Mid Valley News: Art Nights coming to Wy’east, Mid Valley

Wy’east Middle School will host Art Night for the Family Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. “Families are invited to join us as we offer different make ‘n’ take art projects they can experience together, making for a fun family night out,” says school representative Teri Adams. For more info, contact the school at 541-354-1548.

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Friday Skate Nights are in full swing at Mid Valley Elementary. The next event happens this Friday, Feb. 28 — with a “crazy hair” theme. At $1 a person, it’s a cheap night of family entertainment. The PTO is always looking for parent and grandparent volunteers to help with skate nights; call Julie at 541-490-9005 if you can help.

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The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church invites everyone to its Shrove Tuesday pancake brunch on Sunday, March 2, at 11:15 a.m. at the Odell site, and following the regular 10 a.m. service. Come for one or both.

Ash Wednesday service will be held March 5 at the Odell church site, beginning at 6 p.m. And again, all are invited.

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The Blossom Craft Show is scheduled for April 19-20 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, and vendor applications are now online at hoodriverfair.org. More than 150 vendor spaces are available. This annual event attracts vendors and visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest.

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And for those curious about this year’s Hood River County Fair: This year’s theme is “Memories, Music and Magic 2014” and will take place July 23-26. Fair Manager Clara Rice says John Michael Montgomery has been booked for the Saturday night concert.

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Next week is Arts Week at Mid Valley Elementary, sponsored by the PTO. Ten different media opportunities will be offered: painting, ukulele, fused glass, cooking and science, Taiko drumming, photography, clay, wearable art, batik and weaving. Family night, showcasing the students’ artwork, will be March 13.

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Inclement weather kept the Odell Garden Club from celebrating its annual tea party as scheduled, but the group was finally able to come together Feb. 14. This year’s theme was “Colors of Friendship” and was attended by 34 people — clubs from Parkdale, Hood River and Odell were present, as well as four district officers and presidents, and eight guests, says Odell Garden Club president Norma Curtis.

The Tea Party Committee — Joann Gage, Jill McBee and Elizabeth Spiker — led the group in singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” with Gage on the keyboard. Later, McBee gave a history of the rainbow, where members learned that many countries and cultures have ties to the rainbow. Poems, quotes and letters about the meaning of friendship were also recited.

The Odell Garden Club’s next meeting will be March 11, when the group will travel to various nurseries in the Portland area. For more info contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.

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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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