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Rubberneck at River City

Rubberneck's Latin-Funk is the soundtrack for the new millennium, says front man Ricardo Ojeda. Rubbeneck plays Friday at the River City Saloon. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a cover. Since their inception, Portland, Oregon's Rubberneck and their soulful Latin-Funk (a musical hybrid they call "Lunk") have made them one of the Northwest's biggest draws. "Now all of a sudden the major labels are interested in what we've been doing since the beginning," says Ricardo Ojeda, the band's co-founder and frontman. "Santana is on the radio and that's opening all kinds of doors, breaking down the walls.

Wine Bar features King Winery

Colleen Lewis of King Estate Winery, located in Eugene, will be at the Hood River Wine and Internet Bar Wednesday to pour samples and talk about their Reserve Pinot Gris, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Reserve Chardonnay and their Reserve Pinot Noir. “They're all absolutely fabulous wines and have proven to be big hits with our customers,” said Danielle McCune Beginning tomorrow the Hood River Wine Bar will be featuring a lot of new wines at the tasting bar. Tasting begins at 6:00 pm and goes until 8:30, with live music until 10pm.

Northshore grooves this weekend

For those that have enjoyed the incredible community open mic hosted every Wednesday by Jason Russ, this will be your last opportunity. This Wednesday will be the final open mic under current management. Starting nearly two years ago with the help of Russ, who runs sound at both the Northshore and River City Saloons, the open mic has been a place for musicians of all caliber to performn their craft every week. The community open mic starts at 7:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet. On Thursday, Ashberry Park rolls into Bingen, Wash to kick off the final full weekend under the management of Kristi Hofer. On Friday, Portland groove masters Mr. Rosewater are slated to play a 10 p.m. show. On Saturday, Smooch Knob plays the final weekend show. A send-off party will be on Oct. 31, with Rubber Chicken Lollipop and Grand Simple playing a Haloween Bash.

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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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