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Trick or Treat? How ‘bout some free tickets instead

Welcome to Halloween Week. Don’t try to fool me, this holiday always seems to fall right around the time Home Depot puts up Christmas decorations, which, by the way, happened several weeks ago. I was there, in early October, watching perplexed customers get distracted by displays of Santa lawn ornaments and “energy efficient” 5,000 LED pre-lit trees.

Win a pair of Steve Forbert tickets!

Grammy nominated folk-pop troubador Steve Forbert will play the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Friday, Nov. 2. Win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog in the Hood River News. Here's how: Send Jim Drake an email, put Steve Forbert in the Subject Line (or Comment/Question box). Include your contact information. Send to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com. Your name will be entered in a drawing, to be held Oct. 31. Winner will be notified by noon. Since 1977, Steve Forbert has been creating uniquely Amercian music. With his break-out hit "Romeo's Tune," Forbert established himself as a powerful, in-demand performer in the Greenwich Village scene in New York City. With constant touring and over 15 albums to his credit, Forbert continues his amazing song-writing craft on his latest album "Over With You." Read an interview with Steve Forbert on Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog on the Hood River News website. Winners must adhere to all rules/regulations concerning the venue (ie age limits, etc). Winners will be placed on Venue Guest List. Employees/family members of Hood River News cannot qualify to win. One entry per person.


Yesterday, I handled the information for what I believe to be the start of Halloween Week — a benefit party at The Pines on Oct. 26, a full five days before the Actual Halloween Day. My apologies if I missed an event that takes place before this event. Maybe we should start Halloween in mid-September, giving everyone plenty of time to plan.

OK, enough, let’s be serious for a minute. I’ve got a nice surprise here, and it’s no Trick.

I talked to a guy the other day. His name is Steve Forbert. He’s playing a show at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Friday, Nov. 2. And guess what? I have a pair of tickets to give away! Yes, you read that right.

Want to win them? Just email me (jdrake@hood rivernews.com), put Steve Forbert in the subject line, and I’ll throw your name into a hat. Or pumpkin. Or one of those cornucopia things. Or a stocking. The lucky winner will be drawn on Oct. 31. Now, what holiday was that?

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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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