Things to Do: October 7-13, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of October 7-13, 2019:

  • Presentation: Securing the Electric Grid – October 8
  • Taking a Bite out of Hunger Fundraiser – October 9
  • Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities – October 10
  • Tri-City Photography Club Monthly Meeting – October 10
  • Digital Crush, the Inland Northwest’s First Digital Marketing Summit – October 11
  • FreeForm Friends and Family Concert – October 11
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Victoria Royals – October 11
  • Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival – October 11 & 12
  • Tri-Cities International Film Festival – October 11-13
  • BLS FallFest – October 12
  • Novel Revision Strategies Workshop – October 12
  • Benton City 2nd Annual Harvest Fest – October 12
  • Raptors of Blue Mountain Wildlife – October 12
  • LIGO Public Tours – October 12
  • The Climb 2019 – October 12
  • Girl Scouts’ Spooky Science – October 12
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Prince George Cougars – October 12
  • Tri-Cities Orchid Society Show & Sale – October 12 & 13
  • Tri-Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s – October 13
  • The Scaregrounds: 13 Doors Hell’s Dungeon through November 2
  • Job’s Nursery Pumpkin Patch through October 31
  • Middleton Fall Festival through November 3
  • Bill’s Berry Farm Pumpkin Festival (Grandview) through October 26
  • Country Mercantile Harvest Festival through October 31
  • Christopherson Farms: Maze, Fall Decorations through October 31
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Presentation: Securing the Electric Grid – October 8

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

You are invited to join us for PNNL’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series – “Securing the Electric Grid,” a presentation by Seemita Pal.

How do we generate electricity and get it to our homes, offices, hospitals, and other places? What are the technical challenges in operating the electric grid which is the biggest and the most complex machine in the world? Come learn the answers to these questions and more! It is easy to switch on or off devices at our will, but ensuring continuous supply of electricity to all the devices at different locations and all the time is not as easy as it might seem. Additionally, there are emerging challenges related to cybersecurity. Get an overview of the work that researchers at PNNL are doing to ensure that the electric grid is secure, reliable and flexible.

Taking a Bite out of Hunger Fundraiser – October 9

Second Harvest, 5825 Burlington Loop in Pasco
From 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets in advance: $100 – must be 21+ to attend

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. Taste entrees, appetizers, desserts, beers, wines and other food and beverages while bidding on auction items at our 14th Annual Taking a Bite out of Hunger event.

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.

Join us for this casual and fun event! Reservations must be made in advance.
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Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities – October 10

HAPO Center, 660 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $100 donation

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. Audience size is usually near 1,000 and first timers often remark at the grandeur of it all. But the real draw is the ability to come together to make a difference in our local community. Each attendee graciously donates a minimum of $100 and 100% of the funds raised stay in our community. Each dollar raised at the luncheon is awarded to a local non-profit agency through our grant program, and the luncheon is paid for by the generosity of our underwriters and corporate sponsors.
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Tri-City Photography Club Monthly Meeting – October 10

Benton PUD Building located at the intersection of HWY 395 and 10th Avenue in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Our theme this month is ‘The Story behind the Shot’. Photos submitted by club members will be the topic of discussion. The discussion will allow both the photographer and others present opportunities to learn what makes a good photo.

During the meeting, as each photo is presented, the photographer may begin by giving the group the story behind the creation of the shot. This may be done in person or (if bashful) submitted with the photo. Club members will provide constructive feedback on the photos.

Digital Crush, the Inland Northwest’s First Digital Marketing Summit – October 11

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $199

Digital Crush is a full-day conference for digital marketers and business professionals looking to grow their digital marketing skillset and toolbox. Bringing together and educating digital marketers and small business members of the inland northwest on practical and important digital marketing practices, the goal is to drive increased market share, new customers, and profitability for regional businesses, through utilization of the newest and best practices in digital marketing.

Speakers will share their expertise on digital marketing trends and topics including content strategy, search engine optimization, analytics insights, mobile and video digital marketing, B2B digital marketing, call tracking, and more.
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FreeForm Friends and Family Concert – October 11

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 6:30 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 6:30 p.m. to hear some jazz soloists sing before it begins.

Tri-City Americans vs. Victoria Royals – October 11

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Victoria Royals.
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Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival – October 11 & 12

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
Friday – starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday from Noon – 10 p.m.
Entry is a donation of pet food for Service Peace Warriors or people food for 2nd Harvest

Save the date for the fifth annual Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival! Wear your best pirate garb and party with us on the Island! This event is open to the public, locals are welcome to stop in and check out the festivities.

Friday – Poolside Reception from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Pirates & Mermaids Welcome! Live Music by Timeless Wavelength.
– Vendors from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
– Pub Crawl starts at 12:30 p.m.
– Dinner (on own), Entertainment, Games and General Gallivanting from 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tri-Cities International Film Festival – October 11-13

Uptown Theatre and Confluent Space in Richland
Tickets: $30 three-day pass, $10 one-day pass – tickets sales end October 10

11th annual TRIFI film festival, screening the best the best in Indie short and feature films from around the world. Showcasing comedy, documentaries, animations, drama, Sci-fi & fantasy, horror films and music videos. Also the TRIFI 72 hour film challenge featuring local film makers making a film in just 72 hours.

The All-Fest Pass includes; all 3 days and all venues of this years festival, plus admission to the TRIFI Film makers reception on Saturday night where you meet the film makers while enjoying wine from Scarlet Oak Barrels and munch on finger foods…

BLS FallFest – October 12

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: $15, 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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Novel Revision Strategies Workshop – October 12

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $15 SCBWI Members, $18 Nonmembers

Novel Revision Strategies Workshop, with local authors Maureen McQuerry, Steve Wallenfels, and Heidi Lang. Sponsored by Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

There’s nothing like finishing your novel and typing those two sweet words–The End. But as all writers know, it’s really just the beginning. Now comes the real work of revising and editing. Where do we start? How do we shape and strengthen our creations into works that are worthy of publication?

Seasoned authors Heidi Lang, Maureen McQuerry, and Steven Wallenfels have been there – done that. Now, they’re ready to help you! At this Revision Workshop in Richland, they’ll offer their revision advice, then assist participants in small groups.
Whether you’re revising after a critique, getting your post-conference submissions polished, finishing a draft, or looking for a fresh perspective, these authors, along with our supportive writing community, will help you dig into the work of revision.

Bring up to 500 words from your Middle Grade or Young Adult novel, along with your revision questions for this 2.5-hour workshop.
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Benton City 2nd Annual Harvest Fest – October 12

Community Park in Benton City
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Ki-Be Bears Booster Clubs along with the support of local clubs and organizations, and City of Benton City, bring to you the Benton City Harvest Fest Community Event. ​Proceeds go to one of the Ki-Be High School Graduating classes, to help fund their final Senior Event. Allows for our graduates the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event and create a lasting memory before they head off on to new adventures.

Our first “ever” Scarecrow Costume Contest at the Harvest Fest. Help us keep those pesky scavengers away from our hard earned labors! Let fill the park with your “Scarecrow-ey” Bests… Multiple age groups, small treats for participants, heck.. lets even throw in a park parade to help out our Vendors!

Raptors of Blue Mountain Wildlife – October 12

Wild Birds Unlimited, 474 Keene Rd.. in Richland
From 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

We’re celebrating out 2nd Anniversary with Blue Mountain Wildlife! See a live Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, and Barbary Falcon in this educational presentation – and get an anniversary present!

LIGO Public Tours – October 12

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.

The Climb 2019 – October 12

Badger Mountain in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-registration: $15, Day of: $20

Join us on Saturday, October 12th for this annual event hosted by PFLAG Benton Franklin.

Participants will climb up Badger Mountain in Richland to raise awareness around the issues of bullying, suicide prevention, and self-harm. All funds raised from this event will go to PFLAG Benton Franklin to continue education and awareness in our community.

Pre-registration is recommended by Friday, October 11th before 10 p.m. Pre-registration is $15.00 per individual and you will be guaranteed a t-shirt! Registration day of event is $20.00 per individual and t-shirts will be given on a first come, first served basis. Meet up at 525 Queensgate Dr. in Richland.
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Girl Scouts’ Spooky Science – October 12

Kennewick Boys and Girls Club, 910 W 7th Pl. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/child, $5/adult dinner (free without dinner) – last day to register: October 10

Join us for a family dinner and an evening of ooey, gooey, creepy experiments, as you become a mad scientist! This is a family-friendly event: siblings, friends, etc. are welcome. Dinner is included for children. $10/child, $5/adults with dinner, free without.
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Tri-City Americans vs. Prince George  Cougars – October 12

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Prince George Cougars.
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Tri-Cities Orchid Society Show & Sale – October 12 & 13

Red Lion Columbia Center, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 pm.
Admission: $4

Beautiful orchid exhibits from various orchid societies and vendors will be judged by the American Orchid Society and will be on display. Orchid plants and hard-to-get orchid supplies will be available for purchase.

Club members and vendors will be on hand to answer questions on topics,ranging from orchid care to what is the best orchid for your home.

Tri-Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s – October 13

Bandshell at Columbia Park in Kennewick
Registration at 12 p.m., Ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Walk at 2:00 p.m.
Free to participate – donations accepted – must register

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! The walk is two miles long.
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The Scaregrounds: 13 Doors Hell’s Dungeon through November 2

Benton Franklin Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
Hours through November 2: Thursday 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., Halloween 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Kids Day: October 26th 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Scaregrounds Pass: $15 – Thursday/Friday, $20 – Saturday
Scaregrounds Fast Pass: $30 – Friday, $35 – Saturday
Kids Day Tickets: $5
Tickets available at the gate, only

The largest haunted attraction in Eastern Washington & Oregon is about to open and it’s bigger and better. ’13 Doors Hell’s Dungeon’ at the Benton Franklin Fairgrounds. You’ll have to get through a 7200 foot maze of horror. The challenge is to make it ALL the way through! Do you think you have what it takes? Can’t wait to find out!

Did you know that you don’t have to pay haunt admission to chill in the Zombie Lounge and Booze Garden? Have a drink or two while the kids haunt, or build up your own courage before heading in to ’13 Doors’. Thursday night discount vouchers are available at area Dairy Queen locations. Look for the Scaregrounds poster, scan the code and show the coupon at the box office and get $5.00 off – Thursdays, only.

’13 Doors’ is not recommended for children under 13.

Job’s Nursery Pumpkin Patch through October 31

4072 Columbia River Rd. in Pasco
Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Every day in October:
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins for carving, painting, and decorations as well as a selection of winter squashes to eat. All pumpkins and squash are 32 cents per pound. No entry fee to enter the patch.

Saturday & Sundays in October:
– Nursery Tour Hayride – A 15 minute ride on our 36 acre nursery full of Halloween fun, peacock sightings and a little tree humor. Price is $3 per rider over 3 years old.

Face Painting by New Horizons FFA on October 19th as a chapter fundraiser.

Middleton Fall Festival through November 3

Middleton Farm, 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Rd. in Pasco
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $12 general admission (ages 3-adult), $10 seniors (65+), kids 2 and under free (Note: general admission on Friday is $10)

Come enjoy the first pickings of our Pumpkin Patch, the first steps into our corn maze, and the first ones to enjoy our new attractions that include:
– The Grain Train
– Trike Races
– Banyard Ball Zone
– Bull Ring Toss
– Another Jumping Pillow
– Another Giant Slide
– Two New Potato Blasters
– Gaga Ball
– 9 Square in the Air
We have 31 activities in total. Our event runs on weekends until November 3. $10 Fridays are new this year. We had so much fun on Friday’s last year that we decided to open them up all day. Starting October 4th we will be open every Friday in October.
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Bill’s Berry Farm Pumpkin Festival (Grandview) through October 26

Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd. in Grandview
Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. – No Farm Admission fee; all activities are pay as you go
Friday & Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Farm Admission Fee
Farm Admission Fee (Friday& Saturdays): Ages 13 to Adult – $9, Ages 3-12/Seniors 65+/Active Military – $7, Ages 2 and under Free

If you are looking for clean, wholesome harvest fun, fresh produce and great memories then you will love our Pumpkin Festival with a large variety of activities that all ages will enjoy. There is so much to do that most families plan to spend 3-5 hours at the farm. For a full description of the following options see our Activities page.

Country Mercantile Harvest Festival through October 31

232 Crestloch Rd. in Pasco
Hours: 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until dusk
Admission: $7.95 per person (children 2 years and under free), $4.50 seniors (65+) and military (show ID)

Includes: hay ride to pumpkin patch, 3-acre corn maze, petting zoo, straw-bale maze, straw-bale pyramids, old-fashioned carnival rides, and, on weekends, a family photo in the photo booth, a free face painting & the bounce house obstacle course. Note: pumpkins sold separately, carnival rides & treats – tickets sold separately.

Christopherson Farms: Maze, Fall Decorations through October 31

197616 E. Bowles Rd. in Kennewick
Open during daylight hours, seven days per week
Free admission

We’ve got lots of autumn decorative items, colored corn stalk bundles, mini pumpkins and beautiful colored corn. The sunflowers are ready to be cut. Lots of sizes and colors of Pumpkins. We are open daily through the end of October, daylight hours. The Kiddie Korn Maze is looking good. Hope to see you soon. Note: cash transactions, only. Contact Denise Christopherson at 509-430-2167 for more information.

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: A Long Now: New Work by Laura Truitt through October 10

Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College, 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

Laura Truitt is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Gonzaga University. Before getting her MFA in painting at Colorado State University, Laura studied painting and drawing at Goucher College, the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Vermont Studio Center and the Chicago Art Institute.

Her current work focuses on architecture and landscape as representative of social systems and the contrasts that are inherent in painting and drawing space.

DrewBoy Creative: Beyond the Walls of Perception Part One – David V35 Solo Art Show – through the end of the year

Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 5-8 p.m, Friday & Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Free to attend

We are proud to host David Vasquez’s solo show at Confluent Space Tri Cities. David is one of the most talented artist in the region. You will not want to miss this show! The art is for mature (i.e. PG-13) audiences.

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:
– October 11: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– October 12: Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2:00 p.m. and The Little Star That Could at 3:00 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.
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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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