Fall brings changes for gallery, theater

First Friday this week marks the opening of the Columbia Art Gallery in its new temporary space at Fourth and Cascade streets. The gallery moved out of its former home at 207 Second St. after losing its lease and will be housed in its new location, next to the Crazy Pepper restaurant, until it moves into the yet-to-be-renovated Columbia Center for the Arts along with CAST, Hood River’s community theater.

In the meantime, the gallery will continue to host monthly shows highlighting Columbia Gorge artists.

The new Columbia Center for the Arts, located at 215 Cascade Ave., will open sometime in 2005, according to Judie Hanel, director.

While the gallery is settling in to its new temporary digs, the CAST theatre will be packing up its belongings soon after the final show of “The Cherry Orchard” this weekend. CAST’s lease of the theatre space at 105 Fourth St. ends in December. The theatre company will store its props, costumes and other stage items at the Columbia Center for the Arts and perform shows at various venues.

“We’ll be on the road,” said Hanel, founding member of CAST, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Before moving into the Performing Arts Center 10 years ago, CAST put on performances at venues like Hood River Valley High School, Hood River Middle School and Full Sail Brewery.

“You can put on a production anywhere,” Hanel said. “We’re sort of going back full circle.”

The Columbia Center for the Arts is well on its way to reality. The center must raise about $900,000 to purchase the building at 215 Cascade — former home of the American Legion — from a private party who is holding it and complete renovations. Hanel says $245,000 has been raised in the community so far. The goal is to raise about half the total within the community, with the other half coming from grants and other sources.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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