May 18 Entertainment Update

May 18, 2011


Susie Sinclair and the All Star Band play this week.

Blues band at Ananas May 28

Ananas Boutique and Copa Cabana in The Dalles hosts the Richard Wilkinson Blues Band — dancing to your favorite songs and more — on Saturday, May 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 21-and-over, $5 at the door. Ananas, 414 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-296-1110.

Juni Fisher concert May 30

2009 Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year Juni Fisher comes to Springhouse Cellars in Hood River on Monday, May 30. Fisher will hold a songwriting workshop from 2:30-4 p.m., a meet-n-greet from 4-4:45 p.m., and the concert starts at 5 p.m. Workshop tickets are $20, concert tickets are $18 (kids under 12 free), available online at “Juni Fisher's original music brings history alive in her songs of complex characters with stunning images of the life and landscape in the west. Her unique melodies can transport you bringing tears to your eyes as she sings stories of another place in time.”

Scenic Area events celebrated

On Tuesday, May 24, a kickoff event for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area 25th anniversary celebration takes place with Peter Marbach and Janet Cook’s book release, signing and slideshow at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. slideshow and lecture on their new book “Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition.” Admission is free.

‘All Stars’ at HR Hotel

Suzie Sinclair and the Gorge All Star Band will be mixing it up and having some fun on Friday, May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hood River Hotel. Mike Stillman and Friends will be playing Saturday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Hapa Hillbillies will play on May 23 resuming their Monday night show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

Ron Carroll benefit, celebration, May 20

A benefit party to help Gorge resident Ron Carroll with medical costs from a serious and prolonged illness will be held Friday, May 20, from 7-10 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. Carroll is an EMT and is Mosier’s 2009 Firefighter of the Year. There will be a silent auction, snacks and music by “The Playboys” (Ben Bonham, Kerry Williams, Henry Schifter, Paul Lestock and others). A percentage of beer and wine sales will be donated by Springhouse Cellar. The event is sponsored in part by Mosier Fire Department.

‘Terra Tempo’ reading May 21

Author David Shapiro will be discussing his new children's graphic novel “Terra Tempo,” which is the story of three young adventurers who time travel back 15,000 years and learn about the Missoula Floods. The presentation will include information about the Missoula Floods and a behind the scenes look at how the graphic novel was created. Children who attend will receive a free “Terra Tempo” coloring book to take home with them. Saturday, May 21, 3:30 p.m., White Salmon Library.

Tyler Fortier plays May 21

Don’t miss a performance by prolific Eugene troubadour Tyler Fortier at White Buffalo Wines in Hood River on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Just back from Austin’s SxSW festival, Fortier’s new album “Fear of the Unknown” is just been released. Check out the promo video at

Gypsy Balladeer is back May 21

The unique and soulful Gypsy Balladeer Spruce Baugher plays the Thirsty Woman Pub in Mosier on Saturday, May 21, from 7-9 p.m. Thirsty Woman Pub, 206 Main St, Mosier; 541-490-2022.

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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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