May 20, 2017
Published: May 20, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 22-28, 2017:
  • Tri-Cities Genealogical Society Meeting - May 24
  • Vietnam Traveling Wall - May 24-30
  • Mule Mania (Dayton) - May 26-28 
  • The Richland Players: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - May 26-28
  • Memorial Day 'Not Forgotten Ride' - May 27
  • Rock & Walk - May 27
  • Tri-City Rose Society Annual Rose Show - May 27
  • Atomic Car show and Cancer Benefit - May 27
  • Meet the Expert: Flower Arranging with Kim Johnson - May 27 (register by May 22)
  • Pacific Northwest Mustang Club Car Show - May 28
  • J&S Dreamland Express - Saturdays & Sundays
  • Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guides
  • Farmers' Markets Opening Dates in the Tri-Cities
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • The REACH Museum
  • Nightlife Music
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-Cities Genealogical Society Meeting - May 24

Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend

The Tri-Cities Genealogical Society Meeting will feature a program by Mr. John Hansens, Benton County Coroner. This presentation should be very informative, so please plan to attend.

There is also a Beginning Genealogy Class that will start at 6:15 p.m. and end at 6:45 p.m. You are encouraged to attend this session as well.

Vietnam Traveling Wall - May 24-30

City View Cemetery in Pasco

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) presents the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Across its 360-foot length the wall contains every name etched on the original.

The event will start on Wednesday, May 24 with a processional at 3 p.m. from Road 36 to City View Cemetery; riders and participants will assemble at 2 p.m. Drivers and residents along the parade route should look for rolling closures, as several hundred motorcycles could be participating. The community is encouraged to come out along the processional route and honor the Tribute's visit to Pasco.

Once assembled and opened at City View Cemetery, (starting at 1 p.m on Thursday, May 25) the Traveling Wall will be open 24 hours a day through May 30 at 3 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit
About American Veterans Traveling Tribute:

Mule Mania - May 26-28

Dayton, Washington

Mule Mania was created to provide a regional show that celebrates both the marvels and beauty of mules as well as the owners who so passionately train and nurture them.

The show includes 3 days of thrilling mule competition with an awards presentation at the end, along with a parade down Main Street and a grand entrance to the arena.

Mule Mania is also a celebration of the frontier lifestyle with numerous heritage and arts vendors, historic reenactments, and Chuck Wagon dinners Friday and Saturday nights. The weekend also includes a beer garden, a variety of food vendors, and live music and dancing Saturday night.

The Richland Players: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - May 26-28

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/military/seniors (65+)

Randle McMurphy’s first mistake was agreeing to take an insanity plea and do a stint in the mental hospital versus a jail sentence. His second mistake was bringing his larger than life personality into the icy, rule abiding world of Nurse Ratched. The nurse doesn’t appreciate McMurphy’s humor or attitude - especially when he starts riling up her other patients. The patients adore him for bringing them out of themselves and into the world.

A battle of wills and regulations ensue as Nurse Ratched wields her authority in an effort to break McMurphy’s rebellious spirit. The confrontation climaxes when McMurphy goes too far to prove who has the real power. Tragedy befalls him as result and the other men in the ward act to free him and themselves.
Info & Tickets:

Memorial Day 'Not Forgotten Ride' - May 27

Rattlesnake Mountain Harley-Davidson, 3305 W 19th Ave. in Kennewick
From 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $15 rider/$10 passenger payable at the event (no pre-registration - just RSVP)

Join us May 27 in a celebration in honor of those who gave all! Proceeds to benefit local combat veterans! Pancake breakfast, benefit ride, followed by games, lunch & prizes! Cost includes pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch after the ride.

Rock & Walk - May 27

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Drive in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Registration is $10 per person

Come walk with us as we help raise money to assist Families that have experienced an infancy loss. The TEARS Foundation is offering an exciting opportunity for the community to become involved with a growing and inspiring event. The TEARS Foundation's Rock & Walk is the signature fundraising event for TEARS.

This annual event allows registered walkers to “walk” in honor of a child, or simply in support of others. Each team of walkers may also “rock” in the rocking chairs placed at the event site. Rocking chairs signify the heart of the walk, which is to raise funds for families who have lost a baby and are in need of funeral assistance and emotional support services.

Our goal is for each walker to raise $200 through sponsorship (Fundraising is NOT required to participate in the event, however, these donations are what allow us to help more bereaved families). Sign up online today!
Info & Registration:

Tri-City Rose Society Annual Rose Show - May 27

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
Open to the public from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Tri-City Rose Society is hosting their annual rose show where entries will be judged in the morning. The public is invited to view the roses during the afternoon. The awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

Atomic Car show and Cancer Benefit - May 27

Atomic Events Center, 624 Wellsian Way in Richland
From 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

1st Annual Atomic Car show and Cancer Benefit! There will be Trophies and Prizes along with a photo booth to have pictures taken with the Party Pit Girls! There is a $10 Registration fee per Vehicle you enter and a $20 Vendor Registration fee for any Vendor wanting to set up for the car show. $5 will go to the Cancer society.

We will also have food and drink Specials! $1 of each Special purchased will also go to the Cancer Society. Staging of Vehicles starts at 11 a.m. Please come join us and have fun with Great Food, Drinks, Music and Help us support Cancer awareness. Please have all Registrations in by May 25th.

Meet the Expert: Flower Arranging with Kim Johnson - May 27 (register by May 22)

The REACH, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 REACH members, $55 non-members

The featured workshop is on flower arranging. The instructor is Kim Johnson, an experienced floral designer and owner of Flowers by Kim. Kim began her business in 2013 and enjoys doing weddings and receptions.

You will learn all about flower arranging while, creating a stunning centerpiece that you will be able to take home.

Registration is required for the workshop. Call Sara at 943-4100 Ext. 108 or email


Pacific Northwest Mustang Club Car Show - May 28

Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free to spectators

The 37th annual Pacific Northwest Mustang Club car show will feature Ford Mustangs, but other cars and trucks will on display.

9:00 a.m. - Parking and Registration
11:00 a.m. - Patriotic Opening Ceremony
11:15 a.m. - Visiting Participant Voting Begins
2:00 p.m. - Voting Closes
3:00 p.m. - Awards Ceremony


J&S Dreamland Express - Saturdays & Sundays

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from Noon - 6:30 p.m. through September 24
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 c
all Ryan Peterson at (509) 619-3140 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.

Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guides

You may now view the online summer activity guides (May-August) for the following Parks & Recreation Departments:


Farmers' Markets Opening Dates in the Tri-Cities

There are several Farmers' Markets in the Tri-Cities that are open from May through October. The following is a list of Farmers' Markets and their opening dates:


  • Pasco Farmers' Market - May 6, 2017 through October 28. It's open two days, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Saturday at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue. Info:
  • 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market - June 11, 2017 through August. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keen Road. Info: 
  • Market at The Parkway - June 2, 2017 through October 27. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way. Info:
For more information on Farmers' Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Art & Other Exhibits

"inVisible" through June 2
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Boulevard in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

The goals of the art show are:
- To unravel the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness.
- For people to openly share stories about mental illness.
- To create art that encourages empathy for those afflicted.
- To create a safe space for discussion.
- To provide information about mental health.

Participating artists: Bobi Wilson, Ayleen Wood, Maridy Roper, Madison Rosenbaum, Heather Willoughby, Jessica Vorheis, Kyle Cox, Quinton Maldonado, Denise Bowles, Jeremiah Griffith, Felicia Follum, and Thelma Triplett.

This show is sponsored by Lourdes Health Network, NAMI Tri-Cities, and Castle Event Catering.

The CBC Student Art Show through June 8
Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Hours: open from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday.

The Student Art Show is a fantastic opportunity for the college campus, and larger community, to gather and celebrate the talent of CBC students and showcase the skills that have been developed through classroom curriculum.

The selected student work will be on display from May 8 - June 8, 2017 and features a variety of media including drawing, painting, digital design, illustration, photography, sculpture, and ceramics.

Allied Arts Student Scholarship Exhibit through May 26
Gallery at the Park, 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

This May our featured artists at the Gallery will be Master of Fine Arts Scholarship recipient John Giesen of Central Washington University and Columbia Basin College continuing art student Alexis Nicole Roundy.

In addition to the featured work by John Giesin and Alexis Nicole Roundy, artwork selected by a panel of judges of work submitted by local graduating high school seniors will also be on display. Several monetary awards will be presented to these talented art 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:

Exhibits at 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

Alphabet Houses
In 1943, the United States Government contracted Gustav Albin Pehrson, an engineer and architect from Spokane, Washington, to design the Hanford Engineer Works (HEW) Village. The project was to include housing for the permanent workers of  Hanford.  Of the  5,195 houses/units that were built, the vast majority of them were completed between 1943-1949.  Each housing design was assigned an alphabet letter designation and included single-family, duplexes, apartments and dormitories

Energy Northwest Water Fountain
The REACH Museum is excited to have the Columbia Basin Region come and see our newest exhibit funded by Energy Northwest, Legacy Pool, Lampson, Ray Poland & Sons and American Wheel Specialist. The new addition, in the outdoor space, is a beautiful water fountain and an educational kiosk with information regarding nuclear energy.

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:
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

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

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.


LIGO Public Tours

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. 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.

Note: tours are no longer taking place on the fourth Friday of the month.

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 and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar.

The REACH Museum will be offering Ice Age Floods, Agriculture, History, Geology, Rock Hunting, Jet Boat and Hiking tours through September of 2017. Here is a list of upcoming tours:
  • May 27 - Rock Hunting $87
  • June 3 - Wallula Gap Hike $87
  • June 9 - Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee $87
  • June 16 - Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods $87
  • June 23 - Jet Boat/Bus Tour along the White Bluffs to West Bar $190
  • June 30 - Meet the Farmer $90
Info: and

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:

Nightlife Music

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."

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration. 

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