January 1, 2017
Published: January 1, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of January 2-8, 2017:
  • Rollarena Skate Night Fundraiser for My Friend's Place - January 2
  • Eat @ Chipotle and Support Little Lives Matter Small Animal Rescue - January 3
  • Winter Walleye Fishing Tips - January 3
  • Eastern Washington AG Expo - January 3 & 4
  • First Thursday - Art Walk & More! - January 5
  • New Skater and Referee Orientation Night - January 5
  • Moore Mansion's Bride's Night Out - January 6
  • Arenacross and Flat Track Night - January 6 & 7
  • Ride For A Cause - January 7
  • Handbell Concert "Merry & Bright" - January 7
  • Brides 2017 - January 8
  • Parks & Recreation Activity Guides for Winter & Spring
  • Winter Clothing Drive - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Service Project 
  • Art & Other Exhibits (Desert Fiber Arts Exhibit, Cyber Art 509 Exhibit, The Automatic Ephemeral Art Show)
  • 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

Rollarena Skate Night Fundraiser for My Friend's Place - January 2

Rollarena Skating Center, 849 Stevens Dr. in Richland
From Noon-5 p.m and 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $7 admission which includes traditional roller skates.  Two dollars extra for inline rollerblades

All admission and concession proceeds for two public roller skating sessions will be donated to My Friends' Place, a homeless shelter for teenagers. This fundraiser has become a tradition for Rollarena since its 60th anniversary three years ago when all proceeds for that event were donated to this organization. The event is open to all ages.

My Friends' Place, part of the Safe Harbor Organization, is Southeastern Washington's first safe overnight sanctuary for homeless teens. My Friends' Place is currently providing immediate basic human survival needs for youth on the streets. It provides warm meals, showers, laundry, and a safe place to rest, for youth ages 13 through 17.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/my.friends.place.kennewick/


Eat @ Chipotle and Support Little Lives Matter Small Animal Rescue - January 3

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1102 N Columbia Center Blvd., Ste. C in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Little Lives Matter Small Animal Rescue. Bring the flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to make sure 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Little Lives Matter Small Animal Rescue.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1196045897117841/


Winter Walleye Fishing Tips - January 3

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

At the Richland Rod & Gun Club's monthly meeting, Dave Hedden, owner of Hedden Northwest Sport Fishing, will give a talk on winter walleye fishing tips. Dave won the 2012 Columbia River Circuit Angler of the Year award.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/RichlandRodandGunClub

Eastern Washington AG Expo - January 3 & 4

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Admission: $6 at the door to attend or bring a can a food for a $1.00 off (Help Les Schwab and 2nd Harvest FILL the FOOD BANK after the Holiday Season!)

The 2017 Eastern Washington AG Expo will feature:

  • OVER 100 exhibitors showcasing all aspects of the Ag Industry 
  • Pesticide re-certification credits both in Spanish and English 
  • 5th Installment of Baker Boyer series - "Family Legacies Grown Locally" 
  • 7th Annual Lyle Holt Scholarship Competition 
  • Hands on livestock handling demonstrations in the Arena Hall 
  • Rascal Rodeo on Monday, January 2 from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. 
  • Follow the Food - showcasing samples of locally grown food 
  • Precision Ag Day - Wednesday January 4 will focus on all the latest and greatest in Precision Agriculture
Info: http://www.easternwaagexpo.com/

First Thursday - Art Walk & More! - January 5

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: https://www.facebook.com/kennewickartwalk and https://www.facebook.com/1st-Thursday-Kennewick-138718979799647/


New Skater and Referee Orientation Night - January 5

Kennewick Activity Center, 304 W 6th Ave. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

This event is open to Women and Men who are interested in skating with our women's only team (Atomic City Roller Girls), coed team or to Referee. We will be talking about what you can expect from our Fresh Meat Program, as well as what to expect when you are ready to join the team officially.

You'll get a chance to meet skaters, try on what will be your loaner gear for the first month of the program, and ask any questions you may have. Please note – while we accept all skating abilities, you do need to be steady and stable on your skates before beginning our Fresh Meat Program!

Note: the entrance to the basement gym in the Activity Center is down the ramp from the parking lot off Dayton Street (the Kennewick High side of the building).
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/214539682332619/


Moore Mansion's Bride's Night Out - January 6

Moore Mansion, 200 N Road 34 in Pasco
From 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend

All upcoming brides and grooms and wedding planners are invited to join the Moore Mansion's Bride's Night Out. This is a free event where the guests get to meet some of the best wedding professionals. The most credible personalities in the field of catering, wines, photography, floral and cake will be at the venue to willingly answer all the guests' queries. This event will also feature group tours inside the Moore Mansion, including its Pavilion and grounds.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1390433690986991/


Arenacross and Flat Track Night - January 6 & 7

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
January 6: Arenacross Night - January 7: Flat Track Night
Doors Open 6:30 p.m. both nights, Show Starts 7:30 p.m. both nights
- Advanced Prices: General Admission Adult 13+: $17, General Admission Child 4-12: $12, Reserved Seating All Ages: $19
- Day of Prices: General Admission Adult 13+: $19, General Admission Child 4-12: $14, Reserved Seating All Ages: $21
- Kids under 3 are free (If the child is going to be in the VIP section the child must be in a lap)

WHR Motor Sports brings two evenings of racing: Arenacross on Friday and Flat Track Night on Saturday. There will also be a Freestyle Motocross Exhibition featuring X-Nights Winner and Nitro Circus Live Rider James Carter along with 20 time XGames medalest Nate "The Destroyer" Adams.

Ticket locations: Kennewick Ranch and Home, Box Office (day off showing), and Online
Flyer: http://www.traconline.com/event-attachment/Flyer%20for%20Website-%20ArenaCross.pdf
Info: http://www.traconline.com/event-calendar-details.php?event_id=902


Ride For A Cause - January 7

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 a ride and any extra donations are welcome

Desert Valley Powersports and Clover Island Inn are teaming up to raise money for Soroptimist international. We invite the watersports community and their families to brave the temperatures of the Columbia river in the winter for a fun day of waterskiing, wakeboarding, and Wakesurfing behind a brand new Nautique and all for a cause.

If you just want to watch from the warmth, Clover Island Inn will be opening up the crows nest lounge for viewing. Your donations will be going to help women and girls in our community for a chance at a better life. We will be providing some select sizes of dry suits to use during your run. Please call Chris Denchel at Desert Valley Powersports (509-643-1850) to reserve a time slot to ride.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/702631023248030


Handbell Concert "Merry & Bright" - January 7

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 suggested donation, K-12 students free

Bells of the Desert will be performing a repeat of their annual holiday handbell concert "Merry & Bright." 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1667742689926447/

Brides 2017 - January 8

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $15 - pre-registration is encouraged!

A unique bridal event! Upscale intimacy and focus on personal attention to each bride and her guests makes BRIDES 2017 the "must-attend" bridal show in the region. Bridal vendors from throughout the Mid-Columbia gather at BRIDES 2017 making it easy for brides to consider their options in an elegant boutique-style format that must be experienced.

Fashion Shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. -
Breathtaking gowns and stunning formal wear highlight captivating fashion shows by Imbue, LLC and Dan Burns' 3-D Productions during Brides. Complimentary delicacies are served to all guests during the shows.
Info, registration, and tickets: http://bridestricities.com/


Parks & Recreation Activity Guides for Winter & Spring


The Parks & Recreation Activity Guides for January - April 2017 have been published for Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. You can now view them online:


Winter Clothing Drive - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Service Project

The 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 jenkins2arj@gmail.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/


Art & Other Exhibits 


Desert Fiber Arts Exhibit January 3 - 28
89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Hours:
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. There will be a reception on January 8 from 1-3 p.m. The featured artist this year is Christine Simonen, designer/weaver of tapestries, rugs, and felter.
Info: http://www.desertfiberarts.org/


Cyber Art 509 Exhibit - January 3 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
Free admission

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. There will be a reception at the gallery on January 5 at 6 p.m. For more information about Cyber Art 509, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Cyber-Art-509-147189792035364.

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.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1095627203889829/

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

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.

Info: http://www.visitthereach.org

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.

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: 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 Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Hours:
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.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/gesacarouseldreams

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.
Info: http://www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/informal.html


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: 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!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/tricitycorkfork/


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.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-Cities-JamOpen-Mic-Community-925736630819618/


Tri-Cities Karaoke
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.

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.

Upcoming events:
Workshop: Certified Interpretive Guide Training - January 9-12
The REACH at Barnes & Noble Book Fair - January 14
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

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.
Info: http://www.shopthereach.org/donate.html


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.

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: http://tri-citiesguide.org.

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