December brings concerts to Gorge

The Voci Community Chamber Choir will perform in concert 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater.

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The Voci Community Chamber Choir will perform in concert 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater.

Although December choral concerts often focus on seasonal music, VOCI community chamber choir will focus on music that is timeless and yet still resonates with themes of mystery and transcendence for their December concerts.

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

Selections will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo Casals, James Mulholland, Johannes Brahms and others; the concert will also 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.

Donation of $10 per person or family is encouraged for this concert.


Advent Concert Series starts Friday, Dec. 7 at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets. This first concert will feature the Hood River Valley High School choirs. The noon concerts are free and last about one hour.

Future concerts include Friday, Dec. 14, a concert by Riverside's chancel choir, and Friday, Dec. 21, a concert by Tim Mayer


Mid Columbia Community Choir gives two performances of “The Night Before Christmas,” a retelling of the events leading up the Christ’s coming, combining a choir arrangement and narration, under Perry Cole’s direction.

Performances are Dec. 1 at Riverside Community Church, 7 p.m., and Dec. 2 at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon, at 4 p.m.


Cascade Singers will perform its 2012 Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets, The Dalles.

This year’s title is “¡Gloria a Dios!: ‘Misa Criolla’ and Spanish Carols.” Admission is by donation at the door.


The Hood River Education Foundation presents Christmas with the Trail Band concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Hood River Middle School auditorium. The event supports the Education Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program, which awards funds to teachers and other district employees for creative and interesting ways to help teach our students.

Tickets are $17 adults, $6 kids under 14; available at the Community Education office, Waucoma Bookstore and Cascade Locks School.


Aaron Meyer and his six-piece band will perform Dec. 9 in a Holiday Benefit Concert for the United Way, 3:30 p.m. in the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. Preferred seating tickets are $45 and include a glass of wine or beer and appetizers at a pre-concert party with Meyer. General admission is $20, and ages 12 and under $15. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore, the Hood River Inn or


Local musicians Tim Mayer, Rick Hulett and friends will add some funk, jazz and groove to your favorite holiday songs Dec. 19 with The Groove Project Grooves Christmas, 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.

Tickets are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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