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Hood River County is known for its abundance of outdoor athletic activities. But what about those of us who are afraid of water, heights, and flying projectiles?

Community Education has us covered. Yes, there are many, many (many) classes and activities for sports enthusiasts, but there are plenty that cater to those of us who prefer the comfort of the great indoors while learning or honing a craft or skill.

Below is a selection of courses offered in Community Ed’s spring and summer catalog that take place in the next couple of weeks. All take place inside — or at least in a covered area. And most have limited enrollment, so early-registration is advised.

To register or for more info, visit hrcommunityed.com or call 541-386-2055.


Bladder Basics: Don’t Make Me Laugh

This wellness class focuses on help for incontinence. Learn the causes and what makes a bladder healthy and strong. Taught by Hood River Physical Therapy’s Laurie VanCott on April 23.

Dog Training

This beginner’s class, taught by Buddy Boy Basic’s Sara Cahn, will help dog owners understand their animals’ needs and focus on how body language can obtain desired objectives. The four-session class began April 15 at Westside Elementary School’s play area. Bring a Halti lead.

Excel 2013

A beginner’s class for those wanting to get the most out of the newest Microsoft 2013 applications. Students will learn to navigate the Excel 2013 interface, use the SkyDrive, perform calculations with formulas and functions, manipulate data, format worksheets, print workbook contents and manage and protect large workbooks. Beginning April 28 at Coe Primary and taught by Jennifer Wieczorek.

Spring Salmon Pastel Painting

This is just one of many classes held in Cascade Locks. Learn pastel chalk techniques, such as blending colors and layering to create richly textured surfaces. Chalk, paper and fixative provided with class fee. Taught by John Stipan at Cascade Locks School.


Fun with Felt

Kids in grades K-2 will learn the basics of needle and wet felting using 100-percent wool in this two-session explorative workshop. (There’s also a class for grades 3-5.) Taught by Margit Elken at Hood River Middle School beginning April 26.

Lego Physics I

Intended for children second grade and older, this class will explore, investigate and problem solve its way to understanding concepts such as stability, structural integrity and balancing an unbalanced force using Lego bricks. This is a six-session class that began April 15 and meets at Westside Elementary, Portable 1A. Check the catalog for more Lego Physics classes for older children.

Peace Village Series: Great Story Beads

Open to both teens and adults, this class focuses on how diverse cultures across the globe have used beads for meditation, prayer and storytelling for thousands of years. Beads will be used to tell personal stories; create a strand of beads to take home. Taught by Lisa Naas Cook at Hood River Valley High on May 7.


For kids aged 4-8, this class is designed to meet the specific needs of this age group. Move to award-winning Latin and world music. For boys and girls. Eight sessions beginning April 18 at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy.

Nick Bielemeier of Hood River created the image on the cover of the current Community Ed catalog. The outline of Chief Wy’East appears in shading provided by Bielemeier, who provided this description: The name “Wy’east,” the indigenous name for Mt. Hood, derives from legend of the tragic love triangle involving the Klickitat chief Pahto, the Multnomah chief Wy’east and the maiden Loo-wit, over whom the chiefs quarreled.

This quarrel grew so fierce that the Great Spirit had to intervene, destroying the Bridge of the Gods over the Columbia and turning Loo-wit into Mount St. Helens, Pahto into Mt. Adams, and Wy’east into Mount Hood, the peak that dominates Portland’s eastern horizon and gives us our sense of place.

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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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