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!

Pure Serenity Massage in St. Helens….aaaaaaahhhhh!

Pure Serenity Massage, located on Columbia Blvd in St. Helens, is a peaceful and pleasant place to visit. Kayla Mixer, the owner and LMT, has created a beautiful salon with a variety of services that are very unique to our area. Besides a relaxing massage, you can also find gentle yoga classes here, enjoy a Reiki or Bowenwork session, have a facial or acupuncture. The list is long and the atmosphere is delightful. And coming very soon, Pure Serenity will be opening a second location in Scappoose. If you get a chance, drop by and feel the peacefulness of Pure Serenity.


Dr Domby – The hands of a healer in Scappoose

Today I went to see a local chiropractor, Dr. Gary Domby, in Scappoose. I’ve seen him for years and I never leave there without a feeling of being truly amazed.

I went in today to discuss my troubled knee, and quickly the focus went from my knee to my hip to my shoulder. He told me the body is a matrix and he has to work it as a system to make it function properly. He uses applied kinesiology in his practice, which is quite different than other practitioners I’ve gone to. I so appreciate an alternative approach to healing, and Dr. Domby is always tops on my list.

Not only did we discuss body mechanics, but we also talked about the virtues of yoga, which he has been teaching for over 20 years. I’m quite a novice but thoroughly enjoy my yoga practice. He ended our session with showing me the proper techniques for various poses and how they can help my muscles properly support my joints. He also offered to give my husband and me a private yoga lesson to assist us in our practice. He goes so far above and beyond his role of a chiropractor…oh, how I would love to spend an entire day there, just being a student of his teaching.

If you are in need of wonderful chiropractor who will truly amaze you, check out Dr. Domby at 503-543-3195.