Entertainment Update for Jan. 9, 2013

‘My Dinner Party’ starts Jan. 26

The 2013 “My Dinner Party” series launches at The Pines Tasting Room on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 p.m. This is a free event.

“My Dinner Party” is a series of dinner parties in which a rotating group of gracious and imaginative hosts open their homes for dinners, brunches and various soirees to benefit the Heart of Hospice Foundation.

Meet this year’s dinner hosts, enjoy appetizers and be the first to reserve your place at any of the dinners (online reservations will continue throughout the year for any unsold dinner spaces, after the launch party). The evening will also feature photos for sale by Gary and Jonathan Goatcher, with all proceeds benefiting the Heart of Hospice Foundation.

‘Blue Skies For Black Hearts’ at CEBU Jan. 11

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Jan. 11: Blue Skies For Black Hearts, 9:30 p.m. – vintage pop, indie rock n’ roll.

Blue Skies For Black Hearts was born at the beginning of this shiny new millennium as an outlet for prolific songwriter and lead singer Pat Kearns. Pat's other job is producing records, which he has done for the likes of The Exploding Hearts, the Lovvers (U.K.), Dandy Warhols, Clorox Girls, Red Dons and the Nice Boys.

Saturday, Jan. 12: The Student Loan, 9:30 p.m. – uptempo bluegrass/newgrass

The Student Loan is an eclectic four-piece newgrass band based in Portland. Mixing traditional bluegrass and folk music with elements of rock, jazz and blues, The Student Loan has a sound that defies genre and is both familiar and new.

‘Speedqueen’ at Everybody’s

The rock n’ roll style of Speedqueen Underground rocks Everybody’s Brewing on Friday, Jan. 11, starting at 10 p.m.

Coming up Friday, Jan. 18 - Left Coast Country (9:30 p.m.)

On Friday, Jan. 25 - The Shed Shakers (9 p.m.)

On Sunday, Jan. 27 - Aaron Kiem - The Quiet American (6-8 p.m.)

Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

‘Strings’ at Naked Winery

Strings — music from Ben Bonham and Kerry Williams — happens from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

HR Horns at Gallery 301

The Hood River Horns will be blasting away Friday evening with jazz at the Gallery 301. The band features Diana Lysgaard, Susan Crowley, Bob Green, Paula Runyan and others. It’s jazz you can dance to, starting at 5 p.m. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

Volunteers needed for events

The Columbia Center for the Arts needs volunteers for these upcoming events:

Jan. 11: two ushers and a bartender and one additional tech person for Utah Ballroom Dance Company. Shows starts at 7:30 p.m. Bartender needed around 6 p.m., ushers 6:30 p.m. Tech needed by 6 p.m. maybe sooner.

Jan. 13: one person needed for William Stafford poetry event. Event at 2 p.m. arrive at 1 p.m.

Jan. 18-19: two ushers and a bartender for the staged readings of Travesties, same times as above.

Please reply to Catherine at volunteer@columbiaarts.org if you can help.

Country Dance at Rockford Grange Jan. 12

On Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7-10 p.m., it’s the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker from the Mid-Columbia area. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band also from the Mid-Columbia 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.

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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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