Wednesday, March 20, 2013
‘Into Eternity’ film and discussion scheduled at Arts Center
Columbia Center for the Arts will host another conversation film series on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. with the award-winning film “Into Eternity.” The film will be followed by a discussion panel of local experts.
“Into Eternity” is the first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions long-term nuclear waste storage poses.
Structured as a message to future generations, the film focuses on the Onkalo waste repository now under construction in Finland, one of the first underground storage facilities. Onkalo is a gigantic network of tunnels being carved out of bedrock that will start receiving Finland’s nuclear waste in 2020. Once the repository is full, in about 100 years, it will be closed and hopefully remain sealed for at least 100,000 years.
With its stark, stylistic approach, the film not only raises questions about the possibility of long-term nuclear waste storage, but also invites reflection on the limits of science and human knowledge, along with our responsibility to future generations.
This film is not rated. Runtime is 75 minutes.
Richard Wilkins Band at Naked Winery
It’s time for a Vernal Equinox Dance Party at Naked Winery, Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with your hosts, The Richard Wilkins Blues Band. Dance to soul, rhythm and blues, and more. 21 and over; no cover. Naked Winery is located at Second and Cascade streets, Hood River.
Music at Alma Terra wines
Check out local talent at Bingen’s Alma Terra Winery, downtown on Steuben Street, in March Music, 6-9 p.m. Fridays.
Elizabeth Tillinghast performs original music with “Cajun seasoning” on March 20 and Rob Guidera and Amber Nelson will do guitar-driven tunes with vocals on March 29.
Pianist Jason Farnham performs March 25
Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association brings to the Gorge an evening of contemporary piano featuring classically trained pianist, Jason Farnham. The concert starts at 7 p.m. on March 25 at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Road in The Dalles. Tickets are $20; available at the door, at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and at Klint’s Booksellers and Columbia River Music in The Dalles.
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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