Entertainment Update for Mar. 6

Blues guitarist Dennis Johnson at Waucoma Club March 9


Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson is one of the elite slide guitar players performing today. Drawing comparisons to slide guitarists Robert Johnson and Roy Rogers, Johnson masterfully elevates the art of slide guitar across many genres of music, including blues, New Orleans, rock and swing. Catch Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers at the Waucoma Club in Hood River on Saturday, March 9, starting at 9 p.m. No cover charge. The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Volunteers needed for March art center events

Volunteers are needed for the following events at the Columbia Center for the Arts:

March 9: Bhutan “The Last Shangri-La,” two ushers and one bartender

March 20: River Light “25 Years of Kayaking Wild Rivers,” two ushers and one bartender

March 22-23: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (staged reading), one usher on March 22 and a bartender and two ushers and a bartender on March 23

March 27: Film series “Into Eternity,” one usher

To sign up email Catherine at:


All events start at 7:30 p.m.; bartenders need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and ushers no later than 6:45 p.m.

Nathaniel Talbot Quartet at CEBU Lounge


Nathaniel Talbot Quartet

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, March 8: Nathaniel Talbot Quartet, 9:30 p.m. – Fingerstyle guitarist with all-star backing band. At the ripened age of 28, this Oregon-grown tunesmith is influenced by guitar pickers such as Doc Watson, Leo Kottke and Kelly Joe Phelps.

Saturday, March 9: Silverhawk, featuring Sam and John C. Densmore, 9:30 p.m. – Psychedelic folk-rock. Silverhawk has a broadly appealing body of original work behind them. With a rotating cast of instrumentalists, they have an innate ability to engage diverse audiences. They are often compared to Modern Lovers, Pavement and the Beatles. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Manimal House at Pint Shack


Manimal House

This week at the Pint Shack in Hood River:

Wednesday, March 6: Mark Daly plays from 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, March 7: Kayak movies on the big screen: “Thunderballs” Old-school kayak carnage, 7 p.m.; “Congo,” world-class kayakers make a first descent down the Congo River, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 10: Manimal House, 9:30. Nine-piece funk band from Portland. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

Gallery 301 features Hood River Gold Stars


Mike Stillman

The Hood River Gold Stars, lead by Mike Stillman, play the Gallery 301 on Friday, March 8. Come join this raucous group for some lively jazz starting around 5:30 p.m. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River; 541-436-0281.

Country Dance March 9


Second Saturday Country Dance at Rockford Grange.

On Saturday, March 9, from 7-10 p.m., it’s the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. The caller will be Ned Leager from Portland. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band, 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. Rockford Grange is located on Barrett Road in Hood River. Cost is $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.

Cripple Hop at Double Mountain March 7

Local fusiongrass string band Cripple Hop is playing at Double Mountain on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Featuring Max Reitz and John Hunter on acoustic guitars and vocals, Andy Roof on bass and vocals and Ryan Brevard on mandolin, Cripple Hop jams on fast, string-inspired music from many sources: Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Greensky Bluegrass, Hendrix, The Stones, Yonder Mountain String Band, as well as originals and some bluegrass tunes. No cover charge. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

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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