Historical Society promotes local authors and locales

‘Holiday Classic’ fair takes place Dec. 2 in Portland

The Oregon Historical Society will hold its 45th annual Holiday Cheer book sale and author signing on Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. The event is a celebration of Oregon authors, who will be spread out throughout the museum. The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing holiday songs, and holiday dessert samples and hot cider will be served. Cost is $5, or free for OHS members.

For local authors or locales, check out the following:

n Kristy Athens, “Get Your Pitchfork On: The Real Dirt on Country Living.” Everything you need to know if you want to move from the city to the country, from what land to buy to how to raise food and get along with your neighbors. Former Hood River resident Athens wrote about her experiences while operating a small farm, with her husband, in Klickitat County.

n Robin Cody, “Voyage of a Summer Sun.” Based on Cody’s 82-day solo canoe trip down the Columbia River, from its source in the Canadian Rockies to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean. New edition of the 1996 Oregon Book Award for literary fiction.

(Cody’s book “Ricochet River” will be the adult book in “Hood River Reads” in spring 2013.

n Paul Gerald, “Day and Section Hikes: Oregon Pacific Crest Trail.” A guide to the 28 best parts of the Pacific Crest Trail across the state, for people who want to get out for a day or two and see the most beautiful parts.

n Erin K. O’Connell, “Loowit’s Legend: The Story of the Columbia River Gorge.” This children’s book recounts a historic, local legend about the origins of mounts Hood, Adams and St. Helens. Watercolor illustrations bring to life the tale of two brothers who compete for the love of a beautiful maiden and set the stage for the creation of the Gorge. O’Connell lives in Hood River.

n Laura Stanfill, “Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life.” Stories behind the stories and a celebration of what it means to be a writer in Oregon. Features interviews and short essays by 42 Oregon authors, including Kristy Athens.

n Linda Tamura, “Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River.” A compelling story of courage, community, endurance and reparation. It shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France, serving as linguists in the South Pacific, and working as cooks and medics.

The soldiers were from Hood River, where their families were landowners and fruit growers. Town leaders, including veteran’s groups, attempted to prevent their return after the war and stripped their names from the local war memorial. The racist homecoming that the Hood River Japanese American solders received was decried across the nation.

Tamura, a Willamette University professor and Lake Oswego resident, grew up in the Hood River valley.


Kristy Athens will join a dozen Oregon authors on Dec. 18 at the Oregon Humanities Holiday Party, 4:30-7 p.m. at the Cleaners, 403 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland.

This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds go to support Oregon Humanities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with their favorite authors, watch Oregon Humanities’ newest Bring Your Own videos, and enter a raffle to win books, T-shirts and journals. Coffee will be provided by Ristretto Roasters.

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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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