SEASON OF MUSIC Community Choir, Sinfonietta, Trail Band to perform

November 30, 2005

* Dec. 1, 3, 4 – Mid Columbia Community Choir will present its 15th annual Christmas concert with the performance of “Bethlehem Morning” and “Christmas Messiah Sing.” There are three concert dates to choose from this year: Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hood River Valley Christian Church (to benefit FISH food bank), Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parkdale Community Church (to benefit FISH) and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon (to benefit Evangelical Pastors Assoc. and Mt. Adams Ministerial Associates Emergency Funds). No advance tickets are required but a freewill offering will be received during the program.

* Dec. 2 and 4 – The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta – in concert at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theatre, conducted by Mark Steighner. (click Musician Frost relishes solo role)

* Dec. 8 – The Trail Band performs, 7 p.m., Hood River Middle School. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 14 or younger. The 2005 edition of the hugely popular “Christmas with the Trail Band” concert comes to Hood River with great music and humor. The show is a benefit for the Hood River Education Foundation. Tickets for the concert are now available in advance at locations around the Gorge, and by mail.

Tickets are available now at Klindt’s Bookstore in The Dalles, Waucoma Bookstore, Cascade Central Credit Union, and the Hood River County School District Community Education office in Hood River, Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon, and Cascade Locks School in Cascade Locks. Credit cards cannot be accepted; all sales are by cash or check.

* Dec. 8 – Singing Christmas Tree, 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Armory, sponsored by Hood River Heights Business Association.

* Dec. 9 – Advent Concert Series, Hood River Valley High School choirs, directed by Mark Steighner. The free concert is at noon at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets, Hood River. Bring your lunch.

* Dec. 10 – Two performances of “Scenes from the Nutcracker” at The Hood River Middle School Auditorium, performed by local ballet students of the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy. This is the eighth annual benefit performance for FISH and Hospice of the Gorge. The public is invited to come see this traditional holiday ballet by bringing canned food for FISH, or a cash donation for Hospice. Performance times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Different casts will perform at each performance.

* Dec. 15 – Singing Christmas Tree, 6:30 p.m., Hood River Armory, sponsored by Heights Business Association.

* Dec. 16 – Advent Concert Series, noon at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets, Hood River, with Raleigh McVicker, organist, and Michael McVicker, trumpet. Concerts are free; bring your lunch.

* Dec. 19-24 – Gift of Music: Free concert series in the Gorge Room of Dolce Skamania Lodge, Stevenson. Details, (800) 221-7117.

* Dec. 23 – Advent Concert Series, Tim Mayer piano, Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State Streets, Hood River; bring your lunch.

* Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve performance at The Dalles Civic Auditorium by the Gorge Jazz Band (ensemble of the Gorge Winds Concert Band) with swing music from the 1940s and ’50s. Details TBA.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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