Entertainment briefs - Jan. 8

Local bands play Smith benefit at Santacroces’

Three bands will play in a benefit show for Noah Smith at Santacroces’ Restaurant in Odell at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

The show will feature local acts Gipsy Ale, Saw Cordius, and Back of the Bus.

Donations will be accepted at the door to help Smith, a 1999 graduate of Hood River Valley High School who was involved in a car accident on Dec. 1 while returning from Hood River to Eugene. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Donations to the Noah Smith Rehabilitation Fund can be mailed to U.S. Bank at 1309 12th Street, Hood River, OR 97031. For information on Smith’s progress, visit:


Slide show features Mt. Hood

The Friends of Mt. Hood’s Daniel Dancer will give a two-projector slide presentation at the Hood River Hotel on Jan. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

“A Celebration of Mount Hood: Past, Present and Future” features provocative, entertaining and inspirational images from some of the area’s best photographers.

Following the slide show, a panel will answer questions about Mt. Hood and issues surrounding the proposed Cooper Spur destination resort.

Folklore society hosts dance

The Mid Columbia Folklore Society (MCFS) hosts the monthly Second Saturday Country Dance at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Rockford Grange on Barrett Road.

Salem resident Todd Silverstein is the caller and Mill Creek String Band provides the music.

The MCFS asks that attendees bring snacks to share as a fundraiser for the organization, and their own coffee/tea mugs to conserve resources.

For more information, contact Keith Harding at 541-352-7550.

River City hosts Reverend Hadley, Freewillinsoul

Portland-based singer/songwriter and guitarist The Reverend Evan Hadley will play at the River City Saloon Friday night.

Hadley is known for his unique blend of groove-oriented alt-pop combined with other musical textures and intense rhythms. Tasty melodies, insane solos and a groove-based improvisational edge makes every show a riveting experience. The group’s lineup includes Hadley, Noah Peterson on saxophones and percussion, Jay Stapleton on jazz guitar, Rob Noe on drums and Luke McKern on bass.

On Saturday, Portland-based Freewillinsoul hits River City with their funky, upbeat, acoustic/electric fusion of blues, bluegrass and rock. Original songs propelled by infectious grooves create a melting pot for the six piece ensemble which includes two guitars, bass, drums, and male and female vocals.

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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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