June 1 Entertainment Update

June 1, 2011


Eric Taylor plays The Dalles June 8.

Tess Barr at Double Mountain

The Tess Barr Blues Band will be at The Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, June 4, starting at 9 p.m. featuring Tess Barr on vocals, Patrik Barr on guitar, Mark Wagoner on bass and Bob Hagan on drums. Bring your dancin’ shoes! Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Relay for Life fundraiser concert

There will be a concert and ice cream social to benefit Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society fundraiser, on Saturday, June 4, at the grange in White Salmon (1085 N. Main Ave.). Music provided by The Gorge Fiddleheads from 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

Spring Fest happens June 3-5

The annual White Salmon Spring Fest is this weekend with a full lineup of entertainment on the Park Stage. The Grand Parade is Saturday at 11 a.m. Other events include the Gorge Cruiser Car Show, 3 on 3 Basketball, and a Zumba workout party. Free admission.

Friday, June 3 6 p.m. - Youth Talent Show 8 p.m. - Unwound (Country)

Saturday, June 4 Noon - Harmony of the Gorge & It Takes Four 1:15 p.m. - Columbia High School Jazz Band 2:30 p.m. - Trio Bravo 4:15 p.m. - Ben Bonham Trio 5:15 p.m. - Tess Barr Blues Band 7 p.m. - Scarlet Thistle Belly Dancers & Ellen 8 p.m. - Phoenix (Rock)

Sunday, June 5 11:30 a.m. - White Salmon Jazz Band 1:15 p.m. - Barley Draught (Irish) 2:30 p.m. - Buck Smith & The Connollys (Western)

Book releases, author signings

Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River is hosting a book release event on Friday, June 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. New and returning writers from the Gorge Literacy program will be signing copies of “Shared Voices - 10th Anniversary Edition.” A program of Columbia Gorge Community College is an opportunity for beginning writers to become published authors. It's a “dare to share” activity with the hope that new writers will bridge the gap of uncertainty and fear in submitting their writing for publication. There will be an author reception for Miralee Ferrell from 5-8 p.m. “Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona” is Ferrell’s latest effort. When Christy Grey receives an urgent summons to Tombstone, Arizona, she reluctantly leaves her new life in California. The trip goes from bad to worse when three masked men hold up Christy’s stage. She finally arrives in Tombstone to find her mother ill and her brother trapped in a life of gambling. Desperate for money to support her family, will Christy bow to pressure from the local saloon owners and return to the life she thought she’d given up for good?

Eric Taylor returns June 8

Texas singer-songwriter Eric Taylor returns to The Dalles Civic Auditorium for a special concert on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Columbia River Music. Taylor’s most recent CD, “Hollywood Pocketknife,” has garnered critical acclaim around the world. Shortly after its release, the CD was nominated for FolkWax Album Of The Year and Artist Of The Year. "Peppercorn Tree," one of the album's most-requested tracks, was featured in Sing Out!'s summer issue and 20-song sampler CD. Lyle Lovett recently included Taylor's song "Whooping Crane" on his Natural Forces CD, and the song was featured in an episode of the ABC TV series “Brothers & Sisters.”

House concert scheduled June 1

Aaron Keim, a member of the band Boulder Acoustic Society, has played at both Families in the Park and the Gorge Ukulele Festival. Keim is performing a house concert at 401 Montello, Hood River, on Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. Aaron Keim cites Cormac McCarthy, the Brothers Grimm, Tom Waits and Woody Guthrie as main influences, and has reportedly recorded his last album on wax cylinder. For more information call 541-387-4011.

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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