Sports briefs

Track meets to be held at HRVHS

Two track and field clinics/meets are scheduled to be held May 28 and June 4 at Hood RIver Valley High School. All ages and ability levels are welcome (even 2 year-olds) and cost for the meets is $1. The free clinics, which will cover the basics of long jump, high jump and more, will start at 5:30 p.m. and meets begin at 6 p.m. Call 386-2055 with questions.

HOPE relay race deadline approaches

Registrations for the June 8 HOPE Bike, Paddle and Run for Cover are due Friday, May 31. Individuals or teams of two or three in this three-part race, which includes a 10K bike portion, a 5K run, and a 3K kayak course. Registration forms can be picked up at Outdoor Play at 6 Oak Street, Hood River. Call 386-9144 or email with questions. Cost is $25 per individual ($15 for 18 and younger) and includes a T-shirt and raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit HOPE’s emergency shelter program.

Skatepark committee meeting

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation will hold a Skatepark Committee meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Aquatic Center. Topics to be discussed include fundraising, Family Day on June 22, and general skatepark maintenance. Call Lori Stirn at 386-5720 with questions.

Community Education youth soccer

Hood River Community Education is still accepting registrations for boys and girls soccer players entering grades K-2 (not age) to play in its summer league. Teams will be set according to areas and will be co-ed. Practices will begin June 18, and games will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in July from 6-7 p.m. Each team plays six games. Parents please note that it is your responsibility to make sure your child is at the appropriate school on June 18. Parkdale kids should meet at Parkdale Elementary; Odell kids at Wy’east Middle School; Cascade Locks kids at Cascade Locks School and Hood River kids at Westside. All areas meet at 6 p.m. The $30 league fee includes a T-shirt. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Tennis leagues set to begin in June

A men’s Tuesday night doubles league is set to begin play June 11 at the City Tennis Courts. League is limited to eight teams and play will continue for eight weeks. Cost is $15. The Thursday night women’s doubles league will begin play June 13, while the Wednesday night Mixed Doubles league will begin June 12. Leagues are limited to eight teams and play will continue for eight weeks. Cost is $15.

Venturing crew sought for summer

Boys and girls ages 14-19 interested in water sports are

encouraged to sign up for a new “venturing crew” to participate in twice-monthly outdoor adventures, including kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Co-sponsored by Hood River WaterPlay and the Boy Scouts of America, all activities are free and equipment is provided. The first outing took place May 15, but participants are still needed. Call Jak or Carla at 386-9463 with questions or to sign up. Parents who would like to volunteer a minimum two hours a month are also asked to call.

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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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