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.


Gallery: Snowpocalypse Columbia County 2014

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Photo by Krystal Kuckenbaker

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!

*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014

 


Rainier wildlife center features sloths, endangered animals and more

RAINIER — Rainier is home to the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and  Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center.

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 sloth.center@gmail.com.


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.


Daylight savings, fall reminders, and… a big thank you!

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A sign that autumn has returned to Columbia County. Gone is the unusually dry and warm summer that lasted well into October. In it’s place are overcast skies, occasional 12-second sun breaks, and rain boots and umbrellas. This photo shot today from a horse farm in Warren just after a large downpour.

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!


Developmental disabilities program marks service milestone with barbecue

Rainier — The Developmental Disabilities Program at Columbia Community Mental Health will celebrate 40 years of service during their 8th annual barbecue in Trojan Park on Thu, Aug. 1.

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 hannahh@ccmh1.com.


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2013 My Fair Lady court

2013 My Fair Lady court (pictured from left) Joanne Bernard, Ann Mitchell, Marian Smith, Delores Mellinger, and Lesle Ruby. Courtesy of Columbia River PUD (2013).

The 2013 My Fair Lady court includes Joanne Bernard of Rainier, Ann Mitchell of Vernonia, Marian Smith of St. Helens, Delores Mellinger of Clatskanie, and Lesle Ruby of Scappoose. A queen will be announced at 1 p.m. Wed, July 17, during a coronation ceremony at the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo.

The My Fair Lady pageant is held annually to recognize senior women for outstanding service in their community. The pageant is sponsored by the Columbia River Public Utilities District, the Columbia County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Northwest Apparel.

To read court biographies, click here.

 


Two festivals, musical kick-off today in Rainier and Scappoose

The 2013 Scappoose Pow Wow court: (from left to right) Brandon Patanjo, Sandra Hales, Johnny Kang, Lindsey Marquardt, Isaiah O’Brien, and Kristen Hansen.
The 2013 Scappoose Pow Wow court: (from left to right) Brandon Patanjo, Sandra Hales, Johnny Kang, Lindsey Marquardt, Isaiah O’Brien, and Kristen Hansen. Photo courtesy of Scappoose Community Club (2013).

Big events planned for today and through the weekend in Columbia County. For a complete list of each event’s offerings, schedules, pricing and registration deadlines, visit the web sites published with the listings below.

Scappoose Pow Wow: July 11-14; Veterans Park, Southwest JP West Road and Capt. Roger Kucera Way; concerts, cruise-in, grande and junior parades, Pow Wow court presentation, food and merchant vendors, “Battle of the Bands” competition, fun run, kids and teen zones, a mini Pow Wow, Texas Hold ’em poker and softball tournaments, wine tasting, beer zone and a mystery event; free; details: www.scappooseboosters.org.

Rainier Days in the Park: July 11-14; Rainier City Park, West A Street; live music and other entertainment, food and merchant vendors, pancake breakfast, parade, carnival, Ralph Painter Memorial Run, fireworks display, beer garden; free; details: www.rainierdaysinthepark.com.

Annie the Musical: 7 p.m., July 11-13 and 18-20; and 2 p.m., July 13 (featuring understudies); Scappoose High School theater, 33700 S.E. High School Way; presented by Shoestring Community Players; directed by Serah Pope; $12 general admission, discounts available to children ages five and younger, and senior citizens; purchase tickets in advance at Bertucci’s candy shop in St. Helens or online at www.sscpmusicals.com/tickets.


Holiday bazaars this weekend in Columbia County

Several holiday bazaars are offered in the St. Helens area today, as well as in Rainier and Claskanie.

Swing by if you are out and about, and scan the locally made arts and crafts, and purchase some fresh baked cakes, pies, and cookies to take home. Some bazaars also feature nice, warm bowls of comforting homemade soup and bread for sale, too.

Harvest Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; Quincy Grange Hall, off Rutter Road, northeast of Clatskanie (follow the signs from Beaver Falls Road); proceeds benefit the Grange scholarship fund and other activities; soups, sandwiches, hot dogs and pie available for purchase.

Plymouth Presbyterian Church bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; 2615 Sykes Road, St. Helens; hand-crafted gifts, wreaths, bakes goods, jams and jellies; lunch of homemade soup, bread and pie available for purchase, and free coffee; international fair trade market with gifts from around the world; fair trade coffee and chocolates; opportunity to donate goods and services through Gifts to Church World Services.

St. Helens Elks Lodge Christmas bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17; 350 Belton Road, St. Helens; homemade goodies and crafts; kid and adult cake walks; visits with Santa Claus; refreshments available for purchase; some proceeds benefit charity.

Beaver Homes Grange bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road, Rainier (Goble); lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., choice of soup, sandwich and salad, chips, beverage, dessert, $5.

Clatskanie Holiday bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; Clatskanie Middle/High School Commons, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive, Clatskanie; proceeds benefit the high school baseball team spring trip; concessions available for purchase.

It’s a Jingle Jangle Christmas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18; private residence, 722 E. Second St., Rainier; benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; free coffee, hot chocolate and cider; credit cards accepted.

For those of you who don’t mind crossing the river in search of holiday goods, The Longview Daily News also has compiled a nice list of bazaars for the Cowlitz County area . For more information, click here.