Things to Do: May 13-19, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of May 13-19, 2019:

  • Photography Lecture: Composition 101 – May 13
  • Hanford High School Drama: Into the Woods – May 15, 17 & 18
  • Presentation: The End of Atticus Finch? – May 16
  • 2nd Annual Hanford High Jazz Bash – May 17
  • Friday Family Night – May 17
  • The Richland Players: “Girls of the Garden Club” – May 17-19
  • Smiles Through the Miles Fun Run – May 18
  • Patriot Show & Shine – May 18
  • Heritage Garden Field Day @ Hansen Park – May 18
  • Pasco Aviation Museum 2nd Floor Grand Opening! – May 18
  • Tri-Cities Community Blindfold Walk – May 18
  • PetSmart National Adoption Event – May 18
  • Kadlec Foundation Kidz Dig Rigz – May 18
  • Yakima Roots & Vines Fest – May 18
  • Atomic City Roller Derby – May 18
  • Three Rivers Contra Dance – May 18
  • Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe Butte – May 19
  • Summer Activity & Recreation Guides
  • The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Photography Lecture: Composition 101 – May 13

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

This photography lecture will discuss how you can use simple rules of photographic composition to make your photos more interesting.

A lecture series presented by local photographer, Scott Butner, will be held on the second Monday of each month through September:
June 10 – Sports and Action Photography
July 8 – Photographing the Night Sky
August 12 – Photographing the Weather
September 9 – Photographing People

Hanford High School Drama: Into the Woods – May 15, 17 & 18

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in RIchland
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 or $15 depending on seat location
Note: Saturday (Act 1 only) matinee at 2 p.m. – all seats $10

Into the Woods – What makes a classic even more classic?

A long beloved musical by the inimitable Stephen Sondheim and James LaPine that uses familiar fairy tale characters to tell a timeless tale about parents and children, wishes, fears, and love in its many forms, that’s what!

Over 30 years old, Into the Woods feels as timely, as important as anything being written today. And in our version, there is nothing tired; all feels fresh and new, urgent and important. Wishes are made, goals pursued, dangers encountered, adversity faced, and all with music and lyrics that sweep the audience along on the journey.
Info & Tickets:

Presentation: The End of Atticus Finch? – May 16

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

A presentation by Michelle Liu –

Most people remember Atticus Finch from their high school English class: he’s the heroic lawyer defending an unjustly charged African-American man in To Kill a Mockingbird. So when a long-lost draft of this beloved novel was recently published, readers were shocked when Atticus expressed sympathy for White supremacists – a change that made for front page news.

This spectacle – a print book’s hero causing national distress in the digital age – invites us to consider the work fiction plays in shaping our emotional connections to painful parts of American life, particularly when that pain has racial roots. Using Atticus as a starting point, Michelle Liu invites participants to think about how fiction, beyond its heroes, can help us build more empathy and openness to those with experiences different from our own.

2nd Annual Hanford High Jazz Bash – May 17 – Note: location change

Hanford High School Commons, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Come enjoy 4 Hanford jazz bands, 2 middle school jazz bands, and a special guest performance by Black Dolly. Food will be available to purchase from vendors.

Friday Family Night – May 17

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $13.99 per person or $39.95 per family

Friday Nights are all about family at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Join the Carousel and KnockerBall Tri-Cities for interactive activities at an affordable price. You’ll have three hours of unlimited carousel rides and play on Knockerball inflatable games. Our concession kitchen is open with dinner specials as well.

Future dates: every Friday until Memorial Day Weekend.

The Richland Players: “Girls of the Garden Club” – May 17-19

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors/military

Theatrical Performance: “Girls of the Garden Club”, a comedy by John Patrick –

“Girls of the Garden Club” tells the story of Rhoda Greenleaf, for whom gardening is the primary love of her life and becoming president of the Garden Club her highest goal. If Rhoda can win first prize in a flower show, she can oust arch rival Lillybelle from the presidency and fulfill her lifelong ambition. But how to win? Her daughter’s boyfriend comes to the rescue, with a novel idea that will make Rhoda’s entry a sure winner.
Future dates: May 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and May 26 at 2 p.m.
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Smiles Through the Miles Fun Run – May 18

Wye Park, 1363 Columbia Park Trail in RIchland
From 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Cost: $30 plus fee for the Adult 5k run/walk, $15 plus fee for the Adult 1 mile run/walk, $13 plus fee for the Youth (ages 13-18) 5k run/walk, and $12 plus fee for the Youth (ages 13-18) 1 mile run/walk, children 12 and under are free

Smiles Through the Miles Fun Run is a family friendly 5k and 1 mile fun run. The course will be filled with cheering and entertainment to motivate you, as you run or walk along the beautiful Columbia River.

After the race enjoy our “Saturday Market” after party located across the street from the finish line in the lower level parking lot of Advanced Endodontic Care. Gather in the market with your friends, and family to celebrate your morning accomplishment with food, music, and other family fun activites.

Proceeds from the race will benefit:
– The Arc of Tri-Cities
– My Friends Place
– Seattle Childrens Hospital
Info & Registration:

Patriot Show & Shine – May 18

Liberty Christian School, 2200 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend

The 6th Annual Patriot Car Show is taking place on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Liberty Christian School in Richland, WA. The car show is a free event to the community from 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The day will include a silent auction, raffle, business and food vendors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

Heritage Garden Field Day @ Hansen Park – May 18

Hansen Park, 602 S Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for a family friendly event on May 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hansen Park in Kennewick! There will be hands-on learning activities for all ages. Learn about pollinators, native plants and tour Hansen Park’s Heritage Garden. Please note the closest parking is in the west parking lot located at the intersection of W. 6th Ave. and S. Georgia Street. We hope to see you there!

Pasco Aviation Museum 2nd Floor Grand Opening! – May 18

Pasco Aviation Museum, 4102 N. Stearman Ave. in Pasco
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free admission

The Pasco Aviation Museum has doubled in size! Now over 5000 sq ft of aviation history displays, exhibits and more. Incredible views of the Tri-Cities Airport and airplane arrivals and departures. Featuring Guided Tours, Aircraft on display, and Refreshments. Note: access to the 2nd floor is by guided tours and includes use of stairs.

Tri-Cities Community Blindfold Walk – May 18

Highlands Grange Park, 1600 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (registration opens at 10:00 a.m.)
Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 to 16, 7 years old and under are free

Bishel Center for the nonprofit Blind and Visually Impaired will host a community event on May 18th called a Blindfold Walk designed for sighted people. The Walk raises our awareness of the daily challenges faced by blind or visually impaired people. And the Walk raises funds for the Blind Center.

In the Blindfold Walk, you walk in pairs along a designed one-mile route – for the first half of the route, one person wears a blindfold and the other person guides them. Then at the half mile marker, you swap roles and finish the Blindfold Walk. Other blindfolded activities include Beeping Baseball, White Cane Course, and riding Tandem Bicycles.
Info & Online Registration:

PetSmart National Adoption Event – May 18

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

Over 150 adoptable pets will be available at PetSmart in Kennewick. Join us for the fun and possibly adopt a forever friend. We are also collecting pet food donations!

Kadlec Foundation Kidz Dig Rigz – May 18

Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Individual tickets $7, Family 4 Pack $25, Kids (2 and under) Free

Kidz Dig Rigz is a unique family-friendly event in which kids of all ages can get up close and personal with all types of Rigz such as tractors, fire trucks, tanks and more! Child-friendly entertainment will include monster truck rides, tractor ride-and-drives, car crusher in action presentation, bouncy houses, face-painting and much more. A variety of food concession vendors will be present and visits can be expected from many local favorite mascots and Super Heroes!

Yakima Roots & Vines Fest – May 18

Historic North Front Street in Yakima
Starts at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Advance Sale | $20 At the Gate – Must be 21+

Join us for the fifth annual Roots & Vines Festival! This unofficial kick-off to summer is a one day celebration of craft beverages produced in the Yakima Valley, and features nationally touring Bluegrass bands. Come down to historic North Front Street to dance in the street while enjoying your favorite local craft beverages and food from your favorite local eateries.

The ticket gains you access to the festival Plus a commemorative cup for craft beverage tasting. This is a rain or shine event. No pets or babes in arms allowed. Scrip is cash only.

Atomic City Roller Derby – May 18

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Doors open at 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students (11-17) , Kids 10 and Under FREE

Another Atomic City Roller Derby (ACRD) Doubleheader!
4:45 p.m. – Juniors Black and White Mashup featuring the Atomic City Annihilators
6:30 p.m. (approx) – Atomic City Roller Girls takes on Wine Country Crushers of Yakima

Three Rivers Contra Dance – May 18

Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations appreciated

Three Rivers Contra Dances happen the fourth Saturday of each month, holidays allowing. Not sure what contra dance is? There is a beginner’s lesson 6-6:30 p.m. before every dance! Contra dance is a New England style folk dance done to live music. All dances are taught and no partner is needed! Our summer dance series at Memorial Park is sponsored by Pasco Parks and Rec. Donations help us keep the dance going! Our Summer 2019 Dance season happens June 22, July 19, and August 24.

Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe Butte – May 19

Meet at the Kennewick Fred Meyers parking lot next to Fred Meyer Fuel.
From 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
Free to participate – must RSVP

Jump Off Joe is one of the Tri Cities best kept secrets, but we’re going to let you in on it. This walk is short: a few feet from the parking lot and you will be knee deep in white, pink and purple lupine as well as magenta Penstemon. This is a good place to see snow berry bushes in bloom and at 2,216 feet, Jump Off Joe is one of the highest accessible buttes in our area. Dress appropriate for the weather, (wind) bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke at if you plan on attending.

Summer Activity & Recreation Guides

Summer activity & recreation guides for May through August have been published by the Parks & Recreation Departments for:

– Kennewick:

– Pasco:

– Richland:

The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019

Upcoming Tours:
– May 18 – Wallula Gap Hike – $97.73 per person
– August 10 – Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – $108.59 per person
– August 17 – Kayak Hanford Reach National Monument – $108.59 per person (Sold Out)
– September 7 – Vineyards & Winemaking – $124.88 per person
– September 14 – Hops to Bottle – $119.45 per person
– September 20 – Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands & Palouse Falls – $119.45 per person

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2019. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.
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.
Info & Registration:

Art Exhibits

Annual Juried Student Art Show – May 13 through June 6

Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
– Monday-Thursday, 8 AM-8:30 PM
– Friday, 8 AM-12 PM
– Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free and open to the public

Esvelt Gallery is proud to present the Annual Juried Student Art Show. This exhibition gives students a chance to submit their work in a juried and professionally installed exhibition. It includes painting, drawing, illustration, digital media, photography, 2-D design, 3-D design, ceramics, and sculpture. The Student Show celebrates the talent of Columbia Basin College students.

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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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. (no new admissions after 4 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.
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Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history 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 (single feature/double feature): $8/$13 adults, $7/$11 seniors, $5/$8 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online or at the door)

Showing this week:
– May 17: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon (new show) at 8 p.m.
– May 18: Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope 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.
Info & Tickets: 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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