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 – 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.
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.
Scappoose, OR – Local businesswoman, Jessica Hansen runs two businesses in Columbia County. She works as a freelancer, a business coach, for The System Magician & opened a nonprofit, Jubilee Collaborative a few months ago at 52555 Columbia River Highway, Scappoose, OR. Many businesswomen have more than one business so that’s not what makes her unique. She’s unique because she has started two of the larger growing segments of business that aren’t just trends but are here to stay and expand such as freelancer & co-working space which both complement one another. She coaches business owners to reach their goals and streamline processes and opened the first co-working space in Columbia County.
Jessica has a corporate background making an easy transition to coaching small businesses owners. She set up Jubilee Collective, co-working and events rental space, as a nonprofit to keep the rates for office space affordable for those who work virtually. So many people meet in restaurants and coffee shops, co-working provides a different but similar environment with amenities. You’ll find many events happening at Jubilee Collective follow their calendar to stay up to date such as Saturday Market, local workshops, classes and they have a fundraiser coming up on August 25th for Sseko Designs Fundraiser with a Purpose.
Jessica shared she decided to open the co-working space because “Jubilee Collective is a place for all people to teach and learn anything they want. It’s been missing in our community. There’s also a need for office space that’s affordable and flexible for a new generation of virtual workers. Jubilee Collective is a resource for people starting and growing small businesses, unlike anything else in Columbia County.”
Jessica focuses on long-term goals and how to get there. She is often ahead of the curve leading the way. Help me welcome her to Columbia County. You can follow her on her business Facebook pages The Systems Magician and Jubilee Collective.
St. Helens, OR – Book Signing, Open Mic, Fiber Art & Leather Making Demos, all ages Coloring Contest and more fun. What do all of these have in common? It’s the 3rd Annual Spring Into Art event at The Columbia Learning Center, 375 18th Street St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) on May 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM. This is a free family-friendly fun community event.
Columbia County, OR – The Home & Garden Show continues to grow every year. It’s happening this Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Last year an estimated 3,000-5,000 attended each day. Organizers expect a larger crowd this year due to the increase in vendors. This year more than 49 vendors will be on site along with product demonstrations, food and fun!
The Home & Garden show has all sorts of new Spring items for both your home and your garden. This show is sponsored by The Chronicle, St Helens Community Credit Union & Dahlgren’s Do It Best. If you forget to grab your free ticket, it’s only $3 Admission at the gate. You can stop by local businesses to pick up Free Tickets at the any of the above sponsors and The Chief, Don’s Rentals, Sears Hometown Store of Scappoose, and Discount and Deals in Clatskanie.
Growing the show means many new vendors are coming in this year such as Sunset Equipment which will have an Excavator outside the pavilion. Cedar Farm from Clatskanie Oregon will have their patent-pending product Hizap, an insulated fence extender, a PVC pipe extension making electric fences higher and wider. Organizer, Amy Johnson also mentioned that there are more garden vendors this year such as BlackBerry Bog Farm, offering plant starts, herbs, and plants. A few of the highlights of the Show will include local companies such as Clatskanie Builders Supply grilling up samples of tasty barbeque on their Traeger Grills to share with attendees and Dahlgren’s Do It Best Building Supplies will have onsite Cordless Power Tool Demonstrations. The food was so good they brought back St Helen’s Grill which offers gourmet style food for purchase.
Staying up to date with what’s happening at the show is easy as local radio station KOHI 1600 AM which will be broadcasting LIVE on Saturday so you can listen in to what’s going on. OSU Extension Service of Columbia County will be on site doing pop up demonstrations/workshops.
Amy Johnson, Organizer & Sales Representative for The Chronicle/The Chief, mentioned she enjoys this event because “I love that we can put local businesses in front of our customers to help grow our communities. They do well and we do well.”
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