Saturday, April 5, 2014
One of the community’s best resources for planning spring and summer events is the new catalog, hot off the press, from Hood River Community Education.
Want to try tennis or mountain biking? Learn to paint or do yoga?
The offerings range from adventure sports such as family mountain biking at Family Man on Post Canyon to arts and crafts, and go from “Intro to Pickle ball” to word processing. Find out about a day hike, bone up on CPR, or learn to make artisan bread. Then take the class in making pesto, to complete the delectable combination.
The range of possibilities seems to grow wider with each new round of classes. Most courses are taught by local people with an interest or expertise to share. In many cases, the courses require a minimum enrollment. If you have an existing interest you wish to embellish, want to investigate something new, or revisit an old hobby or topic, a brief perusal of the catalog is likely to fill anyone’s needs.
This edition of the catalog features sections dedicated to summer camps, trips and tours, health and wellness, and Cascade Locks Community Center programs.
The catalog is also a clearinghouse of information about community programs such as Watershed Group hikes and outings, Peace Village day camp, Gorge Grown, Cascade Mountain School, and Gorge youth sailing, soccer, golf, tennis, basketball and football programs.
To register or for more info, visit hrcommunityed.org or call 541-386-2055.
Copies of the catalog are available at library branches, businesses, schools, and the Community Ed offices on Eugene Street. Or consult the online version about the many ways it is possible, thanks to Community Ed and its partners, to gain a skill, try an adventure, visit an unfamiliar place, or look into a new part of local life.
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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