Things to Do: September 17-23, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of September 17-23, 2018:

  • WSU Tri-Cities Career Fair – September 20
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Youth Mental Health a Growing Issue or is Depression Just Cool? – September 20
  • Lecture: Experience Aviation History – September 20
  • CommUNITY Picnic – September 21
  • Discover the REACH: Astronomy – September 21
  • Sausage Fest 2018 – September 21 & 22
  • Three Rivers Tattoo Convention 2018 – September 21-23
  • Edith Bishel Center: Dinner in the Dark 2018 Benefit – September 22 (register by September 19)
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – September 22
  • Camerata Musica: Jovanni-Rey de Pedro – September 22
  • 3 Rivers Folklife Concert: Carolyn Cruso – September 22
  • Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire – September 22 & 23
  • Tri-City Accordion Social: Bob Deccio – September 23
  • 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

WSU Tri-Cities Career Fair – September 20

WSU Tri-Cities, 2770 Crimson Way in Richland
From 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Open to students, alumni, and general public

WSU Tri-Cities offers one Career Fair a year, during fall semester. The Fair is open to WSU Tri-Cities students, alumni, and the general public.

The Career Fair offers students several programming components throughout the day, as well as opportunities to help students prepare and navigate the Fair.

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Youth Mental Health a Growing Issue or is Depression Just Cool? – September 20

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Member $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Event $30 (must register)

Three panel members will talk about: Is youth mental health a growing issue or is depression just cool?

Chandra Markel – a National Board Certified School Counselor at Richland High School. Chandra has worked at local high schools in our community for the last 19 years. Her passion is working with at-risk youth, mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Kirsten Metcalf – a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Currently work as a mental health professional for Greater Columbia Behavioral Health, as well as, the convener for FYSPRT (Family, Youth, System, Roundtable). She has worked in the Tri-Cities in community mental health for 15 years.

Travis Rybarski – a 23-year-old rapper born and raised in Tri-CIties, WA. He has worked in the youth mental health system for 3 years, and was personally served by the system as a youth.

Lecture: Experience Aviation History – September 20

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend

Experience Aviation History – A presentation by Malin Bergstrom

Step back in time and learn how aviation shaped our community over 100 years ago. Pasco and the Columbia Basin has a rich and unique aviation legacy including aircraft manufacturing, airmail pioneers, Naval Air Station Pasco and much more.

CommUNITY Picnic – September 21

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free admission

Celebrate the Tri-Cities with family, friends & neighbors! We’re honoring our past and celebrating our future at the CommUNITY Picnic. With your nominations, we’re giving extra honor with the Tri-Cities Legacy Awards recognizing Tri-Citizens 55+. Get your food-truck-fix while you’re there or purchase lunch from CG Catering ($5 advance/$8 door). Enjoy live music, prize raffles, games, activities & class demonstrations.

Lunch from CG Catering consists of meat lasagna, coleslaw, fresh fruit and garlic bread. Tickets can be purchased in advance at:
Kennewick Community Center, 500 S Auburn St.
Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Dr
Pasco 1st Avenue Center, 505 N 1st Ave

Discover the REACH: Astronomy – September 21

The Reach, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free admission

Learn all about supernovas, planets, galaxies, and more from local experts. Discover the REACH are quarterly events held throughout the year. Make sure to bring some cash so you can nosh on some delicious BBQ from Swampy’s Food Truck.

Sausage Fest 2018 – September 21 & 22

Christ the King School, 1122 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday from 5 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday from 11 a.m. – Midnight
Free admission

The annual Christ the King Sausage Fest includes 25 games for kids of all ages with great prizes, 12 food booths with over 30 different foods, indoor and outdoor Biergartens with live entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Bingo, Granny’s Attic, a Farmer’s Market, plus middle and high school dances. Food and game prices have remained low for many years in order to provide an inexpensive, enjoyable time for families in our community.

On the main outdoor stage, Sausage Fest also provides the largest showcase for our local performing talent with a wide variety of entertainment that can be enjoyed by Fest-goers of all ages throughout the weekend.

Three Rivers Tattoo Convention 2018 – September 21-23

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Friday from noon-10 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 per day or $35 for a 3-day pass; Ages 5 and under are free

The Three Rivers Tattoo Convention is the northwest’s premier place for Tattoo enthusiasts and Tattoo artists to get together during this three-day event!
Info & Tickets:

Edith Bishel Center: Dinner in the Dark 2018 Benefit – September 22 (register by September 19)

Pasco Red Lion Hotel, N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 adults, $22 children 10 years old and younger

Our 2018 annual Dinner in the Dark semi-formal fundraising event is just around the corner. This event is called “Dinner in the Dark” because all of our guests eat their dinner while blindfolded. This event is not only about raising funds for our organization, but also for creating awareness, giving each guest a momentary glimpse of what it is like to live in the shoes of someone who is blind.

Purchase tickets by phone 509-735-0699 or stop by the Edith Bishel Center at 628 N. Arthur St. in Kennewick or online. Ticket sales end on September 19th. All proceeds benefit the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Info & Tickets:

Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – September 22

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Spokane Chiefs as they kick off the start of the regular Western Hockey League season.
Info & Tickets:

Camerata Musica: Jovanni-Rey de Pedro – September 22

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Free to attend; donations accepted (note: patrons receive priority seating)

Jovanni-Rey de Pedro will perform a solo piano concert featuring works by Strauss, Haydn, Golda, Leschetizsky, and Rachmaninoff.

3 Rivers Folklife Concert: Carolyn Cruso – September 22

First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton in Kennewick
From 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 General Admission

Carolyn is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer. She has toured widely in both the United States and Europe. She is equally at home on hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar and vocals and performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her newest CD voted “Best Instrumental Recording of 2013” by the Indie Acoustic Project! Migrations- A Retrospective (1989-1995)

Tickets are available in advance at the Bookworm in Kennewick or Octopus’ Garden in Richland. Also available at the door.

Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire – September 22 & 23

Columbia Park in Kennewick
Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $11 one day or $14 two days, Seniors/Children $8 for one day of $11 for two days, 5 and under free

Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire is an annual 2-day event. This is a family event with games and entertainment for children and adults. This event features demonstrating artist, including spinning, sewing, and weaving, in addition to the continuous, simultaneous performances, Jousting, Sword Fighters, Dancing, jugglers, Singing, Magicians, Music, Comedy, Storytelling, and Puppets.

Tri-City Accordion Social: Bob Deccio – September 23

Lord of Life Lutheran church, 640 N. Columbia Center Blvd in Kennewick
From 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Bob Desccio from the Yakima area will be the featured accordionist at the next Tri-City Accordion Social event on Sunday, September 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. Bring your accordion if you play and/or come and listen to accordion music.

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.

– 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 – 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 21: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 7 p.m. and Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 8 p.m.
– September 22: Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Oasis In Space 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:

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