Mid Valley News: Register for May 21 ‘Soccer Shootout’

The Hood River County Fairgrounds will host a Ranch Sorting and Team Penning clinic May 4. The Ranch Sorting clinic starts at 9 a.m. and costs $45.

Open Ranch Sorting starts at 1 p.m. and is $30 for three tries. Riders will use the indoor or outdoor area depending on the weather. Camping sites are available, as are a limited number of stalls.

The event will kick off May 3 with hamburgers and hot dogs.

For more info contact Fair Manager Clara Rice at 541-354-2865 or visit www.hoodriverfair.org.


Kindergarten Roundup is happening at all elementary schools in the Hood River County School District. At Mid Valley, registration runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proof of age, immunization records and proof of address are required.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.

For more information, visit the district’s registration page at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us.


“At Wy’east Middle School, third quarter has just come to a close and students are on the home stretch of the school year as they juggle last-quarter assignments and state assessment testing during the fourth quarter,” says school representative Teri Adams.

A third quarter student acknowledgement assembly is scheduled for April 26 in the school’s Blue Gym starting at 1:50 p.m.

“We’ll be highlighting academic, athletic and all-around student achievement that the whole school can celebrate,” says Adams.

Sixth-grade parents need to return paperwork for Outdoor School as soon as possible.


Fifth-graders at Mid Valley and Parkdale Elementary can expect principals and counselors next month to discuss the transition to the middle school.


The Wy’east Student Council, in partnership with the Hood River Valley High School boys soccer program, will put on a family-friendly soccer shoot-out tournament May 11, says school Vice Principal Patricia Cooper. Three divisions are planned: Elementary, middle school and high school; teams will be co-ed.

A maximum of 12 teams for each division will be accepted.

Registration deadline is April 26. For more information contact ASB Advisor Ashlei Keimig at Ashlei.keimig@hoodriver.k12.or.us or call 541-354-1548.

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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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