In the Good Old Summertime...


School's out and you're looking for things to keep your children happily occupied...look no further!  Between Art Camp, the Clear Creek Music Festival Kids Camp, and the library's Summer Reading Program, they won't have a chance to be bored.  Take a look at the activity descriptions and schedules, choose what suits your children's interests and ages, then head to the Hells Canyon Journal office or the Halfway branch library for registration forms. It just could be their best summer yet!


Summer Reading Program

Thursdays, June 22 - July 27, 4pm


This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!" and will feature stories, activities, and crafts. The summer reading program is free, and all ages are welcome. Activities will be held at the Halfway Branch Library with the exception of the last day, which will take place at Pat's Park on Main Street. Contact the library at 541-742-5279 for more information.


Art Camp 2018

June 20 through August 12


Welcome to the 18th season of summer art & fun in Halfway!

   Some of the classes confirmed for this season include pen & ink drawing, creative writing, drama, garden art, felting, using natural dyes, fun with science, building a box city, collage art, tie dye, watercolors, and nature camp.

​   Registration packets are available at the Hells Canyon Journal office and the Halfway Branch Library. Contact Ruai Gregory at 541-742-2277 or Jennifer Bilbrey at 541-742-4455 for more information.


Decoupage & Washi Tape                    Jennifer Bilbrey, 742-4455


   July 26     10am-1pm     Ages 7+     $5

Nature Camp III; for the "Young at Heart"    Forest & Ruai Gregory

   July 29     9am-noon     Ages 16-Adult     $5

Art Play Day                                     Audrene Simpson, 742-6254

   Date and Time TBA     Ages 3+     $3

Introduction to Pen & Ink Drawing       William Jackson, 540-7600

   August 4     12:30-2:30pm     Ages 11-15     $5

Young Writer's Workshop I                  William Jackson, 540-7600

   Aug 7, 8, 11 1:30-3:30pm;  Aug 14 9:30-11:30am  3-5th Grade   $5

Young Writer's Workshop II                 William Jackson, 540-7600

   August 7, 8, 11, 14      9:30-11:30am     6-9th Grade     $5

Art Adventures                                 Audrene Simpson, 742-6254

   Dates and Time TBA   Ages 3+   $5

Amazing World of Science I                Becca Miller, 503-717-3048

   Dates and Time TBA     Ages 4-7   $5

Amazing World of Science II                Becca Miller, 503-717-3048

   Dates and Time TBA     Ages 8-12     $5

   Art Camp is sponsored by the Baker County Library's Summer Reading Program, and is funded in part by a grant from the Baker County Cultural Coalition and private donors. Class fees reflect material costs; some scholarships are available. Participants are encouraged to enter their completed art projects in the Baker County Fair in Halfway Labor Day weekend.

102 North Main Street in Halfway

Serving breakfast, lunch, and delectable fresh baked goods to go with your espresso! Seasonal menu features soups and Calzone in the winter and salads in the summer, all made fresh on the premises. 

Open 6am to 2pm Thursday through Monday  541-742-2231

Closing for the winter November 20...see you in the Spring!


Three Series Playdays

Mondays, June 18, July 16, & August 13, 6pm


Pine Valley Fairgrounds

Get your saddles out and ready for this summer's Playday series! For more information, contact Deania Corrigan at 541-742-4584.


Creation Camp

Tuesday - Thursday, June 19 - 21


Eagle Valley Community Park

This year's theme is Courage, based on the Francis Chan Bible study and video series. There will be devotions & teaching, games & crafts, campfire time, fellowship, worship & praise...and great food! Creation Camp is for ages 8 through 18, and enrollment is limited, so register early! Contact Olivia Sappe at 541-540-0701 or Alaina Gotzman at 541-893-3214.


Clear Creek Music Festival

July 6 through 20


Whatever kind of music makes your playlist, something will catch your ear during this year's music festival, and there are many programs designed to bring out the musician in everyone, kids and adults alike! Registration forms are available at the Hells Canyon Journal, and all events are held at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church.


How to Sell a Song                                                   $20

This program is designed for teens and provides tips on singing songs using musical and dramatic techniques to grab the audience and make performing fun.

Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday   July 8, 11, 13 and 15, 18, 20    4pm

Clear Creek Kids                                                       $15

Fun, age-appropriate games and activities to further your child's knowledge and enjoyment of music.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday   July 10, 12, 14 and 17, 19, 21

      Ages 4-11,  3pm             Ages 12-15,  4pm

Community Festival Chorus                                        $20

Singers of all ages are invited to participate in the festival chorus, culminating with a performance in the closing concert on Friday, July 21.

Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday    July 8, 11, 13 and 15, 18, 20   5pm

Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians                         

Meet the musicians and get the inside track on the music to be performed before each concert. The performers will talk about what the music means to them and how it connects them to Halfway. There are sure to be a few funny stories along the way!

Sunday, July 9, 7pm    Sunday, July 16, 7pm   Friday, July 21, 7pm

Individual or Group Instruction                                  $25/$15

As always, festival faculty offer group or private instruction for teens and adults in voice, piano, and composition.

Registration forms are available at the Hells Canyon Journal office and online at the festival's website.  For more information, email or call Sheila Yeomans at 541-742-6280 or Cindy Thayer at 541-742-7280.

Hells Canyon Adventures is the only licensed outfitter that offers jet boat tours or fishing charters starting from the south entrance of the canyon (Hells Canyon Dam),  where the canyon is over a mile and half deep. It's easy to get there from Idaho or Oregon: Highway 71 from Cambridge, Idaho; Highway 86 from Baker City, Oregon; or USFS Road #39 from the Wallowa Lake/Joseph, Oregon areas. All three roads lead to the famed Devils Tail, the last 22 miles of your drive from Oxbow to the Hells Canyon Dam.

Here is the current tour schedule:

Kirkwood Jet Boat Adventure - 10am to 3pm  Thurs, Sept 6; Sat, Sept 8

Granite Creek Jet Boat Adventure -  10am to 3pm Fri, Sept 7

Sheep Creek Adventure - 2 to 4pm Fri, Sept 7

Wild Sheep Adventure w/ Lunch - 11am to 1pm

Afternoon Wild Sheep Adventure -

One-Day Rafting w/Jet Boat Return - 9am to 4pm  Fri, Sept 7; Sat, Sept 8

Two-Day Rafting Trip w/Jet Boat Return - 9am departure Sat, Sept 8

Lewiston Overnight Jet Boat Trip - 9am departure Sat, Sept 8

All tours start and stop one mile below Hells Canyon Dam. We operate on Pacific Time.

Experience the end of the road located on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in spring, summer, fall, or winter with Hells Canyon Adventures, the whitewater specialists. For questions or reservations, please call 800-422-3568.