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.

‘Sweetheart Ball’ on Feb. 9 to benefit local art project

ST. HELENS — The St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission will host a “Sweetheart Ball” fundraiser on Feb. 9 in the Pythain Ballroom at 213 S. First St.

The event, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., will feature dinner by Blackbird Catering, live vintage swing music by the Jenny Finn Orchestra, a dance performance by Swing Time, a comedy show by Sharon Lacey, a silent auction, and sales of fine arts, jewelry and unique gifts.

Tickets are $75 a person, or $65 if purchased by Tuesday, Jan. 15. VIP tables are available for $630 each (or $550 if purchased by Tuesday) and includes complementary wine.

Tickets may be purchased at the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, St. Helens City Hall, or St. Helens Public Library, or online at www.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the installation of the “Gateway Sculpture” on Milton Creek Bridge, along Highway 30, in St. Helens.

For more information, call 503-397-6272, or visit the “Sweetheart Ball” page on Facebook by clicking here, or the arts and culture commission page on the city of St. Helens website here.

The Sweetheart Ball, Feb. 9, 2013

Results of area fundraising efforts announced

The following are reports from Columbia County agencies, organizations and businesses who have held recent fundraising events:

  • • The St. Helens Police Department collected 3,860 pounds of food and raised $4,797.75 for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens during “Donut Day” on Dec. 15.
  • • The St. Helens Burgerville collected 2,500 pounds of food and raised $515 for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens during their “Be a Star” fundraiser from Dec. 1-14.
  • • The Amani Center in St. Helens raised $43,000 during their 10th annual luau and auction fundraiser on Sept. 8.

Does your agency, organization or business in Columbia County have fundraising news? Information may be submitted via the “Feedback” section of our Web site (found under the “Contact” tab), or it can be posted it on our Facebook page 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

Winter weather school closures, delays for Tue, Dec. 18

*Updated 8:32 a.m., Dec. 18, 2012*

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

Village Inn offers visits, pictures with Santa

ST. HELENS — The Village Inn will feature visits and free pictures with Santa during their breakfast buffet on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; children 12 and younger are $4.95, ages 13 and older are $10.95, and adults 55 and older are $9.95.  Santa will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon.

The restaurant is at 535 S. Columbia River Hwy. Details: 503-397-1490.