Things to Do: October 15-21, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of October 15-21, 2018:

  • Mastersingers Youth with the African Children’s Choir – October 15
  • Atomic City Roller Derby Recruit Night! – October 15
  • Senior Times Expo – October 16
  • Presentation:  Measuring Clouds: Probing the Mysteries of the Atmosphere – October 16
  • Tri-City Genealogical Society: “The Push and Pull Factors of Migration and Their Aftermath” – October 17
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: “Got Ethics?” – October 18
  • Presentation: What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living – October 18
  • Presentation : “Great Writers and the Great War: Literature as Peace Activism” – October 18
  • Drewboy Creative: The Dead Show – October 19
  • Concert: Collin Wilson & Columbia Hard Bop Collective – October 19
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – October 19
  • Film: “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” – October 19
  • Tour de Arts of the Tri-Cities – October 19 & 20
  • Mastersingers: “Trouble in Tahiti” – October 19 & 20
  • BLS FallFest – October 20
  • Holly Daze Bazaar – October 20
  • Harvest Bazaar – October 20
  • Pumped 4 Purple Fundraiser – October 20
  • Celebrating Our Immigrant Community through the Arts – October 20
  • Jon Yerby Classical Guitar Recital – October 20
  • Hemp & Health Expo – October 20 & 21
  • Tri-Cities Film Club: “Eat Drink Man Woman” 1994 (foreign) – October 21
  • 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
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Mastersingers Youth with the African Children’s Choir – October 15

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Join the African Children’s Choir as they perform with the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Youth Choir during their US Tour. Experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of every child. Admission will be free for all ages; a free-will offering for the African Children’s Choir will be included in the event.

Atomic City Roller Derby Recruit Night! – October 15

Rollarena Skating Center, 849 Stevens Dr. in Richland
From 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to participate

We are looking for potential roller derby recruits ages 18-100 to join our team! Open to all genders. Bring yourself and a love for skating, we’ll cover the entrance fee and skate rental.

No skating experience needed! We’ll teach you the skills you need to be a part of this fast growing sport! If you’ve ever been interested in joining the league as a bouter, referee, or off-skates official – please come. If you’re unable to make it to the recruiting, please send an email before the event to

Senior Times Expo – October 16

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free admission

Calling all seniors, family members and caregivers…

Come visit with exhibitors as they share products, services and ideas for senior living. There will be prizes, drawings, samples, giveaways and a Senior Times Hunt for the Treasure contest.

Presentation – Measuring Clouds: Probing the Mysteries of the Atmosphere – October 16

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Beautiful and transient, clouds are one of the most dynamic and complex elements of the atmosphere. Their formation and lifetime depend on processes that happen at the microscopic and global level and everything in between. The U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facility makes measurements to better understand those complex processes.

This talk will describe what we are learning about clouds and how that knowledge will help us improve weather and climate predictions.

Tri-City Genealogical Society: “The Push and Pull Factors of Migration and Their Aftermath” – October 17

Kennewick P.U.D. Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Presentation by Margie Beldin : “The Push and Pull Factors of Migration and Their Aftermath” – We will be covering what makes people migrate and what are the consequences of those migrations depending on whether it was a push or pull factor – in other words, did they choose to leave or were they forced. And when forced, how the political and geographical circumstances affected their lives.

Prior to the main presentation there is a beginning genealogy class from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. by Heather Murphy on “Webinars, Podcasts and You Tube.”

Columbia Basin Badger Club: “Got Ethics?” – October 18

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

Columbia Basin Badger Club’s panel discussion this month is on political ethics: more honored in the breach than in the observance?

Two speakers with extensive experience in state government have been invited to help us understand what corruption is, how state governments attempt to police it, and how the current level of distrust between the parties makes it easier to cross ethical boundaries.

Guest speakers are:
– Sam Rhodes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University.
– Jason Mercier is the Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center
Info & Registration:

Presentation: What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living – October 18

Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Rd. in Richland
From 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Chaplaincy Health Care is hosting a free community presentation featuring Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

The title of Dr. Byock’s presentation is “What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living – Saying the Four Things that Matter Most.” It is based on his book, The Four Things that Matter Most, which focuses on four simple phrases – “Please forgive me,” “I forgive you,” “Thank you,” and “I love you.” Dr. Byock will explain how practicing these life-affirming words can mend and nurture relationships and inner lives, providing a path to emotional wellbeing, and guidance through interpersonal difficulties of life with integrity and grace.

The 90-minute event includes a 60-minute formal presentation plus Q & A. Dr. Byock’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Presentation: “Great Writers and the Great War. Literature as Peace Activism” – October 18

Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N 4th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Charles Andrews –

Can literature and the arts really prevent war? Many British writers in the peace movement of the 1930s thought so.

Their experiments in writing peace activist fiction are the basis for this presentation, which draws many of its examples from the vibrant period before World War II when hopes were high that war itself could be abolished.

Telling stories and making art were more than just leisure activities or entertainment—the fiction produced by these politically engaged writers of the 1930s was meant to change people’s lives, convince them of the irrationality of war, and imagine new possibilities for peacemaking. Though these peace activist writers failed to prevent war—the disasters of Nazism proved too immense—this moment of pre-war optimism has much to teach us.

Discover this idealistic period with author and professor Charles Andrews, who leads a discussion about creative nonviolence and peacemaking through art, lessons we might carry into the 21st century.

Drewboy Creative: The Dead Show – October 19

DBC Gallery at Confluent, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend but suggest a $4 donation at the door

Local muralist, Heidi Elkington, opens a new art show exploring themes of life and death and the celebration of both. Heidi is an artist who loves living and working in Tri-Cities. She paints in a variety of mediums, including acrylics, oils, and watercolor on canvas, wood, metal, and on buildings.

The art show will also feature live music, an art raffle, a Dia de los Muertos altar, and the audience is encouraged to dress up to celebrate Halloween.

Concert: Collin Wilson & Columbia Hard Bop Collective – October 19

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend

Collin Wilson and the Columbia Hard Bop Collective with be joined by guest artist Kevin Woods on trumpet, to present an evening of classic straight ahead jazz of the 1950’s and 60’s. The collective features faculty from Columbia Basin College and some of the best jazz musicians in Eastern Washington.

Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – October 19

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 Seattle Thunderbirds.
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Film: “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” – October 19

Shalom United Church of Christ, 505 McMurray Street, Richland.
From 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Watch this award winning documentary (1 hour) then join in a discussion- sure to help you find hope for our future!

Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs… reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too.

Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
About the film:

Tour de Arts of the Tri-Cities – October 19 & 20

Various locations around the Tri-Cities
From 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days
Free to participate

The third annual Tour de Arts of the Tri-Cities is October 19 & 20.

The free self-guided tour features 36 artists in 25 venues, including private home and commercial studios, wineries and other businesses. Artwork available for viewing and purchase will include all painting mediums, photography, pottery, jewelry, paper, tapestry, wood and metal sculpture and glass work. Cyber Art 509 coordinates the event, which also includes a plein air painting competition.

An artist reception and awards presentation is 6 to 8 p.m. October 19 at Col Solare Winery (50207 Antinori Road in Benton City). Artwork from the competition will be displayed at the winery from October 18-21 and available for sale.
Info & Map: Info:

Mastersingers: “Trouble in Tahiti” – October 19 & 20

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 Adults, K-12 free

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will kick off their 2018-19 season by celebrating the centenary of the great Leonard Bernstein with a performance of his one-act opera “Trouble in Tahiti” and other solo vocal works.
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BLS FallFest – October 20

Howard Amon Park in Richland
5K and 10K races start at 9 a.m. and 1-Mile run starts at 11 a.m.
Fall fest family fun is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Race entry fee: $20, free for 10 and under for the 1-mile

An annual community event for the whole family to support Bethlehem Lutheran School – Fall Fest features fun for the whole family and 3 foot races: a 5K, 10K and a 1-mile fun run.

Fall Fest activities will include laser tag, bounce houses, a cake walk and more! Grab some lunch from our food vendors and spend the day having fun at the park. Cost: $7.00 wristband – unlimited bounce houses and laser tag, $0.25 or 5 for $1.00 – cake walk tickets
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Holly Daze Bazaar – October 20

Kennewick First Methodist Church, 2 Dayton St. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission

The annual Holly Daze Bazaar features crafts, decorations, needlework, vintage holiday items, Seahawk creations, food, and the famous Pepiot Bean Soup Mix to taste and buy.

Harvest Bazaar – October 20

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $3 per person or $5 per couple – Kids under 12 are free

Get an early start on your holiday shopping at the annual Harvest Bazaar. Shop for one-of-a-kind hand crafted items, antiques, home décor, fine art and collectables.

Pumped 4 Purple Fundraiser – October 20

Courtyard by Mariott, 480 Columbia Point Dr. in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free admission

Come out and support our 6th annual fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services of Benton Franklin Counties.

Live music by Pamela Thomas Martin, SHOPPING, Pampering, and fun! Over 30 local vendors on hand to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping. No host Mimosa & Bloody Mary bar, Swag Bags for the 1st 50 shoppers, raffles, games, and more!

Celebrating Our Immigrant Community through the Arts – October 20

Monarcha Winery, 421 E. Columbia Dr. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Buy a glass of wine from Monarcha and enjoy art by Madison Rosenbaum, Nagham Al waaly, Davin Diaz, Angelica Meraz, Sergio Lopez, Saul Martinez and Alisha Sanchez. Food can be purchased from Fast and Curryous and Evergreen Mexican Grill. There will also be music and poetry read by Brandon Sullivan.

Jon Yerby Classical Guitar Recital – October 20

First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick.
Start at 7 p.m.
Free to attend but donations accepted.

Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities presents Jon Yerby…

Born in Celle, Germany, Dr. Jon Paul Yerby has performed across four continents, Jon has performed with the Utah Opera and tours annually throughout the United States and Europe. “A fine guitarist of taste and refinement who possesses one of the world’s most beautiful natural guitar sounds.” – Eliot Fisk

Hemp & Health Expo – October 20 & 21

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day
$10.00 for both days at the door. Seminars free with admission. This event is open to 21 years or older; ID’s will be checked at the door

Our mission for this expo is to raise awareness in our community about the benefits of herbal and holistic healing. We want to shed light on alternative medicines and the benefits they promote.
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Tri-Cities Film Club: “Eat Drink Man Woman” 1994 (foreign) – October 21

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 2 p.m.
Suggested donation: $4

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) (Not rated, comedy, drama, romance, language‎: ‎Mandarin) –

This Taiwanese drama centers upon the relationships within a Taipei family. The father is a master chef who’s lost his sense of taste. His wife died so now he lives amongst his three grown daughters. All three really want to get on with their own lives. The oldest daughter Jen, is a school teacher adept at hiding her feelings after she suffered a bad love affair in college. Kien who works for the national airline as a senior executive has just put all her savings into a new apartment. Young Ning is in school and works at a fast-food joint. She is getting involved with her best friend’s boyfriend. Life within the family gets more tangled when Chu marries Madame Liang, the single mother next door..
About “Eat Drink Man Woman”:

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 19: My House Has Stars at 7 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun at 8 p.m.
– October 20: Planet Nine at 2 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! 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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