Entertainment Update for Dec. 7

Danny Barnes, Matt Sircely at Double Mountain Dec. 12

Both residing on the Olympic Peninsula, and friends for more than a decade, Barnes and Sircely began to tour the West Coast as a duo earlier this year. An outing to California produced “Sircely and Barnes Live,” recorded in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In October 2013, Barnes released “Shri 108,” his newest collection of songs, supported by beautiful instrumental work alongside elements of electronica, which has been Barnes’ choice of medium in recent years. Danny Barnes and Matt Sircely will perform at the Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, don’t miss country band Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

You’re still in luck: Country Dance moved to Friday the 13th

The December Country Dance will be on Friday, Dec. 13 (to avoid parking conflicts with the West Side Fire Department’s annual Christmas Party). This dance will be preceded by a potluck beginning at 6 p.m.

The dance will run 7-10 p.m., at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road, Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be Mill Creek String Band, both from the Mid-Columbia Gorge area. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family-friendly. All dances walked through first time. Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. The dance will be at the Rockford Grange, on Barrett Road, Hood River. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Voci, Interludes sing Dec. 7-8

The 60-voice Voci Community Chamber Choir and Interludes Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Mark Steighner will present their annual winter concerts, titled “Blessings and Gifts,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Both performances will be at Hood River Middle School. A $10 donation is suggested.

Although not a traditional evening of Christmas music, the program does have seasonal thematic elements. “We are singing several songs in praise of Mary, or Mother Earth, or the mystery of birth and creation,” said choir member Jim MacMillan. Compositions include Sarah Hopkins’ “Honour the Earth As Your Mother,” Franz Bibl's “Ave Maria,” and William Byrd’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Interludes, a small vocal ensemble drawn from the ranks of Voci, will present music spanning several centuries and styles.

Tony Furtado at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Dec. 6: Sean Flinn & The Royal We, 9:30 p.m. – eclectic indie folk pop.

Saturday, Dec. 7: Tony Furtado w/Luke Price, 9:30 p.m. – banjo/guitar and fiddle masters. Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on- and off-stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation-hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Furtado will be joined by former National Fiddle Champion Luke Price. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Mt Hood Meadows music

Music at Mt. Hood Meadows returns on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. with Portland’s Americana, reggae, and funky punk band “World’s Finest” — full of energy and fun, they are a band that brings “the feel-good music.” They’ll be headlining the winter brew fest at the Vertical Restaurant and Bar. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, 503-337-2222, ext. 1187.

One night with the Hillbillies

It’s been well over a year, but the Hapa Hillbillies are re-forming for a night at The Hood River Hotel on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6-8 p.m. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch Hood River’s vintage Hawaiian swing band in its full glory. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com.

Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin stopped by Jim Drake’s entertainment blog. She talks about her new holiday CD “Just One Angel v2.0.” Online at 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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