Things to Do: September 10-16, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of September 10-16, 2018:

  • Presentation: “Did Humans Witness the Ice Age Floods?” – September 11
  • Tri-Cities Genealogical Society – September 12
  • Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon – September 12-15
  • Live @ 5 Fall Concert – September 13
  • Master Gardeners: “Growing and Using Herbs Class” – September 13
  • Tri-Cities Tech Summit – September 14
  • Truck Stop Experience – September 14
  • Three Rivers Folklife Society Coffeehouse – September 14
  • Walla Walla Valley Quilt Show – September 14-16
  • Richland Players: The Odd Couple (Female Version) – September 14-16
  • West Richland Harvest Festival 2018 – September 15
  • PetSmart Mega Adoption Event – September 15
  • Atomic City Roller Girls: Doubleheader Home Bout – September 15
  • Pickin’ Tri-Cities Vintage Show & Artisan Market – September 15 & 16
  • Community Education – Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults
  • 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

Presentation: “Did Humans Witness the Ice Age Floods?” – September 11

Benton County PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
From 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Nick Zentner, geology professor from Central Washington University and host of the PBS series “Nick on the Rocks,” will present a lecture on September 11th to the local (Lake Lewis) chapter of the Ice Age Flood Institute in Kennewick that poses a question geologists have struggled for decades to answer: Were humans around to witness any of the great Ice Age floods? The answer has eluded flood experts because traditional methods for dating flood occurrence have been imprecise for lots of complicated reasons, but the science is changing and methods are becoming increasingly accurate.

Tri-Cities Genealogical Society – September 12

Benton PUD Building, 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick
From 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Heather Murphy will provide a tour of several databases to help you research your family available at local Family History Centers. Databases include Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, Fold3, and many more. Note: a beginning genealogy class will be held at 6:15 p.m.

Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon – September 12-15

1114 SW Court Ave. in Pendleton, Or.

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon is held the second full week of September in Pendleton, OR. The Round-Up began in 1910 and is recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious rodeos in the world. Rodeo starts at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets range from $20-$150.

The Happy Canyon Night Show of the Pendleton Round-Up has been entertaining audiences of all ages since 1916. The Happy Canyon Pageant is a show depicting the settling of the American West, beginning with a portrayal of the Native American way of life prior to the arrival of the white man, continuing with the arrival of Lewis and Clark, followed by the prairie schooners of the pioneers of the Oregon Trail and concluding with a reenactment of a frontier town’s rollicking main street mishaps. Tickets: $13-$19 adults, $13 seniors, and $1 kids

Live @ 5 Fall Concert – September 13

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

Attend the Live @ 5 fall concert with a battle of Live @ 5 bands September 13. This family friendly concert in the park is Free with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.

Master Gardeners: “Growing and Using Herbs Class” – September 13

Master Gardrner’s Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Chives! Sage! Tarragon! Mint! Just a few of the many herbs available to enhance your life! Come to the Waterfall Classroom to learn about the herbs you can grow in our area and what you can do with them.

Tri-Cities Tech Summit – September 14

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Doors open at 7:30 a.m., Presentations 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39 per person
Join us for the inaugural Tri-Cities Tech Summit!

The Tri-Cities Tech Summit is a conference for technology professionals and innovators to come together and find out more about what’s happening in the Tri-Cities across technology fields. In an interactive and engaging atmosphere, participants will be able to learn, exchange ideas, network and establish relationships with others in the community.
Info & Tickets:

Truck Stop Experience – September 14

Bella Fiori Gardens, 219605 E Perkins Rd. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $100 per person

Come join this food truck frenzy at the Bella Fiori Gardens in Kennewick! Tickets are $100 and includes all you can eat dinner and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Pick up your tickets at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation office (7350 W Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick)!

All proceeds benefit the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation and go back to cancer patients and their families in our community.

Three Rivers Folklife Society Coffeehouse – September 14

All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8.00 / $6.00 seniors and students. Coffee, tea, and home cooked sweets available by donation.

Performances begin with an open mic session that may include music, poetry, etc, followed by the featured performer. Sign-ups for the open mic session begin at 7:00 p.m., first come, first served, limit four performers, and two songs each.

The featured performer is John Dawson & Friends.

Walla Walla Valley Quilt Show – September 14-16

Walla Walla Fairgrounds, 360 Orchard St. in Walla Walla
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: $6 – one charge good all weekend

The annual Walla Walla Valley Quilt Show will feature:
• Quilts • Block Challenge • Demos Hourly • Silent Auction •
• Vendors • Food Court • Quilt Challenge “Booville” ($ prizes) •
– Featured Quilter: Teresa Silva
– Local Featured Quilter: Cathy Wiese

Richland Players: The Odd Couple (Female Version) – September 14-16

Richland Players, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adult $15, Student $12, Military $12, Seniors (over 65) $12
Fees: $2 per ticket online (no fee through the Box Office)

Comedy by Neil Simon
Directed by Michael Kelley

“Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.”
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West Richland Harvest Festival 2018 – September 15

Flat Top Park, W Van Giesen St. in West Richland
From 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Bring the whole family out to Flat Top Park on Saturday, September 15th for some Harvest Festival fun! There will be vendor booths to shop at, free kid’s activities, a BBQ Fundraiser for our local Benton County Fire Department, the Steel Drum Band will be playing at 10 a.m., and so much more!

PetSmart Mega Adoption Event – September 15

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

Over 100 amazing pets will be available for adoption. Come by PetSmart and adopt a forever friend. We will also be doing a special fundraiser with Walchi Organic Watermelons to raise money for local rescues. Consider adoption today and help us find forever homes for more pets. Food vendors will also be onsite.

Atomic City Roller Girls: Doubleheader Home Bout – September 15

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Game 1 at 4:45 p.m.: COA v. CoDead Derby (open gender)
Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. (approx): ACRG v. Walla Walla Sweets (women)
Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students aged 11-17, kids 10 and under free

Note: Game 2 (ACRG vs Walla Walla Sweets) is our annual Sister vs. Sister bout! You can control the gameplay by choosing the team’s lineups, picking the jammer, and more! All proceeds to go to My Friends Place! Entry tickets available online or at the door.

Pickin’ Tri-Cities Vintage Show & Artisan Market – September 15 & 16

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $7 and is good for all weekend, kids under 12 are free and so is parking

Pickin’ Tri-Cities Vintage Show & Artisan Market by Past Blessings Farm is back. Our shows bring in thousands of shoppers and we have vendors from all over the Western half of the U.S. All vendors are hand selected through a jury process. Vintage, antique, artisan handcrafts, signs, jewelry, rustic, reclaimed, repurposed and so much more. Just fair and affordable junking for all.

Community Education – Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults

Kennewick School District’s Community Education Program offers evening and weekend classes for adults on the go in the Tri-Cities. This could be a good way to meet those who share similar interests! Registration for fall classes is now open.

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.

– 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

The Shedding: An art show by Denise Bowles – through September 23

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

Denise works in acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media. She states, “I explore with texture, line and color in an attempt to understand myself and my universe; where I fit into it, how I affect it, and how it affects me.”

Esvelt Gallery: “Underpinnings” by Margot Casstevens – September 11 through October 18
Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: closed
Free admission and open to the public

Margot Casstevens’ current body of work titled Underpinnings explores our human experience. Her use of printmaking and drawing, in conjunction with video projection celebrates and examines questions of personal identity and memory.
– Artist Lecture: 5 – 6 p.m. in room P 201 on October 18th
– Closing Reception: 6 p.m. in the gallery on October 18th

Gallery at the Park: Tom Hausken & Larry Metcalf – through October 26

89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission

Throughout September and October, the Gallery at the Park will showcase Tom Hausken and Larry Metcalf’s exhibit “Working Through It – 35 Years.” The title of the show, “Working Through It,” refers to the idea that working is a constant part of an artist’s life. Artists are always working and creating, regardless of what life throws at them.

A reception will be held on September 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

September 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:
– September 14: Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 8 p.m.
– September 15: 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

LIGO Public Tours

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

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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