Amani Center accepting children’s artwork for holiday cards

ST. HELENS — The deadline for children to submit their works for the Amani Center holiday card art contest is Friday, Oct. 26.

The winner selected will have their artwork featured in the center’s annual holiday cards, which are sold to benefit services that assist child abuse victims in Columbia County.

Contest rules include:

• Artwork must be submitted on 8½ x 11 white paper. Any art medium may be used. The child’s name must be clearly written in pencil on the back.

• Multiple pieces of artwork may be entered. The center may select multiple pieces from the same artist.

• Artwork must represent one of three categories: Christmas Spirit, a faith/religious holiday, or winter wonderland.

• An artwork release form must be signed by the child’s legal guardian in able for them to enter the contest.

Original artwork and signed release forms can be mailed or hand-delivered to the center at 1621 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens. Winners will be chosen by the Amani Center Team.

Details: 503-366-4005 or

‘Dogtoberfest’ — a day for dogs and their people; featuring costumes, games, brats and beer

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Humane Society will host their sixth annual Dogtoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20, in their facilities at 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens.

The event, from 3 to 7 p.m., will feature a dog Halloween costume contest, games and prizes. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the shelter.

Dockside Steak & Pasta will serve bratwurst on a pioneer roll with sauerkraut or peppers, chips, cookies by Houlton Bakery, and soda or water. Meal tickets are $8, and can be purchased in advance at the shelter, on their Web site or at the gate the day of the event.

Microbrew beers will be poured by Captured by Porches; beer tokens are $3 each.

The shelter will be accepting donations of dry dog food, bleach and paper towels during the event. Volunteers for the day also are needed.

Details: 503-397-4353 or

Arts and culture commission offers pumpkin painting for kids

ST. HELENS — Children can paint Halloween masterpieces on pumpkins from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Masonic Building at 231 S. First St. in “Olde Towne” St. Helens.

The activity, sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission, will be held on the ground floor of the building. There is no cost to participate; however, the commission appreciates donations of $2 or more to help fund various public art projects in town.

All children in attendance must be accompanied by an adult. Costumed volunteers will be on hand to help children with their creations.

Pumpkins for the activity were donated by The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.

For those unable to attend, the activity will be offered again from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.

CRF&R seeks volunteers for medical, fire emergencies

ST. HELENS — Columbia River Fire & Rescue is recruiting local volunteers to assist in responding to medical and fire emergencies.

To be eligible for volunteer work, applicants must be age 18 or older, reside within the fire district (click here for boundary map), have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid driver’s license, be able to meet the district’s physical ability requirements, and pass a criminal background check and drug test.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here, or are available in the fire district’s administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. The first five legitimate applicants to submit their paperwork will qualify for a special prize giveaway. Details: 503-397-2990, or

Vernonia festival offers salmon cuisine, art displays and more

VERNONIA — Celebrate northwest culture during the 10th annual Vernonia Salmon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Hawkins Park, located at the end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features several food and retail vendors, arts and craft booths, an art show and live music. Activities for children include scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin carving and trout fishing in a nearby pond.

“Claudia,” a giant 25-foot Chinook salmon, will be on display to educate visitors about stream restoration, and hayrides will be offered to salmon spawning sites along Rock Creek. Members of the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council also will raffle off a fresh-caught Columbia River salmon.

In the park’s Scout Cabin, the non-profit organization, Hands on Art, will sell selections of McMenamins beer.

For festival-goers who are interested in area history, the Vernonia Pioneer Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. at 511 E. Bridge St. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the city of Vernonia at 503-429-5291.

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Gallery: Columbia City Celebration

The remaining hours of the Columbia City Celebration are creeping in!

There is still time to browse the large selection of used books available for purchase at the Columbia City Library book sale, or to buy a raffle ticket for a handmade quilt, bid on silent auction items, or stock up on baked goods, plants and crafts made by local artisans.

The book sale is located under the covered play area at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St. The remaining activities are in Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

The event ends at 4 p.m. Photos of the quilt featured in the raffle, silent auction items, and other bits for sale, are published below. Proceeds benefit the Columbia City Library.