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Monthly open 9-ball tourney Saturday

Hood River Billiards will host its monthly open 9-ball tournament today beginning at 10:15 a.m. Warmups will begin at 9 a.m. and cost is $20 per player. Coffee and refreshments will be available. A full field is expected, so early registration is recommended. Last month’s tourney attracted 26 players, and as many as 32 are expected this Saturday. If you have questions, e-mail Cristy Barsky at

Twilight league sign-ups on Monday

If you haven’t already signed up for the 2003 season of Twilight Golf at Indian Creek, there will be a registration table there on Monday from 4-6 p.m. This is your last chance to sign up for the first half of the season, which is set to begin Thursday, April 10. Session I runs through June 5, and Session II will begin Aug. 7. The top two teams will advance to the CGCC College Fund Scramble on Aug. 16. Call 354-6272 with questions.

HRWGA business meeting on Tuesday

The Hood River Women’s Golf Association will have a business meeting on Tuesday, April 1, at Hood River Golf and Country Club beginning at 9 a.m. A round of 18 holes will follow at 9:30 a.m., and will continue every Tuesday throughout April. All lady golfers are welcome to join. Dues for the year are $30 and should be paid now.

Indian Creek women’s golf meeting

Opening Day for the Indian Creek women’s golf association will be Thursday, April 3. A meeting is set for 8:15 a.m. and will be followed by Day’s Play at 9:30 p.m. Dues should be paid as soon as possible, and can be mailed to Clara Rice at P.O. Box 345, Odell, OR 97044. Any lady golfers are welcome to join.

CGWA work party set for April 5

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association will hold a work party at Roosevelt Park (Washington) on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. CGWA members, working in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be raking the area and cleaning the beaches of winter debris. Some painting will also take place. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, wheelbarrows, shovels, weed whackers, etc., for the cause. For more info, call 386-9225.

Youth basketball camp coming soon

Youth basketball players in grades 4-8 are encouraged to sign up for the upcoming basketball skill development camps through Community Education. Led by former pro player and coach Art Kunigel, the two camps — April 7-11 (girls) and April 14-18 (boys) — will help players improve their guard play, post moves and defensive tactics. Cost is $30 per player and times are 6-8:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. Call Community Education at 386-2055 to sign up.

Dynamos Soccer coaches needed

Volunteer coaches are needed for the upcoming season of Dynamos Youth Soccer. Once the spring season is complete, the club will hold tryouts and form teams for summer tournaments, fall league and spring 2004. All coaches must complete an application and an OYSA volunteer disclosure statement. If you are interested in helping out, contact Joe Kelly at 386-5327 or by e-mail at

Youth baseball camp in Hermiston

America’s Baseball Camps will host a two-day camp at Hermsiton’s Field of Dreams on April 5-6 for two age groups. Ages 6-9 will play Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 10 and up will play Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per player. For more information, call 1-800-222-8152 or visit

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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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