Entertainment Update for Oct. 2

Country Dance returns Oct. 12

The first Country Dance of the season is Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange on Barrett Road in Hood River. The dance caller will be Sue Baker from Hood River and the band will be Lanny and the Gorgettes.

Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family-friendly. All dances walked through first time. Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes.

Cost is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

‘Mountain Men’ at Pint Shack

“The Dodgy Mountain Men mix the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a diverse electro acoustic experience. Add original voices, unique instrumentation, and live performances that build to a fever pitch, and you’ve got a concoction that will make moonshiners proud and compel dancers to wear out the soles of their shoes.” Catch them live at The Pint Shack on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 9 p.m.

The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

Art talk, jazz at Gallery 301

In the tradition of the First Friday Art Walk, The Gallery at 301 will host eight local artists on First Friday, Oct. 4. Come in and talk about inspiration, technique and passion for art with Kelly Phipps (metal works), Bob Dill (guitars), Margit Elkin (fabrics and felting), Nate Chavez (painter), Eugene Mathes (sculptor, painter), Abigail Merickel (print maker, painter), Lisa Peterson (jeweler, sculptor), and Randy Hager (sculptor). Artists will be bringing in a few special pieces for this event. Join the artists starting at 5 p.m. Jazz starts around 6:30 p.m., featuring the Hood River Goldstars in all their glory. The Gallery at 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

Bonham at The Pines Oct. 3

This week at The Pines in Hood River:

On Thursday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m. Ben Bonham brings his steel guitar to The Pines tasting room. He’s liable to play anything from country blues, ragtime, vintage swing, Delta blues, folk, jazz, old-time country, to Hawaiian.

Oregon native son John Bunzow stars on First Friday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. He plays everything from country rock to reggae and has been called one of the finest roots writers-musicians on the current music scene. Enjoy a new art show by Portland painter Amanda Houston, including oils, pastel on copper, and giclee prints. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

The Junebug Boys play Oct. 4

The Junebug Boys pick, stomp and shout their way through the old-timey songbook, with bluegrass, hokum, fiddle tunes and country blues. Based in Hood River, this all-star band brings a fresh traditional sound to the Gorge. The band features Ben Bonham on guitar and dobro, Aaron Keim on banjo and tenor guitar, Ronnie Onitveros on bass and Kerry Williams on mandolin. Catch them at Everybody's Brewing on Friday, Oct. 4, at 9.30 p.m. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Birdwatching planned Sunday

Birdwatching enthusiasts can meet at Hood River Hobbies on 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, for a trip to the Indian Creek Trail. The focus will be learning about bird habitat restoration efforts. The walk fee is $3 or $2 if there are more than two of you together (family rate). All fees go to the Community Ed program. Hood River Hobbies, 110 Fourth St., Hood River, 541-386-1223.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com

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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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