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Windfest scheduled this weekend

Stop by the Hood River Event Site this weekend to help the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association and various local businesses celebrate Windfest. The eighth-annual party/ fundraiser will begin Friday at the Hood River Expo Center with music, food and a beer garden from 6-8:30 p.m. Up next is the Pray for Wind party from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. The party, sponsored by Full Sail, the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce and Windsurfing Magazine, will feature raffles, an auction and music by KatzenJammer, Blue Trick and The Grand Simple. There will also be food and music. Tickets will be sold in advance at Big Winds, Windance and Windwing for $10. Admission at the door will be $12 for adults and $8 for students. Kids 12 and under are free. Call 386-2783 or visit for more information.

* Also part of Windfest 2002 will be the Gorge Sport Fin clinic, a “Guaranteed Learn to Windsurf” clinic and a Start Windsurfing clinic. A gear swap meet will also take place Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. across from the Event Site.

Indian Creek trio takes third place

Showing their strength in numbers, a team of four local ladies traveled to The Dalles Country Club last week to compete in the 20th annual “Sasquatch 4’s” golf tournament. Sally Walker, Darlene Roberts, Jo Smith and Barb Zeller finished third out of 20 teams with a 265 net score shot in 36-hole team play. The tournament featured a best-ball format.

* Sara Starnes shot a 28.5 at last Thursday’s Day’s Play to win the game of “T’s and F’s,” which counts only the holes that start with T or F to make up a nine-hole round. Irene Kiyokawa shot a 29.5 for second and was followed by Jo Smith in third with a 30, and Beth Orgain in fourth with 33.5.

Big Winds demo held this weekend

Big Winds, the local windsurfing and kiteboarding shop located at 207 Front St. in downtown Hood River, will demo all of its 2002 gear at Windfest this Saturday and Sunday. Boards from F2, JP, Maui Project, Mistral and Naish, and sails from Naish, Neil Pryde, North and Sailworks. Visit the Big Winds tent at the Event Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and test drive the greatest equipment available. Call 386-6086 for more information.

Windsurfing lessons in Hood River

Hood River Parks and Recreation and the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association are teaming up to offer quality, affordable youth windsurfing lessons this summer. Led by head instructor Heather Laurance and two assistants, the classes will take place Monday through Thursday beginning July 8 and continuing through mid-August. For only $40, Gorge-area kids ages 10-18 can enjoy four three-hour instruction sessions plus gear. Kids can sign up for as many sessions as they would like. Call 386-1303 for details.

River Track Club looking for runners

Youth runners who would like to become part of the Portland area’s best youth track-and-field organization are invited to turn out for the summer season. The outdoor track and field season will conclude in March, and the cross-country season runs August through November. An indoor season is also offered December through February. Open registration is taking place now for athletes ages 7-18. All ability levels are welcome and volunteer coaches are also needed. Call 503-735-0290 for more information. You may also email

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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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