Small Towns Celebrate Independence Day in Columbia County

Columbia County, OR –  Family, friends, picnic, barbeque, community, and fireworks!   How do you like to celebrate the 4th of July?  You have many options in Columbia County from Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia & Clatskanie or a combination of a few events since our small towns are so close.

It’s a tradition in Scappoose to start the day off with a Pancake Breakfast in Scappoose from 7:30 -11:00 AM.  It’s a donation breakfast brought to you by the Scappoose Fire Department, Scappoose Volunteer Firefighters & Highway 30 Cruisers. Families can gather and share a meal to start the day off right.  A highlight is meeting your local community responders who are raising money for graduate scholarships.

St Helens is bringing back a local favorite Hit Machine to celebrate the holiday.  The 5th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony takes place at the Courthouse at 2:00 PM to revive an old tradition of celebrating the guardians that have gone before to protect our freedom.  Others are encouraged to join at other locations across St. Helens.  They will be shooting off the fireworks from Sand Island this year.  Follow their website to stay up to date.

Clatskanie has Heritage Days is a not to miss event.  It starts the Saturday before on the 29th with an annual Car Show and a 5 K Race to support a nonprofit that supports kids Against Child Abuse.  Heritage Days on the 4th of July is complete with all day activities like contests such as mustache & beard competition a talent show, ice cream eating, a rubber ducky contest and fireworks to end the evening.  For a full list of events visit their website

Once again, Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Vernonia Firefighters.  The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park.  You can find more events on their facebook page.

We wish you a happy and safe 4th of July from all us at  BeyondTheBurbs!


New Irish Pub with a Non-Irish Name – O’Nammy’s

St. Helens, OR – There is a new kid on the block well it’s new on Highway 30.  It’s the Irish pub called O’Nammy’s located at 343 Columbia River Highway across the parking lot from Skinny’s next to the nail salon.    They extended their hours in May open Sun-Thu: 11am – 11pm & Fri-Sat: 11am – 1:30am.   They have a jukebox and a complimentary phone charging station for their patrons, provide cards on the table along with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots games to keep one busy while sipping on your favorite beverage.  They also have Oregon Video Lottery.

Yes, they have Guinness on Tap or you can get a cocktail of your choice.  You may also run into local bartender & bar manager, Jamie Apple, as known by the locals behind the bar.  Yes, they also have food.   Order the corned beef & cabbage,  a Ruben or chili cheese nachos if you get the chance check out their menu on their website for more food options.

Welcome, O’Nammy’s to Columbia County.  They opened right before St. Patricks Day and look forward to having you stop by to say hello.  #irish #sthelens #drinklocalcc #adultsonly #pub #neighborhoodpub


Play Mini Golf at Glowing Putters

Scappoose, OR –  Indoor glow in the dark mini golf is fun for all ages plus it makes for a great family or team building event.  The new business called Glowing Putters is located at 51583 Columbia River Highway in Scappoose next to Sears.  Glowing Putters is black light mini golf.  Its ambiance is themed under the sea where you hit your brightly colored golf ball into the treasure chest on the 9th hole.

Golf is the main attraction but they also have a mini arcade called Adventureland equipped with games like PacMan, air hockey, photo booth, and more arcade games.  Prices are affordable for a family activity.  Local resident & Owner, Lorene Bridgeman decided to open Glowing Putters as a desire to, “to create a business in Scappoose because there were no options for kids. St. Helens has bowling and all Scappoose has is an outdoor skate park and movie theatre. I felt we were really lacking in our community for some creative fun for the whole family. I had the perfect opportunity come up and couldn’t pass on it. Highway 30, easy access and close to shopping areas. It was all too perfect!”

You can host a birthday party or rent it for a corporate event call to inquire at (503) 987-4182.  They offer birthday packages where you can add options like pizza or decor for your party.  A Corporate Event rental means you can rent the entire facility for your organization during hours that are closed to the public. PowerPoint is available with a projector screen.

Glowing Putters has seasonal hours which vary so please call.   Open 7 days a week in Summertime and 4 days a week when school is in session.

Follow their facebook page to keep up to date on services and announcements.

Welcome to Columbia County, Glowing Putters! #minigolf

 

 

 


Business Bits: Are you Hangry?

Scappoose, OR – Food carts are starting to pop up across Columbia County.  Hangry is one of the newer food carts located in Scappoose at 53787 West Lane Road kitty-corner from Scappoose Creek Inn on the way to the Scappoose Airpark.  Hangry is a family owned business run by the Curtis family, Heidi, David & son Noah.  They decided to open it in in Scappoose because they have lived there all their lives.  They wanted to open their business in their backyard.

Heidi revealed a big smile as she responded when asked why she named it “Hangry.”  Hedi said, “because it happens to me if I don’t eat I get hangry.  ”   Wikipedia states hangry means Hungry and angry, especially when the anger is induced by hunger.  Heidi also mentioned she was thankful for the locals who work with the area and have been keeping her business busy since they opened.

It’s a quick trip to grab some really good food and they even have a drive-up window.  Call your order in to 971-256-1911 to pick up.  No need to decide if you want breakfast or lunch.  You can order both as they have breakfast burritos, soups, sandwiches, and daily specials.  It’s best to follow their facebook page to stay on top of the menu.  Heidi mentioned that The Philly is a customer favorite, get it either with chicken or beef.  You can also get drinks, dessert, and coffee.

Welcome to Columbia County!  #dinelocalcc #newbusiness #foodcarts #burgers #sandwhiches #columbiacountyor

 


11th Annual Race Against Child Abuse

St. Helens, OR- Citizens from across Columbia County & beyond can fight Child Abuse together by supporting the upcoming annual Race Against Child Abuse.  This race starts down at the waterfront in St Helens at 8:00 AM at Columbia View Park with the purpose to raise funds for the Amani Center on April 13th.  The more the merrier with lots of fun to be had.

You can pick the 1 mile (Family Walk), 5 K, 10 K or Half Marathon.  There is an option for everyone to support our kids and families in Columbia County.   Race prices range from $30 – $70 depending on which race you choose. You still have time to register and can even do so the morning of the race.  Email bpulito@amanicenter.org for questions and you can find out more details on their Facebook Page.

Beth Pulito, Fundraising & Outreach Coordinator, mentioned on Facebook she has a personal goal of 200 runners even though they have surpassed their numbers from years prior.  It is key that they raise as much as they can with the help of their community as their programs serve Columbia County.  Getting families together to support their community is what small town living is about.

Amani Center is Columbia County Child Abuse Assessment Program with the mission to provide medical evaluations & forensic interviews, as well as resources & support to children and their families who may have been impacted by abuse or neglect.  For more information, go to their website.

 

 

 


Business Bits: Comfort Makers

St. Helens, OR – Columbia County’s population has its share of aging seniors among the highest in the state of Oregon along with Clatsop & Benton counties from the 2018 economic data for Pacific Northwest Oregon.   Over the past ten years, more and more women are moving into self-employment across the United States according to Inc.com   That’s exactly the path Katie Klem took to become an entrepreneur working with seniors.  She has recently opened two professional services businesses in Columbia County.

Katie opened Positive Journey, LLC, first to help with Geriatric Care Management, planning to meet seniors aging needs.  Quickly she realized people had a harder time planning but instead reacted to situations so she started Comfort Makers.  Comfort Makers focuses on Supportive Living Services.  They can help de-stress a family situation by caregiving for their loved one’s needs as they age.  She was also looking for a work-life balance as a mom and nurse.

Katie is a trained nurse.  She found a passion for working with the geriatric population.   She explained that her love for working with the geriatric population drove her to continue her graduate education in Geriatric Care Management.   Now, with Comfort Makers she lives her passion every day by helping older adults thrive in the comfort of their own home. With the help of her team, they take the stress out of caregiving and are changing families lives in Columbia County.  Katie explained that “using professional care management services helps relieve stress, reduce conflict, saves time and money.”  Katie is a wealth of knowledge and hires staff that treats their clients like family.

Are you a caregiver?  What do you do when you need a break?  Comfort Makers is a reasonably priced locally owned company.  Comfort Makers differs from their competition because they have no minimum hours and can start within a four-hour time frame.

Follow Comfort Makers Facebook Page to stay up to date on age-related resources and caregiving support.  Contact Katie for a consultation 503- 369-2460 to discuss your caregiving needs for yourself or a loved one.  #seniors #columbiacounty #newbusiness #caregiving #comfortmakers #destress 

 

 


Pure Serenity Massage Expanded Services to “Floats”

St Helens, OR – Local business, Pure Serenity Massage, LLC has consistently been adding services to their business since they opened in October 2007.  Starting as a massage business, they are now offering fourteen different types of massage and expanded services to include Facials by licensed Estheticians, Eye Lash Extensions, Spray Tans, Essential Oils, Foot Reflexology, Ear Candling and now a Float Tank.  They have expanded to a one-stop shop for health and wellness.

Pure Serenity has the only float tank in Columbia County which provides Floatation Therapy.  Have you heard of this new health trend called floating?   The concept is sensory deprivation to take away the stress and distractions in life.   You lay on your back in 98 degrees Epom Saltwater in a soundproof and lightproof tank to create a balance allowing your body to feel like it is “floating” depriving your body of any sensory activity. Below is a YouTube Video that explains what it is and how it works found on Pure Serenity’s website.

The owner, Kayla Mixer, shared she decided to get a float tank because “We were hitting our 10 years and I was wanting a float tank for 3 years.  It was always in the back of my mind I finally pushed forward and did it.   We love the idea that the facility can be a one-stop shop and a float tank is a great addition to massage and skin care. A float right before a message is amazing!!!   So many benefits to floating I’m so happy to have the first float in Columbia County.”

Over the past few months, they have also revamped their skincare department.  Kayla wanted to bring in the best product and a new high-end microdermabrasion machine.  She explained that her lead, Esthetician Michelle King, used to work at ski resorts and with plastic surgeons which helps add to a new skin care department that is top of the line and amazing results.  Pure Serenity is hosting an upcoming Customer Appreciation Event for current and new potential customers on December 15th to view the new product line, meet the Estheticians and enjoy refreshments. 

Want to learn more about Floating.  Check out this YouTube Video for more information on Floatation Therapy.

 

 

 


Business Bits: 2 New Courier Businesses

Columbia County, OR – Two businesses in Columbia County are offering delivery service.  Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers have a focus on food delivery from local restaurants in St. Helens.  The other business Columbia County Anytime Assistant can help with almost anything, anytime! Both businesses serve a purpose to help our local residents in a growing community. It’s a convenience for some, a necessity for others since public transportation is limited in our rural community.

One delivers locally in St. Helens mainly from restaurants.  Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers can bring you a variety of items from fried fish, gourmet sausages, Mexican or Thai Cuisine, and general grocery items from the gas station.  They can help fulfill your food cravings from local restaurants.   The company is run by partners, Ben Tiscareno & Kathleen Jenkins,  They are open Tuesdays. Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 AM – 8 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 11 AM- 11 PM closed Sunday -Monday.   They have partnered with Muchas Gracias Mexican Food, Skippers & Skinny’s, Vinnie’s Chicago Subs and Roy Thai to deliver locally in the St. Helens area.  You can find a map of their service area pinned to the front of their facebook page.  

Columbia County Anytime Assistants opened in the past few months to help with concierge and other customized services.  This new company is run by a husband and wife team, Arejonna & Josh Paulson.  They started this company in July 2018 Arejonna shared, “to further help our community, especially ones who are our veterans or disabled.”  They can also work with kids.  Need help with school drop off or pick up, car services pick up or drop off, pet taxi, a variety of other concierge services such as dropping off prescriptions, dry cleaning, alterations,  post office, dump runs, merchandise returns, grocery shopping, and customized errands give them a call.  They are open 7 AM- 10 PM Monday -Fridays and 9:00-10 AM on the weekend give them a call at 971-328-2246 to book a space.

Arejonna & Josh Paulson on their first errand for their new business.

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.