Christmas services

Dec. 21 — Blue Christmas Service, a safe place to bring grief and disappointment in a season of joy, 4 p.m. at Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, Hood River. Everyone is invited; those who are hurting and those who are willing to stand with them. Childcare will be provided.

Dec 22 — Lessons and carols, 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of 11th and Eugene streets, Hood River; 541-386-2077.

Dec. 22 — Fourth Sunday in Advent, “Love,” 10:30 a.m. at Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, Hood River.

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve candlelight services, 4, 6 and 11 p.m. at Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave., Hood River. Nursery will be provided for infants through age 3. For more info call 541-386-2812 or visit

Dec. 24 — Candlelight service at Shepherd of the Valley church, 1631 Eighth St., Hood River, 6-7 p.m., with cider and finger food afterwards. Everyone is welcome. For more info call 541-386-4421 or visit

Dec 24 — Holy Eucharist, 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of 11th and Eugene streets, Hood River; 541-386-2077. Childcare is available.

Dec. 24 — Candlelight Christmas Eve services at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets in Hood River, 6 and 8 p.m. Children are invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal to place at the manger at the 6 p.m. service.

The 8 p.m. service will feature the Chancel Choir. All are invited to bring gloves, socks or blankets for the “Giving Tree” to assist those who are homeless. Refreshments will be served after each service.

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve services at Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, Hood River, with 7 p.m. special family worship geared for children and 10 p.m. candlelight communion service with choir.

Dec. 24-25 — Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets in Hood River. A beautiful family candlelight service, blending meaningful and lasting traditions with a relevant, joy-filled life message. There will be music and Christmas “goodie bags” for all the children. There will be a Christmas Day worship service at 10 a.m.

Dec. 24 — Carol singing, 10:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of 11th and Eugene streets, Hood River; 541-386-2077, followed by Midnight Mass at 11 p.m. No services on Christmas Day.

Dec. 29 — Hymns of Christmas worship service, 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State Streets, Hood River.

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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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