Entertainment Update for Nov. 28, 2012

‘Finding Christmas’ author visits

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting Gorge author Seth Sjostrom for a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon-2 p.m. at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River). Sjostrom will be discussing and signing his book “Finding Christmas.” Seth Sjostrom lives in Washington state with his son. Seth splits his time in the scenic Columbia River Gorge communities of Camas and Skamania in Washington. A graduate from the University of North Carolina system, he has been a Northwest adventurer for over a decade.

About the Book

Josh Daniels successfully avoided Christmas for years. Side-stepping his family’s calls for him to come home, office holiday parties and even Bing Crosby. Not that Josh has anything against Christmas, in fact, he loves it. At least he did. Since his divorce, the holidays mean one thing to him – he has to let his daughter go for the holiday break. His life in Hawaii with his daughter, Kaya, is temporarily shattered, leaving him hollow and brokenhearted. Watching families playing together, preparing for Christmas the way he used to with Kaya tears him apart. Desperately seeking sanctuary, Josh is spirited into a journey that will remind him of the true meaning of Christmas and open his heart to love once more.

Numbats at Trillium Cafe

Portland indie-rockers the Numbats play at the Trillium Cafe on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 10 p.m. The show starts with musician Lynn Conover. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

Bob Gross hosts Festival of Lights at Columbia Gorge Hotel

The Columbia Gorge Hotel presents the Festival of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. Master of ceremonies Bob Gross, a member of the 1976-77 World Champion Portland Trail Blazers, will be on hand, as well as appearances by some Blazer Dancers.

HR Jazz at 301 Gallery

The Hood River Jazz Theater returns to The Gallery 301 on Friday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. This raucous group has too much fun — the strings will sing, the horns will blow, and the drums will pound. Take this chance too look over new fabric art by local Marbe Cook. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River; 541-436-0281.

Kory Quinn at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 30: Kory Quinn & the Comrades 9:30 p.m. – Train Hoppin’ Hobo Folk-Blues.

Kory Quinn is a writer of personal experience and a singer of cross-country adventure, frequently woven into a prayer rug of justice. With a hobo twang as sharp as a 9-ball break, Kory Quinn effectively transposes the eternal troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and Bob Dylan into today’s terms.

Saturday, Dec. 1: DJ Cooky Parker 9:30 p.m. - R&B/Soul 45 Dance Party; Girl Groups, Stax/Motown, New Orleans R&B, New Breed. With a strong ear for rhythm and an ever expanding record collection teeming with rare gems and unstoppable beats, Cooky Parker has made it his mission to never let up and to always serve the dance floor with taste and style.

Ski films slated at Pint Shack

On Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Pint Shack in Hood River it’s a screening of “Trial and Air,” a ski and snowboard film from Jackson Hole, Wyo. This film starts at 7 p.m. and sources say this is the first of 16 ski and snowboard films playing every Thursday this winter. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

‘Willy and Nelson’ at Zims

Zim’s Brauhaus in The Dalles has local favorites Willy and Nelson: Lisa Marie Nelson – vocals, percussion; Jose Maya – drums, percussion; Bill Nielsen – guitar, vocals; Mal Brown – bass, vocals. Catch them from 6-9 p.m. on Fridays, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28.

‘Pigs on the Wing’ Nov. 30

Pink Floyd cover band Pigs on the Wing land at the Waucoma Club in Hood River on Friday, Nov 30. No cover charge; two sets of music start at 9 p.m. The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

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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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