Entertainment Update for Mar. 9

Romancing the West: A musical and visual journey through time

Described as a celebration of hope, faith and woven histories of the people of the Great West, Romancing the West tells epic stories of native peoples, explorers and sagas of pioneers — a history that has spanned two centuries.

With an all-original score and music from every decade — from ragtime to rock anthems, an all-star lineup of recording artists will make history come alive. Featuring legendary Woodstock performer Melanie, award-winning duo Gypsy Soul and Christina & Sons of the Oregon Trail — along with a supporting 10-piece band of talented musicians and storytellers,

Romancing the West will explore the times of the old frontier to today’s era through music and storytelling. The Dalles Civic Auditorium, Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at www.romancingthewest.org. Sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Oregon Historical Society and Travel Pendleton.

Blues master MacLeod returns to The Pines March 23

A “master of original acoustic blues,” Doug MacLeod was nominated 2011 Acoustic Artist of the Year by Blues Revue. Sing Out Magazine says “MacLeod is preserving a lost art ... a must for any serious fan of the blues and any soul who needs the healing of the blues.” MacLeod’s new CD is called “There’s a Time,” recorded live with studio musicians Denny Croy (bass) and Jimi Bott (drums). The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River, Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m. $15 at the door, 21 and over only.

Spring Break Kids Scavenger Hunt at Discovery Center

Kids are the focus at the Discovery Center during spring break. Children will have free admission when accompanied by an admission-paying adult during both Oregon and Washington spring breaks, March 23 through April 7.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, children can participate in a free scavenger hunt activity in the museum and on the grounds. Three age levels are geared for 3-5-year-olds, 6-10-year-olds and age 11 and up.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to each child who finds all the answers. And those who finish in record time will also receive a prize.

The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Open daily from 9-5. Adult admission is $8, seniors $7, and kids 6-16 are free between March 23-April 7 when accompanied by an admission-paying adult; call 541-296-8600 or visit www.gorgediscovery.org for more information.

Music Tuesdays at Springhouse

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 12: Groove Project

With Tim Mayer on keys and vocals, Ryan Kolberg on bass and Bill Schreiber on electric drums, The Groove Project plays songs that you've heard before, but in a way that you’ve never heard before. With their roots in jazz, the Groove Project likes to play Latin, funk, soul, rock, street beats, even a little country two-step. The band guarantees you’ll like it — and you won't be able to sit still.

March 26: Eric John Kaiser

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

Bird ID workshop March 16

Need help trying to identify all of those little birds that come to your birdfeeder? Practice your backyard bird identification with wildlife biologist Cathy Flick on Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. Scopes will be provided for close looks.

The trip will visit a Christmas Bird Count feeder-watcher site in Parkdale.

Meet at Hood River Hobbies, downtown Hood River, at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them, your favorite bird ID guide and layers of warm clothing.

Pass the Whiskey’ at Everybody’s

Join us at Everybody's for Pass the Whiskey on Friday, March 8. Come and get your pre- St. Patty's Day party on with this awesome Irish folk-rock band. 9:30 p.m.

Next week, Friday, Feb. 15: Manimal House rocks the party! Come on down and get your dance on. Manimalhouse draws inspiration from every flavor of funky soul music. With a stew of covers and originals they combine their influences to create a party atmosphere that leaves everyone in the room feeling better than they have all week.

They're like the mix tape you want to throw on at the party of the year just when things are starting to get a little out of control.

‘River Light’ at Columbia Center for the Arts

Columbia Center for the Arts presents, “River Light - 25 Years of Kayaking Wild Rivers” on Wednesday, March 20, featuring National Geographic Explorer Charlie Munsey.

From the Columbia Gorge to the remote Himalaya, Outside Magazine photographer and National Geographic Explorer Charlie Munsey invites you to an evening exploring the evolution of kayaking wild rivers through visually stunning imagery and the stories behind them.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with show beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $10 and are available at Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Arts and online at www.columbiaart.org. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

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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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