Entertainment Update for Nov. 23

Alder Street All Stars at CEBU

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 22: Alder Street All-Stars, 9:30 p.m. – Bluegrass, Gypsy, Muddy Blues

Saturday, Nov. 23: The Student Loan 9:30 p.m. – resh & Furious Jamgrass

The Student Loan is an eclectic four-piece newgrass band based in Portland. Mixing traditional bluegrass and folk music with elements of rock, jazz, and blues, The Student Loan has a sound that defies genre and is both familiar and new.

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Tallman Band at Gorge White House

The Gorge White House will be open on Thanksgiving Weekend with music and special guest winemakers. Hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

On Saturday, welcom guest wine maker Steve Mason from Major Creek along with live music from The Dave Tallman Band from 2:30-5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the band plays from 2-5 p.m. The Gorge White House, 2265 Highway 35, Hood River; 541-386-2828.

Himalayan Dreams — The Quest for Kumari

Join photographer Peter Marbach for an inspiring journey into the heart and soul of Nepal on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. A benefit silent auction for the Sukman Memorial Clinic starts at 6:30 p.m. and the slideshow program starts at 7:30 p.m.

In Spring 2013, Marbach volunteered with the Mountain Leadership Institute and Freesolo Collective film crew on a humanitarian expedition to the Himalayas and the remote village of Kumari to document the amazing life story of Nepali trekking guide Jagat Lama and his heroic efforts to bring health care, education, and a women’s skills center to his village.

Marbach will share stories and images from the quiet village life in Kumari, the colorful chaos of Kathmandu, and the unspeakable beauty of the Himalayas and friendships forged en route to Everest.

Cowboy Gathering Nov. 30

Join the Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering on Saturday, Nov. 30, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium in The Dalles. Doors open at 1 p.m. for the afternoon matinee, which features an open mic stage along with some invited performers and Western life-style vendors. The matinee is free to the public. Come on down and join the fun for some good cowboy poetry and music, or even share some of your own on stage.

The ticketed evening show starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) and starts off with Steve and Terri (the “Epiglottis Goddess”) Taylor from Utah. They call themselves “Stampede,” and you should stampede down to the Civic to hear them!

Next up is Cowboy Poet Duane Lee Nelson with special guests Coyote Joe Sartin and Lauralee Northcott (from HorseCrazy Cowgirl Band), who will present their own special mix of poetry and music.

Then, back for a second go-round is multi-award winning singer-songwriter Dave Stamey. From “old corrals melting in the sun,” to “dancing to a camp-fire waltz,” Dave will take you down a dusty road to where the real West begins.

Tickets are available at Klindts Booksellers and The Feed Shack, both in The Dalles, or get ahold of Duane Nelson at Hood River Supply. There will also be ticket sales at the door.

For more information email thedallescivic.org or Duane Nelson: shortcutpoetry@hotmail.com.

The Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering is sponsored by Columbia State Bank and the Fort Dalles Riders.

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 concept behind this musical project is to create fun and unusual versions of common Christmas songs that make them as interesting for us to play as they are for audiences to listen to. We change the harmonies and the rhythmic feel to come up with jazz-inspired, funky or gospel arrangements of Christmas favorites like The Little Drummer Boy, Do You Hear What I Hear, Linus and Lucy, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and a lot more,” said keyboardist Tim Mayer.

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.

Holiday show volunteers needed

The holidays are fast approaching, as are the holiday shows, and the Columbia Center for the Arts needs you.

Nov. 22 and 23: The staged readings of “Sweet & Sad,” One bartender for each night. Show at 7:30 p.m., arrive time: 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 30: Foolz (the comedy and juggling duo of Wells & Woodhead). AV Tech, stage assist for the performers (you get to be on stage) and a bartender. Showtime 7 p.m. arrive time is different for each.

Dec. 8: Groove Project Grooves Christmas, 7 p.m. show,

2 ushers and a bartender needed.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:

Dec. 12: 2 ushers and a bartender 7:30 show, 6:30 arrive

Dec. 13: 2 ushers and a bartender same

Dec. 14: 2 ushers and a bartender same

Dec. 15: 2 ushers 2 p.m. show, 1 p.m. arrive

Dec. 19: 2 ushers and a bartender 7:30 show, 6:30 arrive

Dec. 20: 2 ushers and a bartender same

Dec. 21: 2 ushers 2 p.m. show 1 p.m. arrive

Dec. 18: a slideshow presentation on Nepal with photographer Peter Marbach, 2 ushers and a bartender, 7:30 p.m. show, 6:30 p.m. arrive time

Please email Catherine Butler at volunteer@columbiaarts.org if you can help with these events.

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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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