Entertainment Briefs


Rock Creek Band featured presenters at Maryhill event

GOLDENDALE - The Maryhill Museum of Art will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lewis & Clark's expedition out west by hosting a presentation by the Rock Creek Band of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. It is the same community the Corps of Discovery met in 1805.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, visitors to the Goldendale area museum can meet members of the Rock Creek Band as they demonstrate traditional arts and share their rich culture in a 60-foot long tule mat longhouse that has been constructed especially for this event.

Admission to the outside activities will be free both days.

"Those people received us with great kindness...we got...a few pounded roots, fish and acorns," wrote William Clark back on Oct. 21, 1805.

Rock Creek Band members have spent several weeks gathering tule reeds to weave into mats, and have been busy preparing poles for use in assembling the traditional longhouse that will be set up outside of the museum that weekend.

"It (the longhouse) is very much like those Lewis and Clark saw along the river during their journey through the Columbia River Gorge," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of the museum.

Demonstrations those two days will include live exhibitions on fashioning a traditional canoe from a pine log and making exquisite cedar coiled baskets and bead jewelry.

The Maryhill Museum of Art, located just southwest of Goldendale on Scenic Route 14, overlooks the Columbia River.

Hanford Howl

set for Oct. 22-23

RICHLAND - The Tri-Cities' ultimate Frisbee club, The Desert Lorax, is gearing up for the sixth annual Hanford Howl Tournament, set for Oct. 22-23 at the Bombing Range Sports Complex in Richland.

The tournament annually attracts 300 or so participants.

With no referees or officials, the game of ultimate frisbee is a fast paced team sport where players call their own fouls and abide by the spirit of the game. The sport combines the elements of basketball, soccer and football. The object for each seven-person coed team is to pass the Frisbee down field into an end zone.

"There are a couple of things that make the Hanford Howl unique," said Heidi Newsome, publicity coordinator for the annual event.

"The first is that participating teams play in Halloween costumes throughout the tournament, making it a fun weekend for players and spectators alike," she said.

"Secondly, because of great support from community sponsors, we are able to donate nearly all of our tournament fees to a designated charity," Newsome added.

This year's recipient will be Special Olympics.

"We're trying to beat last year's donation of $5,000," Newsome said.

A total of 15 teams from across the state will begin playing Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. Action will continue throughout the day until 5 p.m. The tournament resumes Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Old Hotel Art Gallery to hold benefit auction

OTHELLO - A 27th annual benefit auction, complete with hors d'oeuvres and local wines, will be hosted by Othello's Old Hotel Art Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 22.

A silent auction will start at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction slated to begin at 8 p.m.

Items in the live auction range from original paintings and art, Thomas Kincaid and other prints, trips and special events.

Silent auction items will include art, pottery, gift certificates and jewelry. Also, two "quick draw" artists will auction off the artwork they create the night of the event.

The Old Hotel, now a gallery, was built in 1912 and is now a Washington state registered landmark.

Patricia Gaimari, gallery director, said the annual benefit auction raises money each year to fulfill themission of the gallery.

"We are so grateful to the artists, businesses and citizens of the community who support our programs each year," she said. "The benefit is a great opportunity to enjoy a nice evening out while supporting the arts and art education."

Tickets to the event, priced at $12 per person, will be available at the door that evening. The gallery is located at 33 East Larch St. in Othello.

Church to host musical entertainers

WEST VALLEY - The West Valley Church of the Nazarene will host two musical performances the last two Sundays in October.

Sunday, Oct. 23, the full-time ministry group Sweet Presence will perform. The musical group offers the richness of close family harmony while presenting Southern Gospel music. Church leaders say those who attend the concert will experience the soft, subtle notes of meditation and comfort, to the joyful reflections of praise and worship.

Sunday, Oct. 30, vocalist, pianist and clarinetist Mary Lewis will be the featured performer at the West Valley church (7109 W. Nob Hill Blvd.).

Both the Oct. 23 and 30 performances will begin at 6 p.m., and both are open to the public.

61st concert season underway Oct. 22

RICHLAND - The Mid-Columbia Symphony begins its 61st concert season Saturday, Oct. 22, presenting "From the Journals of Lewis & Clark" at the Richland High School auditorium, at 8 p.m.

Two narrators and the Mid-Columbia Symphonic Choir will be included in the performance, to help guide the audience through the Lewis & Clark journey 200 years ago.

The music to be performed that night is a rather new composition written by Daniel Bukvitch, University of Idaho music professor and percussionist with the Great Falls Symphony.

An hour before the concert begins, at 7 p.m., concert-goers will be treated to a lobby presentation that includes a talk by a Captain Clark impersonator.

Completing the Mid-Columbia's 2005-06 concert season will be International Celtic (Feb. 4), Straussfest (April 3) and American Made—Leonard Bernstein and more (May 13).

Concert tickets are available at the Mid-Columbia Symphony office or by calling (509) 943-6602.

Harvest Fair to be held Halloween night in S’side

The Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church will host its annual Harvest Fair Halloween night, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym.

According to church spokesman Marente Prins, there will be game booths for all ages, as well as face painting, a cakewalk, a photo booth, a dinner menu, and a costume contest and a pumpkin carving contest. Contest participants must check in by 7 p.m. that evening.

Prins said a babysitting service will be provided that night for families with infants.

G’view senior center plans holiday events

GRANDVIEW - The Carl L. Stevens Senior Center in Grandview will be the site for four special holiday gatherings, beginning with a Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween party.

All Lower Valley senior citizens are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. affair, which will include games, prizes and contests. Attendees are urged to wear Halloween costumes that day. Those who want to take part in the noon meal are asked to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance (882-9230).

The second of the holiday celebrations open only to senior citizens will be a Thanksgiving party, slated for Wednesday, Nov. 23, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The party will feature a Thanksgiving turkey meal with all the fixings. Dinner reservations must be made at least a day in advance. Musical entertainment will be included.

The two other holiday events at the Grandview center are open to the public.

The first is a holiday bazaar, set for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who have holiday arts and craft items to sell can rent a bazaar table—$10 for a large table and $5 for a smaller table. Tables can be reserved by calling 882-9219.

Billed as a family event, the final social event of the holiday season is set for Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Grandview center. A "Start Christmas with a Song" concert will begin at 4 p.m. The concert is free, and organizers say Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance.


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