Entertainment Update for June 28

‘Inspired Garden Art’ July 4

Kick off your 4th of July holiday at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The “Inspired Garden” art opening is Friday from 6-8 p.m. with music from Ben Bonham. There will be a silent auction of garden baskets from the Hood River Evening Garden Club, Maupin Dig and Hoe Garden Club, Odell Garden Club, and Parkdale Garden Club.

Street dance at Double Mtn.

There’s a free, all-ages street dance on Sunday, July 6, on Fourth Street in front of Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River. The festivities start at 1 p.m. Music acts will include the Tess Barr Blues Band and a headlining band from Chicago that you will not want to miss. Show presented by Squrl's Blues. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Salsa with Joshua Faulkner

Secret Salsa Society invites you to put a little sizzle in your summer with a Salsa lesson by Portland instructor Joshua Faulkner on Friday, July 11, at the Mt. View Grange Hall, 1085 N. Main in White Salmon, Wash. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and lessons start at 7:30 p.m. Social dance at 9 p.m. All ages, $10 admission.

Music at Sandbar Cafe

Summer music is happening at the Sandbar Cafe on the Hood River Waterfront. Guitarist Jim MacMillan, Jerry Keith on electric bass and Randy Bell, the master of percussion, will be performing all original music at the Sandbar Cafe at the Hood River waterfront on Friday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. On Saturday, June 28, it’s up and coming singer-songwriter Noah Tauscher at 7 p.m. On Thursdays, is your favorite classic acoustic folk-rock with Spruce Baugher’s ‘70′s Harmony Roadshow Ride.

Bluesbridge plays Husum July 5

Bluesbridge, featuring Pat Haley and friends, brings their rootsy, blues, rock, and country influenced music to Big Man’s Rotisserie, 799 Hwy 141, Husum, Wash., on Saturday, July 5, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Music is outside

Lavender DAZE returns

The 10th annual Lavender DAZE festival returns to Hood River Lavender Farm on July 19 and 20. Festival hours Saturday are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring music, a Ladybug release party and children's activities by Teacher Janet, the weekend promises to be fun-filled. Over 30 craft and food vendors will be onsite. Bring blankets and chairs, no dogs on the property, please.

Music lineup Saturday:

10 a.m.-Noon MacMillan, McAlexander & Bell Trio

12:30-3:30 p.m. Moe Dixon; 4-7 p.m. Barlow Road

Sunday: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Victor Johnson

Noon-2 p.m. Pete Krebs & Portland Playboys

2:30-5 p.m. Richard Tillinghast & Onehum

Hood River Lavender Farm, 3801 Straight Hill Road, Hood River; www.lavenderdaze.com

48 Hour Film awards June 28

Awards for the recent 48 Hour Film Project will be presented on Saturday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts. The event will screen and showcase the short films made by the participating teams. Winning films will also be shown during the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed 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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