Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016? If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise. Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options. After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of their favorites. I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that. If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.
Columbia City: Pacific Athletic Club. Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.
St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run? It is a signature event in Columbia County. It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens. You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.
Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs. The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. . Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.
Scappoose, OR- There is a new kid in town when it comes to a retail store in Columbia County located right across from Scappoose City Hall at 3355 Columbia Ave, Suite 113. Young or old it doesn’t matter, you can now entertain the “nerd” in you by stopping by to check out cards, comics and gaming. The Nerd Nest is the kind of place you can stop in for a little while to hang out or buy Disc Golf Sets to get some exercise.
The Nerd Nest is a unique retail venue in South Columbia County. To keep up with what’s going on “Like” their facebook page The Nerd Nest . Owners, Sean & his wife Jamie Lowry, have been open for 2 months. They have already partnered with another local business, NERDstaglia, Inc. to carry their Disc Golf Sets owned by Chris and Emily Emanuel.
Next time your looking for something to do. Stop by to grab a comic book or a new Disc Golf Set to go play at a local disc golf park such as McCormick Park in St Helens.
St. Helens, OR- English High Tea? Cucumber sandwhiches or tasty chicken curry sandwhiches, perhaps. Let’s not forget about the scones. Tea stirs up good conversation with loved ones.
Now, do I have your attention? New business Tea Time located at 165 N. 11th Street, on the corner of 11th and Columbia Blvd.,owner, Cindy Sutiff, invites you to join her for the Grand Opening Oct 30th along with a Ribbon Cutting by the South Chamber of Commerce at noon. Tea Time Open House 12-5 where you should check out her inventory of teas, homemade English treats and step back into the 1920’s at her new tea shop.
Cindy spent her time as a kid having tea with her grandma. It was a family event. It’s a tradition she wants to bring to Columbia County to share some of her own experiences with others. She opens Oct 30th with starting hours on Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, with occasional Friday 11-5 . She has already started booking private parties and encourages you to come by for a cup of tea. She also loves to collaborate and is looking for artists to showcase their work on a monthly basis. Cindy believes in Shop Local and currently serves on the City of St. Helens Pedestrian and Biking Committee.
To follow Cindy on her journey as her business grows, please “like” her on Facebook.
St Helens – St. Helens celebrates the Spirit of Halloweentown as an Annual Tradition. The 1998 Disney Channel orginal movie “Halloweentown” had scences shot in the Courthouse Plaza. Over the years, the city pays homage every October to the movie “Halloweentown” by redocrating the square complete with a Pumpkin Lighting to kick off the celebrations. The number of Halloween activities continue to grow always celebrating a beloved holiday by many who live in Columbia County. If Halloween is your thing, you will surely find a few activities to join in on the fun.
Local organizers recently announced Kimberly Brown, actress from the movie will be attending and acting as the Master of Ceremonies for Annual Pumpkin Lighting on Oct 10th at 7:30 at the Courthouse Plaza. See You Tube announcment from Kimberly Brown actress from Halloweentown.
Many local business will put up scarecrows to participate in the Scarecrow Contest to give you a fright and don’t forget about the “Taste of Terror” as local resturants have featured Halloween food/drinks. Many other Halloween related activities from the Pumpkin Lighting to a Monster Dash benefitting Veterans. a pumpkin carving contest and so much more which will take place Oct 10th-31st. To keep up with all the local activities and as more are being added follow the Spirt of HalloweenTown Facebook page. See below a snapshot of activities:
Oct 8th – Oct 16th – Drop off pumpkin at City Hall for Judging Oct 8th-Oct 16th. One day voting Oct 17th 11-3:00 PM. Cash prizes sponsored by St. Helens Arts Coalition Commission.
Oct 10th- Pumpkin Lightening – 7:30 PM with Lighting at 8:00 PM at Court House Plaza. Costumes welcome and treats will be provided.
Oct 10th- Monster Dash- 10:00 AM hosted by Rotary to support Veterans http://www.sthelensmonsterdash.com
Oct 10th- 1st Annual Dark & Dank Disco at Dockside 8 p.m. Old Town St. Helens Oregon – When it’s black outside and gloomy it’s time to throw a party. The spinning some tunes and dancing the night away. Bring a friend and be ready to get into the “spirit” of things. Wear a costume. Prizes and fun.
Oct 11th, 17th, 24th & 25th – Haunted Tractor Rides with photo opportunities allowing you to get on and off. Suggested Donation is to purchase a pumpkin. Open Saturday’s 11-3:00 PM and Sunday’s12-3 PM at the Courthouse Plaza. Costumes & Friends welcome.
Oct 31st – Little Spooks Halloween Trick or Treat – sponsored by the Chronicle starts at 7:30 PM downtown
Columbia City, OR – Yearning to put your feet in the sand or miss the sound of waves lapping the beach, you can get your fill of both by checking out Trestle Beach right here in Columbia County. You don’t need to drive all the way to the Oregon Coast. It’s a river instead of an ocean but sometimes, it’s about being near water.
Trestle Beach has easy access to the Columbia River. It’s a short walk down thru a wide path in the woods and less than 1/4 mile in the sand down to the water. If you have pets who love to swim or are looking for a quick walk along the river this is one of the closest to Columbia City and St. Helens.
Recent collaboration between Port of St. Helens, the City of Columbia City, citizens, and Oregon Department of Transportation helped move the project forward to create a safer more secure parking area for locals to enjoy this waterfront area. The Port invested $9,000 not in the Port’s budget but the port commission found funds to commit to the project according to a recent news article from the Chronicle on Sept 2nd, 2015.
The Port of St. Helens officially opened this new entrance right off of Hwy 30 in the Industrial Area outside of Columbia City on August 28th. The entrance takes you down a hill and back up the hill just follow the signs. The parking area has room for up to approximatley 50 cars and has both a bathroom and a garbage container. Prior, residents were parking alongside busy Hwy 30. This new option not only provides facilities at Trestle Beach open from 8am-7pm but a safer and secure area. Please be respectful and follow the rules to ensure us citizens of Columbia County can continue to access Trestle Beach. If you have any questions call Port of St. Helens at 503-397-2888.
Scappoose, OR- Wings and Wheels is a must for the whole family. Join in on the fun at this 5th Annual event on August 8th, 2015 at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, Oregon Aero Hanger, 34020 Sky Way Dr. from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank to put on this community event with the help of their sponsors. This is a free community event with a suggested donation of non-perishable food items or cash at the admission gate to help our neighbors in Columbia County.
What’s going on you ask? Well, a cruise in for classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There will be several types of airplanes and military vehicles on display not to mention airplane rides for kids ages 10-17 (must have parent with, 1st timer preference) last year they gave over 90 rides. This event is not only for kids but adults love it as well. No doubt you’ll run into old friends while attending but you’ll be able to visit with local business vendors about what they do. Plus lots of other kid activities put on by the local businesses and a kids zone provided by Tinkerbell Preschool. Wings & Wheels is ending the evening with a new event, live music from Bartholomew Productions with the band, 90 Proof so our community can dance in the Hanger & a beer garden by Columbia County Brewing!
Have a classic car, motorcycle? Be sure to check out the cruise in option. You can attend that day without prior registration. For more information, go to Wings and Wheels 2015.
This upcoming Saturday at the Rainer High School the 5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run will began at 8:30 AM. This race is a 10K Run & 5 k Run/Walk to honor Ralph Painter, an avid runner for many, many years. Ralph Painter, a graduate from St. Helens High School, was a long time Columbia County resident serving as the Chief of Police in Rainer, Oregon until he was tragically killed while in the performance of duties on January 5th, 2011.
Over the past five years, this memorial race has generated over $20,000 in scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County. The race is successful because of the runners, walkers and sponsors. Please join the Painter family and other fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph’s memory and ultimate sacrafice. Don’t worry there is still time to participate. You can pick up packet information starting at 7:30 AM. To register online by 11:00 PM on Thursday July 23rd or go to Ralph Painter Memorial 10k Run & 5 K Walk for more information.
Carnival rides and games, barrel racing, rodeo court, corn dogs, cotton candy, 4-H Animals, Country Music and beer gardens. It sounds like a 100 Year Celebration to me. 2015 marks the celebration of both the Warren Grange & the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.
100 years ago, Warren Grange started a partnership with the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Warren Grange operates out of the 4-H Pavilion on the fairground. This 100 year celebration will draw many people to the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo which runs from July 15th – July 19th, 2015. A special opening ceremoney for the Fair will began at noon on July 15th to honor the orginal stones that were moved to the current fair location from the original location on Deer Island and to kick off the celebration.
This year John Micheal Montgomery will preform July 15th. While the VIP tickets are sold out, general admission is still available at local businesses like Chubb’s and Skinny’s in St. Helens. Groups such as the Columbia County Fair Board invite you to not only attend but to get involved. They are even reaching out to kids to help volunteer. Other groups such as Pacific Northwest Works have a call for volunteers for the Annual Plant Sale prep on July 14th whose proceeds support the fair. Contact Pacific Northwest Works at 503-397-6495 to volunteer.
Let’s keep the fair going strong for another 100 years as it’s another great Columbia County annual tradition that helps create new memories, see old friends and pull a community together. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCounty
Fireworks almost always steal the show on the 4th of July. St. Helens has fireworks that you don’t want to miss. The show starts at 10:00 PM & Columbia County is invited to join. Don’t forget to donate generoulsy to make this happen. You will find donation jars all over town at locations like Klondike, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Skinny’s just to name a few local businesses. This year City of St. Helens Community Foundation, the same organization that puts on 13 nights is also organizing all the events for July 4th.
So many things going on that day starting with a Fun Run & a Pancake Breakfast put on by Columbia River Fire and Rescue from 7-10, to a trash can painting contest where you can win $200 sponsored by Arts & Cultural Coaltition, to a “Strut Your Mutt” Parade & Contest benefitting the Columbia Humane Society with so much more even a pie eating contest as a fundraiser for Yankton Arthur Academy. You will enjoy seeing all the local businesses decorated for the 4th competing in a Display Window Contest. Follow all the events at 4th of July St. Helens
We join you to get involved with the 4th of July fun it’s all part of living in a small community. See you at the Columbia View Park. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal