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Entertainment Update for Oct. 5

Country Dance returns Oct. 12

The first Country Dance of the season is Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange on Barrett Road in Hood River. The dance caller will be Sue Baker from Hood River and the band will be Lanny and the Gorgettes.

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.

Cost 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.

‘Mountain Men’ at Pint Shack

“The Dodgy Mountain Men mix the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a diverse electro acoustic experience. Add original voices, unique instrumentation, and live performances that build to a fever pitch, and you’ve got a concoction that will make moonshiners proud and compel dancers to wear out the soles of their shoes.” Catch them live at The Pint Shack on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 9 p.m.

The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

‘Blue Skies’ at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Oct. 4: Blue Skies for Black Hearts, 9:30 p.m. – vintage pop, indie rock n’ roll

“Blue Skies for Black Hearts was born at the beginning of this shiny new millennium as an outlet for prolific songwriter and lead singer Pat Kearns. Pat’s other job is producing records, which he has done for the likes of The Exploding Hearts, Dandy Warhols, Clorox Girls, Red Dons and the Nice Boys.”

Saturday, Oct. 5: Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, 9:30 p.m. – roots/folk rock

Casey Neill’s career has always walked the line between lyrical song craft and ferocious electric live shows. His new album, “Goodbye to the Rank and File” includes members of the Decemberists, Lucinda Williams Band, The Eels and Minus 5 – Little Sue (vocals, acoustic guitar), Chet Lyster (guitar), Ezra Holbrook (drums), Hanz Araki (vocals, flute), Jesse Emerson (bass), and Jenny Conlee (piano, accordion).

House Concert Oct. 19

Fans of Celtic, old-time, French Canadian and contemporary folk music should mark their calendars for Saturday, Oct. 19, when Carl Thor and Carolyn Cruso play in Hood River. With dueling dulcimers, guitar, piano, flute, and voices the duo will weave a web of poetic compositions that recall an earlier era of music. 7 p.m. at the home of Paul Blackburn and Kristen Dillon, 401 Montello, in Hood River, 503-387-4011. Suggested donation is $15.

‘Car is King’ Oct. 5-6

One of the Northwest’s first and most vocal advocates for modern roads was Maryhill Museum of Art founder Sam Hill. As president of the Washington State Good Roads Association he spent much of his life championing the importance of highways in the Northwest. The Historic Columbia River Highway, Pacific Highway (Highway 99, the main north-south route through Oregon and Washington), Highway 101 along the coast, and a road to Crater Lake are just a few of the scenic byways that exist because of Sam Hill’s vision.

Maryhill’s Car is King Weekend (Oct. 5 and 6) will celebrate Hill’s vision, and autos past and present. A range of activities is on tap, including an open car show with classic, hot rod and muscle cars, children’s veggie car races, and vintage race cars competing in a timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Constructed by Hill between 1909-1913, it was the first macadam asphalt-paved surface in the Pacific Northwest, and features stunning views and eight hairpin turns.

Admission to Car is King Weekend, which takes place on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art, is free; the museum is open by regular admission Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The current special exhibition is Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons.

Birdwatching planned Sunday

Birdwatching enthusiasts can meet at Hood River Hobbies on 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct 6, for a trip to the Indian Creek Trail. The focus will be learning about bird habitat restoration efforts. The walk fee is $3 or $2 if there are more than two of you together (family rate). All fees go to the Community Ed program. Hood River Hobbies, 110 Fourth St., Hood River, 541-386-1223.

Art talk, jazz at Gallery 301

In the tradition of the First Friday Art Walk, The Gallery at 301 will host eight local artists on First Friday, Oct. 4. Come in and talk about inspiration, technique and passion for art with Kelly Phipps (metal works), Bob Dill (guitars), Margit Elkin (fabrics and felting), Nate Chavez (painter), Eugene Mathes (sculptor, painter), Abigail Merickel (print maker, painter), Lisa Peterson (jeweler, sculptor), Randy Hager (sculptor). Join the artists starting at 5 p.m. Jazz starts around 6:30 p.m., featuring the Hood River Goldstars in all their glory. The Gallery at 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

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