“Spring into Gardening”

Do you like to garden?  Have a garden and need plants?  Just have a few questions?

We have some great resources here in Columbia County to help you get started if your new to the area or starting a garden.  Want classes? Check out OSU Extension Service  Gardening Classes and Resources for Columbia County.  You can also contact Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Weed Control program on what is a weed and what’s not.  Get your questions answered call Tyler 503-397-455 ext 104 or email tyler. joki@columbiaswed.com.

Additional resources like the Scapppose Watershed Council can help answer questions about native spieces and share why consider using native speices.  The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is hosting their Native Plant Sale April 11th from 9-1 at Scappoose High School (greenhouse at the 2nd parking lot at school). They have one of the largest selections of native trees, plants, shrubs and are happy to answer questions before or after the sale on “what’s best?” Shop Local for Native Plants  Don’t own a garden but want to help? The Scappoose Watershed Council also accepts volunteers.  Scappoosebay Native Plant Nursery

Happy gardening!

 


Live music, carnival this weekend at Rainier Days in the Park

The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.
The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.

RAINIER — Rainier Days in the Park will be from July 10-13 in Rainier City Park, 300 W. A St.

The family-freindly event features live music and other entertainment, contests, carnival rides and games, marketplace vendors, food, and a beer garden.

Hours/highlights: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, opening ceremonies, performance by Lulu LaFever; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, magic show, performance by Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gold Dust; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, parade, hometown pizza-eating contest, family game show, Ralph Painter citizenship award, performance by the The Mulch Brothers, fireworks display; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Rainier Senior Center fundraiser breakfast, battle of the worship bands, performance by Kutless.

The parade on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m., and will travel west on A Street and continue into the park. Information about designated event parking and shuttle services are available on the event’s website at www.rainierdaysinthepark.com. Click on “Get the Scoop”.

Details: to see the full event schedule, click here; for real-time updates, like the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.


Large turnout in St. Helens for ’13 Nights’ kick-off

The Journey tribute band Stone in Love kicked off  "13 Nights on the River" on June 5 at Columbia View Park amphitheater in Olde Towne St. Helens
The Journey tribute band Stone in Love kicked-off the 13 Nights on the River concert series June 5 at Columbia View Park in Olde Towne St. Helens. Performances are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Jack Hruska.

ST. HELENS — Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, marked the start of the 10th annual 13 Nights on the River concert series on June 5 in Columbia View Park, located off The Strand street in Olde Towne.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. Admission is free. An open air market selling crafts, food and beer also will be featured from 3 to 9 p.m.

Upcoming concerts include (click on links for performer websites):

June 12, Whisky Union Band, country music

June 19, Rae Gordon Band, blues

June 26, Mosby, alternative rock

July 3, Lewi Longmire, country-rock

July 4, TBA

July 10, Gator Nation Band, Cajun, Zydeco, New Orleans R&B

July 17, Jeff Trappe Flamencan Troupe Conjunto Alegre Band, flamenco

July 24, Patrick Lamb, old-school R&B, soul

July 31, Hit Machine, hits from various eras

Aug. 7, Set in Stone, hard rock

Aug. 14, Michael Allen Harrison, pianist

Aug. 21, Sweetwater, country

Aug. 28, Cooper and the Jam, rock and soul

The concert schedule is subject to change without notice. Major sponsors of the series include the St. Helens Community Foundation and Yo Place.

Details: call 360-450-1803, or visit the website at www.13nightsontheriver.org.

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Scappoose Farmers Market opens for 12th season

SCAPPOOSE — The Scappoose Farmers Market has returned for its 12th season.

Vendors will sell goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27 in the Scappoose City Hall parking lot, and along Southeast Second Street, off of East Columbia Avenue.

Shoppers will find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and seasonal Oregon berries, as well as nursery plants, herbs, flowers, handcrafted items by local and regional artisans, and other items for sale.

On average, the market features between 22-24 vendors a week. For those who are interested in selling their wares at the market, contact the Scappoose Community Club for information about guidelines and fees.

Details: call 503-543-3469, e-mail scappoosefm@gmail.com, or visit the website www.scappoosefarmersmarket.com.

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‘Sailing for Sacagawea’ benefit May 31 in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — Sacagawea Health Center will host their 12th annual “Touch the Heart of Child” auction and benefit May 31 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The theme of the event is “Sailing for Sacagawea”. It will include a hosted bar, appetizers and a barbecue dinner by Blackbird Catering, entertainment, and a silent and oral auction. Travel packages, fine art, pottery, glass works and other items will be up for bid.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at Sacagawea Health Center, Houlton Bakery and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens, and at Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose.

The Sacagawea Health Center is a non-profit organization that extends medical care and other services to students in Columbia County (regardless of having health insurance). Primary health care, such as, well-child examinations, immunizations, treatment for chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and sports physicals are offered.

The center also provides prevention services, including fitness and nutrition classes, and some mental health services, such as family counseling and counseling for depression.

Details: call 503-366-7696, or visit the website www.sacagaweahealthcenter.org. For real-time updates, like the Sacagawea Health Center on Facebook.

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2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo dates announced

File photo: Columbia County Fair and Rodeo 2013.
File photo: Columbia County Fair and Rodeo 2013.

ST. HELENS – The 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo will be July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road.

Discount days:

• Wednesday will be Seniors/Veterans Day, and includes free admission to service veterans and those ages 60 and older until 3 p.m.

• Thursday will be Kids’ Day, and includes free admission to children through age 17 until 3 p.m.

• Sunday is Half-priced day.

Presale tickets are currently available in the fair office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance day passes are free to ages 6 and younger, $4 to youth ages 7-17, $7 to adults ages 18-59, and $4 to senior citizens ages 60 and older.

Advance season passes (for all five days) are free to ages 6 and younger, $15 to youth ages 7-17, $30 to adults ages 18-59, and $15 to senior citizens ages 60 and older.

Carnival wristbands can be purchased in advance for $23. This covers one day of carnival rides only.

Parking will be $4 a car, per day, or $16 for the entire week.

The Northwest Professional Rodeo Association competition will be on Friday and Saturday. Admission to rodeo is included with the purchase of a day pass.

The open horse show will be on Sunday, July 13. The class schedule and an entry form can be download at  http://bit.ly/1gBE5ej. If there are issues viewing the form, call show superintendent Chris Cooper at 503-397-3726, or e-mail at cccustomcowgirl@hotmail.com.

Hours of operation, entertainment schedules, and other fair information will be published when they are made available.

Details: call 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.


River City kicks off racing season Saturday

Dwarf car races at River City Speedway in St. Helens. Photo courtesy of River City Speedway.
Dwarf car races at River City Speedway in St. Helens. Photo courtesy of River City Speedway.

ST. HELENS — Races will start up again this Saturday, May 2, at River City Speedway in St. Helens.

The family-friendly venue is located at 58892 Saulsler Road, next to the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11 a.m. (back) and 2 p.m. (front), time trials begin at 2:30 p.m., and racing is at 5 p.m.

Racing divisions include Sportsman, Street Stock, Tracers, Modified, 4-Cylinder, Dwarf Cars and Pacific Mini-Sprints.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, military personnel, and students ages 12-18, and $6 for children ages 6-11. Family passes are $30, and children ages five and younger are free.

For more information, including dates for future races, visit the track’s website at www.river-city-speedway.com, or call 503-397-6506 or 503-397-2393.


Country music festival, cornhole tournament comes to St. Helens May 17-18

Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will perform during the Countrycon music festival May 17-18 at The Old School in St. Helens. Photo by Lance Mercer.
Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will perform during the Countrycon music festival on May 17 and 18 at The Old School in St. Helens. Photo by Lance Mercer.

ST. HELENS — The two-day music festival Countrycon will feature eight popular county bands and a cornhole tournament in Olde Towne St. Helens May 17-18.

The event will be from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, in The Old School at 251 St. Helens St.

Saturday bands include Brian Earl Haines and Sunset Highway, Sweetwater, Counterfeit Cash, Michele Drey and Branded, and Brent Amaker and The Rodeo.

The cornhole tournament begins at 11 a.m. First place wins $500. Teams are limited to 30 players and participants must be ages 13 and older. Only regulation boards and bags are permitted. Entry fee is $25 a team. Registration forms are available at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

On Sunday, Country Wide, Carrie Cunningham, and Tiffany Kuenzi will perform. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase both days, including beer, wine and spirits.

Admission to Countrycon is $25 a day, or $40 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and younger are $10 a day, or $15 for both. Tickets can be purchased at Bertucci’s, or online at http://bit.ly/SigJiZ. The event is limited to 250 people a day.

For more information, call 503-366-9602, or visit the Columbia County Tourism website at www.travelcolumbiacounty.com.

What is a cornhole tournament? Chances are you have seen it before:


Several Easter egg hunts offered Saturday in Columbia County

File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.
File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.

Kids, grab your baskets! Easter egg hunts will be offered at the following locaitons in Columbia County on Saturday, April 19:

Clatskanie

Clatskanie Middle School: 10 a.m.; school playing fields, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis; free.

Scappoose

Grant Watts Elementary: 10 a.m., school playground, 5200 S.E. 3rd Place; for children 12 and younger; thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and toys will be hidden; sponsored by Scappoose Kiwanis; free.

St. Helens

Columbia County Fairgrounds: mEGGa egg hunt; 11 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.); 58892 Saulser Road; for ages 12 and younger, and special needs children 15 and younger; other highlights include a petting zoo, face-painting, horse rides, archery and robotics demonstrations and more; free; CC Rider will offer shuttle bus rides from St. Helens High School to the fairgrounds.

Rainer

Riverfront Park: 10 a.m.; on B Street; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; free.

Vernonia

Hawkins Park: 10 a.m.; end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; sponsored by Vernonia Community PTA; free.


‘Empty Bowls’ to benefit hungry of Columbia County

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Pacific Food Bank will combat hunger in Columbia County with an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on Fri, April 11, in McBride Elementary School, 2774 Columbia Blvd.

The concept of “Empty Bowls” was established in 1990 by a high school art teacher from Michigan. His students crafted ceramic bowls to sell during a fundraising meal where proceeds benefited hungry members of their community.

Guests at the St. Helens “Empty Bowls” event will purchase studnet-made bowls and fill it with cuisine donated by local food merchants and dining establishments. Everyone keeps their bowls as a reminder of hunger in the world.

The event is 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Dianna’s Formal Affair and Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose, and Bertucci’s, Sunshine Pizza, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, and South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens.

Details: call 503-397-9708, or visit the website www.cpfoodbank.org.

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