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.
SCAPPOOSE — The Scappoose Farmers Market has returned for its 12th season.
Vendors will sell goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27 in the Scappoose City Hall parking lot, and along Southeast Second Street, off of East Columbia Avenue.
Shoppers will find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and seasonal Oregon berries, as well as nursery plants, herbs, flowers, handcrafted items by local and regional artisans, and other items for sale.
On average, the market features between 22-24 vendors a week. For those who are interested in selling their wares at the market, contact the Scappoose Community Club for information about guidelines and fees.
ST. HELENS — Kuy Kao, owner of Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine in St. Helens, whips up a batch of her popular Cambodian peanut sauce following today’s lunch rush in her restaurant.
Assisting are son-in-laws (left to right), Jake Wakeman and Ali Amhaz, and server Jackie Coddington (far left).
Kao sells her specialty sauces in her restaurant at 524 Milton Way, and at selected farmers markets in the area during harvest season. Other sauce varieties include: fried garlic, sweet chili, garlic vinaigrette, chili oil, and stir-fry.
The event, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., features a trolley tour through Scappoose and St. Helens, stopping at different businesses for various wine and food tastings. Pick-up is at Avenue 30 wine shop, 33480 Chinook Plaza, in Scappoose.
The final stop on the tour includes a “long happy hour” with food, drinks and live world class jazz music in 2Cs Vendor Mall.
ST. HELENS — Richardson’s Furniture at 2015 Columbia Blvd. will offer free pictures with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. Sat, Dec. 14.
The annual event is offered alongside a holiday bake sale that benefits Relay for Life. Richardson’s will provide a photos service, however, visitors also are welcome to bring their own cameras to use.
Details: 503-397-1329, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
Kiwanis collecting food for families in need
ST. HELENS — The Saint Helens Kiwanis Club has placed food collection barrels at various locations around town for use in their Holiday Hope baskets.
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 free event, which features a Hawaiian theme, is for clients, families, providers, advocates and staff of the program. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with food, beverages and desserts served in the south area of the park.
Activities and entertainment for all ages will follow, including music, goofy games and tattoos. Attendees also will receive a free lei. Hawaiian attire is encouraged.
The event will go until 1:30 p.m.
RSVP to Hanna Ward (up until the day of the event) by calling 503-438-2223, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Big events planned for today and through the weekend in Columbia County. For a complete list of each event’s offerings, schedules, pricing and registration deadlines, visit the web sites published with the listings below.
Scappoose Pow Wow: July 11-14; Veterans Park, Southwest JP West Road and Capt. Roger Kucera Way; concerts, cruise-in, grande and junior parades, Pow Wow court presentation, food and merchant vendors, “Battle of the Bands” competition, fun run, kids and teen zones, a mini Pow Wow, Texas Hold ’em poker and softball tournaments, wine tasting, beer zone and a mystery event; free; details: www.scappooseboosters.org.
Rainier Days in the Park: July 11-14; Rainier City Park, West A Street; live music and other entertainment, food and merchant vendors, pancake breakfast, parade, carnival, Ralph Painter Memorial Run, fireworks display, beer garden; free; details: www.rainierdaysinthepark.com.
Annie the Musical: 7 p.m., July 11-13 and 18-20; and 2 p.m., July 13 (featuring understudies); Scappoose High School theater, 33700 S.E. High School Way; presented by Shoestring Community Players; directed by Serah Pope; $12 general admission, discounts available to children ages five and younger, and senior citizens; purchase tickets in advance at Bertucci’s candy shop in St. Helens or online at www.sscpmusicals.com/tickets.