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On Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., Small Footprints, George (bass), Pat (sax), Bob (rhythms/harp) and Mark (guitar/vocals) returns to the Buffalo with an upbeat, fun mix of musical flavors. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.
Local Playwrights will gather at Slopeswell Cider in Hood River on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to discuss Hood River Valley Adult Center Theater’s upcoming production “Short Plays by Local Authors,” the selection process for plays submitted to ACT and possible future events. Slopeswell Cider Co., 1021 12th St #102, Hood River, 541-436-4646.
Live music coming up at Rivertap:
Friday, Jan. 18: Al Hare solo show, 7-10 p.m. (Rock, country covers)
Saturday, Jan. 19: Ryan Kolberg and Doug Stephina, 6-9 p.m. (Covers, originals)
Sunday, Jan. 20: Sunday Night Jam featuring the Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (in house band)
Rivertap, 703 E 2nd St, The Dalles, 541-296-7870.
Coming up at The Dalles Eagles Lodge:
Friday, Jan. 18: Music and karaoke with Bill Hornibrook, 8-11 p.m. No cover charge.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Grateful Growlerz – dance on the biggest dance floor in the Gorge. $3 members, $4 for guests. The Eagles Lodge, 2006 W. Seventh St., The Dalles.
Live music coming up at Zim’s:
Friday, Jan. 18: Howlin’ Woods with Jeff Carrell, Tracy Klas, Kenny Olsen and Jeff Minnick, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Blunami, 7-10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 22: Tuesday Taps & Tunes with Al Hare and Kenny Olsen, 7-9 p.m.
Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E 2nd St., The Dalles, 541-296-2368.
On Friday, Jan. 18, Larry & His Flask return to the Gorge. “Starting in 2003 as a blood, sweat and beers punk ensemble, they cut their teeth across the U.S. and Canada and along the way eventually arriving at their current amalgam; a folk/rock, bluegrass, gypsy jazz/swing monster. They have crafted their own genre name to properly describe their sound: Post-Americana.” Opening set from The Van Rontens. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.
Opening Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, is a “powerful display of intense, real-time Eagle Creek fire imagery along with facts, time lines and stories from first responders to friends and neighbors along the Columbia River. Display content is on loan from the Hood River History Museum and is presented in collaboration with the US Forest Service. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 541-296-8600; www.gorgediscovery.org.
Are you interested in joining Adult Center Theater (ACT) for its 2019 season? A Lights and Sound Training meeting with Liz Siller is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m. - 12 noon, at the Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River.
The session will introduce you to the Adult Center’s new stage lighting and sound system and give you the needed technology experience to join the tech team. ACT productions help raise funds for the Hood River County Meals on Wheels Program.
Live music Tuesday nights coming up at The Back Room at The Ruins. Opening act at 6 p.m.
Monday Nights: Hootin’ in The Hood Open Mic, 6:30-9:30, hosted by Scot Bergeron.
Jan. 22: Prollyotta (Hood River Jams)
Feb. 5: The Brothers Reed (Folk Rock)
March 5: The Sweet Lillies (High Energy Acoustic)
Wildwood Academy, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.
Hear about the history of railroading in the Gorge from Bill Burgel, former Chief Train Dispatcher for Union Pacific, Friday, Jan. 25, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $16, 7 p.m. program only, is $5. Call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit www.gorgediscovery.org to purchase tickets online by January 23.
Enjoy a Duke Ellington concert with local high school and middle school bands in a Salute the Duke Concert on Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m., at Wy’East Middle School Performing Arts Center. Presented by Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s Jazz Collective. Tickets at the door or at www.gorgeorchestra.org. $20 Adults, $15 Members, $5 youth (10-17), free for kids under 10.
Benefit concerts for the recent California wildfire incidents are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, at The Ruins, featuring local band Greenneck Daredevils (6-8 p.m.) and Portland bluegrass band Never Come Down (8-10 p.m.). All proceeds to benefit California wildfire victims. Suggested donation $10. Contact Gorge Event Systems to become a sponsor/program supporter. Additional show March 8. Wildwood Academy, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.
Cascade Singers community choir welcomes new members for its spring season. Work has begun for a choir festival in February and the annual St. Patrick’s Day concert.
A late spring concert will feature women composers. The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles. One-hour work sessions also happen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers. For further information contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration has opened for the 2019 Google Wind Challenge, in The Dalles Saturday, March 16. Middle and high school students are invited to create teams and sign up. The Wind Challenge is a free, hands-on program that fuels student interest in science, technology and wind energy. Teams can register through February 1, 2019 at www.windchallenge.org.
Visit the Hood River Library throughout the month of January for teen events including makerspace activities, movies and more.
Make a Bouncy Ball: Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.