Entertainment update for May 25, 2013

Cripple Hop plays bike trail benefit June 1

Local bluegrass/Americana band Cripple Hop will lend its talent for a fundraiser for “44Trails Mountain Biking” hosted by the Dirty Fingers bike shop (1235 State St.) in Hood River on Saturday, June 1. The event starts at 3 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. For more information visit the band on Facebook.

Kevin Selfe hosts Open Mic Blues Night at Waucoma Club

Enjoy live entertainment every Wednesday night at the Waucoma Club in Hood River as award-winning blues guitarist Kevin Selfe hosts the Open Mic Blues Night from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Selfe is receiving national recognition with his latest CD and he coordinates a great show that is ever-changing and danceable.

Every Friday night Waucoma Club appeals to the “younger” crowd with DJ Zinker, who brings in a great sound and light show to accompany his music mixes of pop to punk from 9 p.m.-midnight.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Saturday night live shows (music starts at 9 p.m.):

May 25: Portland singer/songwriter John Koonce

June 1: Forever Growing

June 8: The Twangshifters

The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Tuesday Open Mic at Zim’s

Guitarist Les Vaughn (Fender Benders Band) hosts an Open Mic Night on Tuesdays at Zim’s Brau Haus in The Dalles — sign-up is at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. For weekly updates on this open mic night visit www.lesvaughn.com and sign up on his guestbook. Zim's Brau Haus, 604 E Second St., The Dalles, 541-296-2368.

‘Willy & Nelson’ at Naked Winery

On Friday, May 24, from 7-10 p.m., local band Willy & Nelson is back in Hood River for a special evening at The Naked Winery Tasting Room. The band started its journey at Naked’s Monday Night Open Mic a few years back and this is the first time it will play the room as a band for more than three songs. “We’re really stoked and we’ve put together some new tunes to bust out for the occasion.” Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Eric Taylor returns June 12

“Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman and NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Taylor brings his concept of song theatre — spoken word ingeniously intertwined with masterfully crafted songs — to the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m., and he’ll be celebrating the release of his brand-new CD, “Studio 10.” Tickets are $15.

Comedy Night at The Pines with Jason Hunter

It’s another evening of non-stop laughter with Comedy Night at The Pines on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m with Jason Hunter and Patrick Higgins.

Jason Hunter cemented his name in comedy as an opening act for such names as Bob Saget, Dave Atell and Jeff Dunham. His take on his own marriage, the surrounding pop-culture and “redneck” ninjas are just some of the topics that he dives into with no regard of how he will look at the end of it all. Hunter has been featured on Rooftop Comedy and was a national finalist in the Purina Pet Challenge. He has also been seen on CBS Comedy Night School and FOX.

This show is 21+ only. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Call the tasting room for tickets. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301. ‘Farms’ author reads May 28

Local author Rebecca Thistlewaite will be reading and discussing her book “Farms with a Future” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Hood River County Library.

“As communities seek greater resiliency in the wake of economic upheaval, local farmers are seen as a key resource to help reinvigorate, or create, a diversified, regionalized, ecologically based food system.”

“Farms with a Future” explores the passion, creativity, and entrepreneurship that’s needed to help family farms find their niche and remain sustainable and successful in an age of agribusiness and consolidation.

The event is sponsored by Waucoma Bookstore, Gorge Owned Business Network, the Hood River County Library and Gorge Grown.

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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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