Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Dia de Los Muertos, the dignified patrón of American Halloween, will be celebrated this weekend in Hood River and Odell.
Groups in the community are hoping to bring north a cultural celebration native to Mexico, one with similar roots to Halloween, but grounded in a different philosophy.
On Nov. 1, community volunteers will host El Dia de Los Muertos from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis House, 3686 Davis Drive, Odell. The event is sponsored by the Hood River County Library.
Enjoy tacos from Michoacán Sports Bar & Grill, Spanish story time with Gale Arnold and fun activities. Anyone may bring pictures or something personal of a deceased loved one.
On Nov. 2, Gallery 301 hosts its second annual Day of the Dead art and music event, billed as “a fusion of cultures.”
A wall-sized shrine by Hood River artist M. Eugene will be unveiled at noon, and the gallery will be open all afternoon for quiet remembrance. Seven more artists will also have their works on display.
M. Eugene described Dia de los Muertos as “a traditional Mexican holiday whose roots are a blend of Spanish and Aztec traditions remembering the dead.”
Gallery 301 will provide prayer candles for guests to make remembrances. More personal offerings of food, objects and photographs are welcome to be placed at the shrine for those wishing to make a more personal remembrance.
“I like the concept of Dia de los Muertos; it’s the celebration of the dead, and it’s a chance to share music and dance cross-culturally,” said gallery co-owner Steffen Lunding.
Things get louder starting at 7 p.m. with music and dancing, including Aztec belly dancing by Raquel Nature N Nehtriti and music by Grimey Griff. Contributing artists Nate Chavez, Dan White, Emily Kay, Nathan Petz, Kim Lindemyer, Katie Wallace, and Lisa Peterson will also display works.
In the gallery’s 2012 event, guests painted on stones, or wrapped them with rosaries, or left traditional candy, empty tequila bottles, roses, and religious candles.
“Dia de los Muertos gives us all an opportunity to remember and grieve while allowing the beauty of lives past and present to flourish,” M. Eugene said.
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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