Entertainment Update for Nov. 30

Photos with Santa helps Adopt A Dog program

Bring your favorite furry friend or human to Adopt A Dog’s Photos with Santa event at the Hood River Hotel every Sunday through Dec. 22. Santa will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteers of Adopt A Dog will coordinate the photo taking so you can go home with a photo of yourself and Santa, your kids and Santa or maybe even your dog with Santa. You can also get an electronic version of your photo emailed to you.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the dogs of the Hood River Adopt A Dog program. The cost is $8 per photo. If you are interested in providing a home for a dog call Adopt A Dog at 541-354-1083 or visit hoodriveradoptadog.org.

Sasquatch is coming Dec. 28

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Sasquatch Revealed,” a new exhibit opening Saturday, Dec. 28, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a speaker presentation by Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Chris Murphy following at 6:30 p.m. This exhibit draws from all the available scientific research and evidence compiled to date on the hominoid known as Sasquatch, or Bigfoot. Tickets are required by Dec. 23. Call 541-296-8600, ext. 201, for more information or visit gorgediscovery.org.

‘Countryside’ at Everybody’s

There’s free Friday night music at Everybody’s Nov. 29 featuring country band Countryside Ride. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Since 2007, Bret Ervin Lien (vocal, guitar), Josh Todd (vocal, Telecaster), and Miss Jessica (vocal, bass), Franz Sanger (fiddle) and recently Larry Wise (pedal-steel guitar) have been playing classic country, honky-tonk, Western swing, and dance hall favorites.

Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Benefit for Owen Stolte Dec. 7

The Lloyd Jones Struggle will play a benefit blues concert for Owen Stolte at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 7. Guitarist Lloyd Jones and his band plays horn-driven New Orleans blues and R&B along with great original songwriting. Suggested donation is $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Stolte, 14, needs chemotherapy treatment for bone cancer. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Free Holiday films at Skylight

For nine years Skylight Theatre in Hood River has featured free admission for special holiday films in December. This year, enjoy two films “Arthur Christmas” on Dec. 13, 15, 21 and 24; and “Polar Express” on Dec. 14, 20 and 23. Movies are rated G and all shows start at noon. Please do not bring outside food or beverages. Skylight Theatre and Pub, 107 Oak St., Hood River, Movie Line 541-386-4888, skylighttheatre.com.

Tallman Band at 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, welcome 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.

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.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to rake@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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