MID VALLEY NEWS: Fruit, festivities and fun

— The annual Gorge Fruit and Craft Show will be held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell on Oct. 20-21. The show only hosts vendors from the four counties in the Gorge, and features produce, plants and flowers, wine tasting, gourmet food products, baked goods, arts and crafts and jewelry.

The Odell Garden Club Flower Show, Art Club Show and Sale, and salmon bake in the park are hallmarks of the event. And this year, Rite Aid will be on site to give flu shots. As always, parking and admission are free.

Speaking of the Odell Garden Club Flower Show, everyone is encouraged to enter designs and horticulture. Club president Norma Curtis says that preregistration is not required to enter horticulture, but would be appreciated in the design classes. For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.

The club will also sell bouquets for state and local projects.


St. Francis House youth center will celebrate its fifth birthday on Oct. 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. Events include a pet blessing and mariachi music from local band Los Temerosos. “We welcome the whole creature community for our celebration — leashes, please!” says AmeriCorps volunteer Rebecca Brochu.

Justin Velez is the newest St. Francis House team member. Velez has recently begun a year of service in Hood River with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. St. Francis House welcomes Velez, as well as JVC volunteers Bianca Fernandez, Daniel Taylor, Monique Stenger and Hollis Dunlop.

“We’re excited to have such amazing neighbors,” says Brochu.


Mid Valley Elementary PTO is hosting its Fifth Annual Harvest Hustle Fun Run on Nov. 3. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a kids’ half-mile with Principal Dennis McCauley. Adults can choose a 5K or 10K run, walk or bike ride beginning at 9:30.

Preregistration is due by Oct. 26. The kids’ half mile is free, and everyone else is $10 without a T-shirt, or $20 for adults and $15 for kids under 12 with a T-shirt. Registration after the deadline requires an additional $5 fee. Forms are available at the school.

Mid Valley students participated in International Safe Walk and Bike to School Day Oct. 3. Principal Dennis McCauley and Mid Valley staff met students at three locations, so those who usually ride the bus or get dropped off were able to take part, too.

The Gorge Marathon will be held Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at the marina this year, and Mid Valley students are already logging miles at home and school. If they log 13.1 or 26.2 miles, they will receive a T-shirt at a special assembly in November.

Last year, 50 Mid Valley students participated in this free event, finishing the last leg of their marathons at the marina. PE Specialist Fran Rabaliati encourages all her students to participate.

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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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