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Renee Hanks to teach kiting clinic

Skamania County Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that professional kiteboarder Renee Hanks will be hosting an adult kiteboarding clinic on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rock Creek Park in Stevenson, Wash. The land-based class is geared toward the beginner or first-time kite flyer. As part of the clinic, Hanks will be teaching the importance of kite safety, setting up, launching, landing, as well as some practice flying. Cost is $50 per person and comfortable shoes are recommended. Group will meet at the Rock Creek Recreation Center (710 SW Rock Creek Dr.). Call 509-427-9478 to register.

Gorge Cup Downwinder this weekend

Dale Cook (at left) will lead an elite field of windsurfers this weekend for the annual Gorge Cup Downwinder — also known as “The Blowout.” The 17-mile journey from Stevenson, Wash., to Hood River is for windsurfers only, with separate divisions for men, women, masters and juniors. Entry fee is $30 per sailor, and registration forms are available at The event is set to run Saturday, but an alternate day has been set for Sunday. A 10 a.m. skipper’s meeting will determine the start time. Stay up to date on the wind hotline at 352-4176. Volunteers, boats and jet ski operators are still needed. For more information, call Christina McGhee at 352-5562 or e-mail

State Games sign-ups now accepted

Handbooks for this year’s State Games of Oregon are now available, and can be obtained at all Fred Meyer locations, parks and recreation departments, and selected athletic clubs. All Oregonians are eligible for the 36 competitions that take place throughout Portland from July 11-13. The State Games is an Olympic-style amateur festival that offers all Oregonians the opportunity to participate in their choice of sports. Approximately 16,000 people are expected to register. For more, visit

Outrigger Canoe races July 19-20

The seventh-annual Gorge Outrigger Canoe Races are set to take place at Stevenson Waterfront Park on July 19-20. This is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest, and two separate competitions will be held. Six-person canoes will run Saturday at 10 a.m., and one- or two-person canoes will run Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For more, call Cat Betts at 509-427-2727.

Community Education youth soccer

Hood River Community Education is now accepting sign-ups for youth soccer. Preregistration forms for boys and girls entering grades 3-8 (determined by grade, not age) are due to the Community Ed office by July 25, and practices will begin Aug. 25. Cost is $35 per player, and includes a T-shirt. League play will run from early September through Oct. 25. Please note that all players must wear shinguards to participate. For more information about the 2003 youth soccer league, call 386-2055.

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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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