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Jan. 15, 2011

Youth lacrosse coaches needed

The Hood River Youth Lacrosse Club is searching for coaches for the first- and second-grade boys group, this spring. With excellent parent help and club support, the candidate must be comfortable leading a group of boys and be interested in learning and teaching lacrosse basics. Lacrosse background is preferred, but not necessary. For more information, visit www.hoodriver-lacrosse.com.

HS lacrosse looking for coaches

Hood River Valley High School boys lacrosse is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2011 spring season. Call or e-mail head coach Mac Jackson, if interested, at 541-380-1789 or jackstones@gorge.net.

Youth lacrosse sign-ups

Spring lacrosse is just around the corner, and the Hood River Youth Lacrosse Club has teamed up with Community Education this year for its program. Online registration is open now at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/coe (click on "classes," scroll down to "recreation," and click on "Hood River Youth Lacrosse"). The registration deadline is Feb. 15 to allow coaches time to schedule games for the correct number of players and teams. For more information visit hoodriverlacrosse.com.

Knights of Columbus sponsors hoop shoot and three-on-three tournament Jan. 23

A free-throw competition on Sunday, Jan. 23, is open to all youth, 10-14, from Hood River County and the Bingen/White Salmon/Trout Lake/Lyle areas. The contest will be held at the Wy'east Middle School gym from 1-4 p.m. The event is free, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, and no pre-registration is necessary. Participants can register, warm up and shoot their 25 qualifying throws anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. There will be five age groups each for boys and girls, ages 10-14 as of Jan. 1. First-place finishers in each group win trophies and all participants receive certificates. Age group winners qualify to advance to the February district shoot-off. District winners compete at the state contest in March. Participants need to bring proof of age to the contest. A three-on-three single elimination tournament will also be held at the same time on Jan. 23. There will be four brackets: girls 11 and under; boys 11 and under; girls 12-14; and boys 12-14. Team pre-registration for this event is required by Saturday, Jan. 22, by calling Frank Wall. Each player entering the tournament is strongly encouraged to also enter the free-throw contest. There is a $5 per team entry fee which will go toward the Knights of Columbus scholarships for local high school graduates. Tournament winners will receive McDonald's coupons. For further information, call Frank Wall, 541-354-1505.

Dave Johnson rescheduled at Horizon Jan. 19

Olympic decathlete Dave Johnson, a bronze medalist at 1992 Barcelona Olympics, will be speaking at Horizon Christian School Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. The presentation was rescheduled from Jan. 12 due to weather. His presentation will be open to the public. For more information, contact the school at 541-387-3200.

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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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