July 22, 2017
Published: July 22, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of July 24-30, 2017:
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Vancouver Canadians - July 25-27
  • Facing the Challenges of Aging Workshop - July 26
  • Thunder on the Island Concert - July 26
  • Live @ 5 Summer Concert - July 27
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Climate Change and Carbon Tax - July 27
  • Richland Players presents "Happy Birthday, Wanda June" - July 27-30
  • Sunset at Southridge - note: rescheduled for August 4
  • Drinks for Drinks - July 28
  • Pasco's Sounds of Summer - July 28
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night - July 28
  • Tri-City Astronomy Club "Star Party" - July 28
  • Art in the Park - July 28 & 29
  • Tri-City Water Follies Hydroplane Races - July 28-30
  • Hunt & Gather Vintage in the Park Show - July 29
  • Beer Choir - July 29
  • Boat Race Party - July 29
  • Summer Movies for Kids & Families 2017
  • Summer Camps 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Vancouver Canadians - July 25-27

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

Come out and cheer on the Tri-City Dust Devils as they compete against the
Vancouver Canadians. It's "Christmas in July" on July 25 and fireworks night is on July 27.
Info & Tickets: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t460

Facing the Challenges of Aging Workshop - July 26

Kennewick Masonic Lodge, 601 W. 6th in Kennewick
Offered 2 times in Tri-Cities: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lite lunch included or 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lite dinner included
Free to attend but must RSVP

Masonic Outreach Services' new offering Aging Your Way is a workshop that takes an uplifting, yet serious, approach to planning next stages in life by addressing healthcare, socialization, legal, financial, and daily activities.

This workshop will:
- help you understand the issues related to aging
- provide an overview of the options and opportunities for independent living, aging in place and long term care
- address related legal issues and get your questions answered by Elizabeth Wallace, Elder Law
RSVP to pam@wa-masoniccharities.org or call (509) 396-5668 ext. 114
Info: https://www.elderlawgroupwa.com/event/masonic-charities-join-us-senior-workshop/

Thunder on the Island Concert - July 26

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Free family entertainment

The Thunder on the Island concert on July 26 will feature Junkyard Jane.

Thunder on the Island is free weekly concert series that runs every Wednesday through August 16. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Info: http://cloverislandinn.com/2017/04/21/summer-concert-series-2017/

Live @ 5 Summer Concert - July 27

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free family entertainment

The Live @ 5 summer concert on July 27 will feature

This family friendly concert in the park is Free every Thursday through August 10 with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/TCLiveAt5/

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Climate Change and Carbon Tax - July 27

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock Ave. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes lunch buffet) registration is required, advance payment only

In the November 2016 election, Washington state voters rejected a proposal for the nation’s first carbon tax. Like all carbon taxes, Initiative 732 was designed to drive down global warming emissions by reducing demand for high-carbon fuels. The initiative is also highly contested with social justice, environmental and health advocates who sought to use the revenue to fund green infrastructure projects.

Join us for a timely and lively topic that will feature speakers that represent the state’s business sectors, organizations that support a state carbon tax, and public policy advocates.
Info & Registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/1372574839492662/

Richland Players presents "Happy Birthday, Wanda June" - July 27-30

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Thursday, Friday & Saturday - starts at 8 p.m.
Sunday - starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students, military & seniors over 65

The Richland Players offer a rare presentation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June. Directed by James Callaghan and Produced by Will Thurston, The Richland Players are performing the only current production of this play in the world. This is a unique opportunity to witness a show that revisits not only the history of The Richland Players but of our community itself.

The play tells the story of the brutish Harold Ryan, a war hero and hunter extraordinaire, who returns home unannounced on his birthday after being presumed dead for the past 7 years. The house is empty except for his son Paul who does not recognize him and a strange birthday cake reading “Happy Birthday, Wanda June.” Who is Wanda June?

This, and many more difficult questions soon face the staunch Harold Ryan who's welcome home is not as he imagined. He finds that in his absence the nation has undergone a social revolution - the late 60’s. His son is anything but masculine, and his wife Penelope has educated/enlightened herself and is engaged to a gentle doctor. And the question still remains - who is Wanda June?
Future dates: August 3-5 at 8 p.m., August 6 at 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets: http://www.richlandplayers.org/current-news

Sunset at Southridge - note: rescheduled for August 4

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free to attend

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Join us every Friday during the summer from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex for Local Food Trucks, Live Entertainment and a Family Atmosphere. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/SunsetatSouthridge/

Drinks for Drinks - July 28

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Tickets: $10 online plus service fee, $15 at the door - must be 21+ (ticket sales limited to 300)

A benefit/concert party to raise buckets of cash for Charity Water - 100% of all ticket and alcohol sales will go directly towards helping to fund clean water projects in Ethiopia.

The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and will feature live music from The West Coast Feed, a Seattle-based band, and one of our recurring favorites, Danny Black. Some of our favorite craft beer and food will be available for purchase through the night.

You’ll also get a chance to do a WATER WALK - to experience a little bit of what women and children around the globe have to endure everyday in order to provide drinking water for their families. Beer pong, corn hole, and other favorite party games will also be available.
Info & Tickets: http://drinksfordrinks.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1781088105251137/

Pasco's Sounds of Summer - July 28

Volunteer Park, 1125 N. 4th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.

Free family entertainment
Pasco is continuing their summer outdoor concert series with MissyG Country Band performing on July 28. The concert series runs every Friday through August 11. Food vendors will be on site at 6 p.m. to add to a great family night out.

Info: http://pasco-wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/58511

Family Outdoor Movie Night - July 28

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset

Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on July 28 is "Finding Dory."
Join us for a night of family movie fun! Friday nights throughout the Summer we will be showing different movies that are fun for the whole family. Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down!
Info: https://www.richlandparksandrec.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5541/67

Tri-City Astronomy Club "Star Party" - July 28

REACH Museum Parking Lot, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Starts at 8:30 p.m.
Free family event

The Tri-City Astronomy Club of Southeastern Washington is a non-profit organization for the enjoyment and advancement of amateur astronomy. The club is a having a "STAR PARTY" at the REACH Museum and is inviting the public to star gaze and learn all about astronomy from the club members. Note: Saturday will be an alternate day if the weather on Friday is bad.
Info: http://www.tricityastronomyclub.org/

Art in the Park - July 28 & 29

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Visit beautiful Howard Amon Park for the 67th Annual Art in the Park. The park will be filled with 280 artist booths of all variety of art. This two-day art festival attracts artists from across the country, as well as many local favorites.

For the past 67 years, Art in the Park artists have showcased the best of clay, fiber, sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and many other art forms. Art in the Park is a fun, family-friendly event featuring more than just art.

We also showcase local entertainment groups and musicians in a beautiful river front park. Concessions are provided by local non-profit organizations.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/general-information/

Tri-City Water Follies Hydroplane Races - July 28-30

Columbia Park in Kennewick and several locations on the Pasco side of the Columbia River
General Admission Tickets -
Weekender Two Day: $25 adults, $10 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free
Saturday One Day: $15 adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free
Sunday One Day: $25 adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free
Pit Pass: $10 per day or $45 for a three day pass

Join us as we welcome summer! Hydroplane racing action starts Friday evening with Dash for Cash – the top four teams will compete for a generous cash prize. Racing starts Saturday, with two sets of heats and concludes on Sunday with two more heat sets and a Final Heat. There’s something for everyone this year at the Tri-City Water Follies! See you there!

Our ticket packages include General Admission, Private Viewing Areas, Hosted Areas, RV Ticket Packages and Hydro Getaway Packages. General admission passes are available at all area Albertsons and Safeway.
Info: http://waterfollies.com/

Hunt & Gather Vintage in the Park Show - July 29

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Come Huntin' Junkin' and Gatherin'! Hunt & Gather Antiques and Vintage Shop presents Vintage in the Park Show. You will find your antique & vintage best score here with wonderful vendors bringing you fresh treasure finds. Special Attractions: Dance Connection, Tri-Cities Quilt Guild (Quilt Raffle), and Plow to Plate (Farm to Fork display)
Info: http://www.countrynesters.com/

Beer Choir - July 29

Tommy's Tap House, 1312 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Free to participate - beer and food extra

Sing! Drink Beer! Join us as part of your Art in the Park and Tri-City WaterFollies weekend festivities.

We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and will have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you'd like.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/126475987952516/

Boat Race Party - July 29

Red Lion Hotel Pasco, 2525 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $24 (plus service fee), must be 21+

Since 2002 boat race fans have been flocking to the Red Lion in Pasco for the boat race celebration events held there.

New for 2017, Shindig Entertainment alongside BoatRaceParty.com have now taken over the Red Lion and bringing with them new entertainment including DJ Ricochet, one of the areas hottest DJs! Also new for 2017 is a concert size sound system, huge dual video screens, surround lighting, cash prizes, giveaways, and more!
Info & Tickets: http://boatraceparty.com/index.php

Summer Movies for Kids & Families 2017

This summer take your kids and family to the movies for free or at a discounted rate!

Movies are being offered by:
- Richland Parks & Recreation Family Movie Nights
- Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8 in Kennewick
- Fairchild Cinema in Pasco
- Mid-Columbia Library Midweek Movies
- Benton City - Movies in the Park
Info: http://blog.tri-citiesguide.org/2017/06/summer-movies-for-kids-families-2017.html

Summer Camps 2017

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2017. For more information, visit: http://blog.tri-citiesguide.org/2017/06/summer-camps-2017.html.

Art Exhibits

Human After All - Art Show by Madison Rosenbaum through August 20
Drewboy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

Human After All art show explores the vulnerabilities of humankind, while empowering both subject and viewer to explore sociopolitical structures through artistic voice.
Info: http://www.drewboycreative.com/

Annual Juried Show through August 18
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

The Gallery at the Park’s annual juried show runs through August 18. The show features 47 works by 36 artists. Most of the artists are from the Tri-Cities, although some also are from Walla Walla, Spokane and Seattle.

A total of 66 artists submitted 194 pieces for consideration. Sarah Haven, an artist who runs the ceramics program at Central Washington University, is the juror.

Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.

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: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities

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!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/tricitycorkfork/

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.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-Cities-JamOpen-Mic-Community-925736630819618/

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out: https://sites.google.com/site/tricitykaraoke/.

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.

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:
  • August 5 - Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument $87
  • August 19 - Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features of Benton and Walla Walla Counties $87
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

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: http://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.

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: http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=1496 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/attractions-things-to-do.htm.

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.
Info: http://www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/informal.html

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: http://tri-citiesguide.org.

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