Video series promotes livability in St. Helens

ST. HELENS – AmeriCorps volunteers from the St. Helens Economic Development Corporation are producing an ongoing YouTube video series promoting livability in the city St. Helens.

The goal of the project is to highlight local businesses, annual events, nonprofit and service organizations, recreational opportunities, and the history of the town. Volunteers hope to post new videos at least twice a month.

The name of the YouTube channel is “We Are St. Helens”.  Notification of new videos also are posted on the SHEDCO Facebook page, which you can access by clicking here.


News bits: Santa pictures for people and pets; vendors wanted for holiday bazaar; drop-off sites for food donations

‘Santa Paws’ pictures with pets

SCAPPOOSE — Have your pet’s photo taken with “Santa Paws” at All About Pets, 52587 Columbia River Highway.

The annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Nov. 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 1. Photos taken by Jeff Baker Photography.

Details: 503-543-5740, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Vendors sought for school bazaar

ST. HELENS — The McBride Elementary Parent Teacher Organization seeks vendors for their bazaar on Sat, Dec. 7.

The event is a fundraiser for the PTO. Space is $20 a person, plus $5 if a table is needed. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school.

Details: mcbridefundraiser@gmail.com.

Free photos with Santa, bake sale fundraiser

ST. HELENS — Richardson’s Furniture at 2015 Columbia Blvd. will offer free pictures with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. Sat, Dec. 14.

The annual event is offered alongside a holiday bake sale that benefits Relay for Life. Richardson’s will provide a photos service, however, visitors also are welcome to bring their own cameras to use.

Details: 503-397-1329, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Kiwanis collecting food for families in need

ST. HELENS — The Saint Helens Kiwanis Club has placed food collection barrels at various locations around town for use in their Holiday Hope baskets.

People can drop off non-perishable food items at Chubb’s Shell, Columbia River Fire and Rescue administration office, Habitat for Humanity Restore, IGA/Red Apple, Les Schwab Tire Center, Oregon Trail Lanes, Port of St. Helens administration office, Richardson’s Furniture, Safeway, Skinny’s Texaco, South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and Sunshine Pizza.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


Columbia Pacific Food Bank hires interim executive director

ST. HELENS — Casey Wheeler is the new interim executive director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens.

Wheeler previously worked as the interim executive director for the Columbia County Economic Team. He was the CEO of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, and has served on boards for numerous Columbia County organizations, including the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Columbia County.

Wheeler also serves as a city council member for the city of Columbia City, and is a business support consultant for Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon for Columbia County.

Columbia Pacific Food Bank is the regional food bank serving qualified agency partners in Vernonia, Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainer and Clatskanie.


SHS class of 2014 safe and sober committee hosts Friday fundraiser

SCAPPOOSE — Varsity Grill and Bar and Scappoose Dutch Bros. Coffee will team up Fri, Oct. 4, to raise money for the Scappoose High School Class of 2014 safe and sober graduation committee.

The fundraiser will be held in conjunction with high school’s homecoming game, which begins at 7 p.m., and both businesses will donate a percentage of their sales during the event to benefit 2014 graduation festivities.

Local musician Bart Hafeman also will play an acoustic set at the Varsity Grill and Bar from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, and baristas from Dutch Bros. Coffee will be at the football game selling their beverages.

Varsity Grill and Bar is located at 52001 Columbia River Hwy., and Dutch Bros. Coffee is at 33503 S.W. Chinook Plaza.


Warren horsemanship school hosts benefit on Saturday; proceeds go toward riding programs for disabled and at-risk youth

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Columbia County musician Stevi Marie and band Jackson Road will perform on Saturday during the Sande School of Horsemanship “Boot Scootin’ Benefit”.
Photo courtesy of www.SteviMarieMusic.com.

WARREN — Sande School of Horsemanship will host their Boot Scootin’ Benefit on Sat, Oct. 5, to raise money for scholarship programs for low-income and disabled students, and to launch a mentorship program that will support at-risk youth in community.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction at Sande Performance Horses at 33836 Bennet Road, Warren. A formal program and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., along with line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m., and a barn fire and dance at 8 p.m.

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Kassi Euwer, instructor at Sande School of Horsemanship, gives tips to a rider during a group lesson.

Live music will be performed by country artist Stevi Marie and Jackson Road. Line dancing lessons will be given by instructor Rockin’ Rhonda. Western attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 a person. Children ages 10 and younger are $25; ages 2 and younger are free. A kids-only horse shoe tournament also will be offered during cocktail hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For online ticket sales, visit the Boot Scootin’ Benefit page at www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call Kassi Euwer, 503-369-3008, or e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org.

Sande School of Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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.

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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!