Hood River valley offers something for everyone this summer

From parents to kids to canines, summer in the Hood River Valley offers a little something for everyone, whether you’re preparing for the fair, taking windsurfing lessons or training a family dog.

The News presents another run-down of some events to keep local residents busy during the coming months — just remember to keep that dog away from the surfboard.

* The Ford Gorge Games start July 13 with the Full Sail Street Party, 7-11 p.m. (please turn to page A6 for details) and a full schedule of adventure sports July 13-21. Adventure Village opens July 17 at Hood River Marina, with interactive games, a film festival, clinics, product demonstrations and other fun. Please turn to page A7 for details.

* Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation is offering windsurfing lessons for Gorge residents ages 10-18.

The fee for 12 hours of windsurfing instruction and all equipment is $40. Payment is due for all classes at the time of registration, which can be done at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

The Monday through Thursday sessions will be July 8-11, 15-18 and 22-25; July 29 through Aug. 1; Aug. 5-8 and 12-15. “No wind” make-up sessions will be held on Fridays.

Level one classes are from 9 a.m. to noon, and level two and advanced classes are from 1-4 p.m.

Level one instruction covers windsurfing basics such as understanding the equipment, self-rescues, points of sail, uphauling, tack and jibe, sailing in winds up to 10 knots, sailing posture and safety tips.

Level two and advanced classes concern long board skills and improved handling as well as harness use, sailing in wind up to 15 knots, and water starts. This class will be structured on a more individual basis.

* Hood River County School District Community Education is offering Ultimate Summer, a special one-month program for boys and girls in grades 7-9. The program is meant to expose teenagers to new and exciting activities. Participants will be encouraged to think for themselves, make new friends and to utilize their creativity.

The program will be under the direction of Adam Kripke, who has a degree in recreation from Colorado State University. Participants will meet twice a week for a total of eight sessions. In a six-hour day, participants will be involved with activities including rock climbing, tubing, white water rafting, windsurfing, cave exploration, swimming, building rockets and much more. All of the transportation, instruction and fees for these activities is included. The cost is $125 with a limit of 12.

The program will start on July 15 with an orientation session from 6:30-7:30 p.m., to be held in the Coe Primary Building on Eugene Street. The activities officially begin on July 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Deadline for registration is July 15. Call Community Education at 386-2055 to register.

* “You Otter Be There” Vacation Bible School will be July 15-19 at Parkdale Nazarene Church at Fourth Street and Van Nuys Drive. The 6-8:30 p.m. activities are for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Call 352-691 for details.

* Tucker Road Baptist Church in Hood River holds “Amazon Adventures” Vacation Bible School, July 15-19. Participants will find a “lagoon of crafts, fun and music.” The program is free, for children three years through grade 6. Call 386-1049 for details.

* The Hood River County Historical Museum and Hood River Community Education sponsor a History Mystery day camp from July 29 through Aug. 2 at the Hood River County Historical Museum. The camp is designed to help students entering grades 5-7 to explore the history of Hood River county and the Mid-Columbia area.

Daily themes included in the camp include Curator’s Day, Early American Day, Storytelling Day, Play Day and a field trip along the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway from Dobson to Troutdale and back. Camp cost is $45 for the week and size is limited to 20 participants. Register with Community Education by calling 386-2055.

* The first in a series of free “Dog Talks” will be held at Riverside Community Church in Hood River on July 18. Trainer and behaviorist Joan Beamon will present the program at 6:30 p.m.

* Families in the Park returns each Thursday in August to Jackson Park. Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts perform the kickoff show, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic or enjoy fare prepared by Hood River Adult Center. Special Olympics will serve root beer floats.

* In honor of 4-H’s 100th anniversary, the Hood River County fair theme this year is, “Red, White and Blue, 4-H is for You!” The fair will run from July 31 to Aug. 3. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, which is Family Night, and the charge is $10 per carload until closing. Thursday is Senior Citizen’s Day — Seniors pay only $2 admission — and the gates open at noon.

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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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