Busy 13th: one active Saturday

This weekend, thirteen is a busy number.

Saturday, April 13, brings a huge number of community events throughout Hood River County, from the a day-long family fair to evening music and dance events.

The Family and Children's Fair at Hood River Valley High School will provide a range of activities for children and families including workshops for parents and teens, pony rides, a magic show and gymnastics. For a full list of activities, turn to page B4.

The Missoula Children's Theater production of "Cinderella," featuring a local cast of 50 children, takes to the stage at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Westside Elementary School. The performances cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.

"Evening of Music & Dancin'," is a benefit for Bravissimo, a new music camp in Hood River starting this summer. Tickets are $13 in advance (Waucoma Bookstore, Community Education) and $15 at the door. Gipsy Ale, Red-Haired Boys, Cascade Trio, Henry Schifter and other groups will perform at the Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub and the River City Saloon.

The Pine Grove Elementary rummage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium. Call Edie Nichols at 386-2503 to make a donation. Details on page A3.

Hood River Saddle Club hosts a spaghetti feed from 5 to 8 p.m., $6 for adults and $4 for children 6-12; all you can eat spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. The Saddle Club, established in the 1940s, helps maintain public facilities for horse-related activities for riders of all ages. Call 386-5913 for tickets.

Spring Clean-Up is Saturday. Community groups and individuals can help with litter patrols and other clean-up efforts along the Blossom Festival Tour Route. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 386-2000 to sign up.

The International Ministerial Association conducts a fellowship meeting at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 6 p.m. Pastor Richard Brotherton of Payette, Idaho, is featured speaker. Call 541-490-6305 for information.

The monthly Second Saturday Country Dance will be at Rockford Grange, Barrett Road, 7-10 p.m. Mill Creek String Band, from the Mid-Columbia, will provide the music. Bring desserts to share with the group, as a fundraiser for the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society. Admission $6, MCFS members $5. Cost is $1 for youth through 16.

An Eco-Friendly home tour runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting at Windance. Registration takes place 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tourgoers will receive a map of participating buildings. To encourage carpooling, the fee for the tour is $10 per car. Homes on the tour demonstrate unusual building techniques, including strawbale, panel and eco-block homes. Builders and home owners will be on hand to answer questions.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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