Entertainment briefs - Sept. 25

Liquid Foundation flows Friday

Liquid Foundation, an up-and-coming innovative fusion-rock band from the San Francisco Bay area, comes to the River City Saloon Friday. The show starts at 9 p.m. and there will be a cover charge.

From the birth of Liquid Foundation five years ago, this trio has remained attached to common roots. Band members’ influences range from rock to funk, from groove to psychedelic, from folk to pop. A consistent audience of dance-loving music connoisseurs continues to follow their progress, remaining faithful in attendance and enthusiasm. Liquid Foundation continues to be placed in its own genre of cross-over music, and have been compared to a diverse range of acts including The Doors, Talking Heads, The Who, and Phish.

Area 54, Open Mike at River City

Upcoming events at the River City include Area 54 on Saturday night, where local DJs will be spinning groovy electronic and disco sounds. Also, Community Open Mike night is back every Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. Come on down and strut your stuff.

Nilsen sings at Asbury Church

John Nilsen will be playing the piano for worship at Asbury United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Nilsen, from West Linn, is a contemporary composer and recording artist. He will play in various parts of the service as well as providing a musical sermon.

Asbury United Methodist Church is located at 616 State St. in Hood River. Nilsen’s CDs will be available for purchase after the service.

Full Sail: Gov’t Issue Orchestra

The Government Issue Orchestra will play at the Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub on Friday at 9 p.m. The Government Issue Orchestra plays traditional, old-time music from the southeastern United States. They sing songs and play dance tunes that came out of the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains and the lowlands of Mississippi. The Government Issue Orchestra features two fiddles, banjo, guitar and cello. The GIO captures the wild spirit of the classic old-time stringband.

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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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