Entertainment briefs - Oct. 2

Bead work at Columbia Gallery

The Columbia Art Gallery introduces its new show featuring work by bead artists selected by Kathy Sneider of IKOTE Bead Shop. The artist reception will be at the gallery, 207 2nd St., Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In addition to the display of interesting and beautiful bead work, the curators of this show will provide interpretive material regarding the history and production of beads themselves as well as their use in production of art work. For those of us who think of beads as whimsy, there will be surprises at the role bead work has played in transmission of culture through the ages.

The artists and gallery personnel will be available for discussion during those hours. There will be refreshments available. Call the gallery at 386-4512 for additional information.

Gorge Winds performs Sunday

The Gorge Winds Concert Band holds its fall concert Sunday in The Dalles.

The fall concert will be at the Civic Center at 2 p.m. It is free of charge and will consist of about 15 musical offerings in the range of pops, Broadway show tunes, light classical and marches.

“There’s something here for everyone,” said director Sam Grotte.

Many of the musicians live and work in Hood River and White Salmon, along with The Dalles, Goldendale, and as far away as Portland and The Tri-Cities.

The Gorge Winds was started about two-and-a-half years ago with about 22 musicians. Since then, the band has steadily grown to its present size of over 50. They’ve played throughout the Mid-Columbia, mostly in summer outdoor programs at Jackson Park for the 4th of July, Trout Lake Art Fair, Mosier Fall Festival, Goldendale Friends of the Library, and even as far away as the Watermelon Festival in Irrigon.

Sunday’s setting is the rebuilt Civic Auditorium for the only adult concert band in the Mid-Columbia.

Rubber Chicken playing Full Sail

The infamous Rubber Chicken Lollipop will be playing this Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Full Sail Brew Pub. The theme will be Greetings from Forlorn Lake.

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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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