Entertainment Update for March 30

Kirkpatrick reads April 7

Author Jane Kirkpatrick for a reading on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at the Hood River County Library. Kirkpatrick will be discussing her new book “One Glorious Ambition,” a compelling women's historical novel based on the life of a woman who refused to be defined by her past, conventional Victorian thinking, or the people around her-and changed the face of mental illness in the 19th century.

‘Quiet Beauty’ book release party April 10

Waucoma Bookstore and Columbia Center for the Arts are hosting local photographer David Cobb for a book release party and slide show presentation for his new book “Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America.” The presentation will be on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave, Hood River). There is a $5 suggested donation, and proceeds benefit Columbia Center for the Arts.

Join photographer David Cobb as he presents a virtual tour of Japanese Gardens of North America. Showing images from his book he'll discuss the elements of style and finer points of photographing Japanese gardens. You’ll learn how to see the Japanese garden from a larger perspective as a cohesive entity down to the intricacies and smallest details. Learn to appreciate both the commonalities and individual aspects of these gardens, and how best to capture their unique beauty through the seasons.

Music at Springhouse Cellars

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.

April 2: Dave Donder and Barton Carroll

April 9: Richard Tillinghast Duo

April 23 Cripple Hop (bluegrass)

April 30 Clambake Duo (jazz)

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

(These dates have been incorrectly running under a Mt. Hood Meadows headine - Hood River News regrets the error.)

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.

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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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