Arts and Entertainment

In brief

Simpson, Judd

to headline

at new casino

When it opens this fall, Snoqualmie Casino’s headline acts will include music stars Jessica Simpson, Wynonna Judd, and Sergio Mendes.

The casino plans to open Thursday, Nov. 6, and Simpson will perform the inaugural concert on Friday, Nov. 7, her first concert in the Seattle area since 2004.

Country entertainer Judd plays the casino on Wednesday, Nov. 26 as part of her second annual Christmas tour. Snoqualmie Casino is Judd’s only Washington stop this year.

Mendes, one of the best-known Brazilian musicians, plays the casino on Friday, Nov. 28.

Performances will be hosted in the 11,000-square-foot ballroom.

Tickets range from $40 to $175. Tickets for all ballroom shows went on sale Friday, Aug. 29 at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster at (206) 628-0888 or by visiting

Museum hosts grandparents train excursion

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, the Northwest Railway Museum is hosting special train rides aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7.

During the Museum’s “Grandparents Grand Excursion,” grandparents ride free all weekend when accompanied by their paying grandchildren, of any age.

Last year, over 500 grandparents and their grandchildren took a ride aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad and experienced the scenic beauty of the Cascade foothills and Snoqualmie Falls.

“The preservation of the stories and memories from the older generation is as important as the preservation of the artifacts in our museum,” said museum Executive Director Richard Anderson.

“National Grandparents Day is an opportunity to honor and visit with the many wonderful seniors in our community. We hope Grandparents Grand Excursion encourages support for this very special day.”

Trains depart every 90 minutes beginning at noon from the Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., and at 12:31 p.m. from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan St. Roundtrip fares are $7 for children ages 2 to 12, $10 for adults ages 13 to 61, and $9 for seniors ages 62 and up. Large groups receive a discount. Self-guided walking tour information is available at the Snoqualmie Depot. The depot and bookstore are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

For information, call the Northwest Railway Museum at (425) 888-3030 or visit

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