Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival offers good eats, unusual treats… and cabbage bowling

Sauerkraut-eating contest

For 23 summers, the city of Scappoose has hosted one of Columbia County’s most popular events – the Sauerkraut Festival. This year, the festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Heritage Park.

The event is coordinated by the Scappoose Community Club, and sponsored by RS Media, Wauna Federal Credit Union and many other local businesses and organizations.

Festival organizers say the event draws anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 sauerkraut enthusiasts annually and features delicious sauerkraut-infused fare, such as chocolate sauerkraut cupcakes and sauerkraut ice cream, as well as the “Famous Scappoose Sauerkraut Sandwich”.

Visitors can try their hand at cabbage bowling, gorge themselves in a sauerkraut-eating contest or work-up a pre-gorge appetite by participating in the Matt Moquin 5K Fun Run and Walk. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Scappoose High School, 33700 High School Way.

Dozens of vendor booths will be featured, including Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension Service, the Columbia Humane Society, Susan’s Classy Glass Creations, Old Oregon Smokehouse, Terrel’s Texas Bar-B-Que, Patty’s Kettle Corn and others.  A complete list of vendors can be viewed by clicking here.

Locally-grown goodies and hand-made crafts also will be offered for sale at the nearby Scappoose Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From noon to 3 p.m., helpers are needed to decide which sauerkraut recipe deserves the coveted “People’s Choice Award” during a celebrity sauerkraut cook-off and tasting event. Contestants include Scappoose natives, C.C. Barber, who is Miss Oregon 2009, Scappoose mayor, Scott Burge, and this year’s Sauerkraut Festival queen, Rachel Mayes, as well as Sheryl Stewart from The Buzz 105.9.

The event also offers family activities in the Columbia River PUD Kids’ Cabbage Patch with pony rides, a petting zoo, and crafts with the Girl Scouts. Live music and other acts will be featured on the Fred Meyer entertainment stage.

The stage schedule includes: 10 a.m., opening ceremony; 10:30 a.m., jazz duo Nina Reed & Larry Munson, with special guest Mark Alexander; Noon, Lyman Louis, americana/country/blues; 1 p.m., OPAS Dance; 2 p.m., sauerkraut eating contest; 2:30 p.m., Crossfire, country western; 4 p.m., Scappoose High School showcase; and 4:30 p.m., Backstage Pass, new/old country/heavy rock.

Heritage Park is located at Southeast Second Street, between East Columbia Avenue and Southeast Olive Street. For more information, contact Beth Pulito, 503-913-4476, or Lisa Smith, 503-543-2010, or visit the festival Web site at www.scappoosecommunity.org.

Those interested in participating in the 5K walk/run, contact Paula Holmason, 503-888-5592, or holmasons@yahoo.com.


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St. Helens Les Schwab relocates to temporary site

ST. HELENS — According to a Sept. 4 report on The Chronicle Web site, the St. Helens Les Schwab that was destroyed after a fire on Aug. 24 will temporarily reopen in the old Fuel Café building at 555 S. Columbia River Highway, next to the Village Inn restaurant.

Preparations to update the site for Les Schwab services began Aug. 27 and the company hopes to re-open by mid-September. Click here for the article.


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Fire district announces fall burn period

ST. HELENS — Columbia River Fire & Rescue has announced the fall burn period for residents of their service district in St. Helens, Columbia City, Prescott and Rainer.

Burning will be allowed with a valid permit from Oct. 20 through Nov. 4. Permits, which are free, are good for one year and can be obtained online with a valid e-mail address through the district’s Web site at www.crfr.com, or in-person in their administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.

Permit holders may burn only during authorized times set by the fire district and are required to call the district’s burn line at 503-397-4800 prior to burning to confirm that a ban is not in effect for that day. Those without permits and who burn on non-authorized days may be subject to fines.
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For more information, call the district’s administration offices at 503-397-2990, or e-mail info@crfr.com.

September Events in Columbia County

A sampling of events offered in Columbia County during the month of September. More items will be added this week, so please return for updates!

Sept 5

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office volunteer orientation: 6-7 p.m. Wed, Sept. 5. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 901 Port Ave., St. Helens. Learn about volunteer opportunities; new and current volunteers welcome. Details: 503-366-4611, www.co.columbia.or.us/sheriff (click the VIPS link under “Get Involved”).

Sept 8

10th Annual Amani Center Luau & Auction: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens. Catered dinner by Hawaiian Island Café, Hawaiian music, Polynesian dancers, fire dancers, silent and oral auctions; Hawaiian attire encouraged; adults only; $45 a person, tables $375-500. Details: 503-366-4005, www.amanicenter.org, amanicenter@comcast.net.

Sept 13

   

Author visit: 7 p.m. Thur, Sept. 13, St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. Local author Ken Scholes will read from and discuss his latest works “Diving Mimes, Weeping Czars and Other Unusual Suspects”; free. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.

 

Sept. 18

Fall paper crafts: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Dec. 11. St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. A scrapbooking class with Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Angie McNulty; class themes are “birthday”, “Halloween”, “Christmas”, and “thank-you”; adults only; advance registration required. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.

Ongoing

St. Helens Public Library storytimes: Baby Lapsit, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25; ages six-months to two years. Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26; ages 2-3. Preschool Storyime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20, 27; ages 4-5. Free. 375 S. 18th St. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.

Scappose Public Library storytime: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages five and younger; craft time or other activity will follow; free. 52469 S.E. Second St. Details: 503-543-7123, www.scappooselibrary.org.

Scappoose Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through September. On Southeast Second Street, behind Scappoose City Hall, next to Heritage Park. Details: 503-543-3469, www.scappoosefarmermarket.com.


Touch the Heart of a Child Auction & Benefit – Tonight

Poster for Sacagawea Art Auction

The Touch the Heart of A Child Auction & Benefit is an annual fundraiser for Sacagawea Health Center, and it is also one of the most fun events you can attend in St. Helens.  Members of the Oregon Potters Association and many other local artists donate beautiful works of art for the auction.  Local caterer Blackbird Catering provides a fabulous meal for attendees, and local auctioneer Mark Kuhn runs a lively and entertaining auction.

Tickets are $45 each and are available at St. Helens Book Shop or by calling (503) 366-7696.

About Sacagawea Health Center

Sacagawea Health Center is like having a doctor’s office at school. The health center provides quality primary and mental health care to St. Helens School District students who need it, whether they are insured or not.  The health center’s existence benefits many students who may not otherwise get the medical attention they need.

The health center was founded in 2000 by St. Helens School District Nurse Robin Loper, and provides a variety of services including immunizations, sports physicals, and treatment of respiratory problems, rashes, or other  illnesses.    The health center is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatrics and family care, a mental health professional and a certified medical assistant.

 


Big Fun For Our Little Ones

Wee-Bop Music and Movement is a program where children ages 4 months to 6 years can engage in music, rhythm, art, cooking and/or sports. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, provides safe, indoor, high quality classes for children to explore, meet new friends, and expend their energy in innovative and fun ways.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement was started by St. Helens resident, Jen Morse in 2004. She had just moved to the St. Helens area, was a stay-at-home mom with two young children and had a newly earned Masters degree in Elementary Ed.  As a licensed teacher and a recent employee of Gymboree Music & Movement, she knew a program like Wee-Bop Music and Movement was something our community could really use, and something she could do and still stay home with her own children. She started off by offering 1 class a week at the Yankton Grange. Since then she has opened up shop off Columbia Blvd in St. Helens and in February of this year opened her second location in Scappoose. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, offers a variety of quality classes for children ages 4 months to 6 years.

Classes include such activities as Music & Movement, where little ones and their parents participate in circle games, rhythm instrument exploration, prop play, creative dance; Play & Art, focuses on building strength, balance and coordination as kids explore bounce hoses, tents, obstacle courses and ending each class with a simple art project; Preschool Prep, including short circle time, arts and crafts and sensory activities; Fitness, an intro into different sports in a noncompetitive fashion for the older kids (2.5-5yrs) and soon to be adding a yoga class for all ages;  and Cooking,  where students will learn about safety and sanitation in the kitchen, cooperation, experimentation, use of a recipe, and more.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement also offer private playgroups and themed birthday parties

Registration for the spring session is now underway for both locations.

Classes start Monday, April 30th. Please contact Jen Morse @ (503) 396-0956

For more detailed information please go to their website www.wee-bop.net, or find them on Facebook as Wee-Bop Music & Movement.


12th Annual mEGGa Egg Hunt

mEGGa fun for children of all ages

Saturday, April 7th at the Columbia County Event Complex

This annual, FREE, event will begin at 11:00am with gates opening at 10:00am for other activities and closing at 1:00pm. Babies to age 12 – divided by age group – have the opportunity to search throughout the fairgrounds for more than 30,000 eggs, many with prizes hidden inside.The mEGGa Egg Hunt has become a tradition for many families, and relies on the generosity of volunteers, local businesses and organizations to make this event free to the public; last year it was estimated that over 3,400 were in attendance with nearly 1,700 children participating in the mEGGa Egg Hunt.

Other activities include pony rides, 4-H petting zoo, face painting, Veggie Tales Movie, a planting project, coloring contests, meeting with the Easter Bunny himself and much more!

 

If you are interested in donating; chewable individually wrapped candy, toys, or gift certificates that can be used for prizes, you can drop them off at St. Helens Burgerville. For more information on the event, please contact Ronda Courtney at the Columbia County Event Complex at 503-397-4231.


The 4th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse is May 5th!

 

Join in for a good cause!

 

 

Race Against Child Abuse

(10k Run, 5k Run/ Walk & 1 Mile Walk)

May 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

 

 

 

 

The 4th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse will start and finish at scenic Columbia View Park, taking participants through historic downtown St. Helens, Oregon, Saturday May 5th.

This year’s event include a 5k run/walk and a 1-mile walk as well as the newly added 10k course, which will take participants briefly through the wooded trails of McCormick Park. In addition, this 4th annual race will offer professional chip timing by Uberthons.

Prices through 4/9/12: 

  •     10k ~ $40
  •     5k ~ $30
  •     1 mile ~ $15

After 4/9/12: 

  •     10k ~ $45
  •     5k ~ $35
  •     1 mile ~ $20

Day of Race (5/5/12): 

  •     10k ~ $50
  •     5k ~ $40
  •     1 mile ~ $25

The Amani Center was established in 2000 in St. Helens as a community-based center to come alongside alleged child victims of abuse and neglect, offering access to evaluation, counseling and support services in a child-friendly setting. The Amani Center is a non-profit organization that hosts a small number of fundraisers each year to gather donations, support and awareness.

In addition to being a participant in this event, the Amani Center also has sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information, or to register for this event, please go to: http://www.amanicenter.org/fundraisers.cfm or call 503.366.4005.