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Ski Swap this weekend at Westside

The Hood River Valley High School ski team will hold a ski swap today and Sunday at Westside Elementary. Sale hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. A $2 admission charge applies on Saturday only. All sales are final and 20 percent of all sales go to benefit the HRV ski team.

HR Billiards tournament today

Hood River Billiards is hosting an all-comers double-elimination 9-ball tournament today, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the old Antique Mall facility on East Cascade Ave. Entry fee is $20. Players are asked to bring two cans of food or donate $1 to the Drive for Hunger in Oregon. For more, call 386-2978.

Cooper Spur emergency class Monday

The Cooper Spur Ski Patrol is offering an outdoor emergency care class beginning Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Fire Station. Cost is $150 (covers books, materials and dues), and the class will meet twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) for seven weeks. For more information, call John Gass at 352-7070 or Dennis Klein at 352-7233.

Women runners meeting Wednesday

Shortt Supply is helping organize a women’s running group for the first Wednesday of every month at Full Sail. Nov. 6 is the second formal gathering for local women runners who are involved in marathon, cross-country, trail running and all disciplines in between. Stop by if you’re looking for training partners, information on events, running locations and more. The group will meet from 7-8 p.m. in the Full Sail tasting room. If you have questions, call Brian Shortt at 386-5474.

Indian Creek awards dinner upcoming

The Indian Creek women’s golf association will hold a season-ending awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Divots Restaurant. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. (no host), with dinner at 7 p.m. and awards to follow. All members are urged to attend. Call Darlene Roberts by Nov. 13 to confirm.

Pauline Kennedy and Bev Saari teamed up last week to win a game of Blind Partners with a score of 64.5. Cynthia Brocklesby and Vera Hawk took second with 67.5 and Darlene Roberts and Sara Starnes a close third with 68.

Summit Snowboard Team training

The Summit Snowboard Team will hold an equipment swap and dryland training on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Baptist Church. For more information, call Cheramy Rovianek at 386-1396.

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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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