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Arts in brief for Friday, July 24.

Wylie Gustafson and his band to perform July 24

Wylie Gustafson and his Wild West Band perform a concert starting at 7 p.m. July 24 at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

Gustafson is renowned for Yahoo! yodeling as well as his good time songs.

The concert is free and part of the city of West Richland's summer concert series.

Jam session to feature celebrities, music

Steve Haberman's Volunteer Jam is set for Aug. 1 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

And this is no ordinary musical jam session either. The show not only features some impressive area talent, there'll also be a couple of nationally known celebrities joining the jam session.

Retired Oakland Raiders and pro bowl football player Ben Davidson will act as master of ceremonies for the show, and Hollywood soap opera star Jerry Douglas will perform some Sinatra-style singing, accompanied by the Tri-Cities own pianoman, Steve Haberman.

Tickets are $25 and available at Ted Brown Music, 2600 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Rebecca's Galleria Salon, 7139 W. Hood Place in Kennewick, Albertsons on Gage Boulevard in Richland and on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Tickets also are available by phone at 582-0631.

Dayton artists' reception set July 25 at gellery

DAYTON -- Holiday shop owners Vicki Ducharme and JoAnn Grendahl, along with pastel artist Bonnie Griffith and oil painter Victoria Broeckel, will be attending an artists' reception from 1 to 5 p.m. July 25 at the Wenaha Gallery, 219 E. Main St., in Dayton. Admission is free.

Whitman Mission plans demonstrations this summer

WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman Mission will show visitors how to start a fire without matches or a lighter during this weekend's festivities at the historic mission.

Starting July 25 and continuing on weekends through the end of August, park rangers and visiting experts will show visitors how to make sparks fly using a flint and steel from 1-4 p.m. You can also try their hand at using a flint, steel striker, char-cloth and tinder to start a fire.

Other demonstrations on everything from spinning and blacksmithing to storytelling are also planned. There also is a series of evening events at the park. A complete schedule of events is available online at the park's website

The mission also provides some hands-on activities weekday afternoons from 1:30 to 3 p.m. each day.

Here's a list of fun activities next week, July 27-31:

- Monday, Play Hoop & Stick, an old-fashioned game

- Tuesday, Write with a quill pen

- Wednesday, Grind wheat into flour

- Thursday, Spin wool into yarn

- Friday, Play Graces, an old-fashioned game.

The mission visitor center is open seven days a week. Summer hours for the building are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park grounds are open until dark.

Visitors to the park can watch a 10-minute slideshow, visit the museum or take a self-guided tour of the mission grounds. The grounds include the original building locations, Great Grave, Whitman Memorial, and re-constructed Oregon Trail ruts. Ranger walks are daily at 11:15 a.m.

Admission is $3 for adults and $5 for families. Kids under 16 are free. Evening events are free. An annual pass good for the whole family is $10.

The mission is 7 miles west of Walla Walla off U.S. Highway 12. Visitor information is available at 509-529-2761 or

White Bluffs Center honors patriotic theme

The White Bluffs Center will present an exhibition of quilts, baskets and various new and old patriotic items throughout the summer.

The exhibit, "The American Picnic," and features a patriotic themed quilt inspired by the book, Women of Grace and Charm.

The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is at 4034 D W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. Admission is free.

Mastersinger ensemble auditions Aug. 10-11

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers ensemble will hold final auditions for its 2009-10 season from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in the choir room at Central United Protestant Church, Richland.

Audition requirements include a two- to three-minute accompanied solo of choice (no Broadway or popular selections), and choose something that best showcases vocal and musical abilities.

Mastersingers artistic director Justin Raffa suggests such music as the four opening bars from Handel's Messiah or Mozart's Requiem.

Auditioners who don't have access to this music can find and download them online at

Japanese Garden plans sunset event in Portland

PORTLAND - The Portland Japanese Garden will feature a Sunset at Shoji event throughout the rest of the summer at the Portland garden.

The garden will stay open two hours earlier until 9 p.m. on July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 so visitors can lounge in the peaceful setting when the night air is cooler.

"This is a rare treat for visitors to our garden," said Steve Bloom, executive director. "The garden is exquisite in the later summer evening hours...."

The garden is at 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., in downtown Portland. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.75 for seniors and college students, $5.25 for ages 6-17 and free for ages 5 and younger.

East Oregon Symphony names new director

PENDLETON -- The East Oregon Symphony named Lisa-Marie Patterson as its new executive director.

Patterson replaces Christina van der Kamp who resigned to pursue a career in teaching.

The Australian born Patterson has lived in Pendleton since 1992. She has worked a both the university and community college level, and performed with the OES Chorale. She also plays English hand bells with the Bells of Joy choir at First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton.

Richland's 'Other Park Show' is Saturday

Antiques and Uniques -- The Other Park Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25 at Jefferson Park, 1300 George Washington Way, across from the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. Admission is free.

Pearl Jam tickets in Seattle now on sale

SEATTLE -- Tickets are now on sale for the Pearl Jam concert, which also features Ben Harper and Relentless 7, on Sept. 21-22 at Key Arena in Seattle.

Tickets are $68 and available online at or call 735-0500.