May 11 Entertainment Update

May 11, 2011


Preston Shannon plays in Hood River May 14

Pretenders Theater ‘One acts’

The Pretenders Theater Company in Lyle, Wash., presents three one act plays, “Bad Street,” “Ticket Please,” (both original plays by Dave Owens) and “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter” on Saturday, May 14 and May 21. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter has a villainous suitor who plots to gain her father's money and then to slay him. He accomplishes his purpose and escapes. The attempted murder is discovered by his wife in time for the young heroine to bring aid in the person of the handsome doctor, who saves the keeper's life and wins the daughter's hand. Tickets are $20 (adult) and $10 (children) in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers and St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. (Tickets at the door are $25/$15). Price of ticket includes lunch or dinner. The early show starts at 2 p.m. ( 1 p.m. lunch) and the evening show starts at 7 p.m. ( 6 p.m. dinner). The venue is the Columbia River Grange Hall (Lyle) just off of Old Highway 8 on Columbia Grange Road. For more information visit

Country Dance May 14

The Second Saturday Country Dance happens May 14, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Trout Lake 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 note: There’s a potluck starting at 6 p.m. — please bring a dish and plate settings. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Howlin’ Woods play May 20

The Howlin’ Woods, hailing from Santa Barbara, are on tour and making a stop at the Trillium Cafe in Hood River on Friday, May 20. Stateside Magazine says “This group’s mix of blues-rock and soulful vocals shines through on tracks like “Students of Life,” a seven-minute ballad where frontman Jordan Chetakian’s soothing voice mixes with earnest, folksy arrangements.” Check out more at

Lolo Mo plays The Dalles

Lolo Mo is performing from 7-10 p.m. at the historic Sunshine Mill in The Dalles on Friday, May 13. The band has expanded to include the heartfelt lead and harmony vocals of Karen Enns and saxophonist extraordinaire Pat Driver, noting that these contributions “lift the band to new levels of expression.”

Blues, more at The Pines

Quench your thirst and musical cravings Thursday night at The Pines. Join Kerry Williams and his musical compadres as they rock The Pines Tasting Room with their impromptu solos and smooth vocals. You never know who will show up to play, so come and be surprised. On Friday, May 13, it’s the music of Portland singer-songwriter Matt Brown from 6:30-9:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 14, Squrl Music Presents international blues favorite Preston Shannon. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance. Guitarist Preston Shannon has been described as “a cross between Otis Redding and Bobby Womack” and is a fixture on the Memphis music scene. Show is 21 and over only.

Mike Coykendall at CEBU Lounge

This Friday, May 13, Cebu Lounge presents Mike Coykendall & the Golden Shag - their first time in Hood River. You may know Mike as the guitarist in She & Him and the founder of SF's Old Joe Clarks, but he is also a well known producer, having played with She & Him, M. Ward, Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch, Blitzen Trapper, Richmond Fontaine and many others.

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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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