Entertainment Update for Oct. 2

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.

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), and Randy Hager (sculptor). Artists will be bringing in a few special pieces for this event. 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.

Bonham at The Pines Oct. 3

This week at The Pines in Hood River:

On Thursday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m. Ben Bonham brings his steel guitar to The Pines tasting room. He’s liable to play anything from country blues, ragtime, vintage swing, Delta blues, folk, jazz, old-time country, to Hawaiian.

Oregon native son John Bunzow stars on First Friday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. He plays everything from country rock to reggae and has been called one of the finest roots writers-musicians on the current music scene. Enjoy a new art show by Portland painter Amanda Houston, including oils, pastel on copper, and giclee prints. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

The Junebug Boys play Oct. 4

The Junebug Boys pick, stomp and shout their way through the old-timey songbook, with bluegrass, hokum, fiddle tunes and country blues. Based in Hood River, this all-star band brings a fresh traditional sound to the Gorge. The band features Ben Bonham on guitar and dobro, Aaron Keim on banjo and tenor guitar, Ronnie Onitveros on bass and Kerry Williams on mandolin. Catch them at Everybody's Brewing on Friday, Oct. 4, at 9.30 p.m. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

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.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com

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