Entertainment Update for Nov. 14, 2012

United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer

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

Voci concert Dec. 2-3

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents the Voci Community Chamber Choir in concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theater.

Although December choral concerts often focus on seasonal music, Voci’s program will focus on music that is timeless and yet still resonates with themes of mystery and transcendence.

Featuring music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo Casals, James Mulholland, Johaness Brahms and others, the concert will include choral music with oboe and trombone accompaniment — less often heard partners with the voice. Rounding out the program will be a performance by Voci's new small vocal ensemble and special guests (and Voci members), singer/songwriter Jim MacMillan and pianist Tim Meyer. Donation of $10 per person or family is encouraged for this concert.

Rich Wilkins at The Pines

This week at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River: Thursday, Nov. 15, Kerry Williams & Co. 6:30 p.m.

Quench your thirst and musical cravings Thursday night at The Pines. Join Kerry Williams and his musical compadres as they rock with their impromptu solos and smooth vocals.

Friday, Nov. 16, Rich Wilkins Blues Band, 6:30 p.m. The Rich Wilkins Blues band specializes in bringing traditional blues and dance music to the Northwest. With years of experience, Richard brings his hot saxophone touch to blues standards by Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Elmore James and more. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Sassparilla at CEBU Nov. 17

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 16: Loch Lomond with Kate Lynne Logan, 9:15 p.m. — indie chamber pop.

After a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases on Hush Records, and national and European tours, Portland's Loch Lomond brings their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop back to Cebu Lounge. Seattle Singer/Songwriter Kate Lynne Logan opens the show.

Saturday, Nov. 17: Sassparilla, 9:30 p.m. — High Energy Roots-Punk. Portland-based outfit Sassparilla has been referred to as Indie-roots, punk-Americana, and punk-roots. Though it is the subtleties and folk-pop leanings of their latest CD “The Darndest Thing,” that find this five-piece band slowing things down a bit — and growing up musically. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery

The Hood River Jazz Theater will play The Gallery 301 on Friday, Nov. 16, starting at 5 p.m. This boisterous group has a lot fun to offer. Photographer Laurie Black of White Salmon is showing new work in black and white. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River; 541-436-0281.

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.

Dana Lyons plays house concert Nov. 16

Singer Dana Lyons, best known for his comedy hit “Cows With Guns,” is touring from Billings to Bellingham along the route of the proposed coal export train. Come enjoy live music and learn a bit more about this issue potentially affecting the Gorge. Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at 401 Montello, Hood River.

Pears, Potatoes and Pints

A fundraiser for Gorge Grown Food Network is happening on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Pfriem Family Brewers in Hood River. Tickets are $25 and include a free pint. Buy your ticket at Waucoma Bookstore, Pfriem Family Brewers, the Gorge Grown Farmers Market and online at www.gorgegrown.com.

Fashion Gala returns Nov. 16

An event that has become a defining Hood River tradition, the annual Gala Fashion Show for the Hood River County Christmas Project, returns Nov. 16 for the 16th year. The venue will be the Gorge Room at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20; available at merchants listed below. Front row and second row seating is available for $75 and $50. Participating merchants are Flow Yoga, Enchanted Alpaca, Lucy’s Informal Flowers, 5th Element Salon, Plenty, Doug’s, Ananas Boutique, Foils Salon Day Spa, Parts+Labour, Melika, Columbia Laser Skin Center, HRVHS High School Future Fashionistas, Salon Visio, bunny+pear, CAbi, Kerrits, Foundation 45, Sam Rodgers, The Trunk show.

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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