MID VALLEY NEWS: Holiday note cards on sale now at Mid Valley

Senior Health Benefit Assistance (SHIBA) is available by appointment every Tuesday (1-4 p.m.) and Thursday (9 a.m.-noon) from now until Dec. 7 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place. Two trained volunteers will be on site to educate, assist and serve as advocates, with a goal of helping seniors with Medicare make informed decisions.

For an appointment, call Rachel at 541-386-6465 or Dottie at 541-352-7141.


Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman will host a “listening session” at Mid Valley Elementary School Oct. 24. The first session, in Spanish, begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a session in English at 7 p.m. Parents are invited to come and share thoughts on the future of the district.


The Mid Valley PTO will host its sixth-annual Harvest Hustle fun run Oct. 26. A free kids run with Principal Dennis McCauley will begin at 9 a.m., and both the 5K and 10K walk/run will start at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 day-of. Registration forms are available at the school, or by email at mikka.irusta@hoodriver.k12.or.us.


The Hood River Sportsman’s Club will hold its annual Turkey Shoot on Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. until dark. Local businesses are asked to donate raffle prizes; for more information, call the club’s main line at 541-386-4477.

Raffle prizes and spatterboards are already being sold; again, call the club’s main line to purchase. The Hood River Sportsman Club is located on Tucker Road at the Tucker Bridge.


Mid Valley Elementary students have been designing unique artwork for the school’s annual note card fundraiser. Students have already taken order forms home for parents, which are due back Oct. 23. A box of cards is $14.95, with a portion of each sale going to the school.

The PTO will purchase extra sets of assorted cards, which will be available in late November to anyone wishing to support the school and its young artists. To order, call Peggy Dills Kelter at 541-354-1691.


Wy’east Middle School’s Spirit Week is scheduled for next week, and lots of great activities are scheduled, including fun dress-up themes, says school representative Teri Adams. To end the week, the annual Fall Dance, sponsored by WEB Leaders, will be held that Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and parent volunteers are needed, Call the school at 541-354-1548 to help.

Adams reports that the school’s recent Parent Conferences were well attended.

“Thanks to all the Wy’east parents who turned out,” she says. “It’s great to see families coming to spend time with teachers to discuss their student’s progress and to be the third-leg in the academic support stool that gets our kids meeting state benchmarks, and to that high school diploma!”

The end of the First Quarter is Nov. 1. Report cards will be mailed home the following week, says Adams.


Send news items on the middle valley to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodriver-news.com.

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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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