Entertainment Update for Oct. 9

Peter Fletcher plays Oct. 30

Acclaimed New York City classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is making a stop on his fall tour at the Hood River County Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. A recording artist for Centaur Records, Fletcher transcribed the music of composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) for his latest CD release. Fletcher will be including music by Bach, Mompou, Praetorius and American composer Jeremy Gill in the program. Admission is free. Hood River County Library, 502 State St., Hood River; 541-386-2535.

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.

$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.

Tim Mayer plays The Pines

Keyboard player Tim Mayer and friends will be playing a show at The Pines on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 7-9 p.m., with a mix of jazzed-up soul, pop, Latin, rock, and standards. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Ezza Rose, more at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Oct. 11: Ezza Rose Band, 9:30 p.m. – Folk, Americana, pop. “Ezza Rose rolled into Portland fresh off graduating the American Music and Dance Academy in 2007. Drawing on the traditional folk sounds she absorbed in the small Southern California mining town she grew up in. With pipes that critics have dubbed "subtle, yet breathtaking", an undeniable natural electricity, and a unique style that is a little bluegrass, a little folk, and a little something entirely her own.”

Saturday, Oct. 12: Midnight Honey, 9:30 p.m. – Sister Soul, feat. Shelley Rudolph and Bre Gregg.

“Midnight Honey revitalizes the R&B-soul genre with a riveting sound that’s sultry and distinctively their own. Up front are Shelly Rudolph and Bre Gregg, a pair of powerhouse singers who flaunt a wide palate of lush harmonies and an undeniable sister-like chemistry.”

‘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.

House Concert Oct. 19

Fans of Celtic, old-time, French Canadian and contemporary folk music should mark their calendars for Saturday, Oct. 19, when Carl Thor and Carolyn Cruso play in Hood River. With dueling dulcimers, guitar, piano, flute, and voices the duo will weave a web of poetic compositions that recall an earlier era of music. 7 p.m. at the home of Paul Blackburn and Kristen Dillon, 401 Montello, in Hood River, 503-387-4011. Suggested donation is $15.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed 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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