‘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.


Columbia Pacific Food Bank hires interim executive director

ST. HELENS — Casey Wheeler is the new interim executive director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens.

Wheeler previously worked as the interim executive director for the Columbia County Economic Team. He was the CEO of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, and has served on boards for numerous Columbia County organizations, including the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Columbia County.

Wheeler also serves as a city council member for the city of Columbia City, and is a business support consultant for Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon for Columbia County.

Columbia Pacific Food Bank is the regional food bank serving qualified agency partners in Vernonia, Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainer and Clatskanie.


October real estate market report

The following are October real estate statistics for the cities of Clatskanie, Columbia City, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia and Warren, as well as a regional report for Columbia County.  Click on the images to view each spreadsheet.


‘Reindeer Run’ benefits local charities Dec. 7

ST. HELENS — Work-off some of those holiday treats with a Reindeer Run in St. Helens on Dec. 7.

The fourth annual event is a benefit for Merchants Toy-n-Joy, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, and the St. Helens Police Department reserve officer training program. Races are run/walk and include a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Awards offered to top three finishers in each age and gender category. Participants get a free race T-shirt and special holiday gift at the finish line. Half marathon finishers receive medals.

Stay warm before and after race time in Columbia River Foursquare Church, 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens. Free massages offered to race participants. Registration required. Volunteers for event also needed.

Details: Shelly McCausland, 503-396-0357, or smac165@yahoo.com.


Daylight savings, fall reminders, and… a big thank you!

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A sign that autumn has returned to Columbia County. Gone is the unusually dry and warm summer that lasted well into October. In it’s place are overcast skies, occasional 12-second sun breaks, and rain boots and umbrellas. This photo shot today from a horse farm in Warren just after a large downpour.

It’s autumn in Oregon. The rain has returned, as has anyones chances for being completely dry again until May. This afternoon the sun had a few successful attempts at breaking through the cloud cover, almost as if it were bidding the folks of Columbia County a pleasant farewell until spring.

Daylight savings time begins at midnight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you got to bed. It’s also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and load them up with fresh batteries if needed. For those of you who host holiday feasts, use the start of fall as an opportunity to go through cooking and baking supplies stored in cupboards and pantries all year to make sure they haven’t expired.

The goal this winter for Beyond the Burbs is to publish as many holiday events as possible offered through December. If you know of any holiday happenings in Columbia County that would be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us about them.

Beyond the Burbs also has subscribed to receive alerts from several public service agencies so we can efficiently keep our readers updated on school closures, and traffic and weather alerts, as we begin to experience more wintery forecasts. Most of these alerts will be published on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us yet, please come find us!

Finally, thank you to all of our readers. We enjoy doing this for you!


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.


September real estate market report

The following are September real estate statistics for the cities of Clatskanie, Columbia City, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia and Warren, as well as a regional report for Columbia County.  Click on the images to view each spreadsheet.


SHS class of 2014 safe and sober committee hosts Friday fundraiser

SCAPPOOSE — Varsity Grill and Bar and Scappoose Dutch Bros. Coffee will team up Fri, Oct. 4, to raise money for the Scappoose High School Class of 2014 safe and sober graduation committee.

The fundraiser will be held in conjunction with high school’s homecoming game, which begins at 7 p.m., and both businesses will donate a percentage of their sales during the event to benefit 2014 graduation festivities.

Local musician Bart Hafeman also will play an acoustic set at the Varsity Grill and Bar from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, and baristas from Dutch Bros. Coffee will be at the football game selling their beverages.

Varsity Grill and Bar is located at 52001 Columbia River Hwy., and Dutch Bros. Coffee is at 33503 S.W. Chinook Plaza.


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

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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.