Wednesday, April 9, 2003
The official, nation-wide celebration of Earth Day will be April 19. But local organizers have planned a whole month of Earth Day-related activities in and around Hood River.
The Columbia Gorge Earth Day Street Fair will be held on Saturday, April 26, this year to avoid conflicting with Blossom Festival weekend. Activities will take place on Oak Street between Front and First streets. Booths will be set up and there will be speakers and live music throughout the day. The Salmon Pageant and the Procession of the Species parade will also take place downtown that day.
Other activities happening throughout the month include:
* Saturday, April 19 — Fourth Annual Earth Day 5K/10K Run/Walk on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Race starts at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended by April 12 by calling Rebecca Stonestreet at 509-538-2526 or Sharlene Carney at 386-6568.
* Saturday, April 19 — Electrathon America electric car race, Hood River Valley High School. Practice begins at 9 a.m., racing begins at 11 a.m. Go Cart-like vehicles will race in one-hour heats. For information e-mail Jeff Blackman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saturday, April 19 — Procession of the Species costume making session at Mt. Hood Towne Hall, 2 to 5 p.m. All ages welcome. Hands-on work/play session will include ideas and instruction. Materials will be available, or bring your own.
*Tuesday, April 22 — Stories and Poems about the Earth, open-mike event at 7 p.m. at Riverside Community Church.
* Friday, April 25 — Columbia Riverkeeper’s “Love of a River” poetry contest and reading, 7 p.m. at White Salmon Community Library. Submission deadline is April 11. Any poem about “Love of a River” is welcome. There will be three categories of judging: middle school, high school and adult. Poems from elementary school age and younger will be handled separately and all given prizes as before. Prizes will be awarded for top three entries and honorable mentions in each category. Poems can be mailed to P.O. Box 1254, Hood River, OR 97031 or dropped off at the Columbia Riverkeeper office at 724 Oak St. For more information call 387-3030.
* Saturday, April 26 — Columbia Gorge Earth Day Street Fair, 10 to 4 p.m., downtown Hood River. The Salmon Pageant begins at 1 p.m. The Procession of the Species Parade starts at 1:30.
* Sunday, April 27 — Community forestry panel discussion, 1 p.m. at Jackson Park. Topic is “Whose forests are these?” The discussion will culminate in an informal tour of county forests and a discussion of a “model” forest.
* Sunday, April 27 — Children’s Park birthday party, 2 to 4 p.m. at the park, 9th and Eugene streets.
* Tuesday April 29 — Free Community Ed class on “Sustainable residential development,” Hood River Valley High School, 6:30 p.m. in Room H13.
* Saturday, May 3 — Mid-Columbia Enviro House Tour, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration will be at the Windance parking lot, where maps will be available. Cost is $10 per car. All proceeds to benefit the Columbia Gorge Earth Center.
More information about all the Earth Day-related events can be found on the Web site of the Columbia Gorge Earth Center at www.gorge-earth-network.org.
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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