Entertainment Update for Jan. 11

‘Finding the North American Bigfoot’ lecture Jan. 25

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Finding the North American Bigfoot,” Saturday, Jan. 25, with Cliff Barckman, Mel Skahan and Oliver Kirk in two presentations, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The evening event begins with a pasta bar dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation at 6:30 p.m.

A self-described “Bigfoot nerd,” Cliff Barackman has been a dedicated sasquatch field researcher for the past two decades. He is currently featured in Animal Planet’s popular series “Finding Bigfoot,” where he travels the country investigating bigfoot evidence.

Barackman will be joined by Mel Skahan, forestry technician for the Yakama Nation and Oliver Kirk, conservation enforcement officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Both will offer a tribal perspective on the stories surrounding Bigfoot.

Seating is limited and reservations are required by Jan. 21. For tickets, call 541-296-8600, ext. 201. Tickets for the evening dinner and presentation for adults are $25, children $12.50. Tickets for the afternoon presentation are adults $15, children $7.50. Museum members receive a discount. Visit gorgediscovery.org for more information.

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.

Acousta Noir at Everybody’s

“Shaped by punk, rock and roll, roots, and various traditional folk styles, Acousta Noir brings a unique, yet familiar set of original songs to the table, along with renditions of select and obscure covers full of intrigue and wonder.” Catch Acousta Noir on Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 p.m. at Everybody’s Brewing. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Music Mondays at Solstice

It’s the return of Music Mondays at the new Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Hood River. Catch live local music every Monday from 7-9 p.m. No cover charge.

Jan. 13: Matt Mesa & Kerry Williams

Jan. 20: Chic Preston & special guest

Jan. 27: Ryan McAlexander

Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W. Steuben, Bingen, Wash.; 509-493-4006.

Quiet American at Springhouse

“Aaron Keim and his wife, Nicole, are a folk duo known as The Quiet American. Their CD, “Wild Bill Jones,” harkens back to a time of pioneers and outlaws — when music was created to tell stories and perpetuate ideas into what we call folk-legends today. If you’re a fan of the old-time country duets, harmony singing, fiddle tunes or even jug-band music, don’t miss this upcoming opportunity to hear these old melodies presented in today’s format.” Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m., Springhouse Cellar, no cover charge. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

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.

‘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.

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.

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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