Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

Live Fire Dancing at Solstice

Celebrate the shortest day of the year — Sunday, Dec. 21, at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe for its 8th annual Winter Solstice Celebration. Enjoy two live fire dance performances at 6 and 8 p.m. featuring Angela Bruggeman of Parkdale and a special guest. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Avenue, Hood River; 541-436-0800.

Smiley at Everybody’s Brewing

One-man loop ninja Tony Smiley returns to Everybody’s Brewing on Friday, Dec. 19, at 9:30 p.m. Coming up on Sunday, Dec. 28, it’s the Hazlenuts featuring Crazy Pete and Gary Reed, with an early, all-ages show from 6-8 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, celebrate with music from the Shed Shakers. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Mark Womble plays Dec. 20

Mark Womble and Friends will be playing at The Dalles Eagles Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m. Featuring Polly Norris on vocals, guitar and banjo; Dennis Williams on saxophone and clarinet; Mike DeMello on pedal steel and vocals; Mike Mutton on lead guitar and vocals; Paul Viemeister on bass, and Jose Maya on drums. The Dalles Eagles Lodge is located at 2006 W 7th St. and features the largest dance floor in the Columbia Gorge. There is a cover charge of $3 for members and $4 for non-members.

Benefit for Lila May Dec. 20

A benefit concert for Lila May Schow, happens Saturday, Dec. 20, from 7-9 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. The concert features Andy Streich, Tim Mayer, Columbia Gorge Dance Academy, MCCC Ladies Chorus, Mid-Columbia Adventist School, and the Hapa Hillbillies, with lcoal emcee Randy Bell. Tickets are $15, $10 children under 10; available at Waucoma Bookstore, and Eagle One Thrift Store in Hood River and Klindts Booksellers in The Dalles. All proceeds to help with cancer treatment and expenses.

Gorge Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert Dec. 21

The Gorge Winds Concert Band will be presenting its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, located at the corner of Fourth and Federal streets. Suggested donation for the concert is $5.

This years’ concert will include arrangements including “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” “Russian Christmas Music,” “Triptych for Christmas,” “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” and several other seasonal songs. This festive event is suitable for the entire family.

The Gorge Winds Concert Band is a non-profit volunteer community band with members from all areas of the Columbia River Gorge with members from Hood River, Odell, White Salmon, Glenwood, Trout Lake, Underwood, Stevenson, Goldendale, Yakima, Arlington, The Dalles, Mosier, and Dufur.

For further information you may visit the band on the web at www.gorgewindsband.org or on Facebook at Gorge Winds Concert Band.

Hood River Art Club show continues through Dec. 24

Hood River Art Club show and sale continues through December 24 at the History Museum of Hood River County, located at 300 E Marina Drive in Hood River. Local art includes various subjects from small to larger pieces of water color, acrylic, oil, and pastel paintings. Also shown are wood carvings and glass Christmas ornaments, all reasonably priced. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Marina Drive, Hood River, 541-386-6772.

Ben Ballinger solo show Jan. 2

Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger just released a brand new Americana record called “The State I’m In,” and he’ll be in Hood River on Friday, Jan. 2 for a solo show at the River City Saloon to celebrate with an album release party. Ballinger says this is acutally his sixth album, and he hopes all his Gorge fans can come to the show and see how far his music has come. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Onehum releases new CD

The new CD from Richard Tillinghast and Onehum is called "The Door Is Open." It features 14 new songs, with themes including thanking the mothers of this world, rejuvenation, rebirth, and getting lost on purpose under the Northwestern moon. The CD is now available at CDBaby.com. or at www.richardtillinghast.com. Catch the band on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at the Hood River County Library.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com

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