PARKDALE NEWS: Enjoy friends and fun at Casino Night

The Mt. Hood Town Hall’s Enchanted Evening fundraiser was a huge success thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the event, put it on or who donated items.

“This year was a record-breaking year and the live auction was a huge success due to the enthusiastic bidders,” said Christina McGhee, president of the MHTH Board and Enchanted Evening coordinator.

“Thank you to everyone who came out to support the town hall, our committee members and the many kids in the community, including 4-H and Leos, who came out to bus tables, serve desserts and wash dishes.”


Parkdale Elementary School would like to again remind parents of incoming kindergartners for the 2013-14 school year to sign up their children at the revised Kindergarten Round-Up dates of May 6-10.

The date was changed due to the school board’s decision to re-draw school boundary lines that will not affect any families who are currently in the Parkdale school attendance area.


Tickets are now available for Upper Valley Home Extension members and anyone in the community who would like to attend the 2013 Spring OSU Extension tour “Travel Through Time and Territory” on Friday, May 24.

This year’s tour will explore the eastern Columbia River Gorge area, including Horsethief Butte and petroglyph “She Who Watches,” Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge, St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Abbey, the Goldendale Observatory and Schreiner Farm.

A delicious Greek lunch will be served at the Abbey.

The $50 cost includes all transportation, entry fees, lunch and gratuity.

For more information contact the Hood River County Extension Office at 541-386-3343.


This weekend the Parkdale Grange will be holding its annual Blossom Days Chuck Wagon Dinner fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Grange Hall.

Dinner includes your choice of steak or ham and all-you-can-eat salads and baked beans, along with those wonderful homemade desserts made by Grange members.

Prices for the dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 4 are free.


The Parkdale Garden Club will also be putting on its annual spring plant and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of the Parkdale Grange Hall.

House and garden plants will be for sale along with a selection of baked goodies.


Good times are always on tap at the Parkdale Fire Department’s annual Casino Night and this year’s event is planned for this Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

A prize-packed, fun-filled night is promised starting with the firemen grilling up a tri-tip and chicken dinner this year at 5:30 p.m.

The $20 entrance fee for those 21 and over includes dinner, 50 starting chips and entrance to the beer gardens, with free local rides home available for attendees.

There are always lots of fun door prizes given out so if you or your business would like to donate items they are graciously accepted at the fire station at 4895 Baseline Drive in Parkdale or by mail.

For more information about Casino Night contact the Parkdale Fire Department at 541-352-6092.


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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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