Wednesday, November 20, 2013
‘Tis the season for holiday bazaars, and we have a couple that are happening soon right here in Odell. The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 at the Odell church site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find Christmas crafts, home baked goods, soup and homemade pie with ice cream.
The church also extends a thank-you to everyone who attended its recent Harvest Dinner. They enjoyed a full house and a full barrel for FISH.
The Last Chance Christmas Bazaar takes place Dec. 14-15 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in the Community Building. One-of-a-kind gifts from bakers, soap makers, jewelers, artists and photographers will be offered from more than 40 booths. Lunch items will also be available.
Fair Manager Clara Rice reports that secure storage space for cars, RVs, boats and motor homes is now available at the fairgrounds. For more information call the fair office at 541-354-2865.
The Wy’east Middle School PTO has scheduled a fundraiser at Pietro’s Pizza Dec. 3 and 4. Pietro’s is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from all sales — but the catch is that customers must mention the Wy’east PTO when placing their order in order for the PTO to get the donation. Monies collected will provide enrichment activities for students.
The middle school PTO also has a website — www.wyeastpto.com — where parents and community members can visit to get involved and/or click links for additional fundraiser opportunities. For example, you can click on Amazon’s link from the Wy’east PTO page and be redirected to Amazon, who will give the PTO a percentage of the sale proceeds at no additional cost. It’s an easy way to provide extra funds for the school when shopping online.
Mid Valley Elementary students have art cards arriving this week, and those who have already purchased cards should expect them to be sent home soon. The PTO has purchased additional cards, and those interested in buying a box are asked to email Peggy Dills Kelter at email@example.com or calling 541-354-1691 and asking for her. A portion of each sale goes back to the school.
There will be no school the week of Nov. 25. Wy’east Middle School representative Teri Adams wishes to remind community members that “kids will be out and about, so drivers need to be cautious of kids on roadways.”
Adams says that second quarter “danger of failure” reports will be processed soon. Report cards will be mailed home Dec. 13.
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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