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Downtown gears for Soapbox Derby

Hood River Community Education, the Lions Club and Print IT will sponsor the first-ever sanctioned All-American Rally Race in the Gorge on April 20-21 in downtown Hood River. Boys and girls ages 9-16 are eligible to compete with a possibility of qualifying for nationals, to be held in Akron, Ohio. Races will be run in a double-phase, double-elimination format and each racer will have a minimum four races down the hill in vehicles powered only by gravity. Three cars donated by the Lions Club are still available. Call Community Education at 386-2055, or Jeff McCaw at 386-3580 with questions

Swim lessons at HR Aquatic Center

The Hood River Aquatic Center is currently taking reservations for spring swim lessons for kids 6 months and older. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday nights or Saturday mornings. Sessions are April 2-18 and April 30-May 2. For details, call the pool at 386-1303.

CGWA to sponsor Hook Work Party

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association has scheduled its second work party of the season for Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be working on the area known as the “Hook” on Hood River Port property (take Oregon I-84 to exit 63). The association hopes to improve windsurfing access for the Hood River Parks and Recreation Community Windsurfing Program. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, rakes and clippers. With questions, contact the CGWA office at 386-9225.

Ski and Tee Open set for April 20

The fifth-annual Ski and Tee golf open will be held Saturday, April 20 at Timberline Ski Area. Cost is $500 for a team of four and includes lift tickets, racing, lunch, green fees, golf cart rental and evening barbecue. The event benefits the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol volunteer organization. Call 503-622-3151 by April 10.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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