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A Short Guide to New Year’s

New Year’s Day weather could be calm or frightful. Either way, a variety of activities is available locally, either indoors or out.

Here is a short list of family-friendly activities and ideas for Jan. 1. (For a list of what’s going on in the area for New Year’s Eve, see Entertainment Update on page A3.)

‘Eagle Outing’

Memaloose Winery will host an “Eagle Outing Fundraiser” at its tasting room on the Columbia River in Lyle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The McCormick Family, winery owner, is providing free wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres and asking a suggested $10 per person donation which will go to the Gorge Community Foundation.

The tasting room sits near the confluence of the Klickitat and Columbia rivers on Highway 14 at the west end of Lyle — a place dozens of bald eagles winter.

Wildlife biologist Tim Pitz will set up spotting scopes on the winery deck to view the eagles. For those who want a bit of exercise he’ll also lead short hikes up the Klickitat River.

For more information on Memaloose call 360-635-2887 or visit winesofthegorge.com.

Visit the library

Go to the library on Dec. 29 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Hood River, 10-2 in Parkdale and Cascade Locks) and check out something to read or watch on New Year’s Day.

The children’s section has an ample supply of new book titles.

Get your cans and bottles ready.

Take some time on Jan. 1 to gather up all your cans and bottles and have them ready for the Leos monthly bottle collection at Rosauers on Jan. 5.

Sort your stuff

“Out with the old and in with the new.” Take some time to go through your clothes, household goods, books and other items and get them ready for donation to the thrift stores at Hood River Valley Adult Center or Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Both are open Jan. 2.

Check on home fire safety

Oregon Fire Marshal suggests these steps:

n Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.

n Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with the whole family.

n Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

‘First Day’ hike

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department joins America’s state parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 22 Oregon state parks on New Year’s Day.

Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

The only Gorge park on the list is Deschutes River State Recreation Area; gather at noon in the main parking lot.

View details at www.oregonstateparks.org

about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips are available on the America’s State Parks website: www.americasstateparks.org. Visit the Oregon State Parks website for a list and directions to each park: www.oregonstateparks.org.

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, and to remember the binoculars for wildlife viewing.

First Day Hikes help families enjoy state parks close to their homes and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of America’s State Parks is to promote and advance the state park systems of America, for the contribution they make to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

THERE ARE plenty of new books to be found at Hood River Library.

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