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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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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