Entertainment Update for Nov. 27

Secret Salsa meets Dec. 13

Secret Salsa invites everyone to warm up the winter with some Latin dancing on Friday, Dec. 13, for a ChaCha lesson with Portland instructors Uwe Hessinger and Colleen Suzanne at the White Salmon Grange Hall. The lesson is open to all levels, no partner necessary, and begins at 7:30 p.m. — there will be dancing until 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10. For more on salsa dancing, visit secretsalsasociety.weebly.com.

Lolo Motion at Volcanic Nov. 27

Lolo Motion featuring Mark Daly and friends will be playing at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 7-9 p.m. Stop in and kick off the Thanksgiving holiday with some great tunes. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.

Brewer’s Grade at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 29: Brewer’s Grade 9:30 p.m. – Modern country. “Original, contemporary, diverse and entertaining are just a few of the words one could use to describe this experienced and fresh-sounding group of talented musicians known as Brewer’s Grade. Zac Grooms, Cody Christopherson, Nolan Hare, Al Hare and Joe Smart are not only refined musicians in their own ways, but together form a sound and energy that cannot be found with just any collaboration.”

Saturday, Nov. 30: Tony Smiley 9:30 p.m. – The Loop Ninja. Tony Smiley, aka “The Loop Ninja,” is absolutely captivating as he rocks the Boss Loop pedal, looping every single instrument to build a whole world as he takes you along on a ride of rock, world fusion dance mixed with old school roots of ’80s/’90s new wave, beat-boxing mixed with Mongolian throat singing and a dash of Middle Eastern tabla.

Connell, Dwyer play Dec. 6

Mandolinists Tim Connell and Jack Dwyer have just released an album called “Mando Planet.” The duo will be in Hood River for a house concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. (401 Montello, Hood River). “Tim and Jack have gathered their handsome talents, creative energy and wide musical tastes into a collection of clear and concise gems in these mando duets. Whether they are playing an Irish jig, a Brazilian choro or improvising freely on one of their original tunes, the music always has focus and authenticity.”

United Way benefit Dec. 8

Catch the holiday spirit with the fourth-annual United Way holiday benefit concert with rock 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.

Typhoon disaster benefit show Nov. 29 at Dog River Coffee

Join Irish band Barley Draught on Friday, Nov. 29, at Dog River Coffee for traditional Irish ballads, carols, sing-along songs and stories. Suggested $5 donation benefits typhoon disaster relief efforts. Music starts at 4 p.m. for this all-ages show. Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-4502.

‘Amaze-O’ at Trillium Nov. 27

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, “Amaze-O” featuring Alonzo Garbanzo, Jose Maya and Ted Horwitz, returns to the Trillium Cafe, with the late show from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Come party and dance to classic rock tunes on “Thanksgiving Eve” with this fun bunch — it’ll feel just like an extra Friday night! Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

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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