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Mid-Columbia Pride festival starts July 18
The Mid-Columbia Pride festival starts at 7 p.m. July 18 with an awards ceremony at Columbia Basin College.
Festivities continue July 19 with a softball game at 4 p.m. in the ball field behind Pasco City Hall. At 9 p.m., the Miss Gay Columbia Basin coronation takes place at the Out & About nightclub on Lewis Street in downtown Pasco. Admission to the coronation is $10 at the door.
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July 20 events begin with a Pride Parade starting at 11 a.m. in front of Out & About. The parade travels a couple of blocks to Sylvester and loops back to Out & About.
From noon to 6 p.m. July 20, there will be a variety of activities going on throughout the downtown area, including a comedy show featuring Vickie Shaw at 3 p.m. and a rock show with The Shades at 6 p.m.
Wrapping up festivities on Sunday will be a Pink Party at Out & About starting at 6 p.m. The party is for the 21 and older crowd.
Most events are free except for the coronation. For more information, go to www.vistayouthcenter.org/topics/pride-celebration-2008
Walla Walla art gallery holding reception July 18
WALLA WALLA -- The Carnegie Art Center in Walla Walla will open its Abstracts: The Consequence of Creation exhibition with an artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. July 18 at the gallery, 109 S. Palouse St.
Admission is free.
Mud bog races July 19 north of Benton City
BENTON CITY -- Like flying mud and souped-up cars?
Benton City's the place to be July 19 as the Benton City Lion Club plays host to its quarterly mud bog race fundraiser.
A $30 entry fee grants one big-wheeled vehicle the opportunity to race against another in a messy, 150-foot-long mud pit.
Don't want to race? Watching is just as fun. There's a $5 entrance fee for individual spectators, or $15 for an entire immediate family. Bring in a canned food donation and you'll save $1.
Registration is from 7 to 11 a.m., while the races will run between 11:30 a.m. and around 4:30 p.m. Food will be available for sale and no alcohol is allowed.
The man-made mud bogs are north of Benton City on Horn Road. Go past Ki-Be Market as if you were going to Vantage and the race track will be on the right-hand side.
For more information, call Denise at 509-521-9333.
Port of Benton celebrates 50th on July 19 at park
The Port of Benton will hold a 50th celebration from noon to 3 p.m. July 19 at Crow Butte Park, about 28 miles west of Plymouth on Highway 14.
There will be children's games with prizes starting at 1 p.m. The port will sell hot dogs and microbrews for $1 and hamburgers for $2.
A stationary engine will churn ice cream for a free ice cream social throughout the afternoon.
Admission is free.
Oregon Air Tour stops in Hermiston on July 23
HERMISTON -- The Oregon Air Tour stops at the Hermiston airport July 23.
The tour, now in its 13th year, consists of privately-owned single-engine planes, some dating to the 1930s.
The public is invited to the airport to view the vintage planes. Admission is free.
Pasco Kiddies Parade at Memorial Park on July 23
The annual Kiddies Parade starts at noon July 23 at Memorial Park in Pasco.
Kids are encouraged to register for the event. There is no fee. The parade marches around the park.
Registration forms are available at Pasco's Parks and Rec Department, 525 N. Third Ave., or Sandy's Trophies, 800 W. Lewis St.
Hot Jazzy Nightz set July 25-26 in Richland
Hot Jazzy Nightz, a jazz and wine festival, starts at 7 p.m. July 25-26 at John Dam Plaza in Richland.
The event features a plethora of local talent performing a variety of jazz mediums. There is no admission fee to those visiting to listen to the music.
However, there is a cost to enter the wine garden for the wine tasting and barbecue, which is $50 at the door.
Festival, concert set July 27 in Spokane
SPOKANE -- Royal Fireworks Festival and Concert starts at 3 p.m. July 27 in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.
Festivities include living history re-enactments complete with costumes and pagentry, a concert by the Allegro Royal Band and fireworks at dusk.
Admission is free.
WSU Tri-Cities taking entries for exhibition
WSU Tri-Cities is accepting entries to its annual juried art exhibition, which runs from Sept. 4 through Dec. 19 in the administration corridor of the university's east building.
Entry deadline is Aug. 11 and digital submissions are preferred. Categories include paintings, drawings, photography, digital imagery, sculptures, ceramics, glass and any other art form.
Go to www.tricity.wsu.edu for entry forms, e-mail Doug Gast at email@example.com or call 372-7185.
Take a day trip to Grand Coulee Dam
The city of Kennewick will offer a day trip and tour Aug. 9 to Grand Coulee Dam.
Cost is $71. The trip is open to all ages. Bus seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. The bus will leave at 12:30 p.m. from the Kennewick Senior Center, 500 S. Auburn St.
Highlights of the trip include a tour of the dam and interpretive center, followed by a buffet dinner at Pepper Jack's Restaurant and culminating with a viewing of Grand Coulee's Laser Light Show, which starts about 9:30 p.m.
The laser show, which is shown against the massive spillways of the dam at sundown, features music and historic storytelling with a patriotic finish.
For more information, call 585-4303 or register at www.ci.kennewick.wa.us.