Variety of Tri-City events scheduled to celebrate Mother's Day

Tri-City HeraldMay 10, 2013 

It's Mother's Day weekend, and there's plenty for a family to do to celebrate those fabulous moms and entertain the whole family at the same time.

Here are some events to choose from:

Theater

-- On Golden Pond, a Richland Players production, is May 11-12 at The Players Theatre in Richland.

The drama tells the story of a 48-year marriage that has endured the test of time.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. May 11, with a 2 p.m. matinee May 12. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors at the door. The theater is in The Parkway off George Washington Way.

w Hanford High School's musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, is at 7:30 p.m. May 11 in the high school auditorium, 450 Hanford Ave., Richland.

The story follows the Man in the Chair, a middle-aged eccentric musical theater fan, who is forever playing the record of his favorite musical, a fictional 1928 hit called The Drowsy Chaperone. The story behind his musical suddenly comes to life, and he continues making comments about everything that's going on in the play -- the music, the story and the actors.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors at the door.

Festivals

-- The Untapped Blues & Brews Festival is May 11 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

The music lineup includes Love Dogs, John Bigham, Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, Wired, 24th Street Wailers, James King and the Southsiders, Shoot Jake, Dara Quinn Project and Blackwater. The event is open to the 21-and-older crowd.

Tickets are $30 at the gate.

-- Paddle Fest continues May 11 at Howard Amon Park in Richland. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features family-friendly activities to introduce people to the paddling life.

There will be kayaks and paddleboards on site for people to try out, and lessons are available for $20 for a two-hour session.

"This area offers paddling at all different skill levels," said Chris Vowels of Columbia Kayak Adventures.

He invites newcomers to the sport to see how easy it is to learn how to use a paddleboard or kayaks and the joys of spending time on all the Mid-Columbia's many waterways. For more information, call 947-5901.

w The Walla Walla Balloon Stampede is May 11-12 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, on Ninth Avenue and Orchard Street in Walla Walla.

Balloons launch at 6:30 a.m. each day, weather permitting. Festival hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 11 and from 6:30 a.m. to noon May 12.

Admission is free. More information is at www.wwvchamber.com.

Tours

The LIGO public tour starts at 1:30 p.m. May 11 at the Hanford Observatory, 127124 N. Route 10 in Richland.

Guides encourage visitors to wear comfortable shoes and seasonal clothing. There is no cost for the tour.

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