Entertainment Update for April 27

FISH benefit May 4 at The Pines

A FISH Food Bank fundraiser is set for Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River. There will be raffle prizes, auction items and entertainment provided by Aurora from the Hood River High School and music for dancing by Swing Crew and friends. Suggested donation is $10. Tickets can be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore or at the door. Proceeds from the benefit will be used for the food bank building fund.

Flamenco dance at Gallery 301

Mark your calender for the “Ciudades Northwest Flamenco Tour” on Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m. at Gallery 301 in Hood River. This 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.brownpaper

tickets.com/event/352230. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

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, Wash.

Roosevelt Dinner Theatre at Discovery Center May 14

The Dalles, Oregon – The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents living history performer Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt, Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. Joe Wiegand is entertaining audiences nationwide with his reprisal of President Theodore Roosevelt, with stories full of adventure, laughter and inspiration. Wiegand adapts unique presentations for each of his audiences.

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt's life was an adventure as he became a rancher, Rough Rider and father of six in the White House. Relive the establishment of America's great National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Wildlife Reserves. Hear the story of a frail young boy who built his body and dedicated himself to the Vigorous Life and the Square Deal. From bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon, Joe Weigand brings T.R.'s delightful stories to life.

The dinner presentation in the elegant River Gallery will feature a choice of buffalo tenderloin medallions and roasted potatoes, or savory stuffed Cornish game hens and rice. Tickets are $40. Advance purchase is required and can be made by calling 541-296-8600, ext. 201. Please provide your dinner choice with your reservation.

‘Troubadours’ visit April 26

This weekend, musicians Mountain John Hilligoss, Moe Dixon and Peter Wilson come to Hood River at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Friday, April 26, for a CD release concert tour featuring new and original songs and old favorites. Tickets are $10 and more information is available at www.troubadourmusiccenter.com.

The upcoming concert marks the first time the trio’s CD, “Songs and Stories from Troubadour Camp,” has been released to Western audiences. “I’m excited about this tour. Living in different corners of the country we rarely get to play together. There's great chemistry on stage and now, with over 50 co-written songs, it's a treat to see what we can do with them.” said Wilson.

With three completely different musical styles, each artist carries strong solo act histories that span four decades.

Long-time Columbia Gorge resident Moe Dixon is well known on the folk circuit for his fiery finger picking on guitar and ukulele. His infectious songs and energetic style have won fans from coast to coast. He’s written themes to Bob Hope specials and Warren Miller ski movies, performed with the Wheeling Symphony and the West Suburban Symphony of Chicago and showcased at the Sisters Folk Festival.

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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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