teens, as well as fragrances, accessories and gifts. They also carry the Mirabella mineral makeup line.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p .m. on Saturday.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here, or call 503-397-3858.

Fondue class, wine pairing Aug. 8 in Scappoose

SCAPPOOSE — There are still a few spots open for the “Sweet and Savory Fondue” class offered at Avenue 30 Thu, Aug. 8.

The class, from 6 to 7 p.m., will feature instructor Gainor Riker, former owner of Houlton Bakery in St. Helens, who will demonstrate how to make two different types of fondue. A wine pairing also is offered.

The cost is $30 a person and includes a take-home baguette. Avenue 30 is located at 33480 S.W. Chinook Plaza, Scappoose. To register, call 503-978-1830.

Avenue 30 can be found on the Web by clicking here.

Big Fun For Our Little Ones

Wee-Bop Music and Movement is a program where children ages 4 months to 6 years can engage in music, rhythm, art, cooking and/or sports. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, provides safe, indoor, high quality classes for children to explore, meet new friends, and expend their energy in innovative and fun ways.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement was started by St. Helens resident, Jen Morse in 2004. She had just moved to the St. Helens area, was a stay-at-home mom with two young children and had a newly earned Masters degree in Elementary Ed.  As a licensed teacher and a recent employee of Gymboree Music & Movement, she knew a program like Wee-Bop Music and Movement was something our community could really use, and something she could do and still stay home with her own children. She started off by offering 1 class a week at the Yankton Grange. Since then she has opened up shop off Columbia Blvd in St. Helens and in February of this year opened her second location in Scappoose. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, offers a variety of quality classes for children ages 4 months to 6 years.

Classes include such activities as Music & Movement, where little ones and their parents participate in circle games, rhythm instrument exploration, prop play, creative dance; Play & Art, focuses on building strength, balance and coordination as kids explore bounce hoses, tents, obstacle courses and ending each class with a simple art project; Preschool Prep, including short circle time, arts and crafts and sensory activities; Fitness, an intro into different sports in a noncompetitive fashion for the older kids (2.5-5yrs) and soon to be adding a yoga class for all ages;  and Cooking,  where students will learn about safety and sanitation in the kitchen, cooperation, experimentation, use of a recipe, and more.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement also offer private playgroups and themed birthday parties

Registration for the spring session is now underway for both locations.

Classes start Monday, April 30th. Please contact Jen Morse @ (503) 396-0956

For more detailed information please go to their website www.wee-bop.net, or find them on Facebook as Wee-Bop Music & Movement.

Pamper your dog at Vonnie’s Dog House in St. Helens!

Vonnie and KK make dogs beautiful!

If you’re  looking  for a great place to have your dog groomed, check out Vonnie’s Dog House in St. Helens. With over 25 years experience, Vonnie and KK surely know how to make your little (or big) buddy look beautiful! I have a sweet labradoodle, and I know that not everyone knows how to make these often shaggy dogs shine, but KK certainly does! They’re busy gals, so call today for an appointment!

Check out Vonnie’s at 244 N. Columbia River Hwy, St. Helens, OR 97051 or call 503-397-6684!

Such a beautiful girl with her new hairdo!