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Junior Salmon Auction, May 22

On May 22th, at 7:00 PM, Vernonia Hands-On Art Center, the local non-profit arts and heritage support group, presents the fifth annual Jr. Salmon Auction at Vernonia’s new school on Missouri Avenue.

A fundraiser for the Vernonia Schools arts programs, the auction features the amazing salmon creations of Vernonia art students. The students are supplied with blank pressboard salmon on which to craft their own unique visions. In addition to salmon, students have worked their magic on small furniture items that will also be included in the auction.

JuniorSalmonAuctionBeginning at 7:00 PM the salmon will be auctioned off with a minimum starting bid of  $10.00. Profits go to support Vernonia School Arts, Scholarship, and Hands-On Art programs.

Doors open at 6:30. Enjoy live music performed by students under the direction of Andy Morrow, visit the Band Boosters for a bite to eat, and chat up Vernonia’s talented young artists while you browse their creations. Be sure to sign up at the bidder’s table and be ready to go at 7:00!

Watch for previews of artwork and reminders on Facebook. For more information contact Diana Peach at peachlee123@gmail.com.

“Hands On Development” Provides Structure for Developmentally Disabled

“Hands On Development” is a new program that is running during the month of July in Vernonia.  The program is designed to assist developmentally disabled children during their summer break from school.


Eric Urban teaches sign Language skills during Hands On Development

Eric Urban teaches sign Language skills during Hands On Development

“Our mission is to provide summer camp activities for kids who need structure and routine in the summer,” says Eric Urban, one of two teachers that are helping with the program this year.  Urban is the Special Education teacher for the Vernonia School District.  The other teacher helping with the Hands On Development program is Diane Martin, an in-home autism consultant with NW Autism & Ability Services in Clatskanie, who has worked in the past as an elementary Life Skills Instructor for the Clatskanie School District.

“A lot of kids with disabilities rely on routine and highly structured activities and when they don’t have that, certain behaviors can come out,” said Urban during a recent visit to the program.  Read More

Calling All Artists!

Have you always dreamed of creating salmon-shaped yard art? A river scene wall-hanging with leaping fish? Sockeye chimes, fish-tailed mugs, a Coho quilt?

Vernonia Hands-on Art, a local nonprofit arts and culture support group, is seeking artists interested in supporting HOA fundraising efforts as part of the Salmon Festival auction. Artists are invited to create a physical piece of art in the medium of his or her choice. All submissions must be salmon-themed either in shape or as part of the content. A limited number of wood salmon blanks are available for purchase.

All artwork must be submitted to HOA prior to Labor Day weekend. During the run up to Salmon Festival, selected pieces will be displayed throughout town. A portion of the proceeds will be retained to support Hands-on Art programs.

Hands-on Art is dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit by exposing the community to the arts and honoring our community’s heritage. Join us in bringing art to Vernonia by sharing your talent at the Salmon Festival.

Please contact Diana Peach (429-7919) with questions, or pick up the rules and a submission form at Made in Vernonia.

4th Annual Jr. Salmon Auction

The 4th Annual Jr. Salmon Auction was held on May 17th at the Vernonia Schools Commons.JrSalmonStage-web
Presented by Hands-On Art, the evening was a fundraiser for arts programs in the Vernonia Schools and the community.

Each year Vernonia high school art students decorate wooden cut outs of salmon, creating individual pieces of art, which are auctioned off to raise funds for their program.  Students also decorate pieces of furniture for the auction.JrSalmonChair-web

This year Robb Wilson took the podium as the auctioneer assisted by Kathy Dalebroux.

The event raised almost $2,000, the majority of which goes directly to school art programs.

Entertainment was provided by two members of the VHS Band, Nate Izzett and Jacob Medearis; the two were joined  by Vernonia Band Director Rob Izzett who played trombone for one number.

The Vernonia Boosters sold desserts as a fundraiser and other student art was on display during the evening.

Karina Tolmacheva created the Jr. Salmon that sold for the highest bid this year.

Karina Tolmacheva created the Jr. Salmon that sold for the highest bid this year.

The Scuttlebutt – News From Around Our Town

Randy & Sharon Parrow in New Orleans.

Randy & Sharon Parrow in New Orleans.

Where Do You Read The Voice? Randy and Sharon Parrow were caught reading Vernonia’s Voice in New Orleans during Mardi Gras  in  February.  We hope they also found some time to sample the local cuisine and maybe even a Hurricane drink or two!  The big question is whether Sharon will return with any Mardi Gras beads?

Paula Oliveros, Maina Martin and Hanna Hofer at Waikiki Beach.

Paula Oliveros, Maina Martin and Hanna Hofer at Waikiki Beach.

Aloha! A group of four Vernonia High School exchange students traveled to Hawaii as part of their year in the United States.  Paula Oliveros from Spain, Maina Martin from France, and Hanna Hofer, and Hanna Farsh from Germany all spent a week soaking up the sunshine and hanging out on Waikiki Beach with other students through the ASSE program.  The girls had a chance to snorkel, learn to hula dance, shop, eat fresh pineapple,  meet some parrots, work on their tans and attend a traditional Hawaiian  BBQ.  Their favorite activity was definitely taking surfing lessons. “I think it is paradise!” said Paula.

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