Things to Do: May 14-20, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 14-20, 2018:

  • David Archuleta in Concert – May 14
  • Michael Jackson Tribute Concert – May 15
  • Play: Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 – May 16-18
  • Lecture: How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning after War – May 17
  • A Night in Havana – May 18
  • Three Rivers Folklife Contra Dance – May 18
  • Richland Players: Ruthless! The Musical – May 18-20
  • Wildflower Walks – May 19
  • 2nd Annual Joker’s Car Show – May 19
  • PetSmart National Adoption Event – May 19
  • LifeChurch7 Golf Classic – May 19
  • 4th Annual Coffee, Cars and & Cause – May 19
  • Red 10 Bash – May 19
  • Atomic City Roller Girls: Doubleheader Home Bout – May 19
  • Tri-Cities Alliance FC vs. Spokane SC Shadow – May 19
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony: Celebrate conductor Nicholas Wallin’s 10th anniversary! – May 19
  • Kidz Dig Rigz – May 19 & 20
  • Tri-City Accordion Social – May 20
  • Spare Some Love For Orphans HFTF 2018 Benefit Dinner – May 20
  • Summer Activity & Recreation Guides
  • REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

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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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert – May 15

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: general admission $20 + fee, VIP $50 + fee

Michael Jackson Tribute Show spectacular starring America’s #1 Michael Jackson impersonator Danny Dash Andrews. Be a part of this incredible concert experience that pays tribute to the life and legacy of The King of Pop. A show for all ages, this two hour non stop high energy show will take you on a breathtaking magical musical journey that spans Jackson’s four decade career. Our extraordinary production features state of the art concert lighting and sound that truly captures the essence of Michael Jackson’s worldwide concerts.
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Play: Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 – May 16-18

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m. each evening
Tickets: $12, adults and $10, students/seniors, CBC students with a current ASB can attend for free.
Ticket outlets are Adventures Underground, J.D.’s Time Center, and the CBC Bookstore

Come enjoy the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, directed by Ginny Quinley –

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.”

The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again.

As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric, and refreshingly irreverent wit.

Lecture: How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning after War – May 17

Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N 4th Ave. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Jeb Wyman-

What is the true nature of war, and how does the experience of war affect the human heart? How have the myths and realities of combat, and the invisible wounds of war, been portrayed over the ages?

This talk shares stories of the men and women who signed up to serve during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and incorporates experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath.

A Night in Havana – May 18

Flat Top Event Center, 4771 W Van Giesen St. in West Richland
Starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets: $30 per person

The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps are hosting their first annual benefit auction to support the growth and sustainability of the corps and to ensure the opportunity’s given to the young musicians in our community! There will be live music, wine and appetizers, silent and raffle auction and so much more!

For tickets, email Celinda Zarate at

Three Rivers Folklife Contra Dance – May 18

Pavilion at Memorial Park, 350 N 14th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 6 p.m.
Free admission

Contra dances have been a part of 3RFS for a couple of decades. The Contraversatile band from Yakima will be performing and the caller will be Mark Lewis who will also teach the dance moves. No experience, partner or special clothing will be necessary. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Pasco.

Richland Players: Ruthless! The Musical – May 18-20

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.
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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

2nd Annual Joker’s Car Show – May 19

Joker’s Casino Parking Lot, 624 Wellsian Way in Richland
Registration at 9 a.m., car show from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free for spectators

$20 vehicle registration fee/open to all years/makes/models. Silent auction, photo booth, lunch available, and trophies awarded.

PetSmart National Adoption Event – May 19

PetSmart, 6807 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

There will be over 100 pets available for adoption including adoptable dogs and cats from Pet Over Population Prevention, and dogs from Wine Country Bullys. Come visit adoptable pets and possibly find a forever friend!

LifeChurch7 Golf Classic – May 19

Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 W Canyon Lakes Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $400 foursome, $125 single player

Your involvement in LC7’s Golf Classic 2018 will help support the youth and young adults of LIFECHURCH7. One specific event they will be involved in this year is an outreach to one of the poorest parts of Honduras. The funds raised by your generous support of this golf tournament will help make this trip as well as other important summer camps possible!
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4th Annual Coffee, Cars and & Cause – May 19

Barracuda Coffee Company, 2171 Van Giesen St. in Richland
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Donations gladly accepted

May 19th Car Meet to benefit Reach Out World Wide –

Featuring: Prizes, Giveaways, Food, Games and a Beer Garden. Trophies in 5 categories with all proceeds going to This will be held in Richland at Barracudas Coffee.

Red 10 Bash – May 19

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
General admission: $20 + fee, Tournament registration: $5 + fee
This is an Adults 21+ only event

Come down to John Dam Plaza on May 19 and enjoy a day of delicious Food Trucks, a Life-Size Beer Pong Tournament, Live Music, and Lawn Games. This is a 21 and over event as the entire park will become a beer garden with several local beers on tap!

The best part? All proceeds will benefit the Service Peace Warriors, a local non-profit organization which trains service dogs for any American soldier who suffers from PTSD. Service Peace Warriors adopts rescue dogs and trains them to assist veterans with their daily lives, creating a partnership saving the lives of both puppies and veterans.
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Atomic City Roller Girls: Doubleheader Home Bout – May 19

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students (age 11-18), Children 10 and under Free with adult admission

Atomic City Roller Girls is a women’s roller derby league. Join them for action in the their Doubleheader Home Bout!

4:45 p.m. – Atomic City Roller Girls v. Emerald City Roller Derby (women)
7:00 p.m. – Church of Atom v. Flat Track Town USA (open gender)

Tri-Cities Alliance FC vs. Spokane SC Shadow – May 19

Neil Lampson Stadium, 505 S Garfield St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $8 adults, $5 youth/seniors/teachers/military – available online or at the gate

Join us May 19th as we kick off our home slate of matches!

We will be taking on the Spokane Shadow in an Evergreen Premier League match-up of two Columbia Division rivals. This is a crucial match in determining the winner of the SWX Eastern Premier Cup trophy winner (awarded by SWX Right Now to the top team in the EPLWA Columbia division).
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Mid-Columbia Symphony: Celebrate conductor Nicholas Wallin’s 10th anniversary! – May 19

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $55

Last concert of the spectacular 2017-2018 season! Featuring Bill McKay reprising his 2003 performance of Rhapsody in Blue, a premiere of a commissioned work by Karen Thomas, and the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers joining the orchestra and soloist Abigail Wright for Prokofiev’s rousing Alexander Nevsky.

Kidz Dig Rigz – May 19 & 20

Columbia Park in Kennewick
-Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (quiet hour for children with special needs at 10:00 a.m.)
– Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Admission: $5 per ticket per day (kids 2 and under free) at the gate or online
Ride tickets: One + Fun: $20 for 1 entry + 3 ride tickets and 1 Tractor Ride & Drive

Kidz Dig Rigz is a unique, two day family-friendly event in which kids of all ages can get up close and personal with all types of Rigz such as tractors, fire trucks, tanks and more! Child-friendly entertainment will include monster truck rides, tractor ride-and-drives, car crusher in action presentation, bouncy houses, face-painting, and much more. Various food concession vendors will be present and visits can be expected from many local favorite mascots and Super Heroes!

(Printed ticket must be presented on event day. Ride and Tractor Ride & Drive tickets handed out at the gate with proof of One + Fun admission ticket.)


Tri-City Accordion Social – May 20

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 640 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
Starts at 3 p.m.
Suggested donation of $5 per person

Members of the Tri-City Accordion Social will perform together and individually. After they perform,
Diane Young, an accordion teacher with Accordion Music Tri-Cities, will perform songs that she will performing at the upcoming Leavenworth Accordion Celebration in June.

Spare Some Love For Orphans HFTF 2018 Benefit Dinner – May 20

Atomic Bowl, 624 Wellsian Way in Richland
From 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 + fee

Heart For the Fatherless’s annual fundraiser will be an interactive dinner event. We will have Appetizers, Dinner, Bowling, Arcade Play, Journey of the Heart Activity, Raffles, and a Silent and Live Auction along with some other fun activities. Come join us for a super fun date night and help us continue to serve and support local adoptive and foster families!
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Summer Activity & Recreation Guides

Summer activity & recreation guides for May through August have been published by the Parks & Recreation Departments for:
– Kennewick:
– Pasco:
– Richland:

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

Esvelt Gallery: Juried Student Art Show – May 14 through June 8

2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 Noon
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED
Exhibit is free and open to the public

The Student Art Show is a fantastic opportunity for the college campus, and larger community, to gather and celebrate the talent of CBC students and showcase the skills that have been developed through classroom curriculum. The selected student work will feature an impressive variety of media. Outstanding work will be selected in the categories of 2-D design, 3-D design, digital design, painting, drawing, illustration, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. Other awards include the Dean’s Award, Faculty Award, Juror’s Award, CBC Foundation Purchase Awards, Gallery Purchase Awards, and ASCBC Purchase Awards.
Juror: Greg Tate

Ashleigh Rogers Art Show through June 17

DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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!
Info: and

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 18: Secret Lives of Stars at 7 p.m. and Oasis In Space at 8 p.m.
  • May 19: Dynamic Earth at 2 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity 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

LIGO Public Tours

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.

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:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

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