Looking for fun? It’s in the parks

True family fun, Hood River style, returns Aug. 1 to Jackson Park with the annual “Families in the Park” series of free concerts.

Bring a picnic or purchase food from Eyeopener Lions or other vendors, and enjoy music and dancing on the big lawn.

(Bring blankets and low-profile chairs, and a layer or two of clothing as the temperatures do cool once the sun goes down. Music, starting with a local warm-up act, followed by the headliner, usually runs from 7 to 9 p.m.)

Kid-friendly activities are usually part of the fun, and dancing is encouraged.

On Aug. 1, enjoy the seven-piece Jacob Merlin Band. Opener will be the local rock act Walter and the Conquerors.

Eyeopener Lions Club will be serving fajitas to raise money for fireworks/activities.

The Aug. 8 concert will be Petty Fever (Tom Petty tribute), with local rockers Toy Gun Conspiracy opening.

Also, Movies in the Park in Hood River starts again Aug. 3 after a one-week hiatus for County Fair.

n Cascade Locks continues its Movies in the Park series Friday, July 26, at dusk, with the G-rated “Homeward Bound.”

n Hood River Movies in the Park, Saturdays in Jackson 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.

Next week’s Hood River screening will be “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” (93 minutes, rated PG).

The Aug. 10 show will be “Rango” (107 minutes, rated PG).

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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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