Entertainment Update for Sept. 28

‘Mountain Men’ at Everybody’s

This week Everybody’s Brewing continues the good times with the Dodgy Mountain Men on Friday, Sept. 27, starting at 9:30 p.m. The group's genre-bending performance is a mix of passionate stompgrass and American roots. This band weaves imagery of outlaws, gypsy women, and cold Montana nights where you have to dance to keep warm. On Sunday, celebrate local music with the Liberty Bond Jug Band from 6-8 p.m. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Open Studio tour applications

Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour is now accepting applications for the 2014 Studio Tour. The tour is a juried, annual, self-directed tour of artist studios in the Columbia River Gorge. Now in its eighth year, the tour provides an opportunity for the public to meet artists at work in their studios. This year’s tour will be held April 11-14.

To apply, visit www.gorgeartists.org for applications and information. Once completed, applications must be sent to: Gorge Artists, P.O. Box 1424, Hood River, OR 97031. Deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

‘Chasing Ice’ film Saturday

Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Power Past Coal Coalition will host a free showing in The Dalles and Hood River of the award-winning National Geographic movie “Chasing Ice.” The movie features spectacular film footage showing the impact of warming temperatures on glaciers and ice fields world-wide. Reception and show times are Sept. 28 at Columbia Center for the Arts CAST Theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for social time, followed by 7 p.m. presentation, and a public discussion and workshop for the Longview hearings until 9 p.m.

Bass workshop in Bingen

Attention bass players: Join Charlie Escher for a bass workshop on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1-4 p.m. at the Bingen Theater, 210 Oak St., Bingen, Wash. Admission is free; minors okay with adult guardian.

This will be a great networking opportunity for working players, hobbyists, DIY musical gear builders, music educators, and local musicians looking for a good bass player. Participants are encouraged to bring their bass and amp gear, as there is lots of hands-on playing at these events, and usually a lot of gear you will never see in your local music store.

A drummer will be on hand for the last hour to accompany players, as well as a 1,000-watt all-tube bass amp from Insanity Amps.

Annual art sale at CAG

The Columbia Art Gallery announces its annual art sale this weekend — Sept. 28-29, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Expect discounts on jewelry, paintings, photography and glass items. 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River.

Birdwatching planned Sunday

Birdwatching enthusiasts can meet at Hood River Hobbies on 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 29, and Sunday, Oct 6, for a trip to the Indian Creek Trail. The focus will be learning about bird habitat restoration efforts. The walk fee is $3 or $2 if there are more than two of you together (family rate). All fees go to the Community Ed program. Hood River Hobbies, 110 4th Street, Hood River, 541-386-1223.

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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