Scappoose, OR – Do you look at those paint event pictures and think, maybe I could do that? If you do, you are not alone. Paint events have and will continue to be a hot craze. Local artist and business owner, Hope Wirta, Art of Hope Studios, offers paint events online and onsite for both individuals and groups.
Hope provides a variety of options to explore your paint creativity. You can choose to socialize with a paint event with friends or to stay at home socially distanced. You can test out your skills during one of her free Facebook live events, or join an online subscription or an onsite event to meet like-minded crafty people. Hope also offers private events in-studio. You can view more options for paintings on her website any past painting can be turned into an event.
Want to support local artists? The new business platform, Patreon, offers the option to pay a monthly fee to participate in events varying from $3.00 to $10.00 with three different levels of benefits go to her page to learn more.
Hope Wirta started her business like many entrepreneurs while working a corporate job. She spent two years hosting paint events and selling her artwork before she turned her part-time business into a full-time career as an artist and teacher. Her Patreon profile states, “I love helping new painters overcome the fear of putting paint on a canvas and relaxing as they find their own style of art. I hope to make painting a creative outlet for you to enjoy and have an easy step by step style of teaching.” You can follow her YouTube Channel to engage with her teaching style.
Columbia County, Oregon- Merchants’ Toy N Joy is hosting Christmas in July, an online Virtual Auction July 19th- 25th to support citizens in need during the upcoming 2020 Holiday Season.
Toy N Joy typically fundraises with a gala in December to support CRF&R’s Volunteer Association’s Toy N Joy, Kiwanis Holiday Hope, and the Columbia Pacific Food Bank. Together these organizations give away holiday food baskets and toys to families across the CRFR district which serves Rainier to Warren, Columbia County. This year with a generous donation of local gift cards from businesses across Columbia County by Jeff Kemp, Pacific Stainless, with a challenge to #payitforward the organization decided to host a virtual auction, Christmas In July!
Do You Like to GIVE? Bring your used paper (newspapers, magazines) to the Lions 🦁 Recycle Bin at High School in St Helens. Proceeds used for backpack 🎒 program (food sent home on weekends). Easy way to help your community! #beyondtheburbs
Once again, Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Vernonia Firefighters. The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park. You can find more events on their facebook page.
We wish you a happy and safe 4th of July from all us at BeyondTheBurbs!
Columbia County, OR – Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has partnered with one of their members and program creater, Joan Youngberg, to put on another community art project after her successful “This is US St Helens Project.” You can read more about the past project here. Their new project is called Flagship Columbia County. Where the first project painted homes which are currently on display at the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce patio 2194 Columbia Blvd, this new project will have participants from across Columbia County painting flags. Grants were secured for this project by Columbia County Cultural Coalition (CCCC) & The Oregon Foundation by Columbia Arts Guild.
Each community member can paint on a piece of 5 X 8 Tyvek, a waterproof siding material provided at the paint location. These pieces will make up our uniqueness once assembled to create a banner displayed somewhere in Columbia County over the summer according to their facebook page. You can join in the fun at any one of their painting events such as the one at Running Dogs Brewery from 5-8 PM on February 22nd. This is open to any group that would like to participate. Please contact Joan Youngberg at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
The Columbia Arts Guild has membership open to any artists or supporter. You can support the group by becoming a member and supporting their projects.
Columbia County, OR – Two businesses in Columbia County are offering delivery service. Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers have a focus on food delivery from local restaurants in St. Helens. The other business Columbia County Anytime Assistant can help with almost anything, anytime! Both businesses serve a purpose to help our local residents in a growing community. It’s a convenience for some, a necessity for others since public transportation is limited in our rural community.
One delivers locally in St. Helens mainly from restaurants. Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers can bring you a variety of items from fried fish, gourmet sausages, Mexican or Thai Cuisine, and general grocery items from the gas station. They can help fulfill your food cravings from local restaurants. The company is run by partners, Ben Tiscareno & Kathleen Jenkins, They are open Tuesdays. Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 AM – 8 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 11 AM- 11 PM closed Sunday -Monday. They have partnered with Muchas Gracias Mexican Food, Skippers & Skinny’s, Vinnie’s Chicago Subs and Roy Thai to deliver locally in the St. Helens area. You can find a map of their service area pinned to the front of their facebook page.
Columbia County Anytime Assistants opened in the past few months to help with concierge and other customized services. This new company is run by a husband and wife team, Arejonna & Josh Paulson. They started this company in July 2018 Arejonna shared, “to further help our community, especially ones who are our veterans or disabled.” They can also work with kids. Need help with school drop off or pick up, car services pick up or drop off, pet taxi, a variety of other concierge services such as dropping off prescriptions, dry cleaning, alterations, post office, dump runs, merchandise returns, grocery shopping, and customized errands give them a call. They are open 7 AM- 10 PM Monday -Fridays and 9:00-10 AM on the weekend give them a call at 971-328-2246 to book a space.
Columbia County, OR – Local Bazaars happen almost every weekend in Columbia County starting in November. Many are fundraisers for nonprofits. They provide an opportunity to purchase homemade, custom products or find a direct sales company that has products you are looking for a special someone for the holidays or for yourself. They also provide a sense of fellowship seeing your local business people and meeting new friends. A few of the listed events are both annual and new to Columbia County but not an exclusive list:
Nov 9th & 10th: 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Faire at Christ Episcopal Chruch. 35350 E. Division Road, St. Helens, 9-4 PM. Unique handcrafted items: jewelry, windchimes, quilted, embroidered and sen items, soaps, ornaments, knitted 7 crochet items, cards and paper crafts, pottery, art prints, sculpture and free children’s activity table. Favorite Raffle “Holiday Basket” and more. Get a bowl of soup or chili & don’t forget to browse bake table so many homemade goods!
Fall Harvest Festival, St.Helens Recreation Program, The City of St. Helens and St. Helens School District have partnered to bring a Recreation Program to St. Helens. They are hosting their first Fall Harvest Festival between 9-4 PM with over 40 vendors at 1810 Old Portland Road, St Helens, OR.
Elks Bazaar put on by the Ladies of the Elks at 350 Belton Road, St. Helens, OR. Open to the public between 9-3 PM.
November 24th:Columbia County Shop Small Saturday at Meriwether Place, 1070 Columbia Blvd, St.Helens, OR 9:00 AM – 2 PM. Local businesses and many artists from across Columbia County. Santa will be on site between 10-1 PM. Take your own pictures donations welcome. Entertainment by Columbia River City Singers, Vernonia Dickens Carolers, & the St Helens Public Library Ukulele. Door prizes, Free Hot Chocolate Station & treats while they last. Shop Local Bags given to all attendees while supplies last. Bring your Letters to Santa.
St Helens Christmas Bazaar Over 45 vendors to help you find perfect Christmas gifts! Lunch will be served from 11 -1 PM and includes popular items from last year such as cabbage rolls and potato soup. Santa will also be on site. Be sure to bring your kids and camera!
The St. Helens Moose Lodge Annual Holiday Bazaar December 1, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Bazaar for Columbia River Fire and Rescue Scholarship Fund, 10-4 PM at Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion, 58892 Suaslser Road. Door Prizes on Saturday. Event held December 9th as well.
Lions Holiday Bazaar Sponsored by St Helens High School Commons 10:00- 4:00 PM
St. Helens, OR – It’s that time of year when you drive down St Helens Columbia Blvd and scarecrows adorn the outside of many local businesses. You can even join in the fun by voting online for the Spirit of Halloweentown Scarecrow Contest which starts on October 6th. 2018 marks twenty years since the movie Halloweentown was filmed in St. Helens. The whole county has jumped in to help celebrate. The month-long celebration put on by the City of St.Helens is called the Spirit of Halloweentown complete with ticketed events and some free activities centered down at the Riverfront. Other nonprofits are putting on Halloween or Fall events to provide fun for locals and tourists alike.
Parades bring the community together kicking off the festivities. Two local businesses, American Family Insurance, Heather Epperly & Pat Olson, Guild Mortage have banded together to put on the 3rd Annual Spirit of Halloweentown Parade on October 6th at 6:00 PM starting at Hwy 30 & Columbia Blvd down parade path to Dockside. The Little Spooks Parade sponsored by The Chronicle happens every year downtown St Helens right after the Children’s Fair at 4:00 PM.
Both the Caples House located in Columbia City and St Frederics in St. Helens are holding Fall Festivals the weekend of Oct 6th. Caples House starts at noon with Free Admission until 5:00 PM. Historic flair complete with food, activities, vendor booths, cider press, silent auction, raffles, and music. St Frederic Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch is over a two day weekend Oct 6th & Oct 7th with great food, horse rides (weather permitting), hayrides, indoor games, picture spots, locally grown pumpkins for sale and more open Saturday 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM and Sunday 10;30am -4:00 PM at 175 South 13th Street, St. Helens, OR.
Local nonprofits like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) are hosting events like the Halloween Inverted Experience on the weekends during the month for $10.00 Admission. They have also launched a free mobile app to explore St Helens called The Great Halloween Hunt to help you locate the various haunted spots, movie filming locations, family-friendly activities, and more. To Participate; download the Actionbound application from your mobile app store. Search for The Great Halloween Hunt and download the bound. From there you will be able to select which area/attractions you want to start exploring first. SHEDCO is giving away prizes see their facebook event page for more details.
Every weekend you’ll find our local Shoestring Players at their new location giving tours and performances with a different show on every weekend in October. Tickets will be on sale onlineand at the ticket booth in the Rose Garden Park in front of the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse. The Columbia County Museum Association is also giving tours of the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse on October 13th & October 20th from 1:30-4:15 PM first come first served line up on steps donation $3.00 suggested. The Courthouse was featured as City Hall in Halloweentown and the courtroom was home to Mayor Kalabar’s office. There will also be several photo opportunities.
Looking for a spooky run a 3 k or 6 k? The Graveyard Run starts at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery on Oct 27th at 9:00 AM. This event is spookily good.
Some fun just for adults 21 and older includes the Boos Cruise an event sponsored by South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Oct 27th from 7:30- 9:30 PM purchase tickets online. If you in the mood for a Masquerade Charity Ball, Windermere Foundation, hosts a party with great food, music, costumes and chance to raise funds for a local nonprofit.
You’ll find more ticketed events such as Gothic Party, Celebrity Photo Ops, and more. To get a full view of Halloweentown events sponsored by the City of St. Helens and to purchase tickets go to the Offical Spirit of Halloween Agenda on www.discovercolumbiacounty.com.