May 6, 2017
Published: May 6, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 8-14, 2017:
  • Forte! Spring Show: Animation Sensation - May 8
  • Hanford High Drama:  South Pacific - May 11 & 12
  • Battelle Film Club:  Toni Erdmann - May 12
  • Classy Chassy Show & Shine - May 12 & 13
  • The Richland Players: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - May 12 & 13
  • Academy of Children's Theatre: Disney's 101 Dalmatians & Disney's The Aristocats - May 12-14
  • Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - May 13
  • Run for Rescue  - May 13
  • Inland Empire Century - May 13
  • Wildflower Hike: McBee Grade & Horn Rapids - May 13
  • Kadlec Safe Kids Saturday - May 13
  • Momapalooza - Moms & Mimosas - May 13
  • 50Calibers 9th Annual Poker Run - May 13
  • STEAM Family Fun Workshop:   "Pollinators" - May 13
  • Women of Wisdom - Mother, Daughter & Friend Tea Fundraiser - May 13
  • Bike Expo - May 13
  • LIGO Public Tours - May 13
  • Popp Furball - May 13
  • Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guides
  • Farmers' Markets Opening Dates in the Tri-Cities
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • The REACH Museum
  • Nightlife Music
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Forte! Spring Show: Animation Sensation - May 8

Art Fuller Auditorium, Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
Monday at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students (w/ ID)/seniors (60+)/kids - purchase tickets online or at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet & Music in Richland

Forte! Youth Choir presents their Spring Show featuring "Animation Sensation" which is based on songs from favorite animated movies that take the audience to mystical and fun-loving places all over the world.

While the show is appropriate for families, it also has the sophistication to entertain even the most distinguished tastes with highly technical presentations. Forte! is an audition-only show choir for high school students.

Hanford High Drama:  South Pacific - May 11 & 12

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in Richland,
Tickets: $10 & $12 based on seat location - purchase online (plus fee) or at the door
Starts at 7:30 p.m.

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission. Rated PG-13.

Box office opens at 6:30 p.m., house seating opens at 7 p.m. Info & Tickets:

Battelle Film Club:  Toni Erdmann - May 12

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts @ 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4, tickets at the door

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. Director Maren Ade skillfully probes the complexities of father-daughter relationship.

(2016) Director: Maren Ade. Writers: Maren Ade. Genres: Comedy, drama. Country: Germany, Austria, Romania. Language: German, English, Romanian. Runtime: 162 min. Color: Color. Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.

Classy Chassy Show & Shine - May 12 & 13

Historic Downtown Kennewick, 124 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick

18th Annual Classy Chassy Show & Shine will play host to over 200 as car owners turn out to display their treasured automotive classics. The festivities start on Friday night with registration and a poker run at Overturf Motors on Columbia Drive from 4 to 6 p.m.  Saturday is the Show & Shine in Downtown Kennewick from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Richland Players: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - May 12 & 13

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 8 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.
Future dates:  May 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m., May 21 & 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

 Academy of Children’s Theatre: Disney's 101 Dalmatians & Disney's The Aristocats - May 12-14

Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students (12-18)/seniors(65+)/military, $9 children (12 and under)

Join the Academy of Children's Theatre in their production of Disney's 101 Dalmatians & Disney's The Aristocats.
Info & Tickets:

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - May 13

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive celebrates its 25th year helping the hungry. Just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry).

No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet (in the rain, etc.). Cloth bags or boxes are also fine. So it’s your choice. And most bags and boxes can be easily recycled.

Run for Rescue  - May 13

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (check in 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.)
Cost: $20 per person or $45 per family

6th Annual Run for Rescue (formally known as Run for Rice), Walk, Jog or Run! 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. An event produced by Bethel Church where all proceeds will go to Agape International Missions (AIM) to help provide living costs for children who have been rescued from trafficking in Cambodia.
Info & Registration:

Inland Empire Century - May 13

Kiwanis Building, 6007 Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pre-register online or register from 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. day of the event
Cost: 12 and under free with registered adult, 13-17 years $10, adults $30 for 25-mile ride or $50 for the 50, 75 or 100 mile ride

Join us May 13, 2017 on a great ride, the Inland Empire Century (IEC). Routes skirt the Columbia and Yakima rivers - through parks and over bridges - and return to the traditional route in the Horse Heaven Hills. Ride options are from an easy 25 miles to challenging 50, 75 or 100 mile tours. All routes showcase the scenic beauty of the lower Yakima/Columbia River valley with its vineyards, wheat fields and fruit orchards.
Info & Registration:

Wildflower Hike: McBee Grade & Horn Rapids - May 13

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Park & Ride off I-182 at the Benton City exit
Free to participate

Bring lunch, water, and your camera. Plus dress for wind! The walk will last about three hours and will feature great views and plants. Marilyn Lemar ( is the trip leader.


Kadlec Safe Kids Saturday - May 13

Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free for the community to attend!

The annual family safety fair brings together more than 30 community agencies and 200 volunteers to share important safety messages for parents and children.

The event features a children's bike rodeo, car seat safety checks and bike helmet fittings. There are fire trucks and an emergency helicopter for kids to see. The children can go through a life safety house to learn how to escape the home safely in the event of a fire. Hands-on activities and information are available on water safety, poison prevention, substance abuse, early childhood development and much more.

  • Free bike helmets to the first 500 attendees courtesy of Seattle Children’s Hospital 
  • Richland Fire Department 
  • Benton REA electrical fire safety 
  • Bike rodeo 
  • Franklin County Dive Rescue, water safety 
  • SECOM 911 training 
  • United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties 
  • Kadlec programs and services

Momapalooza - Moms & Mimosas - May 13

Courtyard by Marriott, 480 Columbia Point Drive in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free admission

Join us for a Mother's Day Shopping Event to help you find the perfect gift for the special women in your life! Pick up a little something for yourself too- you deserve it! So grab your best girlfriends and support over 25 local Mompreneurs and the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network!

FREE Admission but we are seeking donation items needed for the Tri Cities Pregnancy Network! Get 2 tickets to our raffle basket drawings when you bring one!  Please visit for a list of items needed.

No host Mimosa & Bloody Mary Bar!
Fashion Show sponsored by Cinder's Closet
Swag Bag full of goodies for the 1st 50 shoppers
Mini-Make Overs, massages and More!

Win TICKETS throughout the event! Each $25 purchase or more from vendors gets you an entry, bring donation items for TCPN, complete the Vendor Passport! Additional tickets will be available for purchase.

50Calibers 9th Annual Poker Run - May 13

This is an all day event starting with a ride at noon from Yokes in Kennewick. All vehicles are welcome, registration is 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Hog Roast starts on Clover Island at 4 p.m. Stompin Ground will play and more bands are being added. $20 for the ride and hog roast, $15 for roast only, $10 for ride only. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tri-City Cancer Center Support Services.

To make donations or get more event information call Donald Hastain 509-947-1195, Jim Lothrop 801- 819-4883 or Jamie Davidson 509-460-6529.

STEAM Family Fun Workshop:   "Pollinators" - May 13

REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost for the program is admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, military and students, 5 and under are free.  Reach members are free.

Our flowers and foods depend on insect pollinators to reproduce. At this workshop we will learn about native bees and butterflies, honeybee communication, what flowers attract hummingbirds, and how to build a bee hotel for your backyard.

Women of Wisdom - Mother, Daughter & Friend Tea Fundraiser - May 13

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $35 for Adults; $20 Children 17 and under

Brunch Buffet, Fashion Show, Tea Talk and Deserts

This Fundraising social event invites Mothers, Daughters, Friends and Mentors, to relax, share "Tea Time" conversations and enjoy a Fashion Showcase, which builds special memories, and encourages laughter.
Info & Registration:

Bike Expo - May 13

Camp Kiwanis (Columbia Park), 6007 Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free event for the whole family

Announcing our BIKE EXPO, to be held in conjunction with the Kiwanis Inland Empire Century Ride on Saturday, May 13th. This event will help kickoff the National Bike Challenge for May. We are planning a great prize raffle, booths, food, music, bike safety courses, helmets for kids, etc. Also, a "shout out" to our 2017 Title Sponsor Petersen Hastings!

LIGO Public Tours - May 13

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.

Popp Furball - May 13

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Tickets: $55.00 each, available online

POPP is living it up this year with a 50's inspired benefit! Bring your friends and family and join other fun-loving folks in the community for the most memorable event in town! We've got 50's-inspired cocktails and food, casino-style games, some really hep tunes, and raffles and drawings you won't believe!

POPP can't do what we do without the support of the community. This event is hands-down the most fun way to support POPP. Help us spay or neuter animals while choosing a bottle from the wine wall! Help us provide medical care for animals in need while bidding on your next vacation!
Info & Tickets:

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

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.


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 tours taking place in May:
  • May 13 - Cold War Bus/Alphabet House Tour $30
  • May 27 - Rock Hunting $87
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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