January 7, 2017
Published: January 7, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of January 9-15, 2017:
  • Workshop: Certified Interpretive Guide Training - January 9-12
  • Presentation: Tectonics of Washington Rocks! - January 10
  • Conference: Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems - January 10 & 11
  • Symposium: New Choral Music & Social Consciousness - January 11
  • Presentation: Hanford History - January 11
  • Class: "Planning your Garden" - January 12
  • Concert: Empowering Silenced Voices 2.0 - January 13
  • The REACH at Barnes & Noble Book Fair - January 14
  • Annihilators (Youth Roller Derby) New Recruit Day - January 14
  • LIGO Public Tour - January 14
  • 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event - January 14
  • Winter Recital featuring Dr. Gayla Blaisdell and Dr. Elaine Ross - January 14
  • Amateur Radio Testing (Upgrades or New Licenses) - January 15
  • Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - January 15 & 16
  • Winter Clothing Drive - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Service Project
  • Community Education - Winter/Spring Registration 
  • Parks & Recreation Activity Guides for Winter & Spring
  • 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

Workshop: Certified Interpretive Guide Training - January 9-12

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Workshop fee: $390 with NAI Certification or $240 without NAI Certification

Interpreters connect visitors to important natural, cultural, and historical resources at parks, nature centers, historical sites, aquariums, zoos, and anywhere that people come to learn about places. National Association for Interpretation (NAI) defines as "a mission-based communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the meanings inherent in the resource."

This 32-hour workshop includes:
- History, definition, and principles of interpretation
- Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevamt, organized, and thematic
- Using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
- Presentation and communication skills
- Certification requirements (50-question literature review; program outline; 10-minute presentation)
- All materials, workbook, and CIG course textbook

Requirements for the CIG Course:
Anyone age 16 or over with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to interpretation may participate. Membership in NAI is not required, but NAI members may pay a discounted fee to participate in the program. You can also elect to take the training without becoming certified. You do not have to be an NAI member to take the training course.

About NAI: http://www.interpnet.com/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183205282137990/

Presentation: Tectonics of Washington Rocks! - January 10

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/

Conference: Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems - January 10 & 11

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Fees: $255 (both days for non-members), $145 (single day for non-members), and $155 for students

Our conference theme this year is "Educating Farmers and Connecting Communities" which has guided our conference committee. We are proud to announce welcoming keynote speaker Cherilyn Nagel, Saskatchewan Farmer and Ag Advocate who will tell her story about the importance of educating communities on farming in the 21st century.

  • We have Dave Brandt a no-till, cover crop, livestock producer from Ohio to inspire us like Gabe Brown did last year, on the potential of a diversified operation.
  • We have renowned soil scientist Elaine Ingham presenting on how to build healthy soil and thought provoking idea of perennial cover crops replacing no-till fallow.
  • Also Curt Livesay on high-yield production strategies; and Andrew Ross helping us understand gluten, falling numbers, and the impact to markets. 
  • We have a full track how to's and benefits of integrating livestock back into the farm. Plus, tons of opportunities to network and learn from other direct seeders, industry experts, and researchers.
If you are thinking about transitioning to direct seed or are a seasoned direct seeder, you will find this conference valuable.
Info and registration: http://www.directseed.org/events/annual-conference/

Symposium: New Choral Music & Social Consciousness - January 11

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend but tickets are required for admission

The purpose of the Symposium on New Choral Music & Social Consciousness is to foster dialogue around current events and social consciousness as a means for building a bridge from the choral art to its audiences.

6:00 p.m. - Reception hosted by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers & Justin Raffa
7:00 p.m. - Program

At the reception, mingle with conductors, composers, singers, and people who share an interest in the performing arts and social justice. We will provide light refreshments and a space for you to network and to meet wonderful like-minded people.

The program will include:

  • a short performance by Chorosynthesis Singers under the direction of Jeremiah Selvey & Wendy Moy, including possible interaction with composers of the work(s) being performed 
  • a panel discussion with professional performers and composers 
  • and a brief informal conversation among artistic directors about the importance of social consciousness in the music we perform.
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2721425
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/538244996384104/

Presentation: Hanford History - January 11

Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

The guest speaker at the monthly Tri-City Genealogical Society Meeting is Robert Franklin, Assistant Archivist with the History of Hanford Project at WSU Tri-City Campus. He will give a
pictorial presentation and lecture on the history of Hanford.

The Tri-City Genealogical Society was founded in 1961 as an organization whose purpose is to educate members and the public on the purposes and methods of genealogical research. Our extensive collection of research materials (books, periodicals and CDs) are located at 1314 Jadwin Ave. in Richland.
Info: http://tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/

Class: "Planning your Garden" - January 12

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The WSU Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a class on planning your garden where you can learn what to consider as you plan your garden.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/wsumastergardeners/

Concert: Empowering Silenced Voices 2.0 - January 13

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $22 advance, $25 at the door, K-12 free

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will partner with Chorosynthesis in a one night only concert entitled "Empowering Silenced Voices." Chorosynthesis is a new professional choir based in Seattle and co-founded by Tri-City native Wendy Moy. Join the artistic directors at 7:00 p.m. for "Behind the Music," a pre-concert panel discussion that will explore the themes of the concert in more depth.

Chorosynthesis will be in residence from January 9-11 for workshops, masterclasses, school visits, and other outreach programs.
Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=2
Info: http://midcolumbiamastersingers.org/

The REACH at Barnes & Noble Book Fair - January 14

Barnes & Noble at Columbia Center Mall
From 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Come visit our Mini Mobile Museum at the Columbia Center Barnes & Noble. Learn about mammoths and other prehistoric animals with touchable artifacts and hands-on activities for all ages. Receive a voucher at The REACH or at Barnes & Noble the day of the book fair. Make sure to mention the fundraiser to the cashier upon purchase.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/291058731291996/

Annihilators (Youth Roller Derby) New Recruit Day - January 14

Kennewick Activity Center, 304 W 6th Ave. in Kennewick
From 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

The Atomic City Annihilators are accepting new skaters for the 2017 season. Boys and girls, ages 10-18, are welcome!

You don't have to know how to play Roller Derby to join, our amazing coaches will teach you. No prior skating experience is necessary, but a willingness to learn and have fun is required! This is like no other sport you've ever tried.

What to bring:

  • An adult who can sign the required safety releases 
  • Any gear you might already own. Quad skates (NOT blades), Helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouthguard. 
  • Note: mouthguards are mandatory and you will not be allowed to skate without one. They can be purchased very inexpensively at WalMart or a drug store.
We will have some gear to lend until you decide if this is the sport for you, but you will want to plan on purchasing your own very quickly. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the team!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/209697576102985/

LIGO Public Tour - January 14

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 and work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

The tours begin with a presentation in LIGO’s auditorium, followed by a walking tour of the facility, including a visit to the control room.  Guests should dress for the season and wear comfortable shoes.  LIGO’s facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Info: http://www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/informal.html

2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event - January 14

Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way in Richland
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person (includes dinner)

The African American Community Cultural & Educational Society (AACCES) is hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King 10th Annual Celebration that will feature dinner, guest speakers and entertainment.

Guest speakers include:

  • Les Trent, Senior Correspondent for CBS' Inside Edition with Deborah Norville, New York 
  • Gwen Fisher Trent, Head of U. S. Communications for Shire, a global biotechnology Company, Boston
The Trents are seasoned communications professionals who will discuss issues of traditional vs alternative news media.

AACCES will award its annual MLK scholarship to a student from WSU Tri-Cities and its Commitment to Diversity Award to an individual who has made a positive impact in the community.  In addition, Freeform, a nationally acclaimed jazz vocal group from Columbia Basin College, will be performing.

Tickets can be purchase at Salon Remedi (745 The Parkway in Richland), online or by phone 509-531-2141.
Info and Tickets: http://www.aacces.com/

Winter Recital featuring Dr. Gayla Blaisdell and Dr. Elaine Ross - January 14

CBC Theatre, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

We are delighted to start our year in performing arts with a recital presented by Dr. Gayla Blaisdell (Soprano) and Dr. Elaine Ross (Pianist and Composer) showcasing an evening of collaborative artistry.

They will be performing works by Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, and a group of Dr. Ross’s songs on the poetry of Emily Dickinson paired with the same poem by other American composers. Additionally, part of the evening program will include works on their CD that was released last year. Their CD will be available for sale at the concert.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1276497519078592/

Amateur Radio Testing - Upgrades or New Licenses - January 15

Boy Scouts of America, 8478 W Gage Blvd. in Kennewick
Testing starts at 2 p.m.
Testing fee $15 plus photo ID

The Spout Springs Repeater Association is conducting Amateur Radio Testing, both license upgrades or new licenses.

Testing begins downstairs in the Boy Scouts of America building at 2 p.m. sharp. Please bring testing fee of $15, and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Remember to bring Photo ID, a copy of your current Ham license if you are upgrading and a couple pencils. 

We hope to see many new prospective operators at the session! Look for information on our website for the seven easy steps to get your license.
Website: http://wf7s.net/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1837635243161588

Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - January 15 & 16

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Washington State Parks has announced fee free days on January 15 & 16, when the Discover Pass will not be required to visit a state park.

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.
Info: http://discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

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/

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

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:

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.

The Automatic Ephemeral Art Show through January 15
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

An art show by artists Cameron & Kathryn Mills features 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.

Info: http://www.drewboycreative.com/

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

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
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:
  • Workshop: Certified Interpretive Guide Training - January 9-12 
  • The REACH at Barnes & Noble Book Fair - January 14
  • 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/

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.

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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