Sports briefs

Founder’s Cup Golf Tourney Aug. 16

The fourth-annual Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Indian Creek Golf Course. The Columbia Gorge Community College benefit tournament will start at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Format is a four-person, best ball scramble, and prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to pin. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams for low gross and low net scores. A buffet lunch will also be served at Divot’s Restaurant. In addition, contestants will have a chance to win a new 2003 Dodge Neon SXT from C.H. Urness Motors if they shoot a hole-in-one. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the CGCC scholarship fund. Please call 541-298-3128 with questions or to sign up.

Couples scramble at Indian Creek

The second couples scramble of the summer will take place Sunday at Indian Creek Golf Course. Shotgun start begins at 5:30 p.m. and anyone is invited. Call the Pro Shop at 386-7770 with questions or to sign up.

Adult co-ed soccer league in the works

Men and women interested in playing in an adult co-ed soccer league this fall are asked to contact Lisa Knight as soon as possible. A minimum of 60 players are needed to create four teams, and all ages and skill levels are welcome. Games would be played at Wy’east and the Hood River Marina, and play would begin in early September. Cost per player would be $15 or $20, depending on field costs and referee fees. Potential refs should also contact Knight at 386-5364 (work), or by e-mail at Questions may also be directed to Dave Leder at the Hood River News (386-1234).

2nd Wind offers free use of kayaks

2nd Wind in downtown Hood River is currently offering free trial use of its new inflatable Ocean Kayaks. For people who aren’t yet sure about using a playboat in whitewater, or those just want to try flatwater kayaking, these are the boats for you. Stop by the store at 210 Oak St. or call 2nd Wind at 386-4464.

HRV girls soccer teams practicing early

The Hood River Valley girls soccer team will hold a conditioning clinic at Westside Field, Wednesday through Friday from 8-10 a.m. The clinic is open to all girls entering grades 9-12, and is free of charge. Players are asked to bring water and come “ready to play soccer.” Call Sue Farro at 509-493-4569 with questions.

The HRV boys soccer team will also be holding a skills and conditioning camp next week at Westside Field. All players in grades 9-12 should turn out Tuesday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. If you have questions, call Doug Beveridge at 386-9476.

Renee Hanks to teach kiting clinic

Due to the tremendous success of the first adult kiteboarding clinic, Skamania County Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a second clinic on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock Creek Recreation Center in Stevenson, Wash. Hosted by professional kiteboarder Renee Hanks, the land-based class is geared toward the beginner or first-time kite flyer. Cost is $50 per person and comfortable shoes are suggested. For more information or to sign up, call Skamania County Parks and Rec at 509-427-9478.

Free sports physicals Aug. 16 at HRV

Free sports physicals will be offered at HRVHS on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. All Gorge-area high school and middle school students are invited to attend. The event is co-sponsored by Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and Skyline Physical Therapy.

Daily doubles begin Monday, Aug. 18 at HRVHS for football, soccer, volleyball and cross-country. Any players who have not signed up should attend the Fall Sports Night on Wednesday, Aug. 13, or call 386-2318 with questions.

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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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