Fun for Families

A summer tradition begins with a bang, more in store

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Families in the Park is back, giving people of all ages something to smile about. The fun continues this Thursday when the Great Northern Planes play at 7 p.m. (Note: The Knott Brothers cancelled Tuesday morning).

Families in the Park opened its 2003 season Thursday with perfect weather and a great crowd. Young and old alike turned out to hear Swingline Cubs perform danceable music for every taste.

Lead singer Ruppert Blaize mingled with the crowd and female singer Tarshene invited kids on stage, getting the crowd involved in the music. As usual, there was lots of dancing in front of the stage.

This week the Knott Bros. will bring their bluegrass sound to Jackson Park on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. and performing until 9. This five-piece band has an acoustic sound that earned them 3rd place in the 2000 International Bluegrass band competition.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a fundraising fajita dinner for New Parent Services, which will be served well into the evening. Other food vendors will be available including Eagles Auxiliary, who will be selling ice cream cones.

On stage as warm-up act for Knott Bros. will be the 4-H Mid Valley Mexican Folk Dancers, 6:15-6:45 p.m. In addition, Hood River Valley High School music students and parents will be selling t-shirts to benefit the HRVHS music department.

Sponsoring this week’s event are PacifiCorp and Gorge Networks. These and other businesses make it possible to enjoy Families in the Park free of charge.

Upcoming acts are national jazz recording artist Tom Grant, Aug. 21, and Satin Love Orchestra, a 10-piece band playing ’70s sound, performing the final Families in the Park concert on Aug. 28.

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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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