Arts in brief for Friday, January 9.
Catch the Crush set Sept. 27-28
Columbia Valley wineries are celebrating the 2008 grape harvest with the annual Catch the Crush event Sept. 27-28. Sixteen wineries in the Tri-Cities and Benton City areas will be involved. The wineries are generally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
During busy events like this, there's no time for washing glasses, so take one along, or purchase an optional VIP ticket for $20 that includes a glass.
For more information on Catch the Crush, directions to the wineries or to buy VIP tickets, visit www.columbiavalleywine.com/catchthecrush.htm or call 866-360-6611.
Rock the Vote jamsSept. 28 in Richland
Rock the Vote Tri-Cities happens from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Howard Amon Park in Richland.
The public can register to vote, meet local candidates and rock out to the music of various bands at the event.
Admission is free.
Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in the United States.
The event uses music, popular culture and new technologies to encourage the younger generation to take a more active role in the nation's political system.
Voice-over workshop scheduled Oct. 1
Lisa Foster will conduct a voice-over workshop titled You're on the Air -- How to Really Make it in Voice-Overs, from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at Southridge High School in Kennewick.
The course is open to students seeking awareness and knowledge of the growing industry of voice-overs.
Participants will learn technique, how to get started in the business, differences between commercial and narration work, advantages and disadvantages of joining a union, home studios and creating and marketing a demo.
Foster is an accredited voice-over artist, coach and producer.
For more information or to register, call 222-5080 or go to www.suchavoice.com/seattle.
Pumpkin Funland open Oct. 1 in Hood River
Hood River, Ore. -- Pumpkin Funland opens Oct. 1 at Rasmussen Farms in Hood River.
The event features a plethora of artistic carvings that have been creatively crafted, some humorously, from pumpkins, squash, gourds and other items.
There also will be a pumpkin field to find that special jack-o'-lantern, fall flowers, a corn maze and more. Admission is free.
The farm is at 3020 Thomsen Road, which is about six miles south of Hood River off Highway 35. For more information, go to www.rasmussenfarms.com or call 800-548-2243.
Historical museum changes admission
The East Benton County Historical Museum has new admission prices.
The cost to enter the museum is now $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for ages 5-17. All active military personnel are admitted free.
The museum, at 205 Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick, is showcasing the Kennewick Man On Trial exhibition, which is on loan from the Burke Museum in Seattle.
Symphony plays Oct. 4 on Whitman campus
WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Symphony will perform a Prelude concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Chism Hall on the Whitman College campus.
Guest pianist is Gerald Robbins, violinist is Mayumi Fujikawa and cellist is Richard Markson.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available at www.wwsymphony.org or call 509-529-8020.
Get your fill of gourds at fall show in Lacey
LACEY -- The annual Washington State Gourd Fall Show is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4-5 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey, near Olympia.
There will be a cadre of gourds in various shapes and sizes on display.
There also will be a few classes offered at the show where visitors can learn just how creative you can get with a gourd.
And the best part of the show is that admission is free.
"All you need to do is show a smile at the door and you can come in," said Myrna Grigsby, an organizer of the show. "No scowls or grouches are allowed."
Ice Age Floods program planned Oct. 5 in Irrigon
IRRIGON -- The Morrow County Historic Society will hold a potluck lunch and program about the Missoula Ice Age Floods starting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Stokes Landing Center, 190 Opal Place, Irrigon.
Admission is free. For more information, call Louis Carlson at 541-676-5302 or Donna Eppenbach at 541-922-3197.
Young Writers contest accepting essays, poetry
Celebration of Young Writers contest is accepting essays and poetry from kids in kindergarten through high school.
About $3,000 in prizes will be awarded to budding writers and poets in four age categories.
Essays must be 250 words or less on any nonfiction topic.
Poems must be 21 lines or less and be an original work on any topic.
For more information, go to www.poeticpower.com.
Deadline to enter essays is Oct. 15 and Dec. 4 for poems. Send entries to: Poetry Contest, or Essay Contest, 1488 N. 200 W., Logan, UT, 84341.