Entertainment briefs - March 12

Pianist John Nilsen plays Saturday

Contemporary pianist John Nilsen will host a concert Saturday at 7 p.m. in the historic sanctuary of Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State Street in Hood River. Nilsen is renowned for his melodic original compositions, and has toured extensively in the U.S., Great Britain and Japan.

A Northwest native who counts travel, the outdoors and family as rich sources of fuel for his creative drive, He describes himself as an innovative keyboardist who strives to create an intimate connection with his audience.

“As a performer, I like exploring beyond the boundaries of my recorded songs,” he says. “It gives me the chance to offer something special, spontaneous and personal to my audience.”

Admission to the concert is by donation. (The concert is not affiliated with the Methodist church.) Nilsen will have CDs available for sale following the performance. For more information call 386-2578.

Missoula Theater presents

Life is no picnic when you stray from the trail! On Saturday, at 3 and 7 p.m. at Westside Elementary Gym in Hood River, join Red Riding Hood and her friends on a forest adventure when Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and over 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of this classic tale.

The production is part of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented locally by CAST. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available in advance at Waucoma Bookstore, or at the door prior to each performance.

For more information, call Rishell at CAST at 387-8855.

Sandy Peterson plays Stonehedge

Sandy Peterson will be playing piano and singing at Stonehedge Gardens on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Peterson has been playing piano since she was in kindergarten and enjoys playing at her church and other venues all over the Columbia Gorge area. She plays a wide variety of music from ballads and swing to jazz pieces and even some country songs (without the twang.) Stonehedge Gardens has fine dining and wine to suit every taste. Winter menu items start at $9. For reservations, call 386-3940.

Gipsy Ale plays St. Patty’s Day

Santacroces Restaurant will be featuring the traditional Irish music for their 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. The house band, ‘Gipsy Ale’ will perform their jig thumpin repertoire on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For information, call 354-2511.

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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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