New Year's parties in Tri-Cities offer fun for all ages

By the Herald staffDecember 31, 2009 

There's plenty happening around the Tri-Cities and region tonight to keep you from ringing in the new year at home on your couch.

The biggest family-oriented event is New Year's Tri-Cities, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The headline act is the pop-country act Gloriana. The group was recently named breakthrough artist of the year award at MTV's 2009 American Music Awards. They'll perform at 7:30 and 10:45 p.m.

Comedian Brad Upton, who grew up in the Tri-Cities, also returns for a family-friendly comedy show at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Other performers include an Irish fiddle and dance group, a Johnny Cash tribute show, a hypnotist comedian, cloggers, rock and salsa bands, belly dancers, children's entertainers and many other musical groups.

Events are held around the campus from the lecture halls and CBC theater to the library and gym. Buy an admission button for $10 for ages 13 and older and $3 for ages 6-12. Ages 5 and younger are free. Tickets are also available online at or at the door.

Check for a full list of today's events. Here are a few:

-- The Three Rivers Children's Museum plans a kids Noon Year's Eve party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at at Broadmoor Square Mall, 5220 Outlet Drive, Pasco.

Hats and noisemakers will be provided along with snacks. Admission is $3. For more information, call 543-7866 or go to

-- Comedian Rebecca Corry headlines at Joker's Comedy Club, 624 Wellsian Way, Richland. Dinner, the comedy show and an after-party cost $30. The party and the show alone are $20, and the party alone is $10. Advance tickets are recommended. Call 943-1173, ext. 4. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, go to

-- The Clarion Hotel will hold its New Year's Eve party starting at 8 p.m. at 1515 George Washington Way in Richland.

Featured music includes Junkyard Jane, Romagossa Blu and Java Jones. Local DJ Lon Martin also provides some music.

Cost is $50 and includes dinner, dessert, party favors and a sparkling wine toast. For reservations, call 509-554-2753.

-- Clover Island Inn's New Year's Eve party features food starting at 8 p.m. and music at 9 p.m. at the Kennewick hotel on Clover Island. The Shades will provide the rock music. For information, call 586-0541.

-- Puttin' on The Ritz dance party starts at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel next to Columbia Center in Kennewick.

Cost is $70 and includes dinner, dancing, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and music by Swing Unlimited dance band. For reservations, call Beth Trost at 586-7609 or 551-9562.

-- DJ Bob Kreider will provide the tunes for the New Year's Eve bash, featuring Latin, ballroom, swing and country music, starting at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco.

The cost is $60 and includes dinner, party favors and a champagne toast. For reservations, e-mail Gayle Hamilton at or call 783-1332.

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