Sept. 29 Entertainment Update

Author Sjostrom in HR Oct. 5

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting Gorge author Seth Sjostrom for an author reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River). Sjostrom will be discussing and signing his book “Blood in the Snow.”


Gorge author Seth Sjostrom

About the Book

A mysterious plague of slain animals leads Sean Kendall and U.S. Wildlife Officer Adam Raines hot on the trail of a deadly poaching ring. The deeper they get into catching the killers, the more horrific of a reality they uncover. Their poachers are the fringe of a far more sinister enemy - a group of radicals who call themselves the “Blue Army”. As Sean and Adam edge closer to the truth, they reveal an insidious plot to assault a Free Trade Conference being held in Seattle.

About the Author

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.

Dennis Johnson plays Waucoma Club Oct. 6

Slide guitarist Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers are returning to Waucoma Club on Saturday October 6. Dennis Johnson is one of the elite slide guitar players performing today. Drawing comparisons to slide guitarists Robert Johnson and Roy Rogers, Johnson masterfully elevates the art of slide guitar across many genres of music including Blues, New Orleans, Rock, and Swing. His scorching slide guitar captivates audiences and gets people dancing. “Highly Recommended” touts Real Blues Magazine. A “masterful guitarist” proclaims Blues Underground Network. Blues Bytes Magazine lauded his "amazingly adept" slide guitar technique.

The Waucoma Club, Hood River, Saturday, Oct. 6, 9:15 p.m. No cover charge.

Gorge Green Home Tour Oct. 6

The Gorge Green Home Tour has something for everyone: 15 sustainable homes and buildings, ranging in budget from $15,000 to $10 million, showcase a wide variety of sustainable strategies including using salvaged materials, cutting edge passive house design, and innovative photovoltaic systems. The self-guided tour begins at the Hood River Middle School’s new LEED-platinum (net zero) Science and Music Laboratory, and includes stops at Turtle Island Food’s new manufacturing facility, Root Design Build’s Shift House, Neil Kelly Construction’s LEED-certified home and many more.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Starts at Hood River Middle School; $10/person, $5/biker, $25/carpool.

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Portage Grill presents live comedy with Dwight Slade and Leah Mansfield Oct. 19

“Dwight Slade’s stand-up has gained international stature after earning a five-star review from Scotland’s Minister of Culture at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He followed this with a tour in Afghanistan performing for US Troops and a tour of Israel. After a stellar performance at the 2008 Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Slade was chosen to appear on a Tonight Show feature. Slade’s Hi-Def Comedy Special, “Right & Raunch” is now available on DVD.”

Dwight Slade & Leah Mansfield, Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12. For information or tickets call (541) 298-3287. 21 and over. The Portage Grill - Shilo Inn, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way, The Dalles; 541-298-3287.

Tickets on sale for ‘Wild and Scenic’ film festival

Tickets for the 5th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Hood River are on sale now at:

The festival will be at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Nov. 9-10.

More music notes (late breaking news!)

Everybody’s Brewing:

Get down with the band Jack Root Friday, Sept. 28. Don’t forget to join Everybody’s at HOPSFEST in Hood River onSaturday, and kick back with the Last Local Sunday Concert from 6-8 p.m. with Aaron Keim.

Pint Shack:

Music at Pint Shack on Saturday, Sept. 29, with the Quick and Easy Boys. Music starts at 10:30 p.m.

Naked Winery:

The MacMillan, McAlexander and Bell Trio , Friday, Oct. 5, 7-10 p.m. Jim MacMillan will be performing an eclectic evening of original guitar and vocal compositions, accompanied by Ryan McAlexander on fretless acoustic bass guitar and Randy Bell on cajon and hand percussion.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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