Fun stuff for kids: Who says there’s nothing to do around here?

From comic books to soccer, here are four fun upcoming events for local kids:

Dragon’s Maze unveiled

Hood River Hobbies is hosting five prerelease events for the new set of this popular trading card game, Dragon’s Maze, on April 27-28 as well as launch events May 3-5.

For more information, email: info@hoodriver for detailed times and sign up information or come by the shop which is located at 110 4th Street, Downtown Hood River.

Free Comic Book Day

Do you want a free comic book? Who doesn’t? Hood River County Library District will be handing out free comic books for readers of all ages on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 4.

Free comics for kids, teens, and adults will be available at the Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale libraries.

Potential titles that the libraries may be giving away this year include Star Wars, Infinity, Sesame Street, Superman, Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Smurfs, Archie and much more.

Free Comic Book Day has been around since 2002 on the first Saturday in May. It is just what it sounds like: Participating stores and organizations hand out free comics. It is a way to promote literacy generally, and reading comics specifically.

Comics and graphic novels have been recognized in the past several decades as a literature and art form in their own right, and this day celebrates that.

Free Comic Book Day is sponsored by Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, Boom Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image, Marvel, Papercutz, United Plankton Pictures and Viz Media.

For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriver, or visit

Soccer Shoot-Out Tournament

The Wy’east Student Council, in partnership with the Hood River Valley High School boys soccer program will host the May 11 event.

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. For more information, contact ASB Advisor, Ashlei Keimig, at Ashlei.keimig@hood or call 541-354-1548.

Principles of flight

This class is being offered by Hood River Hobbies through Community Education on Saturday May 18 at 1 p.m.

If you are interested you can enroll through Community Education or contact Hood River Hobbies for more information at info@hood

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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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