February 25, 2017
Published: February 25, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of February 27 - March 5, 2017:
  • Broadway: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour - February 27
  • Junior Achievement Bowling - February 27 - March 4
  • Bunko Night For Alzheimer's - February 28
  • Presentation: The Natural World Always Puts On A Show - February 28
  • Presentation: The Ice Age Floods - March 1
  • Concert: Phil Wickham - March 2
  • Launch University: Take a Crash Course Before You Launch! - March 2
  • Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Summit IV - March 3
  • Yakima: Teach, Tour and Wine Taste Event 2017 - March 3
  • A Night at Hogwarts - March 3
  • Performance: Corrie Remembers - The True Story of Corrie Ten Boom - March 3
  • Hermiston: Unique Gift Gala - March 4
  • TROTS Mane Event - Boots and Buckles Benefit - March 4
  • Second Annual Charity "Date" Auction - March 4
  • Atomic City Annihilators Jr Roller Derby Ride Night - March 4
  • Fuse Coworking
  • Kennewick REI Classes & Events
  • 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

Broadway: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour - February 27

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $32 - $87 plus fees

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.
Info & Tickets: http://www.yourtoyotacenter.com/events-tickets/details/?event_id=4346

Junior Achievement Bowling - February 27 - March 4

Atomic Bowl, 624 Wellsian Way in Richland
Cost: $60 per 5 person team (adults 18+)

The annual Junior Achievement (JA) Bowl-A-Thon generates the funds necessary to bring JA programs to more than 11,000 local students while increasing awareness of JA's innovative in-school programs. Bowling skills and costumes are not required, but enthusiasm is! This year the theme is Jungle Adventure Bowl – it’s going to be a WILD time!
Info: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-washingtonse/bowling-classic

Bunko Night For Alzheimer's - February 28

Fieldstone Memory Care Kennewick, 575 N Young St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Donation: $10 to play

Join us for Bunko by attending this fundraising event. You're helping the Fieldstone team raise money for the Walk To End Alzheimer's! We're asking for a simple donation of $10 to play the game as all proceeds will go towards this amazing cause. There will be plenty of prizes to win and refreshments are provided. We hope that you can attend!
RSVP on this Facebook event or to Julie Hooley: (509) 491-3945.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1549683925071765/

Presentation: The Natural World Always Puts On A Show - February 28

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

Join the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society for an evening of beauty. Professional Photographer, Alan Bauer, will share some of his favorite photographs.

"Celebrate what's right with the world! Sometimes we just have to slow down or look more closely, but there is always something fascinating to appreciate right around us. Come spend an evening with professional photographer Alan L. Bauer as he shares an image intensive presentation sharing many of his personal celebrations. From hiking to birding to just standing still looking at what's nearby, everywhere is something worth celebrating and making each day a better experience!"
About Alan Bauer: https://www.alanbauer.com/
Info: http://lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org/

Presentation: The Ice Age Floods - March 1

Columbia Basin College, Room S 226, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Gary Kleinknecht, Education Director for MCBONES, will be giving a presentation on the Ice Age Floods at the monthly meeting of the Washington Native Plant Society Columbia Basin Chapter.

At 6:30 p.m., we have an informal plant identification and get together. Bring a mystery plant (non-ornamental) if you like and we will attempt to identify it for you.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaBasinWNPS/

Concert: Phil Wickham - March 2

Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities, 10611 W Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
General Admission doors open at 6:00 p.m. - Concert starts at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 General Admission ($18 at the door), $30 VIP (meet and greet before concert at 5:30 p.m.)

Calvary Chapel's Young Adult Ministry is excited to host a Night of Worship with Phil Wickham for the community. Tickets are available online and at the Calvary office.
Tickets: https://www.itickets.com/register/new/374861
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1626429294330320

Launch University: Take a Crash Course Before You Launch! - March 2

Fuse SPC, 710 George Washington Way in Richland
Begins at 7 p.m. and features four nights of classes on March 2, 9, 16, and 23
Cost: $50 per person - free for FUSE members

You have a new idea, but you don't how to make it reality. We've created the only exploration series in Tri-Cities focused on fostering new ideas into actionable plan in less than 30 days.

Launch University: Ideation will prepare your idea - and you - for the next step. You'll join fellow future founders in a group setting - learning together about how to elaborate on each of your ideas.

Register now for four nights of classes, online activities, and a final pitch dinner.
Registration: http://www.tclaunch.com/register
Info: http://www.tclaunch.com/launch-university/

Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Summit IV - March 3

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 - $195

Hosted by the Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance and the Benton Franklin Counties Dental Society.

The Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Health Summit is a first-of-its-kind continuing education event, bringing together health professionals, hospitals, health educators, administrators and policy makers – to improve health in our region. Leading authorities will present the latest research along with practical solutions that enable physicians and dentists to work together to deliver better healthcare to their patients and the community.

Note: there is a reception on March 2 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (free - registration required)
Reception: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-vip-receptionprogram-tickets-29415977982
Info & Summit Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-washington-medical-dental-summit-iv-tickets-29417167540?aff=es2

Yakima: Teach, Tour and Wine Taste Event 2017 - March 3

Yakima Valley Vintners - located at the Grandview Campus of Yakima Valley College at 110 Grandridge Road n Grandview
From 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Free to attend - must be 21+ to participate in the wine tasting portion (ID required)

Yakima Valley College's Teaching Winery, Yakima Valley Vintners, and students in the Wine Marketing class invite the community to an exciting open house.

The free event is an opportunity to learn about wines produced in the Yakima Valley, tour the winery, and enjoy tastings of student-crafted, award-winning wines. Yakima Valley Vintners' wines will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle or the case. Join us to learn how YVC's Teaching Winery contributes to the growing wine industry in the Yakima Valley and Washington State.
Info: http://www.yakimavalleyvintners.com/

A Night at Hogwarts - March 3

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St.  in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Get sorted, attend class at Hogwarts, practice your Quidditch skills, enjoy treats at Hogsmeade, and more! Wear your best Harry Potter costume for an evening of fun as we wrap up our month-long celebration and exhibition, J.K. Rowling's Magical World.

From 5-7 p.m. - Games, activities, and refreshments
From 7-8 p.m. - Readers' Theatre: Scenes from "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/235774803542972

Performance: Corrie Remembers - The True Story of Corrie Ten Boom - March 3

Faith Assembly Auditorium, 1800 N. Rd 72 in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend but donations welcome

This powerful one-woman performance brings to life the late Corrie Ten Boom, legendary Dutch Holocaust rescuer, who together with her family, was responsible for saving hundreds of persecuted Jews in Holland during World War ll. After release from Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, she spent the rest of her life speaking to the world about faith, hope, love, forgiveness and reconciliation. Corrie Ten Boom is portrayed by Susan Sandager. Note: a production crew will be filming this performance.
About Corrie Remembers-The True Story of Corrie Ten Boom: https://www.facebook.com/CorrieRemembers/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874277226124015/

Hermiston: Unique Gift Gala - March 4

Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S Hwy 395 in Hermiston
From 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Bringing the Big City Shopping Experience to the Community. 50+ Unique, one-of-a-kind vendors, artists and restaurants. Echo Ridge winery, Neighbor Dudes Tap House, Music by Frazer Wambeke & Luke Basile (from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.). And, come watch David Roeder from Kennewick - Winner of the History Channels "Forged in Fire" in action as he forges 3 amazing pieces.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/UniqueGiftGala/

TROTS Mane Event - Boots and Buckles Benefit - March 4

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Rd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: $50

We will be celebrating in classy western style with boots and buckles. Partake in a delicious dinner, silent auction and live auction to benefit Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities (TROT).

The Mane Event, Boots & Buckles, is TROT's main fundraiser that goes towards the operations and scholarships for the special needs families.

TROT is a local therapeutic riding facility that is growing each year to support their mission of helping special needs families in the community. There are 18 slots for riders this spring starting March 28th, and they are filling up fast. The volunteer experience is wonderful if you are able to commit just 1 hour a week for 8 weeks. In addition, they are looking for a third therapy horse!
Info & Tickets: https://trot3cities.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/ManeEventBootsNBuckles/tabid/845602/Default.aspx

Second Annual Charity "Date" Auction - March 4

Rumor Lounge, 6515 W Clearwater Ave. Suite 400 in Kennewick
Doors open at 6 p.m., Silent auction starts at 7 p.m., Live auction starts at 8 p.m.
Admission: you must donate $10 for a bidding number (these will be sold at the door) - Note:
If you bring a bag of dry PUPPY or KITTEN food, entry fee will be waived!
Bliss Events will be auctioning off the most eligible men and women from the Tri-City area to raise money for the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter. Even if you are taken you do not want to miss this event! There will be a silent auction with great items for bidding that won't get you in trouble with your significant other!

Your bidding number that your purchase will go towards your final bidding price as each bid will start at $10. After the auction, winning bidders get to celebrate with their bachelor/bachelorette in VIP, compliments of Rumor Lounge.
About Tri-Cities Animal Shelter: http://www.tri-citiesanimalshelter.com/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/154565421714503/

Atomic City Annihilators Jr Roller Derby Ride Night - March 4

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: $10

Join your local Jr Roller Derby team The Atomic City Annihilators for their second annual Ride Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Carousel of Dreams! Enjoy Unlimited rides for only $10, derby face painting, photos ops with the team and members of Atomic City Roller Girls, and a silent auction! Proceeds go towards funding uniforms, travel, insurance, and gear. We can't wait to ride with you!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/168460610311971/

Fuse Coworking

Fuse SPC, 710 George Washington Way in Richland

Fuse SPC, founded by over 35 Tri-Cities citizens, provides coworking space, resources, and community for startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, telecommuters, and more in the Tri-Cities. Coworking is being productive, together. Members work on their own businesses in a shared community environment.

Here are some of their upcoming events:

  • March 2- Launch University: Ideation #1 - Market Opportunity 
  • March 6 - Conversational Spanish Practice 
  • March 8 - Writing Workshop: If You Ain't No Place You Can't Go Nowhere
Info: https://fusespc.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/fusespc/

Kennewick REI Classes & Events

Kennewick REI, 129 N Ely St. in Kennewick
Typically from 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free - must register online

REI in Kennewick offers weekly outdoor related classes that are free to attend. Class sizes are limited.

Here are some of their upcoming events:

  • Cycling Castro & Cuba - March 8 
  • Hands-On Bike Maintenance - Drivetrain - March 9 
  • Trail Running Basics - March 15 
  • Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class - March 16 
  • Garage Sale - March 18 
  • Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Tami Asars - March 21 
  • Hands-On Bike Maintenance - Trail / Roadside Repair - March 22 
  • Outdoor Photography Basics - Point & Shoot - March 29
Info: https://www.rei.com/outdoorschool/search?location=99301&distance=100&activity=0

Art & Other Exhibits 

Black & White - February 28 through March 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

Prints by Mary Dryburgh/Porcelain by Ruth Allan is an exhibition by two eastern Washington artists and educators. Ms. Dryburgh and Ms. Allan have known each other for 20 years and this show is a reflection of their long involvement in producing art in their respective media. Their shared themes and characteristics result in a diverse but unified collection.

Join us March 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gallery and meet the artists who created this wonderful and unique showing of art. Both artists have had careers in college level art instruction and would love to meet you and share about how and why they create art. Come enjoy and have fun!

Light refreshments will be served and wine will be available for purchase.

Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/

Faculty Art Exhibit through March 23
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

You are invited to view the annual Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring new work created by the Columbia Basin College Art faculty.

The exhibition is diverse in media, style, content, and technique. It includes painting, photography, collage, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics presented by the following faculty members: Tracy Walker, Rachel Smith, Cozette Philips, James Craig, Mary Dryburgh, Ted Neth, Howard Barlow, Randal Jones, Kaleigh Lang, and Eric Demattos.
Info: https://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=593

Orange Show through March 10
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

DrewBoy Creative's Orange Show features artistic interpretations of the color orange. This is a juried show and jurors include: Sena Clara Creston, Washington State University Tri-Cities and Lori Sams, Feves Art Gallery Director.

The exhibit features about 40 pieces from local artists inspired by the color orange.
Info: http://www.drewboycreative.com/

J.K. Rowling Exhibit 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.

The month-long celebration 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

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 

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. and 3 p.m. on the second Saturday 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.

Note: tours are no longer taking place on the fourth Friday of the month.
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:
  • STEAM - Food Science March 11
  • 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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