HR First Friday returns on July 4

Independent artists and musicians celebrate Independence Day for First Friday, sponsored by the Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts.

On Friday from 5-8 p.m., downtown businesses host local artists and performers for the monthly event.

Enhanced by live music and entertainment, First Friday is among the Columbia River Gorge’s top cultural events. Artists working in diverse media are on hand to showcase and sell their art, and a variety of performers entertain throughout the downtown area. Each participating business extends its hours until 8 p.m.

The Columbia Center for the Arts located at 215 Cascade, will host an open house from 2 to 8 p.m. for tours. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the vision for the new center, including potential renovation plans and artists concepts for the design of the exterior.

This month’s show at the Columbia Art Gallery will be Art and Politics — Open Invitational mixed media.

Highlighted artists for the July event include Evlory Dearing, Ruth Reflexions and Mary Eberle at A Salon Day Spa Boutique, Cheryl Hall, Cathleen Rehfeld and Kathryn Snyder at Doug’s Sports, Elizabeth Anderson at Gorge Dog, Susan Kline at Gorge Surf Shop, Richard Hallman of Freelance Imaging at Holstein’s Coffee Company, Sally Bailey at Hood River Stationers, Dyann Andresen of Sunrise Inspirations at Kerrits, Maren McGowan at Visitors Information Center, Sasha Decker at Waucoma Bookstore, John Mayo at Yum Gallery and Carousel Art Historians at International Museum of Carousel Art.

Highlighted musicians include Mark Pearce at Hood River Wine Bar, Wild River at Discover Bicycles, Charles Crosman at At Home on Oak Street, Henry and John at Hood River Hotel, DjangoÆs Cadillac at 6th Street Bistro & Loft and Swing Time at Hood River Bagel Co.

The evening fireworks display, put on by the Eyeopeners Lions, will begin at dusk and is launched from the Hood River waterfront.

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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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