Scappoose, OR – Spring signals the return of The Scappoose Farmers Market. They open their 15th Season this Saturday, May 20th. The Scappoose Community Club hosts this local Farmers Market which runs now thru September 30th.
You’ll find a variety of fresh fruits, plants & herbs, vegetables, and handmade goods every Saturday from 9 AM – 2 PM. The amazing local vendors are located between Heritage Park and Scappoose City Hall. To stay in touch with events and new vendors follow the Scappoose Famers Market Facebook page. You’ll also find live music and events at the market.
New this year are vendors like:
Pannikin Ice, Exotic Thai rolled ice cream sold to support job training for local and at-risk youth
YoungFree Designs which create skateboards
Stop by for your local products and say hi to your neighbors. #shopsmall #shopcolumbiacounty #scappoosefarmersmarket #handmade #fruitsveggies
St Helens, OR – More health care services are now available in Columbia County. A local nonprofit organization, Sacagawea Health Center, operates in partnership with St. Helens School District, Public Health Foundation of Columbia County and Columbia County Mental Health (CCMH). Sacagawea Board noticed the need for more healthcare options in our country and had the opportunity to fill that need. Local citizens who are searching for a primary physician or local clinic can now book an appointment with Sacagawea Health Center.
Sacagawea has been around the block from the Eisenschmidt Pool at 1060 Eisenschmdit Lane in St. Helens for the past 17 years. The clinic started as a free in-school clinic for Lewis & Clark students has grown over the years, developing programs such as free dental services for kids, the addition of mental health services and more. Now it’s a community clinic open to all ages. The facility offers in-network for many commercial health insurances. The center can bill other companies such as Oregon Health Plan and offers financial assistance program for those without insurance. The organization also raises funds to supplement charitable grants and hosts fundraisers. To use Sacagawea Health Center, please call the clinic to schedule an appointment at (503) 366-7645. To view more about their services, visit their website.
You are invited to join in the fun for the 16th Annual “Touch the Heart of a Child” fundraiser where community leaders and supporters will gather to celebrate the success of Sacagawea Health Center on May 20th. Join us in supporting the mission of Sacagawea Health Center at 5 pm at Meriwether Place on Columbia Blvd., St. Helens. You can get tickets on sale now at the following locations: Houlton Bakery and Sacagawea Health Clinic to support the local healthcare center.
Scappoose, OR – Have you met Celeste Hardesty? She’s not your typical business owner and FinishLine Graphics (FLG) isn’t your typical business. Celeste Hardesty and her husband Todd started their first business in 2011 called Todd Hardesty Fabrication metal fab and cut vinyl. FLG business has expanded under the parent company Finish Line Technologies as their graphics business has exploded. In February 2017, the business moved to Scappoose as they simply outgrew their space. FLG located at 53303 Columbia River Hwy specializes in branding and marketing. They can create graphics, signs, printing, custom apparel, customized products and more. They can also wrap anything from cars to boats, stairs and more.
Once you meet Celeste you can tell she’s not like all the other business owners. She has Racing in her blood and it runs in her family. Celeste has both a passion for racing and a passion for design. When not working, Celeste likes to spend her spare time on the race track. She currently drives a Dirt Late Model Car. If you ask Celeste, she will proudly tell you, “I started racing when I was 5 years old sitting on my dad’s lap of an old Jeep. I raced jeeps and off-road vehicles until my family started Mud Drag Racing with the monster trucks when they 1st started. I got to grow up around Grave Digger and Big Foot when they 1st started.” She explained, “My parents met racing, so I have been in and around it forever. My dad built a special seat in the jeep for me as a newborn to go with on all the relay races. But I got behind the wheel officially when I was 5, racing barrels in our jeep.” Celeste also shared that her mom was bad @ss too. She was the 1st female mud drag racer on ESPN and one of the 1st female mud drag racers to compete in King Dome.” You could say racing is in her blood.
Celeste described how she graduated from one racing level to another, “When I went to college I met my husband Todd and he introduced me to dirt circle track racing. He bought me my first dirt car which I raced at River City Speedway in St. Helens in the Women’s division. After a few years, I finally got my championship and stepped up to run with the Sportsman division. My 1st race with “the boys” as I called it (but there were women competing) I ended up winning. The best part of it all was the fact that my husband had taught me over the years how to work on my car. He had required me to do it all if I wanted to race. So that win meant more to me than anything! I sold that car a few years ago and purchased a Dirt Late Model, which races throughout the tracks here in Oregon. I finished 3rd in points last year and now have my eye set on getting into a Dirt IMCA Modified. With my crew chief, Shawn Etheredge, helping me both last year and this year…. I look forward to the challenge of a very male dominant sport.”
The Racing Season started mid-April. Celeste is getting excited to get on the track, “but unfortunately my motor program (dad still builds my motors) is a bit behind this year due to the business taking a lot of my time and energy. I hope to have my Late Model motor back by the end of April to start running at Sunset Speedway, Willamette Speedway, and Cottage Grove. Our FinishLine facebook page will announce when the FLG car will be running, but since I am not running for points this year my schedule will be more sporadic with a bit of “let’s go have fun” attitude behind it.”
When she’s not racing, she’s helping her clients. Her racing clients bring their cars to get decals from all over Oregon. She can design and wrap just about anything from a car to a staircase. She can work with businesses or families on promotional products where she can print on just about anything creating the perfect customized gift for your clients or loved ones.
Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns
St. Helens, OR – Established in 2000 as a 501(c) nonprofit, the Amani Center is a community-based assessment & treatment services center, that helps children who have been abused in a child-friendly setting to minimize trauma and raise awareness against child abuse. Every year since 2009, they have held a walk to promote Child Abuse Awareness in our communities as well as a fundraiser for the organization. This year marks the 9th Annual Race which you can support our children in our community by participating in a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon or if you’re not a runner join the 1 mile Walk on April 22nd, 2017.
Beth Pulito, Development Director, shared why this race is so important for Columbia County. Beth said, “Although this is an annual race, just recently we have been trying to consistently hold in in April, which is the National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This race gives us an opportunity to raise necessary funds to provide forensic interviews and medical evaluations to children of Columbia County suspected of abuse or neglect. It’s an event that allows participation and support from all ages and all levels of fitness, with distances from our 1 Mile Family Fun Walk to a beautiful and challenging Half Marathon. We have great volunteers who assist us in many facets of the event, supportive vendors who make our event run smoothly and fabulous sponsors and participants who see the value in supporting our mission and the children we serve. We see amazing growth potential for this event in the future and look forward to participants and partners collaboration to continue and evolve a long-standing race in Columbia County.’
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!
St. Helens, OR- Zingti Massage is tucked up on the 2nd Floor of the Professional Building along with neighbor KOHI 1600 AM Radio at 36200 Pittsburg Road Suite F . You may also recognize the name Zingti because they support many local nonprofits specifically runs for American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Monster Dash for Rotary during Spirit of Halloweentown. Zingti Massage owner Paul Estrella is turning over the reins to Lindsey King, new owner but not new to massage.
You may recognize her name. Lindsey is known for her dedication to children here in Columbia County where she was the prior Executive Director for the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program. She has a passion for helping people. She has worked as a massage therapist before 20 years ago in Colorado. She missed being a massage therapist deciding to go back to her roots in massage as an entrepreneur.
Lindsey wanted to partner with Paul because, “Zingti had been in practice for almost ten years and had a great reputation for their treatment plans, when I became aware Paul Estrella the former owner was looking to move to the coastal region and open another practice there. During this time I spent the better part of a year under Paul’s direct supervision learning how he massaged and why.”
Zingti offers a variety of services such as Deep tissue, Event Sports Massage, Geriatrics, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy Massage, Seated Chair Massage, Swedish/American. Reiki and Reflexology. Lindsey can customize each treatment plan specifically for her clients. They also offer an easy online schedule system www.zingtimassage.com and work with Insurance.
Zingti Massage is hosting an open house and farewell party for one of our communities’ favorite Massage therapist Paul Estrella on March 23rd from 4:30-7:00 PM. Paul has helped many in our community for the last 10 years. Please stop in and learn more about Paul’s new adventures in Ocean Park, WA and meet new owner, Lindsey King. Best wishes to both as they continue on their next adventures! #smallbusiness #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #healthandwellness #massage #health
St. Helens, OR- If you’ve lived here for awhile, you might have been a customer of Geri Noble. She ran a business called “The Hutch” for 15 years on Main Street St. Helens. She’s back giving great customer service and sewing up a storm at a her old shop location but with a new partner, Debbie Loomis. Debbie, owner of Hagz Bagz since 2006 joined forces with Geri and merged their businesses on Oct 1st, 2016, Hagz Bagz & The Hutch located at 400 Columbia Blvd, St. Helens. You can also reach them at 503-397-1352.
Even with a name change, everything else has stayed the same except with added services. When asked how they decided to open their business Debbie replied, “I wanted to have a place to showcase what we love to do, create one of a kind gift items at reasonable prices.”
Geri is happy to be back on Main Street St. Helens and wants her customers to know she’s got a great new business partner. She wanted to work with Debbie to help her develop her business and sewing skills and they both love what they do. Debbie wanted to partner with Geri because “she has been in the sewing business a lot longer than me. Her wealth of knowledge was what I needed to go forward with my dream of having a storefront.”
Need a special gift, contact Hagz Bagz & The Hutch. Follow their Facebook page for ideas to give a gift from Columbia County that is personalized and from the heart. You can also shop online from their catalog.
Columbia County, OR – Columbia County has a strong, long-standing community choir called the River City Singers. The River City Singers will soon represent Columbia County at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Memorial Day, May 29th. If you are a local, you can enjoy listening to this group perform year round.
Director, Alice Boyer shared how the group was chosen for the opportunity. Alice said,” We were very excited to be invited by Dr. William Skoog who is the Chair of the Department of Music, and Director of Choral Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, to come be a part of his mass choir performance of Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass.” This is a contemporary mass setting that will be performed with one of the New York Philharmonic Orchestras. Dr. Skoog and I have a long history of musical collaboration. I participated in the Dvorak Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic in 2001 as part of his festival choir. When he heard that I was directing a choir here in Oregon, he was eager to have us come be a part of this endeavor at Carnegie Hall.”
Understanding the group’s history is important; it shows their strong foundation as a group. The community choir group started in 2001 under the name Columbia Chorale of Oregon. The group has between 25-40 members depending on the season. With no auditions and no fees, the Columbia River Singers are a diverse group of men and women of various ages who love to sing. Performing in a variety of venues across Columbia County and Portland for the past 16 years, they typically perform 3-4 concerts a year with the first rehearsals starting in late August or Early September. Participating in a few community events such as Doughnut Day at St. Helens Police Department fundraiser for Columbia Pacific Food Bank allows them the opportunity to share their music with their community. They are a true community choir with a strong past and a bright future.
“We are always looking for singers and non-singers who love to support the growth of the arts in Columbia County to join us as members. While the chance to sing in Carnegie Hall doesn’t come along every year, we believe the chance to sing and perform meets a valuable need in our community. It’s been shown in recent studies that singing is a very health-promoting exercise,” Alice commented encouraging the community to get involved.
Want to show your support the local singers? If you like to sign, join them for practice on Thursdays at 7:00 PM at The First United Methodist Church, 560 Columbia Blvd, St. Helens. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit so donations are tax deductible. Alice mentioned the goal for the trip to New York is to raise $2000-3000 to offset the costs of this trip. Some of the choir members are using personal funds to cover their expenses, however, the group is setting up an “Angel” fund to help offset the costs for members on fixed incomes. Alice hopes to have as many singers who want to go be able to make this trip. For most, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
I’d venture to say, our community is proud of the group to represent not only Columbia County but Oregon. Go to their Facebook page to stay up to date.
St. Helens, OR – In today’s world of too much TV not enough time, Carnival Eats might be a new show for you. It’s a series on the Cooking Channel hosted by Noah Cappe who travels the US in search of the best carnival food from hot dogs to funnel cakes. The show can bring it’s fans back to their childhood memories like fairs have the tendency to do.
This past summer Carnival Eats stopped by the Columbia County Fair. Host Noah interviewed local business owner Matt Freeman, St Helens Grill, which offers quality products to create the best hamburgers and eats. You’ll see the St Helens Grill featured on the upcoming episode on 3/23/2017 – Dawn of the Bread. Matt made Noah the Marionberry Volcano dessert pictured in this blog. Catch the show to find out more about the food.
When asked about being featured on the cooking channel series, Matt mentioned he was equally nervous and excited when the producer called. He said, “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to not only highlight St Helens Grill but to also showcase the Columbia County Fair. Butch, the fair board, and the countless volunteers put so much time and effort to bring us a quality event each year they deserve the spotlight.”
Matt is no stranger to the food scene. In 2014, he opened his first company Batter Me Up operating out of a tent at 13 Nights on the River, St. Helens. At that time Batter Me Up was battered and deep fried foods; corn dogs, Oreos, Twinkies, and funnel cakes. As the business grew, so did the business plan with a 16ft concession trailer. St Helens Grill put their prior experience to use taking the menu up a notch by adding burgers and nacho/tater tots hybrid, Totchos. They are different from fair food due to our focus on local, quality ingredients. They procure fresh, not frozen NW raised hamburger from a Portland butcher, buns from Portland French Bakery, and other local products such as Bob’s Red Mill. They use quality ingredients, cooked to order resulting in a great end product for their customers.
Matt said he opened a food truck because, “My dream is to have a local burger joint serving burgers, fries, dogs, and shakes. The food cart allows me to practice for when that dream becomes a reality.”You can get some good food from St Helens Grill this summer at 13 Nights on the River events, Columbia County Fair and Rodeo and home games for St Helens Youth Football. You can also keep up with new events they add on their Facebook page or Twitter.
St. Helens, OR- The mission has been the same even with the new name change to Accumulations a local nonprofit that assists adults in Columbia County to help get them back to work. The organization has changed names and locations in the past few years but it is always true to their mission of helping individuals receive on the job training working within a retail establishment.
My Next Step has changed their name to “Accumulations” and relocated to 1271 Columbia River Hwy, St Helens, OR. Accumulations is a 501c(3) nonprofit that offers a Job Readiness Training Center set in a resale & consignment store. The store raises money by reselling items and re-purposing items into something different for sale. This win/win mix helps the adults by providing in-class education and on-site job skills for participants of the Job Readiness program.
Shopping at the location helps the organization. Donating new to gently used items also helps the nonprofit. 100% of all cash and noncash donations are deductible and stay in this County.