MID VALLEY NEWS: Methodist church hosts Harvest Dinner Nov. 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host its annual free Harvest Dinner on Nov. 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Donations of canned food and money will be accepted for FISH Food Bank.

The church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at the Odell church. Handmade Christmas crafts, home baked goodies, soup and homemade pie with ice cream are all hallmarks of the event.


One more holiday bazaar for the calendar: The Last Chance Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for Dec. 14-15 at the fairgrounds in Odell. Fair Manager Clara Rice says there are only 10 vendor spaces left on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info call the fair office at 541-354-2865.


The Odell Garden Club will hold its annual wreath and swag-making event Nov. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Community Building at the fairgrounds. Everyone is invited to attend; please bring evergreens, holly and other greens for the wreaths and swags, as well as a dish for the potluck lunch. The Odell Garden Club’s swags and wreaths traditionally decorate downtown Odell during the holiday season.

The garden club hosted the annual Mt. Hood District Garden Clubs fall meeting Oct. 26 at the Community Building at the fairgrounds. Clubs from Hood River, Maupin, Parkdale and Odell attended, as did Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. President Peggy Olin and two guests. Special guest speaker Blayne Eineichner, fish habitat biologist for Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, spoke on the fish habitat restoration program in the Hood River Basin, said Odell Garden Club president Norma Curtis.


Wy’east Middle School’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade band classes will perform Nov. 7 from 7-8 p.m. in the school’s performing arts center. “Families are invited to come and enjoy the work that has been done in class with Music Director Brian McFadden as it culminates into the melodies scheduled for their first concert of the year,” says school representative Teri Adams. The choir will perform Nov. 14, also from 7-8 p.m. in the performing arts center.

First quarter report cards will be mailed out on Friday, and parents can expect to see them Saturday or Monday, Adams says.

There will be no school on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. “Community members, please remember to be aware of children that may be walking, running or playing along our roadways!” says Adams.

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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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