Entertainment Update for July 3

Summer Sounds concert series at Columbia Gorge Hotel

The Summer Sounds concert series returns to the Columbia Gorge Hotel with a selection of rock, pop and country sure to please all music fans.

On Sunday, July 21, get ready for high-octane guitar rock and blues from the Pat Travers Band. His 1979 LP “Live! Go for What You Know” was a huge success and the album, much like the Canadian musician himself, remains an influence for a whole generation of guitar slingers.

The series continues Aug. 11 with ‘80s pop band Quarterflash and again on Sept. 15 with country from the LoCash Cowboys.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show; available at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show includes special musical guests starting at 6 p.m. All tickets general admission. Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5566.

Pints for the Parks July 11

Local fusiongrass band Cripple Hop will be looking to get people dancing at the Pints for the Park Fundraiser at Double Mountain Brewery Thursday, July 11, from 6-11 p.m. $1 of each pint purchased will benefit the final phase for the completion of the popular Hood River Waterfront Park. Expect to hear classic covers, new originals, and a few unexpected surprises from the band. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Music at Marchesi July 5

Marchesi Vineyards, located at 3955 Belmont in Hood River, is celebrating its fifth anniversary by hosting a fine wine and dancing event on Friday, July 5. Live music will be provided from 4-6 p.m. by the group Swango, featuring John Durkan, Paul Viemeister, Michael Stillman and Dennis Harvey. A suggested donation may be made for the FISH Food Bank building fund.

Chuck Mead at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, July 5: Moe Dixon & Kerry Williams, 9:30 p.m. – Guitar, mandolin, summer funtime. Moe Dixon is a familiar name on the festival and concert club circuit. In performances across North America and Europe, Moe is best known for his ability to create an energy that brings people together through song.

Saturday, July 6: Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, 9:30 p.m. – hillbilly country-rockabilly

After leading several popular ‘80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed ‘90s alternative country quintet BR549. With BR549 on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, “Journeyman’s Wager,” and toured clubs, concert halls and international rock, country and rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.

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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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