Things to Do: May 7-13, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 7-13, 2018:

  • Community Marimba Concert – May 8
  • Tri-City Genealogical Society: Researching WPA Records – May 9
  • 2018 Classy Chassy Show & Shine – May 11 & 12
  • Richland Players: Ruthless! The Musical – May 11-13
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre: Curious George and the Golden Meatball – May 11-13
  • Group Health Inland Empire Century Ride – May 12
  • Run for Ribbons – May 12
  • Safe Kids Saturday – May 12
  • MOMapalooza – Moms & Mimosas – May 12
  • Women of Wisdom 4th Annual Mother, Daughter & Friend Tea Fundraiser – May 12
  • Mother’s Day Market Sip n Shop – May 12
  • 50 Calibers 10th Annual Poker Run and Hog Fest – May 12
  • Re-Tapped Rhythm & Brews Festival – May 12
  • LIGO Public Tours – May 12
  • 2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews – May 12
  • POPP Fur Ball Fundraiser – May 12
  • Around the World with HI-HO Fundraiser – May 12
  • Bullfighters Only – May 12
  • Upcoming: David Archuleta in Concert – May 14
  • Upcoming: Wildflower Walks – May 19
  • Upcoming: REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Community Marimba Concert – May 8

White Bluffs Elementary School, 1250 Kensington Way in Richland
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Donations to assist our annual tour are appreciated, but purely optional

Join our community for an exciting concert event featuring two of Tri-Cities best Marimba bands in a casual atmosphere. If you’ve never witnessed these fantastic instruments, now is the time! Invite your friends and family and experience the talents of Bahuru and White Bluff’s own Rugare marimba ensembles while enjoying fresh popcorn or some Kona Ice that will be available for purchase.

Tri-City Genealogical Society: Researching WPA Records – May 9

Benton County PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

We will have a very informative presentation by Donna Potter Phillips on the topic of WPA Records and the types of genealogical information that you can find in such records. You will also want to come to the Beginning Genealogy Class at 6:15 p.m. which will focus on Finding Genealogical Books Online.

2018 Classy Chassy Show & Shine – May 11 & 12

Historic Downtown Kennewick, 124 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Free for spectators on Saturday

Our 19th Annual Classy Chassy Show and Shine starts Friday Night, May 11th with Registration, Poker Run, and Rally at Overturf Motors on Columbia Drive from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On May 12th, the Main event, the Show and Shine, in Historic Downtown Kennewick starts at 8 am with registration, check-in, and set-up. There will be over 200 cars all vying for that Best in Show Trophy. The show ends at 4 p.m.

Richland Players: Ruthless! The Musical – May 11-13

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: adult $15.00, student/military/seniors – over65 $12.00

The Richland Players tap up a storm in the Stage Mother of all Musicals in “Ruthless!”, a Musical Farce; Book & Lyrics by Joel Paley, Music by Marvin Laird.

The story of a naive 1950s housewife, Judy, and her adorable but sociopath 8-year-old daughter Tina. Encouraged by her manager, Sylvia, Tina will do ANYTHING to get the lead role in her school play “including murdering the leading lady!” In Act II, while Tina spends time at a reform school for psychopathic ingenues, Judy discovers from her adoptive mother that her birth mother was a famous actress. Judy decides that she should be famous as well and becomes a Broadway diva. But it is Tina, who has the last laugh for she is truly “Ruthless!” Some adult language and content, PG-13 equivalent.

Future dates: May 18 & 19 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m.
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Academy of Children’s Theatre: Curious George and the Golden Meatball – May 11-13

Black Box Theatre at ACT, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+) and youth (13-18), $9 for children under age 12.

The Academy of Children’s Theatre is staging “Curious George and the Golden Meatball” as its finale production of the 2017-18 season. Based on the classic stories written by Margaret and H. A. Rey, the show features the humorous adventures of the mischievous George and his friend The Man in the Yellow Hat.

Tickets are available on line, by calling 509-943-6027, or by visiting the ACT office.
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Group Health Inland Empire Century Ride – May 12

Starts at Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Online registration closes May 10
– $60 for adults for 50, 75, 100 miles
– $35 for adults for 25 miles
– $15 for ages 13 – 17
– Free for those under 13 accompanied by a registered rider.

Join sun-seeking cyclists from around the Pacific Northwest on May 12, 2018, and escape winter doldrums in the TriCities. Routes stretch alongside the Columbia and Yakima rivers through parks and over bridges. Ride options include an easy 25 miles to more challenging 50, 75 or 100-mile tours. All routes showcase the scenic beauty of the lower Columbia River and Yakima Valley vineyards, wheat fields and fruit orchards. Food, music, prizes, and a bike rally complete the ride.

This is a fully supported century with food, rest stops, route map, and sag wagon. Riders may register Friday, May 11 at the Columbia Park Kiwanis Building between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., or on May 12 at the ride start between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.
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Run for Ribbons – May 12

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Race Day Schedule:
– 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In Opens
– 8:30 a.m. RibbonFest and Stage Entertainment Begins
– 9:45 a.m. Warm-up
– 10:00 a.m. Race Begins
Entry Fee:
– $25 Adults / $15 Youth (3-18 years) if pre-registered by May 11th (t-shirt included)
– $5 extra for extended size t-shirts (2XL, 3XL, 4XL), Yellow Survivor shirts only go up to 3XL.
– $30 Adults / $20 youth if registering on race day (t-shirt included while supplies last)

Join the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation in support of local cancer patients and their families. Run for Ribbons is a 10k, 5k, and 1mile fun run/walk community event to raise awareness and promote prevention of all forms of cancers. We will also hold our RibbonFest health fair at the run. Online registration ends Friday, May 11th.
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Safe Kids Saturday – May 12

Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free admission

The annual family safety fair brings together more than 30 community agencies and 200 volunteers to share important safety messages for parents and children.

The event features a children’s bike rodeo, car seat safety checks and bike helmet fittings. There are fire trucks and an emergency helicopter for kids to see. The children can go through a life safety house to learn how to escape the home safely in the event of a fire. Hands-on activities and information are available on water safety, poison prevention, substance abuse, early childhood development and much more.

– Free bike helmets to the first 500 attendees courtesy of Seattle Children’s Hospital
– Richland Fire Department
– Benton REA electrical fire safety
– Bike rodeo
– Franklin County Dive Rescue, water safety
– SECOM 911 training
– United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties
– Kadlec programs and services

MOMapalooza – Moms & Mimosas – May 12

Courtyard by Marriott, 480 Columbia Point Drive in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for our 2nd annual Mother’s Day MOMapalooza. This year the event will be benefiting iMPACT Tri-Cities Compassion Center.

Swag Bags for the 1st 50 shoppers, a no host Mimosa & Bloody Mary bar, raffle baskets, and more! Raffle tickets available to purchase at the front door. Lots of great vendor prizes you can win!

Over 25 local MOMpreneurs available to help you find that perfect gift for the Mom you love! Pick up a little something for yourself too– you deserve it! We will be taking donations of tangible items for iMPACT. Receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring a donation!

Women of Wisdom 4th Annual Mother, Daughter & Friend Tea Fundraiser – May 12

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Registration: 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Tea Party starts at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $35 for Adults; $25 for 18 and under

Enjoy Brunch, Tea & Pastries, Fashion Show & Vendors!

This fundraising social event invites Mothers, Daughters, Friends and Mentors, to relax, share “Tea Time” conversations, enjoy a Fashion Showcase and shop vendors, which builds special memories and encourages laughter.

Mother’s Day Market Sip n Shop – May 12

Purple Star Winery, 56504 N East Roza RD in Benton City
From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Our 2nd annual Mother’s Day Market at Purple Star Winery! We have amazing local vendors and artisans for this years Sip n Shop! Shop beautiful clothing, artisan jewelry and soaps, hand crafted treats, local cheeses and one of a kind finds.

It’s a day to treat yourself and the mom’s in your life! Cheese plates and wine available to purchase, picnic’s encouraged!

50 Calibers 10th Annual Poker Run and Hog Fest – May 12

Poker Run starts at 12 Noon at Yoke’s Fresh Market, 1410 W 27th Ave. in Kennewick
Hog Roast starts at 4 p.m. at The Pasco Eagles, 2829 W Sylvester St. in Pasco
Cost: Ride and Hog Roast $20, Hog Roast only $15, Ride Only $10, Trager Raffle $5

Hosted by the 50 Calibers Motorcycle Club, there’s a poker run followed by a hog roast and then live music starts at 5 p.m. featuring Stompin Ground and Blue Tattoo. 100% of proceeds benefit Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

Re-Tapped Rhythm & Brews Festival – May 12

HAPO Stage, John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 12:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30 online or $35 at the Gate

The Re-Tapped Rhythm & Brews festival (formally known as Untapped Rhythm & Blues Festival) will be taking place at John Dam Plaza. Featured bands include: Delgado Brothers, Junkyard Jane, Coyote King, Shoot Jake, and Bent On Blues.
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LIGO Public Tours – May 12

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews – May 12

Middleton Six Sons Farms, 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Rd. in Pasco
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person

The 2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews will be held at Middleton Six Sons Farms. Come get your groove on to the great tunes by Knutzen Brothers and Badlandz presented by Gamache Landscaping. Sample a variety of Free Asparagus delicacies such as deep fried, grilled, pickled and ice cream. Come and “meet the farmer” on a hay-ride tour of an operational asparagus farm to learn where your food comes from, and walk away with some fresh asparagus!

Buy a cold-one at the Watering Hole where Ice Harbor Brewery & D’s Wicked Cider will be pouring their brews. Domestics and wine will also be available for purchase. Asparagus themed dinner will be available for purchase from great local restaurant establishments! Enjoy some fun and games with eating contests and Asparagus Trivia!
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POPP Fur Ball Fundraiser – May 12

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tickets: $60 per person

For the last 12 years, POPP has thrown one of the best parties in the Tri-Cities. You might say that this animal welfare organization knows a thing or two about being party animals!

We’re digging out great props for our photobooth. Rumor has it that this year’s wine wall will be bigger and better than ever! DJ Jesse will be in the house to get you out on the dance floor. Not a dancer? No problem- try your hand at giant Jenga!

We’ve got our best silent auction yet lined up for you to peruse, and let’s not even get started on the live auction. There’s something for everyone!!
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Around the World with HI-HO Fundraiser – May 12

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Rd. in Prosser
From 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65 per person

Hands In for Hands On Tri Cities (Hi-HO) cordially invites you to our second annual fundraiser!

Tickets include, heavy appetizers, wine, beer, amazing desserts, trivia contest, jazz music, photobooth, and more games with prizes…

HIHO is a new 501c3 raising funds and friends for a world-class discovery museum in the Tri-Cities. We are supplementing fun with STEAM skills to make lifelong learning a passion for you and your family.
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Bullfighters Only – May 12

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22 – $32+

The world’s top freestyle bullfighters are coming to the Tri-Cities Toyota Center. As seen at the Horse Heaven Roundup, Pendleton Round-up, Lewiston Round-up, Ellensburg Rodeo and more: Bullfighters Only pits athletes against fierce Spanish fighting bulls, in the ultimate showdown between man and beast! The bullfighters are judged on their ability to perform tricks while maneuvering around and jumping over the bull!

Featuring: Weston Rutkowski, Dusty Tuckness, Toby Inman, Andy North,Kris Furr, Justin Josey and more!
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Upcoming: David Archuleta in Concert – May 14

Richland High School, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $29 – $125

David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.”

Welcome Platinum-selling pop star vocalist David Archuleta as he makes his debut performance in the Tri-Cities.
About David Archuleta:
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Upcoming: Wildflower Walks – May 19

Friends of Badger Mountain and the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Plant Society are offering free guided wildflower walks. The following walks have been scheduled:
– Skyline Trail on Badger Mountain – May 19
For more information and to register for these walks, visit: or

Upcoming: REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2018 with geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad, Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht, or geologist George Last leading the geology related tours. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.

– Flood Features of Pasco Basin & Othello – May 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $89.99
– Tri-Cities Geology Tour – June 2 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. $79.99
– Eastern Scablands – June 15 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– McBee Hill Hike – June 23 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. $39.99
– Visit Small Town USA – July 12 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $134.99
– Dry Falls & Lower Grand Coulee – July 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Foodie Tour – August 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $139.99
– Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – August 11 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Vineyards and Winemaking – September 6 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $114.99
– Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls – September 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Hops to Bottle – September 15 From 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $119.99
– Cold War Bus Alphabet House Tour – September 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon $29.99

Payment is required in full the Monday prior to the tour. Full refunds will be given if cancelled two weeks before the tour date. 25% of ticket cost will be withheld if cancellation occurs after the two week deadline. Tours are subject to cancellation. All tours depart from The REACH (1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland) unless otherwise stated on the tour website page.
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Art Exhibits

Ashleigh Rogers Art Show – May 11

DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Suggested donation: $4 at the door

DrewBoy Creative showcases rising star Ashleigh Rogers in her first solo show. Winner of the People’s Choice and Gold awards at this year’s Yellow Show, Rogers brings her unique portraits to DrewBoy Creative this May.

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
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Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar.  Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.

May Events Flyer

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Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:

  • May 11: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 7 p.m. and Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 8 p.m.
  • May 12: Kaluoka’hina: the Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m. and The Life of Trees at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Tickets and info: and

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

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