Sports briefs

Alumni basketball tournament coming

The annual alumni basketball tournament at Hood River Valley High School is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 30. For $15, all former high-school students and interested community members can play in an all-day “pick-up” tournament. Format will be determined based on the number of participants. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and games will begin at 9:30 or 10 a.m. For more, call Phil Hukari at 386-4500.

Indian Creek awards dinner Thursday

The Indian Creek women’s golf association will hold a season-ending awards dinner on Thursday at Divots Restaurant. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. (no host), with dinner at 7 p.m. and awards to follow. Call Darlene Roberts at 386-2750 to confirm.

Community Education youth b-ball

Hood River Community Education is now taking registrations for youth basketball. Boys and girls in grades 3-6 are eligible and games will begin the first Saturday in January. Cost is $35 per player. Registration deadline is Dec. 3. For more information, call Community Ed at 386-2055.

Youth wrestling is also underway for two age groups (K-2 and grades 3-6). Younger kids meet on Saturdays, while the older group meets on Mondays and Thursdays. Cost is $12.

Oregon Amateur Basketball tourneys

Oregon Amateur Basketball will be holding nine tournaments throughout the 2002-03 season in Portland, Salem, Bend, Eugene and Florence. Tournaments cost $185 and are open to boys and girls teams in grades 5-8. Each tournament also has a four-game guarantee. For more information or to receive a tournament packet, call Nick Larsen at 541-517-4160. You can also email oregonamateurbasketball@hotmail.com.

HR Billiards stirring up new activities

After a successful Autumn 9-ball tournament last weekend, Hood River Billiards is adding new activities to its fall and winter schedule. Owner Cristy Barsky has been holding weekly handicapped tournaments for both 8-ball and 9-ball, as well as a weekly Chess Club, which has been meeting every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Pool players are also reminded that they can play socially on HR Billiards’ five top-quality tables. Barsky will also be involved with the Chamber of Commerce After Hours event on Thursday, Dec. 5. For more info, call 386-2978.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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