Saturday, August 31, 2013
Middle school cross country starts soon
Cross country practice for Hood River and Wy’east middle school students starts Sept. 4 at HRMS and Sept. 5 at Wy’east; both will run from 3-4:30 p.m. Although the two schools will represent one combined team in competition, practices will be run separately at each location each week from Monday through Thursday. Runners of all ability levels are encouraged to join the team, and parent volunteers are sought to help with practices and meets.
Player registration is run through Hood River County Community Education at www.hrcommunityed.org. To volunteer, contact Shawnie Emmons at email@example.com.
Fall tennis program christens new courts
Three-week fall tennis programs for middle school and high school players will run from Sept. 9-27 on the soon-to-be-complete remodeled city tennis courts. The program, designed for kids entering grades 7-12, will include drill and practice Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and match play Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $115 and coaches will be HRVHS coaches Leslie Kerr and Justine Zeigler and assistants. Sign up at hrcommunityed.org. Contact Kerr at 541-399-2519 for info.
Pass Punt and Kick fundraiser Sept. 7
As a fundraiser to help offset equipment costs for Hood River youth football programs, an evening of friendly competition, followed by a barbecue and football movie fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 7 at the HRVHS football field. The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contests will run from 4-6 p.m. and will be divided into five age groups for kids ages 6-16.
The contest is free, with the fundraising effort afterward, in the form of a barbecue and movie viewing at the same location from 6 to about 9:30 p.m. No gear is required to participate, and cleats are not allowed. Pre-registration is not required; just show up at the HRVHS field Sept. 7 before 4 p.m.
HRVHS Hall of Fame golf tourney Sept. 21
Set your calendars for the seventh-annual Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame fundraiser golf tournament on Sept. 21 at Indian Creek Golf Course. The four-person scramble starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $300 per team of four (or $90 per player), which acts as a fundraiser for the HRVHS athletic department and includes greens fees, cart, lunch and a goodie bag.
Pick up registration forms at Indian Creek Golf Course, HRVHS athletic office or by calling 541-386-2318.
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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