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Arts in brief

Arts in brief for Friday, December 5.

Easy Swing Band to play Christmas Ball

The Easy Swing Band will provide the music for the annual Christmas Ball, a Richland Seniors Association event, starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Richland Community Center.

All ages are welcome. Admission is $5 at the door.

Farm implements get festive in Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE -- The Lighted Farm Implement Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

The parade features modern farm equipment and tractors along with some vintage ones. There also will be brightly lit Christmas floats with commercial and noncommercial sponsors.

This is the 20th year for the parade, which has been featured in various national publications in past years.

The parade travels along the main street through downtown Sunnyside.

Visit, get photo with Santa at Heritage

Visits and portraits with Santa are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21 at Heritage Nursery & Garden Center, corner of Ely and 27th Avenue in Kennewick.

Also featured during Santa's visits will be craft stations, refreshments and holiday music.

Professional portraits with Santa will be available for purchase starting at $18.

For more information, call Rich or Mary Ann Breshears at 586-6695, or e-mail

Get your tickets for Puttin' on the Ritz

Deadline is Dec. 15 to get a reduced ticket price for the annual Puttin' on the Ritz New Year's Eve party.

Tickets cost $50, or $55 if purchased after Dec. 15. The event, presented by Beth Trost, starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland. The evening includes dinner, dancing and dance contests, party favors and a midnight toast. Music will be provided by Swing Unlimited from 7 to 9 p.m. After that, it'll be DJ music until the wee hours.

There also will be a ballroom/foxtrot workshop starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at Classic Island Casino, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., which is behind Columbia Center mall. The workshop costs $10 or it's free with a paid ticket to the New Year's Eve party. The workshop will be taught by well-known ballroom dance champion Mary Egan of Yakima.

For more information and to register, go to or send a check to Beth Trost at 3729 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick 99337.

Holiday concert on tap Dec. 15 in Spokane

SPOKANE -- LMG Concerts, a 67-piece orchestra, will perform It's a Wonderful Christmas with Michael W. Smith and guest Melinda Doolittle at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the INB Performing Arts Center.

Tickets cost $45 to $80 and are available at or by calling 800-325-7328.

Mom/daughter tea being served Dec. 20

TOUCHET -- There will be a mother/daughter holiday tea starting at 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Cameo Heights Mansion, 1072 Oasis Road, Touchet.

The bed and breakfast will be decked out in festive holiday cheer. Participants are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

Cost is $15 for moms and $10 for daughters. For reservations, call 509-394-0211.

For more information, go to

Dance, cheer group plans holiday show Dec. 20

Eastern Washington Dance and Cheer Holiday Show starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Elite Center, 8283 W. Gage Blvd., behind Columbia Center mall.

The show features cheer routines as well as hip-hop and jazz numbers performed by Elite dancers who range in age from 6 to 18.

The Elite Dance organization has won national titles in hip-hop and jazz competitions during the past couple of years and are gearing up for another national competition to be held in January in Orlando, Fla.

Also performing for the Holiday Show will be the Hanford High Falcon Fever Dance Team and the Walla Walla Community College dance team.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and younger. For more information, call 783-5700.

Native American exhibitat Franklin Co. museum

A Native American artifacts exhibition is on display through December at the Franklin County Historical Museum in Pasco.

The museum also is decked out for the holidays through the end of the year with plenty of gift ideas for Christmas, including some unique ornaments.

The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 547-3714.