- MLK Bell-Ringing - January 16
- Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - January 16
- Presentation - Visual Analytics: Storytelling through Human-Centered Design - January 17
- Northwest Hay Expo - January 18 & 19
- Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame - January 19
- Columbia Basin Badger Club: Panel Discussion - January 19
- Presentation - White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality - January 19 (Note: cancelled)
- Broadway Series: ONCE - January 19
- The Rude Mechanicals production "Julius Caesar" - January 19-21
- Don't Panic - State of the Union - January 20
- Tri-City Americans Games - January 20 & 21
- Richland Players production "Our Lady of the Tortilla" - January 20 & 21
- Sportsman Show - January 20-22
- ACT production "The Best of Bette" - January 20-22
- Polar Plunge for Special Olympics - January 21
- Creativi-TEA - January 21
- Benton-Franklin Humane Society (BFHS) - Annual Crab Feed - January 21
- Heart For The Fatherless Alongside Fundraising - A Night Of Wishes 2017 - January 21 (Note: postponed until February 25)
- 3 Rivers Folklife Concert featuring Tracy Spring - January 21
- Winter Clothing Drive - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Service Project
- Community Education - Winter/Spring Registration
- Art & Other Exhibits
- Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
- Gesa Carousel of Dreams
- LIGO Public Tours
- The REACH Museum
- Nightlife Music
- Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
- Submit Your Community Event
MLK Bell-Ringing - January 16King Statue at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th in Pasco
From 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Free to attend
Join us for the 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Bell-ringing Ceremony at the King statue on the CBC Pasco campus. There will be music, activities for the kids, the awarding of the annual Martin Luther King Spirit Award and fellowship. The keynote speaker will be local poet, Jordan Chaney.
Diversity Arts and Crafts activities will be facilitated by AmeriCorps members following the ceremony. AmeriCorps Members will staff a booth with multi-cultural crafts for children to enjoy and take home.
Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - January 16
Note: free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Presentation - Visual Analytics: Storytelling through Human-Centered Design - January 17Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend
Russ Burtner will talk about visual analytic research currently under development at PNNL. He will present on Human-Centered Design methodology, a process in which the needs, wants and limitations of product users are considered at each stage of the design process. Additionally, he will discuss technical trends that will impact visual analytics in the next 5 to 10 years.
Northwest Hay Expo - January 18 & 19Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Registration: $140-$350 for membership dues and conference and $95 for non-members
The Northwest Hay Expo is the premier agricultural show in the Pacific Northwest. Come and listen to our keynote speaker, Damian Mason, present about food, fuel, and fiber in an engaging and humorous banter. Walk around and talk with industry professionals during the trade show and participate in industry specific presentations and panels.
Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame - January 19Pasco Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th in Pasco
Reception @ 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program @ 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65 in advance, call (509) 547-9755
The Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame was formed in Year 2000 to recognize and honor distinguished individuals that have made significant contributions to the agricultural community in the Greater Franklin County region and its immediate surrounding areas.
Candidates are recognized by their peers for not only their dedication, generosity, and selflessness, but also their demonstrated achievements, noteworthy expertise, and creative innovations that often provide a legacy of impactful results and lasting benefit to the overall enhancement of the local agricultural industry and community at large.
Columbia Basin Badger Club: Panel Discussion - January 19Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $30 - must pre-register (members free)
Join the Columbia Basin Badger Club for dinner at their annual meeting and a panel discussion about internment and Minidoka and our history.
It's been nearly 75 years since 120,000 people of Japanese heritage were imprisoned as a result of racist wartime hysteria. It took decades for the U.S. Government to acknowledge their wrongdoing and Americans are still coming to terms with this black mark on our nation's history.
Info & Registration: http://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=392306&item_id=589373
Presentation - White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality - January 19 (Note: cancelled)Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
Note this presentation has been postponed!
A presentation by Teresa Ciabattari -
Conversations about racial inequality usually focus on the disadvantages faced by people of color in American society. But there is another side to this inequality: privilege - the advantages that white people experience because of their race.
Sociology professor Teresa Ciabattari leads an interactive conversation that explores what white privilege is, discusses a variety of examples of privilege for individuals and institutions, and provides tools for learning how to address it. Participants will gain knowledge and resources to foster inclusion and racial justice in their own communities.
Broadway Series: ONCE - January 19Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 pm.
Tickets: $20-$70 plus fees
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.
As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never let's go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.
Info & Tickets: http://broadwayatthetoyotacenter.com/once/
The Rude Mechanicals production "Julius Caesar" - January 19-21
Performances: January 19-21 at 7 p.m., January 21 at 2 p.m.
Tickets- Groundling: $5, Adult: $18, Student/Senior/Teacher/Military: $15, Royal Gallery: $50, Backstage Pass: $10
Directed by Ellicia Elliott and Emily Richman, this new 90 minute adaptation by American regional theatre director Amanda Denhert made its premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2011. The Rude Mechanicals will be the first theatre company to produce this adaptation, after its premiere at OSF.
This adaptation shortens the story to around 90 minutes and sets the story in a post-modern world. The production includes multiple gender-neutral roles, as well as a female Caesar. Miriam Kerzner, a local college professor, portrays Julius Caesar with a powerful confidence that leads to her downfall orchestrated by Brutus (Patrick Killoran) and Cassius (Anna Newbury). The loyal and dedicated Mark Antony (Geoff Elliott) takes matters into his own hands to seek revenge on those that assassinated his dear friend, Caesar.
Please note: The play contains adult themes including staged violence. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Future dates: January 26-28
Info & Tickets: http://www.rmtheatre.org/
Don't Panic - State of the Union - January 20Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9 pm.
Free to attend
In these times of change, there are waves of uncertanty and fear over the direction we will go as a people. Will we lose all that we have work so hard for? Will our leaders lift us up to great heights, or leave us in the lurch? Will our children feel the loss of principals, and the shame of having to hide there true selves. Will we stand strong in or convictions or join the herd?
Confluent Space will gather some of the best poets, local artists, and musicians for this event. They will feature some of their works which reflect their fears and hopes for the country. These artists will be comprised of Dustin White, Felicia Follum, Michael Nemo and many others. Don't miss it!
Tri-City Americans Games - January 20 & 21Toyota 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 Kootenay ICE on January 20 and the Everett Silvertips on January 21.
Richland Players production "Our Lady of the Tortilla" - January 20 & 21Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors/Students/Military
It's one wild weekend for the Hispanic American Cruz family. A son brings his college girlfriend home only to find the family in a state of pandemonium which culminates in the miraculous appearance of the Holy Virgin on a glowing tortilla. The family struggles with belief and conflicts past and present as their home is surrounded by a horde of reporters and miracle seekers. In this clever and hilarious comedy, a family learns that the real miracle is that of enduring family love.
Future dates: January 27 & 28 and February 3 & 4 at 8 p.m., January 29 and February 5 at 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets: http://www.richlandplayers.org/
Sportsman Show - January 20-22TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Exhibit hours: Friday from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
General Admission - Adults: $9.00, Children 6-12: $4.50, Children under 6: Free
Special Admission - Friday Seniors 60+: $4.50, Sunday Kids' Day: $1.00 off admission for children 6-12
Members of Military - Show your military ID and receive $1.00 off admission (w/ID)
For outdoor men, women, and children from throughout the region, TRAC will be filled with the latest in outdoor equipment, a trophy antler collection from the Northwest, kid's fishing pond, free air rifle range, free hourly hunting and fishing seminars, retriever demonstrations, and more!
This year's show returns with the Indoor 3-D Archery Shoot, which has proved very popular and will again be set up and sponsored by Colyak Bowhunters. Back by popular demand will be the Outdoor Cooking Camp hosted by Cee Dub Welch.
Exhibitors include retail merchants, factory reps, outdoor clubs and organizations, taxidermists, wildlife art, fishing boats, and fishing and hunting guides who will be available to help you plan your vacations. Door prizes will be given away hourly and the first 150-200 people through the door each day will also receive a bonus prize.
ACT production "The Best of Bette" - January 20-22Academy of Children's Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Performances: January 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m., January 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25 per person
Back by popular demand! ACT will be showcasing the blockbuster original production of "The Best of Bette… A Tribute to the Divine Miss M." Written by Cathy Kelly with musical arrangements by Steve Haberman, the show stars Cathy Kelly in the title role.
Musical accompanists to Ms. Kelly will be 7-Wheel Drive as well as vocalists Kimber Keel and Trish Thompson. The evening will pay tribute to the Divine Miss M by replicating her infamous stage show and reprising her long list of popular songs. All proceeds from the show will benefit ACT’s theatre expansion project.
Info & Tickets: http://www.academyofchildrenstheatre.org/
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics - January 21Columbia Park, 5111 Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
What's cooler than being cool? ICE COLD!
This winter, take your support of Special Olympics to new depths by signing up for one of the coolest events of the 2017. Whether you're looking to dip your toes or make a big splash, you'll be a true Below Zero Hero in the lives of the Special Olympic Athletes you’ll be supporting!
To plunge, you only need to raise $50. That's it. But why stop there? Every dollar raised, whether $75, $150, $500, or $1000, makes a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities right here in Washington. And that's a really cool thing.
The Polar Plunge is a fundraising effort organized by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
Creativi-TEA - January 21Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 1 p.m. - 4 pm.
Admission: $45.00 for Allied Arts Association members and $50 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available in the Gallery.
Presenting "Creativi-Tea" at The Gallery at the Park! Join us for a unique experience where one of our local artists, Felicia Follum, will teach you how to create a beautiful watercolor painting for an original card.
The Gallery will be transformed into a tea parlor, courtesy of Sprynkles LLC, where after the lesson, you will be treated to tasty treats traditionally served at a tea party, such as tea sandwiches, scones and small desserts – and tea, of course!
Benton-Franklin Humane Society (BFHS) - Annual Crab Feed - January 21St. Joseph's Parish, 520 S Garfield St. in Kennewick
From 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tickets: $45 (pre sale + fees) per person or $50 at the door, $12 (pre sale + fees) or $15 per crabby kid (under 12) at the door
It's that time of year again! BFHS' biggest and most tasty fundraiser!
Fresh caught just for us Dungeness crab along with all the usual fixins. Pasta Alfredo for those that don't like seafood (say what?!), coleslaw, garlic bread, lemonade bar, local micro brews from Ice Harbor, wine and the almost as popular as crab: home made berry shortcakes... yes, we go there!
Not to mention: raffles, balloon pop, music and a license to pound things with your very own wooden mallet!
Heart For The Fatherless Alongside Fundraising - A Night Of Wishes 2017 - January 21 (Note: postponed until February 25)Hello everyone, unfortunately, due to the weather, we are having to postpone this event. The event is being moved to February 25th, 2017, at the same place and time. We hope more of you can join us and that the weather will cooperate a little more for us to enjoy this special time together!
Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities Outdoor Amphitheater, 10611 West Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Purchase a Lantern Package online: $10 small, $20 medium, $30 large (plus service fees)
A Night of Wishes 2017... A wonderful family event in which we will light up the Tri Cities' Sky with hundreds of Chinese lanterns. You won't want to miss this awesome spectacle and time of fellowship so come and celebrate the Chinese New Year with us and help support a local family in the process of adopting. This event will include pre-launch entertainment, a fortune cookie raffle for a large prize, refreshments, and items to purchase for the kids including getting their name written on a grain of rice!
This event is sponsored by Heart For the Fatherless--Alongside Fundraising, a local non-profit adoption ministry. All proceeds will go to support a local family in the process of adopting!
Lantern packages can be purchased online:
3 Rivers Folklife Concert featuring Tracy Spring - January 21Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14, $12 seniors and students - in advance at The Bookworm and Octopus' Garden, or at the door.
Tracy Spring has won multiple regional awards for her singing and songwriting. She displays a style all her own while combining blues, swing, old R and B, jazz, and folk. Spring lives in Bellingham, Washington and is a fourth generation Washingtonian. She is a seasoned performer, known for her compelling vocals and versatile guitar playing in folk venues and festivals throughout North America and Australia.
About Tracy Spring: http://tracyspring.com/
Winter Clothing Drive - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Service ProjectThe Ladies of Psi Nu Omega (PNO) Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Inc., based in the Tri-Cities, will sponsor a Seasonal Wrap Drive for our 2017 MLK Service Project.
PNO will collect winter gear during the entire month of January. We ask that you donate gently used or new hats, gloves, and/or new socks for youth in Foster Care in the Tri-Cities. Starting January 6th, a collection bin for the items will be located at the Richland Community Center - 500 Amon Park Road.
For more details about the event, please send an email to Ashley Jenkins at email@example.com. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA): http://aka1908.com/farwestern and https://www.facebook.com/AKAFarWestern/
Community Education - Winter/Spring RegistrationKennewick Community Education has a long tradition of providing the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas with personal and professional development classes for everyone in our community.
Class offerings include language, crafts, arts, health, gardening, travel, music, business, finance, technology, and more. Also, over 300 online classes are available to make learning more accessible than ever before.
Winter/Spring 2017 registration is open! Browse 90+ classes, workshops and lectures to connect with others with shared interests, talents and desire to learn more. Enrich your life!
Art & Other Exhibits
Desert Fiber Arts Exhibit through January 28
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
The Desert Fiber Arts Guild will be exhibiting their work during the month of January. The featured artist this year is Christine Simonen, designer/weaver of tapestries, rugs, and felter.
Cyber Art 509 Exhibit through February 3
Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College in Pasco
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday
Artwork by the online artists cooperative Cyber Art 509 will be on exhibit and will include 2-D and 3-D pieces in a variety of media and styles. For more information about Cyber Art 509, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Cyber-Art-509-147189792035364.
Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.
Exhibits at 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
The Columbian Mammoth Discovery -
At the Columbian Mammoth Discovery 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.
Tri-Cities, Hanford and the Cold War Exhibit -
The Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works played a crucial role in ending WWII. This exhibit explores the monumental effort to create and deploy a massive secret weapons project and its role in the creation of what became the atomic era. Check out the Berlin Wall, take a trip along I-90, and listen to the Tri-Citians who were here for it all.
Bechtel National Planetarium ShowsThe 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:
- January 20: Oasis In Space at 7 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! at 8 p.m.
- January 21: Dynamic Earth at 2 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun at 3 p.m.
Tickets and info: http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=1496 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium
Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/attractions-things-to-do.htm.
Gesa Carousel of Dreams2901-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 - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each MonthLIGO 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.
The REACH Museum1943 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.
- Jewelry Workshop - February 4
- Museum Advocacy Day - February 25
- Ice-Age Floods related tours are taking place again in 2017. The schedule is now available.
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: http://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.
Nightlife MusicTri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities
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.
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out: https://sites.google.com/site/tricitykaraoke/.
Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.
Tri-Cities Washington Guide WebsiteFor 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: http://tri-citiesguide.org.
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