Entertainment Update for Jan. 8

Catch ‘Amber & Ales’ this week

There are two chances to catch the band Amber & the Pale Ales featuring Hood River’s own Amber Nelson with Rob Guidera and Glen Holmberg on guitars and vocals and George Bentz on bass: Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Backwoods Brewing in Carson, Wash., and Friday, Jan. 10, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Volcanic Bottle Shop on the Heights in Hood River.

Ski movies, more at Pint Shack

This week at The Pint Shack in Hood River:

Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Two great ski movies: Warren Miller’s “Flow State,” and “Old School Blizzard of Oz.”

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Embrace the UP at the ninth-annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Winter is full of ups and downs so why not celebrate winter and embrace the UP? It’s time to dust off the skis, pull on your parka, grab your ski buddies, and celebrate the fun and beauty of winter at the ninth-annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. The 10 unique films will inspire you to embrace the UP.”

The films come from renowned filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best films. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online at brownpapertickets. com/event/534597. For more info visit backcountryfilmfestival.org

Friday, Jan. 10: Come celebrate winter with the Big E and The Stomp at 10 p.m., with the Performance Anxiety String Band opening at 9 p.m.

The Pint Shack will be closed Jan. 12-March 14.

The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

‘Coconut Island’ airs Jan. 12

Local musician Ben Bonham hosts the Coconut Island radio show on Radio Tierra, KZAS 95.1 FM in Hood River and 107.7 FM in The Dalles. On Sunday, Jan. 12, it’s a whole show of live music featuring Rick Hulett, Kerry Williams and Ben Bonham. Tune in from 6-7 p.m.

Tim Mayer at The Pines

Keyboardist Tim Mayer is playing at The Pines on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 7-9 p.m. Expect jazz-infused versions of pop/soul/blues and rock tunes with an occasional original added to the mix. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Second Saturday Dance Jan. 11

First Second Saturday Country Dance of the new year is Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7-9 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Sugar Hill Band from the Mid-Columbia Gorge area. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family-friendly. All dances walked through first time.

Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Mid-Columbia student art show coming to The Dalles in Feb.

The annual Mid-Columbia Middle and High School art show comes to The Dalles Art Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Artwork for this show can be entered Jan. 28-31; one entry per student. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the reception and awards show on March 1, from 3-4 p.m. “This annual show showcases art from young talent that is right here in the Gorge, hopefully making art an important value throughout their lives,” said curator Carmen Toll. Visit thedallesartcenter.org for show details and entry forms.

‘Pray for Snow’ party Jan. 10

MonsterHutch.com will present the “Pray for Snow” winter premiere of Jake Blauvelt’s “Naturally” on Friday, Jan. 10, at River Tap, 703 E. Second St., The Dalles. The show will start at 8 p.m. The evening includes giveaways, a raffle, drink specials and live entertainment by band Smoke on the Water. Suggested admission is four cans of food to benefit local food banks.

Music at White Buffalo

Local band Willie & Nelson will play music at White Buffalo Wines during the free wine tasting event on Thursday, Jan. 9. Wine tasting starts at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Barlow Road Trio Jan. 9

Join Matt Mesa, Kerry Williams and Rick Hulett from the Barlow Road band at Double Mountain for an acoustic set, including some new songs, on Thursday, Jan 9, from 8-10 p.m. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Cascade Singers concert Jan. 11

The Cascade Singers concert will be presented Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles. The concert, originally scheduled for December, will feature "Verdi, Wagner & Holiday Favorites." The concert features romantic era music by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthdays were observed in 2013, along with selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Michael Haydn who also represent the romantic period.

The Cascade Children's Choir will join the adult choir for the second half of the concert, offering a variety of holiday music, classical to pops, sacred and secular. Admission is by donation at the door.

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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