Sidelines - Nov. 12

Odell Little League meeting tonight

The Odell Little League will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mid Valley Elementary School. On the agenda will be scheduling and budgets. Call Chris Walker at 354-1678 with questions.

Saturday morning pick-up soccer game

Starting Saturday, Nov. 15, anyone interested in playing pick-up soccer is asked to turn out to Westside Field at 10 a.m. After the tremendous success of the adult co-ed league, interest in the sport is rapidly growing. All ages and experience levels are invited. Call Dave Leder at the HR News (386-1234) with questions

Date change for youth V-ball tryouts

The newly introduced Wind River Volleyball Club has changed its tryout date for 15-18 year-olds to Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. Cost is $10 per player, and must be paid at tryouts. Tryouts for 10-12 and 13-14 year-olds have already taken place, and practices are already underway. Players from Stevenson, White Salmon, The Dalles and Hood River have shown great interest. Teams will travel to tournaments throughout the winter and spring, mostly in Portland. If you have questions, please call coach Jen Baklenko at 541-490-0935.

HRV alumni basketball tourney Nov. 29

The annual Hood River Valley High School alumni basketball tournament will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. (Thanksgiving weekend). Cost is $15 per player and teams will be assigned. The tournament is open to all HRVHS alumni and interested community members. If you would like more information, call Phil Hukari at 386-4500.

High school runners meet after school

Any Hood River Valley High School runners interested in running with girls coach Kristen Uhler are invited to show up to room F-106 on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Uhler said she would welcome any students to run with the group. If you have questions, contact her at 386-4500.

Fifth grade girls preseason hoops

All local fifth-grade girls are invited to develop their basketball skills with coach Art Kunigel on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. Fundamentals and team skills will be the focus, and the program is designed to help kids prepare for the Community Education season this winter. Practices will continue every Wednesday and Friday through December. Cost is $1 per player, per day. If you have questions, please call Melissa Ing at 386-6789 or Bob Danko at 490-5581.

Boys basketball players in grades 4-8 are encouraged to sign up for a skills development and conditioning camp Nov. 17-20. Led by Art Kunigel, the camp will last from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. Cost is $30 per player. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Community Ed youth hoops sign-ups

Registrations are now being accepted for Hood River Community Education youth basketball. Deadline is Dec. 5, and the program is open to kids in grades 3-6. Players will be placed on teams according to their grade level, and separate leagues will be provided for 3rd/4th grade boys and girls, and 5th/6th grade boys and girls. Cost is $35 per player and games will be held on Saturdays starting in January. The practice schedule will be once per week. If you need more info, call 386-2055.

3-on-3 men’s hoops league sign-ups

The annual 3-on-3 men’s basketball league will be getting underway soon at Wy’east Middle School, and team sign-ups are now being accepted by Hood River Community Education. The recreational league is for men 21 and older, and cost is $50 per team (individuals also welcome to sign up). Play begins Tuesday, Jan. 13, and lasts until March 9. Games are played on half courts, and teams play two games per week. Call 386-2055 with questions.

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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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