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Arts in brief for Friday, Aug. 8.

Astronomy club plans public viewing Aug. 8

The Tri-City Astronomy Club will hold a public viewing of the heavens starting at dusk Aug. 8 at Lynnwood Loop Park in Richland.

The club will provide telescopes for viewing.

Each month from March through October, weather permitting, members of the club bring their telescopes and expertise in astronomy to the park off Saint Street on a weekend night that is adjacent to a first quarter moon. That's when shadows cast on the moon's surface give more depth for viewing, and also make it not too bright to block out other interesting objects in deep space, club members say.

If the sky is cloudy Aug. 8, the group will set up the telescopes Aug. 9.

Some telescopes are set up before sunset for looking at sunspots safely. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are sometimes visible from the park, but they usually don't appear until after 9:30 p.m.

The viewing lasts until about 10 p.m.

Visitors are asked not to bring white-light flashlights without first covering the lens with red cellophane.

Yakima gallery accepting entries for exhibition

YAKIMA -- The Larson Gallery in Yakima is accepting entries into its annual Central Washington Artists Exhibition, which is a juried show featuring artists from Benton, Chelan, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Walla Walla and Yakima counties.

Only original artwork that has not been previously exhibited will be accepted.

Eligible media includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, print, drawing, ceramic, fiber, metal, wood, glass and nontraditional materials. Entries can be submitted on slides or CDs. Deadline for entries is Oct. 3.

For more information, go to

Houston author to read books Aug. 9 in Burbank

Author Deborah K. Frontiera of Houston will read from her children's books starting at noon Aug. 9 at the Burbank Public Library, 875 Lake Road.

Frontiera's latest children's book is Eric and the Enchanted Leaf.

Tune in for tickets to Rodney Atkins concert

Country crooner Rodney Atkins performs Aug. 10 at TRAC for KORD's annual Listener Appreciation Concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The KORD radio station is giving away about 4,000 tickets to the show. To earn a free ticket, tune into 102.7 FM and listen for your chance to call in and win.

Also tune into the station for clues to where the KORD Ticket Stop Crew is stashing stacks of free tickets.

Or go to and sign up for the last-chance drawing on Aug. 8.

Show & Shine for Hunger set Aug. 10 in Kennewick

The annual Show & Shine for Hunger is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the east end of Columbia Park in Kennewick.

The event is expected to draw car and motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon. Admission is free, but a $1 donation is welcome.

To register your car or motorcycle in the show, there are two options. Basic registration is free and premium registration is $15. For details on the registration options, go to

Deadwood Revival to perform Aug. 15

Deadwood Revival performs a concert of progressive bluegrass starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the gazebo at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

The Bainbridge Island band blends the spirit of old-time Appalachia with soulful Americana roots and adds its own improvisation.

Admission to the concert is free.

The park is off Bombing Range Road. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Holiday 2 Dance event set Aug. 15-16 in Pasco

The Holiday 2 Dance in remembrance of Bob Horne is planned Aug. 15-16 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco.

The swing and Latin extravaganza will feature champion dancers Ron Montez and Buddy Schwimmer.

Workshops and a dinner dance are part of the festivities. There will be a meet and greet dinner event starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Schwimmer and Montez will hold a swing and Latin workshop Aug. 16 during the day, followed by a dinner dance starting at 6:30 p.m.

Prices vary for the workshops and the dinner dances. For more information, call Pat Horne at 547-9647.

Warden High play to take the stage

A play that features the life experiences of a handful of Warden High School students will be presented later this month at auditoriums in Moses Lake, Grandview, Toppenish and Pullman.

The play, The Warden Memoirs/Las Memorias de Warden, is part of a Washington State University pilot program that took place in Warden during the past three years.

Performances are scheduled for Aug. 22 and 27 at the Wallerstein Theater in Moses Lake; Aug. 23 at Kendall Theatre at Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview; Sept. 5 at Heritage University in Toppenish; and Sept. 6 on the WSU campus in Pullman.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. except for the WSU show, which starts at 12:30 p.m.

Admission is free.