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

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Art & Food: Community Fighting Hunger with Empty Bowls

Photo Courtsey of Columbia Pacific Food Bank

St. Helens, OR –  Food and Art.  Art and Food.  No matter how you say it, Food and Art is an excellent combination.  Add raising funds to help fight hunger and the event has elevated to a can’t be missed evening out called Empty Bowls.   Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Columbia Pacific Food Bank and its right around the corner on April 7th from 5:00 -7:00 PM at the McBride School Cafeteria in St. Helens.

What makes Empty Bowls so much fun?   You get to pick out your bowl.  It’s handmade pottery created by local retired teacher, Pat Brame.   Oh, and he has friends that help him as well.  Pat also sells his pottery at the event donating 25 % proceeds back to the food bank.  Pat has been involved over the past 11 years, since the beginning of Empty Bowls.  Then you get to pick out your soup.  The eating part is pretty yummy thanks to local restaurants who donate the food.   The Ridge Runners provide live music for entertainment.

Casey Wheeler,  Executive Director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank, wants the community to know, ” The purpose of this event is to help people understand what food insecure families face in our community.  Often they only have soup, bread and some water for dinner (if they are lucky).  Often the parents do not eat so the children have something to eat.”   Casey mentioned his favorite part of the event is ” Having the St. Helens Middle School Honor Society adopt this as one of their community service projects.  They develop the theme, decorations, set-up the venue, serve food and drinks, clean up and help put everything away. Also, watching the interaction of people as they eat and pick out their bowls.”

This fundraiser is a ticketed event.  You can purchase your tickets for $10.00 each at many local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Sunsations, Grocery Outlet and Scappoose Bagel.    They have been known to sell out so don’t wait if you want to go.  See you there!

Follow Columbia Pacific Food Bank Facebook page to stay up to date. #fighthunger #communityfun #art #food #columbiacounty #columbiapacificfoodbank

 

 

 

 


Scappoose Farmers’ Market 14th Season

23433_101502389893541_2811927_nScappoose, OR- Every  Spring, one thing is certain.  That’s the opening of the  Scappoose Farmers’ Market.  May 21st marks the 14th Season open from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.  This year you will find some of the favorites such as veggies, plants, and artisan gifts.  You’ll find a few new things in the mix this year.

* Demonstrations focused on Art of Food Preparation using local ingredients, grant by Columbia County Cultural Coalition.

*Planting Ideas & Master Gardeners Tips

*Kids Programs

*Live Music courtesy of Columbia River PUD’s Community Grant

*Burrito USA using local fresh ingredients where possible

*Scappoose Community Club will occasionally  feature their Sauerkraut Sandwich.  Stay tuned to Scappoose Community Club Updates.

If you haven’t been, it’s a must to check out in Columbia County.

See you at the Scappoose Farmers’ Market located behind in City Hall Parking lot at E 2nd Street.


Lewis and Clark secretary awarded school employee of the year

Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she had been selected as the Oregon Schools Employee Associaton employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.
Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she was the Oregon Schools Employee Association employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.

ST. HELENS — Jeanette Sessions, a 24-year veteran of the St. Helens School District, has been chosen as the Oregon Schools Employees Association employee of the year.

Sessions currently works as the head secretary at Lewis and Clark Elementary in St. Helens. Her supervisor, principal Cathy Carson, nominated her for the award, referring to Sessions as the heart and soul of their school in her recommendation letter.

The announcement of Sessions’ award was made on May 8 during a surprise celebration, cloaked as a mandatory staff meeting, in the school library. Sessions’ family, friends and current and former co-workers were in attendance.

Sessions was caught off-guard by the award because she was unaware of her nomination by Carson. According to an OSEA press release, Sessions said, “When I saw my retired friends here (at the meeting) my first thought was… I didn’t retire yet!”

The employee of the year award is one of the highest honors of OSEA. The award is given out annually, and recipients are chosen from a pool of Oregon nominees by a committee of past OSEA presidents.

Sessions will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2014 OSEA Conference from June 26-28 in Portland.