Entertainment Update for Nov. 2

United Way benefit Dec. 8

Catch the holiday spirit with the fourth-annual United Way holiday benefit with rock concert violinist Aaron Meyer, and his amazing six-piece band on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore, by calling 541-386-6100, or at the door. This delightful afternoon concert benefits United Way of the Columbia Gorge, which this year allocated $155,000 to 40 agencies, helping people in need in our community. It’s a guaranteed fun afternoon for the whole family. General admission is $20, 12 and under is $15. Prefered seating ticket options are available.

Tony Marcus plays Nov. 7

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Hood River has an opportunity to hear Tony Marcus, a “longtime presence on the San Francisco Bay Area acoustic music scene.” From a start playing traditional folk music in his first band with Laurie Lewis and Kate Brislin, to the jazzier sounds of more recent years (Leftover Dreams, Cats & Jammers) Tony has mastered the guitar, violin and other stringed instruments — as well as contributing strong vocals. Tony has played with some big names, including Kate Wolf, Geoff Muldaur and the Cheap Suit Serenaders. Music starts at 7 p.m. at 401 Montello, Hood River; 541-387-4011.

Countryside Ride in Trout Lake

Countryside Ride Band, a Northwest classic country/western and roots-style honky-tonk band, will be at the historic Trout Lake Inn on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 8 p.m. Portland band Copper & Coal opens the show with its “tight harmonies, soaring pedal steel and fiddle, and a deep respect for the country tradition of the ’40s and ’50s” sound. This fun-filled, all-ages event is where you can don your favorite cowboy boots, kick up your heels and dance to classic country music. $5 admission. Trout Lake Country Inn, 15 Guler Road, Trout Lake, Wash.; 509-395-3667.

Food Drive at Maryhill Museum

Maryhill Museum of Art is asking visitors to lend a helping hand to food banks in Klickitat County on Saturday, Nov. 2. For every two non-perishable food items that a visitor contributes, they will receive one free museum admission. It’s the museum’s way of saying thanks and is a great way to squeeze in one last visit to the museum before it closes for the season after Nov. 15. Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, Wash.; 509-773-3733.

Lewi Longmire at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 1: Jelly Bread 9:30 p.m. – moonshine funk and heavy soul. Jelly Bread, emerging out of Reno, Nev., is a tour de force of full-frontal funk, thoroughly steeped in a rock-Americana style, with a dash of rollicking indie alt-rock radio appeal.

Saturday, Nov. 2: Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters 9:30 p.m. – roots-rockin’ jam master Lewi Longmire has worked with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Blue Giant, the Minus 5 and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as local luminaries Little Sue, Casey Neill, the Freak Mountain Ramblers and The Peasants. Now he spends his time leading a roots rock/Americana band of his own, singing the songs he has written himself. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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