First Friday mixes art and music

The Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts in association with local artists, performers and businesses invite the community to enjoy First Friday in Hood River on Friday.

First Friday provides a showcase for artists working in diverse media and a variety of performers entertaining live throughout downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.

Highlights for the August event include Saturday Market on First Friday. Get a sneak peek of the Hood River Saturday Market vendors and musicians on Cascade Street, between 3rd and 4th Street.

Artists showing this month include Darryl Lloyd at Waucoma Bookstore, Kristin Olsen, Paul LeStock and Chris Gray at A Salon Day Spa Boutique, Jane Pagliarulo at Brian’s Pourhouse, Alan Van Metre at Van Metre’s Furniture, Kathy Watne at Kerrits, Janet Essley at Shred Threads, Kimberly Hovinghoff at the International Museum of Carousel Art, K&D Woodworking at Gorge Dog, David Ruiz and Maren McGowan at Hood River Bagel, Cheryl Hall, Cathleen Rehfeld and Kathryn Snyder at Doug’s Sports, Ken & Merrilee Ceramics at Pass-Times, Barbara Murphy at Franz Hardware and Christine Morlock Vogt at Yum Gallery. The Columbia Art Gallery presents Cool Paintings - Hot Glass, opening reception at 7 p.m.

Special events include Cascade Wellness Center’s Grand Opening with Bill Sturman and Pamela Wolter at 104 5th Street, Scott McGregon will be doing Kids balloon art at Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate, wine tasting by Flerchinger Vineyards at Cascade Travel, Marianne Kaczynski book signing of Travelogue Coloring Book “A Birds Eye View of the Hood River Valley” at G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, Gem Fair with Brent Wallace at Hood River Jewelers.

Music includes All Night Station at 6th Street Bistro and Mark Womble at the Hood River Hotel.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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