Arts in brief for Friday, January 9.
Tailgate barbecue Sept. 5
The 18th annual tailgate barbecue before the football game between Kennewick and Kamiakin high schools is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Lampson Stadium.
German sausage dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, brownies and soda will be served.
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The cost is $4 per person or $10 for a family of four with $3 for each additional person in the family.
Kennewick FOCUS is putting on the event.
Blues festival jamming Aug. 22-23 in Oregon
LA GRANDE, Ore. -- Crossing the Blues Festival is Aug. 22-23 in La Grande.
The event celebrates the history of the Oregon Trail pioneers. There will be music, theater productions, arts, crafts, the showing of historic documentary films, storytelling, a carnival and more happening each day.
The festival opens at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 with most events happening in the downtown area. Admission is free.
For more information, go to www.visitlagrande.com.
5K run/walk planned Aug. 23 in Richland
There will be a 5K run/walk starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 at Howard Amon Park in Richland.
The event is a fundraiser for Tri-Citian Carol Decker who is battling a blood infection and is a patient at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
There is no participation fee, but donations are welcome. For more information, go to http://sccsdecker.blogspot.com.
Whitstran Art Show scheduled Aug. 23
WHITSTRAN -- The annual Whitstran Art Show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at a private home at 92101 W. Old Inland Empire Highway.
Admission is free. Featured artists will be Ruby Seeber, Barb Rogers, Judy Reise and Marlene Fournier.
Mallet Festival to air on cable channels
Richland School District's 2008 Mallet Festival will air on public access cable TV channels through Sept. 12.
Here's the schedule for Richland channel 13 and Kennewick channel 12: 10 a.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Mondays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
For Pasco-Kennewick channel 13 and Richland channel 99: 2 p.m. Sundays, 5 and 10 p.m. Mondays and 5 p.m. Thursdays.
Pianists from Taiwan to perform Aug. 23
The Tri-Cities Chinese American Association will bring two of Taiwan's notable pianists to the Tri-Cities for a classical music concert on Aug. 23 in the auditorium at Hanford High in Richland.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at Mandarin House, Bookworm and Great Wall Buffet, all in Richland.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the victims of China's recent earthquake.
For more information, go to www.tccaa.org.
Fire department plans open house Aug. 26
The Kennewick Fire Department will hold an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Fire Training Center, 1811 S. Ely St.
Festivities include interactive games for the whole family, face painting, displays of fire equipment and a chance to win a VIP tour of a fire station.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
Bram Brata to perform Aug. 28 in Kennewick
The steel drum band Bram Brata will perform at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 28 at Keewaydin Park in Kennewick.
A dinner of Huli Huli chicken, almond rice and an island dessert is at 5 p.m. Cost is $6. There's no charge for attending only the music performance.
Bram Brata is the varsity band of the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association.
To register for dinner, call 585-4303 or go to www.ci.kennewick.wa.us/recreational_services/registration.asp.
Luau Maka Le'a bash fundraiser Aug. 30
The Luau Maka Le'a bash is from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 30 in the club house at Horn Rapids golf community, 2800 Clubhouse Lane in Richland.
Admission is $50. Festivities will include traditional Hawaiian dancers and musicians, an authentic luau feast and live and silent auctions.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Tickets on sale for Pendleton concert
PENDLETON -- Tickets are on sale for the Jason Michael Carroll concert Sept. 6 at the Pendleton Round-Up. Cost is $20 to $35. For tickets, call 541-276-2553 or go to www.pendletonroundup.com.
River Daze Labor Day Festival set in Chelan
CHELAN -- River Daze Labor Day Festival is Aug. 30-31 in Chelan. Festivities include musical entertainment, an arts and crafts show, food vendors and many family activities.
Admission is free. The festival starts at 10 a.m. each day.