Gallery: Relay for Life

Bags are lit in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer during the Luminaria portion of the Relay for Life event at St. Helens High School. Photo courtesy of Annie Davis.
Bags are lit in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer during the Luminaria portion of the Relay for Life event at St. Helens High School.
Photo courtesy of Annie Davis.

ST. HELENS — Hundreds of people from Columbia County are showing their support of those affected by cancer during the annual Relay for Life event at St. Helens High School.

This year’s event began at 10 a.m. Saturday and will continue through 10 a.m. this morning.

Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. According to the organization’s Web site, so far this year 389 participants from 27 teams in our community have raised $75,462 for cancer research and outreach and educational programs.


‘Jail and Bail’ veterans benefit June 19

ST. HELENS — Community Action Team will host a “Jail and Bail” benefit on June 19 in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Highway 30 and Gable Road.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features a mock jailhouse and presiding judge who will sentence participants to “do time” until a friend or family member can raise bail money for their release. Jailbirds will have their mug shots taken, and be served a fine “bread and water” meal during their incarceration.

Transportation to the “Jail and Bail” is available within a 15-mile radius of the event, or participants may arrange for their own “arrest”.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the 2nd Annual Columbia County Veterans Stand Down. Details: Pam Daniel, 503-366-6591, or pdaniel@cat-team.org.

To view a brochure for the event, click here.


Events round-up: free veterans services, driver safety for older adults, bridal expo and more

Events and activities for all ages in Columbia County, beginning tomorrow and through mid-March.

Stand Down for Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat, Feb. 23; The Olde School, 251 St. Helens St., St. Helens; free event for veterans (including active duty and National Guard) offering hot meals, clothing, shoes/boots, sleeping bags, personal care items, haircuts, health care, eye care, mental health services, flu shots, legal aid services, employment opportunities, vocational rehabilitation, and Veterans Administration homeless services and benefits experts; sponsored by Community Action Team and Worksource Oregon Northwest; Pam Daniel, 503-366-6591, or pdaniel@cat-team.org.

“CROP for FUN”draiser: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat, Feb. 23; Best Western Oak Meadows Inn, 585 S. Columbia River Hwy., St. Helens; a scrapbooking event benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Columbia County; $25 a person; includes table space, lunch and dinner; hosted by Jilly’s Team Twilight; advance registration required; details: Noelle, 503-369-5191, or nslinden@lindens-or.com.

AARP Driver Safety: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-Tue, Feb. 25-26; Columbia County OSU Extension Office, 505 N. Columbia River Hwy., St. Helens; refresher driving course for those ages 50 and older; possible auto insurance discounts for those who complete the course (check with your agent); $12 to AARP members, $14 to others; registration required; details: Kay, 503-543-7561.

Columbia County Bridal Expo: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun, March 3; St. Frederic Catholic Church, Buccini Hall, 165 S. 14th St., St. Helens; vendors featuring flowers, catering, photographers, music, wedding cakes, travel, formal wear; free samples, door prizes, information on the Portland Bridal Show; bridal fashion show at 2 p.m.; presented by Dianna’s Forma Affair; details: 503-543-0291 or visit event Facebook page by clicking here.

Low-cost pet vaccinations: Noon to 3 p.m. Sun, March 3; Columbia Humane Society, 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens; vaccinations $10-$25; microchips $25; service numbers assigned at 11:45 a.m. (no early arrivals); patients seen first-come, first-serve; dogs must be on leashes, and cats in carriers; all animals will be given basic exams to determine if they are healthy enough for services; people with two or more animals must pre-register; county licensing services also available; details: 503-397-4353.

Financial literacy story time: 11:15 a.m. Thu, March 7; St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St., St. Helens; first of three financial literacy story times presented by Lillie Anderson, an Oregon State University/AmeriCorps Financial Literacy Coordinator, who will discuss shopping, money, saving and spending with preschool-aged children with the use of picture books, crafts and other activities; free; 503-397-4544.

2nd annual rodeo benefit: 5 to 11 p.m. Sat, March 16; Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens; social hour, dinner, live auction and music and dancing with Much More Country; $25 a person; corporate tables are $250 for eight people; proceeds benefit the Columbia County Rodeo Committee; ticket sales limited; details: 503-397-1800.

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Spaghetti feed, silent auction tonight benefits local animal shelter

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Humane Society will host a spaghetti feed and silent auction fundraiser tonight at the St. Helens Moose Lodge at 57317 Old Portland Road.

The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature a catered dinner of spaghetti with meat sauce, a green salad, green beans, garlic bread and coffee or tea. Tickets are $5 a person, and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Old Oregon Smokehouse, Houlton Bakery and Bertucci’s Coffee Shop.

The silent auction will feature 14 items, including a certificate for a kitten adoption and a basket with all the things you will need to bring your new addition home.

For more information, call 503-397-4353 or visit www.columbiahumane.org.