Movies, Families in the Park return

All movies start Saturdays at dusk in Jackson Park. Movies in the Park is presented by Hood River County Community Education and Hood River Parks and Recreation.

The event is sponsored by G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, Gorge Dental, Griffith Motors, Cascade Pet Camp, Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza, and Hood River County Commission on Children and Families. The event is free to the public.

Hood River Movies in the Park Schedule

July 13: “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” 89 min., rated PG.

July 20: “Hoosiers,” 115 min., rated PG.

Aug. 3: “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” 93 min., rated PG.

Aug. 10: “Rango,” 107 min., rated PG.

Aug. 17: “Dolphin Tale,” 113 min., rated PG.

Aug. 24: “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo,” 104 min., rated G.

Cascade Locks Movies in the Park Schedule

All movies start Fridays at dusk in Marine Park. Blankets and low folding chairs are welcome on the grass, but drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are prohibited.

This free event is presented by the Port of Cascade Locks and the Hood River County Commission on Children and Families.

July 26: “Homeward Bound,” 84 min., rated G.

Aug. 2: “Brave,” 93 min., rated PG.

Aug. 9: “Rise of the Guardians,” 97 min., rated PG.

Aug. 16: “WALL-E,” 98 min., rated G.

Aug. 23: “Wreck-It Ralph,” 108 min., rated PG.

Hood River Families in the Park

Families in the Park events occur every Thursday in August from 6-9 p.m. in Jackson Park. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Aug. 1: Jacob Merlin (seven-piece band). Opener: Walter and the Conquerors. Food: Odell Lions Club will be serving fajitas to raise money for fireworks/activities.

Aug. 8: Petty Fever (Tom Petty tribute). Opener: The Toy Gun Conspiracy. Food: Odell Lions Club will be serving burgers to raise money for Meals on Wheels.

Aug. 15: Satin Love Orchestra (disco). Opener: Kid Fit to Go/Gorge Gymnastics. Food: Hood River Fire and EMS will be serving burgers.

Aug. 22: David Correa and Cascada (Latin/Spanish). Opener: Mid Valley Spanish Folk Dancers. Food: El Botanero will be serving tacos to raise money for youth sports.

Aug 29: Hit Machine (‘70s, ‘80s and beyond). Opener: Kid Fit to Go/Gorge Gymnastics. Food: The Delta Kappa Sorority will be serving chicken and hot dogs.

The free shows are presented by CenturyLink and put on by Hood River Community Education.

Major sponsors include Bi-Coastal Media, A KidZ Dental Zone, Copper West Properties,, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Griffith Motors, Pacific Power, Wells Fargo Bank, Walmart, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Oil Can Henry’s, Hood River Lions Club, US Bank, Bruce Burton DMD, Doug’s Sports, Hood River Rotary, Wilsons’ NAPA, Tum-A-Lum Lumber and Marco Sports.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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