Entertainment Update for Sept. 21

Cripple Hop plays Sept. 27

Cripple Hop, pictured above, will be bringing their high-energy fusiongrass to a locale near you. On Friday, Sept. 27, catch them at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on the Heights at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 3, see them at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River starting at 8 p.m. Expect to hear classic covers, new originals and a few unexpected surprises.

Thursday Dance at HR Elks

Do you already miss the dancing downtown on Thursday nights? Then head on over to the Hood River Elks Lodge 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 p.m. $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.

Countryside Ride at Everybody’s

This week Everybody’s Brewing continues the good times with the Countryside Ride band on Friday, Sept. 20, starting at 9:30 p.m. Kick up your boots with good ole honkytonk, hard-core country & western, hillbilly and western swing music. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Catch Willy & Nelson in Hood River, The Dalles

Enjoy country, pop and rock from Willy & Nelson:

Friday Sept. 20: Zim’s in The Dalles from 6-9 p.m.

Friday Sept. 29: Zim’s in The Dalles from 6-9 p.m.

Sunday Sept. 22: Underwood Community Picnic (Underwood, Wash.) 2:30-4 p.m. - The band will be hosting some open jam time as well.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Open Mic at the White Buffalo in Hood River. For more information contact Malcolm Brown at mbrown1@gorge.net.

‘Clambake’ at Marley’s Corner

Clambake Combo will provide the swing jazz music on the patio at Marley’s Corner Pub on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 6-8 p.m. All-ages show, no cover charge. Marley’s Corner, UK Pub & Drive-Thru, 1216 C St., Hood River; 541-386-0153; www.marleyscorner.com.

‘Liberty Bond’ at Double Mtn.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Double Mountain hosts the Liberty Bond Jug Band — the best in pan-fried, ghost-town jug-stomp blues. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Homesteading Fair Sept. 21

The second-annual N.W. Homesteading Fair is coming to the Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The fair offers free workshops on topics ranging from sausage making and fly-fishing to sock knitting and gardening. There will also be live music all day from Mandy Fickett, Kit Garoutte, Spilt Milk and more.

The fair will take place at the old elementary school and green space on Highway 14 in Lyle, Wash.

CAST audition for ‘Desert Cities’ Sept. 29-30

Columbia Center for the Arts Stage Troupe invites you to audition for a staged reading of Jon Robin Baitz's play “Other Desert Cities,” directed by Judie Hanel.

“Other Desert Cities” is about a daughter returning for a Christmas gathering after writing a tell-all book about a family secret. Her politically influential parents suddenly scramble with an issue they’d rather not discuss. Secrets and lies unravel, making each character more complex — and human. The play is a searing comedy with banter that dazzles and decimates.

Audition dates are Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.

Production dates are Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Characters needed: two men and three women.

Auditions consist of reading from selections of the show. Sides are available at the gallery desk. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River. For more information please contact Judie Hanel at judieh@gorge.net.

Sioux City Kid at Trillium Cafe

Hood River has a chance to catch Sioux City Kid on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Trillium Café. “Wishing Well” is the first single off of the new record “Minutes, Miles, Troubles & Trials.” The song’s video has been featured on CMT Edge. The San Francisco-based band is fronted by singer Jarred Griffin. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

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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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