Parkdale News: Town Hall celebrates centennial June 28

A celebration to honor the 100 years since the Mount Hood Town Hall was built will be held Saturday, June 28, outdoors under the summer sky and under the big tent on the front lawn.

The 100th Year Celebration, in lieu of the annual Enchanted Evening event, starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner from Lilo’s Hawaiian BBQ and includes dessert and one free drink for $35 per person.

Live music will be provided by The Groove Project and there will be a live auction to raise funds to support programs, renovations and ongoing management of the historic building.

The 100th year planning committee has invited everyone in the community to attend and if you still need to buy your open seating tickets or reserve a table of eight, you can visit or call Heather at 541-490-0352.

If you have an item or items that you or your business would like to donate to the auction you can contact Christina at 541-490-6844.


The Mount Hood Town Hall’s new playground is now being enjoyed by Upper Valley children and the board would like to thank its supporters for making it all happen.

The project was a collaboration between the Town Hall board, volunteers in the community and the Parks and Recreation department.

“We’d like to thank the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for funding our grant,” said Mount Hood Town Hall Manager Nikki Stansel. “We couldn’t have finished the project without the help of the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Association, Hood River County’s maintenance and construction section, and of course all our wonderful Mount Hood Town Hall volunteers!”


Teacher Jill Warila at the Open Studio class at Mount Hood Town Hall has announced some final summer classes.

Thursday, June 19, is the last day to glaze all bisque (first firing) work and Thursday, June 26, all work that has been glazed will have been fired and will be ready for pickup.

Open studio sessions will resume Sept. 26.


If you enjoy yoga, but haven’t found one that fits your schedule, maybe the new class at Mount Hood Town Hall will.

Strong and Mindful Yoga with Nichole is now being offered for all levels on Monday evenings at 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.


Now that school is out, vacation Bible school is just around the corner.

Four Upper Valley churches — Parkdale Community, Parkdale Nazarene, Parkdale Baptist and Pillar Bible Fellowship — are co-sponsoring VBS together the week of Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27.

Bible school starts each evening at 5 p.m. with dinner for families with their children, then ages 2 years to eighth grade will enjoy activities from 5:30-8 p.m.

This year SonQuest Rainforest takes children on a five-day, life-changing journey following Jesus by learning through music, crafts, Bible stories, skits and puppet theater.

Parents can register their children at any of the four churches or by calling Jan Dykstra at 541-806-0881.


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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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