Sports briefs

Table tennis tourney on March 15

The table tennis club at First Baptist Church will hold an all-comers tournament on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. (note date and time change). Five divisions — open, Jr. high/high school, 6th grade and under, 1,250-1,750 and 1,250 and less — will be offered, and the entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. First matches begin at 10:30 a.m. and the advanced divisions will begin at around noon. Trophies and door prizes will be presented, and the competition will be both local and from Portland. Call Oscar at 386-4923 with questions.

Youth softball meeting tonight at HRV

All parents and coaches involved in youth softball at any level are asked to attend a meeting tonight (March 5) at 7 p.m. in room H-15 at Hood River Valley High School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of softball in the area. If you have questions, call Phil Hukari at 386-4500.

Learn by Doing track clinic Saturday

The Hood River Valley track coaches, the FCA and Athletes in Action will present the 23rd-annual Learning-by-Doing Track Clinic on Saturday at Henderson Stadium. The all-day clinic begins at 9 a.m. is open to all Oregon and Washington athletes and coaches, and costs $20 per person. Athletes should come prepared to participate in a variety of track activities by wearing appropriate practice gear. Track legends such as Bob Julian, Tim Bright, Julie Bright, Mac Wilkins and two-time Olympian Dave Johnson are just some of the instructors scheduled to be on hand. For more, call Rich Hedges at 386-4500.

Ski and snowboard teams at state

The Hood River Valley High School boys and girls ski teams will compete at the state competition Thursday and Friday at Willamette Pass. Giant Slalom on Thursday, slalom on Friday. The Summit Snowboard Team will also compete at state Thursday through Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows. The four-time defending champs will compete in three events: the half pipe, Boardercross and Slopestyle.

Parkdale/Odell Little League demos

All kids from Parkdale and Odell who have signed up for Little League baseball or softball this spring are asked to turn out to the Mid Valley Elementary school gym this weekend for player demonstrations. All boys and girls 8-12 years-old are invited to attend, and times are as follows. Boys: Saturday 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 10:30 to noon. Girls: Saturday from 1-3 p.m. and Sunday from 9-10:30 a.m. For more information, call Rich Garvin at 352-7227, or Chris Walker at 354-1678.

Youth lacrosse starts this week

All kids interested in playing youth lacrosse this spring are asked to turn out to Westside Elementary this week. Starting Monday, grades 6-8 will meet from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on the North Field. Starting Tuesday, grades 3-5 will meet from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on the East Field. Grades 6-8 will meet Monday through Thursday and grades 3-5 will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the spring. For more info, call coach Will Griffith at 386-2331.

Benefit golf tournament March 16

Indian Creek Golf Course will host a benefit golf tournament for Noah Smith on Sunday, March 16, beginning at 1 p.m. Format is a 9-hole scramble with four-person teams. Cost is $35 per person, which includes greens fees, a shared cart, and a soup/sandwich buffet to follow. A silent auction will begin at noon, prior to the scramble, and continue through dinner. A live auction will take place after dinner. Registration deadline is March 13. Please call John or Lynn Garcia at 386-6450.

Spring salmon fishing seminar

Join Luhr-Jensen fishing pro Buzz Ramsey on Thursday, March 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an informative session that will prepare you for the spring salmon run. Learn about fish habits, run forecasts, hot locations, angling techniques and tackle. Class will be held in HRVHS room H-14, and the cost is $15 per person. For more information or to register, call Community Education at 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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