November 11, 2017
Published: November 11, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of November 13-19, 2017:
  • Ride-a-Thon Fundraiser - November 13
  • Author Visit: Alexander McCall Smith - November 14
  • Play: "In Observance of Lorraine Black" - November 15-18
  • Drummers & Dancers - November 16
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Society's Schizophrenic View of Motherhood - November 16
  • Lecture: Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, & Paranoia - November 16
  • Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas - November 16
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Prince Albert Raiders - November 17
  • Battelle Film Club: "Tanna" - November 17
  • The Richland Players: "I Hate Hamlet" - November 17-19
  • Holiday Bazaars - November 18
  • Tri-Cities Holiday Parade & Grand Tree Lighting - November 18
  • WSU Tri-Cities Preview Day - November 18
  • Workshop: "Where Conservation Meets Inspiration" - November 18
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Victoria Royals - November 18
  • Three Rivers Folklife Society: Tumbleweed Festival Benefit - November 18
  • Camerata Musica: Sound/Counterpoint - November 18
  • Holiday Bazaar - November 19
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - November 19
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Ride-a-Thon Fundraiser - November 13

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901-F Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Join Gesa Credit Union, Sotheby's International Realty and Toyota of Tri-Cities and help raise money for the Gesa Carousel of Dreams' capital improvement and horse preservation fund.

For a minimum donation of $50, you can ride the carousel as many times as you'd like, plus enjoy Papa John's Pizza and a cold Coca-Cola beverage. You'll also receive a souvenir t-shirt (pre-register to guarantee your size).

Encourage your friends, coworkers and family members to sponsor you! The jockey raising the most money will receive a night in the Toyota of Tri-Cities suite at the Toyota Center and a $250 food and beverage credit.

The event also features a silent auction with over 20 gift baskets, ranging from golf to Mariners tickets to wine and lots more!

Author Visit: Alexander McCall Smith - November 14

Gjerde Center at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Mid-Columbia Reads celebrates beloved and acclaimed Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith by inviting him to discuss his life and works as author of series such as "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," "44 Scotland Street," and "School Ship Tobermory."

Play: "In Observance of Lorraine Black" - November 15-18

CBC Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. each evening
Cost: $12-Adults, $10-Students & Seniors

Directed by Ronn Campbell 

After pulling her out of traffic, Jack meets Lorraine, a quirky housewife with real problems. He comes to find that she only has thirteen weeks to live, and convinces Jack to bring her to his pitch session to pitch a 13-week reality television program. He obliges, only to have it greenlit by his ex-girlfriend and successful producer, Bridgette. The next few weeks propels them all into a journey where reality isn't what it seems. 

Jack is assigned a camera and a crew of one and filming continues, episodes air, bloggers blog about the world's rapidly changing landscape, and fan pages are created through Lorraine's cult following, things don't seem right. Lorraine isn't looking any sicker (much to the disappointment of corporate) and there are talks of selling Lorraine's possessions to the highest bidder at auction. Jack does his part in making reality as real as possible and managing the family in the best way he knows how. 

Tickets are available at Adventures Underground, J.D.’s Time Center, and the CBC Bookstore

Drummers & Dancers - November 16

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 2p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids under 5 and REACH members free

Dancers representing the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will perform social dances, such as the War dance, Round dance, and many more!

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Society's Schizophrenic View of Motherhood - November 16

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 - must register and pay online - includes buffet lunch

We often have an idealized picture of the American family during the 1950s. Fathers supported the family by “bringing home the bacon” while mothers stayed home nurturing the children and ensuring that the household was well-run. The truth is that a little over a third of women, even after they married, were working outside the home in 1950. They were also spending a lot less time with their children than mothers do today. According to a University of California, Irvine study mothers, in 1965, spent an average of 54 minutes caring for children compared to 104 minutes per day in 2012.

Fast forward to today and women feel greater pressure to contribute financially and to ensure that they are protected economically in case they get divorced. Yet, they also feel pulled, especially when their children are young, to be their children’s primary caregiver.

These twin pressures are no longer felt by only by women. With our changing understanding about the need for engaged fathers, men are increasingly feeling the same kinds of stresses. The distinction is that it is less acceptable in the United States for men to take time out of their careers to care for young children, leaving professional women more frequently to weigh the trade-offs of career advancement and nurturing their children. Of course, this is not an option faced by female-headed households or those below the poverty line.

This month's forum looks at government policies aimed at families and asks to what extent they ease these tensions and to what extent the programs exacerbate them. We will compare the menu of American options with those of Germany to see whether the American values of economic participation and nurturing our children could be better served by a different set of supportive policies.
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Lecture: Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, & Paranoia - November 16

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Cornell Clayton - 
Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound. Has American politics always been so crazy? 

With political science professor Cornell Clayton, explore how American politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds. Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and a paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. From the fear of the Illuminati, to the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s, to Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long, and the John Birchers, there always have been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans. 

Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.

Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas - November 16

Toyota Center in Kennewick
From 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $19.50 - $122 plus fee

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are coming on their spectacular Christmas tour featuring Jordan Smith of The Voice! Backed by a full symphony orchestra and singing Christmas favorites, this is one holiday experience you will not want to miss!

Tri-City Americans vs. the Prince Albert Raiders - November 17

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $21 adults 20+, $19 seniors 62+, $12 teen 10-19 yr, $10 youth 3-9 yr

Cheer on the Tri-City Americans as they take on the Prince Albert Raiders!

Battelle Film Club: "Tanna" - November 17

WSU-TC East Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults, free to WSU students with ID

An unusual production, this true to life Romeo and Juliet story was cast with the people from the Yakel tribe on the South Pacific Vanuatu island. Covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

In the South Pacific, Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

Told with captivating simplicity and yet richly cinematic, it combines ethnographic and spiritual elements in a haunting love story with classic undertones, affording a glimpse into a little-known culture. Not rated.

The Richland Players: "I Hate Hamlet" - November 17-19

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors/students/military

Opening weekend patrons should dress their premiere best and walk the Red Carpet at the Richland Players!

About "I Hate Hamlet" -
The comedy by Paul Rudnick centers on a TV star who moves to New York to play Hamlet in a Central Park production. He rents an apartment once owned by the late John Barrymore, and - anxious about taking on Hamlet - participates in a séance to gain wisdom from the acting legend. Comedy ensues.

Future dates: November 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and November 26 at 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Holiday Bazaars - November 18

Marcus Whitman Winter Bazaar
Marcus Whitman Elementary School, 1704 Gray St. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us at our annual bazaar supporting our PTO and other programs at Marcus!

With over 50 local artisans sharing their wares, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list! Jewelry, home décor, handmade crafts, bake sale, and silent auction. 

Lunch again will be available to purchase from Between The Buns! New this year- Barracuda Coffee will also serving up your favorites to keep you warm while you do your hoiiday shopping!

Lewis and Clark 2017 Holiday Bazaar
Lewis and Clark Elementary School, 415 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Featuring over 60 local crafters that will give you the opportunity to find something on your list for everyone! Jewelry, home décor, handmade crafts, bake sale to support 5th grade OMSI trip, and silent auction with some Amazing prizes!

Make a Difference Bazaar
Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities, 10611 W Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 12th annual Calvary Chapel "Make A Difference" Christmas Craft Bazaar is a free event featuring over 80 vendors. 

East Benton County Historical Society Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale
East Benton County History Museum, 205 W. Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Start your holiday shopping with the East Benton County Historical Society. The 2017 Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale will feature local vendors, beautiful hand-crafted items, delicious baked goods, vintage treasures & antiques, holiday and Christmas decor, and more. 

Jason Lee Craft Bazaar
Jason Lee Elementary 1750 McMurray St. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lots of crafty and talented people at our bazaar...
30+ craft & food vendors:
Birdie Mae Boutique, Coca's Cozies, Colleen's Craft Corner, Gentry's Decor, Ransom made design, and lots more!! 
Direct Sales- LuLaRoe, Scentsy, Lipsense, Usborne Books, & Premier Design Jewelry

For more Holiday Bazaars, visit: and

Tri-Cities Holiday Parade & Grand Tree Lighting - November 18

Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick
9:00 a.m. - Parade in front of the mall
10:00 a.m. - Grand Tree Lighting in the Sears wing
10:00 a.m.- Noon - Interior family activities

Join us in welcoming Santa and spread holiday cheer to all in our 5th annual Tri-Cities Holiday Parade. Over the last 5 years, we have enjoyed classic cars, appearances by local celebrities, local sports teams mascots and so much more!   

WSU Tri-Cities Preview Day - November 18

WSU Tri-Cities Campus, 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
From 9 a.m. - Noon
Free to attend

Attending a preview day is the perfect way to experience the unique atmosphere and energy of WSU Tri-Cities. During this visit, you'll get the chance to attend academic program sessions, meet some world-class faculty and students, and explore campus all in one day. Our general preview day provides you the opportunity to visit campus and learn about all of the academic programs offered at WSU Tri-Cities.

Workshop: "Where Conservation Meets Inspiration" - November 18

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free to attend (pre-register online or call (509) 736-6000)

"Where Conservation Meets Inspiration"is the theme for Benton Conservation District's fall Heritage Garden workshop.

Featured speakers include: 
  • Julie Wilson, Landscape Designer, Agape Landscape Design. Julie's presentation will cover the process and principles you should consider when designing a beautiful and cohesive landscape.
  • Gary Kleinknecht, VP of Lake Lewis Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institue. Gary will take us on a journey to discover how the Ice Age Floods shaped our region.
  • Diane Stutzman, Owner, Desert Jewels Nursery. Desert Jewels Nursery specializes in plants for people who want to save water and still have a beautiful landscape. Diane will share her passion for plants including her favorite penstemons.
Info & Registration:

Tri-City Americans vs. the Victoria Royals - November 18

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $21 adults 20+, $19 seniors 62+, $12 teen 10-19 yr, $10 youth 3-9 yr

Cheer on the Tri-City Americans as they take on the Victoria Royals!

Three Rivers Folklife Society: Tumbleweed Festival Benefit - November 18

Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general admission and $12 for seniors, students, and 3RFS members, in advance at The Bookworm and Octopus' Garden, or at the door. 

Musicians Dan Weber and Michael Henchman will be performing in a benefit concert to support the Tumbleweed Festival.
About Dan Weber:
About Michael Henchman:

Camerata Musica: Sound/Counterpoint - November 18

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
From 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: Camerata doesn't sell tickets to its concerts but is instead supported primarily by individual donors known as "patrons" who receive priority seating. After 7:45 p.m., members of the public-at-large who have been waiting in line are admitted on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Sound/Counterpoint features the following performing artists:
Miyo Aoki, recorder 
Linda Melsted, violin 
Curtis Foster, oboe 
Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord

Program: Sonate auf Concertenart
Johann Friedrich Fasch, Sonata in B-flat Major 
Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no. 6 in G Major 
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor 
Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio Sonata in G major 
Georg Philipp Telemann, Concerto in A minor

About Sound/Counterpoint:

Holiday Bazaar - November 19

West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, 6095 W Van Giesen St. in West Richland
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Donations of nonperishable canned goods, new toys, new or gently used clothing for Holiday Families in need will be accepted and appreciated!
Future dates: December 3 & 10

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - November 19

Toyota Center in Kennewick
From 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $55 - $65 plus fee

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis will be performing their 33rd anniversary of the Christmas tour that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.
About Mannheim Steamroller:

Art Exhibits

CBC Art Exhibit: Feeling & Form - November 15 through December 14
Featuring: Ceramics by Gregory Tate and Paintings by Alx Fox
CBC Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - noon
Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Cost: Free to attend

Opening Reception on November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Gregory Tate Demonstration: November 15  at 11:00 a.m. in room P-101
Alx Fox Demonstration: November 15 at 1:00 p.m. in room P-202

The title of this exhibition comes from a book by philosopher Susanne K. Langer titled Feeling and Form, in which she argues that Art is a highly developed form of symbolic communication, which is reliant on intuition and a collection of life experience, such as feelings and emotions, which ordinary language struggles to convey.

Alx Fox is an Abstract expressionist, placing great value on the meditative artistic process and infinite possibility for describing human emotion through color, gesture, and form. 

Gregory Tate works with the landscape in which he lives, recording and documenting the surrounding environment in abstracted and emotionally charged ceramic forms.

Drewboy Creative: Andrew Hill Art Show - Opens November 17
Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

"While only 23, Andrew is an old soul pulling wisdom from neoclassicism and romanticism. Andrew takes inspiration from 19th century artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Eugène Delacroix and James McNeill Whistler," according to a news release. 

Opening reception will be held on November 17 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Adult beverages will be served. $4 suggested donation at the door. The band Marceline will perform during the show.

Gallery Aglow through December 30
Gallery at the Park, 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.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Throughout November and December, the Gallery will literally "glow" with a large selection of gift ideas from our many talented artists. The variety of handmade regional and local artwork is exceptional. Every piece of art work is original and one of a kind. We have the area's largest selection of original paintings, photography, collage work, glass work, ceramics, wood work, many different types of greeting cards, yard ornaments, outstanding fiber artwork, and probably the broadest and best selection of quality jewelry you'll ever find anywhere! The categories noted here are "just the tip of the iceberg". Come in and have a look for yourself. 

To compliment the work by our artists a group of talented and happy "elves" have had fun redesigning holiday trees, and table and wall decorations for the fall and winter holiday seasons. These treasures are available to you at a minimal price. All proceeds from these fund raiser sales go towards Allied Arts Association's outreach to the community by bringing you a rich variety of visual arts opportunities which include workshops, exhibits and scholarships.

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

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: and

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.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

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 calendarAlso, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
Info and

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:

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:
  • November 17: Oasis In Space at 7 p.m. and Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 8 p.m.
  • November 18: The Little Star That Could at 2 p.m. and Kaluoka'hina: the Enchanted Reef at 3 p.m.
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 and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

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.

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:

This guide has been described as "An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations."

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration. 

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