Several Easter egg hunts offered Saturday in Columbia County

File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.
File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.

Kids, grab your baskets! Easter egg hunts will be offered at the following locaitons in Columbia County on Saturday, April 19:

Clatskanie

Clatskanie Middle School: 10 a.m.; school playing fields, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis; free.

Scappoose

Grant Watts Elementary: 10 a.m., school playground, 5200 S.E. 3rd Place; for children 12 and younger; thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and toys will be hidden; sponsored by Scappoose Kiwanis; free.

St. Helens

Columbia County Fairgrounds: mEGGa egg hunt; 11 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.); 58892 Saulser Road; for ages 12 and younger, and special needs children 15 and younger; other highlights include a petting zoo, face-painting, horse rides, archery and robotics demonstrations and more; free; CC Rider will offer shuttle bus rides from St. Helens High School to the fairgrounds.

Rainer

Riverfront Park: 10 a.m.; on B Street; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; free.

Vernonia

Hawkins Park: 10 a.m.; end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; sponsored by Vernonia Community PTA; free.


Summer horse camps for youth beginning in June

Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.
Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps
for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.

WARREN – Sande School of Horsemanship, a non-profit horseback-riding program in Warren, is now accepting registrations for their 2014 summer horse camps.

Summer horse camps focus on riding and care-taking of horses, as well as safe handling skills. Groups are kept small to ensure a high instructor-to-student ratio, which allows for a learning-rich and safe environment.

Participants are divided into two age groups. Children ages 4-7 will meet Wednesdays from June 18 through Aug. 27. Morning and afternoon sessions are available (same lesson plan for each). The cost is $280 for eight sessions, and $35 for each additional session. Single sessions also available for $40.

Children ages 8-14 will meet Thursdays from June 19 through Aug. 28. Morning sessions offered only. The cost is $450 for eight sessions. Single sessions are $65.

Barn staff and volunteers at Sande School of Horsemanship are trained to work with students of all abilities, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities.

To register, visit their website www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, and click on the “Summer Camps” tab. Forms can be downloaded, filled out, and re-submitted by e-mail or U.S. postal mail. A non-refundable deposit is required for all participants to secure a spot.

In addition to summer camps, Sande School of Horsemanship also regularly offers other programs, such as Little Wranglers, Barn Buddy Youth Enrichment, and HorseShare, as well as therapeutic grooming, private riding lessons, and group horsemanship lessons.

Sande School of Horsemanship is located at 33836 Bennett Road in Warren. For more information, visit their website, www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call 503-369-3008.

For real-time updates, like Sande School of Horsemanship on Facebook!


Rainier wildlife center features sloths, endangered animals and more

RAINIER — Rainier is home to the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and  Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center.

According to their website, the center houses the largest population of long-term captive adult sloths in the world, and also conducts research on long-term care of captive wildlife populations, as well as preserving the genetic viability and sustainability of rare and endangered species.

A variety of animals are cared for at the center in addition to sloths, such as a wolf, a mongoose, a chacoan dwarf mara, a spider monkey, a ruffed lemur, a malaysian fishing cat, and several birds and snakes.

The center also extends educational opportunities to the public by inviting them to visit their facilities and interact — sometimes in person — with the animals. Tour packages and birthday party services are also available.

All visitations are by advance reservation only and are offered on a pre-determined schedule. For more information, visit the center’s website by clicking here, or e-mail sloth.center@gmail.com.


‘Lost and Found’ events offer free activities to families

ST. HELENS — Free activities for children and families are offered the last Saturday of each month at St. Helens Middle School during Lost and Found Youth and Family Outreach.

The event, sponsored by the St. Helens Community Foundation and private donations, is from 7 to 10 p.m. and features food, games, and music by DJ Chris. During school months, activities are held in the middle school gymnasium. During the summer, activities move to McCormick Park in St. Helens.

This month’s gathering will take place a week earlier on Sat, Nov. 23. Details: 503-369-3710 or like their Facebook page by clicking here.


Warren horsemanship school hosts benefit on Saturday; proceeds go toward riding programs for disabled and at-risk youth

Stevi Marie
Columbia County musician Stevi Marie and band Jackson Road will perform on Saturday during the Sande School of Horsemanship “Boot Scootin’ Benefit”.
Photo courtesy of www.SteviMarieMusic.com.

WARREN — Sande School of Horsemanship will host their Boot Scootin’ Benefit on Sat, Oct. 5, to raise money for scholarship programs for low-income and disabled students, and to launch a mentorship program that will support at-risk youth in community.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction at Sande Performance Horses at 33836 Bennet Road, Warren. A formal program and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., along with line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m., and a barn fire and dance at 8 p.m.

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Kassi Euwer, instructor at Sande School of Horsemanship, gives tips to a rider during a group lesson.

Live music will be performed by country artist Stevi Marie and Jackson Road. Line dancing lessons will be given by instructor Rockin’ Rhonda. Western attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 a person. Children ages 10 and younger are $25; ages 2 and younger are free. A kids-only horse shoe tournament also will be offered during cocktail hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For online ticket sales, visit the Boot Scootin’ Benefit page at www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call Kassi Euwer, 503-369-3008, or e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org.

Sande School of Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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.