Entertainment Update for June 15

48 Hour Film awards June 15

Join the fun on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Arts in downtown Hood River for film screenings and award ceremony for the 2013 Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project. Presented by FoxCard Media, this screening showcases participating teams of filmmakers who on the weekend of June 7-9 had 48 hours to plan, shoot, edit and turn in a completed short film. The winning film will have successfully woven together the themes submitted by each of the five sponsors: Columbia Center for the Arts, Sheppard’s, Smiley’s Red Barn, Foxtail Cider, Ground Central Coffee Station and Mt. Defiance Fruit Company.

With the winning film receiving a $500 prize, second and third place will receive $250 and $100 respectively. In addition, winning films will be shown during the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

‘Vesper Geer’ screens June 21

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles hosts a pasta bar dinner and film Friday, June 21. The dinner is a pasta bar at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by “The Life of Vesper Geer,” a 65-minute historical documentary by Michael Turner, artist-in-residence at the GeerCrest Farm and Historical Society in the Willamette Valley. Vesper Geer was the fourth-generation owner of the Geer farmstead, the oldest frame-built house in Oregon to remain in the same family. Vesper was born in that old house in 1917 and passed away there in 2010. The story of the Geer family is, in many ways, the story of Oregon. Geer’s ancestors were among the first Oregon Trail emigrants to use the new Barlow Road in 1846 to travel to the Willamette Valley.

Turner will also show the world-premier of “Musa Geer and the Goodnoe Hills,” a five-minute short film on Vesper Geer’s Aunt Musa, who was postmistress for 47 years of the Goodnoe Hills post office in Klickitat County.

Victor Johnson at Clocktower

There’s music and more at Clocktower Ales this June:

June 14 - Blue Skies for Black Hearts at 9 p.m.

June 21 - Groove Project at 9 p.m.

June 28 - Ten Thirty at 9 p.m.

Trivia Night every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

“15 Minutes of Fame” every Sunday night at 7 p.m.

Saturday nights on the patio: Victor Johnson from 6-9 p.m.

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602.

Arts center volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed at the Arts Center for some June events. CAST committee members are also needed.

June 15: Awards and screening of the 48 Hour Film Project films — one usher and a bartender.

June 21: CAST staged reading of “The Clean House” — two ushers.

June 29: Reel Paddling Film Festival in partnership with Wet Planet Rafting Company — two ushers and one bartender each night

Email Catherine at volunteer@columbiaarts.org if interested.

Le Guin, Dorband visit Klindt’s in The Dalles June 15

Author and poet Ursula K. Le Guin and photographer Roger Dorband will be visiting Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles to discuss “Out Here,” their book featuring poems and images of Steens Mountain country on Saturday, June 15, at 4 p.m.

Le Guin has stated that she “fell irrevocably in love with the Steens Mountain region at first sight.” Since then the Portland writer has returned many times to the mountain, located in southeastern Oregon’s Harney County, finding there an "inexhaustible source for poetry and sketches."

In the book “Out Here,” Le Guin presents a collection of these poems and drawings along with color photographs of the high desert landscape by Oregon photographer Roger Dorband, a resident of Astoria, best known for his coffee table book “The Rogue, Portrait of a River.”

Nominated for the Oregon Book Award, “Out Here” depicts the beauty and tranquility of the Steens through the words of Le Guin and the lens of Dorband.

Clambake at Marley’s Corner

The Portland jazz band Clambake Combo is at Marley's Corner on the Heights on Saturday, June 22, starting at 7 p.m. for an all-ages show. No cover charge. Marley’s Corner, UK Pub & Drive-Thru, 1216 C St., Hood River; 541-386-0153; www.marleyscorner.com.

‘Dogs at Work’ to benefit Hood River Adopt A Dog

Come out to watch dogs at work and support Hood River Adopt A Dog on June 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., as local veterinarian and herding dog trainer Dr. Cynthia Mills will demonstrate the herding skills of her award-winning dogs, Folly, Mango and Krayken. See how amazing a very well-trained dog can be.

The event will take place at York Hill Farm at 5170 York Hill Drive in Hood River. Mills will be working her dogs in series with a herd of sheep. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit Hood River Adopt A Dog.

Hood River Adopt A Dog is the volunteer group that provides care for all shelter dogs and veterinary care and adoption services for unclaimed dogs at Hood River County’s Hukari Shelter in Odell.

‘Livin’ Tiny’ at Pint Shack

On Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m., join the Pint Shack in Hood River for the movie “Livin' Tiny.” This movie documents the winter travels of skiers Molly Baker and Zack Giffin and their Outdoor Research Tiny House project — living the ski-bum’s life in a 112-square-foot portable house. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

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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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