Saturday, December 7, 2013
Don’t let a few pipes along the road keep you from making the Nativity pilgrimage this weekend.
Hood River Church of the Nazarene renews its 15-year tradition Friday through Sunday as the congregation celebrates Christmas with the gift of Drive-through Nativity. The 6-8 p.m. event is free, and hot chocolate is served.
Visitors remain in their cars as church members stand in the cold wearing period garb while portraying Mary and Joseph, the three wise men and the angels. The shepherds will also be there, along with live sheep.
This year drivers must line up on Belmont alongside 2-foot diameter pipes staged in front of the church and east along Belmont for the city’s waterline replacement project.
Pastors Joel and Mindy Alsworth said the church can work around it, but asks that drivers be watchful of the flock, so to speak.
Cars thread off Belmont and into the church parking lot, where actors in their stations portray the Annunciation, Mary and Joseph’s travels to Bethlehem, three kings traversing-afar, and the blessed birth, accompanied by signs quoting the Gospel scripture.
The signs are bigger this year.
“One of biggest things we’ve done is we’ve made it in English and Spanish just so it would better reflect our community,” said Joel Alsworth, “because we have a lot of people come through who are primary Spanish speakers and we wanted to make them feel at home as well.”
The Alsworths said the church is considering expanding the hours slightly next year to give more time to cars coming from the downtown holiday parade, as the actors enjoy seeing the illuminated ones such as those from Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.
Those lights, and the flashing ones on the orange traffic cones, will guide the way to Belmont and 22nd.
That and a certain star …
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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