Entertainment Update for March 15

Trail Running Film Fest, music, March 20

The Trail Running Film Festival, presented by Rainshadow Running, happens March 20 at Columbia Center for the Arts (trailfilmfest.com). Tickets are $10, and the event features music by the duo The Pine Hearts. Doors open at 5 p.m., first film starts at 6 p.m.

Gorge Grown open house features ‘Food, Inc.’ film

Crocus flowers, morel mushrooms and pea shoots — all signs that spring is near and thus too a new season of Columbia River Gorge agricultural bounty. One way farmers share their cultivated abundance is through a sales model called “community supported agriculture (CSA).” This model is often referred to as a CSA or farm share program. It is sometimes described as a “vegetable prescription” program because you pay for the season’s produce up front, but here in the Gorge we are lucky to have several meat CSA programs as well. With a goal of promoting local CSA farms, Gorge Grown Food Network will host its third annual CSA Farm Open House on March 18, at 5 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The public is invited to meet local farmers and learn more about their 2014 CSA farm share program. You can also find a complete list of Gorge CSA farms at gorgegrown.com.

Following the CSA Open House, a screening of the film Food, Inc. will begin at 6 p.m. This showing is a part of GGFN’s Food For Thought Winter Film Series. Food, Inc. takes a look at the current state of the food system in the United States. The film discusses where our food comes from, how it is produced, and how it makes it to our tables. Film viewers will hear from farmers, consumers, authors, CEOs, and advocates about agricultural in the United States. Donations will be accepted at the door to cover the organizing costs of showing this film.

What’s happening in the clubs

n CEBU Lounge, Best Western Hood River Inn: March 14, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kathryn Claire, 9:30 p.m.; March 15, Firecatcher featuring Max Bollen

n Naked Winery, March 15, MacMillan (Jim), McAlexander (Lyle) and Bell (Randy) perform new original tunes from 7-10 p.m., with the spirit of “bring on spring.”

n Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom, March 17, Dram and Co., in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 8 p.m.; Durgan, March 20, 8 p.m.; and The Resolectric, on May 22, 9 p.m.

n River City Saloon, March 15, The Quick and Easy Boys, $5 cover, 10 p.m.; March 21, Kook Stuff Katie and No More Parachutes, free show, 21 and over, 9 p.m.

n The Pines, 202 Cascade, guitarist Kit Garoutte performs March 20 at 7 p.m.

Double Mtn. releases ‘Sinister 7’ brown ale

Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom announces the release of Sinister 7 Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale on draft in conjunction with Double Mountain’s seventh anniversary party March 15. Limited quantities in reusable half-liter bottles will be available at the Double Mountain Taproom.

Sinister 7 Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale (0.8 percent ABV, 33 BU) is a strong brown ale base brew left to meditate in true Kentucky bourbon barrels for the better part of a year. The aging brings forth flavors and aromas of vanilla, coffee, caramel, black licorice, and dark fruit, accompanied by a bourbon warmth.

“Sinister 7 is a reincarnation of our previous bourbon browns, Terrible Two and Ferocious Five,” head brewer Greg Balch said. “We brew these dastardly beers to celebrate our birthday and to give the people what they want: danger and intrigue.”

The anniversary party and Sinister 7 Release happen 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Brewery and Taproom, 8 Fourth St., Hood River.

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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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