Entertainment Update for Feb. 27

‘Big Love Story’ screens Feb. 27

Columbia Center for the Arts film series continues on Feb. 27 with the winner of Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival feature narrative: “A Big Love Story,” by Ryan Sage. From a script bought off Craigslist for $500, Ryan Sage has sculpted a truly unique, independent romantic comedy. Sam is a former college football star whose chance to play in the NFL is abruptly ended with a blown out knee. Seven years later, he finds himself alone, working a minimum wage job and weighing a deadly 413 pounds.

The time has come for some change. The time has come for some weight loss. Knowing this is not a road he can go alone, Sam hires a personal trainer to get him into shape. Join Columbia Arts Wednesday Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. This film is not rated, run time 93 minutes. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

L’il Rev plays March 3

Don’t miss the annual visit by ukulele empresario L’il Rev on Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. He’s packed past house concerts at 401 Montello in Hood River over the years. This time around, there will be a potluck starting at 6 p.m., so don’t be late. Lil Rev received the "best folksinger award" in 2004 from the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and has at least nine CDs to his credit. Visit www.facebook.com/paulshouseconcerts for more information.

Bone Soup event March 2

Bone Soup, a benefit for the Home At Last Humane Society, happens at The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Saturday, March 2, starting at 6 p.m. Featuring live and silent auctions and dancing to the Funkship Columbia — it’s an evening of dining and dancing to benefit dogs and cats. Last year, HAL was able to find homes for 669 pets. Tickets are available by calling 541-296-5189.

Feast of Words March 9

The Hood River County Library Foundation invites you to eat, drink and be merry in the library at the third annual Feast of Words on Saturday, March 9, from 6-9 p.m. The event will include exquisite desserts and savory appetizers, local wine and beer, and live music in the beautiful downtown Hood River Library.

This year, the Library Foundation's goal is to raise $15,000 to improve the atrium in the Hood River library. The improvements will include a new teen area, designed by the library's Teen Speak advisory committee, and a new magazine area so that readers can take advantage of the Hood River Library's stunning view of the Columbia River. Tickets are $25 each and are available at any library branch, Waucoma Bookstore, Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, or online at http://www.hoodriverlibrary.org/foundation.

‘Gentleman Band’ at Cebu

Friday, March 1: Two Man Gentlemen Band w/ McDougall 9:30 p.m. – Two Man Music from L.A. and South Carolina

Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for half a decade, developing a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits.

Saturday. March 2: Blackberry Bushes Stringband 9:30 p.m. – NW Alt. Folk String Band from Olympia.

The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed 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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