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HRV Blue-Gold scrimmage tonight

Come out and support the Hood River Valley High School football program tonight during the annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage and barbecue. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. and during the game, which will kick off at 6 p.m. This is the program’s largest fundraiser of the year, but if you can’t make it, the team could still use your support. Call 386-4500 or 386-2318 for more information about HRV football.

Meadows season passes on sale soon

Ski and snowboard season is on the not-too-distant horizon, and it’s time to start thinking about plans for the winter. Mt. Hood Meadows announced this week that season passes will go on sale at on Sunday, Sept. 1. Early-season prices are the same as last year: $795 per year for adults and $95 for children, with several age, family and specialty passes in between. Prices go up to $895 and $495 after Sept. 30, and $995 and $595 after Nov. 15. Families who purchase passes together can also get Cooper Spur Ski Area season passes for just $99 total. Call 503-337-2222 with questions.

CGWA gear swap to be held Sept. 1

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association will host a recreational gear swap meet on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the paved lot west of the Expo Center. Windsurfing, kayaking and kiteboarding equipment are recommended. Sellers may show up as early as 7 a.m. and cost is $10 (buyers are free). For more info, visit www. or call 386-9225.

CGWA will host its annual appreciation and awards party Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Pietro’s Pizza in downtown Hood River. Party is no-host, and reservations are required. Open to the public. To sign up, call Diane at 386-9225, or visit

Mens’ fall hoop league upcoming

Men’s basketball players interested in some friendly team competition this fall are invited to sign up for a fall men’s league at Hood River Valley High School. Games will run from the end of September until mid-December. Cost per team is $220 and there is an eight-game guarantee. Space is limited to the first eight teams. Officials provided. No high school players allowed. Proceeds will benefit the HRV Softball program. Call Phil Hukari at 386-1516 to sign up.

Elks Student of Month golf tourney

The Elks Student of the Month Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hood River Golf and Country Club. Format is an 18-hole, four-person scramble, with $5 mulligans. There will also be a putting and chipping contest. The $60 per person fee includes green fees and dinner, to be held at the Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. All proceeds will go to the local Student of the Month scholarship program. Registration deadline is Sept. 9. For more information, call John Rath at 386-5881, or Nick Kenyon at 386-2864.

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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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