Friday, May 3, 2013
Bird walk on Indian Creek Trail
This spring Miko Ruhlen, co-owner of Hood River Hobbies, will be leading bird walks that will focus on different sections of the Indian Creek Trail. The walks are Sunday mornings starting at 8 a.m. on May 5 and 19 and June 2 and 30. The cost is $3; sign up through Community Education (541-386-2055 or hrcommunityed.org) or at Hood River Hobbies just before 8 a.m. on the morning of the walk.
Participants will meet at Hood River Hobbies and then carpool to the nearest birding spot. The walks should end around 9:30-10 a.m.; children may attend but please don’t bring any pets. Bring binoculars, good shoes and a field guide if you have one. For more info email Ruhlen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Historic Secrets’ show May 15
Join local author Scott Cook on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. for “Historic Secrets of the Gorge,” a slideshow and video presentation featuring stories and historic Gorge area photos that are rarely seen. Cook, author of “Curious Gorge” and a Gorge history fanatic, will show the long lost “Lassie” episodes filmed on Mt. Hood in 1966 and talk about special historic places in the Gorge. Tickets are $5 at the door, and the show is at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River.
FISH benefit May 4 at The Pines
A FISH Food Bank fundraiser is set for Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River. There will be raffle prizes, auction items and entertainment provided by Aurora from the Hood River High School and music for dancing by Swing Crew and friends. Suggested donation is $10. Tickets can be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore or at the door. Proceeds from the benefit will be used for the food bank building fund.
Flamenco dance at Gallery 301
Mark your calender for the “Ciudades Northwest Flamenco Tour” on Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m. at Gallery 301 in Hood River. This will be an evening of Flamenco music and dance featuring singer Jesus Montoya, guitarist Pedro Cortes and dancer Savannah Fuentes. For tickets and more information visit http://www.brownpaper
tickets.com/event/352230. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.
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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