Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

Two Sisters Open Two Little Libraries

Two local sisters created two new little libraries during the pandemic, The Turquoise Table Library in Scappoose and The Baldwin Book Corner in St. Helens.  They are both a little different, but each was inspired by their love of books and wanting to make a difference in their communities.

Molly Walter, Scappoose citizen, shares that she started  The Turquoise Table Library because “The decision was two-fold:  First, as a lifelong learner and avid reader, I’ve had a dream of having a little library in our yard, ever since I first heard about this movement over a decade ago. My husband Josh surprised me with the library, made by my father-in-law, for my birthday. It’s a small way we can give to our neighborhood and encourage our kids to participate with us. Stewarding this library has brought us so much joy! Second, inspired by the book The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell, we painted the library turquoise and added a matching reclaimed picnic table to our front yard. Schell’s book discusses the idea of being present, inviting others into the conversation, and building a community around a table, and in our case also a library.” She calls it being “front yard people.” “For us, these brightly colored items in our yard aren’t ours – they belong to our community and we have the privilege of hosting them.”

Her sister, Hannah Baldwin, St. Helens resident, thought about starting one for years.  Hannah explained, “I first noticed the concept of a “little neighborhood library” when visiting family in Des Moines, IA about 13 or so years ago. I thought the idea was such a fabulous way to give back to the community. After that, I started noticing them more and more in Portland and even some in Columbia County. I dreamed of one day starting my own but never had pushed myself to do it. Molly diving into her project gave me the jumpstart I needed. I put a library on my Christmas wishlist for my husband in 2020. We set out to create the vision I had in my head and just a few weeks later, Baldwin Book Corner was born. Baldwin Book Corner is a pretty “typical” little free library in the simplest sense. We offer adult and children’s books of all varieties. I plan to put in cookbooks, magazines, and maybe even some games for all to enjoy. We get a lot of people running and walking dogs on our street, so I outfitted the library with a leash hook, water bowl, and a jar of dog treats. If you come by, you will most likely be greeted by the barks of Moo, our 15-month-old Olde English Bulldogge.”  Hannah wanted to make sure to thank her big sister Molly “for always being there to encourage me. Not only in this project but in all things in my life. I have fond memories of us reading together as kids, particularly the book All the Pretty Horses by Susan Jeffers.”

The Turquoise Table Library differs from other little libraries because it has a turquoise picnic table.  Molly mentioned that “It’s a community space, not just a library. All are welcome to come to sit, read, talk, and be known. We are anxiously anticipating the drier weather of summer so we can enjoy the table even more!”

The libraries are for their neighbors to enjoy and both encourage stopping by to take a book to read, bring a book or a friend, enjoy the space and share the libraries with others.  If you are on Instagram, follow and share your experiences @theturquoisetablelibrary and @baldwinbookcorner.

You can learn more about the Little Free Library organization by visiting www.littlefreelibrary.org. There is even a map that shows registered libraries around the world.  Baldwin Book Corner charter # is 116690 located at 35144 Alder Street, St. Helens, OR and The Turquoise Table Library charter # is 113263 located at 52186 SE Tussing Way, Scappoose, OR.

Another way to plug in #beyondtheburbs


Beyond the Burbs- Outdoors Nob Hill Nature Park

Nob Hill Nature Park has a new entrance from the walking path along the Columbia River downtown St. Helens (old venner plant property down by the Dockside Resturant).  You can also use the entrance across from the St. Helens Public Works building over by the National Guard Armory.  This is a great place to explore natural paths and small hills.

 


Beyond the Burbs- Outdoors

Explore Columbia County River by kayak or canoe at the Rainier Kayak Launch. Check out your community beyond the burbs in video below.  

Rainier Oregon Access to Columbia River

Explore Columbia County River by kayak or canoe at the Rainier Kayak Launch. Check out your community beyond the burbs! #beyondtheburbs #keepitlocalcc

Posted by Beyond The Burbs – Faces, Places and Happenings of Columbia County on Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Beyond the Burbs – Outdoors

Enjoy Your Community!
Do you have kids at home this week? Take them for a quick walk, play some disc golf or watch the river from a bench. McCormick Park is a beautiful place to spend time with family or for some self-care. #beyondtheburbs

Enjoy Your Community!Do you have kids at home this week? Take them for a quick walk, play some disc golf or watch the river from a bench. McCormick Park is a beautiful place to spend time with family or for some self-care. #beyondtheburbs

Posted by Beyond The Burbs – Faces, Places and Happenings of Columbia County on Wednesday, January 1, 2020


June 16th Community Events

Columbia County- The 3rd Saturday in June is a day filled with family fun activities around Columbia County.  The Kiwanis Parade in St Helens happens every year at noon on the 3rd Saturday. This year a few other local events such as the Cycle Columbia Challenge starting and ending in Scappoose and Scappoose Party in the Park with live music and extended Scappoose Farmers Market hours also happens the same day.  It’s a day full of community fun right in your backyard a little something for everyone.

The Kiwanis Parade is a yearly tradition.  This year’s theme is “Honoring Those That Serve.”  Spectators can set up a prime spot anywhere along the streets of Columbia Blvd. The standard parade route starts at the corner of Hwy 30 & Emmert Motors and continues down to to the Dockside restaurant. It starts at 12:00 and typically lasts about an hour or longer depending on the number of entrants.  This is a FREE parade to enter to showcase your business or community.  If you want to participate in the parade or want more details, follow the Facebook Event.   Parades are a fun way to meet your neighbors and celebrate small-town life.  You can also tune into KOHI 1600 AM or stream from App Tune IN to listen to the parade as our local radio station broadcasts live from the event.

If you are a cyclist, you can join in the 3rd Annual Cycle Century Challenge.   This is the only cycling event in Columbia County.  It has two different routes a Century Plus and a Metric Century Plus with scenic views of farmland, timberlands, on unpaved historic CZ Trail, and charming small towns. Plus all the Cyclists are invited to the Scappoose Party in the Park after the race.  You can sign up in advance or register the day of the event. It starts early at 6:00 AM. Go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com for more details or to register.

Why not end the day with a community party?  This year Scappoose Party in the Park starts with extended Scappoose Farmers’ Market hours and live music Hit Machine Unplugged will perform a kid-friendly performance from 4-6 PM.

Get to know your community Beyond the Burbs!  It’s What’s Happening.  #community #columbiacountyor #cycle #parade #family #kiwanis #farmersmarket #livemusic #outdoorrec #thingstodoincc #thingstodocolumbiacounty

 

 


New Summer Recreation Program

St. Helens, OR – The citizens of St Helens have a whole new program for all ages filled with activities and classes galore for Summer 2018 thanks to a new St. Helens Recreation Program.   This program is a partnership between the City of St. Helens and the St. Helens School District to fill a need for a centralized program for recreation creating a sense of community.  Working in partnership the two organizations had a good start on the inventory of facilities.  Project coordinators asked for citizen input on upcoming classes they would like to see and where a need should be filled such as a monthly family movie night. This input created a diverse Summer Recreation Program for St. Helen’s citizens.

Anyone can register for the new program on the website.  Over 14 programs from Yoga in the Park, Community Game Night, Co-Ed Volleyball, Painting,  Movie Night, Terrarum Making Classes, Walking Groups and so much available throughout the summer months for all ages.  You’ll also get information for what’s going on at St. Helens Public Library, Eisenschmidt Pool, Summer Meals, and other community events such as 13 Nights on the River.

Shanna Duggan volunteer with the project also runs a Facebook group called Columbia County Sole Sisters for women to promote health. They provide online support and events to create a culture of a community.  Columbia County Sole Sisters is for women only.   She also works as the Utility  Billing, Court, and Bank Specialist for the City of St. Helens.  Working with this project is a perfect fit for Shanna.  When you meet her she’ll tell you that she loves to create events to help pull her community together. As soon as she was asked Shanna wanted to help with the project. She shared, “I am passionate about community. It’s something I take pride in, volunteer for, and helps me to find connections for myself and others. I have seen a need for a recreation program since I moved here 16 years ago.  When I was asked to help work on this project, it was an immediate yes. To me, a recreation program helps people connect with others, find a purpose, and provides opportunities to explore what is right here in front of us. So many times we leave Columbia County to do things that are already offered locally or could easily be offered here. It’s a win for everyone.  I think that in today’s times, with cellphones and other distractions, bringing it back to the basics is such an important thing AND it’s fun. I mean, who doesn’t smile when they are playing freeze tag, painting, or doing a scavenger hunt?”

She said she is excited about the future of the program.  ” I would love to see it be offered year-round with inclusive and diverse programs that partner with community members, local businesses, and sports programs. I hope we continue to find ways to offer programs at a lower rate for community members or at a price that’s affordable for low-income populations.  I believe a recreation program can be a backbone of a community.”

For the full program, click here.  To give more input for the future, please fill out the short online survey.   Want a list of events, interested in teaching a class or have questions, please email recreation@ci.st-helens.or.us.  or contact Shanna Duggan, City Of St. Helens, Utility Billing, Court and Bank Specialist, 503-397-6272 ext. 160

#sthelensor #community #familyfriendlyfun #recreationprogram #pool #library #painting #communitygames #yoga #volleyball #coed #diy #fun

 

 


Farm to Table Cooking Class

Deer Island, OR – It’s new to Columbia County.  It’s a twist on the Farm to Table concept trendy in the restaurants but different.  It’s a farm tour, a cooking class, and then eating! It’s called “Good Farm- Good Eats” a new event happening here in Columbia County on April 14th at Canaan Hill Farm, 33219 Canaan Road, Deer Island, Oregon 97054 from 1:00-2:30 PM.  You can purchase tickets directly on the website Eventbrite.   At this event, you’ll be cooking with the food at the farm after you have met the farmer.

Photo Lindsey Jones, RD – Photo Credit Facebook Page

Lindsey Jones, RD (Registered & Licensed Dietitian since 2006) has been cooking with individuals to help them on their wellness journey or in groups since she opened her private practice, One on One Good Easts in 2014.

Lindsey loves to share nutrition information with kids and adults alike.  In 2017,  she partnered with St Helens Community Credit to promote a project called “Going Green” promoting Budgets & Wellness with her emphasis on presenting the importance of nutrition to local businesses, teachers & administrators in our schools.   Lindsey loves to teach nutrition.  She believes, “So many people have become disconnected from their bodies and minds- how they function, and the role that food and nutrition play in that.  I love teaching people how to create healthy minds and bodies.”

This year she is sharing a new experience with a local business while Farm to Table is popular in restaurants a close partner, agri-tourism is popping up in rural areas to promote tourism.  As defined by Wikipedia, Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.     Canaan Hill Farm owners, Pat & Jeannie Schenk approached Lindsey about cooking on their farm.   This is the first agritourism kick-off event to start as more “Good Farm-Good Eats” events will happen during the growing season.   Lindsey wanted to partner with a local farm because, “Connecting people with the farmers and with local food that is grown and raised in a sustainable and responsible way, is vital to promoting thriving and sustainable food systems.”   People want to know where their food comes from and with the close proximity to farms, we have fresh produce and opportunities in our backyards & surrounding communities here in Columbia County.

You still have some time to sign up for the new class but do it soon her classes tend to sell out.  Going up to the farm shows you what is in season now for early spring and why you want to eat the types of fresh produce this time of year.  You will be given handouts and recipes along with nutrition education.  Both Canaan Hill Farm &  Ferreira Family Farms will  have their produce for sale the day of the events.  Follow Lindsey on her social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or find her on her website to stay up to date on her nutrition classes, nutrition tidbits and more!  #healthyeating #cookingclasses #canaanfarms #ferreirafamilyfarms #agritourismcc #farming


Hoof’s Clicking, Rides Spinning & Faces Grinning 102nd Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is one of the oldest annual traditions in Columbia County along with the Kiwanis Parade.  It’s four days of nothing but fun after a year of hard work by local citizens who donate their time to put on one of the best Fair & Rodeos around.  You’ll find many different entertainments during Fair Week it’s highly recommended you check it out as it has something for all ages.

As tradition dictates, the opening ceremony starts at noon on Wednesday the 19th.  It’s also Senior and Veterans Day that means free admission for both Seniors and Veterans.  Our fair seems to have something for everyone such as live music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, Amateur & Professional Rodeo, local vendors, fair food, Elks Beer Garden, Dairy Princess Ice Cream Booth has the best milkshakes, Bingo at the Grange Booth and so much more.

Adults and kids alike enjoy seeing the open 4-H exhibits such as local photography, baked goods, flower arrangements and livestock with chickens, goats, pigs, cows, and horses.  It’s nice to see a showcase of our rural county represented at our fair.  Additional acts such as Pirate Parrot Show, Jerry Harris Master Hypnotist, Cooks Racing Pigs, Jeff Evans Magician schedules can be found on the Fair Event Schedule.  Don’t forget to check out the Farm Museum and the Master Gardners Gardens on site.

Be prepared to bring some cash to the fair.  It’s a low entrance fee at the gate.  Ages 7-60 years old it’s $8.00.  Seniors & Veterans and older $5.00 except Wednesday it’s FREE.  It’s also $5.00 to park as a local Kiwanis fundraiser.  You can also take the CC Rider out to the Fairgrounds scheduled is posted on their  Facebook page.  If the kids want to ride the carnival rides, make sure to get the pre-sale Carnival bands to save a few bucks.  The can be purchased at the following local businesses:   Chubb’s, all Wauna Federal Credit Union & St Helens Community Credit Union branches but for a limited time.

To stay up to date on all things Fair & Rodeo, follow along on their Facebook Page.  We’ll see you at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo!

#columbiacountyor #columbiacountyfairandrodeo #carnivalrides #4H #horses #cows #livemusic #HitMachine #Showdown #entertainment #kidfriendly

All Photos Courtesy of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo FB Page


July Staycation Fun

Columbia County, OR –   A small community is your community. When you attend events, you meet your neighbors and contribute to the character of your communities.  Nonprofits put on events to preserve traditions and showcase local history for when families who grew up here come “home” for the 4th of July or those visiting get to enjoy the small town atmosphere.  If you ask someone why they live in a small town, some will reply, “the opportunity to get involved.”  Maybe it’s just meeting your neighbors or volunteering but your participation can shape your community. The best time to participate is around the 4th of July to celebrate our Independence.

If you haven’t made plans, you might want to consider staying local.  Columbia County has lots of family friendly events and fireworks shows.  Looking for a logging show?  live music?  ice cream eating contest or talent show? parade?  Check out the variety of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Clatskanie

June 30th – 4th  Clatskanie Heritage Days &  Fireworks

Highlights July 3rd – The 234th Army Band – General Discord – Free Concert at 7:00 PM hosted by Clatskanie Cultural Arts

Photo Courtsey Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce FB page

July 4th – The parade starts at 11:00 with an 11:10 Fly over by  Oregon 142nd Fighter Wing Flyover on July 4th.  Youth & Professional  Logging Show

St. Helens

July 1st- July 4th   St HelaPalooza & Fireworks

Highlights- July 1st- July 4th Live Music with a variety of bands.  Local music sensation Hit Machine plays on the 4th of July before the Fireworks from 8-10 at Columbia View Park.  Tailgate or camp down at the waterfront.  Check out www.discovercolumbiacounty.com for more details.

Scappoose

4th of July – Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast

Vernonia

4th of July – – Great American Bash & Fireworks

Highlights4 Bands & Performances, Vendors, Parade and more.

 Rainier

7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Days in the Park Includes Fireworks

Highlights – 7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Historical Museum Soft Opening, Carnival Rides & so much more!

Thank you for supporting local events.  Have a fun July in your community.  Enjoy your small towns!  #festivals #fireworks #familyfriendly #vendors #artisans