Entertainment Update for Oct. 20, 2012

‘Let’s Go!’ ski film Oct. 23

The film “Let’s Go!” introduces viewers to the Telemark Skier Crew, a high-octane group of freeheel skiers in search of the perfect turn. The group is comprised of filmmakers, photographers and writers who have collaborated on all aspects of this film to bring it to life. They even serve as the ski talent in the film. The movie blends appearances from the Crew, a first-of-its-kind athlete/content creation team, which includes the likes of JT Robinson and Kjell Ellefson, along with performances by innovative freeheelers like Kate Hourihan and Tony Gill. Filmmaker Josh Madsen and telemark skier Andreas Sjöbeck, the first telemark skier to land a double cork 1080, will be at the showing. Watch the official movie trailer at https://vimeo.com/47921811.

Dog River Coffee in Hood River, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., all ages show, $5 admission.

Halloween dance; Diabetes benefit Oct. 27

The second annual Halloween Dance to Destroy Diabetes is Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Pint Shack in Hood River. Raffles and prizes for best costume with live music performances from Smudgepot, DJ Groc and more. Artist Doug Rosling will be auctioning a painting — created live at the party. $5 admission benefits the American Diabetes Association.

Crazy Eights Author Tour in Hood River Oct. 23

Waucoma Bookstore and the Hood River County Library are hosting the Crazy Eights Author Tour on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Hood River County Library Reading Room. The event will start at 6 p.m. and features eight Oregon authors: Bill Cameron, Robin Cody, James Bernard Frost, Lauren Kessler, Barbara Roberts, WIlliam Sullivan, Eliot Treichel and Ellen Waterson. The Crazy Eights Author Tour is the brainchild of author George Wright. His idea? A group of Oregon writers will celebrate the written word throughout the state. The result? 8 Towns, 8 Bookstores, 8 Events, with participation from 28 authors. For more information visit www.waucomabookstore.com.

Entertainers needed for Christmas project benefit

The Parkhurst House (2450 May Street) is looking for musical entertainment for its Dec. 15-16 Christmas wreath project event. Two time slots are available both days, from 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. If you or your group is interested in donating services contact Terry Hansen at 541-387-4600.

Aaron Meyer performs Oct. 27

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association has announced that Portland rock-violin virtuoso Aaron Meyer will be joining the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta for the first concert of the 2012-13 season for one performance only, Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Hood River Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Aaron Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis will be performing music from his CD “Two Sides To This Story,” arranged for his recent appearance with the Oregon Symphony, which should make for a very special evening of music.

Tickets for the Aaron Meyer performance with the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com. Early purchase is encouraged. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children. No reserved seats.

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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