Columbia County Celebrates Halloweentown!

Columbia County-  Leaves are dropping along with the temperature, Fall has arrived and Halloween is quickly approaching for Columbia County.   With the movie Halloweentown filmed in St. Helens in 1998, the city is still celebrating and the many across Columbia County have also embraced this holiday.

Photo Courtesy of Spirit of Halloweentown Facebook. Brian Fawcett, Clatskanie Resident. Sitting 2nd to the left bottom row between his sister and mother.

Local citizens have ties to the movie as many had their debut acting in the movie as extras such as Rainier Mayor, Jerry Cole along with Clatskanie resident, Brian Fawcett.  Brian was a kid at the time who got his first paycheck as an extra to perform alongside his sister and mom in an Aladdin Costume.  Brian shared that his favorite memory of the movie was, “Being part of a locally made movie with my family was a cool experience. And watching the movie near Halloween after the fact to find myself, my mom, and my sister in random scenes made for some good memories.”  Maybe that’s why so many people jump at the chance to celebrate Halloween and welcome curious tourists.

The movie has a cult following that will bring a lot of tourists to the area for Halloween the month of October for a variety of activities.  To view, a list of Spirit of Halloweentown events go to www.discovercolumbiacounty.com and www.keepitlocalcc.com to view many local events.  SHEDCO (ST Helens Economic Development Corporation) has partnered with several local groups to host a few events for locals to have some fun along with the tourists and ways they can get engaged to show off their local community.

A signature event to kick off the month-long celebration is the Halloweentown Parade that is on Oct 7th at 3:00 PM.   Last year,  the parade had a Witches Float, Star Wars of Oregon, Columbia County Sherrif Department, Aliens, Zombie fighters, Scary Clown Bikers and more participated.  The 2nd year parade is sure to outshine the past year.  When asked what will make this year different?” Gretchen Williams, Parade Organizer, replied, “For me, the parade this year is different from the last because of the willingness from groups to participate. Many crowd favorites from last year contacted me immediately wanting to return. I didn’t even have to ask them! I have several families who have signed up to participate simply because they love Halloween. I’m very excited to see their entries! We are on track to surpass the number of entries we had last year. Something else that is new this year is that I did not have to charge an entry fee. Thanks to several additional sponsors, everyone can participate for free.”  Afterwards, the Community Pumpkin lightening will take place in the Holiday Plaza at 7:00 PM.

Ways for you to get involved:

  • September 25th-Oct 6th Participate in a Scarecrow Contest.  Open to all citizens and businesses Across Columbia County are invited to put up a ScareCrow for the Spirit of Halloweentown ScareCrow Contest.  Winners get $150 sponsored by the City of St. Helens.  You can post your photos to the FB page between Sept 25th- Oct 6th details on the facebook page.
  • Oct 7th – Halloweentown Parade sponsored by SCC Chamber of Commerce, SHEDCO & Columbia River PUD Oct 7th.  Locals can participate in the parade for free by emailing  sohtparade2017@gmail.com for an application.  
  • Oct 7th- The Bite of Columbia County – Be a spectator!  It’s a fundraiser for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank & St Helens BackPack Program.  Get your tickets online for $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00 or you can purchase at Bertucci’s and Houlton Bakery.  You’ll get to sample foods from over 20 local restaurants.
  • Oct 14th- Columbia County Rotary- Monster Dash Fundraiser for local Columbia County Veterans. Sign up here.
  • October 6th – Oct 30th.  If you like to get dressed up in costume, you can become a WayFinding Witch.  What’s that?  It’s a chance to share our local businesses and happenings with the tourists in your Halloween Costume.  Click on the link, to sign up for a volunteer spot.
  • Oct 15th – Meet and Treat at Aggies featuring Kimberly Brown. Locals use your zip code to receive a discount on tickets.  Follow the event on Facebook for more information. 
  • Oct 21st – Annual Masquerade Charity Ball hosted by Windemere Foundation Columbia County
  • Oct 19th,20,21st at 7:00 PM & 21st at 2 PM ShoeString Theatre, “The War of the Worlds” on October 19, 20, 21 at 7 pm, and October 21 for a 2 pm matinee.  Tickets on Sale September 30th online or at Bertucci’s. 

 


Join the 9th Annual Race Against Child Abuse

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.’

It’s not too late to register.  Go to https://raceagainstchildabusehalfmarathon.itsyourrace.com/register/ use the promo code special for a discount.  Stay in touch as another race is in the works for July in Clatskanie.  Stay tuned on their FB page for more details  #familyfriendlyfun #childabuseawareness #columbiacounty #halfmarathon #walk #fundraiser

 

 


Are you attending “Valentines for Vets?”

St. Helens, OR – Columbia County is home to the new Elks Veterans Bunker located at 125 18th Street in St Helens, OR.  The Bunker opened last summer and is the first of its kind not only in Oregon but also in the United States.  One of their largest fundraisers is the Annual Gala and Auction called  Valentines For Vets Dinner on February 4th this year.

Why support The Elks Veterans Bunker?  The Bunker is located in a comfortable residential setting complete with a fireplace and a dining room table.  Alta Lynch, Elks BPOE #1999 Veterans Chair  & Bunker Founder,  had a dream for Columbia County.  She wanted Veterans to have a place to gather with others for coffee, maybe a game of cards or to tell stories.  A social spot.  A place to get resources.   A comfortable place to receive counseling.  A home to honor our Veterans who have served our country.  All it took was one women’s dream and a driven spirit.  She created a team rallying volunteers to create a safe and welcoming space for our Veterans.  According to local Community Action Team (CAT) Veteran’s officer, Russ Clark; the 2010 census recorded 6,000 veterans that live in Columbia County.

The event will be held in St Helens at St Frederic Church, Buccini Hall at 165 S. 14th Street.  Tickets for the Gala on Feb 4th are $20.00 per person with limited tickets at the door.  Valentines for Vets starts at  5:00 PM with a No Host Bar, A Flag Rising Ceremony by the Young Marines at 6:00 PM with dinner to follow along with a Silent and Live Auction.   To get your advanced tickets and for questions, please call 503-410-5225.  To follow their activities, go to and “Like” their Facebook page Elks Veteran Bunker.  Click here for  Elks BPOE #1999 information.  Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.

 

Elk Veterans Bunker

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no– it’s the 5th Annual “Wings & Wheels”

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.

 

Family Fun Event August 8        classic cars        Airplane in sky                        military vechicles     overview    Yellow Airplane

#ColumbiaCountyFamilyEvents #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ScappooseIndustrialAirpark

 


5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run

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.

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Scappoose SummerFest – June 26th & 27th

Scappoose SummerFest is always held on the last weekend of June, in well, you guessed it, Scappoose, Oregon.  What is SummerFest?  SummerFest is an annual community event organized by the Scappoose Boosters as a fundraiser to help fund their local sports prorgrams.  If you ask the folks who have lived here for quite awhile, they will say it was the old “Pow-Wow” Festival.

You will find lots of live music and vendors galore starting Friday 26th continuing until late Saturday at 11:00 PM. This year the SummerFest Committee added a few extra events that can’t be ignored such as the Kids Parade and a Fun Run.

Be sure to check out the Kids Parade “SuperHero’s & Princesses” on Friday night.  Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes, hot wheels or ride in a wagaon, really, whatever they prefer.  Kids must be lined up at 6:30 on Friday 26th on the north side of the Scappoose Middle School.  This parade will surely provide the kids with great memories.  Who doesn’t have found parade memories from their childhood?  The Kids Parade will go from 1st street to JP West ending in Veteran’s Park.   It’s sure to be a great way to start the 2 day event.

Live music begins on Friday 26th at 5:00 PM with Radio Giants ending Saturday at 9:00 with Weiners with many other great bands in between.  This year the Weiners, a local band, is coming out of retirment to play for the group for the hot event Saturday night.  Be sure not to miss out because they were talked out of retirement to play.

Don’t forget about the parade which starts at 11 on Saturday no fee.  It’s called the Grande Parade with the theme this year “Let the Good Times Roll.”  A tractor parade is also being done so new or old join in on the  fun.  There is still time to register so be sure to shine up your tractor. Register for Scappoose SummerFest Parade

The Fun Run Saturday morning which includes a 5 or 10 K.  Scappoose SummerFest Fun Run Registration

Scappoose Boosters Committee arranged for a Carnival to be on site to celebrate SummerFest.  There is even a Ferris Wheel.   You can also find a magaican on Saturday on Stage #2  at 3:00 PM. Presto, the Magician, is back to entertain kids of all ages. Don’t forget about The Pet Parade which starts at 12:30PM on Saturday 27th with lots of categories and prizes.  Please bring your leashed pet to compete.

Why not join in on the fun?  There are things to do from dust till dawn.  What a perfect way to enjoy living in a small town.  Follow SummerFest Events on FaceBook

#DiscoverColumbiaCounty #PlayLocal #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal #Community #Festivals

 

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Walk with a Cop- Collaboration to Support Columbia County

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.

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St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham, Courtsey of St.Helens Police Department – Facebook Page
NAMI Columbia County Walkers
NAMI Columbia County Walkers
2014 NAMI Columbia County
2014 Columbia County Team, Legacy Devers Dynomos

 

 

 


“Spring into Gardening”

Do you like to garden?  Have a garden and need plants?  Just have a few questions?

We have some great resources here in Columbia County to help you get started if your new to the area or starting a garden.  Want classes? Check out OSU Extension Service  Gardening Classes and Resources for Columbia County.  You can also contact Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Weed Control program on what is a weed and what’s not.  Get your questions answered call Tyler 503-397-455 ext 104 or email tyler. joki@columbiaswed.com.

Additional resources like the Scapppose Watershed Council can help answer questions about native spieces and share why consider using native speices.  The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is hosting their Native Plant Sale April 11th from 9-1 at Scappoose High School (greenhouse at the 2nd parking lot at school). They have one of the largest selections of native trees, plants, shrubs and are happy to answer questions before or after the sale on “what’s best?” Shop Local for Native Plants  Don’t own a garden but want to help? The Scappoose Watershed Council also accepts volunteers.  Scappoosebay Native Plant Nursery

Happy gardening!

 


“Hearts Here. Hearts There. Hearts Everywhere”

St. Helens, OR – Have you noticed all the hearts hanging up at the local businesses?  You can find them at Columbia River PUD, Ace Hardware, & Houlton Bakery to name a few.  They are gold or pink.  The hearts are sold by local businesses for the Sacagawea Health Care Center which is a nonprofit here in Columbia County.  Sacagawea Health Care Center helps all children get the health services needed weather insured or not to be successful in school.  The Sacagawea Health Center is located at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 1060 Eisenschmidt Lane, St. Helens, OR.

You can purchase hearts at local busineses up until Feb 28th,2015.  Additional locations to purchase hearts.  You still have time to buy them at $l for pink $5 donation for Gold.  Thanks for your support for the “Touch the Heart of a Child Campaign.”

ACE Hardware not only a great store but supports local.

 

 


“It was the puppies that stole the show.” – Denim & Diamonds

St. Helens, OR-  The people outnumbered the puppies on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion to raise funds at “Denim & Diamonds” Dinner, Auction & Dance for the Columbia Humane Society.   But who can resist holding a little one, so I would say the puppies surely stole the show.

Citizens from Columbia County came out to support the Columbia Humane Society which is a no-kill shelter that started in 1985 to help displaced and neglected animals find new homes.  They offer services such pet adoptions and a Vaccine Clinic throughout the year and across Columbia County.  Also, it’s a great place to volunteer as an indiviudal or a team. Want to know more watch the Video of Columbia Humane Society

Columbia Humane Society is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who does not receive funding from any national or state animal welfare group or government agency. Their operations rely solely on income from their members, donors, small grants & fundraising events.  How to Support Columbia County Humane Society?

Dean Cox, Executive Director, Columbia Humane Society, & Hayden, a volunteer, who helped showcase the puppies.

Jesse stole this attendees heart during the Fundraiser.
The puppy, Jesse, stole this attendees heart during the Fundraiser.