Business notes: March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011

'Outdoor Wino' opens April 1

Feel like you're "walking into camp," at Outdoor Wino, the newest wing of Naked Winery, opening April 1-3, during Columbia Gorge Winegrowers "Passport Weekend," at 1308 Industrial Way, off Wasco, a few blocks west of downtown.

Sample the newest releases from Naked/Outdoor Wino: "Picnic Table Pink," "Wanderlust White" and "Rambling Red," which come in unbreakable, floatable bottles. (The red wine was initially labeled "Campground Red" but had to be changed for copyright reasons.)

Emily Knudson, events manager for Naked, said Outdoor Wino, aka "Naked West," will offer casual tastings of the three wines, from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday, in a "campground experience."

"It's a place adults can just come and enjoy wine and chill," she said.

In Passport Weekend, April 1-3, more than 26 Gorge wineries offer barrel tastings, discounts, gifts, music and more.

Passports are $15 and available online or at Gorge tasting rooms. For details go to

Chamber hosts marketing talk March 28

Kerry Cobb, executive director of Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, will give a talk on "Guerilla Marketing" March 28 at 1 p.m. at Skylight Theatre in Andrew's Pizza, 107 Oak St.

"Most business owners didn't go into business to market, so we want to give the tools you need to succeed at marketing. Come out and get some great advice about how to get the word out about who you are," Cobb said.

To sign up call 541-386-2000, ext. 224.

Outside honors Hood River's ECHO Trips

ECHO River Trips is getting its 40th anniversary season started off right by winning Outside Magazine's coveted 2011 Trips of the Year award. Out of hundreds of applicants covering everything from treks and rides to paddles and climbs, Outside picked ECHO's new 15-day Siberian rafting expedition on Russia's Kaa-Khem River as one of their 10 best trips of 2011.

Outside's 2011 Trips of the Year award recognizes the top 10 new trips of 2011 as decided by the editors of Outside Magazine, widely regarded as the premier publication covering the outdoor adventure lifestyle. Outside's judging panel considered many applicants before narrowing it down to their top 10 trips, which included ECHO's Siberian Rafting Expedition alongside paddling, climbing, heli-skiing, biking, and multisport adventures in places like Alaska, Patagonia, Africa, Mongolia, Bhutan, the French Alps and Polynesia.

Acupuncture workshop offered

Information on acupuncture and Oriental medicine as a complete health care system as well as instruction of self-acupressure techniques for common ailments will be provided at a free workshop April 4.

The workshop will be presented by Carola Stepper, LAc, and owner of Cascade Acupuncture Center, 104 Fifth St., Hood River. It will start at 7 p.m. in the Bamboo Room. Class size is limited. Call 541-387-4325 to register. (

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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