Entertainment Update for April 16

Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26

“Come enjoy the ‘folky, baroque, rocky, blues music’ of Alonzo Garbanzo, the stage name of Dennis Michael Castañares, guitarist, singer, and composer/producer. Alonzo’s stage act includes songs and instrumentals from various genres and periods: slow to fast, soft to loud, originals to covers, Leadbelly to Radiohead. He has many years of experience performing on guitar, bass and keyboards as a soloist and in bands such as the Odyssey and The Cowsills.”

Join Alonzo at 10 Speed Coffee, 13th and State streets, on Saturday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m. Donations for Oregon United for Marriage will be accepted.

‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, April 18: Boys II Gentlemen, 9:30 p.m. – Funk-soul dance party. “Boy II Gentlemen, a side project from the bands Quick & Easy Boys and Excellent Gentlemen, bring their funky jams dance party to CEBU’s stage for the second time in as many months.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Poet Gaffney reads April 29

Master poet Tommy Gaffney will read from his new book, “Whiskey Days,” at noon on Tuesday, April 29, at Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River-Indian Creek campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

Gaffney was born and raised in Kentucky, somewhere between the projects and the trailer parks. In addition to “Whiskey Days,” he is the author of “Three Beers from Oblivion” (2006). His work has appeared in such anthologies as “The Night Bomb Review,” “The Drunk Poets Society Anthology; Volume 2” and “The Broken Word Anthology; Volumes 1 & 2.”

He has performed at the “Insomniacathon” and “Wordstock,” appeared on KBOO radio and hosted the annual “Artists Night Out Spoken Word Festival” at Artists Repertory Theater.

Gaffney’s favorite colors are John Deere Green and Joey Ramone Black. Nowadays, you can often find him wandering the streets of Portland, Ore.

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 17: Alonzo Garbanzo (folk-rock). White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Best of student films April 23

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series film compilation, Best of Student Films on Wednesday, April 23. Honoring the children’s art show this is a series of short student films from last Novembers’ Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival student submission category films. Watch winners in the student category “The Talk” and “Volar En Linea Recta,” along with several other outstanding student films. You will be amazed by what these young film makers contributed. None of the films have been rated but all are appropriate for children and adults alike. Showtime 7:30 p.m. tickets are $5 and available at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

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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