November 19, 2016
Published: November 19, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of November 21-27, 2016:
  • Columbia Basin Concert Band - November 22
  • Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Meeting - Guest Speaker: the "Eagle Lady" - November 22 
  • Turkey Trot 2016 Benefiting the American Red Cross - November 24
  • Black Friday Hikes - November 25
  • LIGO Public Tours - November 25
  • Christmas Trees on the Farm (Grandview) - November 25 & 26
  • Christmas Kickoff (Dayton) - November 25 & 26
  • Santa Arrives at Beaver Bark - November 25-27
  • Red Mountain Country Christmas (Benton City) - November 25-27
  • Thanksgiving in Wine Country – November 25-27
  • 4th Annual Centennial Flag Plaza Skating Rink - November 25-27
  • Richland Players presents The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) - November 25-27
  • Breakfast with Santa (Pendleton) - November 26
  • Toppenish Lighted Parade - November 26
  • Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) - November 26 & 27
  • Free Movie - A Christmas Story (Prosser) - November 27
  • Family Christmas Festival (Prosser) - November 27
  • Holiday Bazaars and Craft Shows
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Columbia Basin Concert Band - November 22

CBC Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

The Columbia Basin Concert Band, under the direction of Russ Newbury and Dr. Collin Wilson, will present the Fall Band Concert on Tuesday, November 22. Special guests for this first concert of the year will be the Hanford High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Swisher. As a precursor to annual Pearl Harbor celebrations, the band will feature the Claude T. Smith composition written for the United States Navy Band, "Eternal Father Strong to Save." This epic work features the horn section playing the Navy Hymn while the complete work is a spirited showcase for the entire band.

Conductor Russ Newbury will present the CBC premiere of his composition, "Trial By Fire", which casts light on the amazing power, splendor, and shear terror of flame. Other selections include Eric Whitacre's "October" and the classic "Whip and Spur Galop.".

Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Meeting - Guest Speaker: the "Eagle Lady" - November 22

Kennewick First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Our November meeting features Doris Mager, known as the "Eagle Lady." She will bring ET, a Great Horned Owl she raised from a chick. After her lecture she will give members of the audience the opportunity to hold ET (protected by the leather gauntlet glove, of course) and have pictures taken. There is a suggested donation that goes to her charity, SOAR, for the opportunity to hold ET. Do bring a bit of cash you can spare, to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

We will also be holding a silent auction of items relating to birds: bird ceramic plates, books, framed art, Audubon prints suitable for framing, and other items worthy of your consideration as gifts or collectables. Please come prepared to put your bid in the support our educational programs, taxidermy, and environmental issues related to our community.

Tri-City Americans Games - November 23, 25 & 26

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $20 adults 20+, $18 seniors 62+, $11 teen 10-19 yr, $9 youth 3-9 yr

The Tri-City Americans will be competing against the Vancouver Giants on November 23, the Seattle Thunderbirds on November 25, and the
Vancouver Giants again on November 26.

Turkey Trot 2016 Benefiting the American Red Cross - November 24

Columbia Park in Kennewick
Starts at 9 a.m.
Online Registration Ends: November 22, 2016

Gesa is proud to present the 13th Annual Turkey Trot! Every year, over 3,000 Tri-Citians come together on Thanksgiving morning to “trot” a 5K or a 1 mile track before their big meals. Back again this year is the Kia Ora warm up, hot cocoa served up by Red Cross volunteers, National Anthem performed by Miss Tri-Cities, and the Turkey Trot costume contest. Be sure to order your Gesa Turkey Trot 2016 commemorative t-shirt while supplies last!

This family-friendly event supports the American Red Cross Serving Central and Southeastern Washington, which provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and life-saving education to the communities of Adams, Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Kittitas, Walla Walla and Columbia Counties.
Info & Registration:

Black Friday Hikes - November 25

Join us November 25 on the Tapteal Trail! We are offering 3 distances - 2.75, 6.0, and 10.8 miles. We'll meet at the Park and Ride at Van Giesen and the bypass by 9:45 a.m. We will shuttle you to the Kingston Rd trailhead, and if needed shuttle service is also available back to your car at the end of each distance. Please RSVP to

LIGO Public Tours - November 25

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility.  Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

Christmas Trees on the Farm (Grandview) - November 25 & 26

Bill's Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd. in Grandview
From 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Begin your family's Christmas preparations with a trip to the farm for a fresh cut Christmas tree.  The fun begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues into December. Come start a new family tradition here at the farm!

Our park looks absolutely stunning decked in hundreds of fresh cut trees, scores of beautiful handmade wreaths and garlands, and oodles of twinkling Christmas lights. Place an order for a custom wreath or length of garland and we'll make it while you watch.

Browse our beautiful Barn Store decked out in holiday cheer, with beautiful ornaments, decor, and great gifts for your entire list.  Enjoy a caroling hayride around the farm for a donation to the local food bank, sip a cup of hot cocoa or hot cider by the bonfire, and try a delicious vanilla sugar donut (Farm Wife Julie's absolute favorite flavor!). Future dates: December 2, 3, 9 & 10.

Christmas Kickoff (Dayton) - November 25 & 26

Dayton is "the town that still believes" and this is never more apparent than during the Christmas Kickoff event. Visitors and attendees can always expect great fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, wine tasting, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and much, much more. This is a true two-day event with fireworks and a lighted parade on Friday night.

Santa Arrives at Beaver Bark - November 25-27

Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center, 607 Aaron Dr. in Richland
Event runs through December 24

Free to visit the reindeer, photo packages with Santa: $11-$50
Reindeer visiting hours:
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Photo sessions from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Santa brought two of his reindeer that you can visit before he needs them back on Christmas Eve. In addition, you can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus will take a memorable photo.

Red Mountain Country Christmas (Benton City) - November 25-27

Red Mountain Trails, 27314 E Ambassador Pr NE in Benton City
From  11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person or 2 ride free with purchase of tree. 

Tree Prices: Vary.

Come on out to Red Mountain Trails for your Christmas tree this season and take the family on a horse-drawn wagon ride. We will have a selection of premium Christmas trees available, a bonfire, hot chocolate and the horse-drawn wagon rides. It's a wonderful event to bring your family and friends for a day in the country. We will be open Friday - Sunday through December 11th.


Thanksgiving in Wine Country – November 25-27

Participating wineries: Yakima wine community, Zillah wine community, Prosser wine community, and Red Mountain wine community.

Thanksgiving in Wine Country offers an opportunity to taste wine, purchase the perfect bottle for your holiday table and help fight hunger.

Wine Yakima Valley has partnered with Northwest Harvest to help feed the hungry this holiday season. Visit any participating winery during the holiday weekend and look for the Thanksgiving in Wine Country Taste to Fight Hunger donation box and give.

All proceeds made to Taste to Fight Hunger will be donated to Northwest Harvest.

4th Annual Centennial Flag Plaza Skating Rink - November 25-27

Downtown Kennewick - corner of Benton and Kennewick Avenue
Friday, Saturdays & Sundays through December 30

Friday Night Skate Hours: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. &  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday Hours: – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $2 if you have skates, $4 (includes skate rental)

Tis the holiday season, and if you are looking for that Rockefeller Center experience right in our hometown, look no further! This year the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership will be hosting the 4th Annual Centennial Flag Plaza Skating Rink at the corner of Benton and Kennewick Avenue. Volunteers are needed for skate rental, monitoring the skating and other various jobs.

Richland Players presents The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) - November 25-27

The Richland Players, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors/Students/Military

It's December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous - and hilarious. Now it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Sherlock Holmes, to track down the killer.
Future dates: December 2 & 3 @ 8:00 p.m., December 4 @ 2:00 p.m.
Info & tickets:

Breakfast with Santa (Pendleton) - November 26

Pendleton Recreation Center, 500 SW Dorion Ave. in Pendleton
From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Admission: $3 per person

Bring the whole family. Admission includes a delicious VFW pancake breakfast (juice or coffee, hotcakes, and sausage),  the little ones meet with Santa, plus we'll have free balloons, face painting and a simple craft. This is a great holiday tradition.

Ice Rink Opens Too!
The ice rink at Roy Raley Park will be open from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Admission and skate rental is $3.50 or bring your own skates and pay $2.50.


Toppenish Lighted Parade - November 26

Downtown Toppenish
Starts at 6 p.m.

Horse and mule-drawn wagons of all types, including Conestoga, trolley, stagecoaches and buggies, all lighted and decorated for Christmas and farm equipment also lighted.

Parade begins in the Farm Worker Clinic parking lot on West 1st Ave. Parade route heads east on West 1st Ave., turning north on South Toppenish Ave. going through downtown ending at the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum, Train Depot.
Photo credit: Gordon King/Yakima Herald-Republic

Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) - November 26 & 27

Train Depot, 8 Asotin Ave. in Toppenish
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for kids

Toy Train Christmas is intended to bring back the days of old when toy trains were common around the Christmas tree. Trains range from very old  to new models. There will be many hands on activities including crafts projects and a caboose full of toy trains designed for younger children to operate.

The  caboose ride from the depot to the "North Pole" to see Santa is a delight for children ages 1 to 100. Festivities include free hot chocolate and cookies. Optional photographs with Santa are available.
Future dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18

Free Movie - A Christmas Story (Prosser) - November 27

Princess Theatre in Prosser
Showings at 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

The Prosser Chamber of Commerce's Free Movie is "A Christmas Story" on Sunday with two showings at 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Plan to attend the movie, then head to the Depot for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Or - go to the Christmas Tree Lighting, then head to the Princess Theatre for the free movie!


Family Christmas Festival (Prosser) - November 27

Barnard Depot Square in Prosser
Starts at 4 p.m.

Join us for our annual Family Christmas Festival in Depot Square! With fun activities for all ages that include Caroling, Lighting the Depot,and Bonfires with hot dogs and marshmallows. Make sure you stop and visit Santa and his helpful elves, and stick around for the gift drawing... everyone takes something home!


Holiday Bazaars and Craft Shows

For a list of holiday bazaars and craft shows around the Tri-Cities, visit:

Art & Other Exhibits 

Gallery Aglow through December 31
89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Do you want to give your friends and family presents as unique and wonderful as they are? Do you want beautiful, handmade wreaths and trees to decorate your house? Stop by the Gallery, located on Lee Boulevard near the entrance of Howard Amon Park, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of their special Gallery Aglow show.

Local artists contribute their incredible talents to the show, submitting items both beautiful and useful, such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work. Unlike presents that can be found at a chain store, these items have been handcrafted with love and care, and each one is a unique piece by a talented artist.

The Gallery at the Park maintains one of the largest retail art collections in the entire Tri-Cities area. Allied Arts Association, which operates the Gallery, has served the community since 1948, providing Tri-Cities residents with a source of art and handicrafts. Every year through November and December, the Gallery at the Park hosts the Gallery Aglow show, featuring hundreds of works created by local and regional artists.

Not only that, but during this event, the Gallery also sells unique wreaths, trees and holiday decorations—all handmade by volunteers at the Gallery. All proceeds on these items go towards Allied Arts Association, which gives back to the community by providing scholarships and by setting up programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection.

Esvelt Gallery - Mixed Media by Joe Batt through December 9
Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Closed
Free and open to the public

The second show of the quarter is titled In The Cloud, by Olympia artist Joe Batt. The work is mixed-media and includes ceramic sculpture, painted wood, and drawing done directly on the gallery walls. He will give an artist talk on November 7 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the opening reception in the gallery.
About Joe Batt:

The REACH - The Columbian Mammoth Discovery
1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Columbian Mammoths roamed Eastern Washington throughout the Pleistocene Epoch (the last Ice Age).   Cataclysmic Ice Age floods (such as those released from Glacial Lake Missoula) poured across Eastern Washington, sweeping many mammoths and other creatures to their deaths.  Their carcasses, along with other floating debris, were carried downstream into temporary lakes and back waters.

In 1999, a few mammoth remains were discovered and collected south of Kennewick.  The site was left dormant until it was rediscovered in 2008.  At that time, it was also established that the Columbian Mammoth bones at this location are located in Ice Age Flood deposits.  Formal excavation of the site began in September, 2010.  Since the end of the 2014 dig season, nearly 500 samples, including over 90 mammoth bones or bone fragments have been collected.

At the new exhibit, presented by the MCBONES Research Center Foundation, visitors can visualize and understand the process of research, from the first hypothesis to the studying of the bones, soil composition and other natural materials.  There are big bones to see plus, learning more about the digs in 2017.


Cyber Art 509
Members of Cyber Art 509 show their artwork including paintings and photographs at several venues around the Tri-Cities region.

Featured artists include Alice Beckstrom, Greg Ashby, Ed David, Patricia Fleming, Patrick Fleming, Margo Fox, Jaret Maynard, Dave Poynter, Maggie Remington, Pam Sharp, Maja Shaw, Barbara Sutton, Maridy Roper, and Jan Taylor. 

For more information about Cyber Art 509, visit:

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.  

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what's visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news. 

Showing this week:
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under.
Tickets and info: and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Token Prices: Individual Token: $3, Four for $10, Ten for $20

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is a world-class piece of art you can ride, touch, and feel. The carousel is a treasure for all generations to visit and enjoy! The carousel consists of 45 horses, three chariots and other features. It averages between 1800 and 2500 riders per weekend.


Nightlife Music

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Also, check out Tri-Cities Cork & Fork - Tri-Cities, WA foodie page... pictures taken by real people at favorite local establishments. We love food & drink!

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, the Ice-Age Floods related tours will be taking place again in 2017. The schedule will be available December 1.
REACH Family Fun Workshops - The whole family can enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities together every second Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at The REACH Museum.
  • December 10th – Animal Tracking: Winter is a great time to watch wildlife. Learn how to see clues about where animals have been and what they’ve been doing, and how to identify animals by what they leave behind.
Space is limited. Registration (located on our website) for each event must be submitted by the Thursday prior to each workshop at Regular REACH admission fees apply. REACH members are free but must register too.
Info: and

Make a Donation Today - Support The REACH
The REACH is made possible by people like you! Please support the REACH with your generous donation to The REACH Foundation. Every little bit helps us deliver programming and education to learners of all ages. You may also help fund specific projects and programs.

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers' Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

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