August 7, 2016
Published: August 7, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 8-14, 2016:
  • Northwest Autism Conference - August 9 & 10
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians - August 9-11
  • Umatilla County Fair - August 9-13 and Farm City Rodeo - August 10-13
  • Tri-Cities Community Health Back to School Health Fair - August 10
  • Family Terrarium Planting Class - August 11
  • Pink Ribbon Rally - August 12
  • Flip Flop Sip & Shop - August 12
  • Sizzlin' Summer Beach Party - August 12
  • Free Movie at the Links - August 12
  • Black Holes and Star Gazing - August 12 
  • Bill's Berry Farm Peach Festival - August 12 & 13
  • Pasco Community Campout - August 12 & 13
  • Tri-Cities Cycle for Life - August 13
  • Benton City DAZE - August 13
  • Vet Putt - August 13
  • Richland's Urban Greenbelt Trail Hike - August 13
  • Convoy of Hope - August 13
  • Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime Who Done It - August 13 
  • LIGO Second Saturday Public Tour - August 13
  • Astrophotography of Mike Brady - August 13
  • Rosy's 50's Diner Sock Hop - August 13 
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Summer Live Music Concerts
  • Summer Movies for Kids & Families
  • Summer Activities for Kids & Teens
  • Art & Traveling Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • The REACH Museum
  • J&S Dreamland Express
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • Nightlife Music, Food, Beer & Wine
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

Northwest Autism Conference - August 9 & 10

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Cost: $95 - $225

The Northwest Autism Conference is for families, providers, and educators. Gain tools and resources, interact with speakers, and participate in sessions designed to give you practical information on Autism topics. Executive function, anxiety, emotion regulation, food selectivity, challenging behaviors, girls and women, transitions, parenting and more.
Info & Schedule:

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians - August 9-11

GESA Stadium in Pasco
Starts at 7:15 p.m.
General admission: $8

Cheer on the Tri-City Dust Devils as they take on the Boise Hawks! There are game promotions each night including a
$21 an Out Night and a Garage Sale on August 10.

Umatilla County Fair - August 9-13 and Farm City Rodeo - August 10-13

Umatilla County Fairgrounds, 425 W Orchard Ave. in Hermiston

Umatilla County Fair is held annually in Hermiston and generally provides traveling carnival rides, livestock and open class exhibits, live entertainers. The fair is held in conjunction with the Farm City Pro Rodeo.
Info: and

Tri-Cities Community Health Back to School Health Fair - August 10

TCCH Kennewick clinic, 3180 W. Clearwater in Kennwick
From 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free community event

Tri-Cities Community Health together with their Title Sponsor United Healthcare Community Plan, invite you to join them during National Health Center Week, for a "Back to School" Health Fair, promoting a healthy start to the new school year.

Participants will not only receive access to sports physicals, immunizations, health and nutrition information, they will also have the opportunity to receive free school supplies and a backpack (while supplies last).

Family Terrarium Planting Class - August 11

Waterfall Classroom at the Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is offering a free class for families and people of all ages as part of their Garden Education Series - Learn to make a Terrarium garden.

Pink Ribbon Rally - August 12

Kennewick Ranch & Home (parking lot), 845 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
From 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free to participate

Come join the fun and help kick-off the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k run/1mile walk that will be in October. At the rally there will be free food, entertainment/music, and you'll have the ability to register for the upcoming run.

  • Free food provided by Texas Road House 
  • Free Entertainment/music 
  • Register for the 5k sanctioned run or 1 mile walk
  • Prizes/drawings - Register for the event (1 ticket for drawing) and for every friend you bring that registers (1 ticket for drawing)
About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Contact: American Cancer Society (509) 783- 1574 /

Flip Flop Sip & Shop - August 12

Cynergy Centre, 4309 W 27th Pl. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: $5 - includes 2 wine scrips, desserts, and 1 ticket for raffle and vendor basket giveaways.

Ladies, bring your girlfriends for a fun and fabulous night of pampering, wine, food, shopping, and fun! We are looking forward to our 4th Ladies Night Out and are excited to be partnering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Seattle in making this the 1st of what we hope to be a continuing fundraising event for the foundation.

  • Change for a Change Giveaway! Bring your jar of change for the Ronald McDonald House and receive an entry to win a wine basket! 
  • Live Music 
  • Specials and giveaways throughout the event 
  • Makeovers, massages, and over 20 vendors!

Sizzlin' Summer Beach Party - August 12

George Prout Pool, 1005 Swift Blvd. in Richland
From 5:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 for Richland residents, $5 for non-residents (admission includes food)

This will be an exciting evening filled with games (on land and water), entertainment, prizes and food. Something for everyone, including, new this year, a slip-n-slide, so bring your family for a great night out.

Free Movie at the Links - August 12

Columbia Park Golf Links, 2701 Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick
Activities begin at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk
Free family fun

Bring your family, chairs and blankets for a Movie at the Links, a free night of entertainment, snacks and fun. The feature film "Minions" will be shown on a huge blow-up screen. There will also be a free family photo booth. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a photo with a life-sized minion cutout and receive a souvenir photograph to take home. Popcorn and drinks will be offered to guests while supplies last and local vendor Snowie will be onsite serving delicious shaved ice. The free movie is being presented by U.S. Cellular, Columbia Park Golf Course and Ted Brown Music.

Black Holes and Star Gazing - August 12

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Starts at 8 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend this free-admission event.

This public event starts with an auditorium presentation from Fred Raab, head of the observatory. Raab will summarize the results from LIGO’s observation run that spanned September 2015 through January 2016 — a run that resulted in the historic first two direct detections of gravitational waves from merging pairs of black holes.

After the presentation, LIGO will invite guests to move outdoors for a night of stargazing. Members of the Tri-City Astronomy Club will host a number of telescopes across the observatory grounds. Under dark skies, participants will see a variety of near and far astronomical objects. The Perseid meteors will be on display, although reduced due to the light from a partial Moon.

Bill's Berry Farm Peach Festival - August 12 &13

3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview
From 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission to the farm is free, but there is a $5 parking fee on festival Saturdays

Come enjoy a celebration of summers glorious golden fruit... peaches! Hop a hayride out to our pedestrian friendly orchard, where our small trees make it possible for every member of the family to discover that nothing compares to a ripe juicy peach fresh off the tree.

On returning to our cool shady park you can enjoy live music, great food, and of course Peach Donuts! Kiddos will also enjoy playing on our two big playgrounds, riding the Barnyard Train, visiting Andrew's Animal Farm and taking a pony ride.

Make sure you stop by our new barn store before you head home. Fresh baked pies, country décor, and farm fresh fruit are all waiting to make the trip with you!

Pasco Community Campout - August 12 & 13

Chiawana Park in Pasco
Starts August 12 at 4 p.m. and ends August 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Campsites: $25 for residents, $30 for non-residents

Come and enjoy an easy camping experience with the family right here in Pasco at Chiawana Park. There will be group activities and information available on Friday evening and breakfast is provided on Saturday morning. Campsites includes breakfast prepared and served by Jiggy's and sponsored by Fiesta Foods. The Pasco Community Campout is the only time each year that camping is allowed in Chiawana Park, so come and enjoy a great evening and morning together.
Registration (search for "campout"):

Tri-Cities Cycle for Life - August 13

The REACH, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Regisitration fee: $25 (note: participants are required to raise a minimum of $165 and have one month to do so after this event)

About CF Cycle for Life
CF Cycle for Life is a nationwide, one-day bicycle event that empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Cyclists have the choice of 2 routes (25-ish miles & 65-miles). All routes are new this year*, well-marked and fully supported with rest stops, SAG vehicles, on-site medical, and mobile bike mechanics.

*The City of Kennewick is prohibiting bicycles in Columbia Park on August 13th due to the Convoy of Hope. Please take this into consideration if you are riding to or from the event.

All routes start and end at The Reach. Stick around for the post-ride Pedal Party on the green grass. Lunch and ice cold beverages are provided for cyclists and volunteers. Friends and family are welcome to join in the celebration and can purchase lunch by contacting the CFF prior to August 1st.

Friday, August 12th
Early Check-In/Late Registration
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. @The Reach

Saturday, August 13th
5:54 a.m.: Sunrise
6 a.m.: Day-of-Event Check-in & Even Later Registration
7 a.m.: 65-Mile start
9 a.m.: 25-Mile start
Lunch provided for riders and volunteers by 13 Bones Urban BBQ
3 p.m.: All routes close. If you're still on the road you deserve an air conditioned ride to the finish. We'll have a driver bring you back. Lunch and a cold beer will be waiting!

Benton CityDAZE - August 13

The annual Benton City DAZE will feature Lawnmower Races - Tractor show 'n shine - Parade - Arts 'n Craft Booths in the park - Activities for the kids - Bingo - street dance and much much more! Please share and spread the word! 
Info: and

Vet Putt - August 13

The Long Branch Bar & Grill, 230006 E SR397 in Kennewick
Tee off time 9 a.m., BBQ at 1 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 for 9 holes, $40.00 for 18 holes - Golfers will sink balls, and obtain sponsors for balls they sink. Sponsors can donate as little or as much as possible. Must be 21 and over.

Attention golfers, sponsors and everyone who cares about our Homeless Veterans! The Long Branch in Kennewick is holding a Golfing, fund raising event for the "Veterans Village" Washington, non profit organization that builds "Micro Homes" for homeless Veterans.

We are forming teams of golfers to raise money to build these Micro Homes. An awards Banquet with a free BBQ for all participants and sponsors will follow the golfing event. Come on out and help our Veterans for a great day of food, fun, and activities.

For more information and to obtain sponsor sheets, or form a team, contact the Long Branch owner, Beverly at (509) 528-5499.
About Veterans Village:

Richland's Urban Greenbelt Trail Hike - August 13

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Rd. in Richland
From 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Free to participate (no pre-registration required)

This volunteer led walk will follow Richland's Urban Greenbelt Trail (UGT), an urban path that encircles the central city. Along the way, we'll talk about the city's history and look at pictures of Richland in earlier days. Hikes are weather permitting. The relatively easy hike is approximately 3.2 miles and begins at the Richland Community Center Lobby.
About the UGT:

Convoy of Hope - August 13

Columbia Park - Bandshell Area, 5111 Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Free services - no ID required

We serve guests of honor–in dozens of communities throughout the world by providing them with free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more at our community events.

35000 pounds of free groceries
Free light bag lunch for everyone in attendance
Free medical and dental screenings
Free haircuts for the whole family
Free family portraits
Job & career services
Free family activites
Free services for veterans and their families

Free Shuttles Available from 9:00 a.m. at BFT Transit Centers:
Kennewick – Dayton Transfer Center
Pasco – 22nd Avenue Transit Center
Richland – Knight Street Transit Center

Hope starts here in Tri-Cities - your community, your neighborhood. The Convoy of Hope Community Event in Tri-Cities is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people's lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before.

Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime Who Done It - August 13

Choose from two routes of Red Mountain and Prosser area wineries to tour.
From 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Event Registration and Bus Transportation $70

Join the 4th Annual Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers "Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime Who Done It." Use clues to solve the crime, and you could win a fully stocked wine fridge. Registration includes stops at five wineries and the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, bus transportation from Kennewick and back, gift bag, snacks, food, and a Silent Auction. Check in and return at Southridge Sports and Event Center.

Info and registration: or call (509) 582-1351.

LIGO Second Saturday Public Tour - August 13

127124 N. Route 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday 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.

Astrophotography of Mike Brady - August 13

Bechtel National Planetarium - CBC, 2600 N 20th Ave, Bldg D in Pasco
Starts at 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Mike Brady, astrophotographer and director at the observatory, will share his experiences and awe inspiring work. See a gallery of his work here:

This event is free, and there will be photography available for sale in the lobby. Come out and support the Tri-City Freethinkers, science, and art!

Rosy's 50's Diner Sock Hop - August 13

404 Bradley Blvd, Ste 106 in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to participate

Rosy's is hosting another sock hop! Bring the family down for a swell time at Rosy's Ice Cream & Diner! Enjoy the nifty ice cream and swing dancing - live music by the Highway 12 Band. Have a blast in your best 50's threads.

Farmers' Markets

Here is the weekly schedule for farmers' markets in the Tri-Cities:
  • Wicked Fresh Farmers' Market is open on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Pasco's Farmers' Market is open on both Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon.  
  • Farmers' Market at Barnard Griffin in Richland is open on Wednesday from  12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Downtown Kennewick Farmers' Market is open on Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The Market at the Parkway in Richland is open on Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday Farmers' Market by TRAC is open from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For information about farmers' markets, u-pick, fresh fruit & produce stands, and local food and farm producers in the Tri-Cities and other nearby communities, visit:

Summer Live Music Concerts

You can listen to free live music outdoors in several locations in the Tri-Cities this summer! Here are the free outdoor concerts this week:
For more information, visit:

Summer Movies for Kids & Families

This summer take your kids to the movies for free or at a discounted rate! Here are the movies that are showing this week:
  • August 8: Princess Theatre (Prosser) - The Shaggy Dog
  • August 9 & 10: Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8 (Kennewick) -  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 &  Shaun the Sheep
  • August 9-11: Fairchild Cinemas (Pasco) - Alvin & Chipmunks Road Chip - Kung Fu Panda 2
  • August 11: Carmike Cinemas (Kennewick) - Alvin and the Chipmunks - Road Chip
  • August 12: Richland Parks & Recreation Department - John Dam Plaza - Zootopia
For more information, visit:

Summer Activities for Kids & Teens

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities this summer. For more information, visit:

Art & Traveling Exhibits

DrewBoy Creative gallery - Experience the Light though August 11

Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland.
Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 12-8 p.m.

"Experience The Light" is a series of 10 acrylic paintings of dark and colorful scenes all tied to the theme of "the Light" by Jessica Vorheis in her first solo art show.
About Jessica Vorheis:

Gallery at the Park - Annual Juried Show through August 12
89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

It is time once again for the Annual Juried Art Show at The Gallery at the Park in Richland.  Each year artists from around the area vie for the honor of being chosen for this show.  Each entrant can submit up to four pieces of their recent work.  The work is then judged by an independent juror who then chooses which works will be displayed in the Juried Show.

This year seventy-four artists submitted 213 pieces to be judged.  Out of those the juror chose 77 pieces to be displayed. The juror this year was Judy Vogland. It is very interesting to watch how the shows change over the years depending on the juror. 

Through Our Eyes Exhibit through August 26
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The "Through Our Eyes" exhibit from Onyx Fine Arts of Seattle is on display that showcases a broad range of artistic styles from abstract to realism, oils to metals, and 2-D to 3-D.

Featuring over 50 pieces of original artwork by 22 artists of African descent from the Pacific Northwest, this exhibit reveals the multiple perspectives through which people of African descent see all aspects of life.  All artwork in the exhibit will be available for purchase through Onyx Fine Arts.
About Onyx Fine Arts:

A View from Space Traveling Exhibit through September 3
CBC Planetarium, 2600 N 20th Ave, Bldg D in Pasco
Saturdays from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission: 3 and under is free, $4 for ages 4 and up

A View from Space, a bilingual (Spanish and English) traveling exhibit, gives visitors a chance to see the world from a satellite's perspective. In this highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, visitors will be able to track a hurricane from space, send a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, study astonishing images of our planet captured by NASA's Earth Observing System and more! 

On Saturdays, we will have different activities hosted by different organizations from 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • The 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. activity is geared for 4-8 year olds
  • The 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. activity is for 9-14 year olds
The exhibit will be open the entire time from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. concurrent with the activities, and at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., planetarium shows will start for those wanting to add that element to their visit.

On Thursdays, the exhibit is open from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and planetarium shows will start at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

About the traveling exhibit: 

Particles on the Wall Traveling Art Exhibit through October 21
The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Particles on the Wall (POTW) is an interdisciplinary exhibit that uses art, science, and history to explore Hanford, the Columbia River and the Atomic Age. The exhibit features visual art, literary works, memorabilia, and scientific displays to provide a deep and well rounded look at the complicated issues that surround Hanford’s history and current cleanup. 

The full exhibit includes over 100 pieces and continues to evolve with new contributors at every installation. POTW is a partnership between WPSR and the exhibit’s founders and curators: Nancy Dickeman, Dianne Dickeman, and Steven Gilbert.
About the Exhibit:

Cyber Art 509
Members of Cyber Art 509 show their artwork including paintings and photographs at several venues around the Tri-Cities region.

Featured artists include Alice Beckstrom, Greg Ashby, Ed David, Patricia Fleming, Patrick Fleming, Margo Fox, Jaret Maynard, Dave Poynter, Maggie Remington, Pam Sharp, Maja Shaw, Barbara Sutton, Maridy Roper, and Jan Taylor. 

For more information about Cyber Art 509, visit:

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

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. 

Showing this week:
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under.
Tickets and info: and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 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. Also, the 2016 REACH Tours are now posted and registrations are being accepted.
Info: and

Make a Donation Today - Support The REACH
The REACH is made possible by people like you! Please support the REACH with your generous donation to The REACH Foundation. Every little bit helps us deliver programming and education to learners of all ages. You may also help fund specific projects and programs.

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:

J&S Dreamland Express

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. though September 25
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 John Lawson at 509-420-0570 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer on the train. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including by being a member of our service organization.

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Token Prices: Individual Token: $3, Four for $10, Ten for $20

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is a world-class piece of art you can ride, touch, and feel. The carousel is a treasure for all generations to visit and enjoy! The carousel consists of 45 horses, three chariots and other features. It averages between 1800 and 2500 riders per weekend.

Nightlife Music, Food, Beer & Wine

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Also, check out Tri-Cities Cork & Fork - Tri-Cities, WA foodie page... pictures taken by real people at favorite local establishments. We love food & drink!

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:

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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