American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins Saturday

The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature event where participants walk, run, stroll or roll in shifts around a track for 24 hours. Participants are encouraged to camp out and take part in fun family activities when they aren’t taking their turn on the track.

“Relay for Life is not just about raising money, it’s about raising awareness and bringing attention to this horrible disease,” said Marilynn Shaw, organizer of the Columbia Gorge Relay for Life. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors themselves and they are living proof of the strides we have made in the fight against cancer.”

The money raised at Relay for Life will allow the American Cancer Society to continue funding cancer research, develop new prevention and detection programs and continue providing its expansive patient support programs.


The American Cancer Society Columbia Gorge Relay for Life Schedule of Events:

Saturday, July 19

7 a.m. — Set-up

9 a.m. — Opening ceremonies

9 a.m. — Coffee available full 24 hours sponsored

by Tony White Agency

10 a.m. —Registration reopens

10 a.m. — Team Captains’ meeting

10 a.m. — Children’s activities until noon

10:30 a.m. — Morning stretch

11 a.m. — Luminaria sales open until 9 p.m.

11:30 a.m. — Hat N Shade hour

Noon — Haircutting — Locks of Love

sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

12:30 p.m. — Barbecue served by Hood River Fire

Dept., sponsored by Rosauers - $4

1 p.m. — Children’s activities until 4 p.m.

sponsored by Columbia Gorge Pediatrics

Dental Clinic

1 p.m. — Water slide until 5 p.m. provided by

West Side Fire Department

1 p.m. — Jamba Marimba Band until 2:30 p.m.

2 p.m. — Team basket silent auction until 5 p.m.

2 p.m. — Mike’s Ice Cream Social sponsored by

Cascade Travel – no cost

3 p.m. — Music - Larry Ross until 4 p.m.

5 p.m. — Survivor check in until 5:45 p.m.

5 p.m. — White Salmon Jazz Band until 6:30 p.m.

6 p.m. — Victory lap with reception immediately following. Sponsored by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and DR Plumbing. Thanks to Parkdale Gardens, Misty Mountain Naturals for providing decorations and survivor gifts.

6:30 p.m. — Fajita bar sponsored by Juanita’s, $6.

7:30 p.m. — Campsite winners announced, cancer theme and just for fun, sponsored by Sub Shop #15

8 p.m. — Blue Trick until 9:30 p.m.

10 p.m. — Luminaria ceremony sponsored by Hood River Ford

11:30 p.m. — Pajama contest

11:30 p.m.— Andrew’s movie - walk-in movie

Midnight — Be on track for lap poker, veggie bingo and more until 4 a.m.

Sunday, July 20

6 a.m. — Sunrise breakfast sponsored by Don Nunamaker Realtors and served by Soroptimists International of Hood River - no cost

7 a.m. — Sun salutation stretch

8:30 a.m. Final lap by all participants and closing ceremonies

9 a.m. — Clean-up

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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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