Live music, carnival this weekend at Rainier Days in the Park

The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.
The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.

RAINIER — Rainier Days in the Park will be from July 10-13 in Rainier City Park, 300 W. A St.

The family-freindly event features live music and other entertainment, contests, carnival rides and games, marketplace vendors, food, and a beer garden.

Hours/highlights: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, opening ceremonies, performance by Lulu LaFever; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, magic show, performance by Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gold Dust; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, parade, hometown pizza-eating contest, family game show, Ralph Painter citizenship award, performance by the The Mulch Brothers, fireworks display; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Rainier Senior Center fundraiser breakfast, battle of the worship bands, performance by Kutless.

The parade on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m., and will travel west on A Street and continue into the park. Information about designated event parking and shuttle services are available on the event’s website at www.rainierdaysinthepark.com. Click on “Get the Scoop”.

Details: to see the full event schedule, click here; for real-time updates, like the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.


Country music festival, cornhole tournament comes to St. Helens May 17-18

Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will perform during the Countrycon music festival May 17-18 at The Old School in St. Helens. Photo by Lance Mercer.
Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will perform during the Countrycon music festival on May 17 and 18 at The Old School in St. Helens. Photo by Lance Mercer.

ST. HELENS — The two-day music festival Countrycon will feature eight popular county bands and a cornhole tournament in Olde Towne St. Helens May 17-18.

The event will be from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, in The Old School at 251 St. Helens St.

Saturday bands include Brian Earl Haines and Sunset Highway, Sweetwater, Counterfeit Cash, Michele Drey and Branded, and Brent Amaker and The Rodeo.

The cornhole tournament begins at 11 a.m. First place wins $500. Teams are limited to 30 players and participants must be ages 13 and older. Only regulation boards and bags are permitted. Entry fee is $25 a team. Registration forms are available at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

On Sunday, Country Wide, Carrie Cunningham, and Tiffany Kuenzi will perform. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase both days, including beer, wine and spirits.

Admission to Countrycon is $25 a day, or $40 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and younger are $10 a day, or $15 for both. Tickets can be purchased at Bertucci’s, or online at http://bit.ly/SigJiZ. The event is limited to 250 people a day.

For more information, call 503-366-9602, or visit the Columbia County Tourism website at www.travelcolumbiacounty.com.

What is a cornhole tournament? Chances are you have seen it before:


‘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.


Warren horsemanship school hosts benefit on Saturday; proceeds go toward riding programs for disabled and at-risk youth

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Columbia County musician Stevi Marie and band Jackson Road will perform on Saturday during the Sande School of Horsemanship “Boot Scootin’ Benefit”.
Photo courtesy of www.SteviMarieMusic.com.

WARREN — Sande School of Horsemanship will host their Boot Scootin’ Benefit on Sat, Oct. 5, to raise money for scholarship programs for low-income and disabled students, and to launch a mentorship program that will support at-risk youth in community.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction at Sande Performance Horses at 33836 Bennet Road, Warren. A formal program and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., along with line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m., and a barn fire and dance at 8 p.m.

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Kassi Euwer, instructor at Sande School of Horsemanship, gives tips to a rider during a group lesson.

Live music will be performed by country artist Stevi Marie and Jackson Road. Line dancing lessons will be given by instructor Rockin’ Rhonda. Western attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 a person. Children ages 10 and younger are $25; ages 2 and younger are free. A kids-only horse shoe tournament also will be offered during cocktail hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For online ticket sales, visit the Boot Scootin’ Benefit page at www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call Kassi Euwer, 503-369-3008, or e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org.

Sande School of Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Columbia County Fair and Rodeo begins Wednesday in St. Helens

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo/Rebecca Cheney (2010)
Columbia County Fair and Rodeo/Rebecca Cheney (2010)

ST. HELENS — The 2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is from Wed, July 17, through Sun, July 21. This year’s theme is “Wagon Teams to Western Dreams”.

The fair, located at 58892 Saulser Road in St. Helens, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The carnival begins daily at noon.

General admission is $5 to youth and senior citizens, and $8 to others. Children ages 6 and younger are free. Discounts available on advance ticket sales, seasonal passes and special promotional days. Parking is $4 a day, or $16 for all five days. Carnival passes are $31 a day, or $23 in advance.

For a list of pre-sale locations, click here.

Promotional days:

Wednesday – Senior and Veterans Day: Senior citizens and veterans admitted for free until 3 p.m.; 10 a.m., senior services showcase; noon, opening ceremonies; 1 p.m., My Fair Lady pageant; 3 p.m., Professor Bamboozles “The Grand Illusion Show”;  6 p.m., stock car races.

Thursday – Kids’ Day: Children ages 7-17 admitted for free until 3 p.m.; 11 a.m., Cutest Show on Earth; 1:45 p.m., world champion taekwondo exhibition; 2 p.m., Professor Bamboozles “Ballonary Loonary”; 6 p.m., junior rodeo; 8:15 p.m., dance central.

Friday – Rodeo Day: 12:30 p.m., The Splat Attack; 2 p.m., Marty Davis; 2:30 p.m., The Great Toilet Paper Blowout; 5:15 p.m., Brady Goss and Pete Ford/Dueling Pianos; 7 p.m. NPRA rodeo.

Saturday – Rodeo Day: 1 p.m., 2014 rodeo court pageant (speeches and royalty reception); 3 p.m., SpongeBob trivia game; 3:30 p.m., youth livestock auction; 6 p.m., Cale Moon; 7 p.m., NPRA rodeo (2014 rodeo court announced during event); 9 p.m., dance central.

Sunday – Half-Off Day: Fair admission and carnival passes half-off all day; 10 a.m., 4-H sheep fitting contest; 2 p.m., Pete Ford wrestling exhibition; 3 p.m., Kory Johnson.

For a complete schedule of events, including 4-H competitions, click here.

For more information, call 503-397-4231 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You also can e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.


Easter egg hunts this weekend in Columbia County

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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.

Clatskanie

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; www.clatskaniekiwanis.org.

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 www.columbiacountyeventcomplex.com.

Scappoose

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.

Rainier

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.

Vernonia

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; vernoniapta@gmail.com.


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.


‘14th Night’ to benefit community programs

The country band, Backstage Pass (pictured at the 2012 Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival), will be the closing act on Saturday during 14th Night on the River in Columbia View Park.

ST. HELENS – Live music, food vendors, informational booths and more will be featured tomorrow, Sept. 29, during the 14th Night on the River benefit at Columbia View Park in St. Helens.

The free event, from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., is a fundraiser for the St. Helens Community Foundation. There also will be a beer garden, and the city of St. Helens will hold a drawing for a $50 credit toward a resident’s utility bill. Visit their booth for details.

Bands to perform are:

•  5:30 p.m., 90 Proof (rock).
•  7:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Tucker Band (rock).
•  10:15 p.m., Backstage Pass (country).

Youth are welcome to attend until 10 p.m.

The St. Helens Community Foundation provides legal status and protection for many community groups in the city, including 13 Nights on the River and Lost and Found Youth.

Proceeds from the event will go towards deferring the cost of insurance coverage required for the foundation to offer future community activities.

For more information, contact Keith Locke at 503-369-0575, or keithlocke@comcast.net.


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