Sports Briefs for July 17

Semi-pro men’s soccer team forming

So Samba FC will start in the spring of 2014 as the Gorge’s only semi-pro soccer club. Tryouts for the adult (18 and over) men’s team will be held July 20, 4-7 p.m., and July 21, 9 a.m. to noon at the Wy’east Middle School soccer fields. Sign-ups for the tryouts are free if done by July 19 or $10 if done the day-of.

So Samba FC will be one of the only Brazilian-style soccer clubs in the country and will partner with EC Taubate Brazil, a training program for international players.

Players wanting to try out can fill out forms at Marco Sports on 12th Street in Hood River or contact Coach Samba at sosambafc@gmail.com or by calling 541-708-1112.

Bilingual youth soccer clinic Aug. 8

The Portland Timbers soccer program is hosting a bilingual soccer clinic for Hood River-area players Aug. 8, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. The free clinic will be a unique opportunity for young players to work with some of the state’s top coaches through the Somos Timbers youth program. Pre-registration is required and a cap of 125 players has been set. To register or for more information, contact Pepi Rivera at 541-399-3362.

Youth flag football sign-ups are open

A new offering this year by Hood River Community Education, flag football for first- and second-graders is now open to registration. The co-ed league is non-contact and is aimed at providing youngsters with a chance to have fun together and learn the basic rules, formations and skills in of football. Players will meet twice a week and will be divided into teams for games. Registration is $50, players will meet starting Aug. 8 and games will run September through early October.

For more information, to register or to volunteer as a coach see HRCE’s website at hrcommunityed.org or call 541-386-2055.

Youth football signups open

Gorge Tackle Football League: For players grades 3/4 and 5/6, league starts Aug. 12, with registration open now. $100 registration fee includes use of protective equipment. Practices will be twice a week and the season will consist of six games.

Middle School Football: Two Hood River County teams will be formed – one for seventh-graders and one for eighth-graders. Practices start Aug. 19.

To sign up: Visit www.hrcommunityed.org or call 541-386-2055.

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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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