Scappoose Farmers’ Market 14th Season

23433_101502389893541_2811927_nScappoose, OR- Every  Spring, one thing is certain.  That’s the opening of the  Scappoose Farmers’ Market.  May 21st marks the 14th Season open from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.  This year you will find some of the favorites such as veggies, plants, and artisan gifts.  You’ll find a few new things in the mix this year.

* Demonstrations focused on Art of Food Preparation using local ingredients, grant by Columbia County Cultural Coalition.

*Planting Ideas & Master Gardeners Tips

*Kids Programs

*Live Music courtesy of Columbia River PUD’s Community Grant

*Burrito USA using local fresh ingredients where possible

*Scappoose Community Club will occasionally  feature their Sauerkraut Sandwich.  Stay tuned to Scappoose Community Club Updates.

If you haven’t been, it’s a must to check out in Columbia County.

See you at the Scappoose Farmers’ Market located behind in City Hall Parking lot at E 2nd Street.

Artists Row in St Helens

Within the past few months, two new artists have appeared to ignite the Art Scene in Saint Helens on 1st South Street.

Located at 289 S 1st street, right across the Courthouse plaza, you’ll find the Phil Fake Studio.  Phil Fake is one of the new artists in St.Helens.  His current show, On the Voyage to become Captain Joe Studley, Fake Pirate, A Life/Art Project by Unknown Artist/Owner, Phil Fake.  You can view his work at Captain Jim Studley Gallary.  Phil is offering a series of art classes starting May 1st.   Be sure to stop by his studio and introduce yourself.  Phil works in character as Captain Joe Studley, a real pirate dressed just as you would imagine.  He often paints outdoors so you may even meet him while he is painting.

The second artist to arrive on 1st South Street is Steam #33 at 295 S. 1st Street, St Helens.  Owner, Johnnie Grinder explained that he and Orange,another featured artist at Steam #33. spent the last 9 years traveling around Taiwan.  He mentioned that they painted last summer in Florence Italy.  When they found St Helens, they felt they had found something special.  To view their work, go to Steam 33 Art Gallary or stop by and say hello .  You can find them also at the Portland Saturday Market.  We want to welcome both these artists to Columbia County.  #artistsincc #hereincc #keepitlcoalcc #welovecc

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Steam 33 Gallary, 295 S. 1st Street, St Helens, OR
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Phil Fake Gallary, 291 S. 1st St, St. Helens, OR
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An example of one of the many Art classes offered at Phil Fake Studio.


2016 St Helens Spring Into Artwalk


St Helens, OR-   Join in on the fun at this new event hosted by SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation), Columbia Arts Guild and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.  Start at the Columbia County Courthouse & Museum from 3-4:00 PM to get your Artwalkmap for the Spring Into Art Walk on March 31, 2016.   The map has a variety of artists  featured at local businesses.  This is an opportunity to visit over fifteen local business that will host local artists plus artistic demonstrations like Native Drum Making, Clogging, and much more.

Want to join in the artist fun?  You can participate in the SIAcoloringcontest with prizes given for three different age groups.  Must be present at the wrap-up party to win prizes.  Participating artists and local residents will meet at the Visitor Center at the South Columbia County Chamber, 2194 Columbia Blvd., from 6:00-7:30 PM for a wrap-up party and a chance to meet your neighbors.

#hereincc #keepitlocalcc




Columbia County 1st Century Challenge

C3-logomark (rev 2)If you travel highway 30 on a Saturday, you most likely have seen groups of cyclists ascending into Columbia County from Portland.  For years, these groups of cyclists  have been coming out here to enjoy the CZ (Crown Zellerbach Trail) from Scappoose to Vernonia and onward to Banks, OR.  You see, as a country, we are quite bike friendly. The City of St Helens has a Pedestrian and Bike Commission that meets on a monthly basis.  Plus, many local businesses are bike friendly with bike racks. If you own a business, check out how to become Bike Friendly and more from City of St. Helens Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

To meet the needs of locals and tourists alike, June 18th will mark the 1st Cycle Columbia County, Columbia Centurian Challenge, starting in downtown St Helens riding thru many small towns such as Vernonia, Mist and Columbia City. To see a full route and to register for the challenge which opens soon go to and “like”  Columbia Century Challenge Facebook page. #hereincc #columbiacenturychallenge #cyclistslovecc



Wine & Dine Your Valentine

View of Columbia River St. Helens – Photo Courtsey of SHEDCO  Facebook Page

Are you looking for a nice place to take your Valentine next weekend?  You have many options right here in Columbia County.

Two of the local favorites in St Helens for fine dining are the Dockside Steak & Pasta and  Klondike Resturant.  They both are located within blocks of one another in Ole Town St Helens located beside the Columbia River.  You can take a romantic stroll before dinner or after along the waterfront.   Both restaurants are currently taking reservations for the upcoming special holiday.  For more information go to Dockside Steak & Pasta Menu and Klondike Restaurant Bar Menu.

In Scappoose, you can dine on the water at Mark’s On The Channel for a special Valentine’s Day Opening.  They officially open for the season on March 8th, 2016.  Click here for menu, reservations also recommended.

Enjoy your special date lunch, day or night with your love.  Thank you for choosing to celebrate where you live.  #welovecolumbiacounty #keepitlocalcc #valentinesday #dinelocal



Land, Water or Just Something Different?

Exercise     Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016?  If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise.  Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options.  After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of  their favorites.   I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that.  If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.

On land:

Columbia City:  Pacific Athletic Club.  Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.

St. Helens: Anytime Fitness   &  Curves

Scappoose:  The Fitness Center in Scappoose


St Helens:  Einsenschmidt Pool.  Lap swimming and classes. Click here for pool schedule.

Kayaking/Canoe Tours:  Your Adventure Awaits

Something different:

Clogging Classes start on January 7th, 2016

Crossfit St Helens.  A type of workout.

Yoga: Classes by Meredith Redding Fitness and Yoga LLC &  YogaYouUnion

Lots of options to choose from in the area.  Here’s to a healthier us in 2016.



Annual Walk/Run to Support Local Charities Saturday


St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run?  It is a signature event in Columbia County.  It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens.  You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.

Don’t worry you still have time to join in on the fun.  Sign up for 6th Annual Reindeer Run.  This year they are adding a new twist with a costume contest.

Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs.  The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. .  Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.

Join in on the fun & get involved in this year’s Reindeer Run!  Click here to learn more about the run.

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Have you been to “The Nerd Nest?”


Meet Owner, Sean Lowery.  He opened Nerd's Nest 2 months ago with wife, Emily.

Scappoose, OR- There is a new kid in town when it comes to a retail store in Columbia County located right across from Scappoose City Hall at 3355 Columbia Ave, Suite 113.  Young or old it doesn’t matter, you can now entertain the “nerd” in you by stopping by to check out cards, comics and gaming.  The Nerd Nest is the kind of place you can stop in for a little while to hang out or buy Disc Golf Sets to get some exercise.

The Nerd Nest is a unique retail venue in South Columbia County.   To keep up with what’s going on “Like” their facebook page The Nerd Nest .  Owners, Sean & his wife Jamie Lowry, have been open for 2 months. They have already partnered with another local business, NERDstaglia, Inc. to carry their Disc Golf Sets owned by Chris and Emily Emanuel.

Next time your looking for something to do.  Stop by to grab a comic book or a new Disc Golf Set to go play at a local disc golf park such as McCormick Park in St Helens.

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Calling all English! It’s time for High Tea in Columbia County

Just one of the many tea pots that will be on display.  Photo Courtousy of Tea Time Facebook.

St. Helens, OR- English High Tea?  Cucumber sandwhiches or tasty chicken curry sandwhiches, perhaps.  Let’s not forget about the scones.  Tea stirs up good conversation with loved ones.

Now, do I have your attention?  New business Tea Time located at 165 N. 11th Street, on the corner of 11th and Columbia Blvd.,owner, Cindy Sutiff, invites you to join her for the Grand Opening Oct 30th along with a Ribbon Cutting by the South Chamber of Commerce at noon.  Tea Time Open House 12-5 where you should check out her inventory of teas, homemade English treats and step back into the 1920’s at her new tea shop.

Cindy spent her time as a kid having tea with her grandma.  It was a family event.  It’s a tradition she wants to bring to Columbia County to share some of her own experiences with others.  She opens Oct 30th with starting hours on Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, with occasional Friday 11-5 .  She has already started booking private parties and encourages you to come by for a cup of tea.  She also loves to collaborate and is looking for artists to showcase their work on a monthly basis.  Cindy believes in Shop Local and currently serves on the City of St. Helens Pedestrian and Biking Committee.

To follow Cindy on her journey as her business grows, please “like” her on Facebook.

Two Local Columbia County Women Receive Industry Awards

St. Helens & Columbia City are so close you can walk from one to the other.  You follow the paved path across from the County Roads Department down Heart Attack Hill.  When you come out of the wooded area, you’ve reach Columbia City.  Not only are they close in proximity but both communities have women who have received industry awards one from city government and the other from the building and design industry.  You may have even heard their names, Kannikar Peterson & Leahnette Rivers.

Kannikar Peterson from St Helens Oregon will be recognized at the upcoming Oregon Builds Connections Conference Oct 15th for a luncheon at the Sentinel Hotel Portland, OR.  The Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2015 Vision Awards go to top of their industry to women in the building and design industry from Oregon and Southwest Washington.  The criteria set for receiving the award is leadership, industry accomplishments, mentoring efforts and community involvement.  65 women were nominated and 25 where chosen.  Congratulations to Kannikar Peterson for winning this award.  Kannikar Peterson, Co- Owner with husband, Al Peterson,Akaan Architecture & Design is active in the community.  Kannikar currently serves on the Art’s and Cultural Coalition for the City of St. Helens.  Read more: DJC Oregon 2015 Women of Vision Awards

Leahnette Rivers, City Administrator for Columbia City for the last 16 years, was awarded the Kehrli Award in Bend Oregon.  The Kehrli Award is given out by the Oregon League of Cities, a volunteer organization to represent Oregon’s 242 incorporated cities.  Oregon League of Cities helps local city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting,  and other support.  Leahnette received the nominations for the award from elected officials; staff and community.  They praised her work on the veteran’s park, her leadership and financial planning skills. Click here to read more

Congratulations to local leaders, Kannikar Peterson and Leahentte Rivers.  Good to see you at the top of your Industry.