Entertainment Update for Nov. 7, 2012

Country Dance returns Nov. 10

On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7-10 p.m., the Second Saturday Country Dance returns to Rockford Grange. The dance caller will be Ned Leager from Portland and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required and dances are family-friendly. All dances are walked through the first time in order to learn them. Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. The dance will be at the Rockford Grange on Barrett Road in Hood River. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Rich Wilkins at Naked Winery

The Rich Wilkins Blues Band will be at Naked Winery on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy original and classic blues from this five-piece band and bring your dancin’ shoes. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Maryhill Museum host veterans

Maryhill Museum of Art extends free admission to veterans and active military members on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. At 2 p.m. there will be a lecture “The Pacific Northwest in World War Two.” Join Kurt Nelson, author of “Fighting for Paradise: A Military History of the Pacific Northwest,” who will provide insight into a little-known area of American military history rich in drama. Free with museum admission. Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, Wash.

Bigfoot Band plays Bingen

Rick Hulett’s band Bigfoot joins forces with Texas band Austin Heat for a big show on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Bingen Theater in Bingen, Wash. “We’re going to blow the doors off of the theater . . . it will be a battle to the finish.” 7 p.m., $5 cover, all ages show. www.bingentheater.com.

Sceptres at The Pines Nov. 10

This week at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River:

Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Kerry Williams & Co.

Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. John Bunzow. Portland native John Bunzow has been called one of the finest roots writers-musicians on the current music scene.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. The Scepters. A local favorite band, The Sceptres take the stage for a much anticipated second show at The Pines. The Sceptres will bring you "surfers jam with English invasion at Woodstock," an assortment of rock and roll from 1963-1969. So grab your dance shoes and a friend and head down for this rockin' party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve. This show is 21+ only. $5 at the door.

Terry Robb at Pint Shack

This week at the Pint Shack in Hood River:

Wednesday, Nov. 7, Music with Mark Daly and Friends. 7-10 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8. Open Mic with Marc. Starts at 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9. Music with blues guitar master Terry Robb. Music starts at 8 p.m. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery

Hood River Jazz Theater plays at The Gallery 301 on Friday, Nov. 9, starting at 5 p.m. Come have a look at new work by Portland painter Scott Hoyle. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

Mynabirds at CEBU Lounge

Friday, Nov. 9: Mynabirds 9:30 p.m. – Motown Meets Neil Young.

The Mynabirds, hailing from Omaha, are a collective of musicians fronted by singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn. Their debut album, “What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood,” was released to critical acclaim in April of 2010.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Austin Heat w/Bigfoot Band 9:30 p.m. – Blues, rock, roots from Austin. Hailing from Austin, Cebu lounge presents Austin Heat. Uniquely talented musicians, five close friends, and a book too often judged by its cover, Austin Heat is very much the sum of all its parts — creating their twisted funk, rock and soul from scratch. Local act The Bigfoot Band opens the show. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Gifford Pinchot film on Nov. 8

A free sneak preview film screening of “Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot,” is offered by the U.S. Forest Service at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River on Thursday, Nov. 8. Doors open at 6 p.m., film runs 6:30-7:25 p.m.

Following the screening, USFS employees and community members will have an opportunity to discuss the first American forester’s impact on the local recreation and conservation areas of the Gorge.

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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