PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale students sing their thanks

Parkdale Elementary School’s annual music program will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

At the concert students will be singing songs with Thanksgiving and harvest themes like the traditional “Over the River and Through the Wood,” “Circle of Seasons” and the Raffi song “Thanks a Lot.”

The program will also honor veterans with the students singing a Veterans Day song, “In Service to Our Country.”

Students are asked to wear fall colors such as red, orange, brown, yellow and gold to the performance.

“Please put this date on your calendar,” said music teacher Kathy Hannen-Smith. “We look forward to seeing you at our music program.”

Everyone in the community is invited to attend.


Students at Parkdale School will be learning about the science of water during the creative process of writing a story and film-making when “A Pirate’s Quest” is presented at the school by Sisbro on Monday, Nov. 18.

The sister and brother creative team of Laura and Robert Sams create quality books, music and education media that help children discover the natural world and laugh along the way.

The Parkdale PTO is sponsoring the program, touted as an “extraordinary, interactive, music, nature and fun-filled assembly.

If other children in the community would like to attend, please call the school at 541-352-6255 for assembly times.


A Family Holiday Photo Event will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at Parkdale Elementary School.

Hart’s Images of Parkdale, along with the Parkdale Elementary PTO, are teaming up to give all local families the opportunity to have a holiday family photo taken.

The first image is $20, printed on site and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the school’s academic and art enrichment programs.

Families also have the option of placing an order for Christmas cards and more print packages at that time.

Sign-ups are available at the school and portrait times are first-come, first-served.


A “Happy Human Holiday Ornament” fundraiser is a combined effort of Parkdale Elementary School and May Street and Westside schools in Hood River.

Handcrafted ornaments made by local steel sculpture artist CJ Rench will be sold and proceeds will be split 50/50 between the schools and local FISH Food Bank.

A Happy Human “Ta-Dah!” red steel ornament is $10 and a crafty wood ornament that children can decorate is just $5.

Students will be taking orders for the ornaments until Dec. 3.

To learn more about CJ Rench’s artwork, go to

For more fundraiser information contact Parkdale School at 541-352-6255 or Sarah Wilson at 503-819-4092, or email


The Upper Valley OSU Extension Family and Community Education Study Group will be holding its monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Parkdale Grange starting at 10 a.m.

Chronic illness can affect every part of our lives and those we love.

Disease Self-Management is the topic for this month’s presentation and discussion and will explore the skills that can help people manage their conditions and share information about local community resources that can make a positive difference.

The Upper Valley Extension Study Group supports Helping Hands Against Violence and is accepting donations of everyday household goods for the program at the meeting that is open to the public.


You’d better watch out … Santa is coming to town … for cookies!

The jolly guy in the red suit will be visiting the Mount Hood Town Hall on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1-3 p.m. to enjoy cookies with the kids.

The free event is a thank you to the community from the Town Hall board and includes craft activities, cookie decorating, lots of fun and a visit with Santa.

Parents can visit and enjoy activities with their children and enjoy Christmas treats and hot cider.

Local photographers Hart’s Images will be on hand to photograph children with Santa for a minimal charge.

For more information contact Marie Pickering at 541-352-6702 or


The Mount Hood Town Hall has been awarded several grants that will help benefit the community.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has approved funding for a new playground and plans are now under way to improve the playground area and install new equipment in May 2014.

This will provide Upper Valley kids new and safe play options and is another major step in restoring the Town Hall and grounds.

One requirement of the grant is to have significant volunteer contribution during construction, so residents who wish to contribute should watch this column for requests for help at that time.

Hood River Parks and Recreation and Hood River County were instrumental in helping to obtain the playground grant.

The Leos, a youth service group connected to the Lions Club, has also contributed $500 to the Mount Hood Town Hall for work associated with the playground.

In addition, the Hood River Cultural Trust has awarded the Town Hall $1,000 for scholarships so low-income youths can take part in the ceramics classes being offered there.

The funds provide the opportunity for kids not normally able to attend classes because of the cost.


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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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