Entertainment Update for April 9

Chinook Winds quintet in concert April 10

Chinook Winds, the resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony, perform April 10, in concert, at 7 p.m. at the Dalles-Wahtonka High School auditorium. The group consists of flute, oboe, French horn, clarinet and bassoon. The quintet has been performing concerts around the Pacific Northwest since 1992 and promises a relaxing evening of great music.

This concert is the fourth of six musical events in the 2013-14 season of the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association. Individual $25 tickets may be purchased at the door, Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and at Columbia River Music and Klindt's Booksellers in The Dalles. Online purchases can be made at midcolumbia communityconcerts.org.

Trio, Pickers and Coconuts

The Bonneville Power Trio will be at the Trillium Cafe on Friday, April 11, with their “Rock ’n’ Rolling Bluesabilly” show, starting at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 12, Kerry Williams and the Huckleberry Pickers will be playing Western swing tunes at the Hard Cider Festival, Mt. Defiance Cold Storage, 3315 Stadelman Drive in Odell, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Ben Bonham’s monthly radio show, “Coconut Island,” is on Sunday, April 13, from 6-7 p.m., featuring Aaron Keim (Quiet American, Boulder Acoustic Society). Aaron will talk about his top seven pieces of music for his eternal stay on The Coconut Island — and plays a couple of tunes live on the air. Radio Tierra 95.1 FM Hood River, 107.7 The Dalles.

Ritchie Young at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, April 11: Austin Quattlebaum & Ben Larsen (from Girafffe Dodger) 9:30 p.m. – Free-range folk & Southern blues-grass

“Offering rowdy singer/songwriter type solo shows, Quattlebaum blends gritty originals and tasteful covers, weaving three-finger banjo style, clawhammer and flat-picking guitar songs into his sets. All set to the thump of a kick drum or tambourine and sung with a bit of gravel in his throat, his sultry tunes are sure to keep the crowd aroused.”

Saturday, April 12: Ritchie Young & Amanda Lawrence (from Loch Lomond) 9:30 p.m. – Indie Chamber Folk

“With a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases on Hush Records, Portland’s Loch Lomond is known for their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Earth Day birder’s social

Hood River Hobbies will have another birder's social gathering on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meet other bird watchers, learn about the Gorge Big Year count (it’s not too late to join in the fun), learn about ebird, learn some bird songs, and kids can make a paper bird or play a game of bird bingo. Afterwards, you can walk down to the Columbia Arts Center for an Earth Day screening of “The Clean Bin Project” which starts at 7 p.m. More information at http://gorgeowned.org/earth-day-film-screening-the-clean-bin-project/

‘Assault on El Capitan’ April 17

Come join Mountain Leadership Institute and the Columbia Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 17 to experience the story of a rock climb on El Capitan that endured nearly 30 years of controversy. “Assault on El Capitan,” is the new documentary about Ammon McNeely’s second ascent of Yosemite’s most controversial route: Wings of Steel. It may be the most controversial climb in Yosemite history.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., film to begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this screening will support Mountain Leadership Institute and its work in the Kumari region of Nepal.

Entertainment listings can be emailed 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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