The circus comes to Scappoose June 1

Photo courtesy of Culpepper & Merriweather Circus/2006

SCAPPOOSE — The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, dubbed as America’s favorite old-fashioned big-top circus, will visit Scappoose on Sat, June 1, in the Cinnamon Tree Business Park, between Highway 30 and Scappoose Vernonia Highway.

A tent-raising ceremony and free Circus City tours will kick off the event at 9:30 a.m. The community is invited to meet and learn about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family, as well as interesting facts about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals featured in the acts. The presentation also addresses care of the circus animals.

The midway and box office opens at 1 p.m. with pony rides, a Moon Bounce, and concessions. The first show is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; the second is from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Admission on the day of the event is $7 for children ages 2-12, and $13 for adults. Children younger than two are free.

Discount tickets are available through the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at 2194 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens. Stop by their office or call 503-396-1237 or 503-397-0685 for more information.

CHS offers vaccination, microchipping clinics

The Columbia Humane Society is offering vaccination clinics through March at three locations in Columbia County.

The next clinic is on Sat, Jan. 20, at the Rainier Fire Department, 211 W. 2nd St. Other clinics will follow on Feb. 3 at the Scappoose Fire Department, 52751 Columbia River Hwy., and on March 3 at the animal shelter, 2084 Oregon St., in St. Helens.

Pets will be seen from noon to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. Service numbers will be assigned to pet handlers no earlier than 11:45 a.m. Prices for services range from $10-$25. Microchipping also will be offered for $25. All dogs must be on leashes, and cats in carriers.

Pre-registration is required for people with more than two animals. For more information, including a detailed list of services offered, call the shelter at 503-396-3239, or visit their Web site by clicking here.

Spaghetti feed, silent auction tonight benefits local animal shelter

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Humane Society will host a spaghetti feed and silent auction fundraiser tonight at the St. Helens Moose Lodge at 57317 Old Portland Road.

The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature a catered dinner of spaghetti with meat sauce, a green salad, green beans, garlic bread and coffee or tea. Tickets are $5 a person, and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Old Oregon Smokehouse, Houlton Bakery and Bertucci’s Coffee Shop.

The silent auction will feature 14 items, including a certificate for a kitten adoption and a basket with all the things you will need to bring your new addition home.

For more information, call 503-397-4353 or visit