March 12 Entertainment Update

March 12, 2011


Barley Draught celebrates St Patrick's Day around the Gorge

Irish band Barley Draught celebrates

Gorge band Barley Draught celebrates the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day season with traditional Irish ballads, reels, songs and stories. Join Mike Ballinger and friends for an evening of song and dance in the Irish tradition.

Thursday, March 17: St. Peter’s Landmark Church, The Dalles - with Cascade Singers and Columbia Gorge Ukuleles 7 p.m.; Clock Tower Pub, The Dalles, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 19: Dog River Coffee in Hood River, 2 p.m.; The Mint in The Dalles, 7-9 p.m.

Ron Stubbs at Portage Grill

Master Hypnotist Ron Stubbs comes to the Portage Grill in The Dalles with his outrageous rock ’n roll hypnosis show on Friday, March 25, at 8 p.m. $15 advance tickets available at the Portage Grill, Klindt's Booksellers and Healthy Habits. Shilo Inn, Portage Grill, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way, The Dalles; 541-298-3287.

‘Willy Wonka’ on stage

The Dalles Wahtonka High School Drama Club presents “Willy Wonka,” a delicious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl beloved classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The story deals with the world-famous candy man’s quest to find an heir for his candy factory. Willy Wonka and his band of singing and dancing Oompa Loompas lead Charlie Bucket, the spoiled-rotten Veruca Salt, gluttonous Augustus Gloop, gum-chomping Violet Beauregarde and the television addict Mike Teavee through a labyrinth of chocolate, lemon drops, and life lessons with laughs galore. Performances take place at TDWHS auditorium on March 11, at 7:30 p.m. and March 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and March 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and students and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12.

Swing Crew at Naked Winery

Friday March 11, 6-9 p.m. Kit Garoutte – Join Kit this Friday as he shows his solid musicianship by seamlessly blending his influences into an original, organic sound. It's jazz, rock and new acoustic mixed with inventive songwriting.

Saturday, March 12, 7-10 p.m. Big Ronnie Medium Ben – Roots and blues with Ben Bonham and Ronnie Ontiveros. Join us for relaxation and fun on Saturday night.

Sunday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. Swing Crew - Back this Sunday our local favorites play danceable treats every other Sunday.

Monday, March 14, 7-10 p.m. - Naked Winery’s open mic/Jam hosted by Les Vaughn. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Scott Law at Meadows

Enjoy live local music at Mt. Hood Meadows this March. Events are held outside or at the Vertical Pizzeria (weather dependent) Saturdays and Sundays, from 3-6:30 p.m.

March 12-13 Scott Law & Company: Guitarist, songwriter-composer and singer, Scott Law embodies the ideal of the American Steel-String Guitar Master.

March 19-20 Sugarcane: The Northwest's premier Roots Rock Band from Portland. What makes Sugarcane special? The answer is: heartfelt, inspiring songs and a natural, earthy sound that is accessible to many.

March 26-27 The Garcia Birthday Band: Based in Portland, this group of veteran musicians interpreting and celebrating the vast repertoire of the late Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.

Country Dance March 12

The Second Saturday Country Dance happens March 12, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange. The caller will be Tim Gojio from Portland 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.

‘Is He Dead?’ on stage at HRVHS

“Is He Dead?” — a newly discovered comedy by Mark Twain — will play March 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at the HRVHS Bowe Theater. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. This seldom-produced farce involves cross-dressing, money lending, romantic mishaps and art.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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