Columbia County Celebrates Halloweentown!

Columbia County-  Leaves are dropping along with the temperature, Fall has arrived and Halloween is quickly approaching for Columbia County.   With the movie Halloweentown filmed in St. Helens in 1998, the city is still celebrating and the many across Columbia County have also embraced this holiday.

Photo Courtesy of Spirit of Halloweentown Facebook. Brian Fawcett, Clatskanie Resident. Sitting 2nd to the left bottom row between his sister and mother.

Local citizens have ties to the movie as many had their debut acting in the movie as extras such as Rainier Mayor, Jerry Cole along with Clatskanie resident, Brian Fawcett.  Brian was a kid at the time who got his first paycheck as an extra to perform alongside his sister and mom in an Aladdin Costume.  Brian shared that his favorite memory of the movie was, “Being part of a locally made movie with my family was a cool experience. And watching the movie near Halloween after the fact to find myself, my mom, and my sister in random scenes made for some good memories.”  Maybe that’s why so many people jump at the chance to celebrate Halloween and welcome curious tourists.

The movie has a cult following that will bring a lot of tourists to the area for Halloween the month of October for a variety of activities.  To view, a list of Spirit of Halloweentown events go to www.discovercolumbiacounty.com and www.keepitlocalcc.com to view many local events.  SHEDCO (ST Helens Economic Development Corporation) has partnered with several local groups to host a few events for locals to have some fun along with the tourists and ways they can get engaged to show off their local community.

A signature event to kick off the month-long celebration is the Halloweentown Parade that is on Oct 7th at 3:00 PM.   Last year,  the parade had a Witches Float, Star Wars of Oregon, Columbia County Sherrif Department, Aliens, Zombie fighters, Scary Clown Bikers and more participated.  The 2nd year parade is sure to outshine the past year.  When asked what will make this year different?” Gretchen Williams, Parade Organizer, replied, “For me, the parade this year is different from the last because of the willingness from groups to participate. Many crowd favorites from last year contacted me immediately wanting to return. I didn’t even have to ask them! I have several families who have signed up to participate simply because they love Halloween. I’m very excited to see their entries! We are on track to surpass the number of entries we had last year. Something else that is new this year is that I did not have to charge an entry fee. Thanks to several additional sponsors, everyone can participate for free.”  Afterwards, the Community Pumpkin lightening will take place in the Holiday Plaza at 7:00 PM.

Ways for you to get involved:

  • September 25th-Oct 6th Participate in a Scarecrow Contest.  Open to all citizens and businesses Across Columbia County are invited to put up a ScareCrow for the Spirit of Halloweentown ScareCrow Contest.  Winners get $150 sponsored by the City of St. Helens.  You can post your photos to the FB page between Sept 25th- Oct 6th details on the facebook page.
  • Oct 7th – Halloweentown Parade sponsored by SCC Chamber of Commerce, SHEDCO & Columbia River PUD Oct 7th.  Locals can participate in the parade for free by emailing  sohtparade2017@gmail.com for an application.  
  • Oct 7th- The Bite of Columbia County – Be a spectator!  It’s a fundraiser for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank & St Helens BackPack Program.  Get your tickets online for $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00 or you can purchase at Bertucci’s and Houlton Bakery.  You’ll get to sample foods from over 20 local restaurants.
  • Oct 14th- Columbia County Rotary- Monster Dash Fundraiser for local Columbia County Veterans. Sign up here.
  • October 6th – Oct 30th.  If you like to get dressed up in costume, you can become a WayFinding Witch.  What’s that?  It’s a chance to share our local businesses and happenings with the tourists in your Halloween Costume.  Click on the link, to sign up for a volunteer spot.
  • Oct 15th – Meet and Treat at Aggies featuring Kimberly Brown. Locals use your zip code to receive a discount on tickets.  Follow the event on Facebook for more information. 
  • Oct 21st – Annual Masquerade Charity Ball hosted by Windemere Foundation Columbia County
  • Oct 19th,20,21st at 7:00 PM & 21st at 2 PM ShoeString Theatre, “The War of the Worlds” on October 19, 20, 21 at 7 pm, and October 21 for a 2 pm matinee.  Tickets on Sale September 30th online or at Bertucci’s. 

 


Business Bits: YooDoo Selfies, LLC

Columbia County- Two sisters, Stephanie Pescio (formerly Hall) & and Sandra Mohler both hail from Rainier, Oregon.  Although the sisters are physically separated by a few miles and a bridge, the girls stay close by growing a new business as Sandra now lives in Longview, WA.  They recently opened their new business in Columbia County that can help enhance local events and create memories.  It’s a  pop up open air photo booth, called YooDoo Selfies, LLC. They serve Columbia County, Cowlitz & Clatsop Counties.

Stephanie shared, “We started YooDoo Selfies, LLC because our mother always wanted us, girls, to create a family business.  We honor her memory of 10 years of caregiving by taking time now to create a business that can unite our family in joy.”  After much research paired with a business plan, they opened their business in Summer of 2017.   When asked what makes them different from their local competitors Stephanie replied, ” We use a Venue Pro Selfie machine.  It’s equipped to send your pictures straight to your email, text, or Facebook.  We are two sisters honoring our mother’s memory by starting a business that creates memories for others and gives joy and happiness.  We are fun and having fun is what YooDoo is all about.”

When asked what makes their business successful, Stephanie was quick to respond, “People are what makes any business successful.  This industry is about memorializing our moments of happiness, joy, and excitement.  YooDoo Selfies, LLC is here to help your event become more than just a celebration.  It is a chance to mingle have fun and take some selfies.  Play with our props or enjoy our green screen options with many backgrounds to choose from.”  This is a fun business that can be added to a family event such as a birthday, family reunion, weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and many other events.

To find out more about the company, go to www.ydsphotobooth.com.   #events #yoodooselfies #selfiefun #shopcolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #newbusiness

 

 

 

 


Classic Cars, Antique Airplanes & More!

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County has an active car club.  Have you heard of the Highway 30 Cruisers, a nonprofit with approximately 30 members and growing?  This car club stays busy, especially in the Summer.  Members invite you out to view their cars for some fun, a trip down memory lane sharing history with loved ones or maybe you own a car?  So many ways to get involved at all ages.

In case you missed it, it’s not too late.  Every Friday night in St Helens July-August this group holds an event called Cruzin The Gut.  Still, three weeks to go held on August 11th, 19th & 25th. The club members meet at a different business at 6:30 pm, raffle at 8:30 pm with prizes from local businesses and 50/50 raffle with donations towards their Scholarship Fund.  The cars cruise until they want to go home. This is a great family friendly event to take the kids to see the cars or a great date night.  Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date on the Cruzin The Gut.

Highway 30 Cruisers also co-hosts an annual fundraiser with the Northwest Antique Airplane Club to put on the Northwest Classic Fly-In, Cruise- In at the Scappoose Airpark on August 19th, 2017. Both organizations are non-profits and raise funds for local scholarships.  The event starts early at 8:00 AM and goes until 3:00 PM.  Live music will fill the air and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also get an airplane ride.  You can enter your car to be judged or park your car on the grass.  It’s $20.00 to enter your car or $5 for being a spectator.

If you own an old car, airplane and live in the area, both groups are growing and looking for more members. Highway 30 Cruisers from St Helens, Oregon is active in the Portland metro car scene. The group meets the 2nd Thursdays at 6:30 PM at the Kozy Korner in St Helens.  Please email hw30cruisers@gmail.com.  More of aviation enthusiast?  You can join the Northwest Antique Airplane Club which meets at the Scappoose Airpark.   You do not have to be a pilot to join just be a flying enthusiast. Their main purpose of existence is to offer all generations a chance to experience the thrill of flying and assisting them in learning to fly.   We have something for everyone to get involved in here in Columbia County. #classiccars #airplanes #scholorshipfundraiser #airplanerides #cruisein #flyin #northwestclassic

#classiccars #airplanes #scholorshipfundraiser #airplanerides #cruisein #flyin #northwestclassic


Hoof’s Clicking, Rides Spinning & Faces Grinning 102nd Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is one of the oldest annual traditions in Columbia County along with the Kiwanis Parade.  It’s four days of nothing but fun after a year of hard work by local citizens who donate their time to put on one of the best Fair & Rodeos around.  You’ll find many different entertainments during Fair Week it’s highly recommended you check it out as it has something for all ages.

As tradition dictates, the opening ceremony starts at noon on Wednesday the 19th.  It’s also Senior and Veterans Day that means free admission for both Seniors and Veterans.  Our fair seems to have something for everyone such as live music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, Amateur & Professional Rodeo, local vendors, fair food, Elks Beer Garden, Dairy Princess Ice Cream Booth has the best milkshakes, Bingo at the Grange Booth and so much more.

Adults and kids alike enjoy seeing the open 4-H exhibits such as local photography, baked goods, flower arrangements and livestock with chickens, goats, pigs, cows, and horses.  It’s nice to see a showcase of our rural county represented at our fair.  Additional acts such as Pirate Parrot Show, Jerry Harris Master Hypnotist, Cooks Racing Pigs, Jeff Evans Magician schedules can be found on the Fair Event Schedule.  Don’t forget to check out the Farm Museum and the Master Gardners Gardens on site.

Be prepared to bring some cash to the fair.  It’s a low entrance fee at the gate.  Ages 7-60 years old it’s $8.00.  Seniors & Veterans and older $5.00 except Wednesday it’s FREE.  It’s also $5.00 to park as a local Kiwanis fundraiser.  You can also take the CC Rider out to the Fairgrounds scheduled is posted on their  Facebook page.  If the kids want to ride the carnival rides, make sure to get the pre-sale Carnival bands to save a few bucks.  The can be purchased at the following local businesses:   Chubb’s, all Wauna Federal Credit Union & St Helens Community Credit Union branches but for a limited time.

To stay up to date on all things Fair & Rodeo, follow along on their Facebook Page.  We’ll see you at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo!

#columbiacountyor #columbiacountyfairandrodeo #carnivalrides #4H #horses #cows #livemusic #HitMachine #Showdown #entertainment #kidfriendly

All Photos Courtesy of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo FB Page


Business Bits: Columbia City Friendship House

 

Columbia City, OR – The Columbia City Friendship House is newly open to serve as an Adult Foster Home for seniors. Their caring and professional staff offers long term, hospice & adult day care services while helping adults preserve their independence and dignity.

The Friendship House is located in a peaceful neighborhood at 1955 2nd Street in Columbia City, OR.  They have five comfortable bedrooms, three baths, two dining halls, and a spacious living area in this 6,000t square foot house.  The Friendship House is ready to serve your senior adult in your life with nutritious home cooked food, activities such as puzzles, games and more, space for visiting and crafts, and calming rooms each equipped with cable TV.

Want a tour?  Call Columbia City Friendship House at  503-366-7981 for more information or a tour.  For more details, go to their website and follow their Facebook Page.  #senioradultfostercare #seniorcare #columbiacityseniors #columbiacountyseniors #hospice #longtermcare #adultdaycare #columbiacityor

Photo Courtsey of the Columbia City Friendship House FB Page

July Staycation Fun

Columbia County, OR –   A small community is your community. When you attend events, you meet your neighbors and contribute to the character of your communities.  Nonprofits put on events to preserve traditions and showcase local history for when families who grew up here come “home” for the 4th of July or those visiting get to enjoy the small town atmosphere.  If you ask someone why they live in a small town, some will reply, “the opportunity to get involved.”  Maybe it’s just meeting your neighbors or volunteering but your participation can shape your community. The best time to participate is around the 4th of July to celebrate our Independence.

If you haven’t made plans, you might want to consider staying local.  Columbia County has lots of family friendly events and fireworks shows.  Looking for a logging show?  live music?  ice cream eating contest or talent show? parade?  Check out the variety of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Clatskanie

June 30th – 4th  Clatskanie Heritage Days &  Fireworks

Highlights July 3rd – The 234th Army Band – General Discord – Free Concert at 7:00 PM hosted by Clatskanie Cultural Arts

Photo Courtsey Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce FB page

July 4th – The parade starts at 11:00 with an 11:10 Fly over by  Oregon 142nd Fighter Wing Flyover on July 4th.  Youth & Professional  Logging Show

St. Helens

July 1st- July 4th   St HelaPalooza & Fireworks

Highlights- July 1st- July 4th Live Music with a variety of bands.  Local music sensation Hit Machine plays on the 4th of July before the Fireworks from 8-10 at Columbia View Park.  Tailgate or camp down at the waterfront.  Check out www.discovercolumbiacounty.com for more details.

Scappoose

4th of July – Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast

Vernonia

4th of July – – Great American Bash & Fireworks

Highlights4 Bands & Performances, Vendors, Parade and more.

 Rainier

7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Days in the Park Includes Fireworks

Highlights – 7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Historical Museum Soft Opening, Carnival Rides & so much more!

Thank you for supporting local events.  Have a fun July in your community.  Enjoy your small towns!  #festivals #fireworks #familyfriendly #vendors #artisans

 

 


2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge

Vernonia, OR – If you’ve visited Vernonia on a Saturday in the Summer, you’ll see many cyclists. Vernonia known to many as a bustling cycling community will be the start of the 2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge Race Saturday, June 17th.  A local group of volunteers that involve business owners and community leaders from across Columbia County have been working over the past three years to bring this race to Columbia County. The Columbia Country Challenge is the only organized cycling race in Columbia County put on by locals who care about enhancing the cycling opportunities in Columbia County.

In 2016, the group held their 1st race the 3rd Saturday in June which brought 100 cyclists out to explore the scenic views in Columbia County. The 1st year race also was voted #2 race by Bike Oregon for the category of Best Bike Ride.  The volunteers are building off the first year success receiving more support from sponsors and volunteers but could always use more support.  The goal of the race is to strengthen the cycling community in Columbia County.  Proceeds from this race help enhance our ride and cycling improvements in honor of Phil Barlow according to their website it was Phil “ who planted the seed for this concept and cared passionately about expanding opportunities for bicycling and fashioning Columbia County as a bicycling destination.”

Gearing up for its 2nd year brings a few changes to the new event.  Last year the race started in St Helens, this year it’s in Vernonia.  You have the option to pick three types of rides out of Vernonia.  The Century Plus 119 miles, Metric Century Plus, 86 miles or the 40-mile gravel ride through commercial timberline.  Go to the website to see the full map to determine which path is the one you shall choose.  Rolling hills, farmland, historic logging trails, scenic views of the Pacific Northwest, what’s not to like?  It’s not too late to join the upcoming race as a cyclist or as a volunteer. You can register online at http://cyclecolumbiacounty.com/registration/    While it lasts use special code CCC17  for a 2 for 1, so grab a friend.  Enjoy your ride whatever one you choose!

Photo Courtsey Cycle Columbia County Facebook
Photo Courtsey Cycle Columbia County Facebook

#cyclecolumbiacounty #cyclecolumbiacentury #cycleoregon #outdoors #familyfriendly #funforall

 

 

 


Local Tradition Kiwanis Parade – June 17th

St Helens, OR- Another long-standing local tradition in St Helens is the Kiwanis Parade held the 3rd Saturday in June.  This year St Helens Kiwanis will host the 102nd year parade with the theme “Wonders of Columbia County ” on June 17th at noon at Columbia Blvd and Hwy 30.   This parade is great family fun. You can bring a chair if you’d like, find a spot along Main Street Corridor in St. Helens from the South Columbia County Chamber & Emmert Motors to Dockside.  Just follow the crowd to find out what’s going on.

If you want to get creative, you can participate in the parade by signing up the day of between 9-11 at Emmert Motors. They have many categories for floats, cars, motorcycles and more. The parade judging starts at 11:00 and the parade at noon. It is a not to miss community event.   At the bottom of the page, you will find the Kiwanis Parade Application.  If you would like to pre-register forms which can be mailed to:

Kiwanis Community Parade
P.O. Box 295
Saint Helens, OR 97051

The Kiwanis Parade is a family-friendly fun whether you are watching or participating.  It’s also an opportunity to see old friends and meet your neighbors.  Don’t forget to bring a bag for the candy and treats that are often tossed out to the kids and even a few adults.

Follow along on the Facebook Event Page to keep up on parade day events. See you there Columbia County!

#parade #familyfun #communityparade #columbiacountyparade

 

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Meet Carleen, She knows Fitness!

Carleen Mathews Photo Courtsey of CrossFit, Inc.
Photo Courtsey of CrossFit St. Helens Facebook Page

St. Helens, OR-  Have you met Carleen Mathews?  She’s not your typical business owner and owning a CrossFit business isn’t typical.  One could say Carleen has CrossFit in her blood.  She has always loved competitive sports, playing softball in college.  She worked hard to get scholarships, graduating with a degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies from Concordia University.  When asked why she loves to compete, Carleen shared, “I love the challenge of making myself better every day!  I always say, once it’s easy or I’m not improving there will be no reason for me to continue. That’s the amazing thing about this sport, it constantly pushes me to be better every day! I get to see what I’m capable of and then improve that!”

Competing and CrossFit go hand in hand.  What is CrossFit?  CrossFit is a type of exercise that consists of a daily class in four parts:  Warm-up, Skill, Workout of the Day and Cooldown.  CrossFit offers a variety of classes for groups , such as for 12-17, and any skill set can join.  CrossFit is a long-term physical development that promotes health and well-being.

In 2010, when Carleen tried CrossFit, she was hooked. During her 1st year, she found herself competing in the local CrossFit games.  For the past six years, she has competed at Regionals, and at the CrossFit Games the last two years.  Carleen has many impressive accomplishments at the age of 33 such as:

2012  NW Regionals 18th Place

2013  NW Regionals 9th Place

2014 NW Regionals 4th Place

2015  2nd Place West Coast Regionals & 36th at CrossFit Games

2016 Fittest in Northwest, NW Regionals 1st  & 23rd at CrossFit Games

2017 Fittest in Northwest- More to be determined with upcoming Regionals June 2-4th at the Expo Center in Portland.   The Top 5 will move forward to compete at the CrossFit Games the first week in August in Madison, Wisconsin  Please follow along on the Crossfit Reader board to cheer Carleen on at Regionals.

When Carleen isn’t training to compete, she loves to train and coach.  Carleen shared, “We took over the CrossFit gym because my coach had previously owned it and I was coaching out here full time. When they decided they wanted to focus more on their other business, my coach offered for me to take over the gym. The community out here is the best part about owning the gym. I couldn’t leave them and wanted to continue to work with this community. The main reason we took over was the community. I never imagined myself owning my own gym. I love CrossFit and I love competing but it was never on my long term goals to own my own gym.  But when the opportunity came up and I thought about leaving this community I couldn’t say no.”

When asked what her biggest challenge was for training she replied, “There are so many challenging parts to owning a business and training for the Games. It is my full-time job training for the Games, so I think balance is one of the hardest things because I need to balance my training, business, marriage, relationships etc. I am also training a lot alone and that has been very challenging.”

Anyone can take classes at CrossFit St. Helens –  view schedule on their website.  You can keep up with her events and coaching tips on their Facebook page @CrossFitStHelens.  You can even google Carleen.  She has been featured in several fitness magazines, on Instagram, Blogs and more.  She is a local hero to many, especially those who work out in her classes.  Help us cheer her on in the upcoming 2017 Regional CrossFit Games on June 2nd- 2017  in Portland.  If you are downtown St Helens, you might just spy her training outside of her location.

Photo courtesy TeamCarleen Instagram

#crossfit #physicalfitness #sthelensor #crossfitsthelens

 

 


Scappoose Farmers Market Open This Saturday

Scappoose, OR – Spring signals the return of The Scappoose Farmers Market.  They open their 15th Season this Saturday, May 20th.  The Scappoose Community Club hosts this local Farmers Market which runs now thru September 30th.

You’ll find a  variety of fresh fruits, plants & herbs, vegetables, and handmade goods every Saturday from 9 AM – 2 PM.   The amazing local vendors are located between Heritage Park and Scappoose City Hall.   To stay in touch with events and new vendors follow the Scappoose Famers Market Facebook page.  You’ll also find live music and events at the market.

New this year are vendors like:

Pannikin Ice, Exotic Thai rolled ice cream sold to support job training for local and at-risk youth

YoungFree Designs which create skateboards

Stop by for your local products and say hi to your neighbors.  #shopsmall #shopcolumbiacounty #scappoosefarmersmarket #handmade #fruitsveggies