Sports Briefs for April 20

Little League opening day today

District 5 Little League, including Hood River, Odell, Parkdale, White Salmon and Trout Lake townships, hosts opening day ceremonies and games for all boys and girls teams on Saturday. A 10 a.m. ceremony at the Hood River Little League’s home field on Nix Drive will bring together all boys and girls teams from the district. After the ceremony teams will head to other fields around the district to play games. As part of the festivities, parents and fans are invited to partake in a fundraiser barbecue put on by West Side Fire Department, which will start at 10:30 a.m. after the opening ceremony.

Sign-ups open youth co-ed soccer

Hood River and Odell boy and girl soccer players can register for 11-13-year-old and 14-16-year-old leagues through Hood River County Community Education. These two groups will replace all Hood River and Odell soccer registrations for the age range. Players should register as soon as possible through Practice is scheduled to being May 1. Session numbers are as follows:

ODHRu12u13 Coed (11-13-year-olds)

ODHRu15u17 Coed (14-16-year-olds)

For more information contact Leticia at 541-387-5082.

Hershey’s Track Meet April 27

The annual Hershey’s Track Meet is scheduled for April 27, 11 a.m. at Hood River Valley High School. The meet is open to kids ages 9-14 and includes events/games like the sprinting, running, softball throw and the standing long jump. Top finishers from the local event have a chance at competing in the state meet and possibly the North American finals in Hershey, Penn.

The Hood River contest is open to Hood River County residents only and requires an entry form and a copy of birth documents to verify age. Preregistration is advised and entry forms can be found at or by contacting organizer Troy Tactay at Spiked shoes are not allowed.

Dry Hollow Vineyard hosts Home At Last 3K/5K benefit

Dry Hollow Vineyards is hosting the 2013 Gorge Vineyard 3K/5K Run Walk on May 4. The 10 a.m. event will be a fundraiser for the Home at Last program. The 3K will feature two laps around the Hi Valley Vineyard in The Dalles. The 5K will have an additional out-back among the cherry orchards overlooking a neighboring vineyard.

Entrance is free with the purchase of a $15 Columbia Gorge Passport directly from Dry Hollow Vineyards Tasting Room, or through preregistration for $5 without or $15 with a shirt. For more information or to register email or call 541-296-2953.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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