Entertainment Update for Dec. 11

Ron Rogers plays Dec. 14

Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind are returning to the Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom on Saturday, Dec. 14, for a 9 p.m. show. “It’s been two years since Portland singer-songwriter-guitarist Ron Rogers and his musical sidekicks, the Wailing Wind, released their acclaimed “Country & Eastern” CD, but for fans of Rogers’ raw and edgy musical tales of the gritty side of life, the wait will be worth it. The band’s new self-titled release is 12 songs that set a new standard of roots/Americana/Texas roadhouse music.” Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Cripple Hop plays Springhouse

Tuesdays at Springhouse Cellar continues with free, all-ages shows from local and regional bands. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, it’s bluegrass and folk from NW band Blackberry Bushes Stringband. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, it’s local jam-grass from Cripple Hop. Music starts at 6 p.m. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

‘Best Pageant’ opens Dec. 12

Join Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theatre for the holiday madcap and mayhem of “Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” an uproarious story about a Christmas pageant gone awry. Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at columbiaarts.org. Special family prices available.

Kathryn Claire Band at CEBU

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Dec. 13: Kathryn Claire Band, 9:30 p.m – Captivating, energetic Celtic Americana

“Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally inspired musicians. Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres.”

Saturday, Dec. 14: Norman 9:30 p.m. – NW indie folk rock with special Calapooia Brewing “Norman Ale” release. “On their latest album, Norman maintains their acclaimed aesthetic appreciation of the natural world. Yet the band’s uniquely centered rock and folk sound has matured over time, allowing them to cement their place among other groups known for their emphasis on nature and place such as Harvest Moon-era Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, the Band, the Allman Bros. and fellow Portlanders Blitzen Trapper.

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Gorge Winds concert Dec. 15

The Gorge Winds concert band will play its 14th annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Always popular, the 40-piece band, conducted by Larry Loop and Nathan Parker, will play all your favorite carols and Christmas music. You’ll hear two pieces by Leroy Anderson: “Sleighride,” and “A Christmas Festival,” and other pieces new to the Gorge Winds. There will be a sing-along which will allow the audience to join in the festivities. The concert is free and donations are accepted. There will be refreshments for intermission. gorgewinds.org.

Williams, more at The Pines

This week at The Pines it’s Kerry Williams with guitar and mandolin tunes. High-energy or sweet and slow, Kerry’s virtuosity guarantees a great music evening. Thursday, Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m. Next week, it’s music from Matt Brown. “Brown’s velvety voice, reminiscent of Jack Johnson and Amos Lee,and smooth guitar skills will keep you lingering onto every note. You don’t want to miss this show.” The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

‘Sweet and Sad’ returns

“Sweet and Sad,” a staged reading by CAST, returns Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Richard Nelson’s story is filled with both humor and sorrow; a family gathers for lunch upon the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, and confronts the difficulties of loss and the ways to cross chasms of broken and painful memory.

Barlow Road at 10 Speed Dec. 12

Barlow Road will be playing an "unplugged" show on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the 10 Speed Roastery from 6-8 p.m. "This should be a pretty fun gig--all of our stuff and more in a bit quieter, less electric atmosphere. Think "Nirvana Unplugged" and you'll get the idea." 10 Speed Coffee & Roastery, 13th and State, Hood River.

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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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