November 26, 2016
Published: November 26, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of November 28 - December 4, 2016:
  • Toys for Tots Registration - November 28, December 3 & 4
  • Columbia Basin College Orchestra and Choir - November 29
  • Hanford Fall Jazz Concert - November 29
  • Tri-City Americans Games - November 30, December 2 & 3
  • First Thursday Art Walk & More! - December 1
  • Columbia Basin College Jazz Nite - December 1
  • A Season Together: Christmas Tree Lighting Event - December 2
  • Battelle Film Club presents "Swades" - December 2
  • Richland's Winter Wonderland - December 2 & 3
  • Tri-Cities Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 2 & 3
  • Walla Walla Valley Holiday Barrel Tasting - December 2-4
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre presents "It's A Wonderful Life" - December 2-4
  • Richland Players presents The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) - December 2-4
  • Annual Holiday Movie - December 3
  • Bon Voyage French School Bazaar - December 3
  • Christmas Crafters Bazaar - December 3
  • Alternative Gift Fair - December 3
  • Southgate PTG Holiday Bazaar - December 3
  • Historic Downtown Kennewick - Merry Little Christmas Village - December 3 & 10
  • 2016 Columbia Basin AGO Christmas Choral Festival! - December 4
  • Capturing Christmas Celebration - December 4
  • 2016 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events
  • Holiday Bazaars and Craft Shows
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Toys for Tots Registration - November 28, December 3 & 4

Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick
November 28 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
December 3 & 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in our community.

For a child in need, you must register to get toys and you must reside in Benton or Franklin County.

Please bring:
Picure I.D
Childrens Birth Certificates (Newborn to age 12)
Proof of income or State assistance

We will be handing out the toys on December 17 & 18. (Your registration card will tell you which day).

You are welcome to drop off unwrapped toys at our local Marine Corps Recruiting Office at 8390 W Gage Blvd. in Kennewick or at over two dozen locations in the Tri-Cities. We are also accepting money donations online.
Info: and

Columbia Basin College Orchestra and Choir - November 29

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

The CBC Choirs and Orchestra will present its Fall Quarter Concert. Dave Cazier will conduct the CBC Concert and Chamber Choirs. Bruce Walker will conduct the CBC Orchestra.

Hanford Fall Jazz Concert - November 29

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Please join us at the Hanford High School Auditorium for a free concert featuring the Jazz Bands from Hanford along with a few special guests from our community!

Tri-City Americans Games - November 30, December 2 & 3

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 Kelowna Rockets on November 30, the Portland Winterhawks on December 2, and the
Spokane Chiefs on December 3.

First Thursday - Art Walk & More! - December 1

Historic Downtown Kennewick (17 N. Auburn St.)
From  5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Stroll around the approximate 10 block area of historic downtown to view art galleries, and shops filled with art and the artists who create them. Businesses and artists change each month. There are other activities going on besides the Art Walk that include shopping, food, and music during this time in Downtown Kennewick.
Info: and

Columbia Basin College Jazz Nite - December 1

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

An evening of great jazz music covering a wide variety of eras and styles, featuring Freeform, under the direction of Dave Cazier, and the CBC Jazz Band, under the direction of Russ Newbury and Dr. Collin Wilson. 

The Jazz Ensemble will highlight the amazing artistry of new faculty member Dr. Collin Wilson on the classic "When You Wish Upon a Star," alto saxophone feature.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy this great Night of Jazz featuring the real stars of the stage, the incredible CBC student jazz musicians!

A Season Together: Christmas Tree Lighting Event - December 2

Collegium Café, 3525 East A St. in Pasco
From 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Looking for something to do with your friends and family? Help us kick the holiday season off right with our Free Public Event: A Season Together Christmas tree lighting event! Come enjoy the holiday spirit with our full service Cafe, Food truck Vendors, Santa, Live Music, and more!

Battelle Film Club presents "Swades" - December 2

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts @ 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $4, tickets at the door

Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as a project manager at NASA, returns to his home country on a quest to find his childhood nanny.

The film uses the contrast between the highly developed world of US, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research through NASA, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development. Mohan's simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called "home".

(2004) Director: Ashutosh Gowariker. Writers: Story by M.G. Sathya and Ashutosh Gowariker, and screenplay Ashutosh Gowariker, Sameer Sharma, Lalit Marathe, Amin Hajee, Charlotte Whitby-Coles, Yashodeep Nigudkar, and Ayan Mukherjee. Genres: Drama. Country: India. Language: Hindi, English. Runtime: 195 min. Color: Color. Not rated.

Richland's Winter Wonderland - December 2 & 3

Join us for Winter Wonderland! Two evenings of holiday cheer beginning Friday, December 2nd at HAPO Community Stage at John Dam Plaza.

The festivities will begin Friday at 5:00 p.m. We will be counting down to our first Annual Tree Lighting at the Stage. Be entertained by several local performing acts, stay toasty by the warming fire, and enjoy holiday refreshments. Countdown with friends and family to the amazing tree and stage lighting sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union and BMW of Tri-Cities!

At 7:00 p.m. the celebration will move to Howard Amon Park as attendees enjoy the lights in the Park, visit with Santa and witness the beautiful lighted boat parade until 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 3rd, the festivities continue at Howard Amon Park and Richland Community Center. There will be Bounce Houses, Visits with Santa, the lighted boat parade and much more. Help us count down to Christmas with Richland Parks & Recreation, HAPO Community Credit Union and BMW of Tri-Cities!


Tri-Cities Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 2 & 3

The lighted boat parade starts each night at 6 p.m. under the Cable Bridge at Clover Island and travels up river on the Kennewick side along Columbia Park. Around 7:30 p.m., the parade turns around at the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland and travels back down river on the same course.

The parade arrives back at Clover Island and makes an additional loop for everyone on the island before heading back into the Clover Island Marina at around 9 p.m.

Walla Walla Valley Holiday Barrel Tasting - December 2-4

During the Walla Walla Valley Holiday Barrel Tasting, over 50 of the Valley's wineries will be decked-out for the holiday season. Winemakers will be on hand to introduce their new wines as well as future wines still in the barrel. Visitors can be the first to enjoy the new vintage and take home a selection.
List of Walla Walla wineries:

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents "It's A Wonderful Life" - December 2-4

ACT Theatre, 313 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Admission: $13 adults, $10 seniors (654+) and youth (13-18), $7 for those 12 and under

The Academy of Children’s Theatre is a staging a production of the holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life."
Future dates:  December 9 & 10 at 7 p.m. and December 11 at 3 p.m.

Richland Players presents The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) - December 2-4

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.
Info & tickets:

Annual Holiday Movie - December 3

Fairchild Cinemas, 5020 Convention Dr. in Pasco
Starts at 9 a.m.
Admission: $5 - purchase tickets at Ostler Orthodontics, 1520 Jadwin Ave. in Richland

Come join us for the showing of Disney's "Moana"! 100% of all proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts from the Salvation Army "Angel Giving Tree" at Columbia Center Mall. Please help us give as many children as we can a wonderful Christmas!

Bon Voyage French School Bazaar - December 3

Knights of Columbus, 2500 Chester Rd. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

French Christmas Market (Marché de Noël) to benefit the Bon Voyage French School BSA Venture Crew 233. All proceeds will benefit the students traveling to the Cavilam Immersion Program in August 2017! Tons of vendors, traditional French holiday market food (tartiflette, crêpes, pain d'épices, etc), French holiday music, and a raflle with some amazing prizes!

Christmas Crafters Bazaar - December 3

Bethel Richland Campus, 600 Shockley Rd. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come shop for a purpose in support of a local organization: Communities in Schools - the nations largest dropout prevention program. It has been working with students across the nation and right here in our Tri-City community by providing students with their unique needs such as food, clothing, medical/dental referrals, attendance support,school supplies, tutoring, substance abuse prevention and career/college planning.

Alternative Gift Fair - December 3

Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 West Sylvester St. in Pasco
From Noon - 4 pm.

Do you want gifts that reflect the true spirit of the holiday season? At the Alternative Gift Fair, you can donate to participating local, national, and international non-profit organizations. You may choose hand-lettered holiday cards featuring local artists describing the gifts you have made in the names of your friends and family.

The Alternative Gift Fair has raised over $140,000 for local & national charities over 9 years. Please come help us celebrate 10 years of giving!

The Alternative Gift Fair is a charity fund-raising event sponsored by Community Unitarian Universalist Church and is based on a model by the Center for a New American Dream. All gifts go to the charity of choice and are tax deductible.

Southgate PTG Holiday Bazaar - December 3

Southgate Elementary School, 3121 W 19th Ave. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for some fun while supporting a great school. We will have lots of amazing vendors as well as various raffle items available. All funds collected will support the school's PTG. We will be hosting our scavenger hunt once again. So come ready for some fun while looking for hidden treasures!

Historic Downtown Kennewick - Merry Little Christmas Village - December 3 & 10

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Start at Flag Plaza

Please join us at Flag Plaza on Saturday, December 3rd and 10th for a fun filled family event to celebrate the fourth annual Public Ice Skating Rink and the “Merry Little Christmas Village”.

Entertainment will consist of Ice Skating, Christmas Music, children visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, taking pictures, hay rides, hourly reading of the Polar Express, face painting, crafts, carolers and games all over Downtown Kennewick. Families will be able receive their map of the “Polar Express Train” at participating merchants and walk the streets visiting locations for giveaways, crafts, wreath making and more!

On December 3, Elsa is returning to Heidi's Mercantile from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Heidi's Mercantile is proud to welcome back The Snow Queen herself - Elsa from Arendelle. Bring your princess to meet the queen. Photos will be available.

Also, on December 10, Princess Ariel is coming to Heidi's Mercantile from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Heidi's Mercantile is proud to host Princess Ariel. Bring your princess to have a meet and greet photos will be available.

2016 Columbia Basin AGO Christmas Choral Festival! - December 4

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 520 S Garfield St. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Come, join us for the 2016 Christmas Choral Festival and put on by the Columbia Basin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! This is a service of congregations from around the Tri-Cities sharing Christmas and Advent anthems, prayer, scripture, and organ solos from local organists. A freewill offering is gathered, and 100% of the collections is donated to the Tri-Cities Food Bank!

Capturing Christmas Celebration - December 4

The Living Room Community Church, 1409 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Free to attend

You're invited to Capturing Christmas! Featuring - Living Nativity (Actors, Live Animals), Christmas Caroling, Fire-pits, Food Trucks, Hay-Ride, Snow-Ball Fights, and Smores. Buy your own food from food trucks...

2016 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events

As Christmas approaches, several communities in the Tri-Cities region are sponsoring Holiday Festivals that include Lighted Events. You can find events for Tri-Cities, Dayton, Walla Walla, Yakima, Toppenish, Hermiston, Sunnyside, Prosser, Grandview, Pendleton, and Benton City.

Here's what's happening this week:

  • Hermiston - Winter Festival - December 1 and Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through December 23
  • Sunnyside - Festival of Trees Benefit - December 2
  • Milton-Freewater - Christmas Light Parade - December 2 
  • Richland - Winter Wonderland - December 2 & 3
  • Tri-Cities - Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 2 & 3
  • Grandview - Christmas Trees on the Farm - December 2 & 3
  • Pendleton - Family Day and Festival of Trees Celebration & Auction - December 2 & 3
  • Sunnyside - Kids Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighted Farm Implement Parade - December 2 & 3
  • Benton City - Red Mountain Country Christmas - December 2-4
  • Kennewick - Merry Little Christmas Village - December 3
  • Yakima - Holiday Open House @ The Yakima Valley Museum - December 3
  • Walla Walla - Macy's Parade of Lights - December 3
  • Hermiston - Festival of Trees Benefit & Family Day - December 3 & 4
  • Toppenish - Toy Train Christmas - December 3 & 4
  • Yakima - Downtown Holiday Light Parade - December 4
  • Richland - Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark - through December 24
For event details, visit:

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.


LIGO Public Tours

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.

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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