Entertainment Update for Aug. 14

Disco Dance Party Thursday for Families in the Park

The Satin Love Orchestra headlines Families in the Park this week. Playing sold-out shows since 1997, the band includes hits from Earth Wind and Fire, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band and other legends of the ’70s and ’80s. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a Kid Fit to Go/Gorge Gymnastics demonstration and burgers will be available from Hood River Fire and EMS.

‘Cell’ reading Aug. 25

Award-winning playwright Cassandra Medley will be on hand for the staged reading of her newly published short play, “Cell,” at Columbia Center for the Arts on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The play, directed by Kathy Williams and Gary Young, will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

The play illustrates survival skills of those on the edge of society’s precipice. The only jobs left in town are at a detention center for illegal immigrants waiting to be deported. Rene has taken in her sister, Cerise, and niece Gwen, who were homeless, and helps them get jobs with her at the facility. But Gwen’s soft heart puts her at odds with the detention center’s rules against fraternization, and Rene will not let Gwen threaten her job, her only link to financial security. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

Learn about glass this month

Every Saturday and Sunday during August Columbia Art Gallery is hosting live glass demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. Sign up at the demonstration and get entered to win a Bullseye Glass Fusing Class. Aug. 17-18: Lampworking and Jewelry with Sparkling Creations. Aug. 24-25: Kilnformed Glass. Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Painted and Cast Glass. The demonstrations are sponsored by Andy Nichols, Bullseye Glass, Cardinal Glass, Marchesi Winery and Sparking Creations.

Moe Dixon at Divots Aug. 18

Singer-songwriter Moe Dixon will be at Divots on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. The annual sunset show features Moe and musical allies Kerry Williams and Rick Hulett. A buffet dinner is available and there’s plenty of room to dance. No cover charge, family-friendly venue. Divots Restaurant at Indian Creek Golf Course, 3605 Brookside Drive, Hood River; 541-308-0304.

Fire Weeds at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Aug. 16: The Fire Weeds 9:30 p.m. – Wide-open range Americana. “Mixing elements of jam music with tight vocal harmonies and song-craft, dance-ability is a sure thing. Featuring Todd Tracewell (acoustic guitar/vocals), Alan Glickenhaus (guitars/fiddle/banjo/ mandolin/vocals) and Ty Downing (drums) this band has an expansive repertoire and a spirited-drive.”

Saturday, Aug. 17: Otis Heat w/Voodoo Voltage 9:30 p.m. – Alterna-funk-rock. Portland-based Otis Heat returns for its first-ever show at Cebu. Local sax and bass experimental rock duo Voodoo Voltage (Ryan McAlexander and Ian Meyer) open the show. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘Darlings’ at Marley’s Corner Aug. 17

The Portland folk, gypsy and Americana duo Strangled Darlings will be at Marley’s Corner on the Heights in Hood River on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 6-8 p.m. There’s no cover charge for this all-ages show. Marley’s Corner, UK Pub & Drive-Thru, 1216 C Street, Hood River; 541-386-0153; www.marleyscorner.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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