Entertainment Update for April 20

Bunzow Band, more at Bingen Theater April 27

It’s a Three Band Americana Extravaganza at the Bingen Theater on Saturday, April 27 — The John Bunzow Band, Barlow Road and the Liberty Bond Jug Band. Music starts at 7 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover charge for this all-ages show. Solstice Pizza will be on hand with the Mobile Pizza Unit. The Bingen Theater is a privately owned, non-profit center for the arts. Its mission is to present quality musical, artistic and cultural offerings to the community. It is located at 210 Oak Street in Bingen.

Earth Day Clean-up April 20

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles will be holding an Earth Day grounds clean-up, Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the grounds and make the beautiful spring wildflowers stand out even more. Bring your own garden loppers, clippers and gloves and lend a hand. A light lunch will be provided for volunteers who pre-register by April 18. Call Linda Turner, 541-296-8600 ext. 204 to pre-register, or for more information. This event is sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Earth Center and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

FISH benefit at White Buffalo

On Sunday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a benefit brunch at White Buffalo Wine Bar & Bistro in Hood River. The cost is $20 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the FISH Food Bank Building Project. The brunch will serve farm fresh eggs and sausage from a local Mt. Hood farm, along with French toast, Hood River blueberries and other goodies. Call for reservations. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Jazz, Flamenco at Gallery 301

The Hood River Jazz Theater plays the Gallery 301 on Friday, April 19. Mike Stillman will be herding these hep cats, so join them for some raucous music starting at 5 p.m.

Mark your calender for the “Ciudades Northwest Flamenco Tour” on Saturday, May 4. This all-ages show will be an evening of flamenco music and dance featuring singer Jesus Montoya, guitarist Pedro Cortes and dancer Savannah Fuentes. For tickets and more information visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/352230.

The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

‘Women in the Dirt’ April 24

Columbia Center for the Arts monthly film series features “Women in the Dirt” on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. “Women in the Dirt,” by Carolann Stoney, is part of the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival. Local female landscape designers will be on hand for the film.

“Women in the Dirt” is a documentary about seven groundbreaking landscape architects. Their work ranges from intimate, jewel-like gardens to vast urban projects. Through conversations with the designers in their offices, or outdoors in the stunning spaces they’ve designed, the film explores each woman’s personal aesthetics and approach to her discipline. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. This film is not rated. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Groove Project at Naked Winery

The Groove Project is back at Naked Winery in Hood River from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Guitarist Rick Hulett will be joining Tim Mayer, Ryan Kolberg and Tim Ortlieb for the show. The boys are sure to be gettin' “funky to the bone” all nite long. Come get your groove on. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Scott Law at CEBU Lounge

The Scott Law Electric Band headlines both Friday and Saturday (April 19-20) this week at CEBU Lounge. Music is at 9:30 p.m. The band features Scott Law (guitar), Damian Erskine (bass) and Russ Kleiner (drums.) Expect two nights with two different set-lists. Musician-songwriter Scott Law embodies the ideal of the steel-string guitar master.

Scott’s original songs and story-like solos come straight from the heart of rock, rhythm and blues, California country and post-Monroe bluegrass, merging timeless tradition and modern experience into a spontaneous, artful expression. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill

Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell will be performing an evening of all-original eclectic and evolving folk compositions — with a few new ones thrown in — on Friday, April 19, from 7-10 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles.

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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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