Annual Tradition Wings & Wheels

Scappoose, OR –  Three local membership groups have combined two annual events that were typically held in August at Scappoose Airpark.  The 8th Annual Wings & Wheels is now hosted by the South Columbia County Chamber of CommerceHighway 30 Cruisers, and  Northwest  Antique Airplane Club NWACC.  This partnership brings this event up a notch from prior years leveraging one another strengths offering more on one day for all who attend.

The day starts with a 2nd Annual Wings & Wheels Half Marthon.   Uberthons will be timing the race.  Afterwards, runners can enjoy a Pancake Breakfast & Beer provided by NWACC.  Adults and students are invited to register for the event the race which starts at 7:30 AM and will end at the airport at  34020 Skyway Drive, Scappoose, OR. ​ It’s a fairly flat race with slopes but not hills, 4 first aid stations with Porta Potties, placer pins for 4 classes first, second and third place for both men and women.  

Big kids and little kids love the event with Free Admission. The family friendly Cruise In/Fly In opens at 9:00 AM and goes until 5 PM.  You’ll find alot to do and look at the event.  You’ll see beautiful cars & planes.  For 21 & older, a beer garden run by Flyboy Brewery & Pub with a DJ on site and  many vendors.  Stay tuned to the Wings & Wheels Facebook page for updates.  New events this year include, St. Helens and Scappoose First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams and it’s rumored the antique plane the BT13 will make an appearance.  If you want to show off your car and enter it,  you can find more information on Highway 30 Cruisers Facebook page.

Bring your family out and enjoy the events.  It’s a great chance to see our local airport.  #columbiacountyor #thingstodocc #cars #airplanes #scappooseor #​halfmarathon #runners #wingsandwheels 

Annual Tradition GOBLE WARMING

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.

GOBLE WARMING is a three day event of fun for friends and family starting Friday night August 17th thru Sunday 19th with a focus on live music.   This is a kid friendly establishment until 7 PM each night with extended hours to 9:00 on Saturday so bring your whole family.  You can also shop on site with vendors and a flea market both Saturday & Sunday.

Friday night Karaoke kicks off the fun  at the backyard stage at 7:00 PM.  Saturday includes a barbeque and live bands all day such as James Harlow, Guy Live & the Goble All Stars.  At 5 PM Saturday Night 18th, the Horn Dawgs take stage. They are a returning band from Scappoose, OR featuring killer horns.  They are rhythm and blues with touches of classic rock make up the repertoire of the Horn Dawgs.   Sunday starts with a Bloody Mary Bar & Breakfast then Battle of the bands at 11:00 AM with an Open Microphone.  A car show to entince the car enthusists happens as well on Sunday.

Small town traditions create lifelong memories with old friends and new.  Join in the fun and support your local community.  #casaforchildren #columbiacountyor #familyfriendly #livemusic #goblewarming #gobleor #wherethehellisgoble #outdoor

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  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



2018 Annual Home & Garden Show

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.”

Meet your neighbors.  Find local resources for your home & garden needs.  See you this weekend!  #home #garden #columbiacountyor #shopcolumbiacounty #spring #community #family #businessresources #neighbors #community


Business Bits: Acoustic Flash Mob (AFM)

Columbia County, OR- New to Columbia County, Acoustic Flash Mob (AFM) packed the house the night of their 1st performance on Feb 24th at Running Dogs Brewery in St Helens.  This is just the beginning for AFM fans as they are also performing April 14th at Warren Country Inn and booked for Rainier Days in July 2018.  So you too can join in the sensation surrounding the new concept of reflective social commentary and humor inviting those that listen to engage in the music and fun.

Band Member, Todd Tolles, tells the tale of how the band formed, “Acoustic Flash Mob, aka AFM, began one fine summer day back in 2016.  Two acoustic guitar troubadours, Bob Salisbury and Todd Tolles, wandered into the dining patio of one of our local Columbia County establishments, sparked by Bob Salisbury’s brilliant idea of finding an audience, instantly, to partake in our fun… we sat down with a few local patrons and began playing some familiar songs.  After being well received and appreciated some of the folks joined along in singing, AFM was born.”  Tolles explains, “Fast forward to today; we ‘Troubadors’ have decided to take AFM up a notch by adding a rhythm section.  The rhythm section has Chris Ponti on upright Bass and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sean Clark on percussion.  Enhancing the ability brought a whole slew of new songs to perform as a mostly acoustic outfit; think MTV Unplugged circa the early 90’s.”  The spirit of the ‘flash mob’ stays alive with the use of songbooks at performances to help audiences sing along.

AFM creates a fun loving, intimate vibe in the venues where they show up or even in their planned shows.  They choose songs with a little bit of reflective social commentary and some tongue in cheek humor, along with some very familiar tunes to those for singin’ along to.  AFM aims to enrich people’s time out in our local community with thoughtful, good vibrations.  AFM wants you to resolve to evolve by seeing more live music in 2018 and they are the perfect group to inspire folks to do just that.  Their mission for their show is simple:  AFM-Resolve to Evolve  | See More Live Music.   Contact band manager, Meagan Tolles for booking and questions 503-333-8790.



Oldest Photo of Oregon Senate Donated by Your Neighbor

St. Helens, OR – On March 3rd, during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session in Salem, Senator Betsy Johnson presented the Oregon Senate with the oldest photo of the Senate and showed members of the 12th Bi-Annual 1882 Oregon Senate.  Local resident Diane Kruggel Dillard recently found this heirloom photo and wanted to share it with the Oregon Senate.

The Dillard family has a long history of public service in Columbia County. The photo was the property of William Barclay Dillard married to Susan Holcomb Dillard, and who were early residents of St. Helens. William Barclay worked as a Columbia County District Attorney and his wife was the first postmistress and later head librarian. They had two sons, William Walden and James Mason. Walden, like his father, served as County District Attorney while James Mason was appointed Federal District Attorney.  The Dillard family had two sons, Max W. “Sandy” Dillard and Carl Dillard.

Diane Dillard married Sandy in 1964. Sandy served as a County Commissioner for Columbia County.   Diane served as Communications Manager for Boise Cascade and retired after 44 years of service. She donated her time to many worthy causes including, Columbia Rural Fire District, United Way, CASA, Chamber of Commerce, Sacagawea and Chance to Become Scholarship.  Diane, a widow, is still a strong supporter of Columbia County.

To view the official state recording from the Senate website, go to Dillard Senate Presentation

A Growing Art Scene

Columbia County-  Thanks to the Columbia Arts Guild, 2018 brings many opportunities for Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike.  The  Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has accomplished big things in just a few years for local artists.  This group of committed and talented volunteers continues to work together to bring more to the table in 2018 for our communities.  In 2017, the group became an official 501(c) 3 and fundraised to build a secure cabinet to display art at the St Helens Public Library.  You can find more about their group on their website

Columbia Arts Guild is connecting like-minded artists with one another by creating together, hosting a countywide art competition, a community art project and a celebration with hands-on art.  A little something for everyone. Here are more specifics about the upcoming CAG events and ways you can get involved:

  • Art Happening- Paint the Town.  Weekly group of artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the hallway of the Columbia Learning Center.  The goal is for the artist to Bring Your Own Art (BYOA), work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers as they go out to Paint the Town! 
  • CAG Virtual Arts Competition will run until Dec 31st, 2018.  The competition is called Adventure & Art in Columbia County.   To enter go to their Facebook paged upload your submission photo in the album.  Competition is open to all Columbia County residents.  Basic guidelines, you can enter as many times in as many categories as you want.  Open to all mediums.  Judging will be in January 2019, people’s choice awards will be chosen by a number of likes on the Facebook post with people’s choice. The competition is for the I LOVE Columbia County Book will be created with winners published by December 2019 available on Amazon in 2020. The I LOVE Columbia County book proceeds will go to further Art Opportunities in Columbia County through the Columbia Arts Guild.
  • “This is Us” St. Helens is a Community Art Project.  During the next several months the CAG will be hosting “This Is Us” paint events throughout the St. Helens area. Paint events are the opportunity for you and your group of 10 or more to take part in this project. They provide everything you need to paint your house and participate.   CAG will keep all the painted, signed houses created by the community so that we may assemble them into one large piece of community art.  Everyone can create/paint one house to represent themselves in our diverse community. You can even take a picture of your house and share it on this page.  Call or text Joan@5033691081 to schedule a paint event.
  • Spring Walk Into Art is in its 3rd year to Celebrate the Arts!  It has a Professional Art Show, Youth Art Show, Music, Dancing, Open Mic, Book Signing, Culinary Art, Hands on Art and more!  Save the date for May 5th at Columbia Learning Center, 375 S 18th St, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051.



Businesss Bits: Running Dogs Brewery

Photo Courtesy of Running Dogs Brewery FB Page

St Helens, OR –  Running Dogs Brewery is so much more than just beer.  Running Dogs Brewery is a place where locals hang out for good drinks and a good time.  Help us welcome, Maggie & Jaron Clayton, owners of Running Dog Brewery at 291 South 1st St, St Helens, OR to the downtown business scene.   They have only been open a few months but are already a welcome new addition to Downtown St Helens.

They have many board games, a tasty beer with a selection that changes often and when the weather is good your dog can enjoy time on the patio! Open Wednesday thru Sunday Running Dogs provides a new hangout, hours do vary on Sunday so check out their Facebook page!

They not only have craft beer made in Columbia County but also make a variety of panni’s along with cheese/meat boards, snacks, and kids meals. Click here for the full menu.

Regular events like Trivia & Bingo Nights happen often also a variety of different events upcoming for January 2018.  Please follow their Facebook page to stay up to date.  Below is a snapshot:

New Years Eve Party, Dec 31st – Before 9:00 PM, Family Friendly fun. Live music starts at 6:00 PM with champagne for Sale and Confetti Cannons!  Dance the night away.

Yoga & Beer, Jan 7th, 2018 –  Flow Yoga for all levels 60 Minutes, taught by Beer Yogi and Yoga Instructor, Amanda Malarkey. After class, yogis are invited to stay and enjoy a post-class pint. Your registration includes yoga + your first pint of beer.

Northern Lights Painting Party, Jan 8th, 2018  –  6:00 PM- 9:00 PM.  $45 includes your painting & Panino Sandwich.

Zumba & Beer, Jan 15th, 2018-   11:00 AM -12:00 PM.   Free class taught by Claire Catt.  Deposit required can be applied to food or beer after class.

Paint Your Pet Night, Jan 22nd, 2018  –     6:00 PM -9:00 PM.  $55 includes your painting and a Panino Sandwich.

To Get creative?  Exercise?   Relax?  Great conversation?  New friends? Stop by the taproom.  You’ll find a little bit of everything at Running Dogs Brewery. To get more information on their business check out their website  Welcome to Columbia County Running Dogs Brewery!  #brewery #madeincc #shopcolumbiacounty


Business Bits: Roof

St. Helens, OR- Take the elevator or stairs it doesn’t matter but check out the new restaurant, Roof.  It’s located on the 4th floor of the Muckle Building at 31 Cowlitz Street, St Helens.  Roof offers food and drinks with sweeping views of the Columbia River.  It’s only been open since September so it’s still considered fairly new to Columbia County.

Owners, Marsha Lee &  husband,  Jeff Carver decided to get into the restaurant industry according to Marsha because “Jeff has the passion for the restaurant business.  He loves the Columbia River and this restaurant, so it has been a good fit.”  As we move into the winter months, Marsha said, “It’s going to be awesome with the first snowfall.  We have all these big windows for patrons to look and enjoy all the sights from tugboats to freighters to the bald eagles that soar just below the restaurant.”  Marsha is right, it’s an experience to view all the activity on the mighty Columbia.

Roof offers a variety of craft beers, ciders, wine, Irish Coffee plus a variety of handmade wraps, salads and now serving Chili and soups.   They also have a few fun upcoming events you may want to check out:

Follow their Facebook Page to stay up to date.   Stop by for lunch or a drink and don’t forget the views at Roof! #gemsofcolumbiacounty