December 10, 2016
Published: December 10, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 12-18, 2016:
  • Christmas at the Carousel - December 14
  • Presentation: WSU Wine Science and the Washington Wine Industry - December 15
  • Winter Ice Magic: Christmas Memories - December 16
  • GENTRI Live - Finding Christmas Concert - December 16
  • Battelle Film Club presents "The Chorus" - December 16
  • The 2016 Living Nativity - December 16 & 17 (cancelled due to weather)
  • A Big Band Christmas - December 16 & 17
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Holiday Concert - December 16-18
  • Lampson Cable Bridge Run - December 17
  • Make the Season Jolly, Help Santa Fill the Trolley - December 17
  • PetSmart Adoption Event - December 17
  • 31st Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 17
  • Steel Drum and Marimba Christmas Concert - December 17
  • Home for Christmas Concert - December 18
  • Holiday Lighted Homes in the Tri-Cities
  • Holiday Cruises 
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each Month
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Christmas at the Carousel - December 14

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901-F Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Boarding: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission with Donation!
Attire: Pajamas

All Aboard! Christmas at the Carousel Benefiting Second Harvest & Toys for Tots

You are invited to climb aboard Gesa’s Christmas at the Carousel event. This year the event is themed 'The Polar Express' and will be filled with holiday music, tasty treats, and joyful spirits to fill you and your family with Christmas cheer.

Help us bring joy to those less fortunate. Admission is free when you donate 2 nonperishable food items or 1 new toy (unwrapped) per person; otherwise there’s a $5 entrance fee. Each attendee will receive one carousel token with entry.

Activities include: Free Pictures with Santa, Live Reindeer, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Cocoa and Cookies, Carousel Rides, And More!

Presentation: WSU Wine Science and the Washington Wine Industry - December 15

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Free to attend

Come to this engaging presentation by Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Director, who will speak about the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program and its almost 60-year history with the Washington Wine industry.

The WSU Viticulture and Enology Program started in the collaboration of Dr Walter Clore and Dr Charles Nagel with the Washington Wine industry in the 1960ies with less than 10 wineries. Today, WSU has 30 faculty members involved in grape and wine research and education and over 900 wineries, 55,000 acres of wine grapes, and 25,000 acres of juice grapes.

Winter Ice Magic: Christmas Memories - December 16

Toyota Arena in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids

Toyota Arena Skate School and the Tri-Cities Figure Skating Club present their annual winter show. The show includes local skaters who skate both competitively and for recreation, as well as former club skaters coming back from college to participate. Tickets sold at the Toyota Arena window, get yours soon as they have sold out the last few years. Limited seating.

GENTRI Live - Finding Christmas Concert - December 16

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $17 - $39

Join us for "Finding Christmas: An Evening with GENTRI"! With the upcoming release of GENTRI’s new Christmas album, "Finding Christmas", experience it live! Local vocal group Forte! will open. $1 from every ticket sale will be donated to 2nd Harvest Food Bank.

No professional recording equipment allowed. Family event. All patrons require a ticket regardless of age.

Battelle Film Club presents "The Chorus" - December 16

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

When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clement Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he's able to spark his students' interest in music and bring them a newfound joy. It also puts him at odds with the school's overbearing headmaster however, locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils' lives.

(2004) Director: Christophe Barratier. Writers: Christophe Barratier, Georges Chaperot, René Wheeler, Nöel-Nöel, Philippe Lopes-Curval. Genres: Drama, music. Country: France, Switzerland, Germany. Language: French. Runtime: 97 min. Color: Color. Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence.

The 2016 Living Nativity - December 16 & 17 (cancelled due to weather)

Note: I got word this event has been cancelled for December 16 & 17 due to the weather. This event is still planned for December 19, 20, 21 & 22 at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. - stay tuned for updates -

Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland
Times: 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10, Kids (5-12) $5, Children 4 and under free

Hillspring Church presents their annual Living Nativity which is a live-action retelling of the Christmas story
with actors and live animals. Attendees will be reminded the true meaning of Christmas is hope. The program has indoor and outdoor elements, so attendees should bundle up.

Future dates: December 19, 20, 21 & 22 at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 6, 7 & 8 p.m.
Tickets online at: or at Kennewick Ranch & Home, Albertson's on Gage Blvd, or at the Hillspring Church office.

A Big Band Christmas - December 16 & 17

CBC Arts Center Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. both evenings
Admission: $15 general, $10 students and seniors

Be prepared for a spectacular evening from one of the few professional big bands in the Northwest! Aside from great big band music, this year’s show will feature talented vocalists from our area singing variety of holiday selections accompanied by the jazz orchestra!

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Holiday Concert - December 16-18

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1609 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Cost: $22 advance, $25 door, K-12 always free

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will present a traditional holiday concert featuring chamber choir, harp and flute. Artistic Director Justin Raffa will lead the Mastersingers Chamber Choir and soloists, joined by Chelsea Spence-Crane on harp and visiting artist Christine Harper on flute.

The centerpiece of the program is Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," and the choir will also sing arrangements of traditional carols and Christmas songs. The perfect Christmas combination of harp and flute is sure to put our audience in the holiday spirit!
Tickets and info:

Lampson Cable Bridge Run - December 17

The 38th Annual Lampson Cable Bridge Run will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  All three races will be started by Santa himself at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Registration for the Cable Bridge Run ends December 16, 2016. Don't forget to show up early at the Benton County Fairgrounds parking lot to catch the shuttle!
Important Reminders:
* Registration Deadline – Wednesday, December 14, 2016
* Last Chance Registration (a $5 late fee will be assessed) - ONE DAY ONLY: Friday, December 16, 2016 from 12-7 p.m. only, at the Neil F. Lampson Office Building, 607 E. Columbia Dr., Kennewick.  Credit Cards only!
Please Note: There will be no shuttles transporting participants back to the starting line after the race. If you have someone picking you up at the finish (2300 East Crane St.), they need to arrive at the building no later than 8:15 a.m. and will not be able to leave until the 5K/10K race course is clear (approx. 10:30 a.m.).  
Info & Registration:

Make the Season Jolly, Help Santa Fill the Trolley - December 17

Toyota Arena Parking Lot – next to the Three Rivers Transit Center
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please come out to help Santa fill one of Ben Franklin Transit's trolleys to the brim with non-perishable food donations for area foodbanks. Explore our new trolley and show your holiday spirit by helping local families in need. Bring the whole family and your camera to take a picture with Santa.

Area foodbanks say protein is the most expensive and needed food item and suggest canned stews, meats (chicken or tuna) and peanut butter. Additional items requested include:
• Sugar – 5 pound bags
• Flour – 5 pound bags
• Rice – 1 pound bags
• Beans – 1 pound bags
• Dried Peas – 1 pound bags
• Instant Mashed Potatoes
• Hamburger Helper
• Tuna Helper
• Mac & Cheese
• Canned Fruit – all types
• Vegetables – Corn, Peas, Beans, Mixed Vegetables
• Soup
• Baby Food
• Evaporated or Powdered Milk
• Jell-O
• Cereal
• Cake Mix

PetSmart Adoption Event - December 17

PetSmart, 6801 W. Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Adoptable pets are looking for furever homes from numerous local agencies. Also, featuring a Santa photo fundraiser for CARE.
PetSmart is dedicated to finding homes for homeless pets in our area by working with various animal shelter organizations in the Tri-Cities.

31st Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 17

Road 44 to Burden Boulevard and Road 36 to Yuma Street in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Several homes are decorated for the holidays with colored lights and other decorations and driveways will be lined with the luminarias. Santa will be making his annual stop as well!

The neighborhoods participating in the annual luminaria are generally along Road 44 to Burden Boulevard, from Road 36 to Yuma Street. Visitors can either drive slowly through the neighborhoods or park at, and take a leisurely walk.

Project Fill the Bus: Donate non-perishable food items for 2nd Harvest. The bus is located at McGee Elementary on Horizon Drive.

Steel Drum and Marimba Christmas Concert - December 17

Richland High School, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5 presale or $7.50 at the door.

The Tri-Cities Steel Band Association (TCSBA) proudly presents the 21st Annual TCSBA Christmas Concert. This is an event you don't want to miss, featuring music from our four performing bands, a bake sale, huge silent auction, and raffle prizes. Performances from marimba bands 'Bahuru and 'Baduku, and from steel drum bands OK2Botay and Bram Bratá. You'll hear a nice mix of African, Caribbean, Top 40, and Christmas tunes.

Home for Christmas Concert - December 18

Toyota Center in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 to $20

The Home for Christmas Concert is an annual event put together by Monte Ingersoll and friends to help welcome in the Christmas season.

The Home for Christmas Concert will begin at 4 p.m. but join us in front of the Toyota Center beginning at 2 p.m. for hot dogs, hot chocolate, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa!

Thanks to the generosity of our show sponsors, the ticket proceeds from this year's performance will benefit the Kennewick Police Department's Community Care Fund and Grace Clinic.

Tickets are available at the Toyota Center ticket office, online at Ticketmaster or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. You can also purchase tickets at The Living Room Church, 1409 S. Garfield in Kennewick.

Holiday Lighted Homes in the Tri-Cities

Here are a couple of the dozen or so lighted homes in the Tri-Cities that you can visit until New Year's Day.

Christmas Carol Lane in Kennewick
65 homes are lit up this year at Christmas Carol Lane which is between West 23rd and 26th Avenues and South Kent and Garfield streets, near Canyon View Elementary School in Kennewick. Lights, decorations and oversized music boards are on display nightly starting about 6 p.m., when most neighbors have turned on their lights.

House on Christmas Street
653 N 58th Ave. in West Richland
Go out Van Giesen, right on Grosscup and left on Grey Street. 58th will be your first left off Grey. Tune your radio to 89.5 FM.

20,000 lights dancing with 31 different Christmas songs. All hand programmed, meaning each time the lights change someone programmed it to do that. It is not generated by a computer. Enjoy from the comfort of your warm car as you can listen with your car radio.

The Showalter Christmas Light Display
1300 Alla Vista St. in Richland

2016 represents the seventh year of the Showalter Christmas Light Display. Come enjoy a variety of old and new songs - such as the Snowman Medley, Linus and Lucy (from Charlie Brown), and even the WSU Fight Song - all synced with Christmas lights. Simply tune in to 89.5 FM when you are in front of the house.

Christmas with the Logans
6703 W Olivia Ct. in Pasco

The home of John and Debbie Logan is adorned with over 10000 LED lights. They have been going all out with their light display for the past 20 years. Their light display is featured in the current issue of Living TC:

Senske Light Show
19400 N. Quay St. In Kennewick

We put up more than 340,000 holiday lights in an animated display open to the public. Park nearby and tune your radio to 100.1 FM. The show runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly.


Tri-City Herald Holiday Lights Map
View the Tri-City Herald Holiday Lights Map to find lighted homes that you can tour until New Year's Day:
Have you spent days or weeks getting your holiday lights display ready? Send a photo or short video to the Herald, and they will include it in their annual online map for readers to plan their viewing excursions. The form to submit photos or videos is at:

Holiday Cruises

Water2Wine Cruises LLC, 458c Columbia Point Dr. in Richland

Have a "holly, jolly Christmas" aboard our private, luxury yacht for a holiday celebration on the Columbia River. Share the holidays with family and friends from near and far.

Upcoming cruises:
December 17 - Wine & Dine with Desert Winds Winery
December 18 - Family Sunday Brunch Cruise
December 20 - Family Holiday Dinner Cruise

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.

The Automatic Ephemeral Art Show Reception - January 6
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$2 suggested donation

An art show opening reception for Cameron & Kathryn Mills -
New mixed media paintings, collages, weavings, sculptures exploring subjects like the DAPL protest in Standing Rock and prison labor in the South. Come out and see our new work. Collaborative audio/visual performance featuring live music from local band V.H.S. digital projection by Cameron & Kathryn. Wine pouring by Miss Rhoda’s Wine Garden. Cookies. The art show runs through January 15.


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.

Upcoming Events:
December 16: Reindeer at the Carousel
December 17: Brunch with Santa


LIGO Public Tours - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each Month

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 is now available.
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:

This guide has been described as "An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations."

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If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration. 

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