Things to Do: October 8-14, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of October 8-14, 2018:

  • Tri-City Americans vs. Edmonton Oil Kings – October 9
  • Second Harvest: Taking a Bite Out Of Hunger – October 10
  • Think & Drink – “Breaking News: The State of American Journalism” – October 10
  • Women Helping Women Luncheon – October 11
  • Gallery at the Park: Celebrating 70 Years of Art – October 12
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets – October 12
  • FreeForm Friends and Family Concert – October 12
  • Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival – October 12 & 13
  • Rolling Hills Chorus: Life on the Boardwalk – October 12 & 13
  • Tri-Cities International Film Festival – October 12-14
  • End of Life Conference – October 13
  • Benton-Franklin Fast & Furriest 1 Mile & 5K Run/Walk – October 13
  • POPP Meowtain Climb – October 13
  • 3rd Annual Hot Dogs for Homeless Dogs Fundraiser – October 13
  • Pink The Parkway – Cancer Fundraiser – October 13
  • Meet the Raptors of Blue Mountain Wildlife – October 13
  • LIGO Public Tours – October 13
  • Girl Scouts’ Spooky Science – October 13 (last day to register is October 10)
  • Rocktober Fest – October 13 & 14
  • Catch the Crush – Yakima Valley Wineries – October 13 & 14
  • Walk To End Alzheimer’s – October 14
  • African Children’s Choir – October 14
  • Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12
  • Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2018
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-City Americans vs. Edmonton Oil Kings – October 9

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 Edmonton Oil Kings.
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Second Harvest: Taking a Bite Out Of Hunger – October 10

Pasco Distribution Center, 5825 Burlington Loop in Pasco
From 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $100 per person, must be 21+ to attend

This culinary adventure held in our Pasco distribution center joins the area’s top restaurants, vintners and brewers with hundreds of our community’s most generous people. Guests can bid on auction items that include everything from sporting events, golf outings and dining to jewelry, decor and getaway packages – and more.

Please join us for our biggest fundraising event of the year, which will help feed hope for so many of our neighbors in need in the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley. Business casual attire. Reservations must be made in advance.
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Think & Drink – “Breaking News: The State of American Journalism” – October 10

Tagaris Winery, 844 Tulip Lane in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Hosted by nonprofit Humanities Washington, Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas.

Journalism plays a vital role in a democracy’s free press is among the first institutions to be gutted in an autocracy and a thriving press is a sign of civic health. But dramatically falling revenue, the decimation of smaller newspapers, and an increasing reliance on the whims of a few social media companies for reach has thrown the industry into turmoil.

Are journalists simply neutral fact-finders, or is there good reason for this mistrust? Does the media lean liberal? Are the struggles journalists face just growing pains as they adjust to a new digital age, or signs of a slow death? How seriously should we take some of President Trump’s threats to journalists? Should we fear censorship or First Amendment curtailments?

Join us as we examine the state of the news, featuring: executive editor of the Tri-City Herald, Laurie Williams; award-winning journalist with NW News Network, Anna King; and editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, Kristina Lord.

Women Helping Women Luncheon – October 11

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $100 per person (may pay at the door)

The Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities luncheon is our main event and largest fundraiser. Each October, passionate individuals join us during their lunch hour to dine on a delicious meal, listen to an inspirational speaker and raise money for those in need. The featured guest speaker this year is Ashley Rhodes-Courter.

Gallery at the Park: Celebrating 70 Years of Art – October 12

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – includes food, wine, door prizes, live music

Come help Allied Arts Association celebrate with wine, music & song. We’ll be serving tapas, cake & champagne. Wine for sale. Musical entertainment by Pat Holten and door prizes. Tickets on sale at the gallery or on our website.
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Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets – October 12

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 Kelowna Rockets.
Info & Tickets:

FreeForm Friends and Family Concert – October 12

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Come hear CBC’s nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, “FreeForm” in their first performance of the school year. Witness outstanding vocal jazz through both solo and ensemble performances.

The concert will officially start at 7:30 p.m., but come at 7 p.m. to hear some jazz soloists sing before it begins.

Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival – October 12 & 13

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
Friday – starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday – starts at 10 a.m.
Admission to the event is a simple donation to the food bank or the animal shelter, we will have bins for collection.

Join us for the fourth annual Mid Columbia Pirate Festival! We have some fun changes to this year’s event! We will be having a meet and greet Friday night by the pool if the weather behaves. If not, we’ll move it up to the Captains Table so we can stay warm while we visit!

Saturday will be a relaxed day of shopping with vendors, our traditional Pirate Poker Crawl, and we’ll finish the day off with music, dancing, games and prizes.

Rolling Hills Chorus: Life on the Boardwalk – October 12 & 13

Friday, Princess Theatre (1228 Meade Ave.) in Prosser at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Faith Assembly Auditorium (1800 North Road 72) in Pasco at 6 p.m.
Tickets: general admission $15, seniors/students $10, military $5

Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is proud to present our 2018 show, an original musical titled “Life on the Boardwalk.” Strolling on the boardwalk can be wonderful for a lifetime! We will feature our chorus and quartets along with guest performers as we go through the decades.

There will be a silent auction of interesting treats at the Saturday show. We can accept your check or cash at the show.
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Tri-Cities International Film Festival – October 12-14

Two locations: Uptown Theatre (1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland) and Confluence Space (285 Williams Blvd. in Richland)
Friday doors open at 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday doors open at 1 p.m.
– All-Fest Pass – $30.00 includes all days, All venues plus attendance to the Film Makers and Awards Reception
– Single Day – $10.00 includes all venues

The Tri-Cities International Film Festival (TRIFI) is back this year, with more than 75 feature films, documentaries and shorts to be screened during the three-day event. This year’s offerings range from sci-fi to animation, horror, documentary, comedy and fan films.

Some of the films that were written, shot and edited during the festival’s 72-Hour Film Challenge also will be shown.
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End of Life Conference – October 13

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and vendor exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m., Program begins at 8:30 a.m.
Registration Fee: $100 – registration will be accepted at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the conference.

Conference Purpose:
Participants will gain greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative and end-of-life care. Focus will be on terminally ill, aged, Alzheimer’s and pediatric populations. Topics will include communication techniques, quality of life management and grief care.

Benton-Franklin Fast & Furriest 1 Mile & 5K Run/Walk – October 13

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Registration at 8:00 a.m., run starts at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $27 adults (plus service fee), children 16 & Under Are Free

Join Us For Our First Annual Fast & The Furriest 1Mile & 5K Run/Walk!

Here is what you will receive as part of your registration:
– Doggie Bandanas
– A T-Shirt
– $5 food coupon to use at the food truck of your choice
– Prize for fastest & furriest dog!

Other Fun For Spectators & Guests Of Race Participants:
– Balloon Artist
– Face Painting
– Music
– Food Trucks

All proceeds benefit the Benton-Franklin Humane Society.
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POPP Meowtain Climb – October 13

Mountain Park Trailhead, 525 Queensgate Drive in Richland
Starts at 9 a.m.
Registration fee: $25

About this race:
– Hike starts and finishes at Badger Mountain Park Trailhead.
– You can hike with or without your pooch.
– Hike ends at noon.

Pre-Race Pickup:
– You can pick up your number/t-shirt/sweatshirt on Friday October 12, 2018 from 7-8 p.m. at Badger Mountain Park Trailhead or on Hike Day at 8 a.m.

– Pooches – No fighters or biters please.

Note: Online Registration without T-Shirt/Sweatshirt ends October 10 at 8 p.m. Registration without T-Shirt/Sweatshirt also available day of hike.

All proceeds are to benefit Pet Over Population Prevention (POPP), whose primary purpose is to promote responsible pet care through educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs, as well as providing spay and neuter assistance.
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3rd Annual Hot Dogs for Homeless Dogs Fundraiser – October 13

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to participate – donations accepted (our goal this year is to once again fill the hydrant with cash and fill the truck bed with pet food.)

Live music, games, door prizes, exhibits and more. This is an annual fundraiser to help Rescue Dogs and Cats. The recipient of this year’s event is Mikey’s Chance. Our goal is to raise food and money for the rescued animals. Many animals are injured, abused or sick when rescued. They need medical care before they can go to their forever homes. Our goal this year is to once again fill the hydrant with cash and fill the truck bed with pet food.

The Pirate Festival is going on inside the hotel at the same time this year so we decided to play along and have some fun. We will have a Pirate themed Pet Halloween portrait booth, best animal pirate themed costume contest and more. Hot Dogs and Beverages will be available for purchase. So bring your friendly pets, have some fun and help us reach our goals.

Pink The Parkway – Cancer Fundraiser – October 13

John Dam Plaza and The Parkway in Richland
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults and $5 for kids. One child is admitted free with a paying adult.

Warrior Sisterhood’s biggest annual fundraiser of the year –

The fifth annual Pink the Parkway event moves this year from The Parkway to the nearby John Dam Plaza at 815 George Washington Way in Richland. This means the popular fashion show featuring cancer survivors will be on the HAPO Community Stage.

Pink the Parkway also features live music and other performances, food trucks, vendors and a kids zone with activities for children. The cost for admission includes drink, food and shopping deals at a variety of Parkway businesses. To obtain tickets, contact the Tri-Cities Cancer Foundation – (509) 783-9894, Address: 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick.

Meet the Raptors of Blue Mountain Wildlife – October 13

Wild Birds Unlimited, 474 Keene Rd. in Richland
From Noon – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Wild Birds Unlimited is celebrating their 1-year anniversary by supporting Blue Mountain Wildlife. Come face-to-face with a Barbary Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, and a Barn Owl. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by open discussion.

LIGO Public Tours – October 13

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.

Girl Scouts’ Spooky Science – October 13 (last day to register is October 10)

525 N 3rd Ave. in Pasco
From 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/child, $5/adult (food only)

Join us for dinner and an evening of ooey, gooey creepy experiments as you become a mad scientist!

Dinner will be pizza, vegetables, and cookies for dessert. All girls will receive a bag to decorate to hold all their goodies from the night. Families and friends of Girl Scouts welcome – you don’t have to be a girl or even a Girl Scout to attend! The activities are geared towards K-5 but younger and older will enjoy it!
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Rocktober Fest – October 13 & 14

The Living Room, 1409 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick
Saturday & Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend – some attractions and food require the purchase of tickets

Come join us for our Fall Family Festival which includes a straw maze, a pumpkin patch, inflatable attractions, face painting, carnival games, pony rides, and so much more.

The event is free with a minimal cost for some attractions and food. Bring your family on down!

Catch the Crush – Yakima Valley Wineries – October 13 & 14

Crush is a special time of year in Yakima Valley wine country. Harvest is over, and production for the next vintage is beginning. It’s an exciting time for both winemakers and connoisseurs alike.

Many wineries offer fall cuisine, themed festivals, concerts and specialty wine releases. And it’s not just the wineries that get in the spirit. Many Yakima Valley venues also offer live music and unique events to help celebrate Crush. Combine it all with our gorgeous early fall weather, and it makes for a fantastic autumn experience in the Yakima Valley.

Walk To End Alzheimer’s – October 14

Columbia Park (at the Bandshell) in Kennewick
From Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Free to participate – donations accepted

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

This year, we will be taking our walk in beautiful Columbia Park. We hope you will join us for this important walk to find a cure!
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African Children’s Choir – October 14

Kennewick High School Auditorium, 500 S Dayton St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend with an offering taken afterward

The African Children’s Choir is performing a new show, mixing traditional western hymns with a Ugandan musical style and rhythms. The group consists of 17 Ugandan children who are performing as part of their North America Tour.

The group will also perform with the Mastersingers Youth Choir on Monday, October 15 at the CBC Theatre in Pasco at 6:30 p.m.

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12

East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
Thursday – Saturday from 12 noon – 6 p.m. each week until January 12
Cost: $5

EBCHS (East Benton County Historical Society) and HIHO (Hands In Hands On) join forces to bring an exciting, traveling children’s museum exhibit to the Tri-Cities! This pretend trek across the U.S.A. features an activity for every state and the District of Columbia – ride a mule in the Grand Canyon, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, hit a home run at Fenway Park and guide your sled dog team on the Iditarod Trail, to name just a few!

More than 70 hands-on learning opportunities address key academic standards for school-age visitors and highlight our nation’s geography, history, music, pastimes and iconic tourist destinations. Hundreds of U.S. trivia questions at interactive game stations encourage a little friendly competition among trivia buffs of all ages. Photo murals feature of some America’s most beautiful and iconic destinations and lots of fun facts.

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Trivial Pursuit® is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. 1981, 2015 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02861-1059 USA. All Rights Reserved.

Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2018

Here is a list of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, haunted houses & forests to check out around the Tri-Cities region that are taking place through the end of October 2018.

Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festivals:
– Bill’s Berry Farm Pumpkin Festival – Grandview
– Christopherson Farm – Pumpkins, Kiddie Korn Maze, Fall Decorations – Kennewick
– Country Mercantile Harvest Festival – Pasco
– Hatch Patch Pumpkin Patch – Pasco
– Jobs Nursery Pumpkin Patch – Pasco
– Middleton’s Fall Festival – Pasco
– Schmitt Brothers Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – Pasco
– Union Gap Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
– Villa’s Lil’ Pumpkin Patch – Pasco
– Walla Walla Corn Maze

Haunted Houses & Forests:
– Pasco Jaycees Haunted Forest
– Scaregrounds (Kennewick)
– Yakitat’s Haunted Hill (Benton City)

For more information, visit:

Art Exhibits

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.

White Bluffs Quilt Museum – Native American Heritage Exhibit – through October 31
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland

This exhibit includes a collection of quilt blocks designed to tell the story of the Corps of Discovery as they searched for a continuous water route across the continent. Lewis & Clark’s mission was to map the entire route and record as much data as they could about the flora, fauna and native peoples on their journey. Baskets and Native American artifacts complete the exhibit.

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 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.

October 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:
– October 12: Supervolcanoes at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– October 13: The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could 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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