Entertainment Update for April 5

Music Mondays at Solstice

Music Mondays continue at the new Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Hood River. Catch live local music every Monday from 7-9 p.m. No cover charge.

April 7: Big Ronnie and Medium Ben

Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Avenue, Hood River; 541-436-0800.

‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9

On Wednesday, April 9, Columbia Center for the Arts is proud to host a world premiere of the film “Noble Spirit” showcasing the incredible life of Fred Noble and his battle with ALS. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the film screening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. See page A7 for a feature article on the event.

‘DamNation’ screening April 18

“DamNation,” a long-awaited documentary film about dam removal, featuring the Condit Dam removal as well as the plight of Columbia River salmon, will premiere in Hood River at the Hood River Middle School auditorium on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, benefiting Columbia Riverkeeper. The film is 87 minutes.

“DamNation” has already won national recognition — a citizen's choice award at SXSW in Austin, and a National Geographic award at its premiere in Washington D.C.

Since the film’s release, an online petition has gathered almost 8,000 signatures asking the White House to "crack down on deadbeat dams."

“DamNation shows how far things have moved and how quickly, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Penobscot River in Maine.”

MMB at Springhouse April 8

Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell will be performing an evening of up-tempo all original music at Springhouse Cellar Winery on Tuesday, April 8, from 6-9 p.m. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

‘Amaze-O’ at Trillium April 5

Amaze-O featuring Alonzo G. (guitars), Ted Horwitz (keyboards) and Jose Maya (drums) will be at the Trillium Cafe on Saturday, April 5. Music starts at 10 p.m. Expect an “amazing mix of rock, soul, Motown and country.” Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

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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