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Entertainment Update for March 5

Trail Running Film Festival

Enjoy an evening of the latest and greatest full-length and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. From world-class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors, the Trail Running Film Festival takes the audience on a virtual run through forests, up mountains, beyond emotional obstacles and across the finish line. With live music from The Pine Hearts it’s a night filled with friends and fun. Tickets are $10. Thursday, March 20, from 5-11:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Wilderness at River City March 7

There’s a double bill of indie-folk rock at the River City Saloon on Friday, March 7. Wilderness is a four piece Portland band that will be playing songs from their lastest CD “Homeward from the Battle” (wildernesstheband.com). Also on the bill is Portland’s The Cabin Project. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. 21-and-over only. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Is this your year to dance?

Would you like to learn the Cha Cha? Join Secret Salsa Society and dance instructor Joshua Faulkner at the Mt. View Grange Hall in White Salmon for a fun and informal lesson for all ages and experience levels. Joshua Faulkner is a professional Portland instructor who makes it all seem easy. Friday, March 14, lesson from 7:30-9 p.m. followed by social dancing until 10:30 p.m. More information at secretsalsasociety.weebly.com.

‘Parkdale’ band at Everybody’s

“Parkdale” the band is playing at Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon on Friday March 7. “Parkdale” features Alonzo Garbanzo, Ryan McAlexander on bass and Tim Ortlieb on drums. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Expect a rootsy mix of rock, country, blues, folk, and originals. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Music at White Buffalo

There’s music on Thursdays in March at White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting and live music starting at 5:30 p.m.

March 6: New country trio featuring Polly Norris, Jeff Minnick (drums) and Mike DeMello (pedal steel); wine tasting from Cathedral Ridge.

March 13: Tracy Klas; wine tasting from Analemma

March 20: Kay Floria; wine tasting from Waving Tree

March 27: Jim McMillan; wine tasting from Memaloose

White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.

John Bunzow at The Pines

Music continues at The Pines in Hood River:

Thursday, March 6, 7-9 p.m.: John Bunzow and Chic Preston. Oregon native John Bunzow plays a fusion of roots rock and blues and his performances can include everything from country rock to reggae. He has been called one of the finest roots writers-musicians on the current music scene.

First Friday, March 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Unrelated Mayers, with keyboards and vocals: jazzy soul, pop, Latin, rock, and standards.The tasting room will feature art by Bill Sturman.

Thursday, March 13, 7-9 p.m.: Kay Floria plays keyboard and sings blues, ballads and jazzy tunes. Her style is reminiscent of the women blues artists from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Festival of the Fly March 13

Hood River’s annual Festival of the Fly returns Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Skylight Theater & Pub.

The festival will feature the incredible fly fishing movie “Way Points,” door prizes including Sage switch rods, a Tom Lamier guided fly fishing trip, Redington fly rod and reel combo, Sage fly reels, a special package from Full Sail, Sage fly rod, Willamette Valley wine tour for two and assorted fishing gear. A significant portion of the money raised by this event will go to stream restoration on both the White Salmon and the Hood rivers in honor of Glen Haack.

Tickets are $20 and ticket price includes 10 $1 raffle tickets. The festival is sponsored by Andrew’s Pizza and Skylight Theatre, Full Sail Brewing, Gorge Fly Shop, Food Service of America, Naked Winery, Lemma Wine Company, Tom Larimer Guide Service. Skylight Theatre and Pub, 107 Oak St., Hood River, Movie Line 541-386-4888, skylighttheatre.com.

Red & Ruby play March 7

Red & Ruby make their return to Paul Blackburn’s House Concert series on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Vocalist LaVon Hardison teams up with swing guitarist Vince Brown for a spirited romp through the roots of jazz and the blues in the 1930s, ‘40s, and beyond. Hokum Pokum — the musical duo of Madame Betz Oslund and Ben Bonham — open the show, performing long-forgotten gems that are right up your alley. 401 Montello, Hood River, 541-387-4011.

Second Saturday Dance March 8

First Second Saturday Country Dance of the new year is Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The caller will be Ned Leager and the band will be Hardshell Harmony. 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.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com.

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