Entertainment Update for April 2

World’s Finest at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, April 4: World’s Finest 9:30 p.m. – Funky, Bluegrass, Reggae, Ska

“Since early 2011, World's Finest has turned many ears and hearts on to their one-of-a-kind sound. Creating what could best be described as Neo-Americana, they've bridged the gap between folk and bluegrass, ska and rock and features Chris Couch (acoustic guitar, vox), Dan Hurley (electric banjo, vox), Sean McLean (sax, vox), Evan Malfer (upright bass) and Mike Apodaca (drums).”

Saturday, April 5: Kerry Williams & The Huckleberry Pickers 9:30 p.m. – Western Swing. Hood River mandolin master Kerry Williams brings his Western Swing outfit to Cebu Lounge for the first time. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘Poem in Your Pocket,’ April 17 at Maryhill Museum of Art

Join Maryhill Museum on Thursday, April 17 as they partner with Writers Bloc of Goldendale for an afternoon of poetry and prose, dedicated to the memory of William Stafford, the lauded Northwest poet who would have been 100 this year. Guest poet is Portland-based Tim Barnes, author of several books of poetry, most recently, “Definitions for a Lost Language,” and co-editor of “Woodworks, The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood.” Barnes also is editor of “Friends of William Stafford: A Newsletter for Poets and Poetry.” Members of the audience are invited to share a favorite poem. Barnes will be at the museum from 1-3 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Music at White Buffalo

There’s music on Thursdays in April at White Buffalo Wines. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting and live music starting at 5:30 p.m. April 3: Willy & Nelson (country). White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Kit Garoutte at The Pines

There’s two chances to catch guitarist Kit Garoutte at The Pines: Friday, April 4, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Friday, April 11, from 7-9 p.m. Kit Garoutte blends jazz, pop, classical, blues, R&B, folk, funk, rock, new acoustic into an eclectic, finger pickin’ mix you won’t want to miss. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Connell, Dwyer play April 12

Mandolinists Tim Connell and Jack Dwyer have just released an album called “Mando Planet.” The duo will be in Hood River for a house concert on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. (401 Montello, Hood River). “Tim and Jack have gathered their handsome talents, creative energy and wide musical tastes into a collection of clear and concise gems in these mando duets. Whether they are playing an Irish Jig, a Brazilian Choro or improvising freely on one of their original tunes, the music always has focus and authenticity.”

Second Saturday Dance April 12

First Second Saturday Country Dance of the new year is Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The dance caller will be Marte Fallshore from Ellensburg, Wash., and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band.

Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family friendly. All dances walked through first time.

Enjoy an evening of Country Squares, Contras, Circle dances and a few Waltzes. Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snacks for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

McDougall, more at River City

Kerry Williams and friends will be at the River City Saloon on the first Thursday of the month, starting April 3. Music starts at 7 p.m. Americana and folk-rock artist McDougall is on tour with his latest full-length CD “A Few Towns More” and will be at the River City on Saturday, April 5. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

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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