Entertainment Update for Dec. 14

Photos with Santa helps Adopt A Dog program

Bring your favorite furry friend or human to Adopt A Dog’s Photos with Santa event at the Hood River Hotel every Sunday through Dec. 22. Santa will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteers of Adopt A Dog will coordinate the photo taking so you can go home with a photo of yourself and Santa, your kids and Santa or maybe even your dog with Santa. You can also get an electronic version of your photo emailed to you.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the dogs of the Hood River Adopt A Dog program. The cost is $8 per photo. If you are interested in providing a home for a dog call visit hoodriveradoptadog.org or call 541-354-1083.

Sasquatch is coming Dec. 28

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Sasquatch Revealed,” a new exhibit opening Saturday, Dec. 28, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a speaker presentation by Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Chris Murphy following at 6:30 p.m. This exhibit draws from all the available scientific research and evidence compiled to date on the hominoid known as Sasquatch, or Bigfoot. Tickets are required by Dec. 23. Call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 for more information or visit gorgediscovery.org

Irish Christmas concert Dec. 20

Barley Draught will play their seasonal collection of Irish tunes and carols set off by Christmas stories, including Irish-born band member Patrick Rawson’s touching tale of coming to America at Christmastime when he was but a wee lad of 7. The concert program includes an 800-year-old Irish carol for which the original tune is long lost. The band has created an arrangement to bring the haunting Kerry Christmas Carol back to us from 12th century Ireland. If you haven't heard seasonal Christmas music in the acoustic marvel that is Old St. Peter's Landmark, join the band for a heart-warming evening on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. Suggested $5 donation at the door. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the local branch of Oregon Food Bank.

Christmas House Concert

Join Molly Schwarz and Kristie Mitchell on piano Saturday, Dec. 21 for an intimate evening of holiday music at the home of Paul Blackburn, 401 Montello, Hood River. Suggested donation $15 with all proceeds benefitting the Hood River FISH Food Bank. Concert begins at 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is extremely limited.

Molly Schwarz has an extensive background in musical theater and improv comedy, having performed in Los Angeles and NYC with the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. The last two summers she has sold out the Columbia Center for the Arts performing her “I Hate Cancer Concert.”

Kristie Mitchell studied music at Western Oregon University and Portland State. She plays in a jazz band, teaches piano and moonlights as a registered nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Music at Solstice Hood River

Singer-songwriters John Bunzow and Chic Preston will be at Solstice Pizza at its new Hood River location on Monday, Dec. 16, from 8-10 p.m. The duo specializes in original, acoustic music with rich harmony vocals. No cover charge. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar, 501 Portway Avenue, Hood River; 541-436-0800.

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.

Gorge Winds concert Dec. 15

The Gorge Winds concert band will play its 14th annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m. 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)

Fiddling for Christmas Dec. 20

Local musicians Donna Reuter and Diane Allen will be playing the final Advent concert at the Riverside Church in Hood River on Friday, Dec. 20, at noon.

The show is called “Fiddlin’ Around Christmas” and will feature sacred and secular music, fiddle and piano — everything from “O Holy Night” to “Frosty the Snowman,” “What Child is This” and “Jingle Bells.”

Entertainment listings can be emailed 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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