What’s happening Thanksgiving week

SAVANNAH MORING, right, admires classmate Julia Bounds’ turkey drawing during class at Horizon Christian School.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
SAVANNAH MORING, right, admires classmate Julia Bounds’ turkey drawing during class at Horizon Christian School.

School is out for the week and government offices are closed on Thursday, but much is happening during Thanksgiving week.

In November the American Red Cross ties Thanksgiving to doing something to help save lives: donating blood during the month of November, a time when blood donations typically decline and the need remains constant.

All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood at a community drive to be held Friday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge, Third and Cascade streets downtown. Call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669 or visit redcrossblood.org and type in the code hoodriver.

Turkey Trot run returns at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, just east of Hood River at the Mark O. Hatfield entrance to the Mosier Twin Tunnels trail. Sign up for the 3K, 5K or 12K distances; show up early to register. It all kicks off with a kids’ 200-meter run at 9:50 a.m.

The Hood River Aquatic Center will host special open swims this week from 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Friday — but is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Swim lesson registration is under way for Session 3, which starts on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and runs for three weeks every Tuesday and Thursday. Classes are 30 minutes and are held between 4:30-6:30 p.m. Register your child at the Aquatic Center, 17th and May streets.

The History Museum of Hood River County will be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to the Alva Day photo exhibit (story, page B1) the museum’s Exploration Center includes a variety of new activities including using a 19th century stereopticon 3-D photo viewer and creating your own petroglyph.

Looking ahead to Nov. 30: Parking is free downtown, and many businesses offer wrapping and shipping that day as part of national Small Business Saturday.

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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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