PARKDALE NEWS: ‘You’d better watch out ...’


Upper valley correspondent

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Skiing Santa will be visiting Upper Valley children a little early this year when he stops by for the “Cookies with Santa” event at the Mt. Hood Town Hall on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-3 p.m.

Families are invited to come enjoy a fun and free afternoon of visiting with Santa, making holiday crafts and decorating and eating cookies.

While the kids are telling Santa what’s on their list they can also get their picture taken with him.

Mt. Hood Town Hall Board Chairman Christina McGhee says the public is welcome to attend.

“This is our way of saying thank you to the people who help make the Town Hall a vibrant and thriving community center,” said McGhee.


Cooper Spur Restaurant will be providing a free Christmas dinner on Christmas night, Dec. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School. All families, seniors or those in need are welcome to come enjoy a Christmas dinner of turkey, ham and all the trimmings provided at no cost by the restaurant.

Head chef Joe Silliman will be at Parkdale Elementary doing the cooking that day.

“The restaurant found themselves with extra turkeys from Thanksgiving and Joe though it would be nice to use them to help out people in need in our community,” said Parkdale Elementary PTO member Alison Betzing. “PTO members will be there helping serve the food.”

For more information contact Alison at 541-370-5644.


The Parkdale Elementary School winter music program is being presented on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the school gym. Songs presented by the students include kindergarten and first-graders singing “I Want To Be An Elf,” second- and third-graders performing “My Favorite Things,” and fourth- and fifth-graders singing a carol from Spain titled “Furn, Furn, Furn.”

Parents need to make sure their children are in their classrooms no later than 6:50 p.m., dressed nicely for the performance.

Families of students and community members are all welcome to attend the only music program presented this school year.


The Upper Valley Home Extension Group will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall. Meeting attendees will be making holiday gift items of mulling species and barbecue rub.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

As a thank you for use of the Grange Hall, attendees are encourage to bring a donation of needed items at the grange such as paper towels, detergent, bathroom items and cleaners.


If you enjoy a night out once in a while, how about heading up to Cooper Spur Restaurant and helping out Parkdale Elementary at the same time?

The Parkdale Elementary PTO is encouraging all community members to enjoy a meal at the Cooper Spur Restaurant on the third Thursday or Friday of January, February, March and April.

On those nights the restaurant will be giving a percentage of their proceeds to benefit Parkdale Elementary.

Families are encouraged to come out to support Cooper Spur and Parkdale Elementary students.

“Whatever proceeds the school receives will go towards updating and upgrading the playground equipment at the school,” said Allison Betzing, volunteer coordinator with the PTO. “So everyone come out and enjoy friends and good food!”


The Parkdale Skate Club will be taking a partial break during the Christmas holidays and will not be skating on Saturday, Dec. 22.

A regular session will be on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkdale Elementary School gym.


Parkdale Elementary School is looking for volunteers in the community interested in helping students learn how to read in the SMART program.

Both English and Spanish speaking readers are needed for the program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for one hour a week to read to students.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the school at 541-352-6255 or SMART Coordinator Sylvia Muro at 541-399-7325.

To learn more about the SMART program, go to


Send items to: or P.O. Box 448, Parkdale, OR 97041.

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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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