Gallery: Snowpocalypse Columbia County 2014

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Photo by Krystal Kuckenbaker

It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!

*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014

 


Arts commission to host second Sweetheart Ball Feb. 15

2014 Sweetheart Ball
2014 Sweetheart Ball.
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ST. HELENS — Dinner, dancing, a silent auction and more will be featured Feb. 15 during the second annual Sweetheart Ball in Buccini Hall, 165 S. 14th St.

The event, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., is hosted by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. Highlights include vintage swing jazz music by the Jenny Finn Orchestra, ballroom dance performances by  Josh and Emily McLaughlin, a vintage scotch tasting room, and sales of fine art, unique gifts, artisan chocolates and flowers. Dinner will be served by Blackbird Catering.

Tickets are $85 a person, or $680 for a table of eight (price reduced to $75 and $600 if purchased by Jan. 15), and can be purchased at St. Helens City Hall, the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Helens Public Library, or online at Brown Paper Tickets (click here for link to site).

Proceeds from the event will benefit public arts
programs.

 


Silent auction to benefit St. Helens cancer patient

1466112_10202447444328373_36114392_nST. HELENS — A  silent auction benefitting Angie Van Ortwick will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sat, Nov. 30., at Sacagawea Health Center, 1060 Eisenschmidt Way.

Van Ortwick, who is from St. Helens, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in June. She is a single mother of three children – two boys ages 18 and 15, and an 11-month-old girl.

She has two major surgeries planned for early December that will prevent her from returning to work as a nursing home dietary manager  for several months.

The silent auction will feature various gift baskets and gift certificates from local businesses, as well as other items. Hors d’oeuvres will be served by Blackbird Catering. Proceeds from the event will go towards Van Ortwick’s living expenses after surgery. Coordinators hope to raise at least $3,500.

Cash donations for Van Ortwick also can be made at any branch of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, under the account: “Help for Angie”. A Give Forward account also has been set-up, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Details: Tracy Oliver, 503-369-0304, or Kevin Walding/George Schmitz, 503-397-3717.


News bits: Santa pictures for people and pets; vendors wanted for holiday bazaar; drop-off sites for food donations

‘Santa Paws’ pictures with pets

SCAPPOOSE — Have your pet’s photo taken with “Santa Paws” at All About Pets, 52587 Columbia River Highway.

The annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Nov. 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 1. Photos taken by Jeff Baker Photography.

Details: 503-543-5740, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Vendors sought for school bazaar

ST. HELENS — The McBride Elementary Parent Teacher Organization seeks vendors for their bazaar on Sat, Dec. 7.

The event is a fundraiser for the PTO. Space is $20 a person, plus $5 if a table is needed. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school.

Details: mcbridefundraiser@gmail.com.

Free photos with Santa, bake sale fundraiser

ST. HELENS — Richardson’s Furniture at 2015 Columbia Blvd. will offer free pictures with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. Sat, Dec. 14.

The annual event is offered alongside a holiday bake sale that benefits Relay for Life. Richardson’s will provide a photos service, however, visitors also are welcome to bring their own cameras to use.

Details: 503-397-1329, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Kiwanis collecting food for families in need

ST. HELENS — The Saint Helens Kiwanis Club has placed food collection barrels at various locations around town for use in their Holiday Hope baskets.

People can drop off non-perishable food items at Chubb’s Shell, Columbia River Fire and Rescue administration office, Habitat for Humanity Restore, IGA/Red Apple, Les Schwab Tire Center, Oregon Trail Lanes, Port of St. Helens administration office, Richardson’s Furniture, Safeway, Skinny’s Texaco, South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and Sunshine Pizza.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


‘Lost and Found’ events offer free activities to families

ST. HELENS — Free activities for children and families are offered the last Saturday of each month at St. Helens Middle School during Lost and Found Youth and Family Outreach.

The event, sponsored by the St. Helens Community Foundation and private donations, is from 7 to 10 p.m. and features food, games, and music by DJ Chris. During school months, activities are held in the middle school gymnasium. During the summer, activities move to McCormick Park in St. Helens.

This month’s gathering will take place a week earlier on Sat, Nov. 23. Details: 503-369-3710 or like their Facebook page by clicking here.


Columbia Pacific Food Bank hires interim executive director

ST. HELENS — Casey Wheeler is the new interim executive director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens.

Wheeler previously worked as the interim executive director for the Columbia County Economic Team. He was the CEO of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, and has served on boards for numerous Columbia County organizations, including the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Columbia County.

Wheeler also serves as a city council member for the city of Columbia City, and is a business support consultant for Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon for Columbia County.

Columbia Pacific Food Bank is the regional food bank serving qualified agency partners in Vernonia, Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainer and Clatskanie.


Daylight savings, fall reminders, and… a big thank you!

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A sign that autumn has returned to Columbia County. Gone is the unusually dry and warm summer that lasted well into October. In it’s place are overcast skies, occasional 12-second sun breaks, and rain boots and umbrellas. This photo shot today from a horse farm in Warren just after a large downpour.

It’s autumn in Oregon. The rain has returned, as has anyones chances for being completely dry again until May. This afternoon the sun had a few successful attempts at breaking through the cloud cover, almost as if it were bidding the folks of Columbia County a pleasant farewell until spring.

Daylight savings time begins at midnight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you got to bed. It’s also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and load them up with fresh batteries if needed. For those of you who host holiday feasts, use the start of fall as an opportunity to go through cooking and baking supplies stored in cupboards and pantries all year to make sure they haven’t expired.

The goal this winter for Beyond the Burbs is to publish as many holiday events as possible offered through December. If you know of any holiday happenings in Columbia County that would be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us about them.

Beyond the Burbs also has subscribed to receive alerts from several public service agencies so we can efficiently keep our readers updated on school closures, and traffic and weather alerts, as we begin to experience more wintery forecasts. Most of these alerts will be published on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us yet, please come find us!

Finally, thank you to all of our readers. We enjoy doing this for you!


Warren horsemanship school hosts benefit on Saturday; proceeds go toward riding programs for disabled and at-risk youth

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Columbia County musician Stevi Marie and band Jackson Road will perform on Saturday during the Sande School of Horsemanship “Boot Scootin’ Benefit”.
Photo courtesy of www.SteviMarieMusic.com.

WARREN — Sande School of Horsemanship will host their Boot Scootin’ Benefit on Sat, Oct. 5, to raise money for scholarship programs for low-income and disabled students, and to launch a mentorship program that will support at-risk youth in community.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction at Sande Performance Horses at 33836 Bennet Road, Warren. A formal program and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., along with line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m., and a barn fire and dance at 8 p.m.

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Kassi Euwer, instructor at Sande School of Horsemanship, gives tips to a rider during a group lesson.

Live music will be performed by country artist Stevi Marie and Jackson Road. Line dancing lessons will be given by instructor Rockin’ Rhonda. Western attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 a person. Children ages 10 and younger are $25; ages 2 and younger are free. A kids-only horse shoe tournament also will be offered during cocktail hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For online ticket sales, visit the Boot Scootin’ Benefit page at www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call Kassi Euwer, 503-369-3008, or e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org.

Sande School of Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Business bits: New frozen yogurt shop to open; fashion boutique relocates

YoMamas frozen yogurt shop will open Sept. 1 in Scappoose.
YoMamas frozen yogurt shop will open Sept. 1 in Scappoose.

SCAPPOOSE — Yo Mamas Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, will open in Scappoose on Sept. 1.

The business, owned by Scappoose residents Amy and Troy McNeil, is located in the Fred Meyer shopping complex at 51505 Columbia River Hwy. Customers will be able to create their own desserts with YoCream frozen yogurt products and a variety of toppings for 45 cents an ounce. Beverages will be available from $1-$3.

Yo Mamas will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

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ST. HELENS — Fashion Mystique has relocated to 2254 Columbia Blvd.

The clothing boutique sells fashions for women, men and teens, as well as fragrances, accessories and gifts. They also carry the Mirabella mineral makeup line.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p .m. on Saturday.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here, or call 503-397-3858.