Sidelines for March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011

Registration open for Gorge Ride 2011

Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway fifth annual fundraising Gorge Ride will be held June 11. Registration is now open through GorgeRide.com.

Bicyclists will again ride on the Historic Columbia River Highway from the Gorge Discovery Center to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier and continue on to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield west trailhead east of Hood River and return. This 38.5-mile trip includes the vista at Rowena Crest, travel through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and a rest stop at historic Mayerdale.

Photos and information about last year's ride are available at hcrh.org/GorgeRide10.html or FriendsoftheHighway.com. More than 425 people participated in the 2010 Gorge Ride.

Gorge Paddle Challenge Aug. 20-21

The Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, a festival celebrating the sport of stand up paddling, will be Aug. 20-21 at Waterfront Park. The Paddle Challenge will feature a distance downwind race, course race, team relay and a Paddle for the Park fundraiser. There will also be SUP exhibits from many companies and free SUP?lessons.

The CGPC is a World Paddle Association-sanctioned event. There will be a hefty cash purse for the men's and women's elite divisions. The top three finishers in each age class of the open division will be awarded unique event trophies. Overall Waterman and Waterwoman will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the combined downwind distance race and course race. For more info on the challenge, visit www.gorgepaddlechallenge.com

Gorge United spring soccer starts soon

The Gorge United Soccer, sponsored by Community Education and our local 4-H, will be starting soon. Informal practices are scheduled to begin March 28, with the parent meeting on March 31. This is open to all recreational and competitive players, ages 4 through 19 (pre-K - grade 12). Those participating in the recreational league may also try out for Dynamos if they desire.

All completed registration forms need to be returned to the Community Education office with payment, or parents may also register their student online at www.hrcommunityed.org, but will still need to submit the completed paper registration/waiver form.

For more information, contact Community Education at 541-386-2055.

Hood to Coast movie opens Thursday

"Hood to Coast," a documentary about the annual race, opens Thursday at Skylight Theatre and will run in Hood River for at least a week. The film follows four teams in the 2008 race, including team R.Bowe, which is dedicated to the memory of Hood River runner Ryan

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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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