Christmas events build during peak of season

Here is the latest listing of events to celebrate the Christmas season:

Dec. 12

* Hood River Valley Art Club will hold its annual Christmas potluck luncheon starting at 11 a.m. at the home of Dorothea Young, 1002 Oak St., Hood River. Bring a dish to serve four, a homemade gift for the door prize, and a hand-made ornament for an exchange gift. Call Pat Toy at 352-6631 for more information.

* A Lewis and Clark Christmas Story, 2 p.m., free with regular admission. The presentation will be by curator Ken Karsmizki.

* Oregon Veterans Home employee/volunteer bazaar, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the home, 700 Veterans Dr., The Dalles. Fine craft items for sale; portion of proceeds donated to local needy families.

Dec. 13

* Hood River Valley Adult Center Christmas dinner, noon. Volunteers dine free and others will be charged $5.

Dec. 14

* Hood River Saturday Market’s annual Holiday Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s holiday event will be held at the Hood River Middle School, on May Street across from the swimming pool.

* Madrigal Dinner, Columbia High School of White Salmon, 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Henkle Middle School. Dinner, music and other revels by members of the CHS jazz program, $10 for adults, $6 for seniors over 65 and children under 12.

* Wassail Party, White Salmon Public Library, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event features music, art, and refreshments to help celebrate the holiday season.

Dec. 15

* “My Savior My Son,” the story of Christmas as told from the heart of Jesus’ mother, Mary, will be at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1889 Belmont. Dessert to follow.

* Lights and Sounds of Christmas, Hood River Assembly of God, 6 p.m.

The program brings together live Christmas music, drama, Christmas carols and readings, and a special children’s feature. The church is located at 11th and May streets, across from the hospital.

* The Gorge Winds concert band Christmas concert, featuring an arrangement of “Silent Night” by the ever popular Mannheim Steamroller, “White Christmas,” and a rousing, foot-stomping “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” They’ll play in the beautiful old Civic Auditorium in The Dalles at 7 p.m. The concert is free.

Dec. 13-15

Cascade Singers present their 2002 Christmas concert at Zion Lutheran Church, corner of 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles. The Friday and Saturday concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. The concert title is “Holiday Voices with Strings and Things,” indicating that voices will be joined by instrumental accompaniment, from guitar and marimba to full chamber orchestra and Zion’s pipe organ. Admission is $5 at the door. Zion Church’s bell choir will also play.

Dec. 14-15

* Last Chance Holiday Bazaar, expanded this year to two days, at Hood River County Fairgrounds. More than 40 vendors will be selling one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts, decorating ideas, baked items and other treasures.


* The Cascade Locks Business Association has contacted Santa to set up direct mailing to the North Pole for children up to the age of third grade. St. Nick has promised to answer all letters deposited in the special box at River City Hardware by Dec. 20.

* The Cascade Locks Tourism Committee will hold its annual lighting contest, with $250 awarded to the first place winner, $150 for the second choice and $100 for the third finalist. Deadline to enter is Dec. 18; entry forms at City Hall.

* Does your non-profit group have a holiday bazaar or event you’d like the community to know about? Please submit a brief item to Hood River News by e-mail at

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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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