Entertainment Update for Dec. 19, 2012

Anderson at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Dec. 21: The Lower 48, 9:30 p.m. – Catchy, up-tempo folk-pop/indie-rock. Finding harmonies in the youth's hope and melancholy, The Lower 48 craft folk songs you could swear you have been humming for years. “The upstarts braid together nimble lyrics, haunting harmonies, and deceptively simple arrangements, making the beautiful noises of lives still to be lived.”

Saturday, Dec. 22: Casey Anderson Quartet, 9:30 p.m. — Low-down, dirty jazz-funk. Former Gorge denizen Casey Anderson returns to Cebu with his newest project. From Thelonious Monk to Wayne Shorter, this quartet takes inspiration from all jazz facets. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Winter Solstice at Solstice

Come celebrate the Winter Solstice at Solstice Cafe in Bingen this Friday night with live fire dancing (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and live belly-dancing performances (7 p.m.). The Bingen fire truck light parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Plan on a super on a super-fun night and be sure to dress warm. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W. Steuben, Bingen, Wash.; 509-493-4006.

Ski films at Pint Shack Dec. 20

Coming up at the Pint Shack in Hood River:

Wednesday, Dec. 19 — Lolo Motion, 7-10 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20 — The ski film series featuring 70 years of thrills, chills and spills continues. Screening starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23 — Christmas Artisan Sale from 1-5 p.m.

The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

Music, more at Clock Tower

Here are the Clock Tower Ales Events for December:

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

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

Dec. 21 — Holiday Family Sing Along at 7 p.m. with Victor Johnson and Kerry Williams

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

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

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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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