Entertainment Update for Mar. 2

Bob Connolly plays Parkdale

Singer-songwriter Bob Connolly is playing at a venue near you — catch him at Solera Brewery in Parkdale on Tuesday, March 5 and 19, starting at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 3, 17 and 31 he will be at the Husum Hills Golf Course restaurant, in Husum, Wash., at 6 p.m.

‘Vesper Geer’ screens March 5

Michael Turner of Salem has directed a feature film entitled "The Life of Vesper Geer." It is screening at the Hood River County History Museum on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. The screening is free, and Turner will be there to introduce the film and take questions afterward. The documentary tells the story of a woman's enduring love for her small farm, and her struggle to keep it in the family. Her family farmstead, called GeerCrest, is known as the oldest house in Oregon to remain in the same family. The film will also premiere on Oregon Public Broadcasting on March 24.

Willy and Nelson play Chips

Country band Willy and Nelson will play at Chips in Bingen, Wash., on Friday, March 1, starting at 9 p.m., and to till the cows come home … or midnight comes around. You can also catch them at Zim’s Brauhaus in the Dalles next Friday, March 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Music at Mt Hood Meadows

There’s music and more this month at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. All of the music is hosted in the Vertical Restaurant & Bar in the North Lodge on the third floor. Music is free for all ages unless otherwise noted.

Fruition, March 2, 3-6 p.m. Fruition is a Portland-based high-energy bluegrass string band. With vibrant harmonies and effortless swing from whiskey-rock to shoe-stomp, from ballad to anthem, and everywhere between, versatility has defined this band.

Acoustic Minds, March 9, 3-6 p.m. Portland twin sirens Amanda and Jenni Price, known together as Acoustic Minds, specialize in their own blend of soul and New Millennium dance pop. Their work has two completely different, though not necessarily opposing, sides: a quiet, acoustic side and a loud, club-banging side that is rich in synths and lyrics about the type of love at first sight that can happen only on the dance floor.

Twisted Whistle, March 16, 3-6 p.m. A folk, bluegrass, Americana band from Portland, Twisted Whistle exemplifies bluegrass in such a raw, rootsy way that it’s not hard to get lost in the entire ensemble.

Cody Beebe & the Crooks, March 23, 1-5 p.m. (Spring Brewfest). The band calls their music roots rock; some radio gurus have dubbed it progressive Americana, and others have said “Steve Earle meets Pink Floyd.” If their genre can’t be easily named, that says nothing of its approachability and timelessness.

Left Coast Country, March 30 1:30-4:30 p.m. Left Coast Country are a "Northwest bluegrass band based in Portland who deliver both high-energy original compositions and an authentic take on traditional sounds stemming from Bill Monroe to Townes van Zandt.

‘Last Shangri-la’ screens March 9

Columbia Center for the Arts in conjunction with Sheer Madness Productions present the Hood River premiere of “Bhutan - The Last Shangri-la," on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation includes a film and slideshow featuring filmmaker Nathan Herbeck.

Bhutan, is located in South East Asia in the eastern Himalayas. This mountainous country is often referred to as the last Shangri-la (meaning: the last place of complete bliss, delight and peace). Filmmaker Nathan Herbeck is one of the very few to have visited and documented the country’s incredible beauty and culture.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Columbia Arts and Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org in advance and at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River

Live music Tuesdays at Springhouse Cellar

Springhouse Cellar in Hood River has started live music inside on Tuesdays, from 5:30-8 p.m. (The series will be moving outside to the Ruins in June.) There is no cover charge and food from Four and Twenty Blackbirds will be available.

March 5 — Sidestreet Reny

March 12 — Groove Project

March 26 — Eric John Kaiser

Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

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.

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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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