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 email@example.com 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.
St. Helens, OR – You are encouraged to dress in costume for the Fall Pub Crawl on September 28th from 4:00 -8 PM. The Fall Pub Crawl starts with an Art show, photo opportunities, door prizes at Northlake Physical Therapy, 21 Cowlitz Street, St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG). Grab a friend or two to participate in the Fall Pub Crawl to the other 8 businesses tasting as you go.
CAG is hosting this new fundraiser to showcase local artists at businesses and engage the community. You will find some artists on site and some participating virtually. You can scan the QR code to find out more information and follow their facebook page to stay up to date.
A total of nine local businesses are included in the Fall Pub Crawl:
1. North Lake Physical Therapy 021 Cowlitz Street
2. Tap Into Wine – 313 Strand Street
3. The Roof – 31 Cowlitz Street #15, St. Helens
4. Running Dogs Brewery – 291 South 1st Street, St. Helens
5. St. Helens Liquor Store – 420 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens
6. Market Fresh IGA – 1111 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens
7. Hob Nob Brewery – 2155 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens
8. Village Inn – 535 Columbia River Highway, St. Helens
9. Pour House – 2098 Old Portland Road, St. Helens
Keep an eye on this local group. CAG hosts an Annual Spring Into Art every year and offers other ways to get involved to support the art community in Columbia County. To get more information about the CAG go to their website.
Scappoose, OR- As our resources grow in Columbia County so do the local community events. One of the new events that started in August is a Friday night movie series hosted by The Scappoose Public Library. They launched a Moonlight Movies series on Friday nights at Scappoose Heritage Park starting at 7:00 PM. They have had a variety of themes such as history night with an ice cream social, game night, and the last one of Summer is on August 31st t0 get local kids excited about entrepreneurship by hosting aKids In Biz Event.
Kids in Business was started by Nick Hurliman, local owner of Hurliman CPA. A few years ago they hosted Kids In Biz and it caught some interest from entrepreneurial kids. With the introduction of the new movie series, they found an opportunity to implement the program by sponsoring tables for kids and offering a Grand Prize for the kids who are competing. They would like kids of the community to put together their business and show it off, sell some merchandise, and have some fun planning and executing. Judges will look at the following categories for picking the winner of the Grand Prize, a Kindle:
Presentation (Cleanliness, ease of shopping, etc.)
Marketing (Before and during the event, were people invited/told, etc.)
Product (Originality, look, etc.)
Operations (cash management, sales process, etc)
Megan Jarman, Digital Marketing Director, Hurlimin CPA, said the goal of this event is to “ get kids excited about entrepreneurship, to teach them skills that they may not be taught in school, and to teach them that solid businesses help their community.” She reminds us that kids do need to register for the event online. Kids can set up at the event at 6:00 PM for a 7:00 PM start. Do you have a kid that is an entrepreneur? There is still time to sign up and it’s FREE! #community #scappooseor #kidsinbiz #moviesinpark #kidfriendly
The day starts with a 2nd Annual Wings & Wheels Half Marathon. Uberthons will be timing the race. Afterward, runners can enjoy a Pancake Breakfast & Beer provided by NWACC. Adults and students are invited to register for the event the race which starts at 7:30 AM and will end at the airport at 34020 Skyway Drive, Scappoose, OR. It’s a fairly flat race with slopes but not hills, 4 first aid stations with Porta Potties, placer pins for 4 classes first, second and third place for both men and women.
Big kids and little kids love the event with Free Admission. The family-friendly Cruise-In/Fly-In opens at 9:00 AM and goes until 5 PM. You’ll find a lot to do and look at the event. You’ll see beautiful cars & planes. For 21 & older, a beer garden run by Flyboy Brewery & Pub with a DJ on site and many vendors. Stay tuned to the Wings & Wheels Facebook page for updates. New events this year include, St. Helens and Scappoose First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams and it’s rumored the antique plane the BT13 will make an appearance. If you want to show off your car and enter it, you can find more information on Highway 30 Cruisers Facebook page.
Bring your family out and enjoy the events. It’s a great chance to see our local airport. #columbiacountyor #thingstodocc #cars #airplanes #scappooseor # halfmarathon #runners #wingsandwheels
Goble, OR – Goble Warming is an annual tradition that happens on the third Saturday in August in Goble, OR otherwise knows as “Where The Hell is Goble.” The Historic Goble Tavern, 70255 US 30, Rainier, OR, voted “Best Small Town Bar in Oregon” hosts a yearly event callled Goble Warming that also raises money for a local nonprofit. This year they will be raising money for CASA for Children of Columbia County.
Columbia County, OR – Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is an annual tradition here in Columbia County. This year marks the 103rd year for the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Attending the fair provides you and your family with many opportunities for fun and a chance to see your neighbors. You will be able to experience the Warren Grange Farm Museum, Master Gardeners Gardens, carnival rides and food, Open Exhibits that include art, canning, baked goods, floral arrangements and more, 4-H Animals demonstrations and the Youth Livestock Auction, local vendors, a plant sale, free family-friendly entertainment, a beer garden for 21 & Older, and so much more. The Columbia County Fair & Rodeo has plenty of events to fascinate everyone in your family.
Wednesday 18th at noon marks the start of the Fair with events thru 5:00 PM on Sunday 22nd. A few of the daily highlights include:
Wednesday 18th invites Seniors/Veterans to attend for FREE. RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is hosting a luncheon to recognize senior volunteers followed by My Fair Lady Padget at 1:00 Pm. Stay around to enjoy live music by local band The Decades from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. You can entertain kids by learning about parrot species in a fun-filled, and entertaining pirate-themed show at The Pirates Parrot Show! Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic. View detailed schedule online.
Thursday 19th is Junior Rodeo/Kids Day this means free fair entrance until 3:00 PM. Hit Machine, a local favorite band, performs from 3:00-6:00 PM. Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic. Buck Trout drives around in his little truck, his zany antics and comical stories always make a lasting impression that brings smiles and laughter to children of all ages! Plus, a pie eating contest at 2:00 PM stick around to see The Junior Rodeo which starts at 6:00 PM.
Friday & Saturday – Kick off your weekend with the National Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) Rodeo Friday & Saturday night. Live music includes Brewers Grade delivers a set list that is always fresh, built around the latest Country material as well as covers for classic and outlaw country and country sensation, Showdown.
Saturday & Sunday – Straight Up Racing’s Monster Truck show Saturday & Sunday at this years Columbia County Fair & Rodeo! Go on a ride in a monster truck before the show starts!! Admission is $20 for adult, $15 Senior/Veterans & Kids 7-17, 6 & under are free! Fair is done at 5:00 PM.