BOOKS, films and plays: Upcoming events at the library

Here are upcoming special events at the Hood River Library, in addition to the weekly StoryTime program for young children — highlighted on page A1.

n Family Movie Night on Saturdays, including “Babe” on Feb. 23 and “The Secret of Arriety” on March 2. Films start at 5:30 p.m. Pretzels and apples are served and one copy of the featured book will be given away at each movie.

n Tintin Trivia event, March 8, 4:30-6 p.m., for older elementary kids and teens.

n Shakespeare Week starting April 23: This program is in the planning, and will be geared for elementary-age children. Children’s librarian Jana Hannigan said birthday cake will be served, and new Shakespeare materials have been ordered. The movie “Gnomeo and Juliet” will be shown, and a small stage will be created for some simple theater activities, among other events.

n April 19 — Teen Movie Club: Read any Harry Potter book and vote on which movie to watch. (HP4 and HP7 are rated PG-13; the others are PG.) Pick up a ballot at the library.

n Summer Reading starts Wednesday evenings — a new day and time — after summer vacation begins.

“We’ll have some amazing performers, and on a different day and different time so working parents can participate,” Hannigan said. “In the past it was right in middle of afternoon, and we had parents tell us, ‘That’s not a great time for us because our toddlers are always sleeping.’

“So we’re trying to make it a family evening, where people can come down and see some uplifting arts performers, enjoy the evening, maybe get some dinner, and hang out in the library.”

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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



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