Sports briefs

Bowling lessons at Orchard Lanes

Enjoy the fun and exercise of bowling by learning correct techniques from one of Hood River’s best. Pat Olson will be teaching beginner and intermediate lessons at Orchard Lanes this Sunday at 7 p.m. Classes are two hours long and are limited to 30 participants. Cost is $15 and includes lane fees, shoes and ball rental. Call 386-1326 to register.

Orchard Lanes will also begin teaching youth lessons on Monday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Classes are limited to 20 kids ages 6-12 and cost is $10.

3-on-3 men’s basketball update

Snowden retained the top spot in the Hood River 3-on-3 men’s basketball league with its second straight 3-0 week. DA and Lizards are tied for second at 4-2, while the league’s two new teams, Morgan Paint Co. and Crooks, are tied for third at 2-1.

Soapbox racecar clinic March 2

Hood River Community Education will sponsor an all-day soapbox racing clinic Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Westside Elementary School cafeteria. Approximately 20 cars will be assembled — including 10 “rental cars” donated by the Hood River Lions Club — for the annual derby, which will be held in April. To register, call 386-2055 right away.

Youth baseball coaching clinic

Improve your coaching skills and develop better baseball players who have more fun by enrolling in a five-hour youth coaching clinic Sunday, March 3 at David Douglas High School in Portland. The instructional seminar is designed for coaches and parents from T-ball to little league to Babe Ruth levels. Cost is $25 per participant. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. Preregistration is also available. Call Mike Fitz at 503-261-8325 or Barry Cook at 503-349-5335 for more information.

Youth hoop tourney in Portland

North American Youth Sports still has openings for its annual spring youth basketball tournament, March 22-24 at Forest Grove High School in Portland. Tournament brackets include 5th/6th grade boys and girls, 7th grade boys and girls, 8th grade boys and girls, 9th/10th grade boys and girls, 11th/12th grade boys and girls. Entry fee for the tournament is $90 and guarantees two games. Entry deadline is March 1. For more info, call toll free 1-888-629-2275, or 503-359-0708.

Ten-Star All-Star basketball camp

Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All-Star Summer Basketball Camp (by invitation only). Boys and girls 10-19 are eligible to apply. The nearest camp will be held in Olympia, Wash. Call 704-568-6801 for a free brochure.

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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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