Summer horse camps for youth beginning in June

Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.
Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps
for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.

WARREN – Sande School of Horsemanship, a non-profit horseback-riding program in Warren, is now accepting registrations for their 2014 summer horse camps.

Summer horse camps focus on riding and care-taking of horses, as well as safe handling skills. Groups are kept small to ensure a high instructor-to-student ratio, which allows for a learning-rich and safe environment.

Participants are divided into two age groups. Children ages 4-7 will meet Wednesdays from June 18 through Aug. 27. Morning and afternoon sessions are available (same lesson plan for each). The cost is $280 for eight sessions, and $35 for each additional session. Single sessions also available for $40.

Children ages 8-14 will meet Thursdays from June 19 through Aug. 28. Morning sessions offered only. The cost is $450 for eight sessions. Single sessions are $65.

Barn staff and volunteers at Sande School of Horsemanship are trained to work with students of all abilities, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities.

To register, visit their website, and click on the “Summer Camps” tab. Forms can be downloaded, filled out, and re-submitted by e-mail or U.S. postal mail. A non-refundable deposit is required for all participants to secure a spot.

In addition to summer camps, Sande School of Horsemanship also regularly offers other programs, such as Little Wranglers, Barn Buddy Youth Enrichment, and HorseShare, as well as therapeutic grooming, private riding lessons, and group horsemanship lessons.

Sande School of Horsemanship is located at 33836 Bennett Road in Warren. For more information, visit their website,, e-mail, or call 503-369-3008.

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‘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.

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.

Easter egg hunts this weekend in Columbia County

Children excitedly hunt down treat filled plastic eggs during the 2012 mEGGa Easter egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.


Several Easter egg hunts will be offered this weekend in Columbia County.


Middle/High School playing fields: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30; 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; for infants through age 10; participants must be accompanied by an adult; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis Club;

St. Helens

Saint Helens Market Fresh IGA: 8 a.m. Sat, March 30; 1111 Columbia Blvd.; held in the store; ages 11 and younger; 503-397-2288.

mEGGa egg hunt: Gates open at 9:30 a.m., hunt starts at 11 a.m. Sat, March 30; Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road; for infants and children through age 12; hunt features more than 30,000 candy-stuffed eggs; visits with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, pony rides and coloring contest also offered; free; 503-397-4231 or


Grace Lutheran Church: 9:45 a.m. Sun, March 31; 51737 S. Columbia River Hwy., Scappoose; 503-543-6555.

Grant Watts Elementary: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30 (rain or shine), playground at 52000 S.E. 3rd Place; for infants and children through age 12; thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, stickers, toys, and prize coupons; bring own baskets or collection containers; sponsored by Scappoose Kiwanis Club.


Riverfront Park: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30; corner of A and B streets, off Columbia River Hwy.; ages 10 and younger; visits with Easter bunny; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; 503-556-2035.


Hawkins Park: 10 a.m. Sat, March 30; park located at the end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; ages 10 and younger; sponsored by Vernonia Community Parent Teacher Association;

St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission offer free art workshops for children through June

Children create abstract trees with acrylic paints on Sat, Feb. 23, during a free arts and crafts workshop offered by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission.
Children create abstract trees with acrylic paints on Sat, Feb. 23, during a free arts and crafts workshop offered by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. Photo by Michelle Tullock.

ST. HELENS — Several children participated in the free abstract painting workshop taught by Jessica Keller of Art Frenzy on Saturday at the St. Helens Public Library.

The event was the first in a series of free arts and crafts workshops for children and young adults offered by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. The workshops are made possible, in part, by a grant through the Columbia County Cultural Coalition.

The workshops are held one Saturday a month through June in the library at 375 S. 18th St. Participants must pre-register with the library prior to the date of workshop by calling 503-397-4544. Future workshops include:

Collage: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, March 16; visual art created from an assemblage of different mediums to make a beautiful, original piece of your own design; grades 6-9.

Upcycled Recycled: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, April 20; use found or recycled objects to create an original piece of art — a tradition dating back to the 19th century; grades 4 and up.

Coiled Basketry: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, May 11;  learn the history of the basket and construct one of your own from natural materials; grades 4 and up.

Art Quilting: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat, June 1; learn the stories behind quilts with members of the Columbia River Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and design and create your own small art quilt piece; grades 3 and up.

Donation of dental supplies benefit local children

Photo courtesy of Northwest Regional Education Service District
Photo courtesy of Northwest Regional Education Service District

A collaboration between the Northwest Regional Education Service District and several community partners provided dental kits in December to 200 children with limited access to dental care in Columbia and Tillimook counties.

The dental kits, donated by Henry Schein Company, a worldwide distributor of dental, medical and veterinary supplies, included a child’s toothbrush and toothpaste. They were distributed to children who attend Northwest Regional ESD early intervention/early childhood programs, Head Start programs, or  have families that receive services from the Department of Human Services.

The Northwest Regional ESD also hopes to secure equipment in the future to help community-based health centers in Columbia County setup small, volunteer-staffed dental clinics.

More Halloween fun in south county this weekend

Witches Brew and a Story, Too: 7 to 9 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; Oak Meadows Inn Best Western or Americas Best Value Inn, both in St. Helens; a Halloween “tuck-in” story-time activity for children offered by staff from St. Helens Public Library; $20 a child, or $30 for two children; proceeds benefit the library; registration required; details: 503-397-4544.

Kids’ pumpkin painting: Noon to 4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; Masonic Building, ground floor, 231 S. First St., Old Town St. Helens; costumed volunteers help children can paint Halloween masterpieces on pumpkins; free, although donations of $2 a child is appreciated; proceeds benefit various public art projects in St. Helens; sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission.

Corn maze and pumpkin picking: 9 a.m. to dusk daily through Halloween; Bernet Farms, 51372 Dike Road, Scappoose; pumpkin picking (more than 20 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds) kids’ hay maze, hay rides, farm animal “looking” zoo, food and beverage vendors and farmers’ market; haunted corn maze from 7 to 10 p.m. Fri-Sun, Oct. 26-28; details: 971-506-8605, or

St. Helens Haunted Tours: Offered every half hour beginning at 7 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; meet at the gazebo in Columbia View Park, off Strand Street, Old Town; visit old haunts and re-live the secret, spooky and creepy history of St. Helens; presented by Shoestring Community Players; $10; details: 503-366-4406, or

Kiwanis Daybreakers children’s fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27; St. Helens High School commons, 2375 Gable Road; booths by 28 community agencies, children’s activities, reptile road show, bounce house, face painting, “fishing” for prizes, crafts, performance by St. Helens High School Sound FX choir, dance academy presentations, a visit by Ronald McDonald and more; free; costumes encouraged.

Photos with the ‘Great Pumpkin’: 3 to 6:30 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Plaza Park, off First Street, in front of the Historic Courthouse, Old Town St. Helens; children in costume can have their pictures taken before or after the Little Spooks Parade; photos by Curt Davis Photography; small fee charged.

Little Spooks parade: 4:30 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; children and their parents or guardians gather on the corner of St. Helens and First streets, Old Town St. Helens; parade begins at 5 p.m. Trick or treating at local business merchants will follow.

Little Spooks haunted house: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Pythian Building, 215 S. First St., Old Town St. Helens.

Spirit of Halloweentown costume contest: 7 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Plaza Park, off First Street, in front of the Historic Courthouse, Old Town St. Helens; winner awarded $1,000 and becomes the Spirit of Halloweentown mayor; no registration required.

Tarot card trunk show and readings: 4 to 7 p.m., Sat, Oct. 27; Word for Word Books and Espresso, 293 S. St., Old Town St. Helens; 503-396-6910.

Tarot card readings: 6 to 9 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31; Klondike Restaurant, 71 Cowlitz St., Old Town St. Helens; 503-366-2634.

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.

Car dealership offers free child car seat check-up, installation

ST. HELENS — Emmert Motors will offer a free “Safe Kids Buckle Up” car seat check-up and installation event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in their dealership at 2175 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

The event is also part of “Safe Kids Columbia County”, an initiative of the Columbia County Commission on Children and Families, in partnership with Community Action Team and Columbia County Transit Division. Sunshine Pizza is also an event sponsor.

For information, call Emmert Motors at 503-438-4146.