Entertainment Update for Nov. 17, 2012

Cowboy gathering Nov. 24

On Saturday, Nov. 24, the historic The Dalles Civic Auditorium is the place for the 6th annual Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering presented by Columbia State Bank and the Fort Dalles Riders.

The afternoon show, from 1-5 p.m., is free to the public. It’s an open mic show, so come on down and share a poem, story or song, or just listen to everybody else share theirs. The ticketed evening show (doors open at 6:15 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.), features singer Keeter Stuart, cowboy poet Duane Nelson, and singer-songwriter Adrian, aka Buckaroogirl. Western Horseman Magazine calls her “western music’s answer to Taylor Swift.”

Enjoy the best in Western and Cowboy entertainment, brought to you by Columbia State Bank, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, Cousin’s Country Inn, Coastal Farm and Ranch, Northwest Farm Credit Services, NAPA Auto Parts of The Dalles, Spooky’s, Wasco Co. PUD, Oregon Equipment, Murray’s Furniture and The Feed Shack.

Admission to the evening show is $20, and tickets are available at The Feed Shack, Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and at the door.

For more information, go to: thedallescivic.org, or call 541-296-5953.

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.


VOCI is in concert Dec. 2-3

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.

Including 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 Mayer. Donations 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: 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, Wilkins brings his hot saxaphone touch to blues standards by Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Elmore James and more.

Come the Hood River Jazz Theater at The Pines on Sunday, Nov. 18, for a fun mix of classic vocal jazz, swing, Blues and a waltz or two. They play from 3-6 p.m. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

The Saloon Ensemble at Everybody’s Nov. 16

Saloon Ensemble were birthed in the free spirit at Burning Man festival in 2005. Members are musicians in Portland’s favorite bands including MarchFourth Marching Band, Vagabond Opera, Trashcan Joe, The Eels, Sweet Juice, The Ukeladies, and The Pete Krebs Trio. They come together for one mission only: FUN.

“Our seemingly bottomless bucket of material ranges from comic and stompin’ originals to unexpected spins on pop hits from every genre imaginable – all performed with swingy, jazzy, campy, loungey, wild & crazy flare! With Crazy Costumes, Kazoo Symphonies, Tap-Dancing, Shark Attacks, Whiskey Sipping, Swing Dancing, Sing-A-Longs — the only thing you can expect is one hell of a good time! Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

'The Winner Is' open call Dec. 8

NBC is promoting a new show called "The Winner Is" and is looking for talent from the Northwest. Could your singing talents make you the next star?

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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