MID VALLEY NEWS: Prime Time kids learn from adult experts

The Odell Garden Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 8. The group is planning its annual tea party, to be held Feb. 12 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

“Anyone interested in joining our Garden Club is invited to attend,” says club president Norma Curtis. “It will be a great way to get to know our members and enjoy a lovely tea party.”

For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.

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Mid Valley Preschool, held in the old gym at Mid Valley Elementary, has two openings for preschool and two for full-day care. The program is bilingual. For rates and detailed information, call teacher Socci Galvez at 541-387-5722 or 541-806-3887.

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Feb. 1 marks the end of the second quarter for Hood River County School District students.

“This is an academic milestone for the 2013 school year, especially for our high school students,” says Wy’east Middle School representative Teri Adams. “Parents can be enhancing the academic success of their students by making sure time at home is set aside for homework, as well as a quiet, non-distracting environment for them to work in.”

Parents with questions about their student’s progress should start with the district’s homepage at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us. Individual school information is available, as well as contact information for teachers.

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The Prime Time After-School Program at Mid Valley received a visit from retired professor Dennis Bokovoy, a geologist and biologist, on Jan. 10. Bokovoy shared his knowledge of the Ice Age with students, who enjoyed his presentation.

Coordinator Kay Laughlin has scheduled a visit from veterinarian Laura Makepeace for Jan. 17. Makepeace works at Tucker Road Animal Hospital and will share how to care for pets in the winter months.

For parents in need of after-school childcare, Laughlin has openings. The program starts immediately after school and serves students at both Mid Valley and Parkdale. See Laughlin or call the new Prime Time phone number, 541-387-5717.

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There will be no school Jan. 21. Be sure to watch out for children while driving about the community.

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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



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