Sports briefs

Little league all-star tryouts this week

Tryout dates have been set for girls and boys little league all-stars.

Girls 9-10 will be Saturday at 10 a.m. or Monday at 6 p.m., both at the HR softball field.

Girls 11-12 will be Saturday at noon at the HR softball field, or Monday at 6 p.m. at the Odell field.

Boys 11-12 will be Saturday at 10 a.m. or Tuesday at 6 p.m., both at the HR baseball field.

Players only need attend one tryout. Please bring a copy of player’s birth certificate. Call Becky at 387-3777 with questions.

Hood River Heat takes third place

The Hood River Heat girls fast-pitch softball team combined strong pitching and timely hitting to take third place at a 16-A tournament June 1-2 in Newberg. Jennifer Delaney pitched all four games as the Heat posted a 2-2 record, with one of the losses coming against the eventual champion Salem Tremors. Ashley Carter led the offense with three hits and was helped out by Michelle Connors, Bethany Hoikka and Mallory Thomsen with two apiece. The Heat heads to Bend this weekend for the Bend Blowout — a tournament they won last year in the U-14 division.

Ezzy to appear at Windance Friday

David Ezzy of Ezzy Sails will make an appearance on the Windance lawn Friday at 7 p.m. Stop by for an evening of fun, food, contests and prizes. Call 386-2131 with questions.

Junior tennis team seeks players

Boys and girls looking to improve their tennis skills this summer are encouraged to sign up for the Hood River Junior Tennis Team, coached by HRV boys tennis coach Shayla Moline. The team will begin Monday and Wednesday practices on July 8, and will play matches on Fridays. Age divisions are 12-and-under, 15-and-under, and 17-and-under. Open to all ability levels. Cost is $45. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Mountain Valley Basketball Camp

Local high-school basketball coaches will work with boys and girls entering grades 4-12 at a four-day basketball camp, held at HRVHS the week of June 17. Grades 4-7 will play from 9-11:30 a.m., and grades 8-12 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $40 per player and includes a T-shirt. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Gorge Youth Football taking apps

Hood River Community Education is now accepting registrations for the upcoming season of Gorge Youth Football, scheduled to begin July 29. Games will begin in August. Kids 12 and under are eligible (fourth graders only with coach permission), and cost is $50 per player. Each player will be issued a uniform, helmet and pads. Insurance information and birth certificates are required. Early registration is recommended. Last day is July 15. Call 386-2055 for more information.

Seattle Mariners bus trip scheduled

Hood River Community Education is trying to put together a group of devoted Seattle Mariner fans to travel to Safeco Field on a commercial bus Sunday, July 28. A total of 42 upper-deck seats along the first-base side have been reserved for the game against the Anaheim Angels. Cost is $65 per person. The bus will leave Hood River at 7:30 a.m. and return around 10 p.m. Call 386-2055.

Tennis lessons in The Dalles

The registration deadline for tennis youth lessons in The Dalles has been extended until Friday. The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District will be offering quality youth tennis instruction beginning June 17 at The Dalles High School. Cost is $20 for eight hours of instruction. Two age classes will be offered: Kids ages 11-17 will meet from 9-10 a.m., and kids 7-10 years old will meet from 10-11 a.m. Fontact NWCPRD at 541-296-9533 with questions.

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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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