Annual St. Helens Kiwanis parade on Saturday

Courtesy of St. Helens Kiwanis/2012
Courtesy of St. Helens Kiwanis/2012

ST. HELENS — The St. Helens Kiwanis Club will present their annual community parade along Columbia Boulevard on Sat, June 15.

The parade will start at noon in front of Emmert Motors, and end on St. Helens Street in Olde Towne. The full parade route can be seen by clicking here.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Roll On Columbia, Roll On”. Parade participants need to register in front of Emmert Motors from 9 to 11 a.m.; judging of entries begins at 11 a.m.

Details: Keith Locke, 503-369-0575, or



Benefit car show, pin-up girl contest at SHHS


ST. HELENS — A benefit car show and pin-up girl contest will be on Sat, May 18, at St. Helens High School, 2375 Gable Road.

The event, hosted by St. Helens High School student Madi Karol-Chik as part of her senior project, will feature vintage car displays, live music, vendors, and contests with prizes. The St. Helens car club Pan Draggers Customs also will have members’ cars on display.

The car show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the front parking lot. The entry fee is $5 a car (same rate applies to vendors). Proceeds benefit a trip to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore., for the high school’s marine biology students.

The pin-up girl contest will be held concurrently with the car show. Contestants will be judged on hairstyle, outfit, stage presence, overall presentation and crowd appeal. There is no fee to enter.

Details: 503-369-1708;

Student health clinic hosts annual benefit

ST. HELENS — The Sacagawea Health Center will host their 11th annual “Touch the Heart of a Child” benefit Saturday, May 18, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The event, which will have an “Arabian Nights” theme, offers appetizers, a hosted bar, dinner, desserts, and a silent and oral auction. Tickets are $45 a person and can be purchased at the St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, 1720 St. Helens St., or the Sacagawea Health Center, 1060 Eisenschmidt Lane.

The fairgrounds are at 58892 Saulser Road. For more information, call Nicole Lawrence at 503-366-7696.

Plants, books for sale Saturday at St. Helens library

100_2689ST. HELENS — The St. Helens Garden Club will host their annual plant sale on Sat, April 13, at the St. Helens Public Library.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the outside steps of the building. The Friends of the St. Helens Public Library also will hold a book sale simultaneously in the lobby.

Cookies and punch also will be served to recognize the kick-off of National Library Week.

The library is at 375 S. 18th St. For more information, call 503-397-4544.

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;

News bits: fundraiser report, ‘My Fair Lady’ pageant, local calendar photo contest

ST. HELENS — The St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission raised $8,500 during its Sweetheart Ball benefit on Feb. 9.

Proceeds from the event go toward the completion of the Gateway Project, an art installation planned for summer of 2014 along Highway 30 at Milton Creek.

The commission has already banked $26,000 in a trust for the purpose of public art. With their recent earnings, they are more than halfway to earning the $50,000 needed to complete the project.

ST. HELENS — The Columbia County Retired Senior Volunteer Program is accepting nominations for the 2013 My Fair Lady Pageant.

The pageant, held annually during the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo, recognizes senior women from St. Helens, Scappoose, Rainier, Clatskanie and Vernonia who have demonstrated outstanding service in the community.

Nominees must be age 55 or older. Membership with RSVP or a local senior center is not required. For nomination applications, call 503-397-5655 or e-mail Applications also may be downloaded by clicking here.

The deadline for nomination applications is April 5. The pageant is sponsored by Columbia River Public Utilities District and Columbia River Fire & Rescue.

DEER ISLAND — The Columbia River Public Utilities District is collecting scenic images of Columbia County taken by area photographers for their 2014 calendar contest.

The district typically receives about 300 entries annually for the contest. Finalists will be selected in October by the district board, and will have their work posted in the CRPUD lobby, and on their Web site, in able to solicit feedback from customers, which will be used to select the winners.

The contest is open to all photographers, amateur and professional; however, preference will be given to current CRPUD customers. There is no entry fee and no prize money will be awarded.

The deadline to enter is Sept. 13.

For details, click here, or contact Libby Calnon, 503-366-3264, or

St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission offer free art workshops for children through June

Children create abstract trees with acrylic paints on Sat, Feb. 23, during a free arts and crafts workshop offered by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission.
Children create abstract trees with acrylic paints on Sat, Feb. 23, during a free arts and crafts workshop offered by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. Photo by Michelle Tullock.

ST. HELENS — Several children participated in the free abstract painting workshop taught by Jessica Keller of Art Frenzy on Saturday at the St. Helens Public Library.

The event was the first in a series of free arts and crafts workshops for children and young adults offered by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. The workshops are made possible, in part, by a grant through the Columbia County Cultural Coalition.

The workshops are held one Saturday a month through June in the library at 375 S. 18th St. Participants must pre-register with the library prior to the date of workshop by calling 503-397-4544. Future workshops include:

Collage: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, March 16; visual art created from an assemblage of different mediums to make a beautiful, original piece of your own design; grades 6-9.

Upcycled Recycled: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, April 20; use found or recycled objects to create an original piece of art — a tradition dating back to the 19th century; grades 4 and up.

Coiled Basketry: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, May 11;  learn the history of the basket and construct one of your own from natural materials; grades 4 and up.

Art Quilting: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, June 1; learn the stories behind quilts with members of the Columbia River Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and design and create your own small art quilt piece; grades 3 and up.

Events round-up: free veterans services, driver safety for older adults, bridal expo and more

Events and activities for all ages in Columbia County, beginning tomorrow and through mid-March.

Stand Down for Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat, Feb. 23; The Olde School, 251 St. Helens St., St. Helens; free event for veterans (including active duty and National Guard) offering hot meals, clothing, shoes/boots, sleeping bags, personal care items, haircuts, health care, eye care, mental health services, flu shots, legal aid services, employment opportunities, vocational rehabilitation, and Veterans Administration homeless services and benefits experts; sponsored by Community Action Team and Worksource Oregon Northwest; Pam Daniel, 503-366-6591, or

“CROP for FUN”draiser: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat, Feb. 23; Best Western Oak Meadows Inn, 585 S. Columbia River Hwy., St. Helens; a scrapbooking event benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Columbia County; $25 a person; includes table space, lunch and dinner; hosted by Jilly’s Team Twilight; advance registration required; details: Noelle, 503-369-5191, or

AARP Driver Safety: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-Tue, Feb. 25-26; Columbia County OSU Extension Office, 505 N. Columbia River Hwy., St. Helens; refresher driving course for those ages 50 and older; possible auto insurance discounts for those who complete the course (check with your agent); $12 to AARP members, $14 to others; registration required; details: Kay, 503-543-7561.

Columbia County Bridal Expo: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun, March 3; St. Frederic Catholic Church, Buccini Hall, 165 S. 14th St., St. Helens; vendors featuring flowers, catering, photographers, music, wedding cakes, travel, formal wear; free samples, door prizes, information on the Portland Bridal Show; bridal fashion show at 2 p.m.; presented by Dianna’s Forma Affair; details: 503-543-0291 or visit event Facebook page by clicking here.

Low-cost pet vaccinations: Noon to 3 p.m. Sun, March 3; Columbia Humane Society, 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens; vaccinations $10-$25; microchips $25; service numbers assigned at 11:45 a.m. (no early arrivals); patients seen first-come, first-serve; dogs must be on leashes, and cats in carriers; all animals will be given basic exams to determine if they are healthy enough for services; people with two or more animals must pre-register; county licensing services also available; details: 503-397-4353.

Financial literacy story time: 11:15 a.m. Thu, March 7; St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St., St. Helens; first of three financial literacy story times presented by Lillie Anderson, an Oregon State University/AmeriCorps Financial Literacy Coordinator, who will discuss shopping, money, saving and spending with preschool-aged children with the use of picture books, crafts and other activities; free; 503-397-4544.

2nd annual rodeo benefit: 5 to 11 p.m. Sat, March 16; Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens; social hour, dinner, live auction and music and dancing with Much More Country; $25 a person; corporate tables are $250 for eight people; proceeds benefit the Columbia County Rodeo Committee; ticket sales limited; details: 503-397-1800.

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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.

Volunteers needed to fill vaccancies on two St. Helens commissions

ST. HELENS — The city of St. Helens is seeking community volunteers to serve on both the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, and the Parks Commission.

Both commissions meet once a month, sometimes more depending on project load. Volunteers serve in the capacity of advisors to the city council.

To learn more about these commissions, and to view their listings on the St. Helens Municipal Code Web site, click here. To download an application, click here.

Applications may be dropped off at St. Helens City Hall, 265 Strand St., or mailed to P.O. Box 278, St. Helens, Ore 9751. Address envelopes to Kathy Payne, city recorder.

For more information, or to have an application mailed to you, contact Payne at 503-366-8217 or

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.