Entertainment Update for Feb. 8

This weekend’s club round-up

Double Mountain: Tess Barr Blues Band takes the stage 9 p.m., Feb. 8, featuring songs from the band’s forthcoming CD.

Gorge Room at Hood River Inn: Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan plays a gig at Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., 21 and over; tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

The Pines, 202 Cascade Ave., hosts PAAAR Excellence trio doing jazz and swing tunes Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PAAR features local musicians Paula Runyan, Alan Taylor and Rod Krehbiel.

Trillium Cafe brings “Autumn Electric” on its CD release tour, Feb. 7.

Mt. Hood Meadows: Elektrapod from Bend plays its funk, soul, disco riff rock mix at the Vertical Restaurant and bar, 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 8

River City Saloon: Free People plays jam rock at 10 p.m. Friday, $5 cover; Tiburona/Grand Horse perform indi rock at 10 p.m. Saturday, no cover.

Solstice Café: Music Mondays at Solstice continue with Alonzo Garbanzo and Kerry Williams, 7-9 p.m.; no cover charge. Solstice Wood Fire Café, 501 Portway Ave., on the waterfront.

Dance with Secret Salsa Society

Secret Salsa Society holds a “Valentine’s Special Event” dance party Feb. 14 at Mt. View Grange, 1085 N. Main St., White Salmon, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10; no partner required, with lessons by instructors Johnny and Hannah Griffith.

North Shore Café celebrates Valentine’s

North Shore Café, 166 E Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, hosts a Valentine‘s Day Local Artisan Trunk Show on Feb. 14. Treats provided for you and your valentine. See local crafts and hear live music and sample espresso and local wine, 4-8 p.m.

AniChe Cellars holds Valentine’s open house

A Valentine’s Day weekend open house at AniChe Cellars of Underwood, Wash., runs Feb. 14-17, from noon-6 p.m. Sample wine and chocolate and a special wine flight, with wine and chocolate gift boxes available, AniChe will also release its new vintage of Be Holden 2011.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend around the Gorge

Columbia Gorge Wine and Chocolate Weekend happens Feb. 14-17 at more than 30 wineries in the Columbia Gorge. Enjoy wine and chocolate pairings, special releases, discounts and more.

Locations range from Underwood to Lyle, and The Dalles to Hood River, including six downtown Hood River tasting rooms. For a full listing of wineries, hours and activities visit GorgeWine.com.

Ben Bonham releases ‘Love Songs’ CD

Hood River guitarist extraordinaire Ben Bonham presents an album release party Feb. 14 at The Pines tasting room, Second and Cascade, from 5-7 p.m. Bonham’s new release made up of jazz standard love songs in finger style.

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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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