September 23, 2017
Published: September 23, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of September 25 - October 1, 2017:
  • Vista Arts Center Open Houses - September 26 and October 4
  • Facebook Part 2 Workshop 101 for Small Businesses - September 27
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: What Do We Know About Minimum Wage? - September 28
  • Woman Up - September 29
  • Columbia Community Church: Children's Consignment Sale - September 29 & 30
  • 2017 Tri-Cities Women's Expo - September 29 & 30
  • Sacajawea Heritage Days - September 29 & 30
  • Jurassic Quest - September 29 - October 1 
  • ACT Presents "Beauty and the Beast" - September 29 - October 1
  • RetroRiders Vintage Motorcycle Show - September 30
  • Dinner in the Dark - September 30
  • Beer Choir - September 30
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Everett Silvertips - September 30
  • Fresh Hop Ale Festival (Yakima) - September 30
  • Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2017
  • Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guides
  • Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Vista Arts Center Open Houses - September 26 and October 4

See how the nonprofit Vista Arts Center will look and ask questions of representatives of the Arts Center Task Force. When completed, the Vista Arts Center will be the community's only, full-time, nonprofit performing and visual arts center. What an exciting future for arts and entertainment in the Tri-Cities!

- September 26: Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- October 4: West Richland Publications Library, 3803 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Facebook Part 2 Workshop 101 for Small Businesses - September 27

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free to attend

This is a free Facebook Workshop 101 Part 2 for Small Business Owners who want to know how to Navigate and Create their Facebook Business Page.

What You Will Learn:

- Learn How to Go Through Your Facebook Page Settings
- Overview of Audience Insights
- SEO Tips for your Facebook Page
- How to Change a Facebook Page Category
- Basics of Targeting Your Customers Via Facebook Post Boost
**Use of Laptops is Highly Recommended! Wifi is Available at the Library


Columbia Basin Badger Club: What Do We Know About Minimum Wage? - September 28

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 - must register online (includes buffet lunch)

In April, 2015 the wage law went into effect and increased the minimum wage to $11. During January, 2016 the next phase of the law adjusted the minimum wage again to $13 per hour. The city of Seattle wanted to take things further and they increased their wage to $15 per hour.

University of Washington research team was hired to determine its impacts. UW provided the second part of their study to the Seattle City Council July of 2016.

Our discussion will uncover the unintended consequences for low wage workers who were supposed to be the beneficiaries. Looking at this data, what are the statewide unintended consequences of our higher statewide minimum wage? How do we place young, unskilled and inexperienced workers into job environments to gain skill sets and experience? With the uncertainty from the various reports are the "unintended consequences" even real?
Info & Registration:

Woman Up - September 29

Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick
From 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Free to attend

Don't let the signs of breast cancer be camouflaged! Be healthy. Get screened. Woman up!

Join us as we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and light the Tri-Cities Cancer Center building in 3,000 pink LED lights. Education & fun will fill the early morning along with yummy snacks and treats. Free pink camo t-shirts to the first 100 people through the doors, limited to one per person. Fun promotions & booths will delight your day.

Columbia Community Church: Children's Consignment Sale - September 29 & 30

Church of the Nazarene, 2500 Jericho Rd. in Richland
Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday from  9 a.m. - 12 noon
New! Saturday from 1 - 2 p.m. - $Dollar Dash$ - (all items to be donated are $1)
Admission: 1 non-perishable food item (or a cash donation) to benefit 2nd Harvest Food Bank of the Tri-Cities

Our consignment sale is a collection of new and used children's items from 110 pre-registered sellers. Proceeds from the Fall Sale benefit Birthday Blessings. This is an outreach ministry of C3 that provides birthday gifts to local foster children. $Dollar Dash$ sale proceeds will be donated to Lutheran Community Services to provide Thanksgiving dinners to local foster families.

- We provide IKEA shopping bags for your use.
- We DO NOT allow diaper bags, large purses, back packs or personal shopping bags in the sale. Please leave these at home or in your car.
- All strollers are checked as you enter the sale and at the exit of the sale.
- No food or drink is allowed inside the sale.

2017 Tri-Cities Women's Expo - September 29 & 30

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Friday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 at the door, good for both days

Shopping! Fun! Shopping! Girlfriend Time! Shopping!

The Tri-Cities Women's Expo was created in 1999 to highlight small businesses run by women and for women in our community and to bring services available to women together in one place.

Sacajawea Heritage Days - September 29 & 30

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco
Friday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. ($10 parking fee or Discover Pass required)
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Washington State Park's Fee Free day)
Free to attend

Walk through history at the site where the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery camped over 200 years ago! Heritage Days returns to Sacajawea State Park.

Heritage Days will feature a Lewis and Clark living history encampment presented by the Pacific Northwest Living Historians. There will also be Mountain Man camps, Native American dancing and cultural displays, vintage steam engines, wood carving, birds of prey, and much more.

Jurassic Quest - September 29 - October 1

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: Kids (2-12) $18, Adults (13-64) $16, Seniors (65+) $14, Kid's under 2 free

Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all.

Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.

There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the "Dino Bounce" area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!
Info & Tickets:

ACT Presents "Beauty and the Beast" - September 29 - October 1

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Children (12 & Under) - $9.00, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military - $12.00, Adults - $15.00

Plot Summary Beauty and the Beast: The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. ACT is excited to present the original Broadway version of this tale as old as time.

Future dates: October 7 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m, October 8 at 3 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

RetroRiders Vintage Motorcycle Show - September 30

J&L Hydraulics -1120 West Lewis in Pasco
From 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free for spectators - donations accepted

The show is open to the public and will display vintage motorcycles, 1992 and older. Donations from the event will benefit children struggling with mental illness through Lourdes Counseling Center’s Children's Summer Day Program.

Bike registration and staging will be held from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Registration is open to all sizes, makes and models 1992 and older. Donations to the Children's Summer Day Program will be accepted as entry fee ($10 suggested donation). 

The Retro Riders Motorcycle Club is a longtime supporter of Children's Day Program. To date, the group raised more than $24,000 to help children and their families struggling with mental illness.

Dinner in the Dark - September 30

Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 each

We are excited about our 2017, 13th annual Dinner in the Dark semi-formal fundraising event. This event is called "Dinner in the Dark" because all our guests eat their dinner while blindfolded. This event is not only about raising funds for our organization, but also for creating awareness, giving each guest a momentary glimpse of what it is like to live in the shoes of someone who is blind.

We will feature live music from Straight Up Jazz, casino tables hosted by the Pasco Lions Club, blindfolded dinner, and a silent auction. Semi-formal dress attire is required.

Tickets can be purchased at our center at 628 N. Arthur St. in Kennewick, over the phone 509-735-0699 or through our website. All proceeds benefit the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Info & Tickets:

Beer Choir - September 30

Paper Street Brewing Company, 701 The Parkway in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: you can participate in the Beer Choir for free without drinking beer!

Sing! Drink Beer! Hosted by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers...

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.

Haven't been to a Beer Choir Atomic Chapter meeting for a while? We are always adding some New Songs and new interpretations to old ones! We've also updated our hymnals to the recent Version 1.4 which include four brand new songs.

Tri-City Americans vs. the Everett Silvertips - September 30

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $21 adults 20+, $19 seniors 62+, $12 teen 10-19 yr, $10 youth 3-9 yr

Cheer on the Tri-City Americans as they take on the Everett Silvertips in their Home Opening Game!

Fresh Hop Ale Festival (Yakima) - September 30

Millennium Plaza in downtown Yakima
Starts at 5 p.m.
General admission: $45 (must be 21+ and animals are not allowed)

At the annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival during October, you can expect over 3,000 enthusiastic aficionados of both fine craft beer and Allied Arts having a marvelous time in downtown Yakima. All proceeds benefit Allied Arts of Yakima.

Admission includes:

- Access to over 40+ breweries
- Wineries & Cideries
- Live Music
- Collectible Pint Glass
- Special Beers on Beer Bike
- Food & merchandise available
- Beer Garden Games
- $10 Scrip
Info & Tickets:

Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2017

For a list of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, haunted houses & forests to check out around the Tri-Cities region that are taking place through the end of October 2017, visit:

Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guides

Parks and Recreation fall activity guides for Richland, Kennewick and Pasco are now online. You will find many family friendly, low cost activities to do!


Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults

Kennewick School District's Community Education Program offers evening and weekend classes for adults on the go in the Tri-Cities. This could be a good way to meet those who share similar interests! Registration for fall classes is now open.

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Heads, Faces, and Vases Ceramic Sculpture by Andrew Hoeppner through November 6
Columbia Basin College Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - Noon
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Free admission

Heads, Faces, and Vases a is a solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Seattle-based artist Andrew Hoeppner. The exhibition explores ideas of identity and the concept of the self-portrait – an artistic format that has deep roots in tradition.

Opening Reception is on September 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Barbara  Sherrill Exhibit through September 29
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 will feature the artwork of Barbara Sherrill through September 29.

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

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!
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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:

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 the last upcoming tour:
  • September 30 - Cold War Bus Alphabet Houses Tour $30
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:

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:

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.

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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