Entertainment update for May 18, 2013

‘Ron & Ben’ at Double Mt.

It’s “Big Ron and Medium Ben,” on Thursday, May 23, at Double Mountain Brewing in Hood River, from 8-10 p.m. “Ben Bonham (Hapa Hillbillies, Trashcan Joe) is a first rate showman and accomplished player of guitar, slide guitar and ukulele. Ron Ontiveros (Hapa Hillbillies) plays upright bass, shouts a bit, carries the gear and drives the van. Let them whisk you away with their musical style which incorporates early country blues, early jazz, early western swing, early tin pan alley, late electronica, early hapa haole, early elevator and early punk rock — all with an undercurrent of irreverent humor.” Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Carpenter at Northshore Cafe

Enjoy a relaxing “Acoustic Crepe Sunday” on May 19, from 8 a.m. - noon, at the Northshore Cafe in Bingen with musician Carinne Carpenter. Northshore Cafe, 166 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, 509-493-1240.

Curtis Salgado performs in The Dalles May 31

The Sunshine Mill Winery in The Dalles hosts a “Copapalooza” event on Friday, May 31, with award-winning blues vocalist/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30. Salgado was recently nominated for four 2013 Blues Music Awards including B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and Soul Blues Album Of The Year with his new CD “Soul Shot.” Visit www.sunshinemill.com for more information.

‘Celilo’ CD release May 25

Musicians Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell announce the release of their new CD, “Celilo,” which was recorded live last February. The title song of the CD describes the history and disappearance of Celilo Falls, one of the Pacific Northwest's greatest natural wonders. The effort includes an eclectic collection of sometimes political and inspirational “evolving folk” songs, composed by MacMillan. There will be a release party for this CD on Saturday, May 25, from 7-10 p.m. at the Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River.

‘Rumblestrips’ screens May 22

Columbia Center for the Arts continues the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series with the film “Rumblestrips” on May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Broke and emotionally blistered after the death of her husband, Toby turns to a beloved pastime, growing marijuana, to provide for her family. When she is arrested and convicted, she packs up the RV and takes her two young daughters on a road trip while uneasily awaiting sentencing.

This film is not rated, runtime is 85 minutes. Admission is $5. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com

For more information on the film visit www.imdb.com/title/tt2151783/.

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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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