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Columbia City to host Emergency Management Fair

Columbia City will host an Emergency Management Fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Columbia City Community Hall.

Citizens can learn more at the event about the city’s emergency notification system and how to register their landline and cellular phones to receive emergency information.

The fair will also feature training and demonstrations on how to “shelter in place” in case of an emergency situation, as well as general emergency preparedness information, according to the city’s October newsletter.

Free hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided for lunch, and attendees can win various door prizes, including three chances for a $150 reduction in water and sewer bills for Columbia City residents.

The event is set to start at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. It is sponsored by explosives company Dyno Nobel, whose representatives are slated to attend together with personnel from the American Red Cross, Columbia County Emergency Management, the Public Health Foundation of Columbia County and others.

Dinner to benefit county volunteer

A longtime volunteer and coordinator with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue division who was recently diagnosed with cancer will be honored with a benefit dinner Tuesday, Oct. 8. Organizers of the dinner are asking those who attend to donate $20 per person or $30 for two people to help cover medical expenses, transportation and lodging costs for Ron Hermo, who is set to undergo a regimen of cancer treatments. The Sheriff’s Office will host the dinner, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. People interested in attending should RSVP by the end of the day Friday by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Office at 901 Port Ave. in St. Helens.

Materials available Mon. for transportation funding program

Applications and support materials for the ConnectOregon V transportation funding program will be available at the program website on Monday, Oct. 7. There is $42 million available to be distributed to projects throughout the state. This year, bicycle and pedestrian improvements are considered eligible for transportation funding from ConnectOregon V. In Columbia County, many regional stakeholders have identified Rainier’s downtown core as a high priority due to the close alignment of railroad tracks along A Street. That project is likely to compete for grant funding through ConnectOregon V. The project website is www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/pages/connector.aspx.

Scappoose Bay Watershed to hold plant sale

The Scappoose Bay Watershed will hold its Fall Native Plant Sale Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scappoose Bay Watershed Native Plant Center behind Scappoose High School. Locally sourced plants will be sold at wholesale prices and the proceeds will fund local restoration projects.

Scappoose Bay Kayaking announces new hours

Scappoose Bay Kayaking announced new fall hours Sept. 21. The business — now merged with Portland’s popular outdoor store, Next Adventure — will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will remain open throughout the fall and winter of this year. Scappoose Bay Kayaking outlined in a press release that, despite the cold weather, there are still great paddling opportunities throughout the year. The business also has a new paddling clothing space in its retail showroom for those in need of warm paddling clothes.

Red Cross volunteers coming to Fred Meyer

The Fred Meyer store in Scappoose will host volunteers from the American Red Cross on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a customer appreciation event. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., a Red Cross vehicle will be parked outside the store to provide “free coffee, bright smiles and disaster preparedness information” to Fred Meyer customers. In announcing the series of events from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2 at Fred Meyer locations across the state, the American Red Cross Cascades Region said it wants to “say ‘thanks’ to Fred Meyer stores, and store customers, for their support over the years.”

Spring Meadows beginning annual wine, hors d’oeuvres event

Spring Meadows Assisted Living Community has announced what it is billing as its first annual “Wine and D’Lites at the Meadows” event. From 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, people who purchase tickets can enjoy a fundraising event at the community, featuring silent auctions, entertainment, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The $12 ticket also includes a souvenir glass for those who come to the event. Tickets can be purchased at Bertucci’s in St. Helens or Avenue 30 in Scappoose. They will also be sold at the door for $15.

Photo exhibit on immigrants coming to St. Helens library

Eight Oregon immigrant families are spotlighted in a traveling photography exhibit that is coming to the St. Helens Public Library starting Thursday, Oct. 17. The exhibit, entitled “Borderless Stories,” was created by the Immigrant Family Advocates in central Oregon, who interviewed and photographed members of the families to share their stories about leaving their home countries and coming to Oregon. The exhibit opening at the St. Helens library is part of a statewide campaign by the Immigrant Family Advocates “to build welcoming communities and celebrate the richness that immigrants bring,” according to the news release from Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity, a local volunteer group that is hosting the exhibit. An opening event will be held at the library on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m., and the exhibit itself will be on display there until Nov. 7.

Library plans gaming nights for St. Helens teens

St. Helens Public Library officials plan to kick off “regular gaming nights” for teenagers with a family gaming event on Wednesday, Oct. 16. An announcement from the library on the news read in part, “Games that are educational, interactive, cooperative or creative will be favored over those that are violent or anti-social in nature. However, we are seeking teen input on which games we should buy; there will be room for a little bit of everything.” Teenagers and their parents are invited to come to the library at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 to discuss the program with the youth librarian and try out a few games. The announcement said public input will help shape the program as it develops.

PEO sells poinsettias for scholarships

The St. Helens chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood is taking orders for poinsettias now through Oct. 25. The proceeds from this fundraiser go toward a scholarship to a St. Helens or Scappoose graduating senior girl. This year, Samantha Garza and Kathryn Warner received $1,000 in local scholarships.

PEO is an international woman’s organization that promotes educational opportunities for women through a variety of scholarship and grant programs.

This poinsettia fundraiser is PEO’s major means of raising the money for scholarships each year. Plants will be ready for delivery the first week of December. The poinsettias are grown in Hillsboro and come in red, burgundy, white, pink and marble. There are two sizes available in each color. Six-inch pots sell for $10 each and eight-inch pots sell for $20 each.

To buy poinsettias, contact Kathy King at 503-397-4889.

Local scripture scholar to hold Old Testament Bible studies

Local scripture scholar Barbra Handt will continue leading non-denominational Old Testament Bible studies at the Christian Church of St. Helens located at 815 South 12th St. in St. Helens. The Bible studies will be held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 10. Each book will be studied in light of its history and culture along with its relevance to participants. The Bible studies will be free and a freewill offering basket will be present. For more information, call 503-397-2691.