January 28, 2017
Published: January 28, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of January 30 - February 5, 2017:
  • Presentation: Tectonics of Washington Rocks! - January 31
  • Documentary - SEED: The Untold Story - January 31
  • Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook - February 1
  • Tri-City Americans Games - February 1 & 4
  • Broadway: Annie - February 3
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Women's & Boys Choir - February 3 & 4
  • Hanford Drama: Seussical the Musical - February 3 & 4
  • All Out 2017 Chamna Hike - February 4
  • Pink Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health – Zumbathon - February 4
  • Living Legends Music & Dance Performance - February 4
  • Annual Chili Cook-Off Benefit - February 4
  • 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

Presentation: Tectonics of Washington Rocks! - January 31

Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
From 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The guest speaker at the Ice Age Floods Institute - Lake Lewis Chapter's monthly meeting is Dr. Chad Pritchard,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Eastern Washington University and co-author of "Washington Rocks."

Pritchard's presentation will explore Washington's rich tectonic and geologic history using a few of the 57 sites from Mountain Press Publishing book, Washington Rocks. Tectonics have controlled Washington's landform for over the 1.45 billion years, setting the stage for the Ice Age floods. Focusing on eastern and central Washington sites from the book he will discuss general plate tectonics, current hypotheses of the geologic structures, and the features that have been preserved in the rock record of our wonderfully diverse state.

The Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI) is an educational nonprofit that was founded in 1995. The Lake Lewis Chapter is based in the Tri-Cities and represents south-central and southeastern Washington and the adjacent areas in Idaho and Oregon.
Info: http://iafi.org/local-chapters/lake-lewis/

Documentary - SEED: The Untold Story - January 31

Kennewick 12, 1380 N Louisiana St. in Kennewick
From 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $11

SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy.
Info & Tickets: https://gathr.us/screening/19041

Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook - February 1

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $85

Join us for the event of 2017! Connect with industry influencers and engage decision makers! Learn about key indicators that will impact your business and career! Find opportunities for you and your business to succeed in 2017!

Kris Johnson, AWB President & CEO, will be kicking off the event! Kris will be discussing the challenges that business will be facing in 2017.
Info & Registration: https://www.tridec.org/2017-tri-cities-regional-economic-outlook/

Tri-City Americans Games - February 1 & 4

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 Everette Silvertips on February 1 and the Medicine Hat Tigers on February 4. So come out and cheer them on!
Promotions: http://amshockey.com/ticket-promotions/
Info: http://www.amshockey.com/

Broadway: Annie - February 3

The Retter & Company Theatre at Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $37 - $82 plus fees

Jam Theatricals and Venuworks are proud to announce the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original.

The production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Tori Bates, an 11-year-old actress from Sarasota, FL, making her tour debut. She most recently starred as Young Josephine in the sold-out run of Josephine at Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Info & Tickets: http://www.yourtoyotacenter.com/events-tickets/details/?event_id=4345

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Women's & Boys Choir - February 3 & 4

Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
February 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m.
February 4 at 3 p.m.
Admission: $22 in advance, $25 at the door, K-12 students free

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers presents "Reconciliation" a joint concert with the Women's Choir and Boys' Choir. Directed by Reginald Unterseher, the Women's Choir will present a program of songs meant to inspire and build a sense of community. The Boys' Choir is led by Kurtis McFadden and JoLyn Glenn.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=mcms

Hanford Drama: Seussical the Musical - February 3 & 4

Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 & $15 - all tickets are reserved seats

UPDATE: Hanford Drama has proudly partnered with The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia to hold a book drive during each of our performances of Seussical The Musical. Please bring your New or Gently Used books when you arrive to our show. For every book donated, patrons will receive a raffle ticket towards a literature basket. Winners drawn at the last performance, need not be present.

Hanford Drama presents the fun, family friendly Seussical the Musical. Join us in a wonderful musical journey through many of Dr. Seuss' famous books.  Follow The Cat in the Hat; watch as Horton finds the Whos on a speck of dust; visit Gertrude, Yertle the Turtle and many more. This whimsical show with few spoken parts, but tons of music will keep young and old on the edge of their seats. Come relive your childhood with Hanford Drama!

Tickets can be purchased at Hanford High School, Black Box foyer (south entrance), Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Adventures Underground bookstore, in the Uptown, 1391 George Washington Way, Richland, during business hours.
Future dates: February 8, 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. and February 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Info: http://hanforddrama.org/on-stage/

All Out 2017 Chamna Hike - February 4

Chamna Natural Preserve, 1200 Carrier Rd. in Richland
From 10 a.m. - Noon

It started two years ago with #OptOutside on Black Friday. Now REI has expanded the campaign to encourage people to get outside every day with #AllOut2017. In support of their campaign Tapteal Greenway is leading a three mile hike in Chamna Natural Preserve. We will meet in the main parking lot at 10:00 a.m. Be prepared for snowy, icy and/or muddy trail conditions.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/602825233246356/

Pink Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health – Zumbathon - February 4

Columbia Basin Racquet Club (CBRC) in Richland
From 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Suggested donation is $10 with proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association and PNO’s Community Programs.

The Ladies of Psi Nu Omega (PNO) Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Inc. will sponsor Pink Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health – Zumbathon. The Zumbathon will be led by certified Zumba instructor, Rob Fyfe.

There will be Door prizes, blood pressure checks, and heart healthy literature will be distributed. Space is limited; to sign up please email Ashley Jenkins at jenkins2arj@gmail.com.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA): http://aka1908.com/farwestern and https://www.facebook.com/AKAFarWestern/

Living Legends Music & Dance Performance - February 4

Richland High School, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Two performances: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 and $12

The Living Legends gives prominence to the cultural heritage of the South Pacific, and the North and South America. This is an extravaganza of music, where dancing and wonderful costumes will also be featured. The group wishes to encourage the audience to pay tribute and support any cultural event and be proud of their heritage.

The Living Legends is comprised of members from the United States, Canada, Pacific Island and South and Central America. These are individuals with Latin American, Native American or Polynesian blood. The costumes that will be used for the performance were created in the regions they represent.
Info & Tickets: https://pam.byu.edu/performance-schedules/?P=upcoming-performances-group

Annual Chili Cook-Off Benefit - February 4

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
From 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person

Nothing sounds better then a warm bowl of chili on a snowy Tri-Cities day! All you can eat chili, cornbread, dessert, plus beer from Ice Harbor Brewery, soft drinks, and wine! Music entertainment will be provided by Juan Fonseca. This is a benefit to support Seattle Children's Hospital uncompensated care.

Note: Seattle Children's operates a clinic in Richland. Your donations of merchandise and patronage at Seattle Children's Kennewick Bargain Boutique (2810 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick) can help ensure that the best medical care will always be available to the children of our region.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-Cities-Childrens-Hospital-Guilds-172446582949650/

Art & Other Exhibits 

Felicia Follum/Empty Bowls - January 31 through February 24
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

Local artist, Felicia Follum, will be exhibiting her work during the month of February. There will be an artist reception on Sunday, February 5, from 1-3 p.m.

Empty Bowls (benefit for Tri-Cities food bank): We at Allied Arts have always believed that art is a benefit for the community. This year we are going to use art to benefit our community in a new and very tangible way. Allied Arts Association is joining the national grassroots movement called "Empty Bowls" to raise money for the Tri-Cities food bank and promote awareness of hunger in our own community and around the world (www.emptybowls.net).

Empty Bowls works through the donations of local artists and community members. Approximately 200 bowls will be sold at the Gallery at the Park in February 2017. The bowls can be various sizes, glazes, styles, functional or decorative. The goal is to use these empty bowls to remind community members about the issue of hunger. Customers can purchase the bowls for a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds from the sale of these bowls will go to the Tri-Cities Food Bank to help with their mission of serving needy people in the area.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/383772261976260/ and http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/

J.K. Rowling Exhibit - February 1 through March 5
Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick

The exhibit, called J.K. Rowling's Magical World, explores the characters, places and powers that make up the wizarding world of the international bestselling author. A ribbon-cutting and opening reception is at 4 p.m. February 1 at the library; 1920s-era costumes (a la "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them") are encouraged!

The event kicks off a month-long celebration which includes the exhibition, "Fantastic Beasts"-themed programs, and a Harry Potter movie marathon. The final program will be A Night at Hogwarts on March 3 at Kennewick library.
Info: https://www.midcolumbialibraries.org/event/jk-rowlings-magical-world-exhibition-ribbon-cutting-opening-reception

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

LIGO Public Tours

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

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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