Entertainment Update for Nov. 16

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8

If you like a little jazz, or a little groove in your Christmas music then get ready for the Groove Project Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. It’s the time of year for cool, soulful, jazz-infused renditions of all the Christmas standards.

The band features Tim Mayer (keys), Rick Hulett (guitar), Char Mayer (vocals), Mike Stillman (sax), Ryan McAlexander (bass), Tim Ortlieb (drums) and probably a few more musical friends stopping by. Tickets at the door are $10, $5 for seniors, students and children

Ted Horwitz at Portage Grill

Ted Horwitz is at the piano every Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the Portage Grill, located in the Shilo Inn Hotel in The Dalles. Ted Horwitz plays pop, rock, showtunes — his years of experience makes for an entertaining show. Shilo Inn, The Dalles at I-84 exit 87, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way. Call 541-298-3287 for more information.

Jim MacMillan plays Nov. 15

The Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell trio will be rolling out a few new tunes and an evening of original music from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles. For more information on their CD release “Celilo,” visit www.jimmacmillanmusic.com.

‘Needles’ screens Nov. 20

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Cascade Acupuncture Center will screen the powerful film “9000 Needles” at Columbia Center for the Arts starting at 7:30 p.m.

“9000 Needles” follows 40-year-old Devin Dearth who after suffering a devastating stroke, faces dismal odds of recovery, as well as the confines of the U.S. health care system. In a desperate search for an answer, his community and family rally behind him, raising the necessary funds and support to send Devin on an unconventional journey to China where he will participate in a program which uses acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicines to treat stroke patients.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

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. $5 admission. Trout Lake Country Inn, 15 Guler Road, Trout Lake, Wash.; 509-395-3667.

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.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com.

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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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