Sports briefs for Jan. 22

‘With a Kite’ premieres Jan. 22 at Skylight

Hosted by 2nd Wind Sports, Naish Kiteboarding, Big Winds and Andrew’s Skylight Theatre, the world premiere of the kiteboarding flick “With a Kite” comes to Hood River Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at the Skylight Theatre in downtown Hood River. A 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet will precede the movie, which features several Gorge-area kiteboarders and locals. Tickets are $10 per person, with raffle tickets available, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kiteboarding 4 Cancer programs.

Mark your calendar: Little League sign-ups Feb. 4-6

Hood River Little League will hold sign-ups for the spring/summer season Feb. 4 and 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Westside, Parkdale and Mid Valley elementary schools. Tryouts are scheduled for March 1 and 3 at Hood River Valley High School. For more information visit

Avalanche awareness presentation Jan. 24

Mt. Hood National Forest, Off-Piste Magazine and Dog River Coffee are hosting a free avalanche awareness presentation Jan. 24, 7 p.m. at Dog River Coffee in downtown Hood River. MHNF Ranger Jim Thornton and Roland Emetaz will cover the basics if avalanche safety for people looking to safely venture into snowy backcountry conditions. A similar presentation the night before (Jan. 23) will be held in The Dalles, 6:30 p.m. at Fun Country Power Sports.

HRVST nets top finishes at Seth Dawson meet

Hood River Valley Swim Team Ospreys were at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center over the weekend competing in the annual Seth Dawson Invitational. Highlights from the meet are as follows:

Sarah Arpag (9): 50 back, 1st; 100 free, 1st; 50 free, 1st; 100 fly, 1st; 200 IM, 2nd; 100 breast, 5th

Celilo Brun (11): 50 fly, 4th; 100 fly, 4th

Allison Burke (13): 50 free, 5th; 400 IM, 8th; 500 free, 7th

Emilio Castaneda (11): 100 free, 6th; 50 fly, 6th; 50 free, 3rd

Marina Castaneda (7): 100 breast, 2nd; 100 free, 6th; 50 breast, 1st; 100 back, 4th

Michelle Graves (7): 100 IM, 5th; 50 fly, 5th; 50 breast, 4th

Shea Kasenga (9): 50 breast, 7th

Nadia Smith (14): 200 free, 6th; 100 free, 8th; 100 breast, 7th

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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