June 8 Entertainment Update

June 8, 2011


Nancy Cook plays Mosier June 11

Country Dance June 11

Enjoy an evening of country square dances, Contras, circle dances and a few waltzes at the Country Dance on Saturday, June 11, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange in Hood River (4262 Barrett Drive). The dance caller will be Caroline Oakley from Portland and the band will be the Fiddleheads String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family friendly. All dances walked through first time. $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 more information.

Nancy Cook plays June 11

Singer-songwriter Nancy Cook plays diverse acoustic music all over the U.S. Critics say her latest CD “Focus,” is Nancy’s newest original music, with great songs that are well recorded and produced. Catch her at the Thirsty Woman Pub in Mosier, Saturday, June 11, from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.picklehead.com/ nancy.html for more information.

Ascetic Junkies at Cebu Lounge

On Friday, June 10, the Ascetic Junkies debut at CEBU Lounge. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. “Mixing bluegrass and pop with a punk sensibility, the Ascetic Junkies are one of the first bands to reinterpret bluegrass into something new and totally exciting. On the band’s sophomore album, “The Cage Has No Bottom,” the Junkies use genres like a game of four square, jumping from more traditional bluegrass to straight pop and more experimental flair, sometimes in the middle of the same song.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Lecture on ice age floods at Maryhill Museum

Researcher and author Bruce Bjornstad speaks at Maryhill Museum of Art on June 11, at 3 p.m. about the cataclysmic events that shaped the region. His newest book is “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods — The Northern Reaches: A Geological Field Guide to Northern Idaho and the Channeled Scabland.”

Beth Wood at The Pines

There’s a full slate of music and more at The Pines in Hood River this week. Join Kerry Williams and Crew every Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. On Friday, June 10, it’s singer-songwriter Beth Wood, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. “Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour with a stunning, versatile voice, poetic lyrics, and a strong guitar style. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.”

On Saturday, June 11, relax to the smooth musical stylings of Henry Schifter. Singing a variety of songs in English and French, Henry will transport you to the banks of the Seine. Music is from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, June 12, it’s an afternoon dance party with “Swango” — that’s Swing plus Tango at The Pines! Swing your way around the dance floor from 3:30-6 p.m.

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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