Things to do this weekend

May 17, 2013 

From a pioneer festival to a blues bash, here are some events happening this weekend around the Mid-Columbia:


Kidz Dig Rigz event is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 near the Playground of Dreams at Columbia Park in Kennewick. Festivities include a show of more than 50 big rigs, including classic cars, fire trucks, monster trucks, tanks and tractors. The first 1,000 kids are free. After that admission is $7. Advance tickets available at Ranch and Home stores. All proceeds benefit pediatric services at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Miss Teen Washington Sara Pena is the guest reader at Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go storytime event starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. There will be a variety of events and treats for the kids. Admission is free.


The Vineyard City Arts Festival is Saturday, May 18 at City Park in Benton City. There will be music, writing workshops, a dance and theater performances, steeldrum concerts, arts and crafts and food booths. The daylong event starts at 9 a.m. Admission is free.


Club 88 musical stage show is at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the theater at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Steve Haberman wrote the music for the show, that’s loosely based on a popular cabaret club in Los Angeles. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

On Golden Pond, a Richland Players production, is Saturday, May 18 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. Tickets are $12 adults and $10 students and seniors at the door. The theater is in The Parkway off George Washington Way.


Columbia Chorale choral group celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. During the concert, the Chorale will honor past artistic directors, including Gerald Goecke, who originally organized the group.

Dorian Michael performs fingerstyle guitar and blues for the Three Rivers Folklife Society concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Tickets are $12 at the door. Concert is open to all ages.

Guitarist David Maldonado performs a selection of Spanish music from the early 1900s at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla. Tickets are $25 to $75 and are available at or by calling 509-529-6500.

The Hermiston High Jazz Band plans a concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave. Admission is free.

The Gold & Green Ball spring dance is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 515 S. Union St., Kennewick. The dance is open to ages 18 and older. Admission is free. A free dance lesson starts at 6 p.m.


A Hollywood Affair fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at The Country Gentleman Event Center, 9221 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Cost is $55 with proceeds to benefit the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Festivities include a silent auction, dancing and dinner. For reservations, go to


The annual Tour of Artists' Homes & Studios is Saturday, May 18 in Yakima. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for students with tickets available at the Larson Gallery on the Yakima Valley Community College campus. For more information, call 509-574-4875 or go to


The Boat Club plans a free open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 next to the Richland Yacht Club at Columbia Point. Visitors can check out a fleet of pontoon, sport and fishing boats.

Natural Selection Crossfit gym plans a free grand opening at its new location from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at 6818 W. Kennewick Ave.

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