News bits: Santa pictures for people and pets; vendors wanted for holiday bazaar; drop-off sites for food donations

‘Santa Paws’ pictures with pets

SCAPPOOSE — Have your pet’s photo taken with “Santa Paws” at All About Pets, 52587 Columbia River Highway.

The annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Nov. 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 1. Photos taken by Jeff Baker Photography.

Details: 503-543-5740, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Vendors sought for school bazaar

ST. HELENS — The McBride Elementary Parent Teacher Organization seeks vendors for their bazaar on Sat, Dec. 7.

The event is a fundraiser for the PTO. Space is $20 a person, plus $5 if a table is needed. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school.

Details: mcbridefundraiser@gmail.com.

Free photos with Santa, bake sale fundraiser

ST. HELENS — Richardson’s Furniture at 2015 Columbia Blvd. will offer free pictures with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. Sat, Dec. 14.

The annual event is offered alongside a holiday bake sale that benefits Relay for Life. Richardson’s will provide a photos service, however, visitors also are welcome to bring their own cameras to use.

Details: 503-397-1329, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Kiwanis collecting food for families in need

ST. HELENS — The Saint Helens Kiwanis Club has placed food collection barrels at various locations around town for use in their Holiday Hope baskets.

People can drop off non-perishable food items at Chubb’s Shell, Columbia River Fire and Rescue administration office, Habitat for Humanity Restore, IGA/Red Apple, Les Schwab Tire Center, Oregon Trail Lanes, Port of St. Helens administration office, Richardson’s Furniture, Safeway, Skinny’s Texaco, South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and Sunshine Pizza.

Details: visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


Final shows this weekend for St. Helens Haunted Tours; plus encore performances Oct. 30

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Photo courtesy of Shilo George

ST. HELENS — There is still time to catch a performance of the ShoeString Community Players production of St. Helens Haunted Tours.

The show, written by Debra Brimacombe, Keith Marks and Brian Vaerewyck, includes tours of local haunted spaces in Olde Towne St. Helens with actors portraying spooky characters who share secrets about the town’s peculiar and creepy history.

Performances are at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday, as well as encore performances on Wed, Oct. 30. Each tour is 45-minutes long, and are staged in Plaza Square, located in front of the historic Columbia County Courthouse. General admission is $12 a person.

Limited pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at Bertucci’s in St. Helens, or through the theater’s web site at www.sscpmusicals.com.

For details, call 503-366-4406.

Below is a gallery of performances from Oct. 18. Photos courtesy of Shilo George.


Vernonia weekend jamboree offers music, logging competitions… and Elvis

VERNONIA — Time to sharpen your axes and polish your steel-toed boots for the 57th annual Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show.

The free event is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4,  in downtown Vernonia. Most activities take place on Madison Avenue and Bridge Street; however, numerous other activities are also planned throughout town.

The schedule includes:

Friday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, Black Powder Encampment; 4 p.m., softball tournament (Greenman Field), open air market, Izaak Walton Fishing Derby (Vernonia Lake), Friends of the Vernonia Public Library book sale; 9 to 11:30 p.m., Zack Rumbolz Memorial Dance.

Saturday: All day, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, Black Powder Encaptment, softball tournament, Friends of Vernonia Public Library book sale, Toy and Joy donation booth; 7 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8 a.m., parade registration; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., petting zoo; 11 a.m., parade (on Bridge Street); 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon, Erik Kesterson Memorial Motorcycle Show Jamboree Cruise-in; 1 to 6 p.m., Music at the Shay (Shay Park), “Give Back Bash” Elvis tribute featuring Justin Shandor (Vernonia High School commons; alumni gathering will follow); 3 p.m., lawn mower races.

Sunday: All day, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, softball tournament, Black Powder Encampment; 7 a.m., third annual fire and rescue golf tournament (Vernonia Golf Course); 7 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8 a.m., Ridge Riders play day; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon to 4 p.m., 55th annual Vernonia Jamboree Logging Show.

Details: Visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here, or call Joan Glass at 503-429-5291, or e-mail glasshome@frontier.com.


Developmental disabilities program marks service milestone with barbecue

Rainier — The Developmental Disabilities Program at Columbia Community Mental Health will celebrate 40 years of service during their 8th annual barbecue in Trojan Park on Thu, Aug. 1.

The free event, which features a Hawaiian theme, is for clients, families, providers, advocates and staff of the program. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with food, beverages and desserts served in the south area of the park.

Activities and entertainment for all ages will follow, including music, goofy games and tattoos. Attendees also will receive a free lei. Hawaiian attire is encouraged.

The event will go until 1:30 p.m.

RSVP to Hanna Ward (up until the day of the event) by calling 503-438-2223, or e-mailing hannahh@ccmh1.com.


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‘Raise the Roof’ benefit concert tonight in Scappoose

Courtesy of Bartholomew Productions (www.bartpro.com)
Courtesy of Bartholomew Productions (www.bartpro.com)

SCAPPOOSE — Bart Hafeman and friends will perform during the “Raise the Roof” benefit concert tonight in the gazebo at Heritage Park.

The family-friendly event, sponsored by the Scappoose Historical Society, will be from 5-8 p.m. There will be food vendors and merchant booths, as well as a beer garden hosted by the St. Helens Elk’s Lodge. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No outside alcohol is allowed.

The purpose of the event is to raise money to replace the roof on the historic Watts House Pioneer Museum. Admission is free; however, donations for the project will be accepted.

Information: click here, or call 503-961-5621, or e-mail barb@scappoosehistoricalsociety.vpweb.com.

Maritime Heritage Festival begins Friday in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — A howitzer cannon salute and water parade will kick-off the annual Maritime Heritage Festival on Fri, July 26, in Olde Towne St. Helens.

The free event, which takes place at the City Docks, will be from 2 p.m. to dusk on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Daily activities include Portland Water Spectacular water skiing demonstrations, Native American art exhibits, historic boat tours, regional food vendors, a festival village, children’s activities and live music shows.

There also will be a street dance Friday evening, followed by a classic car cruise-in and fireworks display on Saturday (fireworks begin at dusk), and a pancake breakfast on Sunday.

Event sponsors include the Maritime Heritage Coalition, St. Helens Tourism Committee, St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO), and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

For more information, visit the event web site by clicking here, or contact Chris Finks, 503-998-0232, or cfinks@finksinc.com.


2013 My Fair Lady court

2013 My Fair Lady court (pictured from left) Joanne Bernard, Ann Mitchell, Marian Smith, Delores Mellinger, and Lesle Ruby. Courtesy of Columbia River PUD (2013).

The 2013 My Fair Lady court includes Joanne Bernard of Rainier, Ann Mitchell of Vernonia, Marian Smith of St. Helens, Delores Mellinger of Clatskanie, and Lesle Ruby of Scappoose. A queen will be announced at 1 p.m. Wed, July 17, during a coronation ceremony at the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo.

The My Fair Lady pageant is held annually to recognize senior women for outstanding service in their community. The pageant is sponsored by the Columbia River Public Utilities District, the Columbia County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Northwest Apparel.

To read court biographies, click here.

 


Columbia County Fair and Rodeo begins Wednesday in St. Helens

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo/Rebecca Cheney (2010)
Columbia County Fair and Rodeo/Rebecca Cheney (2010)

ST. HELENS — The 2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is from Wed, July 17, through Sun, July 21. This year’s theme is “Wagon Teams to Western Dreams”.

The fair, located at 58892 Saulser Road in St. Helens, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The carnival begins daily at noon.

General admission is $5 to youth and senior citizens, and $8 to others. Children ages 6 and younger are free. Discounts available on advance ticket sales, seasonal passes and special promotional days. Parking is $4 a day, or $16 for all five days. Carnival passes are $31 a day, or $23 in advance.

For a list of pre-sale locations, click here.

Promotional days:

Wednesday – Senior and Veterans Day: Senior citizens and veterans admitted for free until 3 p.m.; 10 a.m., senior services showcase; noon, opening ceremonies; 1 p.m., My Fair Lady pageant; 3 p.m., Professor Bamboozles “The Grand Illusion Show”;  6 p.m., stock car races.

Thursday – Kids’ Day: Children ages 7-17 admitted for free until 3 p.m.; 11 a.m., Cutest Show on Earth; 1:45 p.m., world champion taekwondo exhibition; 2 p.m., Professor Bamboozles “Ballonary Loonary”; 6 p.m., junior rodeo; 8:15 p.m., dance central.

Friday – Rodeo Day: 12:30 p.m., The Splat Attack; 2 p.m., Marty Davis; 2:30 p.m., The Great Toilet Paper Blowout; 5:15 p.m., Brady Goss and Pete Ford/Dueling Pianos; 7 p.m. NPRA rodeo.

Saturday – Rodeo Day: 1 p.m., 2014 rodeo court pageant (speeches and royalty reception); 3 p.m., SpongeBob trivia game; 3:30 p.m., youth livestock auction; 6 p.m., Cale Moon; 7 p.m., NPRA rodeo (2014 rodeo court announced during event); 9 p.m., dance central.

Sunday – Half-Off Day: Fair admission and carnival passes half-off all day; 10 a.m., 4-H sheep fitting contest; 2 p.m., Pete Ford wrestling exhibition; 3 p.m., Kory Johnson.

For a complete schedule of events, including 4-H competitions, click here.

For more information, call 503-397-4231 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You also can e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.


Two festivals, musical kick-off today in Rainier and Scappoose

The 2013 Scappoose Pow Wow court: (from left to right) Brandon Patanjo, Sandra Hales, Johnny Kang, Lindsey Marquardt, Isaiah O’Brien, and Kristen Hansen.
The 2013 Scappoose Pow Wow court: (from left to right) Brandon Patanjo, Sandra Hales, Johnny Kang, Lindsey Marquardt, Isaiah O’Brien, and Kristen Hansen. Photo courtesy of Scappoose Community Club (2013).

Big events planned for today and through the weekend in Columbia County. For a complete list of each event’s offerings, schedules, pricing and registration deadlines, visit the web sites published with the listings below.

Scappoose Pow Wow: July 11-14; Veterans Park, Southwest JP West Road and Capt. Roger Kucera Way; concerts, cruise-in, grande and junior parades, Pow Wow court presentation, food and merchant vendors, “Battle of the Bands” competition, fun run, kids and teen zones, a mini Pow Wow, Texas Hold ’em poker and softball tournaments, wine tasting, beer zone and a mystery event; free; details: www.scappooseboosters.org.

Rainier Days in the Park: July 11-14; Rainier City Park, West A Street; live music and other entertainment, food and merchant vendors, pancake breakfast, parade, carnival, Ralph Painter Memorial Run, fireworks display, beer garden; free; details: www.rainierdaysinthepark.com.

Annie the Musical: 7 p.m., July 11-13 and 18-20; and 2 p.m., July 13 (featuring understudies); Scappoose High School theater, 33700 S.E. High School Way; presented by Shoestring Community Players; directed by Serah Pope; $12 general admission, discounts available to children ages five and younger, and senior citizens; purchase tickets in advance at Bertucci’s candy shop in St. Helens or online at www.sscpmusicals.com/tickets.