Entertainment Update for May 10

Free admission Mother’s Day at Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is offering free admission to everyone during the annual Mother’s Day Extravaganza, Sunday, May 11. Take a guided wildflower identification walk at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy live raptor shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be specials on native plant seedlings from Milestone Nursery and discounts from Columbia River Trading Co. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 541-296-8600; gorgediscovery.org.

¡Viva Los Artistas! May show highlights Latino community

"¡Viva Los Artistas!" is the theme this May, as well as the title of The Dalles Art Center exhibition. Half of the gallery will be dedicated to featuring the artwork of 10 Latino artists from all over Oregon, while the other half will represent the local Latino community via an open juried show, curated by Analee Fuentes. The exhibit is sponsorsed by Orchard View Farms, McClaskey Orchards, Casa El Mirador, The Ford Family Foundation and the Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition. The Dalles Art Center, 229 E. Fourth St., The Dalles, 541-296-4759.

Voci concerts May 11-12

The Voci Community Chamber Choir and Interludes Vocal Ensemble invite audiences to share choral music from around the world, as the singers present two concerts, May 11 at 2 p.m., and May 12 at 7 p.m. Both performances will be in the Bowe Theatre at Hood River Valley High School.

Music director Mark Steighner notes that the eclectic program includes music from 19th century America, Latvia, Sweden, Israel, Africa, and the United Kingdom. “We’re calling this concert ‘Around the World in Song’ because it’s like a musical travelog.”

One of the highlights of the concert will be the premiere performance of a Latvian folk song, “Ai, Dievini,” arranged by noted composer and PSU Choral Director Ethan Sperry. “Ethan has traditionally arranged music from India and other Asian cultures, and so this new piece is a bit of a departure. It is also Voci’s first premiere.”

The Interludes, a small vocal ensemble made up of Voci members, will be adding to the program music by Eric Whitacre, Daniel Pinkham, and others.

The program is free but a there is a suggested donation of $10, which helps support the ensembles sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association.

Solstice brunch with Moe Dixon

Celebrate Mother's Day at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe on the Hood River waterfront with live music on the patio with nationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist Moe Dixon, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Reservations are highly encouraged. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Ave., Hood River; 541-436-0800.

Second Saturday Dance May 10

The Second Saturday Country Dance is Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band. 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.

Oregon United for Marriage benefit at Double Mountain May 15

“Music to Unite the Gorge,” swings into place Thursday, May 15, when master mandolinist Kerry Williams and the Huckleberry Pickers bring two hours of their western swing music to Double Mountain Brewery and Tap Room in Hood River beginning at 8 p.m.

Donations will be gratefully accepted for Oregon United for Marriage and Oregon United Against Discrimination. The non-profit group is working statewide to ensure equal access to marriage for all people and to defeat a proposed ballot initiative that would make it legal for businesses to deny goods and services to same-sex couples in Oregon.

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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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