Entertainment Update for Oct. 27, 2012

Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Hood River

On Nov. 9-10, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Crag Law Center will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour. Originating in Nevada City, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival sprouted one common goal: to use film to inspire activism. This will be the fifth time that the festival has come to Hood River.

This year’s films will be shown in downtown Hood River at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The festival features a range of films from near and far that will appeal to a broad range of interests. By focusing the lens on issues that matter to local people, the festival seeks to empower local people to protect the natural beauty of their communities.

Advance tickets are available at Doug’s Sports, Waucoma books and Columbia Center for the Arts. One night of films costs $9, both nights are discounted to $15 or the films are free with a $35 donation to the Crag Law Center. The show supports the filmmakers and the work of the Crag Law Center. Crag is a client-focused law center that supports community efforts to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy.

Film Preview for “Cold”

Experience Gasherbrum II in the middle of a deep, dark winter, as seen from the raw, honest perspective of alpinist and photographer Cory Richards. This film deftly captures the interweaving of pain, doubt, and fear – and reveals a harrowing descent that amplifies the isolation and exposure. “Cold” was awarded the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Celebrate Halloween weekend at Maryhill Winery Oct. 27-28

A Hallow-Wine Weekend you won't want to miss, Oct. 27-28. Come in costume for free entry into the New Reserve Room ($20 value). Have fun with pumpkin decorating, too. Maryhill Winery, 9774 Hwy. 14, Goldendale, Wash.; 877-627-9445.

Battlecorn at Everybody’s

On Friday, Oct. 26, at 9:30 p.m. at Everybody’s Brewing it’s the top-shelf bluegrass sounds of Battlecorn, featuring members of 4-On-the-Floor and The Student Loan. What exactly is a Battlecorn? Track down one of the promotional posters and find out!

On Sunday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m. it’s The Groove Project featured in the Last Local Sunday Music Series. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

NANDA visits Hood River Nov. 1

NANDA is a four-man performing arts group characterized by an impressively calculated chaos of dancing, juggling, music, acrobatics, slow motion, pop culture comedy, and high energy kung-faux fighting reminiscent of the blockbuster hit “The Matrix” and the internationally recognized Flying Karamazov Brothers. Jackie Chan fans, get ready! This 20-member group uses dance, mime, combat and music to tell stories. NANDA performs at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Halloween scream at Pfriem

Pfriem Family Brewers celebrates Halloween on Oct. 31 with a costume party and upbeat rock, blues, country music from Matt Coughlin and Devil's Kriek. 8-11 p.m. No cover charge. Pfriem Family Brewers, 707 Portway Ave. Ste 101, Hood River.

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 Hamsen at 387-4600. Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodriver news.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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