Entertainment briefs - Jan. 22

Children’s chorus seeks members

Mark Steighner, director of the Mid-Columbia Children’s Chorus, announced that there will be an additional evening of auditions for the group. The auditions will be held on Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. in the high school band room. The chorus is open to all area students in 5th through 8th grade.

Steighner said that the first round of auditions did not produce quite enough singers to fill the group’s needs. “All of the students were very good. We just need more.” Steighner said auditions are low key and just confirm the students’ voice type and ability to match pitch.

The chorus was founded in 1998 but has been on a year’s hiatus. The group rehearses weekly and performs three or four times per year.

Steighner is available to answer questions by calling the high school or directing e-mail to mdstg@gorge.net. The Chorus’ web site is:


Savant Garde, Luna Rise at Full Sail

Two local bands will play a benefit fundraiser for the SECRETS to Learning Institute on Friday at the Full Sail Tasting Room. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Savant Garde, featuring Scott Bergeron, will open with a repertoire of classic folk rock. Luna Rise will headline the evening with their world eclectic beat and multi-cultural sound. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward helping The SECRETS to Learning Institute continue to provide high quality science education programs to youth.

The Full Sale Brewing Company is located at 506 Columbia St. in Hood River.

Schifter performs at Stonehedge

The fireplace room at Stonehedge Gardens goes musical at 6 p.m. Saturdays as Henry Schifter performs his romantic love ballads and the player piano will provide classic jazz during his breaks. The dining room has been re-arranged to make room for the piano and dancing. The other dining rooms will be featuring a new menu with classic bistro items including seafood crepes, coconut crusted chicken, and crab cakes.

Ala Zingara to play River City

Ala Zingara will bring their worldly grooves to the River City Saloon on Saturday. The group mixes vocals, bouzouki, accordion, guitars, bass, and percussion. For more information go to www.alazingara.com

Remembering William Stafford

Poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited to share in an afternoon open microphone poetry reading in remembrance of Oregon poet, William Stafford (1914-1993) on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in the White Salmon Valley Community Library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery. The public is invited to bring an original work, share a favorite poem by William Stafford, or just enjoy listening to local and regional writers. Poems or short prose pieces are welcome featuring Stafford’s favorite themes of pacifism, nature and nature’s teaching power, or another of Stafford’s themes. Special guest will be Dorothy Stafford, who will share a few of her memories of William.

William Stafford was the recipient of the National Book Award, 1963; poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, 1970; Poet Laureate of Oregon, 1975-1993; and other honors. Stafford was a political activist and a conscientious objector, working in civilian public service camps during World War II.

The afternoon event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library and the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace. Refreshments will be provided. For more information about this and other library programs and services, call the library, 509-493-1132, or check out the library’s website, www.fvrl.org.

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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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