Entertainment Update for Sept. 7

Wasco Bros. at Clocktower Ales

The Wasco Brothers, featuring guitarist Rick Hulett, play a reunion show at Clocktower Ales in The Dalles on Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 8 p.m. Expect a mix of high-energy honky tonk and country fun. Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602.

Songwriters team up Sept. 13

Jim MacMillan, Mark Daly and Alonzo Garbanzo team up for a house concert on Friday, Sept. 13, at 401 Montello, Hood River. It’s an evening of original songs from three local musicians with different styles and approaches to music. Music starts at 7 p.m. All-ages show. $15 donation at the door.

‘Wild & Scenic’ films Sept. 20-21

Two nights of thought-provoking films are presented by the Wild & Scenic Film Festival — this year the theme is “A Climate of Change,” as the films will explore everything from kayaking big waterfalls to changes that are affecting oyster production on Washington’s coast. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Tickets are $9 per night, $15 weekend pass. Doors open at 6 p.m.; films at 7. Benefit for the Crag Law Center. Tickets available at Doug’s Sports and Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River.

Everybody’s celebrates 5 years

On Saturday, Sept. 14, brace yourself for Everybody’s Brewing five-year anniversary extravaganza featuring music from The Israelites — the premier Los Angeles ska, reggae and rocksteady hit band. Don’t forget to sign up for the final year of the infamous Chicken Wing Eating Contest — the winner gets awesome food and drink prizes. Sign up at the pub today. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Birdwatchers needed Sept. 21

The 2013 Klickitat County Fall North American Migration Count is on Saturday, Sept. 21. Volunteer birdwatchers are needed for a variety of habitats in Klickitat County: Douglas fir subalpine forests near Trout Lake; sage steppe at the western edge of the Columbia Basin; and oak-pine woodland habitat.

Past fall counts have observed as many as 127 species with the help of 21 observers. If you are interested contact Bob Hansen at 503-881-5889 or email bobhansen@gorge.net

Pigs on the Wing Sept. 7

Pink Floyd tribute band Pigs on the Wing make their semi-annual return to the Waucoma Club on Saturday, Sept. 7. The band promises two sets of classic Pink Floyd music starting at 9:30 p.m. Visit the band at www.facebook.com/pigwingtribute. The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

United Way benefit Sept. 20

Dance to epic music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s by the band Hit Machine in a benefit concert for the United Way of the Columbia Gorge on Friday, Sept. 20, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. The United Way supports groups like Haven, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA. Tickets are $10 in advance at Lucy’s Informal Flowers or the United Way office at 541-386-6100. A Cousin’s Country Inn lodging package is available for a $100 donation. Call for details.

Aeromodelers meet at WAAAM

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 14, at WAAAM. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hood River Hobbies, the Columbia Gorge Aeromodelers and some WAAAM volunteers will be doing demonstrations of RC planes, helicopters and cars, and there will be opportunities for hands-on trials.

‘OFM’ band workshop Sept. 19

Portland rock band One From Many will be offering a free community workshop 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.

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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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