New Years Entertainment Update

New Year’s Eve planner

n Everybody’s Brewing features music from The Shed Shakers, music at 10 p.m., free champagne toast at midnight.

n Mt. Hood Meadows: Keegan Smith and the Fam. Blues to neo-soul, hip-hop to acoustic roots and reggae to funk. The party starts at 8 p.m. with a guest DJ. The New Year’s Eve show is 21 and over only. Visit for details.

n CEBU Lounge: Euro-Americana band Lolo motion, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

n Columbia Gorge Hotel: Murder in the Key of D, murder-mystery party. Music by Jamie Nasario. Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5566.

n Double Mountain: New Year’s Eve with Manimalhouse, sexy, powerful, gritty funk, 9 p.m.

n Hood River Elks Lodge: Larkspur dance band, dinner at 6 p.m., music at 8, east and West Coast celebration.

n Volcanic Bottle Shoppe: Smudgepot band, rock, funk, 10 p.m.

n Balch Hotel, Dufur: “Stranger in a Strange Land” theme dinner party. Call 541-467-2277 for details.

Creative writing class Jan. 3

The Dalles Art Center presents a creative writing and illustration class for children where students will explore various brainstorming techniques for writing short stories. All children who love to draw or write are welcome, and be sure to bring all your great ideas to class. The $25 class fee includes a sketchbook for each student. Friday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-noon. For ages 6-14. Register by email at:

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ Jan. 12

Enjoy a sneak preview of selected scenes from “Driving Miss Daisy,” presented by director Lynda Dallman and Gorge-area actors on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hood River Library, 502 State St., 541-386-2535. Visit Admission is free.

Sassparilla at Cebu Jan. 4

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Jan. 3, 9:30 p.m. Sidestreet Reny — Blues-infused with roots, folk, hip-hop and soft rock.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 9:30 p.m. Sassparilla — Roots-punk. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘You Knew Me When’ Jan. 3

“After uprooting from their Nashville home and full-time jobs in June of 2012, the husband and wife duo “You Knew Me When” set plans to tour the nation for a full year. Since that time they have been serving up their craft brewed compositions coast to coast throughout the USA and into Canada, released their first studio album “You, Me, and the Rest of the World,” and have done so as a fully independent entity. On Jan. 3, the duo will continue their ongoing tour as they perform in White Salmon at Everybody’s Brewing, at 9 p.m.

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