Editorial: A busy weekend that defines community

April 6, 2011

Take your pick of things to do this weekend: dinner, theater, rally and auction.

Perhaps even at the same time.

This will be one of those weekends that happen just about anywhere but seem to occur in Hood River on a frequent basis: a wide array of enjoyable and worthwhile events, in the space of two days.

In short, it will be packed - and let's hope the events are, too.

Where to begin?

Bite of the Gorge, for Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, happens at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, with a terrific assortment of food and drink, music, and gorgeous art plates up for bid. (Details in Happenings, B3.)

Mt. Hood Town Hall's annual "Enchanted Evening" is Saturday. There'll be dinner, dessert and dancing to the sounds of local band LoLo Mo, and a silent auction including get-aways and local art and jewelry.

Want to see a show? Choose between Lions Follies and Horizon Christian School's "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (Kaleidoscope, page B1). The two shows have identical runs, so you could see one performed this weekend and the other April 14-16.

The annual Hood River Apple Cup electric car rally happens downtown on Saturday (details in 3 to Go on page A1). In this annual event, students from the HRVHS e-car program get to show off their design and driving skills in a controlled course on closed downtown streets. The weather forecast is for light rain, which would allow the rally to proceed. It's based not on speed but on the distance a car can travel in one hour.

Speaking of WAAAM, and cars, the museum's monthly Second Saturday happens again Saturday.

Most of the displays are inside, but if the weather's right it's your chance to see some remarkable vehicles and airplanes rolled out of the hangar for a bit of exercise.

Rain or shine, this weekend's plethora of events provides a generous set of choices. Take a break from the yard chores and treat yourself.

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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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