Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Saturday’s first-ever Dive-In Movie at the Hood River Aquatic Center made a big splash with area residents.
The Dive-In Movie served as a fundraiser for Healthy Active Hood River County, in partnership with both Community Education and Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District. HAHRC aims to help children in need stay active by providing recreational scholarships and opportunities — such as a proposed “Swim Bus” that will transport Upper Valley children without access or funds to the Hood River Aquatic Center once a week this summer.
A total of 287 people attended, generating just over $850 in donations at the door. HAHRC had hoped to raise $3,000 at the event and raised a total of $2,750 via donations at the door and sponsorships, according to HAHRC Physical Activity Chair Lynne Frost.
Sponsorships included Central Oregon Independent Practice Association, Pageworks, A Kidz Dental Zone, the Hood River News and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
A Kidz Dental Zone also provided free popcorn, goodie bags, T-shirts, rubber ducks and beach volleyballs.
Inner tube rentals were available — and completely sold out within a half an hour of opening. A number of adults watched the movie from deck chairs and bleachers, while others brought their own lawn chairs.
“Kids of all ages came to watch ‘Finding Nemo’ and enjoy the pool, ranging from preschool kids through high-school students,” said Frost. “We had kids come from as far away as Cascade Locks and The Dalles, and extended into Washington as several kids from White Salmon came to join in.”
Frost said that overall, 12 schools were represented, not including preschools. Westside Elementary had the most students present, followed by Hood River Middle School, Hood River Valley High School, May Street Elementary and Mid Valley Elementary.
“The staff at the Aquatics Center did an incredible job at keeping the visitors safe that evening,” added Frost.
Hood River Parks and Recreation District Director Lori Stirn agreed. Lifeguards were on high alert when the lights dimmed, she said, as were volunteers from HAHRC and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
The majority of patrons enjoyed the movie from the 92-degree therapy pool, although some “toughed out the cooler temperature (86-degrees) in the recreation pool on inner tubes,” said Stirn.
Marci Wiley, Aquatic Center supervisor, said the Parks District will look to partner with Community Education to offer another event in the future.
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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