Business Notes April 25, 2012

Gorge Wineries pour in Seattle

Columbia Gorge Wineries are coming to Seattle for a grand show May 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at Wine World Warehouse, 400 N.E. 45th St., Seattle (just off I-5), for wine tasting from wineries in the Columbia River Gorge. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe will be providing hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase at the door or:

Care Center offers hospice rooms

Private hospice rooms are being installed at Hood River Care Center. They are fully furnished and comfortable for both the resident and their loved ones. The rooms will be complete with couches that pull out into beds, comfortable sitting chairs, plush blankets, plants and more, and are meant for actively dying or close to actively dying patients.

The rooms will give hospice patients and their families some privacy and comfort in their last weeks. Contact Janelle McCleary at the Care Center to arrange a tour.

‘Capture the Sun’ starts May 1

An open house for “Capture the Sun White Salmon 2012,” a campaign to promote residential and commercial solar electric generation, will be May 1, 4-6:30 p.m. at White Salmon United Methodist Church, 341 Main St. There will be demonstrations, and hot dogs and munchies will be provided. Solar panels and inverters will be on display along with electric bike conversions and other solar applications.

Capture the Sun White Salmon 2012 is about combining the power of group purchasing with the Washington State Solar Production Incentive and helping individuals make their own electricity.

CL Revitalization Committee meets

The Cascade Locks Downtown Revitalization Committee meets April 26 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda items include a report from the Community School Work Group and reviews of the purpose of the Steering Committee, action by the City Council on community vision and the status of action on the clean-up campaign.

Career Fair seeks volunteers

Hood River Valley High School will hold its first Career Fair May 2, 1-3:30 p.m. in the commons area. Adult volunteers are being sought to provide career insight. Employers, individual career representatives and trades people are encouraged to bring their personal employment knowledge to the students attending the fair.

Career opportunities in the Gorge are the focus. Volunteers will meet students one-on-one during the casual event. Contact Wendy Herman at 541-387-5034, ext. 1, or for more information.

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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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