Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Kids in the Hood, a new business downtown, 13 Oak St., (see article on A2) hosts an impromptu Scrabble game for First Friday, open to all comers, on the courtyard tiles in front of the shop.
Join the family-friendly game night and book swap at the Hood River Library from 5-7 p.m. on First Friday.
New games have been donated by G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe of Hood River. Bring your books and DVDs to swap with your friends and neighbors. All ages are welcome.
This August, Columbia Center for the Arts forges into the world of glass. The show “A Glass Act” will feature glass objects created in various techniques including blown, lamp-worked, kiln-formed, enamel, stained, painted and cast. The show opens Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. and runs through Sept. 1.
In addition to the show, there will be free glass demos in the studio every Saturday and Sunday during the month. Chat with artists, learn about the process and get a new perspective on glass.
Every Friday, The Fruit Company sets aside fruit that doesn’t make it into its gift boxes, as well as excess inventory of gourmet goodies. In most cases this fruit is of a higher quality than you would find in your local grocer, but because it doesn’t meet gift grade, it’s offered at a reduced cost on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last (no phone or pre-orders).
These discounted items are only for pick-up and cannot be shipped. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Fruit Company, 2900 Van Horn Drive.
Rishell Graves will be playing music for First Friday at Cascade Cliffs Tasting room (211 Oak St.), with Terry Hill on the djembe. Come on in and listen to Rishell's “Music from the Heart,” from 5:30-8 p.m.
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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