March 30 Entertainment Update

March 30, 2011

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Scott Sparks will be one of the featured songwriters at the Columbia Arts Center on Friday, April 8.

Songwriters series starts

On Friday, April 8, Columbia Center for the Arts announces an intimate evening with three local singer-songwriters — Matt Mesa, Scott Sparks, and Rick Hulett. This trio will trade stories and songs in a quiet, listening atmosphere. You’ve heard them playing around the Gorge in bands, now experience some fine, local songwriting in an “unplugged” show. This is the first of what CCA hop’s will be an ongoing series focusing on songwriting talent in the Columbia River Gorge and elsewhere. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door. For more information visit the center’s website at www.columbiaarts.org.

Camus photos on display

The first art exhibit of the 2011 season at The Gorge White House will open Friday, April 1, with photographic works by Claudia Camus. An artist reception will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 1-3 in the afternoon. The Gorge White House is located at 2265 Highway 35, just four miles south of Hood River; 541-386-2828.

Evening of Gershwin April 2

Skamania Performing Arts Foundation will present pianist Thomas Pandolfi in an “Evening of Gershwin” as part of the Stevenson Guest Artist Series on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, Wash. “The young American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.”

Dunnington at HR Hotel

There’s acoustic folk music in the lobby of the Hood River Hotel with Connie Dunnington on guitar from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday, April 2. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

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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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