Art briefs for Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.
Christian singer plans concert Dec. 12 in Pasco
Grammy-nominated Christian singer Crystal Lewis is to perform a concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Faith Assembly church, 1800 N. Road 72 in Pasco.
Admission is $10. Tickets are at The Bible Shoppe, 1380 Jadwin Ave., Richland; Sandy's Trophies, 800 W. Lewis St., Pasco; Parable Christian Bookstore, 2450 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick; Mocha Express, 8530 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick; Faith Assembly church office or at the door.
Lewis sings in both Spanish and English.
Winterfest planned Dec. 12 in Benton City
Benton City's Winterfest is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12, featuring kids and adults games, arts and crafts booths, food booths and live musical entertainment all happening at the newly renovated Ki-Be High School, 1205 Horne Road.
Other festivities include a gingerbread house contest for kids and adults. There also will be a lighted parade starting at 5 p.m. in the downtown area of Benton City. Admission to all events is free.
Umatilla Christmas tree sales benefit needy
The annual shipment of douglas and noble fir Christmas trees have arrived at the downtown Umatilla Fire Station.
For a fee, volunteers will flock your Christmas tree. Once a tree is flocked it will need to dry for 24 hours before it can be taken home.
Proceeds from the Christmas tree sales go toward community outreach activities the volunteers contribute to each year. Most of the money raised is used to purchase food for the Christmas baskets for the needy.
The Umatilla Volunteer Firefighters Association is seeking applicants for this year's Christmas basket program. Volunteers are looking to help individuals and families, young or old, who have fallen on hard times and are in need of assistance with food this Christmas.
If you know of someone who fits this profile, the volunteers ask that you submit an application. Applications are available at the Umatilla Police Department, city hall and at Santa's Shoppe inside the downtown fire station. Applications are due Dec. 11 at the fire station.
For more information, call 541-922-3718.
Richland church plans Holy Land experience
A Night in Bethlehem, a hands-on Holy Land experience, is from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Columbia Community Church, 150 Gage Blvd., Richland. Admission is free but donations of canned goods for Grace Clinic are accepted.
Kamiakin High to put on 2 holiday concerts
Kamiakin High School music department will hold two public concerts during the Christmas season.
The first features a vocal ensemble and instrumental group performing holiday favorites starting at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 600 N. Arthur St., Kennewick.
The second concert starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the auditorium, and features the high school's orchestra and vocal ensembles singing Christmas favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and White Christmas.
Admission to both concerts is free.
Chili cook-off kicks off Winterfest in Connell
Winterfest celebration starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 with a chili cook-off for guys at Connell's Community Center. There also will be a gingerbread house decoration contest starting at 10 a.m. followed by cookie/candy/bread contests at 3 p.m.
Judging for all the day's contests starts at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Monthly LIGO tour planned Dec. 12
The monthly LIGO walking tour of the Hanford Observatory is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the observatory, which is on Horn Road west of Richland.
Warm clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended. There is no charge.
On Dec. 13 visitors to the observatory can watch the Geminid meteor shower starting at 7 p.m.
For directions go to www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu
Folk concert set Dec. 11 at church in Richland
A folk music concert by Laddie Ray Melvin starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave., Richland.
Admission is $8 adults, $6 students and seniors. Tickets at the door.
Christmas play on stage in Prosser Dec. 11-12
Valley Theater Company holiday show, The Twelve Plays of Christmas, starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12, with a 2 p.m. matinee also on Dec. 12 at The Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.
Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at Adventures Underground in Richland, Sixth Street Gallery in Prosser, Safeway in Grandview and Daily Sun Times in Sunnyside. Tickets also are available at the door.
Pianist plans recital Dec. 12 at CBC theater
Jody Graves performs a piano concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the theater at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
The concert features the works from Beethoven, Gershwin, Albeniz, Rachmaninoff as well as improvisations on American tunes.
Admission is free.