First Friday art walk returns this week

The Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts invites local residents and tourists to the May First Friday Artwalk at downtown area businesses and galleries.

This month’s event, which begins at 5 p.m. Friday, offers a number of visual and audio treats to the general public. During this event, dozens of local artists exhibit their creations at downtown Hood River businesses, while local musicians perform at various locations in the downtown area.

Highlights for May include Jay and Janet O’Rourke at Yum Gallery, Pearls by Gyda Haight at Hood River Jewelers, Twisted Copper by Steve Galon at Cascade Travel, potters Merri Lee Cooper, Dick Radliff and Ken Lolley at the Hood River Hotel, Angela Lynn and Sherman Rouse at Frolik, Rachel Williamson at Hood River City Market, Kelly Phipps at Hood River Stationers, Mary Rollins at At Home on Oak Street, Dyann Andresen of Sunrise Inspirations at Hood River Nutrition and Designs by Ken Apland & Kevin Craig at Apland Jewelers. Columbia Art Gallery presents Pedro Galvan, with an opening reception at 7 p.m.

Music offerings include Mark Womble at the Hood River Hotel, Chic Preston and Nora Krevans at Hood River Wine Bar, Wild River at Hood River Bagel, Music by Jack Sheppard, Emily Krager and Pat Hanigan at Hood River Billiards, Charles Crosman at At Home on Oak Street and Live Mariachi Music at Columbia Art Gallery.

Special events include Going to Camp Fundraiser by Boy Scout Troop 360 at Discover Bicycles, Lions Club information table and First Book program awareness at Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia High School Girls Soccer Boosters Fundraiser with hand painted birdhouses at Hood River Bagel and book signing by Larissa Borkowski at A Salon Day Spa Boutique.

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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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