Things to Do: June 11-17, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of June 11-17, 2018:

  • CBC Concert Choir, DeserTones Chamber Choir & Orchestra Concert – June 12
  • Three Rivers Senior Life Show – June 13
  • Thunder on the Island – June 13
  • Presentation: Hollywood and the Home Front – Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II – June 13
  • Live @ Five Summer Concert – June 14
  • Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine “The World of Merlot” – June 14-16
  • Rude Mechanicals: The Tempest – June 14-16
  • George and Pat Jones Community Service Day – June 15
  • Sunset at Southridge – June 15
  • Cruising for a Cause – June 15
  • “Easing Into Summer” Dinner Benefit for Elijah Family Homes – June 15
  • Love of Junk (Walla Walla) – June 15 & 16
  • Bells of the Desert Concert – June 15 & 16
  • Dayton All Wheels Weekend – June 15-17
  • Hope in the Vineyard 5k – June 16
  • ACT Garden Arts Tour – June 16
  • Piece by Piece, Summer Bazaar – June 16
  • Prosser Scottish Fest – June 16
  • Fort Walla Walla Days – June 16 & 17
  • Summer Camps 2018
  • J&S Dreamland Express
  • 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

CBC Concert Choir, DeserTones Chamber Choir & Orchestra Concert – June 12

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend

Come listen as our Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Orchestra perform in their end of year concert. The DeserTones will be performing the Morten Lauridsen “Lux Aeterna”, a work they recently sang at Carnegie Hall in NYC. They’ll combine with our CBC Orchestra for this selection.

Three Rivers Senior Life Show – June 13

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

The 10th Annual Senior Life Show is for seniors who want to live life to the fullest and achieve a safer, happier and healthier lifestyle. It’s a one-stop show for all of the information and resources that baby boomers and seniors need.

– Vendor Booths
– Entertainment
– Refreshments
– and MORE!

Thunder on the Island – June 13

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free family fun – food and beverages will be available for purchase. Shades kicks off the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2018 on June 13th. Here is the rest of the summer line up:

June 13 – Shades
June 20 – Stompin Ground
June 27 – Groove Principal
July 4 – Blue Tattoo and Rail
July 11 – No Direction
July 18 – Edge of Blue
July 25 – Junkyard Jane
August 1 – Cody Beebe and the Crooks with Austin Jenckes
August 8 – Black Rose Concept
August 15 – Fallout

Presentation: Hollywood and the Home Front – Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II – June 13

Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

You will want to put this presentation on you calendar as it will be very entertaining as we learn about Hollywood and the Contributions to World War II as presented by John Jenson with Humanities Washington.

Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history.

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 14

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free family entertainment

Attend the  Live @ 5 summer concert with a performance by Fallout on June 14. This family friendly concert in the park is Free every Thursday through July 26 with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.

June 14 – Fallout
June 21 – Badlandz
June 28 – VooDoo Alley
July 5 – The Black Rose Concept
July 12 – Stompin Ground
July 19 – Colorblind
July 26 – Nerve Centr

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine “The World of Merlot” – June 14-16

Downtown Walla Walla and nearby wineries
Cost: $0-$315
Must be 21+ to attend

Join more than 60 Walla Walla Valley wineries, internationally known guest winemakers and speakers in exploring one of the world’s most noble grape varieties – Merlot. Taste and compare wines from the Walla Walla Valley with wines from around the world during a captivating wine panel. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines and intimate winemaker dinners. Mix and mingle with acclaimed winemakers, experts and author.

List of events:
Thursday, June 14:
– Vintage Pour from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15:
– World of Merlot: Kick-Off Event from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
– Merlot Grand Wine Tasting from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
– The Previews: Taste & Talk with Rex Pickett from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
– Movie Screening: Sideways from 7:15-9:30 p.m.
– The Author’s Table: Dinner with Rex Pickett from 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 16:
– Wine Panel Presentations and Tastings from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
– Collaborative Winemaker dinner series throughout the Walla Walla Valley from 6:00-9:00 p.m
Info & Tickets:

Rude Mechanicals: The Tempest – June 14-16

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 adults, $18 Student/Senior/Teacher/Military

For twelve years, the exiled Duke Prospero has waited for this moment: Old enemies have sailed too close to his enchanted island, and a mighty tempest has forced them ashore. Now it’s time to settle old scores and reclaim his former dukedom for his daughter, Miranda. Aided by supernatural powers and magical spirits, Prospero dispenses justice while overseeing the growing attraction between Miranda and the princely son of one of his foes. In Shakespeare’s romance, sorcery and love transmute vengeance into humility and humanity, making it possible for all to return to a world made new by the power of forgiveness.

Suitability suggestions: The Tempest contains scenes of comic drunkenness and discussions of violent acts, including an attempted rape. The play is suitable for younger playgoers, although, given the complexity of the language and themes, it may be best suited for middle school students and above. Tickets:

George and Pat Jones Community Service Day – June 15

Columbia Park (near the bandshell area) in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Looking for volunteers

Tri-Citians and Tri-Cities businesses are encouraged to gather together to work on a community service project of their choice on Friday, June 15th from 8 a.m. – 12 noon. A BBQ rib-eye steak luncheon at Columbia Park (near the bandshell area) at noon for the first 500 people who RSVP to participate in the Second Annual George and Pat Jones Community Service day.

In 2017 over 300 people came together to participate in Community Service Day. Over 20 projects were completed in and around the Tri Cities.
Info & Registration:

Sunset at Southridge – June 15

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free family fun

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Experience live entertainment, food trucks/vendors and kids activity. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride.

Cruising for a Cause – June 15

Columbia Point Marina Park
From 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $25
Must be 21 or older to attend

Numerica Credit Union is proud to present “Cruising for a Cause,” a one-of-a-kind event geared at bringing the community together for an evening of great food, refreshments and fun on the Columbia River to benefit My Friends Place.

Join us for a special one-night only shoreline party and cruise featuring Airfield Winery, Ice Harbor Brewing, food by Kimo’s, music by DJ Sworth and an evening cruise with Water2Wine Cruises!

We will be offering two 45-minute cruises. Shoreline party before, during and after!
-Cruise #1: 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
-Cruise #2: 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.
*Only 110 spots available per cruise.

All proceeds to benefit My Friends Place, the Tri-Cities’ overnight shelter for homeless teens. Numerica will match the first $2,000 in donations!

Your $25 ticket includes:
-Shoreline Party admission, featuring dinner from Kimo’s, beer from Ice Harbor Brewing, wine from Airfield Winery and music by DJ Sworth
-1 complimentary drink ticket
-Delicious BBQ meal
-45-minute boat cruise with Water2Wine Cruises (featuring light appetizers, no-host bar and music)

Don’t want to cruise? That’s OK! Join us for the shoreline fun!
-Shoreline Party Only: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
*Only $15! Includes everything above, except cruise admission.
Info & Tickets:

“Easing Into Summer” Dinner Benefit for Elijah Family Homes – June 15

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
Starts at 6 p.m.
Cost: $45 Individual, $85 Couples

Elijah Family Homes is a faith-based organization that fosters hope, dignity and self-sufficiency through stable housing and supportive services for families in recovery. Proceeds from the benefit support case management, continued programming and rent subsidies.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – Dinner at 6:00 p.m
Dessert Auction
Wine Bar
Live Music by local band Zilliox!
Info & Tickets:

Love of Junk (Walla Walla) – June 15 & 16

253 Valley Chapel Rd. in Walla Walla
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Admission: $5, children 12 and under free, no pets please

Mark your calendar for two exciting days for Love of Junk, Walla Walla’s Vintage Market On the Farm and In the Barn that will be featuring over 75 vendors. Food will also be available from several food trucks.

Bells of the Desert Concert – June 15 & 16

Richland Baptist Church, 1632 George Washington Way in Richland
Friday at 7:00 p.m. & Saturday at 3 p.m.
Suggested donation: $10, children and students free

Bells of the Desert is a community handbell choir that will be performing in their spring concert called “Postcards: Greetings from America!” The performance will take attendees on a musical journey from New York City to New Orleans and beyond. An original composition, “Kodiak,” will be performed and they will also perform movie themes from “City of Stars” from the film “La La Land,” to “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney’s “Moana.”

Dayton All Wheels Weekend – June 15-17

Every year Dayton, Washington opens up its downtown and historic Main Street to host one of the most popular and well attended Car Shows in the entire Pacific Northwest!

Main Street glistens on Saturday with the Show ‘n’ Shine as hundreds of beautifully restored cars, from Model T’s to Corvettes to sleek sedans, line historic Main Street. But All Wheels Weekend is not your usual Car Show . . . There is so much more:
– Boutique Shops and restaurants just a step away
– Craft and Food vendors
– Outlaw Lawn Dragster Races
– Men’s Drag Races (Oh, they look so fine!)
– Demolition Derby (with beer garden)
– Live Music Downtown Friday night
– Presentation of Cars and Classic Cruise
– Poker Walk
– And Lots of Trophies . . . Lots!

Hope in the Vineyard 5k – June 16

Hedges Family Estate, 53511 N Sunset Rd. in Benton City
From 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Registration: $40 per person, $30 per person for cancer survivors, $20 per person ages 20 and under

Register today for this fun 5k to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life! The 2nd Annual Hope in the Vineyard 5k is open to all ages, walkers and runners, with awards for the top 3 male, 3 female and 3 kids (14 and under) runners! Join us at Hedges Family Estate on June 16th!

ACT Garden Arts Tour – June 16

The 20th annual Academy of Children’s Theatre Garden Arts Tour will take place on Saturday, June 16 at five beautiful home gardens located throughout the Tri Cities. The self-guided tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A finale Garden Party will conclude the tour from 3-5 p.m. Tickets to the tour, including the Garden Party, are $30.00 each and may be purchased online, at ACT, McCurley Integrity Honda, Beaver Bark, and Wild Birds Unlimited.

Showcasing a variety of very diverse gardens, the 2018 tour features an inside look at the fruits of gardening expertise from an impressive group of amateur horticulturists and landscape architects. Included on the tour are an historic residence in north Richland, a xeriscape defined front yard garden, a Heritage Garden featuring all native plants and no grass, a classic European-style landscape garden, and a formal Asian-inspired estate setting. Throughout the day a variety of artists and performers will showcase their talents at the gardens.
Info & Tickets:

Piece by Piece, Summer Bazaar – June 16

Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center, 1101 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Donations welcome

Our summer vendor event will host crafters and direct sellers – and even food! Come and shop for graduates, fathers for Father’s Day and even for early Christmas gifts!

This Bazaar is to raise money to help keep the Autism Thrift Store’s doors open. The Autism Thrift Store is a new non-profit thrift store in the area that opened on October 3, 2017. A 501(c)3 organization, they offer job training opportunities to individuals on the autism spectrum and others with intellectual disabilities. Come shop and support a great cause!

Prosser Scottish Fest – June 16

Prosser Wine and Food Park in Prosser
From 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 General Admission, $5 5-12 years/65 & older, Children 4 years and under admitted free!

Join us on June 16, 2018 for the 18th Annual Prosser Scottish Fest & Highland Games! At our 2018 event, we’ll have:
– Anvil Launch
– Celtic Music
– Pipe Band
– Highland Dancers
– Highland Heavy Athletics
– Clan Tents
– MacPherson’s Farm
– Children’s Activities
– Food Vendors
– Scottish Merchants
– Flying Anvil Pub

Fort Walla Walla Days – June 16 & 17

Fort Walla Walla, 755 Myra Road in Walla Walla

Join us for a family-oriented, two-day event commemorating Walla Walla Valley regional heritage with historic reenactors, live demonstrations, children’s pioneer games and more. Visitors will meet fur traders; Spanish-American War, Civil War, and Buffalo soldiers; old west cowboys; gold-rush miners; Lewis and Clark-era explorers; and early Walla Walla pioneers.

There will even be a 19th-century chuck wagon on display, along with several other wagons! The forge in the blacksmith shop will again be set alight by two working smiths. Living History performers will be making their homes in the Pioneer Village. Visitors on Sunday afternoon will be witnesses to a very special Living History wedding!

Fort Walla Walla Days is included with the price of Museum admission, which is $8 general admission, $7 for seniors (62+) and students, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for Museum Members and children under 6.

Summer Camps 2018

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2018. For more information, visit:

J&S Dreamland Express

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. through September
Rides are $1 per person

Proceeds go to the HHH Kiwanis Club which funds various programs within our schools, communities and scholarship opportunities.

Volunteers are needed! If you would like to become an Engineer or Conductor, we have an opportunity for you! Please contact call Dick Nordness at (509) 948-2433 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including being a member of our service organization.

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.

– 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.
Tour info:

Art Exhibits

Gallery at the Park: New Horizons through July 1

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

“New Horizons” is a woodturning show that features the works from 34 of the most noted wood artists in the U.S. and Canada.

On June 23 at 2 p.m., John Barany will showcase various techniques for applying detailed images using an air brush.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners, a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, produced this exhibition. Learn more about “New Horizons” by visiting

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 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 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.

June 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:
– June 15: My House Has Stars at 7 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun at 8 p.m.
– June 16: Planet Nine at 2 p.m. and Fractal Explorations 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:

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