Entertainment Update for July 2

The Rugs at Trillium July 11

The Rugs, a folk-rock band from Chico, Calif., are touring in support of their latest 14-song album “Make Yourself At Home.” Catch them on Friday, July 11, at Hood River’s Trillium Cafe. 21 and over only. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

Ruins open at Springhouse

Hood River's Springhouse Cellar continues its summer Ruins Tuesdays Concert Series. This popular weekly series features live music from top NW bands, local wines, beers and specialty food vendors. The events will be free and all-ages from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then become 21 and over only after 7 p.m., with a $3 entrance fee. Attendees will be able to avoid the $3 entry fee by arriving before 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, shows will move inside to the Back Room at Springhouse Cellar.

7/1 - McDougall (alt-folk)

7/8 - The Quick & Easy Boys (rock)

7/15 - Turkuaz (funk)

7/22 - Scott Law Bluegrass Band featuring Samson Grisman, Jack Dwyer and Luke Price

7/29 - Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters (jam)

Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

‘Urinetown’ opens July 10

Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theater proudly present the comedic musical “Urinetown.” “Urinetown” made a big splash on Broadway, asking the question “How much would you pay to pee?” You'll burst with laughter as the residents of Urinetown grapple with this burning question. This darkly comic meta-musical tells of a dystopian society in which everyone must pay a tax in order to use the bathroom, and wins the audience over by the end of the first show tune.

“Urinetown” is written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman and is directed by HRVHS music teacher Mark Steighner. The play opens on July 10 and continues July 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on July 13 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $10 for children 11 and under and $12 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available on line at www.columbia arts.org, at Columbia Center for the Arts and Waucoma Bookstore.

Free Shakespeare at Maryhill

Woodland fairies and sprites will wander the gardens at Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale on Saturday, July 19, at 3 p.m. when the Portland Actors Ensemble presents a free performance of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The popular comedy follows the adventures of four young star-crossed lovers, a group of amateur actors, and a duke and a duchess as they chance upon mischievous fairies and their elves in a magical forest. The production is part of the company’s annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks series, which makes live theater accessible to a wide audience. This is the 45th season of Shakespeare-in-the-Parks. Audience members are invited to bring their own seating – blankets or camp chairs – and can picnic on site.

Volcanic celebrates 4 years

Volcanic Bottle Shoppe's fourth anniversary party is coming up on Saturday, July 12, with live music starting at 4:30 p.m. Positive Light Productions will be on hand to add a festive atmosphere to the music all night long. The lineup includes:

4:30 p.m. - Matt Messier & Ryan McAlexander

6:30 p.m. - Amber and the Pale Ales

8:30 p.m. - SmudgePot

9:30 p.m. - DJ Liggo

10:30 p.m. - SmudgePot

No cover charge, 21 and over only.

Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.

Kit Garoutte at The Pines

This week at The Pines:

First Friday, July 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. with Kit Garoutte.

Enjoy a mix of jazz, pop, classical, blues, R&B, folk, funk, rock, new acoustic — an eclectic, finger pickin’ mix you won’t want to miss. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

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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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