Entertainment Update for Aug. 3

Carpenter at Marley’s Corner

Don’t miss Carinne Carpenter’s last Gorge show of the summer on Saturday, Aug. 3, on the patio from 6-8 p.m. at Marley’s Corner in Hood River. Carpenter specializes in country, Americana and roots music. No cover charge. Marley’s Corner, UK Pub & Drive-Thru, 1216 C St., Hood River; 541-386-0153; www.marleyscorner.com.

Quarterflash at CG Hotel

Quarterflash was a wildly popular dance band that played every bar between Seattle and Portland in the late ‘70s. In 1980 they recorded an original song called “Harden My Heart” which became their first national hit. Since then, the band has released four albums, plus solo material from band leaders Marv and Rindy Ross.

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series continues on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. Tickets are $30 in advance.

5 p.m. Doors open

6 p.m. Opening act Pamela Thomas-Martin

7 p.m. Quarterflash concert.

Call the hotel for more information and specials on rooms and tickets. Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5566.

Summer Smack Down with Bigfoot and Austin Heat

The Austin Heat band — expect powerhouse Texas funk-rock — is in town early next month for some Gorge shows. They’re teaming up with local rockers Bigfoot for a three-day extravaganza. Support them at a venue near you:

Friday, Aug. 2, CEBU Lounge, free, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Bingen Theater, 7 p.m., all ages, $5 cover

Sunday, Aug. 4, The Griffin House, half mile west of the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Westcliff Drive, 7 p.m., $5, benefit concert for The Next Door. Visit www.meetup.com/The-Griffin-House-on-the-Columbia-River-Gorge-Concerts.

‘Greencards’ play house concert

House concerts for the Mid Columbia Folklore Society continue with music from two members of The Greencards on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Time magazine says the Greencards play “Laid-back tunes that land in the sweet spot halfway between Americana and bluegrass.” The house concert is at 401 Montello Ave., Hood River. This show benefits the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society and donations are accepted at the door.

Laurie Star Duo in Hood River

The Laurie Start Duo, featuring Laurie Star and Steven Martin, are touring Hood River through September. Catch them at the Hood River Elks Lodge on Fridays, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Aug. 3 at the Naked Winery, performing as Laurie Star & The Fire Crackers (five-piece ensemble) from 8-11 p.m.; Aug. 10 and 17 at 1301 Steak & Spirits from 7-10 p.m.; Aug. 18, Sept. 1 and Sept. 22 at the Mt. Hood Winery from 1-4 p.m.

The Laurie Star Duo has been making popular music together for 35 years. Along with their bluesy creative covers they can play lots of original songs.

‘Hello Dollface’ at Pint Shack

Hello Dollface is a Colorado-based indie/soul act on their third West Coast tour. They’ll be making a stop in Hood River on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 9 p.m. at the Pint Shack. Hello Dollface’s music has been described as “delectable melodies and lyrics, with an enjoyable intensity and depth. They are jam packed with imagery and rare gems of description that go hand in hand with their exceptional style.” The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

Back Porch Swing in Mosier

Back Porch Swing is based in Olympia and plays an eclectic mix of country swing, jazz swing, Celtic, fiddle tunes and original songs. They recently were the headliner act at the Tumbleweed Festival in Richland. Catch them at the Thirsty Woman in Mosier on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7-9 p.m. No cover charge. Thirsty Woman Pub, 904 Second Ave., Mosier; 541-478-0199.

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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