Que pasa? From soccer to Spanish, summer camps abound

For kids in Hood River County, summer vacation is finally here and along with it comes a line-up of fun and educational summer camps.

Hood River County School District’s Community Education has once again created an enticing schedule of camps for kids of all ages. Many are filling up fast; call Community Education at 386-2055 to register.

Bravissimo! Columbia Gorge Music and Arts Camp, June 16-20 for kids in grades 6-9. Campers will spend mornings in small group “master classes” with experienced music teachers, and afternoons in a variety of “enrichment” classes — including Afro-Cuban dance and drumming, guitar and turntable scratching. Cost: $85.

* OMSI Dino-Mite, June 16-20 (mornings) for pre-school age kids. Campers will learn about dinosaurs. Taught by OMSI staff. Cost: $80.

* OMSI Let’s Invent, June 16-20 (afternoons) for kids age 6-8. Children will investigate simple inventions and discover how they work, then will design and build their own inventions. Taught by OMSI staff. Cost: $80.

* Camp Clay Animation, June 16-20 for kids in grades 4-8. Campers will learn techniques of stop-action animation while creating their own group video production. Cost: $50.

* Mural Painting Workshop, June 23-27 for kids age 8-12. Working with mural artist Janet Essley, kids will create a permanent mural in the community. Cost: $55.

* Acoustic Guitar Camp, June 23-27 for kids age 12-15. Students will learn how to read music, play basic chords and simple songs. Cost: $30.

* GOAL Soccer Camp, July 8-11 for boys and girls age 6-17. Open to beginning and advanced players. This intensive training camp will cover all aspects of the game. Participants will be divided according to age and ability. Cost: $60.

* Electric Guitar Camp, July 14-18 for kids age 11-17. Campers will learn to play blues, rock-and-roll, jazz and pop. Designed for beginners or players with some basic experience. Participants must have their own guitar. Cost: $30.

* Summer Art Camp for kids age 5-8. Campers will spend a week creating colorful unique art work, including paintings, prints and tie-dyes. Sessions are: June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1, and Aug. 4-8. Cost: $40.

* Kids Art Camp for kids in grades 4-7. Campers will use different media and complete projects in drawing, painting, clay, lettering and design, and printmaking. Sessions are: June 16-20, July 21-25 and Aug. 11-15. Cost: $45.

* Violin Camp for Youth, Aug. 4-8 for kids age 9 and up. Open to beginners and intermediate level players. Cost: $40.

* Musical Theater Workshop, June 30-July 11 for kids in grades 2-12. After nine days of rehearsals, students will perform a major production. Cost: $225.

* Summer Day Camp for kids age 6-12. A trained camp staff of counselors directs campers in two weeks of non-stop activities ranging from swimming to hiking to special trips. Sessions are June 30-July 11 and July 14-25, with a possible third session depending on sign-ups. Cost: $130.

Hood River Eagles Basketball Camp, July 7-11 (girls and boys grade 4-8), July 14-18 (boys grade 9-12). Local high school coaches will work with boys and girls on fundamentals and game situations. Players will be divided into specific age groups. Cost: $85.

History Camp, July 14-18 for kids in grades 5-7. Campers will explore the history of Hood River County and the Mid-Columbia. Daily snacks and camp T-shirt included. Cost: $85.

Arts and Crafts Camp for kids age 6-12. Campers will learn to make fun items using yarn, seed beads, paper and other things. Sessions are: July 14-17, July 21-24, July 28-31 and Aug. 11-14. Cost: $25.

Around the World Camp III, June 16-20 for kids in grades K-3. Learn language and culture and taste the food of five different countries — including Ireland, Germany and Vietnam. Cost: $40.

Around the World Camp IV, Aug. 11-15 for kids in grades K-3. Learn language and culture and taste the food of five more countries — including Sweden, Greece and Russia. Cost: $40.


Kids Creations Art Camp is June 30-Aug. 22 for kids age 5-10. In its fifth year, Kids Creations teaches a variety of mediums including silk painting, papier-mache, painting, printmaking and more — with the emphasis on fun and sharing ideas. In addition to art projects, campers will also play games and go on short excursions. Cost: $35 per day. For information and to register, call 386-2373 or go to www.gorgecreations.com.


Hood River WaterPlay offers free windsurf and sailing lessons for kids of all ages June 18-19. The event is co-sponsored by Community Education. Parents must accompany anyone under 18. All equipment and instruction is free, including the use of life jackets. Call 386-2055 or 386-9463 for information and registration.


Big Winds Kids Camp is a specialized camp for kids age 7-13 designed to introduce and develop basic windsurfing skills in a 4-day program. Camps run Monday through Thursday all summer beginning June 16. Choose morning or afternoon sessions. Cost: $200, which includes lifevest, helmet and wetsuit as well as all sailing gear.


Columbia Gorge School of Theatre in White Salmon, Wash., offers several camps, ranging from one week to several, beginning June 23. Campers study acting, music, singing and dance and act in a show. For information and registration, call 800-405-3450 or go to www.theatrecamp.com.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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