Wednesday, August 3, 2011
John Twist at Saturday Market
Musical entertainment highlights the Hood River Saturday Market — now in it’s new location — 419 State Street, the Hood River News parking lot. Aug. 6: John Twist, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Aug. 20: Mark Reynolds, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Green Drinks meets Aug. 9
Gorge Owned Business Network welcomes all Gorge residents to The Thirsty Woman Pub on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. for a Gorge Green Drinks presentation featuring Jeff Leonard of Mosier Survival Gardens. Mosier Survival Gardens grows vegetables for Mosier residents using organic growing techniques and cold frames for extended seasons. Jeff Leonard donates five percent of all sales to Mosier School. $5 suggested donation.
Dunnington at HR Hotel
On Friday, Aug. 5, Mike Stillman and Friends will be playing jazz, funk, swing and some shuffle blues at the Hood River Hotel from 7-9 p.m. We will also have an assortment of artists including Rhonda Harris with her amazing quilt work. On Saturday, Aug. 6, Connie Dunnington plays country and bluegrass in the lobby from 6:30-8:30 and on Monday, Aug. 8, the Hapa Hillbillies continues their weekly performance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with their island swing sounds.
The Hague in Hood River Aug. 6
Indie rock group The Hague makes a summer tour stop in Hood River at the Trillium Cafe on Saturday, Aug. 6. The band’s current album “The Stark House,” is similar in style to Minus the Bear/Appleseed Cast/Death Cab for Cutie but has a distinctive NW flavor with violin driven melodies. The Portland Mercury calls it “a really good listen.” Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1996.
Jared Mees at CEBU Lounge
This weekend the CEBU Lounge presents the lush, orchestral indie jams of Alameda on Friday, Aug. 5, at 9:30 p.m. The Portland-based trio outfit features singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettwiler, joined by clarinetist Jennifer Woodall. On Saturday, Aug. 6, it’s Jared Mees & the Grown Children — folky-indie-rock — starting at 9:30 p.m. Touring in support of their new album “Only Good Thoughts Can Stay,” the band “examines the give-and-take inherent in struggles for self-fulfillment while walking a tightrope between naive exuberance and cynical skepticism.”
‘Forces of Nature’ show opens
On Friday, Aug. 5, the Columbia Art Gallery show opening will feature four artists and their exploration of the Forces of Nature that created the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy Peter Marbach’s evocative landscape photographs, Elaine McKay’s unique basalt sculptures, Tuck Contreras’s dynamic works in oil and Judith Cunningham’s sweeping pastel vistas. Together, these artists capture the spirit of the landscape during this 25th anniversary year of the landmark act that created the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Gorge Music Festival continues
The Gorge Music Festival continues Aug. 5-6 with the Duo Piano Spectacular of Ron Potts and Karen Eddleman with the music of Bach, Mozart, Brahms and Piazzola. Please note both concerts are at Riverside Community Church in Hood River starting at 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 12-13, it’s Al Andalus, featuring Tarik and Julia Banzi with ancient and new Flamenco music from Spain and Morocco. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Bethel Congregational Church, 480 E. Jewett, White Salmon and Aug. 13 at the Riverside Community Church, 4th and State, Hood River. Suggested donation $15.
Maryhill Arts Fest Aug. 6-7
Held under a canopy of shade trees at the Maryhill Museum’s sculpture garden, the arts festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Admission to the festival is free. The festival features painting, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, glass and more. Live music, food vendors, and hands-on art activities for families are also on tap. There will be a free performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” with the Portland Actors Ensemble, on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The younger set can explore their creativity under the Maryhill Art Tent, which will offer free, drop-in art activities, or take part in a hands-on solar viewing demonstration using filtered telescopes by the Goldendale Astronomy Club.
‘Craft Beers’ author visits
Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Lisa Morrison on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5-8 p.m. to discuss her book “Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.” Lisa Morrison, a.k.a. The Beer Goddess, has compiled every brewery and bottle shop worth visiting in the Pacific Northwest, including pubs right here in the Gorge. Morrison is host and producer of “Beer O’Clock!,” a weekly radio show devoted to craft beer. She writes for many beer-related magazines and has been teaching beer-tasting classes for women in Portland for more than a decade.
“To Kill A Mockingbird,” opens this weekend at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The Plays for Non-Profits show runs Aug. 5-7 and 11-13 at Columbia Center for the Arts. Directed by Lynda Dallman, the 1930s drama examines race and justice through the eyes of a young Alabama girl. Show times are at 8 p.m. except Aug. 7, which is a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (64 and older) and students (13-17); available in advance at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, from Friends of the Library, or online at www.columbiaarts.org.
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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