Entertainment Update for Sept. 4

Plein Air show, reading on tap

Join the Columbia Center for the Arts on First Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. for a free public reception celebrating the opening of Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2013 art show. Meet the artists, mingle with other art lovers and enjoy complimentary light appetizers. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. On Sept. 8, join a variety of writers with their freshly written works at 7 p.m. Inspired by various Columbia Gorge locations visited over a five-day period, writers could choose any format — such as poetry, memoir, essay or flash fiction — but were limited to 500 words or fewer. Free admission.

Author Teri Brown visits Sept. 6

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Teri Brown for a book signing on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-8 p.m., 212 Oak St., Hood River. Brown will be signing her new young adult book, “Born of Illusion.” About the book: Anna Van Housen has a secret. A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920s New York. As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini, the real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her opportunistic mother.

‘One From Many’ offers band workshop Sept. 19

Portland rock band One From Many will be offering a free community workshop on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The workshop is geared toward kids who would like to talk to the band about music, what it’s like to play in a touring/recording band, and the many opportunities in music that can lead to a potential career in the business. A ticketed, all-ages concert by the band follows at 8 p.m.

Dance at HR Elks Sept. 5

Do you already miss the dancing downtown on Thursday nights? Then head on over to the Hood River Elks Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 5, for dancing to the rhythms of the Mike Stillman Band. The Elks lodge features a 2,000-square-foot dance floor. Basic beginner lessons start at 7 p.m. and the live music starts at 7:30. $5 cover charge per person, no membership is required for this community event. For more information, contact Harvey Wixman at hwixman@hoodriverelectric.net or 541-354-1161. Hood River Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River.

Kit Garoutte at The Pines

Enjoy guitar and vocals by Kit Garoutte — jazz, pop, classical, blues, R&B, folk, funk, rock, new acoustic — on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Pines’ new location on Cascade Ave. On Friday, Sept. 6, it’s blues from the Laurie Star Duo and new art by Barry Mack. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Rawlings, Parks at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Sept. 6: Moe Dixon & Kerry Williams 9:30 p.m. – summer funtime. Gorge legends Moe Dixon and Kerry Williams return.

Saturday, Sept. 7: Jenn Rawlings & Basho Parks 9:30 p.m. – Folk-Americana. “Jenn Rawlings and Basho Parks met in 2010 in Portland. Common loves and tribulations propelled them to become an inseparable team both on and offstage. Together they blend and harmonize their way through the landscapes of their songs with an invigorating, enthralling energy.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

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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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