Winter break survival guide

December 10, 2011

Hood River Aquatic Center

The Hood River Aquatic Center will have special open swims from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30 over winter break. The slide, rope swing and zip line will be open, and the party room will be available for rental.The aquatic center will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

Community events

Dec. 17-18 - Blow Your Own Ornament, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Glassometry Studios, 3015 Lower Mill Drive, Hood River. Visit the studio and blow your own pear, apple, pumpkin or ornament. Appointments encouraged. Ages 6-up. For more info visit www.glassometry.com.

Dec. 18 - An Evening with St. Nick, 6 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River. Sip hot cocoa while Santa reads "'T'was the Night Before Christmas."

Dec. 19 - Kids Winter Workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. For students in grades 2-5. This year's theme is "Native Americans of the Columbia River Gorge." Hands-on learning. $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members. Lunch provided. To register call 541-296-8600, ext. 204.

Dec. 19 -"Birdfeeders & Bee Traps" trash to treasure workshop, 2-4 p.m. This workshop is open to youth in 4th-8th grades and will be held in the Hood River County Extension Office meeting room. Cost is $6 at the door. Please bring two 2-liter bottles to the workshop. For more information and to RSVP call Dani or Anne at 541-386-3343.

Dec. 19-24 - Free Noon Movie at Skylight Theatre, 107 Oak St., Hood River. "The Santa Clause" and "The Polar Express" will show on alternating days, beginning with "The Santa Clause" on Dec. 19.

Dec. 20-23 - The Polar Express, 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. on the Mount Hood Railroad. Travel through the quiet woods enjoying hot chocolate and cookies served by "chefs." Santa will board the train at the North Pole and give each child a Christmas bell. Photos with Santa will be available after trip. Wear pajamas and bring a copy of The Polar Express book. Adults $26; children $18. Upgrades available. For more info visit www.mthoodrr.com.

Dec. 29 - Board Game Night, 5:30-7 p.m. at Hood River Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. Many games will be available to play, or bring a favorite along. All ages welcome to this free event.

Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve Rocket Launch and Contest, at a location to be determined based on weather. Participants should meet at Hood River Hobbies, 110 Fourth St., at noon and will caravan to nearby location in Hood River. Bring your own rocket and engines to launch or enter into the contest or just observe and enjoy. The event is free. Prizes for the most creative rockets. All ages welcome, but parental supervision required. Inclement weather will postpone. Start the New Year with a Bang! info@hoodriverhobbies.com.

OMSI's Earth From Space Exhibit at the library

A colorful 3-foot globe, the "Magic Planet," with dazzling displays and video films projected onto its inside surface, is now at the Hood River Library.

The exhibit, part of a NASA-designed exhibit called "Earth From Space," was set up by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be in Hood River from Dec. 12 to Jan. 31.

The globe itself sits on top of a projector and is connected to a laptop programmed by NASA to show dozens of moving images and programs as the globe lights up and spins. People of all ages can control the Magic Planet to show any of dozens of brilliantly colored displays such as Earth's city lights, climate change, tsunamis, wind streams, ocean currents, geographic features, and much more, including videos about Earth that are projected onto the globe's surface.

Other parts of the Earth From Space exhibit brought to the Hood River library include a table-top spinning praxinoscope, which is a mirrored device showing weather patterns, and a weather-viewing station.

This display is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit http://hoodriverlibrary.org. Learn more about OMSI at http://omsi.edu.

Community Ed

For more information or to register for any of these classes, contact Community Education at 541-386-2055 or www.hrcommunityed.org.

Dec. 19-21- Camp Jingle Bells, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School, Room B16 (preschool). This three-day camp will provide children in grades K-5 nonstop activity. Fun holiday games and crafts. Supplies and snacks included; bring peanut-free lunch each day.

Dec. 19 - Winter Wonderland Camp, 1-4 p.m. at Our Children's Place. Children will create beautiful handcrafted gifts while hearing stories, singing songs, and playing.

Dec. 24 - Super Saturday, 10-2 p.m. at Our Children's Place. Available to children ages 3 and up. While children enjoy special projects, creative play and new friendships, parents can enjoy some playtime of their own.

Dec. 26 - "Let's Get Out" Kids Winter Adventure Camp for ages 8-10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Looking for activities for your kids over Christmas break? Send them outside with two-time Olympian Lisa Kosglow for a winter adventure. One day will be spent snowshoeing and the other day cross country skiing as we explore the Gorge in the snow.

Kids will learn basic skills and safety for enjoying winter activities including how to build a snow shelter how to prepare for a trip and what to do if they get lost. We will also do some winter tracking and wilderness awareness activities. Cost includes instruction skis poles boots snowshoes and transportation. Participants are responsible for lunch each day. Location: Coe Building parking lot

Dec. 29 - "Let's Get Out" kids winter adventure camp for ages 11-13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Looking for activities for your kids over Christmas break? Send them outside with two-time Olympian Lisa Kosglow for a winter adventure. One day will be spent snowshoeing and the other day cross country skiing as we explore the Gorge in the snow.

Kids will learn basic skills and safety for enjoying winter activities including how to build a snow shelter how to prepare for a trip and what to do if they get lost. We will also do some winter tracking and wilderness awareness activities.

Cost includes instruction skis poles boots snowshoes and transportation. Participants are responsible for lunch each day. Location: Coe Building

Dec. 31- Super Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Children's Place. Children can play the day away every Saturday at Our Children's Place, "Hood River's Favorite Place to Play."

While children enjoy special projects creative play and building new friendships parents can enjoy some playtime of their own. Available to children ages 3 and up.

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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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