Parkdale News: Summertime events go into high gear

A huge community yard sale is being held on Saturday, July 13, at Mt. Hood Town Hall and everyone is invited to come out and buy items.

If you’ve been thinking about clearing out those closets, now’s the time to do so and donate them to the Town Hall’s annual fundraiser to raise money for continued building renovations.

You can drop off donated items at the Town Hall Monday through Friday, July 8-12, or if you have a lot of items for donations, volunteers can pick up your clean, useable items. (Call 541-490-5581 to arrange for pick-up.)

The Mt. Hood Town Hall will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014 and the board hopes to have even more changes in place before the celebration.


The Parkdale Soccer League still has a few regular openings for Parkdale area kids ages 4 through fifth-grade.

Practices are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School and games will begin on July 3.

Kids who would like to play can show up to practice and will be given a Community Ed form to fill out and the $10 sign-up fee per child will be collected.

For more information contact Julie Stuben at or 541-350-3504.


Vacation Bible school will be held the week of July 8-12 at Parkdale Community Church. Community members are asked to return their pre-registration letters as soon as possible.

For more information on VBS, contact Karen DeHart at 541-806-4662.

(Turn to page B6 for the full VBS list.)


The annual Parkdale-Wy’east High School Picnic will be held Saturday, July 20, at Toll Bridge Park and all Parkdale High and Wy’east High School grads are encouraged to come out and make it a fun event.

The picnic is a simple potluck and if you don’t have time to cook, you can just pick up a salad or chicken or a nacho plate from the grocery store and come on up.

The reunion committee will be supplying the paper plates, eating utensils and some soft drinks, and though there is no cost to attend, a suggested donation of $5 per person is encouraged to help cover the space rental, publicity and other expenses.

There’s always lots of food so if you can’t do food just come along to visit with your former classmates.

For more information contact Marie Pickering at


It’s just about time for the Hood River County Fair and lots of upper-valley 4-H kids are raising animals and making things to enter in the fair; but did you know that there is a great open-class section kids and adults not connected with 4-H can enter?

Now is a great time to pull out all those great craft or gardening projects you’ve worked on over the past year, or show off your excellent cooking skills by bringing your entries to the Fair.

Community members are encouraged to check out the possibilities in the open-class entries by picking up a free Fair book at McIsaac’s, the post office or your other favorite gathering places in town.

This year the Fair runs July 24-27.


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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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