Pathways to Health, Feb. 2, 2013

Yoga for MS class

Yoga for MS is a four-week yoga therapy program to address specific needs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, taught by Meg Becker, certified therapist. It will be held from noon-1 p.m. on Thursdays during February at Synergy Studio, 1120 Pine St., Hood River.

The class fee is $100; register with Community Ed at 541-386-2055 or online at

Learn about acupuncture and Oriental medicine

A class offered by Hood River Community Education, “How Acupuncture Works,” an introduction to acupuncture and self-acupuncture techniques, will be held from 7-8 p.m. at Cascade Acupuncture Center, 104 Fifth St., Hood River.

The class, presented by Carola Stepper, LAc, will include information on acupuncture and Oriental medicine as a complete health care system. The cost is $8; register with Community Ed at 541-386-2055 or

First aid class at the fire station

On Feb. 7 and 9, Community Education will offer a first aid class at the Hood River Fire Station. “Heartsaver CPR, AED and First Aid” will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the fire station, 1785 Meyer Parkway.

The class is intended for individuals who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Cost is $45.

To register contact Hood River Community Ed at 541-386-2055 or

GEM holds annual celebration Feb. 10

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries’ annual celebration will be held Feb. 10 at 5 p.m., at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Keynote speaker The Rev. John Boonstra, of Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in White Salmon, Wash., will speak on “Building a Movement of the Faithful.”

GEM will also present the 2012 Inspired Service and Action Award to Andy Wade in celebration of his service to the Hood River Warming Shelter.

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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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