PARKDALE NEWS: Town Hall wants input

The Mt. Hood Town Hall board is gearing up for an exciting project on the horizon and would like the community to share their thoughts about it by filling out an online questionnaire.

As part of the effort to restore the Town Hall by the 100th anniversary of the building coming up in 2014, the board is hoping to significantly improve the playground area on the grounds.

The survey asks residents questions such as: What children’s ages should the playground equipment be geared toward? Should other projects be included other than the playground, and if so, what?

Hood River County and the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District are adding their efforts to the Mt. Hood Town Hall Association’s, to apply for grants to make the project possible.

You can take the survey at


If you are looking for a way to beat the winter blues, you might want to consider taking classes at the Mt. Hood Town Hall.

Each week classes in Tai Chi for Balance, Yoga, and Earthworks pottery classes are available.

In addition, the Mt. Hood Town Hall board is always looking for members of the community who would like to teach their own classes

Visit the Mt. Hood Town Hall website at for more information or call 541-352-1078.


Be sure to save the date on Saturday, April 13, for the Mt. Hood Town Hall Enchanted Evening fundraiser!

Get ready to enjoy a fun evening with friends and neighbors and support the Mt. Hood Town Hall at its biggest yearly fundraiser.

More details will be in this column as they become available.


The Mt. Hood Town Hall board would like to remind the community that their input is always welcome at board meetings.

The board meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and visitors are always welcome.


The Parkdale Skate Club is now in full swing at the Parkdale Elementary School gym each Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Skating sessions will be ongoing through the end of March.

Members of the community are invited to come out with their kids and enjoy a night of skating fun.


Parkdale Elementary School is sponsoring a penny drive until the end of January to raise money for PTO projects that help the students.

Everyone is asked to please send their extra pennies to school, or drop them by the office during school hours.


Another Movie Night will be held in the Parkdale School library on Friday, Jan. 25.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the family movie will start at 6:30 p.m.

Though the event is free, donations are welcome.


Send items to: or P.O. Box 448, Parkdale, OR 97041.

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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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