St. Helens, OR- June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.
If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.
The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM. For the adults there is a beer garden. For the kids, a playground. For all, live music.
Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously. You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.
Did you know that you can Walk with a Cop? St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham and Officer Alex Bubar, Columbia City have joined St. Helens resident, Judy Thompson’s team, called the Legacy Devers Dynamos. Together they invite you to join them in the 2015 NAMI Walk on Sunday May 17th.
What is NAMI? NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education, research, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends of those living with mental illness. The 13th Annual Northwest NAMI Walk is held in Portland. Every year representatives from Columbia County have walked to raise awareness about mental health issues. NAMI holds this event each year to keep NAMI programs and services free of charge for those who need them. More Information on NAMI Walk 2015
For the last four years, local citizen, Judy Thompson has been walking for Columbia County. This year her team has raised a little over $7,000.00. These funds are donated back to local organizations that support mental health awareness such as $500.00 to Sacagawea Health Center in Feb 2015 to contribute to their Touch the Heart of a Child” annual fund raiser. Mental health services for local school children are just one of the many services that Sacagewea Helath Care Center provides . NAMI Columbia County provided Christmas for Peers of Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) which involved giving out 160 gift cards in Dec 2014. Since 2011. NAMI Columbia County has been assisting with financial resources to help local law enforcement officers attend the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT). NAMI of Columbia County helps to make an impact.
Join Judy’s team to continue to do good things for Columbia County. Judy hopes to have 100 people walking on her team for Columbia County. Not able to walk? You can be a Virtual Walker or donate to a great team. When you support this effort, you help to spread the word that mental illness is ok to talk. You help to share that NAMI is a strong resource in and out of crisis. There is no fee to register to walk. Go to team page to join and support Sgt. Graham, Officer Bubar and Judy’s dedicated efforts http://namiwalks.nami.org/devers15
NAMI of Columbia County is a great example of how collaboration helps to strengthen resources in Columbia County.
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.
Kids, grab your baskets! Easter egg hunts will be offered at the following locaitons in Columbia County on Saturday, April 19:
Clatskanie Middle School: 10 a.m.; school playing fields, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis; free.
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.
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.
Riverfront Park: 10 a.m.; on B Street; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; free.
Hawkins Park: 10 a.m.; end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; sponsored by Vernonia Community PTA; free.
It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!
According to their website, the center houses the largest population of long-term captive adult sloths in the world, and also conducts research on long-term care of captive wildlife populations, as well as preserving the genetic viability and sustainability of rare and endangered species.
A variety of animals are cared for at the center in addition to sloths, such as a wolf, a mongoose, a chacoan dwarf mara, a spider monkey, a ruffed lemur, a malaysian fishing cat, and several birds and snakes.
The center also extends educational opportunities to the public by inviting them to visit their facilities and interact — sometimes in person — with the animals. Tour packages and birthday party services are also available.
All visitations are by advance reservation only and are offered on a pre-determined schedule. For more information, visit the center’s website by clicking here, or e-mail email@example.com.
It’s autumn in Oregon. The rain has returned, as has anyones chances for being completely dry again until May. This afternoon the sun had a few successful attempts at breaking through the cloud cover, almost as if it were bidding the folks of Columbia County a pleasant farewell until spring.
Daylight savings time begins at midnight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you got to bed. It’s also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and load them up with fresh batteries if needed. For those of you who host holiday feasts, use the start of fall as an opportunity to go through cooking and baking supplies stored in cupboards and pantries all year to make sure they haven’t expired.
The goal this winter for Beyond the Burbs is to publish as many holiday events as possible offered through December. If you know of any holiday happenings in Columbia County that would be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us about them.
Beyond the Burbs also has subscribed to receive alerts from several public service agencies so we can efficiently keep our readers updated on school closures, and traffic and weather alerts, as we begin to experience more wintery forecasts. Most of these alerts will be published on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us yet, please come find us!
Finally, thank you to all of our readers. We enjoy doing this for you!
The free event, which features a Hawaiian theme, is for clients, families, providers, advocates and staff of the program. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with food, beverages and desserts served in the south area of the park.
Activities and entertainment for all ages will follow, including music, goofy games and tattoos. Attendees also will receive a free lei. Hawaiian attire is encouraged.
The event will go until 1:30 p.m.
RSVP to Hanna Ward (up until the day of the event) by calling 503-438-2223, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.