Amani Center accepting children’s artwork for holiday cards

ST. HELENS — The deadline for children to submit their works for the Amani Center holiday card art contest is Friday, Oct. 26.

The winner selected will have their artwork featured in the center’s annual holiday cards, which are sold to benefit services that assist child abuse victims in Columbia County.

Contest rules include:

• Artwork must be submitted on 8½ x 11 white paper. Any art medium may be used. The child’s name must be clearly written in pencil on the back.

• Multiple pieces of artwork may be entered. The center may select multiple pieces from the same artist.

• Artwork must represent one of three categories: Christmas Spirit, a faith/religious holiday, or winter wonderland.

• An artwork release form must be signed by the child’s legal guardian in able for them to enter the contest.

Original artwork and signed release forms can be mailed or hand-delivered to the center at 1621 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens. Winners will be chosen by the Amani Center Team.

Details: 503-366-4005 or amanicenter@comcast.net.


Arts and culture commission offers pumpkin painting for kids

ST. HELENS — Children can paint Halloween masterpieces on pumpkins from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Masonic Building at 231 S. First St. in “Olde Towne” St. Helens.

The activity, sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission, will be held on the ground floor of the building. There is no cost to participate; however, the commission appreciates donations of $2 or more to help fund various public art projects in town.

All children in attendance must be accompanied by an adult. Costumed volunteers will be on hand to help children with their creations.

Pumpkins for the activity were donated by The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.

For those unable to attend, the activity will be offered again from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.


Vernonia festival offers salmon cuisine, art displays and more

VERNONIA — Celebrate northwest culture during the 10th annual Vernonia Salmon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Hawkins Park, located at the end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features several food and retail vendors, arts and craft booths, an art show and live music. Activities for children include scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin carving and trout fishing in a nearby pond.

“Claudia,” a giant 25-foot Chinook salmon, will be on display to educate visitors about stream restoration, and hayrides will be offered to salmon spawning sites along Rock Creek. Members of the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council also will raffle off a fresh-caught Columbia River salmon.

In the park’s Scout Cabin, the non-profit organization, Hands on Art, will sell selections of McMenamins beer.

For festival-goers who are interested in area history, the Vernonia Pioneer Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. at 511 E. Bridge St. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the city of Vernonia at 503-429-5291.


Gallery: Columbia City Celebration

The remaining hours of the Columbia City Celebration are creeping in!

There is still time to browse the large selection of used books available for purchase at the Columbia City Library book sale, or to buy a raffle ticket for a handmade quilt, bid on silent auction items, or stock up on baked goods, plants and crafts made by local artisans.

The book sale is located under the covered play area at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St. The remaining activities are in Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

The event ends at 4 p.m. Photos of the quilt featured in the raffle, silent auction items, and other bits for sale, are published below. Proceeds benefit the Columbia City Library.


Columbia City library benefit offers pancake feed, book sale, silent auction and more

COLUMBIA CITY — The city of Columbia City will host its annual community celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Several activities are planned at various locations in the city. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Columbia City Library.

The schedule includes:

*Strawberry pancake breakfast: 8 to 10 a.m, Knapp Social Center, 1925 First St. $6 adults, $4.50 ages 10 and younger.

*Library book sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., covered playground at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St.

*Silent auction: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

*Columbia Arts Guild sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

There also will be a raffle drawing for a quilt at 2 p.m. (tickets are $1 each, or six for $5), and a bake/plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Caples House Museum at 1915 First St. will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Cathy Lundberg at 503-366-8020, or e-mail ccclibrary@live.com


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.