St. Helens, OR- The mission has been the same even with the new name change to Accumulations a local nonprofit that assists adults in Columbia County to help get them back to work. The organization has changed names and locations in the past few years but it is always true to their mission of helping individuals receive on the job training working within a retail establishment.
My Next Step has changed their name to “Accumulations” and relocated to 1271 Columbia River Hwy, St Helens, OR. Accumulations is a 501c(3) nonprofit that offers a Job Readiness Training Center set in a resale & consignment store. The store raises money by reselling items and re-purposing items into something different for sale. This win/win mix helps the adults by providing in-class education and on-site job skills for participants of the Job Readiness program.
Shopping at the location helps the organization. Donating new to gently used items also helps the nonprofit. 100% of all cash and noncash donations are deductible and stay in this County.
St Helens, OR- New to Columbia County or just recently retired? Are you looking for specific resources, business services or things to do? Want to volunteer but not sure where you should? Looking to get involved with a local service club? Or are you curious what is going on in your community and want to get involved? A one-stop shop, a countywide business directory called Keep it Local Columbia County can help you discover what is available countywide. Keep It Local Columbia County is an on-line new resource to connect Columbia County. Other resources for nonprofits and social media groups are helpful to discover all the great things we have going on here in Columbia County.
Keep it Local Columbia County launched a free online business directory for Columbia County that features both businesses and events. The goal of the website is to help customers find local businesses and events. The website helps shoppers find out what products and services businesses offer, hours of operation along with days open and contact information to help increase dollars spent locally in Columbia County. Keep it Local Columbia County is putting Columbia County businesses on one page. Go to KeepitLocalCC.com
Columbia County has over 100 nonprofits to serve the citizens of Columbia County. You can find an updated list from Community Action Team (CAT). Go to Columbia County Resources. This is a great tool whether you are new or a long-term resident. You can also find places to volunteer by researching this information.
You can contact the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center at 503-397-0685 should you have questions about local businesses, travel questions or things to do in St. Helens and Scappoose. You can also find a list of both business and community events on their website.
Other Facebook Groups that can be handy to follow if you live in Columbia County:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Scappoose, 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
*Live Music courtesy of Columbia River PUD’s Community Grant
*Burrito USA using local fresh ingredients where possible
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
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.
Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016? If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise. Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options. After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of their favorites. I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that. If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.
Columbia City: Pacific Athletic Club. Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.
St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run? It is a signature event in Columbia County. It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens. You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.
Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs. The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. . Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.