Entertainment Update for May 1

Street party at Double Mtn.

The Oregon Trail Rally will be in Hood River on May 4 (see sports section for details) and a Double Mountain Brewery (8 Fourth St.) block party is planned at 7 p.m. An outdoor beer garden, food and the Portland’s Jackalope Saints will be on stage.

“The Jackalope Saints play string-band music rooted in folk and bluegrass traditions, it’s the howling sound of wind in the trees, cowboys at a fire and Jackalopes echoing back on a warm desert night.”

Asian Dance recital May 5

In celebration of hatsume and the Year of the Snake, performer and instructor Nefertiti, from Etnia Fusion, will be performing on Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts her signature Asian Fusion works, the elegant “Fan Dance” with local dance students. Inspired by Japanese Odori, Goju Ryu martial arts and folk dances from the Far East, the dances promise to show the beauty of Oriental culture.

Meet ‘100 Hikes’ author

Join “100 Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington” guidebook author William Sullivan on a 4-mile hike to a wildflower meadow on Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Waucoma Bookstore, 212 Oak St., Hood River. Register through Community Ed at their website (class A9085), cost is $23 and includes a guidebook.

Sullivan will be at Waucoma Bookstore from 5-8 p.m. on May 3. Sullivan's latest novel is “The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute,” winner of the 2012 Book Buzz Award. The book signing is free and open to the public.

Shoe contest, ‘Kinky Boots’ at Columbia Center for the Arts

Join the Columbia Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m., for a shoe contest and showing of the hilarious film “Kinky Boots.” The film will be preceded by a brief interactive conversation with a few fascinating artists, including Nike career shoe designer, Mike “The Innovator” Friton, Damon Klegg, local shoe designer for Adidas, Timberland and NorthFace and creative metal sculptor Micki Voohries. Make sure you wear your most fascinating, unusual, or kinky shoes and be eligible to win prizes donated by event sponsors Footwise and Zellas. Admission is $5. (Submitted image by J. Neils Harvey)

VOCI choral concert May 12-13

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents the VOCI Community Chamber Choir and the Interludes Vocal Ensemble in two concerts, Sunday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School auditorium and at St. Peter's Landmark Church in The Dalles, Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m.

Organizers say “this will be an uplifting evening of choral music from four centuries, from madrigals to jazz. Falling on Mother's Day weekend, this is a great opportunity to enjoy an evening out with Mom and the St. Peter's Landmark Church offers excellent acoustics for a fine vocal ensemble experience.”

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.

Adopt-A-Dog’s sale May 11

The Going to the Dogs Rummage Sale, a fundraiser for Hood River Adopt-A-Dog, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 9-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, from 12-4 p.m. at the Cody Fruit Stand, 3475 Graves Drive in Odell. Sunday is half price day for pet “moms.”

Donations are being accepted now — please call 541-354-1083 and leave a message to arrange pick up or drop the items in the donation box at the Hukari Shelter at 3910 Heron Drive in Odell before May 4.

Hood River Adopt-A-Dog encourages you to come out, have some fun, and support dogs in need.

You can help Hood River Adopt-A-Dog by donating clean items in good condition.

Hood River Adopt-A-Dog is the volunteer group that provides care for all shelter dogs and veterinary care and adoption services for unclaimed dogs at Hood River County’s Hukari Shelter in Odell.

Adopt-A-Dog receives no funds from the county for services provided, operating solely on donations, adoption fees, and funds raised from events like this.

Hood River Adopt-A-Dog encourages you to come out, have some fun, and support dogs in need.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.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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