Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Coffee Clatter meets at Idlewild
Hood River Chamber of Commerce’s networking event Coffee Clatter meets Jan. 10 from 8-9 a.m. at Idlewild Market, which co-hosts with Drifty’s Coffee Shop.
Idlewild Market is located at 101 Fourth St. in downtown Hood River.
Coffee Clatter is open to anyone who wants to learn what local businesses and organizations are up to.
Anyone who wishes to speak is given a chance to briefly describe a business or program.
AniChe winemaker wins awards
Rachael Horn of AniChe Cellars in Underwood, Wash., the only female head winemaker in the Columbia Gorge, has received awards for both her first and second commercial vintage at the International Women’s Wine Competition last year.
The event is judged entirely by leading women in the wine industry, and recognizes not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they most feel would appeal to women wine buyers and consumers. Wines were judged from a field of over 860 entries from around the world.
AniChe Cellars received the following awards in the 2012 competition:
2010 Be Holden (Rattlesnake Hills), Silver; 2010 Sirius (Horse Heaven Hills), Silver; 2010 7 Gables (Columbia Valley), Silver; 2010 Moth Love (Rattlesnake Hills, Elephant Mountain), Bronze; 2010 Atticus (Rattlesnake Hills, Elephant Mountain), Bronze
Gorge Soup event seeks presenters
The next Gorge Soup will be Feb. 5, and diners and presenters are welcome to sign up.
Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner at Celilo Restaurant are $35, online at http://gorgesoup.wordpress.com/buy-tickets/
(Note: an article in the Jan. 12 edition gave an incorrect ticket price.)
The deadline to apply to compete for the prize money is Jan. 25. This is an extension from the previous deadline.
Applications are available online at http://gorgesoup.wordpress.com/apply-for-grant/.
Gorge Soup is a dinner event where people buy tickets, come to dinner and eat soup with other Gorge community members. While they eat, they listen to presentations by people who are starting a new business, creating a new nonprofit or developing a new community solution.
At the end of the dinner, everyone votes for their favorite idea. The winner gets the ticket money to use to make his or her idea a reality.
Chamber announces ‘Getaways’
Hood River Chamber of Commerce has introduced this year’s “Winter in Hood River Like a Local” campaign and a Hood River Winter Getaway Contest, with three getaway prize packages being given away over the months of January, February and March.
Each prize includes an activity shared with a local pro or expert, including photography, stand-up paddling, a brewmaster’s dinner and more.
For details go to hoodriver.org.
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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