Upcoming Halloween Events

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 online and 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.

At the end of the month, the St Helens Kiwanis Club Children’s Fair provides free entertainment for kids,  Trick or Trunks is put on by the local Moose Club from 2-5 on 20th and in Rainier Oregon on Oct 28th sponsored by Hometown Pizza will keep your family busy this month!

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.

 

 

 

 


1st Fall Pub Crawl

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.

 

 


Business Bits: HomeBrew Contest 1st in Columbia County

Photos Courtesy of Hob Nob Facebook Page

St. Helens, OR –  Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom located at 2155 Columbia Blvd in St. Helens showcases some locally brewed beer along with other Oregon Brews, high-quality fresh food to round out the farm to table concept using locally sourced produce and products as much as possible.  One could say that this new business is not only tasty but it’s good for you.  They use locally made products like Sasquatch Mustard by Darling Foods, serve Two Birds One Stone spirited ice cream and outsource produce as much as they can from local family farms like Canaan Hill Farm.  They also feature events such as live music, tastings and the upcoming event, a first in Columbia County, a HomeBrew Competition.

John & Tamara Stermer, owners, wanted to offer a different type of restaurant.  Tamara Stermer makes a point to recognize her team as being an important piece in running a successful business where customers want to keep coming back.  Hob Nob means to toast each other, a social place according to their facebook page.  When you visit, why not grab a flight to try a variety of beers?  or maybe you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail like their seasonal Sangria or a Lavender Lemon Drop.  You won’t be disappointed!  Some customers favorite menu items include the House Chips, add the parmesan cheese for a treat, the homemade plum sauce for the Fly Away Wings and the Gluten Free -Roots N Seeds Salad.

In the few short months since opening, they have hosted Kentucky Derby Food, Fare & Fundraiser for Columbia Humane Society.  Their new upcoming event will be the first Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition in Columbia County is sanctioned by American Home Brewers Association & BJCP according to their business facebook page.   They are currently looking for both brewers and the public to attend this event with live music, traditional Octoberfest foods prepared in event area and German cuisine available for indoor dining.  Reservations are recommended for indoor dining the evening of Octoberfest just call 503-396-3151.

Just a few details for the Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition on October 6th:

For Brewers: Judging Saturday -9:00 AM. The rules and profiles are posted at our website www.hobnobbrewhouse.com

For Guests: Open to public starting from 3 PM till 11 PM for 21 & Over ONLY.  $30.00 entry fee includes a tasting glass with event logo, bracelets with 6 prepaid tastings, live music.  Go to their facebook page to stay up to date on the event.

You’ll find this new place charming and will want to come back to try something new.   Welcome to Columbia County Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom.  Cheers!

 

 


Competition for Kids In Biz

Scappoose, OR- As our resources grow in Columbia County so do the local community events.  One of the new events that started in August is a Friday night movie series hosted by The Scappoose Public Library.  They launched a Moonlight Movies series on Friday nights at Scappoose Heritage Park starting at 7:00 PM.  They have had a variety of themes such as history night with an ice cream social, game night, and the last one of Summer is on August 31st t0 get local kids excited about entrepreneurship by hosting a Kids In Biz Event.

Kids in Business was started by Nick Hurliman, local owner of Hurliman CPA.  A few years ago they hosted Kids In Biz and it caught some interest from entrepreneurial kids.   With the introduction of the new movie series, they found an opportunity to implement the program by sponsoring tables for kids and offering a Grand Prize for the kids who are competing.   They would like kids of the community to put together their business and show it off, sell some merchandise, and have some fun planning and executing.  Judges will look at the following categories for picking the winner of the Grand Prize, a Kindle:

  • Presentation (Cleanliness, ease of shopping, etc.)
  • Marketing (Before and during the event, were people invited/told, etc.)
  • Product (Originality, look, etc.)
  • Operations (cash management, sales process, etc)

Megan Jarman, Digital Marketing Director, Hurlimin CPA,  said the goal of this event is to “ get kids excited about entrepreneurship, to teach them skills that they may not be taught in school, and to teach them that solid businesses help their community.”  She reminds us that kids do need to register for the event online.  Kids can set up at the event at 6:00 PM for a 7:00 PM start.    Do you have a kid that is an entrepreneur?  There is still time to sign up and it’s FREE! #community #scappooseor #kidsinbiz #moviesinpark #kidfriendly

 


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 Marathon.   Uberthons will be timing the race.  Afterward, 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 a lot 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 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

 

 


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.