Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Christmas spirit swept through downtown Odell Dec. 15 with a live crèche at Gehrig’s Chevron. Jesuit Volunteer Corps members planned the event, with many others coming together to make it happen.
Marie Harner of Parkdale brought a llama and goats, and Fernando Rodriguez of Odell a horse, all of which were part of the manger scene. Pat Rawson and Julie Raefield-Gobbo led the assembled crowd in Christmas carols, and a few St. Francis House kids filled the roles of Mary, shepherds and wise men.
Hot cider and candy canes came afterwards — a big hit with young and old alike.
Art cards, designed by Mid Valley Elementary students, are still available. Stop by the school office to check out the window display, or, if you’re downtown, at Art on Oak next to Hood River Bagel. The cards range from holiday to everyday designs and make a fun, whimsical gift. A percentage of every box sold goes to the PTO to fund school projects. For more info, call the Mid Valley office at 541-354-1691.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church reports a successful Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6-7. Odell resident Julie Moe won the quilt raffle, and the soup and homemade pies were a big hit on such a cold weekend.
“We enjoyed visiting with all who attended,” says member Jean Stone.
The Hood River County Fairground buildings are now closed until mid-January for yearly maintenance, reports Manager Clara Rice. However, there are still some storage spaces available; call James Glen at 541-490-5293 for more information or to make arrangements.
Mid Valley Preschool is already taking registration for fall 2014. The bilingual preschool and after-school care program is at capacity with a waiting list, says teacher Socci Galvez. If you’re planning to send your preschooler next year, it might be a good idea to get on the list now.
Thursday, Dec. 19, will be Wy’east Middle School’s last Movie Night of 2013, from 3-4:30 p.m. Leadership students, who organize the events, have yet to announce the film, but all Wy’east students are invited to attend.
The Hood River County School District will be on winter break Dec. 21 through Jan. 5.
“Don’t be surprised to see kids of all ages out and about during these two weeks,” says school representative Teri Adams. “From all of us at Wy’east Middle School, may you all have a peaceful holiday season and a great new year.”
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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