Entertainment Update for Dec. 8, 2012

United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer

It’s a holiday benefit concert with violinist Aaron Meyer and his 6-piece band on Sunday, December 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the Gorge Room at Best Western Plus in Hood River. Preferred seating tickets are $45 which includes a pre-concert party with Aaron at 2:15 p.m.

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Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis

General admission is $20, kids (under 12) $15. Tickets on sale at Waucoma Bookstore and Best Western Plus Hood River Inn; or email unitedway@gorge.net.

All proceeds benefit United Way of the Columbia Gorge. Concert is sponsored by Hood River Inn, Insitu, Pacific Power, Hood River Physical Therapy, Hood River Sister City program, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Hood River Distillers, Hood Technology and Don and Bonnie Benton.

‘Ingredient’ film screens at Rockford Grange Dec. 9

The movie “Ingredients” will be shown at Rockford Grange, 4262 Barrett Drive, Hood River, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Free admission; suggested donation $5. There will be discussion and snacks will be available after the film. The movie is sponsored by Azure Standard of Dufur.

About the movie:

At the focal point of this film are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great-tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local.

Attention being paid to the local food movement comes at a time when the failings of our current industrialized food system are becoming all too clear. For the first time in history, our children’s generation is expected to have a shorter lifespan than our own. The quality, taste and nutritional value of the food we eat has dropped sharply over the last 50 years.

Shipped from ever-greater distances, we have literally lost sight of where our food comes from and in the process we’ve lost a vital connection to our local community and to our health.

A feature-length documentary, “Ingredients” illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize that connection. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, the film takes us across the U.S. from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette valleys to the urban food deserts of Harlem and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins.

The movie is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.

The Groove Project plays Dec. 19

Columbia Center for the Arts presents “The Groove Project Grooves Christmas” on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. “The Groove Project Grooves Christmas” features local musicians including Tim Mayer, Rick Hulett and others performing unique renditions of holiday favorites. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and students.

“The Groove Project Grooves Christmas” promises a family-friendly evening of great music and great friends performing holiday standards with a jazzy, funky, soulful twist including: Silent Night, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus is coming to Town, Do You Hear What I Hear and more.

Holiday sing-along in Bingen

On Sunday, Dec. 16, from 4-6 p.m., there will be a holiday sing-along at the Bingen Theater in Bingen, Wash. featuring musicians Victor Johnson, Kerry Williams and others. Donations will be accepted for local food bank programs. Don’t miss out on this annual family event.

Snowboard film screens Dec. 14

MonsterHutch.com will present the snowboard video premiere of Jeremy Jones’ “Further: The Journey Is the Reward,” on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River.

The show will start at 6 p.m. for all ages, with the Hood River Valley High School snowboard team presenting, and again at 9:30 p.m. for those 21 and over. Admission is two to four cans of food to benefit the FISH food bank.

Music, more at Clock Tower Ales

Here are the Clock Tower Ales Events for December:

Dec. 7 — Jager Bumz at 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 9, 13, 20, 27 — Trivia night at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 11, 23, 30 — 15 Minutes of Fame at 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 — Dave Tallam at 8 p.m.

Dec. 21 — Holiday Family Sing Along at 7 p.m.

Dec. 28 — Music from Maiden NW at 9 p.m. (Iron Maiden tribute band)

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602.

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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