“Spring into Gardening”

Do you like to garden?  Have a garden and need plants?  Just have a few questions?

We have some great resources here in Columbia County to help you get started if your new to the area or starting a garden.  Want classes? Check out OSU Extension Service  Gardening Classes and Resources for Columbia County.  You can also contact Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Weed Control program on what is a weed and what’s not.  Get your questions answered call Tyler 503-397-455 ext 104 or email tyler. joki@columbiaswed.com.

Additional resources like the Scapppose Watershed Council can help answer questions about native spieces and share why consider using native speices.  The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is hosting their Native Plant Sale April 11th from 9-1 at Scappoose High School (greenhouse at the 2nd parking lot at school). They have one of the largest selections of native trees, plants, shrubs and are happy to answer questions before or after the sale on “what’s best?” Shop Local for Native Plants  Don’t own a garden but want to help? The Scappoose Watershed Council also accepts volunteers.  Scappoosebay Native Plant Nursery

Happy gardening!

 


Do you know Mo’s?

St. Helens, OR– If you haven’t been, then you must go to Mo’s Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. right here in Columbia County.  If you are not a crafty person, that’s ok.  You must go anyway to meet Melonie, who will answer all your questions and give you a brief tour.  All you have to do is ask.  Mo’s is located at 161 St. St. Helens, OR .  Mo’s is a not to miss store when shopping in St. Helens. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Thursday 10-8:30ish.  503-366-YARN (9276)

If your a crafty type of person then bring your own fiber projects or join a group for the Spinning Wheel on Thursday evenings for time to work & talk.  Mo’s also can help you weave a rug, scarf, belts and many other projects. All you have to do is ask.  It’s affordable as rugs start out around $40.00. Classes offer a variety of new crafts for beginners to advanced for:

Kool-Aid Dyeing

Beginning Weaving-Cardboard Loom

Woven Memories- Picture

Kumihimo-Japanese Braiding

Spinning Wheel Spinning

Weaving on a Floor Loom.

Just another example of one of the many fun local businesses to visit while here in Columbia County and things to do.  Follow Mo’s on Facebook

Yarn selection from Mo's Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. (Photo courtsey of Mo's)
Example of the Yarn Selection at Mo’s. Photo Courtsey of Mo’s.

 


“Hearts Here. Hearts There. Hearts Everywhere”

St. Helens, OR – Have you noticed all the hearts hanging up at the local businesses?  You can find them at Columbia River PUD, Ace Hardware, & Houlton Bakery to name a few.  They are gold or pink.  The hearts are sold by local businesses for the Sacagawea Health Care Center which is a nonprofit here in Columbia County.  Sacagawea Health Care Center helps all children get the health services needed weather insured or not to be successful in school.  The Sacagawea Health Center is located at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 1060 Eisenschmidt Lane, St. Helens, OR.

You can purchase hearts at local busineses up until Feb 28th,2015.  Additional locations to purchase hearts.  You still have time to buy them at $l for pink $5 donation for Gold.  Thanks for your support for the “Touch the Heart of a Child Campaign.”

ACE Hardware not only a great store but supports local.

 

 


Large turnout in St. Helens for ’13 Nights’ kick-off

The Journey tribute band Stone in Love kicked off  "13 Nights on the River" on June 5 at Columbia View Park amphitheater in Olde Towne St. Helens
The Journey tribute band Stone in Love kicked-off the 13 Nights on the River concert series June 5 at Columbia View Park in Olde Towne St. Helens. Performances are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Jack Hruska.

ST. HELENS — Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, marked the start of the 10th annual 13 Nights on the River concert series on June 5 in Columbia View Park, located off The Strand street in Olde Towne.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. Admission is free. An open air market selling crafts, food and beer also will be featured from 3 to 9 p.m.

Upcoming concerts include (click on links for performer websites):

June 12, Whisky Union Band, country music

June 19, Rae Gordon Band, blues

June 26, Mosby, alternative rock

July 3, Lewi Longmire, country-rock

July 4, TBA

July 10, Gator Nation Band, Cajun, Zydeco, New Orleans R&B

July 17, Jeff Trappe Flamencan Troupe Conjunto Alegre Band, flamenco

July 24, Patrick Lamb, old-school R&B, soul

July 31, Hit Machine, hits from various eras

Aug. 7, Set in Stone, hard rock

Aug. 14, Michael Allen Harrison, pianist

Aug. 21, Sweetwater, country

Aug. 28, Cooper and the Jam, rock and soul

The concert schedule is subject to change without notice. Major sponsors of the series include the St. Helens Community Foundation and Yo Place.

Details: call 360-450-1803, or visit the website at www.13nightsontheriver.org.

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2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo update

ST. HELENS — The theme for the 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is “Country Roots and Cowboy Boots”. Darci Solimine of St. Helens submitted the winning idea for the theme.

The Friends of Columbia County Fair are selling event posters for $5 each (see image). Proceeds from the sales will benefit the fairgrounds. Posters from previous years are also available.

Clean-up volunteers are needed during fair week. Applicants must be 12 and older and available for morning or afternoon shifts. Those who work one shift will earn a meal ticket. Those who work two shifts will earn a meal ticket, plus a one-day pass for carnival rides. Details: Message Amanda McFeron via Facebook.

Superintendents for the art and floral open classes also are being recruited. People who have knowledge of different types of art, or in multiple types of horticulture, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available July 12-20. Superintendents will be paid for their time, and given free passes to the fair. Details: e-mail Megan Bluhm at meganbopenclass@hotmail.com.

Additional pre-sale ticket locations:

• Clatskanie: Wauna Federal Credit Union

• Scappoose: Wauna Federal Credit Union, Chevron, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• St. Helens: Skinny’s, Chubb’s, Wauna Federal Credit Union, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Rainier: St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Vernonia: Wauna Federal Credit Union

For more information, click on our previous post here, or call the fair office, 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com. This year’s fair will be from July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens.

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Event poster

Lewis and Clark secretary awarded school employee of the year

Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she had been selected as the Oregon Schools Employee Associaton employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.
Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she was the Oregon Schools Employee Association employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.

ST. HELENS — Jeanette Sessions, a 24-year veteran of the St. Helens School District, has been chosen as the Oregon Schools Employees Association employee of the year.

Sessions currently works as the head secretary at Lewis and Clark Elementary in St. Helens. Her supervisor, principal Cathy Carson, nominated her for the award, referring to Sessions as the heart and soul of their school in her recommendation letter.

The announcement of Sessions’ award was made on May 8 during a surprise celebration, cloaked as a mandatory staff meeting, in the school library. Sessions’ family, friends and current and former co-workers were in attendance.

Sessions was caught off-guard by the award because she was unaware of her nomination by Carson. According to an OSEA press release, Sessions said, “When I saw my retired friends here (at the meeting) my first thought was… I didn’t retire yet!”

The employee of the year award is one of the highest honors of OSEA. The award is given out annually, and recipients are chosen from a pool of Oregon nominees by a committee of past OSEA presidents.

Sessions will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2014 OSEA Conference from June 26-28 in Portland.

 


‘Sailing for Sacagawea’ benefit May 31 in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — Sacagawea Health Center will host their 12th annual “Touch the Heart of Child” auction and benefit May 31 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The theme of the event is “Sailing for Sacagawea”. It will include a hosted bar, appetizers and a barbecue dinner by Blackbird Catering, entertainment, and a silent and oral auction. Travel packages, fine art, pottery, glass works and other items will be up for bid.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at Sacagawea Health Center, Houlton Bakery and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens, and at Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose.

The Sacagawea Health Center is a non-profit organization that extends medical care and other services to students in Columbia County (regardless of having health insurance). Primary health care, such as, well-child examinations, immunizations, treatment for chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and sports physicals are offered.

The center also provides prevention services, including fitness and nutrition classes, and some mental health services, such as family counseling and counseling for depression.

Details: call 503-366-7696, or visit the website www.sacagaweahealthcenter.org. For real-time updates, like the Sacagawea Health Center on Facebook.

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2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo dates announced

File photo: Columbia County Fair and Rodeo 2013.
File photo: Columbia County Fair and Rodeo 2013.

ST. HELENS – The 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo will be July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road.

Discount days:

• Wednesday will be Seniors/Veterans Day, and includes free admission to service veterans and those ages 60 and older until 3 p.m.

• Thursday will be Kids’ Day, and includes free admission to children through age 17 until 3 p.m.

• Sunday is Half-priced day.

Presale tickets are currently available in the fair office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance day passes are free to ages 6 and younger, $4 to youth ages 7-17, $7 to adults ages 18-59, and $4 to senior citizens ages 60 and older.

Advance season passes (for all five days) are free to ages 6 and younger, $15 to youth ages 7-17, $30 to adults ages 18-59, and $15 to senior citizens ages 60 and older.

Carnival wristbands can be purchased in advance for $23. This covers one day of carnival rides only.

Parking will be $4 a car, per day, or $16 for the entire week.

The Northwest Professional Rodeo Association competition will be on Friday and Saturday. Admission to rodeo is included with the purchase of a day pass.

The open horse show will be on Sunday, July 13. The class schedule and an entry form can be download at  http://bit.ly/1gBE5ej. If there are issues viewing the form, call show superintendent Chris Cooper at 503-397-3726, or e-mail at cccustomcowgirl@hotmail.com.

Hours of operation, entertainment schedules, and other fair information will be published when they are made available.

Details: call 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.


River City kicks off racing season Saturday

Dwarf car races at River City Speedway in St. Helens. Photo courtesy of River City Speedway.
Dwarf car races at River City Speedway in St. Helens. Photo courtesy of River City Speedway.

ST. HELENS — Races will start up again this Saturday, May 2, at River City Speedway in St. Helens.

The family-friendly venue is located at 58892 Saulsler Road, next to the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11 a.m. (back) and 2 p.m. (front), time trials begin at 2:30 p.m., and racing is at 5 p.m.

Racing divisions include Sportsman, Street Stock, Tracers, Modified, 4-Cylinder, Dwarf Cars and Pacific Mini-Sprints.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, military personnel, and students ages 12-18, and $6 for children ages 6-11. Family passes are $30, and children ages five and younger are free.

For more information, including dates for future races, visit the track’s website at www.river-city-speedway.com, or call 503-397-6506 or 503-397-2393.