St Helens – St. Helens celebrates the Spirit of Halloweentown as an Annual Tradition. The 1998 Disney Channel orginal movie “Halloweentown” had scences shot in the Courthouse Plaza. Over the years, the city pays homage every October to the movie “Halloweentown” by redocrating the square complete with a Pumpkin Lighting to kick off the celebrations. The number of Halloween activities continue to grow always celebrating a beloved holiday by many who live in Columbia County. If Halloween is your thing, you will surely find a few activities to join in on the fun.
Local organizers recently announced Kimberly Brown, actress from the movie will be attending and acting as the Master of Ceremonies for Annual Pumpkin Lighting on Oct 10th at 7:30 at the Courthouse Plaza. See You Tube announcment from Kimberly Brown actress from Halloweentown.
Many local business will put up scarecrows to participate in the Scarecrow Contest to give you a fright and don’t forget about the “Taste of Terror” as local resturants have featured Halloween food/drinks. Many other Halloween related activities from the Pumpkin Lighting to a Monster Dash benefitting Veterans. a pumpkin carving contest and so much more which will take place Oct 10th-31st. To keep up with all the local activities and as more are being added follow the Spirt of HalloweenTown Facebook page. See below a snapshot of activities:
Oct 8th – Oct 16th – Drop off pumpkin at City Hall for Judging Oct 8th-Oct 16th. One day voting Oct 17th 11-3:00 PM. Cash prizes sponsored by St. Helens Arts Coalition Commission.
Oct 10th- Pumpkin Lightening – 7:30 PM with Lighting at 8:00 PM at Court House Plaza. Costumes welcome and treats will be provided.
Oct 10th- Monster Dash- 10:00 AM hosted by Rotary to support Veterans http://www.sthelensmonsterdash.com
Oct 10th- 1st Annual Dark & Dank Disco at Dockside 8 p.m. Old Town St. Helens Oregon – When it’s black outside and gloomy it’s time to throw a party. The spinning some tunes and dancing the night away. Bring a friend and be ready to get into the “spirit” of things. Wear a costume. Prizes and fun.
Oct 11th, 17th, 24th & 25th – Haunted Tractor Rides with photo opportunities allowing you to get on and off. Suggested Donation is to purchase a pumpkin. Open Saturday’s 11-3:00 PM and Sunday’s12-3 PM at the Courthouse Plaza. Costumes & Friends welcome.
Oct 31st – Little Spooks Halloween Trick or Treat – sponsored by the Chronicle starts at 7:30 PM downtown
Columbia City, OR – Yearning to put your feet in the sand or miss the sound of waves lapping the beach, you can get your fill of both by checking out Trestle Beach right here in Columbia County. You don’t need to drive all the way to the Oregon Coast. It’s a river instead of an ocean but sometimes, it’s about being near water.
Trestle Beach has easy access to the Columbia River. It’s a short walk down thru a wide path in the woods and less than 1/4 mile in the sand down to the water. If you have pets who love to swim or are looking for a quick walk along the river this is one of the closest to Columbia City and St. Helens.
Recent collaboration between Port of St. Helens, the City of Columbia City, citizens, and Oregon Department of Transportation helped move the project forward to create a safer more secure parking area for locals to enjoy this waterfront area. The Port invested $9,000 not in the Port’s budget but the port commission found funds to commit to the project according to a recent news article from the Chronicle on Sept 2nd, 2015.
The Port of St. Helens officially opened this new entrance right off of Hwy 30 in the Industrial Area outside of Columbia City on August 28th. The entrance takes you down a hill and back up the hill just follow the signs. The parking area has room for up to approximatley 50 cars and has both a bathroom and a garbage container. Prior, residents were parking alongside busy Hwy 30. This new option not only provides facilities at Trestle Beach open from 8am-7pm but a safer and secure area. Please be respectful and follow the rules to ensure us citizens of Columbia County can continue to access Trestle Beach. If you have any questions call Port of St. Helens at 503-397-2888.
Deer Island, OR – If you are looking for a farm to table bed and breakfast, you’ve found it at Deer Island Manor. Diane & Jason Dunn bought the Deer Island School a little over a year ago to turn it into a new type of Bed & Breakfast in Deer Island, Columbia County. This is small town America with big time service.
Deer Island Bed & Breakfast has a master suite, and two additional rooms. Diane Dunn is a hostess extraordinaire. It’s all about the amenities. You can get healthy food there if that’s what your into because well the cook lets you pick out of her garden when the produce is in season. I mean, how cool is that? Plus, they care about sending their guests to the best local restaurants and shops in Columbia County. You get on the spot concierge service.
Deer Island Manor is a booming business filling up with new guests everyday from all over the world with rave reviews on the internet. They host events, workshops and luncheons.
What makes them different? Diane & Jason moved out to Columbia County from Portland. They wanted a different type of B & B starting with the experience then the location. They wanted their guests to have both rest & relaxation. They want their guests to experience the small town Oregon experience to come and stay awhile. They allow you to pick your own eggs for breakfast and veggies from there garden, plus they have a robot ready to be worn by any adventurous 5-8 year old. They have chalk board for kids to create on in the kitchen bar, plus local walks and places to explore. #STAYLOCAL #CONNECTCOLUMBIACOUNTY
Where the Hell is Goble, OR? If you’ve heard that saying then you’ve been to Columbia County, if not then you must come spend the day exploring. Now it’s one of those cities where if you blink, you’ve missed it. It’s worth a stop by for a beer, a burger, or play a game out back or come in for live music usually last Friday of the month. August 15th marks the important day for the Annual Goble Warming Party. A Goble Tavern spokesperson shared that varying stories as to WHO came up with the name for the party to be called Goble Warming. But it’s catchy. They think former owner Jerry Modine with his company Pig Party Productions roasted a pig on his farm a couple of times and then moved it to the Goble Tavern.
Goble Tavern new majority owners since 2006, Mike Avent & Meryl Head partnered with Tim Navarro & Melanie Smith purchased the 50-60 year old Historic Goble Tavern from Jerry Modine. Just so you know Goble back in the day was a thriving Port town still located with a view of the Columbia River. Now days it’s quite less populated with one famous business, The Historic Goble Tavern. The Goble Tavern has been under several different owners over the years but its claim to fame is that Willie Nelson’s mother once bartended there when he was 19 according to local folklore. It also has a summer music contest “Search for the Star” sponsored by Jim Beam. Goble Warming Party is the contest finals for “Search for the Star.”
Come down on August 15th to celebrate Goble Warming. Live music starts at 2:30 PM with no cover charge. Be sure to bring a few of your favorite friends. It’s all about getting together in one spot with live music to celebrate Goble, OR. You’ll meet a few locals, plus enjoy the small town vibe. See you there. Historic Goble Tavern Information
Scappoose, OR- Wings and Wheels is a must for the whole family. Join in on the fun at this 5th Annual event on August 8th, 2015 at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, Oregon Aero Hanger, 34020 Sky Way Dr. from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank to put on this community event with the help of their sponsors. This is a free community event with a suggested donation of non-perishable food items or cash at the admission gate to help our neighbors in Columbia County.
What’s going on you ask? Well, a cruise in for classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There will be several types of airplanes and military vehicles on display not to mention airplane rides for kids ages 10-17 (must have parent with, 1st timer preference) last year they gave over 90 rides. This event is not only for kids but adults love it as well. No doubt you’ll run into old friends while attending but you’ll be able to visit with local business vendors about what they do. Plus lots of other kid activities put on by the local businesses and a kids zone provided by Tinkerbell Preschool. Wings & Wheels is ending the evening with a new event, live music from Bartholomew Productions with the band, 90 Proof so our community can dance in the Hanger & a beer garden by Columbia County Brewing!
Have a classic car, motorcycle? Be sure to check out the cruise in option. You can attend that day without prior registration. For more information, go to Wings and Wheels 2015.
This upcoming Saturday at the Rainer High School the 5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run will began at 8:30 AM. This race is a 10K Run & 5 k Run/Walk to honor Ralph Painter, an avid runner for many, many years. Ralph Painter, a graduate from St. Helens High School, was a long time Columbia County resident serving as the Chief of Police in Rainer, Oregon until he was tragically killed while in the performance of duties on January 5th, 2011.
Over the past five years, this memorial race has generated over $20,000 in scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County. The race is successful because of the runners, walkers and sponsors. Please join the Painter family and other fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph’s memory and ultimate sacrafice. Don’t worry there is still time to participate. You can pick up packet information starting at 7:30 AM. To register online by 11:00 PM on Thursday July 23rd or go to Ralph Painter Memorial 10k Run & 5 K Walk for more information.
Fireworks almost always steal the show on the 4th of July. St. Helens has fireworks that you don’t want to miss. The show starts at 10:00 PM & Columbia County is invited to join. Don’t forget to donate generoulsy to make this happen. You will find donation jars all over town at locations like Klondike, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Skinny’s just to name a few local businesses. This year City of St. Helens Community Foundation, the same organization that puts on 13 nights is also organizing all the events for July 4th.
So many things going on that day starting with a Fun Run & a Pancake Breakfast put on by Columbia River Fire and Rescue from 7-10, to a trash can painting contest where you can win $200 sponsored by Arts & Cultural Coaltition, to a “Strut Your Mutt” Parade & Contest benefitting the Columbia Humane Society with so much more even a pie eating contest as a fundraiser for Yankton Arthur Academy. You will enjoy seeing all the local businesses decorated for the 4th competing in a Display Window Contest. Follow all the events at 4th of July St. Helens
We join you to get involved with the 4th of July fun it’s all part of living in a small community. See you at the Columbia View Park. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal
Don’t you just love a party? Especially one that celebrates a local community treasure like our St. Helens Library. If you have not been to our local library, your missing out. They offer activities for all ages such as storytime, game nights, and many more special events. Did you know that you can sign up to learn to play the Ukulele with Tim Pardue of the Cowlitz Ukulele Association? They meet Saturdays at 10:00 AM for beginners and at 11 a.m for those who have played before. Call the Library at 503-397-4544 for more details and to register. They also have a great computer lab and are always helpful. Click here for library events.
Help the community celebrate St. Helens Library 100 years by attending one or both of their two parties. The adult party on May 18th will feature historical memorabilia & cake from 7:00-8:00PM. The kids party on May 21st at 5:00 PM will be in the Auditorium. BJ the Clown will perform an hour comedy show then afterwards classic games like tug of war will be played along with singing Happy Birthday and cake. Doesn’t that sound like a fun party? Thanks to all who support our local library. Here’s to another 100 years!
Did you know that you can Walk with a Cop? St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham and Officer Alex Bubar, Columbia City have joined St. Helens resident, Judy Thompson’s team, called the Legacy Devers Dynamos. Together they invite you to join them in the 2015 NAMI Walk on Sunday May 17th.
What is NAMI? NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education, research, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends of those living with mental illness. The 13th Annual Northwest NAMI Walk is held in Portland. Every year representatives from Columbia County have walked to raise awareness about mental health issues. NAMI holds this event each year to keep NAMI programs and services free of charge for those who need them. More Information on NAMI Walk 2015
For the last four years, local citizen, Judy Thompson has been walking for Columbia County. This year her team has raised a little over $7,000.00. These funds are donated back to local organizations that support mental health awareness such as $500.00 to Sacagawea Health Center in Feb 2015 to contribute to their Touch the Heart of a Child” annual fund raiser. Mental health services for local school children are just one of the many services that Sacagewea Helath Care Center provides . NAMI Columbia County provided Christmas for Peers of Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) which involved giving out 160 gift cards in Dec 2014. Since 2011. NAMI Columbia County has been assisting with financial resources to help local law enforcement officers attend the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT). NAMI of Columbia County helps to make an impact.
Join Judy’s team to continue to do good things for Columbia County. Judy hopes to have 100 people walking on her team for Columbia County. Not able to walk? You can be a Virtual Walker or donate to a great team. When you support this effort, you help to spread the word that mental illness is ok to talk. You help to share that NAMI is a strong resource in and out of crisis. There is no fee to register to walk. Go to team page to join and support Sgt. Graham, Officer Bubar and Judy’s dedicated efforts http://namiwalks.nami.org/devers15
NAMI of Columbia County is a great example of how collaboration helps to strengthen resources in Columbia County.
Have you been to All About Pets? The minute I walked into the store, I was greeted by the cutest little chihuahua. Charles Van Cleave, Operations Manager, met me with a big smile and almost a skip in his step. Immediately, I knew he loved his job. The store is spacious, clean and offers a great variety of products. The first 3 products I picked up in this store were MADE IN USA, always a plus.
All About Pets, 52567 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR, is locally owned by Cathy Cook who has been in business for 11 years. They have a staff of 6 in 5,000 square foot building that has almost anything a pet lover should need. Charles shared the company’s mission and philosophy that they are a Companion Animal Resource Center that likes to educate their clients. They love your animals and like you. They believe in good animal nutrition. They share about everything such as tips or resource from why you should buy an MADE IN USA rawhide chew or why buy a certain type of dog food. Plus, they have a clean aquarium room with a variety of fish and reptiles. You’ll even find a thing or two for humans.
Stop by on April 4th to help them celebrate their clients with a Customer Appreciation Sale.
Plus, they have Dog washes on 1st Saturday to benefit the off the leash Dog Park in Scappoose. Please call for an appointment 503-543-5740. Follow All About Pets on Facebook #SHOPLOCAL