Entertainment Update for Oct. 16

A Conversation: Wines of the Columbia River Gorge Oct. 25

Join local winemakers and wine industry representatives on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River for a conversation about winemaking in the Columbia River Gorge. Rich Cushman (Viento Winery), Alan Busacca (Almaterra Winery), Brian McCormick (Memaloose Winery), Rachel Horn (Aniche Winery) and Kate Hart, director of Columbia Gorge Winegrower’s Association, will be on hand. Enjoy free wine tastings from Viento Winery and Cascade Cliffs Winery. The free event takes place in the theater and starts at 7 p.m.

Kyle Cregan at Marley’s Corner

Indie-soul artist Kyle Cregan has a solo acoustic show at Marley’s Corner on the Heights on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. Recording a studio project in 2011 called the Delta Halos, Cregan is currently promoting his five-song EP “All Along the Western Front.” “Describing the sound would draw one to artists like Bob Dylan, Otis Redding and The Beatles, giving it an acoustic soul/folk approach.” No cover charge, all-ages show. Marley’s Corner, Scottish Pub & Drive-Thru, 1216 C St., Hood River; 541-386-0153; www.marleyscorner.com.

Springhouse Cellar Tuesdays

It’s Back Room Tuesdays at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. The music and fun continues this winter in the great back-room at Springhouse. Local and regional music, Springhouse wines, mobile pizza oven on site and local craft beers. No cover, all-ages show from 6-9 p.m.

Oct. 22: The Student Loan. This jam-grass string band quartet plays unique and groovin’ originals and cross-genre covers from many of their favorite artists (think Yonder Mountain, Nickel Creek and David Grisman).

Oct. 29: Groovy Wallpaper. Expect “Acousta trance loops” from Skip vonKuske — cello, guitar, mandolin, iphone and loopstation and Don Henson — typewriter, glockenspeil, xylophone, djembe and various percussion. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

Funkship Halloween dance party

On Saturday, Oct. 26, bring your wildest costume and spooky dancing shoes to the Bingen Theater as the Funkship Columbia lays down its dance grooves from 9 p.m.-midnight. The Lighters, featuring Ed Swick, will open the show with rock and blues from 7-9 p.m. It’s only $5 if you dress up in a costume. Visit Bingentheater.com for details. Bingen Theater, 210 Oak St., Bingen, Wash.

Second house concert added

There are now two house concerts in the works for fans of folk music:

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.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, musical artist Sara Grey visits. “Sara Grey plays American music, as distinct from Americana and hers is the real deal. Old-time ballads, cowboy songs and Primitive Methodist hymns are all grist to her individual mill. Sara’s unique frailing banjo style and passionate, heartfelt vocals are the icing on the cake.”

Concerts start at 7 p.m. at the home of Paul Blackburn and Kristen Dillon, 401 Montello in Hood River, 503-387-4011. Suggested donation is $15.

‘All Pears’ at Mt. Hood Winery

Mt. Hood Winery celebrates “All About Pears” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sample new fall releases and old favorites from both Mt. Hood Winery and Viento Wines, meet the brewers of Hood River Ciderworks and there’s music by Ben Bonham and Friends on Saturday from noon-2 p.m. Mt. Hood Winery, 2882 Van Horn Drive, Hood River, 541.386.8333.

Sinfonietta plays Oct. 18, 20

The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta kicks off its 2013-14 season with an exciting program of beloved classics that are perfect for both kids and adults. The concert includes one of the most beloved introductions to classical music ever written, “Peter and the Wolf,” plus the evocative “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Procession of the Nobles.”

The concerts are Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Day of the Dead at Aniche

Come join Aniche Cellars in celebration of Day of the Dead with the release of two wines, special Mexican food wine pairings and music on Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, noon-6 p.m. AniChe Cellars, 71 Little Buck Creek Road, Underwood, Wash.; 360-624-6531, anichecellars.com.

Halloween concert Oct. 26

It’s an all-ages family Halloween dress-up event at Westside Elementary School auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6:30-9 p.m. Dance to the rock ‘n’ roll sounds of Hit Machine, a five-piece party band playing all the hits from yesterday and today. Ticket sales benefit Hood River Community Education programs. Tickets are $10 and available at the Hood River Community Education office and online at www.tickettomato.com. The event is sponsored by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Griffith Toyota, Cardinal IG, Hood River Bagel and Indian Creek Family Eye Care.

Barlow Road at Double Mtn.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Double Mountain hosts the band Barlow Road. Join Matt, Rick, Kerry, Ed and Tim for an evening of original alt-country and choice covers. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Larkspur plays Oct. 19-20

Celebrate Harvest Fest with The Gorge White House and enjoy live music from folk-rockers Larkspur from 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20. There’s free parking and room to roam, wine, beer, cider, food, art and more on a century-old working farm with spectacular double mountain views. The Gorge White House, 2265 Highway 35, Hood River; 541-386-2828.

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.

Denver at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Oct. 18: Denver with Barna Howard, 9:30 p.m. – Ramshackle All-Star Country Band

Denver fashions itself a sort of modern-day Highwaymen. Co-founders and chief songwriters Birger Olsen, Mike Elias and Tom Bevitori (Alela Diane’s Wild Divine) exchange lead vocals, swaying drunkenly between dusty saloons and that lonesome country air.

Saturday, Oct. 19: Quick & Easy Boys 9:30 p.m. – rock ‘n’ roll. The Quick & Easy Boys, a power-trio out of Portland, create their own blend of rock and roll. Imagine the Minutemen, Band of Gypsies and the Police rolled into one.

Big Horse turns 25

Big Horse Brew Pub in Hood River celebrates 25 years on Friday, Oct. 25. Join the celebration from 8-10:30 p.m. with the release of a new beer, “57 Steps,” which is described as a Cascadian dark ale. Specials will include .25 cent pints and $2.50 bratwurst sandwiches.

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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