Feb. 2 Entertainment Update

Feb. 2, 2011

United Way of the Columbia Gorge benefit concert

The United Way of the Columbia Gorge will host a benefit concert on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. featuring The Rick Hulett Band, a fun quartet with lots of firepower and a great groove. The event will be held in the soon to be new Cascade Acupuncture Center clinic location in The Dalles (1712 E. 12th St.). Suggested donation at the door is $5-$20. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, wine by Dry Hollow Vineyards and appetizers by ANZAC Tea Parlour.

Weekend music at Meadows

Enjoy live local music at Mt. Hood Meadows this February. Events are held at the Vertical Pizzeria Saturdays and Sundays, from 3-6:30 p.m. Feb. 5: Moonhouse Trio: They incorporate many genres of music into unique style that is subtle yet pleasant and a refreshing change from the norm. Feb. 6: Superbowl Party! Feb. 12-13: Scott Law: Guitarist, songwriter-composer and singer, freely ranges over the entire history of blues, rock and bluegrass guitar. Feb 26-27: The Hen House Prowlers: Dedicated equally to tradition and innovation, they center their sound on the early, formative years of bluegrass with a largely original repertoire. In addition, there's music in the Alpenstube on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 25: Matt Messier & Company; Feb. 4 and 18: Les Vaughn.

'Love Your Life' Feb. 12

Glassometry Studios hosts a "Love Your Life" party on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 6-10 p.m. Get in the mood for Valentine's with a glass sculpture display, glassblowing demonstrations, a belly dance performance, handcrafted desserts, live acoustic music and a raffle to benefit Columbia Arts. Tickets are $12 at the door. Glassometry Studios is located at 3015 Lower Mill Drive, Hood River; 503-867-1562.

'Larry' at Everybody's Feb. 4

On Friday, Feb. 4, it's the return of Bend area punk string-band Larry and His Flask. "The band's new songs are a blurry blend of lightning fast string-band picking, gorgeous nods to old-school country, and sublime multi-part harmonies, all presented through a prism of punk chaos." Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Opening band: Candybones. Everybody's Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash.; 509-637-2774.

'Decisions': Five one-acts

Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theater present the cure for your winter blues: "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions," presents five unique perspectives on how we make decisions. Flowing together through all the stages of our lives, the evening is full of ironic twists of fate and shifting consequences. Regarding love, life, sex, baseball, politics and business, it's an endorphin rush.

This show offers a fresh perspective from five new directors. This show opens Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with shows continuing Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. There will be a special two-for-one ticket price for the Thursday, Feb. 17 showing. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $8 for children 11 and under and $10 for groups of 10 or more.

Whitewater film fest Feb. 16

On Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. plan on joining Columbia Center for the Arts for the premier of the new movie "Wildwater," by Anson Fogel and Doug Ammons, described as "the first great whitewater river film, showing the art of paddling, the sheer beauty of rivers, and how they change us." World-class kayaker Doug Ammons will be your host for the evening providing insight into all the films. Four additional short films for the evening will include: "The Ashlu," "Run Rogue Run," "Seasons: Fall Kayaking the White Salmon River with Kate Wagner" and "The Great Migration." Skip Armstrong will be on hand for questions and answers as well as an American Rivers representative. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Mike Stillman at HR Hotel

There's local music at the Hood River Hotel this week with jazz from Mike Stillman and friends on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby. On Feb. 7, the Hapa Hillbillies will continue their Monday night frenzy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

Lolo Mo at Naked Winery

Lolo Motion performs at the Naked Winery on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7-10 p.m. This trio featuring Mark Daly is known for its original funk-tinged mix with upbeat designs. Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun! Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Eric John Kaiser at The Pines

On Thursday, Feb. 3, Kerry Williams and Crew will be rocking The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River from 6-9 p.m. You never know who will show up to play some sweet tunes. All are welcome. Join us for unofficial First Friday at The Pines on Feb. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Listen to the eclectic tunes of musician Eric John Kaiser, playing everything from classical French songs to an interesting take on Sweet Home Alabama. On Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7-10 p.m., ring in the Year of the Rabbit with the Pines crowd. Join in for a great night of dancing to the music of Funkship Columbia. $10 at the door includes great music, great wine, and some tasty appetizers. 21 and over only please.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com

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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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