Friday, February 4, 2011
Country Dance Feb. 12
The Second Saturday Country Dance happens Feb. 12, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required and this is a family-friendly event. All dances walked through first time. Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth 16 and under. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.
Green Drinks meet Feb. 10
Gorge Owned Business Network and the Columbia Gorge Earth Center welcome all Gorge residents to The Sunshine Mill in The Dalles on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m. for a solar-focused Green Drinks meeting.Whether you are a solar contractor or a citizen/business interested in installing solar, join Green Drinks to learn about the state and federal incentives available to homeowners and businesses. A representative from Solar Oregon will lead the discussion about solar-related laws in the upcoming legislative session, hear from local solar installers, and learn about the Renewable Energy Technology program at Columbia Gorge Community College. Learn about the renovation of the historic Sunshine Mill into one of The Dalles finest local eateries. The Gorge Owned Business Network asks for a $5 donation.
Johnsmith at The Mint Feb.18
Singer-songwriter Johnsmith (yes, it’s all one name) will be playing a benefit concert on Friday, Feb. 18, at The Mint in The Dalles. Music starts at 7 p.m., and proceeds go to Providence Home Services. “Each of John’s albums to date including “Gravity of Grace,” seek to explore and develop his unique vision as a wordsmith and his undeniable talent as a musician.” Get tickets at Columbia River Music in The Dalles.
LunaFest screens Feb. 23-24
The 10th annual LunaFest: Short Films By, For, About Women is coming to the Columbia Center for the Arts on Feb. 23 and 24. Showings are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. each day, with pre-show wine events at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.
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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