Friday, February 25, 2011
Meadows Film Festival March 5
The second annual Meadows Film Festival will be presented Saturday, March 5, to showcase the magnificence of the mountain and the creativity and talent of Meadows riders. The top ten selections will be presented at the Vertical Restaurant. The films, up to five minutes in length, were chosen based on depicting skiing/snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows, quality of production, audio, creative aspects and storytelling. The best of show will recieve a $500 prize. For entry information and to see last year’s finalists, visit the resort website www.SkiHood.com.
Crazy Hat party in The Dalles
Crazy Hats are a must for this fun night of celebration and dancing at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Saturday, March 5. Dance to the sounds of the Sugar Daddies, featuring boogie woogie, blues, swing and rock ‘n roll. Tickets are $10 available in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Crazy Hat party is a 21-and-over event. Prizes for the most unique, creative, colorful and of course, craziest hat! The 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Crazy Hat party is a benefit for the Dalles Civic Auditorium and sponsored by The Dalles New Car Dealers Association, Hattenhauer Distributing and The Theatre Company of The Dalles. For more information visit www.thedallescivic.org or call 541-298-8533.
Spectrum plays soul Feb. 28
For nine years, they’ve covered just about every genre of pop and rock. Spectrum — Hood River Valley High School’s rock and pop ensemble — now takes the stage to present a concert rich with soul and rockin’ with rhythm and blues. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the auditorium of Hood River Middle School. The all-ages concert is free but donations are accepted and will help fund the cost of hiring a sound system for the show. Director Mark Steighner says the performance will feature classics by such artists as Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, and Fire and Patti LaBelle. The multi-talented teens will also sample more recent R&B tunes and even a little hip-hop. Original songs have been remixed, re-imagined and rearranged by the students themselves. “With over 35 students in the Spectrum program, there is no shortage of musical imagination,” says Steighner.
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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