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HR Billiards challenge at County Fair

There will be a Hood River Billiards booth (with pool tables) at the County Fair, today through Sunday, in the Wy’east gymnasium. In addition to selling pool tables and billiards supplies, owner Cristy Barsky will be running a “Challenge the Pro” event. For $5, each challenger will play Cristy in either 8 or 9 Ball (challenger’s choice) or a game of chess, with $2.50 of the challenge going to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital mammography campaign. At no additional charge, each challenger will also be automatically entered in a drawing for a $100 pool cue. Any challenger who beats Cristy will have a second drawing ticket entered in their name.

Couples scramble Sunday at Indian Creek

Indian Creek Golf Course will host a 9-hole couples scramble Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. Sign up as a twosome and you will be paired with another couple. Cost is $44 for members and $54 for non-members. Price includes golf, a cart and buffet dinner. Sign up in the Pro Shop or call 386-7770.

Bev Saari and Darlene Roberts each tallied 33 putts to tie for first place in Day’s Play last Thursday at Indian Creek. Cynthia Brocklesby, Jo Smith and Diana Mazeski tied for second with 35. Lady golfers are reminded to sign up today for the Aug. 8-9 Club Championship. Stop by or call Jo Smith at 386-2856.

CGWA gear swap to be held Sunday

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association (CGWA) has scheduled a gear swap for Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lot west of the Hood River Expo Center. Event organizers encourage sellers to bring any outdoor recreation gear, including windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking equipment. Setup may begin as early as 7 a.m. There is a $10 fee for sellers. For more information, call the CGWA office at 386-9225.

Aquatic Center closed Aug. 3-4 for meet

The Aquatic Center will be closed both Saturday and Sunday during the day when the Hood River Valley Osprey Swim Team hosts the Hood River Invitational Swim Meet. Open swims will be Saturday and Sunday from 3-8 p.m., and normal hours will resume Aug. 5. Call 386-1303 with questions.

Learn to Windsurf Month at Windance

Windance has proclaimed August, “Learn to Windsurf Month.” In an effort to introduce more people to the sport of windsurfing, Windance will be offering free use of its new, extra-wide beginner boards. To sign up, just stop by Windance to reserve a time. The goal is to introduce 100 people to the sport, so take advantage of this free offer now. Windance is also sponsoring a Gear Recycling program. For more info, call 386-2131.

Riverside Golf Tournament upcoming

Riverside Community Church’s second annual “Go For the Green” golf tournament will be held Aug. 16 at Indian Creek Golf Course, with registration at 3:30 p.m. and a shotgun start at 4:30 p.m. The format is a nine-hole, four-person team scramble, with $5 mulligans and a putting contest. The $50 per person or $200 per team registration includes green fees and cart, tee prizes, team and door prizes, and a 7 p.m. dinner at Divots Restaurant, open to the community. Deadline for registration is Aug. 9. For more information call Fran Cody at 386-3285 or Linda McKenzie at 387-2603.

Physicals for fall sports due Aug. 19

All Hood River Valley High School students wishing to participate in fall athletics — cross-country, soccer, football, volleyball — must have their annual physicals completed by before daily doubles, which begin Monday, Aug. 19. Due to an OSAA rule change, players must have a physical every two years. That means incoming juniors and seniors may need to update their files.

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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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