When will Santa be here?

… before hopping back on his sleigh to the North Pole in time to deliver toys on Christmas Eve.

Here is a (fairly) complete list of all the places Santa will visit in Hood River County, Mosier and The Dalles in late November and up to Dec. 23.

Nov. 24-25 — Free Santa photos, 11-3 p.m. at Bette’s Place Restaurant, 416 Oak Street, Hood River. Receive a free photo with your $10 donation to the Hood River Christmas Project. Additional photo packages and CDs available from Photography by Nicholas. For more info call 541-386-2662.

Dec. 1 — An Old Fashioned Holiday Open House, 11-4 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Museum’s Anderson House, 500 W. 16th Street, The Dalles. Santa will be handing out candy canes; bring a camera for photos.

Dec. 1 — Photos with Santa, 11-3 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street. A benefit for Hood River Adopt-A-Dog. Bring your favorite furry friends and humans. Photos will be printed out at the time of visit and emailed to families as well. Suggested donation $8.

Dec. 1-21 — Mosier Country Christmas Fair, 10 a.m, to 4 p.m. both days, Mosier Community School. Admission is $2 per person and one can of food, human or pet. Get your photo with Santa.

Dec. 2 — Cascade Locks 10th Annual Festival of Lights, 4:30 p.m. at the City Hall Gym. Come and enjoy free cookies and warm beverages, get your picture taken with Santa, make a Christmas ornament, sing carols and watch the lighting of the lights.

Dec. 5-8 — Festival of Trees, including a Saturday community day with Santa. For more info call 541-296-7275 or email mchf@mcmc.net.

Dec. 8 — Second Saturday at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, 10-2 p.m. at 600 Air Museum Road. Featuring pictures with cars and planes, Santa and the Grinch. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for veterans and seniors, $6 for children ages 5-18 and free under the age of 4. Museum is open 9-5 p.m. daily.

Dec. 8 — Photos with Santa, 11-3 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street. A benefit for Hood River Adopt-A-Dog. Bring your favorite furry friends and humans. Photos will be printed out at the time of visit and emailed to families as well. Suggested donation $8.

Dec. 15 — Photos with Santa, 11-3 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street. A benefit for Hood River Adopt-A-Dog. Bring your favorite furry friends and humans. Photos will be printed out at the time of visit and emailed to families as well. Suggested donation $8.

Dec. 22 — Photos with Santa, 11-3 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street. A benefit for Hood River Adopt-A-Dog. Bring your favorite furry friends and humans. Photos will be printed out at the time of visit and emailed to families as well. Suggested donation $8.

Dec. 23 — An Evening with St. Nick, 6 p.m.; Santa will read “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…’) and carolers will sing.

The event is free.

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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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