November 5, 2016
Published: November 5, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of November 7-13, 2016:
  • Presentation: Changing the Course of the Palouse River - November 8
  • Lighting the Path Breakfast - November 9
  • Presentation: Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest - November 9
  • Manhattan Project NHP FIRST Anniversary Celebration & Open House - November 10
  • The Organized Bride Workshop - November 10
  • Hanford Drama presents Shakespeare's Hamlet - November 10-12
  • Veterans Day - November 11
  • Reel Rock Film Tour - November 11
  • Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities presents Simon Farintosh - November 11
  • Film: The 11th Commandment - November 11
  • Three Rivers Folklife presents Mike Skalstad - November 11
  • Guardian Angel Homes Holiday Bazaar - November 12
  • Richland Senior Association Holiday Bazaar - November 12
  • ACT Holiday Bazaar - November 12
  • Fall Heritage Garden Workshop - November 12
  • Hemp and Health Expo - November 12 
  • PetSmart Fall National Adoption Event - November 12
  • LIGO Public Tours - November 12
  • Sporthaus 2016 TC ThrowDown - November 12
  • Tri-Cities Wine Festival - November 12
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre presents "Ragtime" - November 12 & 13
  • 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

Presentation: Changing the Course of the Palouse River - November 8

The Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Free to attend
Hosted by the Ice Age Floods Institute - Lake Lewis Chapter

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well.  Learn how the landscape tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon and Devil’s Canyon.

Lighting the Path Breakfast - November 9

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

A Benefit for Chaplaincy Health Care

Please join us in learning about the many ways Chaplaincy Health Care touches lives in our community. Donations will be accepted during the program. To reserve your table, (for 10 guests) please RSVP to Heather at 783-7416 or

Presentation: Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest - November 9

The REACH Museum, 1943 Park Trail in Richland
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors and includes both the presentation and access to the interpretive displays

Famed photographer, Mark Turner, will be sharing his award-winning wildflower and landscape photography.

Mark's work has been featured in magazines and publications across the country, but he is most famous for his definitive guide to Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest. This is the guide all serious plant enthusiasts carry in the field, and Mark will be sharing his photography from the book, as well as his extensive knowledge about our wildflowers.

This presentation is sponsored by The Reach and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Manhattan Project NHP FIRST Anniversary Celebration & Open House - November 10

National Park Interim Visitor Center, 2000 Logston Blvd. in Richland
From 4 p.m. 6 p.m.
Free to attend

You're invited! Join us in celebrating the FIRST anniversary and public open house of Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and meet Superintendent Kris Kirby.

The Organized Bride Workshop - November 10

Anthology Event Venue, 706 Williams Boulevard in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Brides $50 and includes a copy of "The Organized Bride Wedding Planner" ($25 Value). Guests: $25 per person.

Getting Married? - Introducing The Organized Bride Workshop!

Join us for an evening where you will learn from local wedding industry experts how to minimize wedding day surprises.

Our panel of experts will share tips for budgeting and establishing spending priorities, choosing the appropriate vendors, asking the right questions to ensure a successful event, preparing a planning timeline and managing positive and respectful communications with family, friends and guests.

Featuring: Champagne, wine and evening appetizers by Castle Event Catering. Dessert treats by Frost Me Sweet Bakery & Bistro. Bonus: Attendees will be receive discounted VIP tickets to BRIDES 2017 in January.

Hanford Drama presents Shakespeare's Hamlet - November 10-12

Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Box office opens at 6:30 p.m., House opens at 7:00 p.m., Curtain at  7:30 p.m.
Tickets $8 for student/senior, $10 for adults. Student Showing: November 10th, $5 for all students of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick (please bring ID).

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an age-old tragic tale meant to be watched not read in a book.  In our production full of murder, mystery and a ghost Hamlet must find his father’s murderer.  As he works to solve the mystery he stages a play within a play.

Veterans Day - November 11

In honor of our Veterans and active military in the Tri-Cities, there will be a couple of Veterans Day programs on November 11. In addition, various franchises and local restaurants will be offering  free meals, free coffee, free car washes, and free haircuts on this day. You can also visit any Washington State Park and U.S. National Park on November 11 for free!

For more information, visit:

Reel Rock Film Tour - November 11

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - doors open at 6:30 p.m. - seating is limited
Tickets: $8 in advance (available from REI in Kennewick) or $10 at the door

REI, Tri-City Court Club, REI, IMAC and are co-sponsoring the 2016 Reel Rock Film Tour. This is an award-winning internationally acclaimed collection of the best rock climbing videos of the year. Don't miss this high-adventure, adrenaline charged (and often very funny) film experience.

Ticket proceed sales will go to the Inter Mountain Alpine Club (IMAC).

Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities presents Simon Farintosh - November 11

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Donations gladly accepted

The Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities is hosting an exciting classical guitar program featuring Simon Farintosh, a young artist from Victoria, BC.

Simon will also be performing at Barnard Griffin Winery in Richland on November 12 starting at 5 p.m. There is no charge for this event. Join us for an hour of great classical guitar in the event room, then meet the artist and Guitar Society members for food/wine/social in the bistro.

Film: The 11th Commandment - November 11

Columbia Basin College (Room L-102 Lecture Hall), 2600 North 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free but seating limited

Come out and watch the Tri-Cities International Film Festival's, 72 Hour Film Challenge winning short film The 11th Commandment! Directed by CBC's Acting For The Camera coach, Bryan McGlothin and featuring many Tri-Cities actors and students. Consider the film PG13. The Hall seats just over 130 people.

Three Rivers Folklife presents Mike Skalstad - November 11

All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8.00 / $6.00 seniors and students. Coffee, tea, and home cooked sweets available by donation.

Local singer and songwriter Mike Skalstad will be the featured performer at the 3 Rivers Coffeehouse. The coffeehouse begins as usual with an open-mic session. Potential performers should arrive early to sign up for a performing slot.

Mike Skalstad is a songwriter from Kennewick who has been playing his original folk-rock songs locally and throughout the Northwest for many years. He will be sharing songs from his newly released CD "The Crossroads" and other originals from previously released albums as well as some covers.

Guardian Angel Homes Holiday Bazaar - November 12

245 Van Giesen St. in Richland
From 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Free admission

This is our annual Holiday Bazaar and our first fund raiser of the year for the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. We feature crafters from as far away as Portland selling their hand crafted items. Grab lunch from our famous Baked potato bar and take home some goodies from our Bake sale!

Richland Senior Association Holiday Bazaar - November 12

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free admission

The Richland Seniors Association is proud to announce their Holiday Bazaar for 2016, at the beautiful Richland Community Center. This is our 12th year!

ACT Holiday Bazaar - November 12

The Academy of Children's Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way. Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Get an early start on your holiday decor and gift giving plans by attending our third annual holiday bazaar! Vendors will be showcasing arts, crafts, and some direct sales items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ACT!

Fall Heritage Garden Workshop - November 12

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free but must register online

David James, PhD -  Associate Professor of Entomology WSU, Prosser
David will be discussing his new book which he co-authored called the Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies.  In the book’s introduction, James and Nunnallee write "We cannot protect what we do not understand. We hope this book will increase our understanding of butterfly life histories and that this will lead to more effective preservation programs."

Kelsey Prickett - Forb Production Manager BFI Native Seeds, Moses Lake
Kelsey will be presenting information on native forbs for drought tolerant landscaping in the Columbia Basin. Kelsey will describe preferred species and discuss growth, bloom, water usage, pollinators and resources for acquiring live plant material and seeds.

Heritage Garden Roundtable - Do you have questions about implementing low water-use landscaping?  Here is your chance to ask a panel of experts.
Register online:

Hemp and Health Expo - November 12

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: $10, $15 (general + seminars)
The Expo will be open to 21 and over

With the help of our vendors and seminars, we hope to educate those in our state and communities about the diverse, safe and effective uses of the Cannabis plant.

Join us in a professional setting at the TRAC Center as we highlight local and state businesses that are crusaders in the cannabis and holistic health industries.

PetSmart Fall National Adoption Event - November 12

PetSmart, 6807 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Petsmart is hosting their National Adoption Event. In 2015 your local Kennewick Petsmart helped find homes for an amazing 767 pets through their in store adoption program featuring local adoption agencies.

Saturdays adoption event will feature Mikeys Chance, Pet Over Population Prevention, Benton Franklin Humane Society, Columbia Animal Rescue Effort Out West pet rescue, Adopt Shelter Animal Pets, Benton County Animal Control, Dogs of the Gorge, Adams County Pet Rescue, Tri Cities Animal Shelter, Pit Bull Pen, Fuzz Ball Animal Rescue, Northwest Boxer Rescue, Two Rivers, Grant County Animal Outreach, Prevent Homeless Pets, Little Lives Matter and many others.

This amazing event would only be possible with our dedicated team of volunteers headed up by the students at Tri Tech volunteering their time during this event by walking the adoptable dogs. Shelter Animal Advocates Volunteers and Educators will be on site to help educate the public about shelter pets and also be there to walk dogs.

LIGO Public Tours - November 12

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.

Sporthaus 2016 TC ThrowDown - November 12

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 3:30 p.m. - midnight

Sporthaus 2016 TDRJ presented by Ice Harbor & White Pass:
featuring the Largest Ski and Snowboard Event in Eastern Washington! Tons of prize giveaways, ski and snowboard vendors, food, beer garden, with a live competition in the middle of it!

Afternoon and evening schedule:
3:30 p.m. Open/amateur Practice
4:00 p.m. Open/amateur Jam Starts
5:00 p.m. Open awards
5:30 p.m. K2 Hi Ollie Contest
6:00 p.m. Pro Practice
6:45 p.m. Pro Invites Starts
7:30 p.m. White Pass Corn hole contest
7:40 p.m. Pro Finals
8:20 p.m. Hapo Pro Purse Awards
8:30 p.m. Solar Spirits after party

Tri-Cities Wine Festival - November 12

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets:  $60.00 each when purchased in advance, or $65.00 at the door
Must be 21+

The Tri-Cities Wine Society is sponsoring the 38th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival.

Event includes: Gala tasting of Northwest wines, Awards presented from judged competition, Regional microbrews, Culinary showcase with complimentary food provided by local restaurants and caterers, Silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Society's education fund.

Ticket price includes all wine, food and beer - No additional scrip.
Info & Tickets:

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre presents "Ragtime" - November 12 & 13

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $20.00, Seniors (60 and up): $18.00, Students/Children: $10.00

Ragtime is a story about inclusion that sheds light on the beautiful diversity America is built upon. It's an immigrant story of a father attempting a new life in an unfamiliar world for his child. Another thread is of feminism emerging amidst the dichotomy between classes: Mother seeks to do what is right, struggling against society's rules for her role as a wife. And at the forefront is a story that deals with the tumultuous racism of 1906. A successful ragtime musician, pursuing his American Dream, faces prejudice and discrimination at every turn, resulting in acts of violent hatred

Recommended for mature middle school age and up. Future dates: November 18-20.

Holiday Bazaars and Craft Shows

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

Art & Other Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery - Mixed Media by Joe Batt - November 7 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:

Day of the Dead Art Show through November 13
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 12-8 p.m.

DrewBoy Creative is proud to host its first Day of the Dead Art Show. The art show will feature artists and dreamers artistic visions of their interpretation of Day of the Dead or Traditional Halloween. Artwork will also explore artistic visions of the artists' ancestors.

The REACH - Pasco Naval Air Station Photo Exhibit
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

The exhibit includes dozens of amazing black and white photos (courtesy of the Franklin Co Museum) of the Naval Air Station buildings and personnel during WWII.

There are four custom-built display cases that hold memorabilia, photos and artifacts from NAS Pasco, as well as, painstakingly created, authentic aircraft models of the planes used for training at the air station.

Large posters are also an important part of the exhibit with many stories about the pilots, instructors, WAVES, civilians and military personnel that called NAS Pasco home during WWII.

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.
  • November 12th Clouds & Weather: Learn what makes the wind blow, how to predict changes by watching the clouds, and make your own instruments for recording the weather. 
  • 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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