October 7, 2017
Published: October 7, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of October 9-15, 2017:
  • 2017 Connect Tri-Cities - October 10-12
  • Taking a Bite out of Hunger - October 11
  • Women Helping Women Annual Luncheon - October 12
  • Choosing Trees Class - October 12
  • Eugene Ballet Presents Mowgli - October 12
  • 72 Hour Film Challenge - October 12-15
  • End-of-Life Conference - October 13
  • Mid Columbia Pirate Festival - October 13 & 14
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre presents The Addams Family - October 13 & 14
  • Making Strides Against Breast Center Fun Run/Walk 5K - October 14
  • STEM-Focused Preview Day - October 14
  • 17th Annual BLS Fall Fest Event - October 14
  • Fallout Artisan Bazaar - October 14
  • LIGO Public Tours - October 14
  • Concert: CBC FreeForm Friends and Family Concert - October 14
  • 2017 Gala D'Vine Emerald Ball - October 14
  • Rocktober Fest - October 14 & 15
  • Catch the Crush - Yakima Valley Wineries - October 14 & 15
  • 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's - October 15
  • Tarkus Claypool - Religious Liberty for All or None - October 15
  • Mark and Maggie O’Connor Concert & Beethoven Pastoral Symphony - October 15
  • Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

2017 Connect Tri-Cities - October 10-12

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Free but must register

The 2017 Connect Tri-Cities goal is to collaborate with community and nation-wide partners to support an effective transfer of knowledge and recruit job seekers in collaboration with STEM and trade/craft organizations. The objectives are to best position our eligible workforce for retirement and attract the next generation workforce to join our community and execute Hanford's clean-up mission.

- Job Connect: Meet local and community employers to better understand what jobs are available at Hanford and the greater Tri-Cities area.
- Skills Connect: Meet with community and nation-wide labor unions to understand career opportunities and benefits.
Info & Registration: http://connect-tricities.com/

Taking a Bite out of Hunger - October 11

Second Harvest, 5825 Burlington Loop in Pasco
From 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: $75 in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. Must be 21+

This culinary adventure held in our Pasco distribution center joins the area's top restaurants, vintners and brewers with hundreds of our community's most generous people. Guests can bid on auction items that include everything from sporting events, golf outings and dining to jewelry, decor and getaway packages - and more.
Info & Tickets: https://2-harvest.ejoinme.org/MyPages/TakingaBiteoutofHunger_TriCities/tabid/717306/Default.aspx

Women Helping Women Annual Luncheon - October 12

TRAC, 6600 Burnden Blvd. in Pasco
From Noon  - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 - must register

The Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities luncheon is our main event and largest fundraiser. Each October, passionate individuals join us during their lunch hour to dine on a delicious meal, listen to an inspirational speaker and raise money for those in need.

Each attendee graciously donates a minimum of $100 and 100% of the funds raised stay in our community. Each dollar raised at the luncheon is awarded to a local non-profit agency through our grant program, and the luncheon is paid for by the generosity of our underwriters and corporate sponsors.
Info & Registration: http://www.whwftc.org/annual-luncheon/

Choosing Trees Class - October 12

Mid-Columbia Library Conference Room, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend - donations gladly accepted

Master Gardeners will share useful ideas with you on choosing trees for your yard.
Info: http://extension.wsu.edu/benton-franklin/event/choosing-trees-class-garden-education-series/

Eugene Ballet Presents Mowgli - October 12

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Season ticket holders are given seating priority. Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available for Adults ($25) and Students ($10). 

The Eugene Ballet Company will be performing the world premiere of "Mowgli – The Jungle Book Ballet." Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories, this full-length ballet is sure to dazzle audience members of all ages. Hosted by Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities.
Info: http://www.communityconcertstc.org/

72 Hour Film Challenge - October 12-15

Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. Writing, shooting, and editing must be completed within a 72 hour window beginning the evening of Thursday October 12th at 6 p.m. and ending Sunday, October 15th at 6 p.m. This short production period puts the focus on quick decisions and decisive shooting. It also forces some of us to "just shoot it" with often outstanding results. 

Note: the Tri-Cities International Film Festival will be held October 20-22: http://www.trifi.org/.

Team Meeting: Thursday – October 12th at 6 p.m. – FUSE Coworking (710 George Washington Way in Richland)

Submit Films: Sunday October 15th at 6 p.m. – FUSE Coworking (710 George Washington Way in Richland)
Info: http://www.trifi.org/72-hour-film-challenge/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tcif3/

End-of-Life Conference - October 13

Three Rivers Conference Center in Kennewick
Registration & vendor exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m.
Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $100 (may pay registration fee at 7:30 a.m. at the conference)

Participants will gain greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative and end-of-life care. Focus will be on terminally ill, aged, Alzheimer's and pediatric populations. Topics will include communication techniques, quality of life management and grief care. 6.75 CMEs available for physicians, nurses and social workers.
Info & Registration: http://chaplaincyhealthcare.org/event/eolconference/

Mid Columbia Pirate Festival - October 13 & 14

Clover Island Inn, 35 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
All ages event - admission by donation to support the food bank and POPP

Joins us for the 3rd annual Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival featuring pirates, mermaids, and belly dancers!

Meet & greet by the pool with mermaids! - 6:00 p.m.
Gear and garb swap at the Captain's Table - 7:00 p.m.

Vendors open - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kids activities - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Belly Dancers - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Group photo by the pool - 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pirate Crawl - 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Music and prizes - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
First 100 kids through the door (after 9:45 a.m.) will receive a goodie bag! While supplies last!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/208746076204429/

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre presents The Addams Family - October 13 & 14

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults ($15-$25), seniors ($13-$23), and students ($10-$20)
Purchase online or at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music, Adventures Underground, Visit Tri-Cities

Based on the beloved characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare.

Directed by Chelsea Taylor and vocally directed by Ben Walley, this show is sure to please as it's packed full of some of our region's most incredible talent. They will have you laughing and crying right up to the end as they invite you all to "Move Towards the Darkness". Appropriate for most audiences.

Future dates: October 20-22
Info & Tickets: https://midcolumbiamusicaltheatre.org/

Making Strides Against Breast Center Fun Run/Walk 5K - October 14

Columbia Park in Kennewick Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. Shirts are available (in limited quantities) for $20 at the walk; registration is simply a donation in any amount you wish. American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Against Breast Center Fun Run/Walk 5K to raise awareness and funds to support programs that help patients right here in our community. Funds raised go toward finding breast cancer causes and cures, educational programs, fulfilling patient service requests, transportation assistance, free lodging, patient navigators through the health care system, and helping patients cope with physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment. Info: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY17GW?pg=entry&fr_id=84727

STEM-Focused Preview Day - October 14

WSU Tri-Cities Campus, 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
From 9 a.m. - Noon
Free to attend - Register online

Interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, but don't know where to start?

Explore options to get on track for an in-demand career in these STEM fields during Washington State University Tri-Cities' open house. Academic programs are available in areas such as Engineering & Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Pre-Health Sciences (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy), Viticulture & Enology (wine science), Education (K-12 STEM education), and many more!

Learn about the departments and degree programs: Tour facilities, View demonstrations, Meet with faculty and staff. Don't miss out! We will also have a presentation on preparing for graduate and professional school.
Info & Registration: https://tricities.wsu.edu/admissions/visit-campus/preview-day/

17th Annual BLS Fall Fest Event - October 14

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Come join us for Bethlehem Lutheran School's largest fundraising and community outreach event - featuring family centered activities, food vendors, a 1-mile fun run and officially certified 5k and 10k races.
Info & Registration: http://www.blsfallfest.org/

Fallout Artisan Bazaar - October 14

Columbia Sun RV Resort Event Center, 103907 Wiser Parkway in Kennwick
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission

Come Shop at Tri-Cities most exclusive Artisan Bazaar! Back for the 3rd year this is where to find the best of the best Artists, Crafters, Jewelers, Food, and more! Also the first 50 Adult Guests in line receive a free 2 Cool Creations bag! There will be a free Raffle too! You don't want to miss this incredible event to start your Holiday Shopping off Right!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/434023070290258/

LIGO Public Tours - October 14

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

Concert: CBC FreeForm Friends and Family Concert - October 14

CBC Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Soloists perform at 3 p.m., Ensemble performs at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

22nd Annual FreeForm Friends & Family Concerts - Come hear CBC's nationally acclaimed jazz choir, directed by Dave Cazier, in their first performances of the year. 

- 3 p.m. Solo Concert: Get to know each member of the ensemble as they perform their own jazz solo with our fantastic rhythm section. 
- 7 p.m. Ensemble Concert: Hear the full group perform their first set of exciting ensemble songs, representing a variety of the great jazz styles.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581626251897120/

2017 Gala D'Vine Emerald Ball - October 14

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $125

The 2017 Gala D'Vine is the largest fundraiser for the Trios Foundation and one of the area's only black tie events! This year theme for the event is Starry Starry Night.

The Trios Foundation Gala D'Vine event is held annually in the fall to benefit programs, equipment, and services at Trios Health. It features a social hour, dinner, silent and live auctions, and formal program, followed by live entertainment and plenty of time for dancing. Last year's event was attended by 450 people and raised more than $200,000.

We hope you'll consider joining us this year as we once again celebrate and support excellence and expansion in local healthcare.
Info & Tickets: http://www.trioshealth.org/gala/

Rocktober Fest - October 14 & 15

The Living Room, 1409 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. both days

The season of cozy sweaters and Pumpkin Spice Lattes is back. And so is Rocktober!

Come and get your apple cider, jump on a hay ride with the whole family, get lost in a straw maze, pick out a pumpkin and win PRIZES! While we make sure Rocktober stays free, some attractions and food require the purchase of tickets.

Get your Unlimited Attractions Wristband for $10! Some other things you can plan for: inflatable attractions, carnival games, face painting, rock-climbing wall, and much more!

Catch the Crush - Yakima Valley Wineries - October 14 & 15

Crush is a special time of year in Yakima Valley wine country. Harvest is over, and production for the next vintage is beginning. It's an exciting time for both winemakers and connoisseurs alike. 

Many wineries offer fall cuisine, themed festivals, concerts and specialty wine releases. And it's not just the wineries that get in the spirit. Many Yakima Valley venues also offer live music and unique events to help celebrate Crush. Combine it all with our gorgeous early fall weather, and it makes for a fantastic autumn experience in the Yakima Valley.
Info: http://yakimavalleywinecountry.com/catch-the-crush-yakima-valley.asp

2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's - October 15

Columbia Park at the Bandshell in Kennewick
Registration at 12:30 p.m., walk at 2 p.m.
Route length is 3 miles

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

There is no registration fee for Walk. However, we ask every walker to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. We are so excited to have you participate! This is going to be a fun Walk!
Info & Registration: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2017/WA-WashingtonState?fr_id=10190&pg=entry

Tarkus Claypool - Religious Liberty for All or None - October 15

Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W Sylvester St. in Pasco
From 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free to attend - donations welcome

Tarkus Claypool, Campaign Manager for the Satanic Temple of Seattle, will discuss the Temple's efforts to roll back theocracy by exposing and extinguishing religious privilege in government, defend individual liberty from superstition- and ignorance-based attacks, and promote rationality and science-based education.

Join us and learn what is fact and what is fiction and how you just might have more in common with a "Satanist" than you think! Hosted by Tri-City Freethinkers.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1191352304332049/

Mark and Maggie O’Connor Concert & Beethoven Pastoral Symphony - October 15

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tickets: $28 adults, $20 veterans, $16 students

The Mid-Columbia Symphony opens its 73rd season with Grammy Award-Winning guest artists, Mark and Maggie O'Connor. Also on the concert, the MCS will perform Beethoven's beautiful Symphony No. 6  - The "Pastoral" Symphony.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=mcsym

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: http://blog.tri-citiesguide.org/2017/09/corn-mazes-pumpkin-patches-fall.html.

Art Exhibits

Four Northwest Artists Exhibit through October 27
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

Four painters share their paintings created on location and in the studio, featuring impressionistic landscapes and more from the Northwest and beyond: Pamela Claflin, Laura Gable, Deanne Lemley, and Melanie Thompson.

Paintings by these four outstanding artists are found in art galleries here in the Northwest and in private collections across the US and internationally. Come and enjoy the impression and expression these accomplished artists are sharing with us throughout the month of October.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/

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.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/830837053732342/

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: http://tricityvibe.com/cork-fork/ and  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.
Infohttp://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 infohttp://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.

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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