Jan. 22 Entertainment update

Jan. 22, 2011

Winterfest happens Jan. 29

Skamania County Facilities and Recreation is gearing up to host Winterfest 2011 at Oldman Pass Sno-Park on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual event invites participants to celebrate winter with a flurry of free and fun activities in the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Bundle up the family, pack up the snow toys, and enjoy traditional snow play activities, including sledding, snowshoeing, snow skating and a snowman building contest. Visitors will see a backcountry safety presentation offered by Wind River Search and Rescue. Learn how to stay safe and warm while adventuring in the snowy winter woods. Back by popular demand, the event will feature the Kids' Cool Creation Table, brought to you by the Community After School Program. Join them for chilly crafts and winter wonderland fun. Cocoa and coffee, kindly provided by A&J Select, and hot dog and chili concessions will be available to warm up around the bonfire. There is no admission to the event, but a Sno-Park Permit is required for each vehicle. For more information please call 509-427-3979 or e-mail: parks@co.skamania.wa.

Ping Pong Tourney in the Gorge

Join The Dalles Ping Pong Club for a fun day of ping pong on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Civic Auditorium. The games begin at 9 a.m. with the advanced player's bracket consisting of "better than average" player competing in a triple elimination tournament, followed by intermediate/average players and finishing up with beginners of all ages. Non-players are encouraged to stop by to watch the action. Entry fee is $15 for adults, 12 and under $10. The tournament is a benefit for the Civic Auditorium. To register and for more information visit www.thedallescivic.org.

United Way benefit concert

The United Way of the Columbia Gorge will host a benefit concert on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring The Rick Hulett Band, a fun quartet with lots of firepower and a great groove. The event will be held in the soon to be new Cascade Acupuncture Center clinic location in The Dalles (1712 E. 12th St.). Suggested donation at the door is $5-$20. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, wine by Dry Hollow Vineyards and appetizers by ANZAC Tea Parlour.

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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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