ST. HELENS — Columbia River Fire & Rescue has announced the fall burn period for residents of their service district in St. Helens, Columbia City, Prescott and Rainer.
Burning will be allowed with a valid permit from Oct. 20 through Nov. 4. Permits, which are free, are good for one year and can be obtained online with a valid e-mail address through the district’s Web site at www.crfr.com, or in-person in their administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.
Permit holders may burn only during authorized times set by the fire district and are required to call the district’s burn line at 503-397-4800 prior to burning to confirm that a ban is not in effect for that day. Those without permits and who burn on non-authorized days may be subject to fines.
For more information, call the district’s administration offices at 503-397-2990, or e-mail email@example.com.
A sampling of events offered in Columbia County during the month of September. More items will be added this week, so please return for updates!
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office volunteer orientation: 6-7 p.m. Wed, Sept. 5. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 901 Port Ave., St. Helens. Learn about volunteer opportunities; new and current volunteers welcome. Details: 503-366-4611, www.co.columbia.or.us/sheriff (click the VIPS link under “Get Involved”).
10th Annual Amani Center Luau & Auction: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens. Catered dinner by Hawaiian Island Café, Hawaiian music, Polynesian dancers, fire dancers, silent and oral auctions; Hawaiian attire encouraged; adults only; $45 a person, tables $375-500. Details: 503-366-4005, www.amanicenter.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author visit: 7 p.m. Thur, Sept. 13, St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. Local author Ken Scholes will read from and discuss his latest works “Diving Mimes, Weeping Czars and Other Unusual Suspects”; free. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.
Fall paper crafts: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Dec. 11. St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. A scrapbooking class with Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Angie McNulty; class themes are “birthday”, “Halloween”, “Christmas”, and “thank-you”; adults only; advance registration required. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.
St. Helens Public Library storytimes: Baby Lapsit, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25; ages six-months to two years. Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26; ages 2-3. Preschool Storyime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20, 27; ages 4-5. Free. 375 S. 18th St. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.
Scappose Public Library storytime: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages five and younger; craft time or other activity will follow; free. 52469 S.E. Second St. Details: 503-543-7123, www.scappooselibrary.org.
Scappoose Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through September. On Southeast Second Street, behind Scappoose City Hall, next to Heritage Park. Details: 503-543-3469, www.scappoosefarmermarket.com.
Images from the 2012 Portland Pirate Festival in St. Helens, Ore. The annual event was held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2. For more information, visit the festival Web site at www.portlandpiratefestival.com.
The Touch the Heart of A Child Auction & Benefit is an annual fundraiser for Sacagawea Health Center, and it is also one of the most fun events you can attend in St. Helens. Members of the Oregon Potters Association and many other local artists donate beautiful works of art for the auction. Local caterer Blackbird Catering provides a fabulous meal for attendees, and local auctioneer Mark Kuhn runs a lively and entertaining auction.
Sacagawea Health Center is like having a doctor’s office at school. The health center provides quality primary and mental health care to St. Helens School District students who need it, whether they are insured or not. The health center’s existence benefits many students who may not otherwise get the medical attention they need.
The health center was founded in 2000 by St. Helens School District Nurse Robin Loper, and provides a variety of services including immunizations, sports physicals, and treatment of respiratory problems, rashes, or other illnesses. The health center is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatrics and family care, a mental health professional and a certified medical assistant.
Wee-Bop Music and Movement is a program where children ages 4 months to 6 years can engage in music, rhythm, art, cooking and/or sports. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, provides safe, indoor, high quality classes for children to explore, meet new friends, and expend their energy in innovative and fun ways.
Wee-Bop Music and Movement was started by St. Helens resident, Jen Morse in 2004. She had just moved to the St. Helens area, was a stay-at-home mom with two young children and had a newly earned Masters degree in Elementary Ed. As a licensed teacher and a recent employee of Gymboree Music & Movement, she knew a program like Wee-Bop Music and Movement was something our community could really use, and something she could do and still stay home with her own children. She started off by offering 1 class a week at the Yankton Grange. Since then she has opened up shop off Columbia Blvd in St. Helens and in February of this year opened her second location in Scappoose. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, offers a variety of quality classes for children ages 4 months to 6 years.
Classes include such activities as Music & Movement, where little ones and their parents participate in circle games, rhythm instrument exploration, prop play, creative dance; Play & Art, focuses on building strength, balance and coordination as kids explore bounce hoses, tents, obstacle courses and ending each class with a simple art project; Preschool Prep, including short circle time, arts and crafts and sensory activities; Fitness, an intro into different sports in a noncompetitive fashion for the older kids (2.5-5yrs) and soon to be adding a yoga class for all ages; and Cooking, where students will learn about safety and sanitation in the kitchen, cooperation, experimentation, use of a recipe, and more.
Wee-Bop Music and Movement also offer private playgroups and themed birthday parties
Registration for the spring session is now underway for both locations.
Classes start Monday, April 30th. Please contact Jen Morse @ (503) 396-0956
For more detailed information please go to their website www.wee-bop.net, or find them on Facebook as Wee-Bop Music & Movement.
Saturday, April 7th at the Columbia County Event Complex
This annual, FREE, event will begin at 11:00am with gates opening at 10:00am for other activities and closing at 1:00pm. Babies to age 12 – divided by age group – have the opportunity to search throughout the fairgrounds for more than 30,000 eggs, many with prizes hidden inside.The mEGGa Egg Hunt has become a tradition for many families, and relies on the generosity of volunteers, local businesses and organizations to make this event free to the public; last year it was estimated that over 3,400 were in attendance with nearly 1,700 children participating in the mEGGa Egg Hunt.
Other activities include pony rides, 4-H petting zoo, face painting, Veggie Tales Movie, a planting project, coloring contests, meeting with the Easter Bunny himself and much more!
If you are interested in donating; chewable individually wrapped candy, toys, or gift certificates that can be used for prizes, you can drop them off at St. Helens Burgerville. For more information on the event, please contact Ronda Courtney at the Columbia County Event Complex at 503-397-4231.
The 4th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse will start and finish at scenic Columbia View Park, taking participants through historic downtown St. Helens, Oregon, Saturday May 5th.
This year’s event include a 5k run/walk and a 1-mile walk as well as the newly added 10k course, which will take participants briefly through the wooded trails of McCormick Park. In addition, this 4th annual race will offer professional chip timing by Uberthons.
Prices through 4/9/12:
•10k ~ $40
•5k ~ $30
•1 mile ~ $15
•10k ~ $45
•5k ~ $35
•1 mile ~ $20
Day of Race (5/5/12):
•10k ~ $50
•5k ~ $40
•1 mile ~ $25
The Amani Center was established in 2000 in St. Helens as a community-based center to come alongside alleged child victims of abuse and neglect, offering access to evaluation, counseling and support services in a child-friendly setting. The Amani Center is a non-profit organization that hosts a small number of fundraisers each year to gather donations, support and awareness.
In addition to being a participant in this event, the Amani Center also has sponsorship opportunities available.
Last night was the Annual Awards Meeting and Banquet at the Columbia City Community Hall. The event was well attended by local business people who were there to network and support those being honored with awards.
Diane Dillard, Board President, conducted the meeting, and Ronda Holdridge was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Guest speakers included Justin Bush with Les Schwab, Mark Samuel with ORPET and Toby Harris with Fultano’s. The theme this year “United We Stand, For Growth & Prosperity,” and the hall was decorated in red, white and blue throughout. Blackbird Catering did a marvelous job, as usual, in providing dinner and beverages, and Bart Hafeman did a nice job with pre-meeting entertainment.
I’d like to offer a big congratulations to the 2012 award recipients:
Blackbird Catering, HF McCormick Award for Business of the Year
Tim Lammers, Swep Morton, Jr Award for Chairman’s Award
Jeff Kemp, Henry Knighton Award for St Helens First Citizen
Julie Stephens, James Grant Watts Award for Scappoose First Citizen
Richard Gochnauer, Outstanding Scappoose Community Club Member
Come and spend the day dressed in costume, playing games, visiting a petting zoo, making jewelry, having your face painted, watching a dance performance and learning how to throw a pot or how electricity works.
The 20th annual Kiwanis Daybreakers’ Children’s Fair is Saturday, Oct. 29.
If the past two decades are any indication, the event will be a blast for kids of all ages. Taking place at the St. Helens High School commons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents love it, because nothing is for sale commercially. (However, there will be food and drink sold by Lion Catering.)
From county 4-H groups and Columbia River PUD to the OPUS school of dance, Shriners and Michael Curry studios, the event is geared for kids in strollers up through sixth grade … there’s something for everyone.
It’s time for the Seventh annual Windermere Foundation Masquerade Ball, tomorrow night, October 22nd, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds and Event Complex, starting at 6:00 pm.
This year’s gala event will include music by a local favorite, Backstage Pass, a rockin’, party playin’ LIVE country rock music band that’s sure to get everyone up on their feet! The live and silent auction is pack-filled with a huge assortment of items to bid on, including a Las Vegas vacation, beach house rentals, fishing trips and so much more! Attendees will also be treated to several dinner entrees donated by St. Helens and Scappoose restaurants.
Costumes are optional but encouraged — there will be a contest! However, this ball is more than masks, costumes and dancing; it’s about helping. Last year’s gala raised nearly $15,000 which helps ‘fill in the gaps’ by supplementing the work of these vital groups. Windermere Foundation uses the funds raised at the annual ball to support local charities such as the Women’s Resource Center, Amani Center, St. Vincent Food Bank in Scappoose and a Chance to Become Scholarships. The foundation also donates money each year to area school districts, establishing a clothing and shoe fund for needy students.
Tickets are available at the door…individual tickets are $15, or 2 for $25. It’s a guaranteed great time!