Business bits: New frozen yogurt shop to open; fashion boutique relocates

YoMamas frozen yogurt shop will open Sept. 1 in Scappoose.
YoMamas frozen yogurt shop will open Sept. 1 in Scappoose.

SCAPPOOSE — Yo Mamas Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, will open in Scappoose on Sept. 1.

The business, owned by Scappoose residents Amy and Troy McNeil, is located in the Fred Meyer shopping complex at 51505 Columbia River Hwy. Customers will be able to create their own desserts with YoCream frozen yogurt products and a variety of toppings for 45 cents an ounce. Beverages will be available from $1-$3.

Yo Mamas will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


ST. HELENS — Fashion Mystique has relocated to 2254 Columbia Blvd.

The clothing boutique sells fashions for women, men and teens, as well as fragrances, accessories and gifts. They also carry the Mirabella mineral makeup line.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p .m. on Saturday.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here, or call 503-397-3858.

Fondue class, wine pairing Aug. 8 in Scappoose

SCAPPOOSE — There are still a few spots open for the “Sweet and Savory Fondue” class offered at Avenue 30 Thu, Aug. 8.

The class, from 6 to 7 p.m., will feature instructor Gainor Riker, former owner of Houlton Bakery in St. Helens, who will demonstrate how to make two different types of fondue. A wine pairing also is offered.

The cost is $30 a person and includes a take-home baguette. Avenue 30 is located at 33480 S.W. Chinook Plaza, Scappoose. To register, call 503-978-1830.

Avenue 30 can be found on the Web by clicking here.

‘Raise the Roof’ benefit concert tonight in Scappoose

Courtesy of Bartholomew Productions (
Courtesy of Bartholomew Productions (

SCAPPOOSE — Bart Hafeman and friends will perform during the “Raise the Roof” benefit concert tonight in the gazebo at Heritage Park.

The family-friendly event, sponsored by the Scappoose Historical Society, will be from 5-8 p.m. There will be food vendors and merchant booths, as well as a beer garden hosted by the St. Helens Elk’s Lodge. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No outside alcohol is allowed.

The purpose of the event is to raise money to replace the roof on the historic Watts House Pioneer Museum. Admission is free; however, donations for the project will be accepted.

Information: click here, or call 503-961-5621, or e-mail

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:

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:

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

The circus comes to Scappoose June 1

Photo courtesy of Culpepper & Merriweather Circus/2006

SCAPPOOSE — The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, dubbed as America’s favorite old-fashioned big-top circus, will visit Scappoose on Sat, June 1, in the Cinnamon Tree Business Park, between Highway 30 and Scappoose Vernonia Highway.

A tent-raising ceremony and free Circus City tours will kick off the event at 9:30 a.m. The community is invited to meet and learn about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family, as well as interesting facts about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals featured in the acts. The presentation also addresses care of the circus animals.

The midway and box office opens at 1 p.m. with pony rides, a Moon Bounce, and concessions. The first show is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; the second is from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Admission on the day of the event is $7 for children ages 2-12, and $13 for adults. Children younger than two are free.

Discount tickets are available through the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at 2194 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens. Stop by their office or call 503-396-1237 or 503-397-0685 for more information.

Easter egg hunts this weekend in Columbia County

Children excitedly hunt down treat filled plastic eggs during the 2012 mEGGa Easter egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.


Several Easter egg hunts will be offered this weekend in Columbia County.


Middle/High School playing fields: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30; 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; for infants through age 10; participants must be accompanied by an adult; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis Club;

St. Helens

Saint Helens Market Fresh IGA: 8 a.m. Sat, March 30; 1111 Columbia Blvd.; held in the store; ages 11 and younger; 503-397-2288.

mEGGa egg hunt: Gates open at 9:30 a.m., hunt starts at 11 a.m. Sat, March 30; Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road; for infants and children through age 12; hunt features more than 30,000 candy-stuffed eggs; visits with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, pony rides and coloring contest also offered; free; 503-397-4231 or


Grace Lutheran Church: 9:45 a.m. Sun, March 31; 51737 S. Columbia River Hwy., Scappoose; 503-543-6555.

Grant Watts Elementary: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30 (rain or shine), playground at 52000 S.E. 3rd Place; for infants and children through age 12; thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, stickers, toys, and prize coupons; bring own baskets or collection containers; sponsored by Scappoose Kiwanis Club.


Riverfront Park: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30; corner of A and B streets, off Columbia River Hwy.; ages 10 and younger; visits with Easter bunny; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; 503-556-2035.


Hawkins Park: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30; park located at the end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; ages 10 and younger; sponsored by Vernonia Community Parent Teacher Association;

CHS offers vaccination, microchipping clinics

The Columbia Humane Society is offering vaccination clinics through March at three locations in Columbia County.

The next clinic is on Sat, Jan. 20, at the Rainier Fire Department, 211 W. 2nd St. Other clinics will follow on Feb. 3 at the Scappoose Fire Department, 52751 Columbia River Hwy., and on March 3 at the animal shelter, 2084 Oregon St., in St. Helens.

Pets will be seen from noon to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. Service numbers will be assigned to pet handlers no earlier than 11:45 a.m. Prices for services range from $10-$25. Microchipping also will be offered for $25. All dogs must be on leashes, and cats in carriers.

Pre-registration is required for people with more than two animals. For more information, including a detailed list of services offered, call the shelter at 503-396-3239, or visit their Web site by clicking here.

Winter weather school closures, delays for Wed, Dec. 19

The following school districts in Columbia County have reported late starts or closures today due to inclement winter weather, according to