Sports briefs

Mason/McNew team wins scramble

Mark and Armanda Mason teamed up with Carl and Kathleen McNew last Sunday to win the first Couples Scramble of the summer at Indian Creek Golf Course. Twenty-one couples took to the links, but only three foursomes found their way onto the leaderboard. John and Lynn Garcia teamed up with Bob and Kay Hanel to place second, while Tom and Josie Modrich paired with Jon and Lydia Gardner to take third. Long drive for the men went to Mark Mason, and the ladies honor went to Eloise Russell. Closest to Pin was Skip Tschanz for the men, and Patti Tessmer for the women. The next couples scramble is scheduled for Aug. 10. Call 386-7770 with questions.

Outrigger Canoe races this weekend

The seventh-annual Gorge Outrigger Canoe Races are set to take place at Stevenson Waterfront Park this Saturday and Sunday. 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 a.m. Hawaiian-style concessions will be available at Waterfront Park, and an awards/raffle ceremony will follow. Waterwalker and Kialoa Paddles are among the long list of sponsors. For more, call Cat Betts at 509-427-2727.

Hanks to teach kiting clinic Sunday

Skamania County Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that professional kiteboarder Renee Hanks will be hosting an adult kiteboarding clinic on Sunday, 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.

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.

Girls varsity hoop camp next week

Hood River Valley High School will be hosting a girls varsity basketball camp July 21-25. Play lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and cost is $65 — preregistered through Community Education — or $70 at the door. All high-school age girls are invited to attend this camp, which will be led by HRV coaches Tracy Norton and Phil Hukari. For more info or to register, call 386-2055.

Summer volleyball camp coming to HRV

New HRV varsity volleyball coach Jen Baklenko will hold a four-day high-school summer camp at the high school July 28-31 from 6-8:30 p.m. each night. Cost is $40 through Community Education and sign-ups are being taken right now. Baklenko, who played Division I volleyball for the University of San Diego, said she is looking forward to meeting all high school age players so she can start reshaping the program. In addition to the summer camp, Baklenko is holding Monday night summer practices from 6-7:30 p.m. until Aug. 4 (July 28 is for those attending camp only). For more info, call 386-2055.

Gorge Youth Football players needed

Hood River Community Education is now taking registrations for the Gorge Youth Football tackle football league. Kids in grades 5-6 will begin play July 28, with games taking place in August and September. The six-game season will last until Sept. 20, and practices are typically from 6-7:30 p.m. five times a week. Once games begin, the practice limit is three per week. Please send in your registrations to Community Education by June 20. Players must meet age and weight standards, and must also wear the uniforms, pads and helmets provided by the league. Cost per player is $50. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Julee’s hosts two weekend outings

Julee’s Gorge Tours is still looking for people interested in kayaking and rafting for its two weekend adventures. Saturday at 9 a.m. is the flatwater kayak adventure to Miller Island on the Columbia River, and Sunday afternoon will be the whitewater rafting adventure on the Deschutes River. Cost is $75 per person on Sunday, and $79 on Saturday. Carpools can be arranged by calling 806-1075, or e-mailing julee@gorgetours.com.

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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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