January 21, 2017
Published: January 21, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of January 23-29, 2017:
  • Ivar Husa Bird Photographer - January 24
  • Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference - January 25
  • Halfway to Thunder - January 25
  • The Rude Mechanicals production "Julius Caesar" - January 26-28
  • LIGO Public Tours - January 27
  • Battelle Film Club - "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" - January 27
  • Tri-Cities Family Expo - January 27 & 28
  • Tri-City Americans Games - January 27 & 28
  • Richland Players production "Our Lady of the Tortilla" - January 27-29
  • 3rd Annual Shop Hop! - January 28
  • Washington Shining Star Pageant - January 28
  • The Barnard Griffin Dog Adoption Event - January 28
  • Buy Local, Give Local (Benefit for Benton Franklin Humane Society) - January 28
  • Year of the Rooster Spring Festival Gala - January 28
  • 2nd Annual Guns and Hoses Hockey Game - January 28
  • Camerata Musica concert -  The Byrd Ensemble - January 28
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony concert - Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony - January 29
  • The Scarlet Room Foundation concert - Martin Sexton Live - January 29 (Sold Out)
  • 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
  • The REACH Museum
  • Nightlife Music
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Ivar Husa Bird Photographer - January 24

Kennewick First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

During the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society monthly meeting, Ivar Husa will share a photo safari of a Bateman Bird Walk in pleasant weather, then follow that up with actual winter bird photography from the McNary National Wildlife Refuge complete with ice and snow. Come enjoy the show from the comfort of a warm room. View photographs of Tundra Swans and Mallards, herons and hawks!

If you can’t make our monthly meeting January 24th, then do try to make it to McNary’s Winter Bird Festival February 11, 2017 where Ivar will present his talk: Winter Birds at 9 a.m.
Info: http://www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org/

Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference - January 25

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $125 (call the
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce at 509-736-0510 to register)

The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is a one-day powerhouse event that brings together accomplished female leaders, corporate executives, business owners and young professionals to share insights, exchange ideas and empower their careers.

Since the inaugural event in 2012, it has grown to be Eastern Washington's largest career and professional development event for women, boasting two keynote presentations, morning seminars, six afternoon workshops and a wine social to end the day. In addition, the event brings in over 300 all-day conference attendees, 500-600 luncheon attendees and 30 exhibitor booths!
Info: http://web.tricityregionalchamber.com/events/TriCities-Women-in-Business-Conference-1730/details

Halfway to Thunder - January 25

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend

Celebrating Halfway to Thunder on the Island with Groove Principal! Join us in our 4th floor ballroom for free live music, order your food and beverages favorites from the Crow's Nest staff! Thunder on the Island Summer Concert Series will start again June 14 and every Wednesday through August 16.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661736320790417/

The Rude Mechanicals production "Julius Caesar" - January 26-28

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Performances: January 26-28 at 7 p.m., January 28 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.
Info & Tickets: http://www.rmtheatre.org/

LIGO Public Tours - January 27

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

Battelle Film Club - "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" - January 27

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

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush.

As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.
Rating: NR (for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language)
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Battelle-Film-Club-196295907061780/

Tri-Cities Family Expo - January 27 & 28

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission Prices: Adults (18-64) $5.00, Seniors (65 + older) $3.00, Military with ID $3.00, Kids (3-17) $3.00 - note: monster truck rides are an extra $5

The annual Tri-Cities Family Expo is back with 100+ vendors with products and services for kids and their families! Monster Truck rides, photos with a baby tiger! Interactive, hands on activities, live entertainment, Ronald McDonald... and a Walk on the Wild Side will be bringing in small animals and reptiles!

Crazy Hats: Put on your whimsical hat and come see all the fun hats! Don't have one? That's okay! We'll have a place for you to make your own on the spot!
Monster Truck Ride Schedule: Friday - begins at 2 p.m., Saturday - 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Info: http://www.tcfamilyexpo.com/home.html

Tri-City Americans Games - January 27 & 28

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 Seattle Thunderbirds on January 27 and the Spokane Chiefs on January 28. So come out and cheer them on!
Promotions: http://amshockey.com/ticket-promotions/
Info: http://www.amshockey.com/

Richland Players production "Our Lady of the Tortilla" - January 27-29

Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway in Richland
January 27 & 28 at 8 p.m., January 29 at 2 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: February 3 & 4 at 8 p.m., February 5 at 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets: http://www.richlandplayers.org/

3rd Annual Shop Hop! - January 28

White Bluffs Quilt Museum, 294 Torbett St. in Richland
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Grab your $5 passport, a doughnut or two and some coffee. Fill your car with friends to visit 13 local shops starting at 9:00 a.m. where you will receive discounts and smiles. At 4:30 p.m. return to White Bluffs for show and tell, door prizes and refreshments.

The White Bluffs Quilt Museum is both a museum and a support organization for all the quilting, weaving, spinning and basketry guilds and groups located in Eastern Washington State. Visitors are always welcome
Info: http://www.whitebluffscenter.org/

Washington Shining Star Pageant - January 28

Bethel Church, 270 N Gap Rd in Prosser
10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

This is not your ordinary beauty pageant… Instead of focusing on a person's outer beauty we want to emphasize an individual's abilities. Our pageant is open to girls from kindergarten through age 30 who have physical challenges and/or mental handicaps. We want each girl to have a positive experience, gain confidence and leave with memories that will last a lifetime!

There are several parts to the pageant; formal wear, introduction, theme wear, and on stage question. Each girl is assigned a back stage buddy so that family members can sit back and enjoy the show. Registration requires completion of a couple of forms and a $25 pageant fee. Volunteers are also needed.
Info: http://www.shiningstarpageantwa.com/

The Barnard Griffin Dog Adoption Event - January 28

Barnard Griffin Winery, 878 Tulip Ln. in Richland
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Note: please Do Not bring your own dog to the tasting room - instead spend an afternoon falling in love with pups that need a home!

This Dog Adoption Event is Barnard Griffin's way to support the 'Buy Local, Give Local' program of the Tri-Cities. The guests are requested to bring a donation for the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Control Services. Donations can be in the form of money, collars and leashes, towels, blankets or food. In return, donors will receive a complimentary tasting and some discounts at Barnard Griffin Tasting Room and Restaurant.

During this event, the guests will have the chance to meet the Animal Shelter's cutest pets, which they can also adopt. Barnard Griffin will take donations for the whole month of January. Don't miss this chance to provide help for the animals and enjoy great stuff from Barnard Griffin!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/585391904984150/

Buy Local, Give Local (Benefit for Benton Franklin Humane Society) - January 28

Tucannon Cellars, 40504 N Demoss Rd. in Benton City
From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

At Tucannon Cellars this year we will be waiving all tasting fees and offering a 10% discount on any purchase for anyone bringing in a donation item, or cash donation, to the Benton Franklin Humane Society. Donation Items include dog/cat toys, paper towels, dry erase board with markers and other office supplies.

Bring in your furry-friend or their adoption papers to double the discount and enjoy our Tucannon Wine Club benefits for the whole day!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1189576131097625/

Year of the Rooster Spring Festival Gala - January 28

Chief Joseph Middle School Auditorium, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Performance at 4 p.m. - free for everyone
Buffet after performance: $10/adult, $5/child (free for members)

The Tri-Cities Chinese American Association is holding their annual spring festival gala that will feature dance and music performances followed by a dinner buffet. The community is welcome to attend.
Info: http://www.tccaa.org/

2nd Annual Guns and Hoses Hockey Game - January 28

Toyota Arena (Community Rink) in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 per adult ($3 from each ticket sold goes to charity)

The Tri-City Outlaws are proud to present the second annual Guns and Hoses Hockey Game. Police and Firefighters from around the Tri-City area will be competing against each other not only for bragging rights but to raise money!

Following this matchup the Tri-City Outlaws Junior Hockey Club will then be taking on the visiting Eugene Generals in a USPHL matchup. The Outlaws will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit both charities. $3 from every ticket sale is going to be given back to that groups respected charity.

Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office or you can purchase your tickets on game day at the Toyota Arena. Doors open one hour before the game time.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/560877267445196

Camerata Musica concert - The Byrd Ensemble - January 28

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: free but patrons (those who donate $100 or more for the season) receive priority seating

The Byrd Ensembleis a Seattle-based vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of chamber vocal music. Since 2004, the ensemble has performed medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern music on an international stage.

Evening Program - Flemish Music for the House of Habsburg:
The peak of one of Europe’s most extraordinary ruling dynasties coincided with the flourishing musical climate of the 16th century. This program features Flemish music associated with monarchs Maximilian I and Charles V.
About The Byrd Ensemble: http://www.byrdensemble.com/
Info: http://cameratamusica.com/the-byrd-ensemble.html

Mid-Columbia Symphony concert - Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony - January 29

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 3 p.m.
Admission: Conductor Circle Adult $55, Gold Adult $45, Silver Adult $27, Student Silver ticket $15 - plus $1.25 fee per ticket

Join the Mid-Columbia Symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire—including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and The Seasons.

The program will also include Borodin's Polovtsian Dances featuring the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.
Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=2
Info: http://www.midcolumbiasymphony.org/

The Scarlet Room Foundation concert - Martin Sexton Live - January 29 (Sold Out)

The Scarlet Room, 2820 N Road 72 in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: $23 per ticket (purchase online) or $25 at the door - this is a drug/alcohol free event, open to all-ages.

The Scarlet Room Foundation presents Martin Sexton Live with Special Guest Brady Goss in a fundraiser show -

Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early 90's. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex, and in numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.

This is a fundraiser show for The Scarlet Room Foundation for the Arts which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded with the mission to provide support, guidance, and professional level production to the hardworking independent artists who can't afford it on their own.

The Scarlet Room began in 2014 as a concept by local musician and frontman of the nationally touring rock group, Night Argent, Chase "Manhattan" Thompson with the support and guidance of his father Roland Thompson.
Info & Tickets: http://thescarletroomfoundation.com/new-events/martinsextonlive

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.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA): http://aka1908.com/farwestern and https://www.facebook.com/AKAFarWestern/

Community Education - Winter/Spring Registration

Kennewick 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!
Info: https://www.ksd.org/District/Programs-and-Learning/Community-Education

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.
Info: http://www.desertfiberarts.org/

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
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. 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.
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
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.
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
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

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.

Upcoming events:
  • 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.
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

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 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.

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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