Entertainment Update for Feb. 1

Dancing at Elks Feb. 6

The Hood River Elks Club welcomes on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Simcoe Boys Band playing country-western and swing music dancing. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $8. Event is 21 and over only. Dinner is available before the dance at 6 p.m. (cost of dinner includes dance admission). Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1507.

St. Mary’s hosts ‘Father Valentine’

An interactive event promises romance, an Italian dinner, dancing, troubadours and intrigue as you discover how Valentine’s Day began when you step back to 269 AD and meet Father Valentine, (played by Lou DeSitter) Feb. 14, at the Hood River Elks Club at 6 p.m.

You will also have the experience of enjoying some special music by traveling troubadours who will be on hand to serenade your valentine.

Cost is $75 per couple; ticket sales end Feb. 6 or when all 60 are sold. Tickets are available at Waucoma Book Store, Elks Club, or at St. Mary’s Church.

The evening will also include St. Valentine’s blessing for each couple for the coming year.

‘Winter Carpenters’ at River City

Coming up at the River City Saloon:

1/31: Jon Koonce Trio. 10 p.m. No cover.

2/1: Otis Heat 10 p.m. $5 cover. Indie dance rock

2/6: Dead Winter Carpenters 10 p.m. No cover. Alt country/folk

2/7: Free People 10 p.m. $5 cover. Jam/rock

2/8 Tiburona/Grand Horse 10 p.m. No cover. Indie rock

2/14 Valoween (Valentines/Halloween) party with Dj Zinker $3 cover. 10 p.m.

2/15: Lower 48 (TBA)

2/19: Pimps Of Joytime. Brooklyn funk! Doors at 8 p.m. show at 9 p.m. $12 cover. tix available at brownpapertickets.com

River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

The Lonesomes at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Jan. 31: Albatross w/ Eliza Rickman 9:30 p.m. – Indie folk rock, feat. Ryan Sollee (of The Builders & The Butchers) and Cristina Cano (of Sallie Ford).

Ryan Sollee was asked to write the score for a musical play about a lonely dinosaur evolving into a beautiful Albatross. Recruiting his friends for that project led to his current project — featuring drums, viola and piano.

Saturday, Feb. 1: The Lonesomes w/ Riviera 9:30 p.m. – Mossy Northwest Americana

The Lonesomes are an “amazing new effort that contains shining elements of The Byrds, Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers. When you think about The Lonesomes, there's the feeling of the old West, not just in the band's name but in their sound and feel - something that put you in mind of tan chinos, shoe boots with spurs, shots of rye at the local saloon, and lots of dirt.”

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Liberty Bond Jug Band Feb. 1

The Liberty Bond Jug Band returns to Double Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 1. Show is at 9 p.m. The band has been working on new songs, new arrangements and promises a fun evening of pan-fried, ghost town jug-stomp blues. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

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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