Entertainment Update for March 26

Ryan Kolberg at The Pines

This week at The Pines Tasting Room:

Thursday, March 27, 7-9 p.m. Ryan Kolberg, well-known bassist, branches out with guitar and vocals. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Kids free at Discovery Center

Looking for a fun family activity during spring break? Come to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, where kids get in free with paid adult admission during Oregon and Washington spring break through April 13. Enjoy a fun scavenger hunt, kid craft activities, a special kids menu in the café, and live raptor shows daily. Call 541-296-8600, ext. 201, for more information.

Student Loan at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, March 28: The Student Loan, 9:30 p.m. – Fast and furious jamgrass

“The Student Loan is an eclectic four-piece newgrass band based in Portland. Mixing traditional bluegrass and folk music with elements of rock, jazz, and blues, The Student Loan has a sound that defies genre and is both familiar and new.”

Saturday, March 29: Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters, 9:30 p.m. – Roots rockin’ jam master

“Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland’s multi-instrumentalist ‘go-to guy.’ In the years since relocating to Portland he’s been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest’s finest bands and songwriters. He’s worked with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, the Minus 5 and local luminaries Fernando, James Low, Pancake Breakfast, Little Sue, Casey Neill, and the Freak Mountain Ramblers.”

Tony Smiley at Pheasant Valley

Pheasant Valley Winery is celebrating its 10-year anniversary party on Saturday, April 5, and will feature one-man-band Tony Smiley. He will be playing from 3-6 p.m. and there’s no cover charge. Pheasant Valley Winery, 3890 Acree Drive, Hood River; 541-387-3040.

Tess Barr CD release March 29

Local blues singer Tess Barr is excited to finally announce the long-awaited release of her new CD, “Do What You Want.” The band will be celebrating at the CD release party at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, March 29, from 8-11 p.m. This new CD was several years in the making and consists of 12 tracks covering a broad range of music. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Skylight undergoes renovations

Skylight Theatre will close April 7-25 for theater and lobby renovations, but Andrew’s Pizza will remain open. Renovations started earlier this month in the lobby. The theater will reopen April 25 for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Tickets will go on sale in April.

General Manager Chris Ellison said, “After doing this for 20-plus years we are changing the main host from Banff International Mountain Film Festival to Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, same great and awesome films, same mix of culture, adventure and adrenalin thrills. VIMFF is a mirror showcase to Banff that works out better for us small towns and theaters where Banff is now going for the large cities and venues that exceed 500 seats per show."

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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