Saturday, December 28, 2013
New Year’s Eve planner
Mt. Hood Meadows — Skiing, live music, fine food and fireworks will bring in the new year at Mt. Hood Meadows (along with servings of Brrr Winter Ale presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing).
Enjoy skiing or snowboarding until midnight, fireworks, a dinner buffet and a party with live music by Keegan Smith and The Fam (party for ages 21 and older). Lifts will operate until midnight on New Year’s Eve, with the fireworks starting at 10:15 p.m.
View the fireworks from the base area or from the mountain (but not from the chairlift).
Lifts begin operation at 9 a.m.; if you’re just coming up for the evening you can purchase a Meadows After Dark lift pass from 3 p.m. to midnight for $49.
New Year’s Eve is a showcase for the culinary talents of Executive Chef Manuel Barragan and his team. There are three seatings: 5-6 p.m., 6:15-7:15 p.m., and 8-8:45 p.m. Seating times are issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the concierge desk upon your arrival at Meadows.
See http://bit.ly/19mip24 for details.
Everybody’s Brewing, White Salmon — The Shed Shakers, free champagne toast at midnight.
CEBU Lounge – Euro-Americana band Lolo Motion, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — (Streetside Reny plays Jan. 3 and Sassparilla entertains on Jan. 4.) CEBU is at Best Western Hood River Inn.
Columbia Gorge Hotel – “Murder in the Key of D,” murder mystery party, music by Jamie Nasario; call 541-386-5566.
Hood River Elks Lodge — Larkspur dance band, dinner at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m.; $45 per couple, call 541-386-1507. (Cost for dance only is $10 per person, 21 and over only)
Double Mountain Brewery — Manimalhouse, sexy, gritty powerhouse funk, 9 p.m.
(Double Mountain presents Green Neck Red Devils on Jan. 2 and Barlow Road on Jan. 8, 21-and-over shows, no cover.)
Songwriter Summit returns
Lincoln Crockett, Matt Mesa and Dan Weber will provide a night of “tunes, tales and lies” as Columbia Center for the Arts presents “Columbia River Gorge Songwriter Summit,” Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 online at columbiaarts.org or at the door.
Entertainment listings can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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