Spring Clean Up on Earth Day

Columbia County, OR- Columbia County has a habit of celebrating  Earth Day with several clean ups in our communities.  This year they are scheduled on Saturday, April 22nd.  You can get involved by volunteering, cleaning up your property or even donating new and gently used residential building materials, home furnishing supplies.

Organizations like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) have partnered with SOLVE  Oregon to help make our community a beautiful place to live.  In rural communities like ours, it takes a group of volunteers working together to make a difference.  You can get involved by registering at http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/shedco%E2%80%99s-4th-annual-spring-cleanup.  The 4th Annual SHEDCO Clean Up starts down at the Courthouse Plaza in St.Helens from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.   Some of the volunteer tasks include picking weeds, trash pickup, sweeping, and flower planting.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring a few tools and gloves if they have them.  You can volunteer for an hour or two.  You decide.  There will also be fun activities for kids like face painting and free pumpkin starts while supplies last.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided after the work is done to celebrate Earth Day.

Citizens are also encouraged to bring their unwanted items, yard debris, scrap metal, appliances and more see the flyer below for details for Spring Clean Up.  You can also bring your new and gently used residential building materials, appliances, fixtures, and home furnishing picked up by local nonprofit Habitat for Humanity at three convenient locations: St. Helens High School, Scappoose High School, and Columbia City school.   Drake’s Towing & Recovery is available for FREE Removal of your scrap vehicles, Call Ryan 503-438-6099.

This is your community.  Local citizens are encouraged to help pitch in to make their community a cleaner place.  Thanks for getting involved and celebrating Earth Day bycleaning up your local communities. #earthday #springclean #columbiacounty #hereincc

 

 


Art & Food: Community Fighting Hunger with Empty Bowls

Photo Courtsey of Columbia Pacific Food Bank

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!

Follow Columbia Pacific Food Bank Facebook page to stay up to date. #fighthunger #communityfun #art #food #columbiacounty #columbiapacificfoodbank

 

 

 

 


“Just a Few Useful Resources”

St Helens, OR-  New to Columbia County or just recently retired?  Are you looking for specific resources, business services or things to do? Want to volunteer but not sure where you should?  Looking to get involved with a local service club?  Or are you curious what is going on in your community and want to get involved?   A one-stop shop, a countywide business directory called Keep it Local Columbia County can help you discover what is available countywide.  Keep It Local Columbia County is an on-line new resource to connect Columbia County.  Other resources for nonprofits and social media groups are helpful to discover all the great things we have going on here in Columbia County.

Keep it Local Columbia County launched a free online business directory for Columbia County that features both businesses and events.  The goal of the website is to help customers find local businesses and events.  The website helps shoppers find out what products and services businesses offer,  hours of operation along with days open and contact information to help increase dollars spent locally in Columbia County.  Keep it Local Columbia County is putting Columbia County businesses on one page.  Go to KeepitLocalCC.com

Columbia County has over 100 nonprofits to serve the citizens of Columbia County. You can find an updated list from Community Action Team (CAT). Go to  Columbia County Resources.  This is a great tool whether you are new or a long-term resident.  You can also find places to volunteer by researching this information.

You can contact the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center at 503-397-0685 should you have questions about local businesses, travel questions or things to do in St. Helens and Scappoose.  You can also find a list of both business and community events on their website.

Other Facebook Groups that can be handy to follow if you live in Columbia County:

Columbia County Children and Families

City of St Helens

City of Scappoose

Enjoy living Beyond the Burbs, Right here in Columbia County. #hereincc #welovewherewelive #plugintoyourcommunity #smalltowns

 

 


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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“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.

 


2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo update

ST. HELENS — The theme for the 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is “Country Roots and Cowboy Boots”. Darci Solimine of St. Helens submitted the winning idea for the theme.

The Friends of Columbia County Fair are selling event posters for $5 each (see image). Proceeds from the sales will benefit the fairgrounds. Posters from previous years are also available.

Clean-up volunteers are needed during fair week. Applicants must be 12 and older and available for morning or afternoon shifts. Those who work one shift will earn a meal ticket. Those who work two shifts will earn a meal ticket, plus a one-day pass for carnival rides. Details: Message Amanda McFeron via Facebook.

Superintendents for the art and floral open classes also are being recruited. People who have knowledge of different types of art, or in multiple types of horticulture, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available July 12-20. Superintendents will be paid for their time, and given free passes to the fair. Details: e-mail Megan Bluhm at meganbopenclass@hotmail.com.

Additional pre-sale ticket locations:

• Clatskanie: Wauna Federal Credit Union

• Scappoose: Wauna Federal Credit Union, Chevron, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• St. Helens: Skinny’s, Chubb’s, Wauna Federal Credit Union, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Rainier: St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Vernonia: Wauna Federal Credit Union

For more information, click on our previous post here, or call the fair office, 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com. This year’s fair will be from July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens.

Event poster
Event poster

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.


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.