St. Helens, OR- June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.
If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.
The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM. For the adults there is a beer garden. For the kids, a playground. For all, live music.
Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously. You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.
Don’t you just love a party? Especially one that celebrates a local community treasure like our St. Helens Library. If you have not been to our local library, your missing out. They offer activities for all ages such as storytime, game nights, and many more special events. Did you know that you can sign up to learn to play the Ukulele with Tim Pardue of the Cowlitz Ukulele Association? They meet Saturdays at 10:00 AM for beginners and at 11 a.m for those who have played before. Call the Library at 503-397-4544 for more details and to register. They also have a great computer lab and are always helpful. Click here for library events.
Help the community celebrate St. Helens Library 100 years by attending one or both of their two parties. The adult party on May 18th will feature historical memorabilia & cake from 7:00-8:00PM. The kids party on May 21st at 5:00 PM will be in the Auditorium. BJ the Clown will perform an hour comedy show then afterwards classic games like tug of war will be played along with singing Happy Birthday and cake. Doesn’t that sound like a fun party? Thanks to all who support our local library. Here’s to another 100 years!
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.
Have you been to All About Pets? The minute I walked into the store, I was greeted by the cutest little chihuahua. Charles Van Cleave, Operations Manager, met me with a big smile and almost a skip in his step. Immediately, I knew he loved his job. The store is spacious, clean and offers a great variety of products. The first 3 products I picked up in this store were MADE IN USA, always a plus.
All About Pets, 52567 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR, is locally owned by Cathy Cook who has been in business for 11 years. They have a staff of 6 in 5,000 square foot building that has almost anything a pet lover should need. Charles shared the company’s mission and philosophy that they are a Companion Animal Resource Center that likes to educate their clients. They love your animals and like you. They believe in good animal nutrition. They share about everything such as tips or resource from why you should buy an MADE IN USA rawhide chew or why buy a certain type of dog food. Plus, they have a clean aquarium room with a variety of fish and reptiles. You’ll even find a thing or two for humans.
Stop by on April 4th to help them celebrate their clients with a Customer Appreciation Sale.
Plus, they have Dog washes on 1st Saturday to benefit the off the leash Dog Park in Scappoose. Please call for an appointment 503-543-5740. Follow All About Pets on Facebook #SHOPLOCAL
Have you been to Nob Hill? Spring brings perfect hiking weather and flowers which are starting to pop up everywhere. You really should take a few minutes to check out this park. Nob Hill is one of the “gems” in Columbia County. It is easy to find as it’s right across the street from the Waste Water Treatment Plant in St. Helens, 451 Plymouth Street, St. Helens, OR. This park is a must if your looking for an easy hike. It takes about 20 minutes and has that feel like your out in nature without the drive. Nob Hill is the type of park where you won’t find playgrounds, you might not even see another person. That is what makes this park so special. This park is where one must take only their memories; leave only their footprints.
The friends of Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is a nonprofit partner group for the Friends of Nob Hill. They are currently looking for volunteers for a work party on April 4th. Call 503-397-7904 for questions or for more information on Nob Hill Nature Park.
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. email@example.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
St. Helens, OR– If you haven’t been, then you must go to Mo’s Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. right here in Columbia County. If you are not a crafty person, that’s ok. You must go anyway to meet Melonie, who will answer all your questions and give you a brief tour. All you have to do is ask. Mo’s is located at 161 St. St. Helens, OR . Mo’s is a not to miss store when shopping in St. Helens. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Thursday 10-8:30ish. 503-366-YARN (9276)
If your a crafty type of person then bring your own fiber projects or join a group for the Spinning Wheel on Thursday evenings for time to work & talk. Mo’s also can help you weave a rug, scarf, belts and many other projects. All you have to do is ask. It’s affordable as rugs start out around $40.00. Classes offer a variety of new crafts for beginners to advanced for:
Beginning Weaving-Cardboard Loom
Woven Memories- Picture
Spinning Wheel Spinning
Weaving on a Floor Loom.
Just another example of one of the many fun local businesses to visit while here in Columbia County and things to do. Follow Mo’s on Facebook
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.”
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.
RAINIER — Rainier Days in the Park will be from July 10-13 in Rainier City Park, 300 W. A St.
The family-freindly event features live music and other entertainment, contests, carnival rides and games, marketplace vendors, food, and a beer garden.
Hours/highlights: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, opening ceremonies, performance by Lulu LaFever; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, magic show, performance by Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gold Dust; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, parade, hometown pizza-eating contest, family game show, Ralph Painter citizenship award, performance by the The Mulch Brothers, fireworks display; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Rainier Senior Center fundraiser breakfast, battle of the worship bands, performance by Kutless.
The parade on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m., and will travel west on A Street and continue into the park. Information about designated event parking and shuttle services are available on the event’s website at www.rainierdaysinthepark.com. Click on “Get the Scoop”.
Details: to see the full event schedule, click here; for real-time updates, like the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.