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Boy Scouts want to share outdoors

Tired of hearing your kids say, “There’s nothing to do”? Looking for a way to get them outside this spring and summer? The local Boy Scouts of America chapter is looking for new members and will be hosting an open house from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at St. Mary’s Church at 1501 Belmont. Troop 741 meets every Monday at St. Mary’s in the basement of the church or the school building. The next big group outing will be the District Camporee — “The Rescue from Scout Mountain.” Please call Scoutmaster Larry Broschart at 386-9354 with questions about the Boy Scouts or the Camporee.

Indian Creek women’s golf Thursday

The Indian Creek women’s golfers will open the season Thursday, beginning with a meeting at 8:45 a.m. The draw will be held at 9:15 a.m. and play will begin at 9:30 a.m. Annual $30 dues should be paid by the beginning of the meeting. You may also mail them to Clara Rice at P.O. Box 345, Odell, OR 97044. Also, a reminder that Thursday, April 11, is guest day. A scramble will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a no-host lunch at Divots. Call Darlene at 387-2750 with questions.

Boat safety course at CGCC

Space still remains for the upcoming Boat Oregon boating safety course, to be held at Columbia Gorge Community College on April 9, 18, 23 and 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A boating field trip on May 4 is included. Students who pass the course can apply for their boater education card as required by Oregon’s Mandatory Boater Education program. The course will cover practical boating safety information, regional and local boating rules and tips and techniques that will make the boating experience even more fun. Cost is $60 per student and preregistration is required. Call the college at 541-298-3112.

Youth lacrosse begins this week

Elementary and middle-school kids are encouraged to turn out for Hood River’s fastest-growing sport. Youth lacrosse tryouts began Tuesday at Westside, and will continue Thursday. Rules will be explained and players will learn all the fundamentals, including catching, passing, shooting and stick

handling. Tryouts are free of charge, but some equipment purchase is required. A few scholarships are available. Tryouts open to kids grades 3-5 and 6-8. Practices will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-5 p.m. at Westside. Call Will Griffith at 386-7614 with questions.

Bed Pan Open tournament date set

Teams and sponsors are already lining up for the 12th Annual Bed Pan Open Golf Tournament, set for May 11 at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River. Sponsored by the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, the yearly event starts at 8 a.m. and boasts refreshments, prizes, a box lunch and a commemorative gift. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to purchase a new mammography machine at the hospital. For more information or to get a registration packet, call foundation coordinator Judy Spellecy at 387-6474.

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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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