December 8, 2017
Published: December 8, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 11-17, 2017:
  • A Gift of Music - Celtic Christmas and More - December 12
  • Tri-City Genealogical Society: Show Off Your Heritage - December 13
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Higher Education Forum - December 14
  • The Rude Mechanicals: A Christmas Carol - December 15
  • Frozen Christmas at the Garden - December 15
  • Winter Ice Magic presents "When You Wish Upon A Star" - December 15
  • Battelle Film Club: Belle & Sebastian - December 15
  • Lampson Cable Bridge Run - December 16
  • Bazaar with Purpose 2017 - December 16
  • SantaCon Pub Crawl - December 16
  • TCSBA Christmas Concert - December 16
  • 32nd Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 16
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony Holiday Concert - December 16 & 17
  • 2017 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events
  • 2017 Holiday Bazaars
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

A Gift of Music - Celtic Christmas and More - December 12

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Cost: $35 (plus fee) in advance or $40 at the door 

Tri-City audiences have relished previous concerts by Affinit', a Celtic Crossover trio from Dublin, Ireland. These classically-trained musicians are returning to us in 2017. Their concert will feature a special appearance by Walla Walla businessman Howard Crosby, Bing Crosby tribute artist and (incidentally) Bing's nephew. 

New material from the Golden Age of Hollywood has been added to the program as well as Christmas classics and Irish favorites. Buy a block of ten or more tickets and be seated in a special VIP section that includes an invitation for you and a guest to attend an after-concert reception to meet with Affinit' and sponsors of the event.

Tri-City Genealogical Society: Show Off Your Heritage - December 13

Benton County PUD Auditorium, Hwy #395 and 10th St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to participate

Members and guests are asked to bring items about your family heritage/history as well as what you interests you have: Photographs, Documents, Family heirlooms & antiques, Hobbies, collections or recreation interests.

Your legacy will one day be handed down to your children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren and they will want to know what hobbies and collections you had as a child/teenager or as an adult. So, bring whatever you use to collect or still collect or photographs or a sample of what you use to collect as a kid/young adult.

You can display your family photographs and documents on a poster or a tri-fold or on the table. 

This will be a fun event for everyone to have a glimpse of your family history as well as the antiques/heirlooms, hobbies and collections that you either inherited or have or previously engaged in.

Please bring homemade or store bought cookies, candies, fudge, muffins, quick breads (banana, zucchini, apple, pumpkin), cake, etc. Beverages of water and/or 7-up/Sherbet will be provided. 

Also, there is a Beginning Genealogy Class: Genealogy Education from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Higher Education Forum - December 14

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 and includes lunch buffet - registration and payment in advance, only

What is the Value of Public Higher Education?

Over multiple decades, state government support for public post-secondary education has dramatically decreased to the point that most institutions view themselves as "state-sponsored" and not "state-supported" institutions. During the same period, students in the state of Washington have been subject to dramatic tuition and fee increases and increasing debt to pay for their education as legislative funding priorities have shifted.

This forum will examine the value of public post-secondary education across the public sectors of Washington Higher post-secondary education related to bridging achievement gaps, workforce development, economic benefits to the state, and the overall common good of a public higher education system.

- Michael Meotti, Executive Director, Washington State Achievement Council
- Cody Eccles, Director of Government Relations & Business Affairs, Washington State Council of Presidents
- Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education, West Valley High School
Info & Registration:

The Rude Mechanicals: A Christmas Carol - December 15

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 jadwin Ave. in Rich;and
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. - Show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: suggested donation is $10 per person, plus a non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank

The Rude Mechanicals are proud to present a reader's theatre production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

This is a fantastic event for the entire family! Christmas goodies will be available for purchase before the performance begins and at intermission.

Frozen Christmas at the Garden - December 15

6811 W Okanogan Place in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to participate

Start a family tradition at our free, Frozen-themed, community event!

Santa will be hanging out for photo ops, we'll have food, s'mores, cider, cocoa, and coffee on the patio, a gingerbread house making contest, and more! Grab some snacks and watch Frozen on our giant screens!

Make plans now to join us for this fun-packed Christmas event where you and your whole family can enjoy an atmosphere of health, hope, and holiday cheer. We want to bring a little God-life into your holiday and celebrate the birth of our Savior with Lights - Fellowship - Celebration!

Winter Ice Magic presents "When You Wish Upon A Star" - December 15

Toyota Arena in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (ages 16 and over), $5 (ages 4 - 15), free for children three and under

Annual Holiday Figure Skating Show -

The Toyota Arena Skating School, in combination with the Tri-City Figure Skating Club, is proud to present our annual holiday show, "Winter Ice Magic: When You Wish Upon a Star." sponsored by 911 Driving School. 

This family friendly show features over fifty skaters from the Tri-City area who train at the Toyota Arena, including many who compete regionally. This year we welcome the National Pair Team, Kayla and Kamden Black from Seattle as our guest skaters. The numbers will include new Christmas songs like "Gift Wrap" and Pentatonix' "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Tickets are sold online or at the Toyota Center box office. Note: tickets for the show sold out early last year.

Battelle Film Club: Belle & Sebastian - December 15

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults

A six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters.

Taking place in 1943 in a Nazi- invaded small village in the French Alps, a six-year-old orphan  boy and a stray dog become embroiled in an adventure where each will depend on  the other to save their own, and others, lives. A heartwarming and emotional  film perfect for the holiday season.

(2016) Director: Nicolas Vanier. Writers: Juliette Sales, Fabien Suarez. Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family. Country: France. Language: French/German, English, Romanian. Runtime: 104 min. Color: Color. Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.

Lampson Cable Bridge Run - December 16

Santa will start the 1 Mile, 5K, and 10K races at 9 a.m.
Entry fee $26 - regular registration ends December 13 - last chance registration is December 15 plus an additional $5 fee

The Lampson Cable Bridge Run is a long standing holiday tradition that has been going strong for 39 years and counting! 

The race starts on the Kennewick side of the Cable Bridge, works its way in to Pasco and then to the Port of Pasco. At the Lampson Shop, 5K/10K finish line, you'll find sweet treats, the traditional Hot Dr. Pepper, and other refreshments. For those wanting something a little more refreshing there is a beer garden available.

Don't leave too soon as there are dozens of door prizes, music and other fun give a ways, you could even win, the ever popular, Lampson Cable Bridge Run Beanie! Bring the whole family, get a little exercise and enjoy the day with us. Note: pets are not allowed in the race.
Info & Registration:

Bazaar with Purpose 2017 - December 16

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Rd. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Free admission

We will be hosting Bazaars with Purpose 2017 throughout December to help raise funds for our Yearly Christmas Program!

We will have a variety of Vendors from handcrafted to Direct Sales and even some yummy treats. 

Guest are welcome to bring an unwrapped Gift to donate to a Child in need this year. We will be giving away Raffle Tickets to guest who donate toys! We appreciate all your continuous support in our Yearly Christmas Program as we continue to bless needy children in our Community for the 9th year....


SantaCon Pub Crawl - December 16

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and we ask you bring one nonperishable food item to donate! Must be 21+

Calling all Santas, Mrs. Claus, Reindeer, Snowmen and Snowwomen, Snowflakes, Elves and anyone else who is decked out in obnoxious holiday attire! Get ready to hit downtown Kennewick to spread a little holiday cheer and merriment all for a great cause!

Sign Ups are at the Parkade Bar and grill, Players Bar and grill, Sports Page, and the Keg tavern. $10 buys your mug with 1 fill at each bar and all the proceeds go to local charity for Christmas. Let’s have some fun and support our community.

TCSBA Christmas Concert - December 16

Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Rd. in Richland
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – music at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7.50

The sounds of the season take on a new ring as steel drums and marimbas take the stage together in this annual event! Join OK2Botay - Bram Bratá - ‘Baduku & ‘Bahuru as they perform two hours of fantastic music from as far away as the Caribbean and Africa, but as close as your favorite Christmas tradition… 

The evening's activities will also include blissful treats to tempt you to the bake sale, as well as a sundry of silent auction items for you to peruse. All proceeds benefit the youth of the non-profit Tri-Cities Steel Band Association. Tickets available at the door, or online.
Info & Tickets:

32nd Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 16

From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Several homes are decorated for the holidays with colored lights and other decorations and driveways will be lined with the luminarias. Santa will be making his annual stop as well!

The neighborhoods participating in the annual luminaria are generally along Road 44 to Burden Boulevard, from Road 36 to Yuma Street. Visitors can either drive slowly through the neighborhoods or park at, and take a leisurely walk.

Project Fill the Bus: Donate non-perishable food items for 2nd Harvest. The bus is located at McGee Elementary on Horizon Drive.

Mid-Columbia Symphony Holiday Concert - December 16 & 17

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 - $55

Join the Mid-Columbia Symphony for a Holiday concert featuring something old and something new. The MCS will be joined by distinguished soloists and the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers for Part 1 of Handel's Messiah (premiered in 1742), and a concert version of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Info & Tickets:

2017 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events

As Christmas approaches, several communities in the Tri-Cities region are sponsoring Holiday Festivals that include Lighted Events. Here is what is coming up!

- Richland: Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark through December 24
- Benton City: Red Mountain Country Christmas - December 15 & 16
Granger: Tour of Lights - December 12
- Pasco: 32nd Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 16
- Toppenish: Toy Train Christmas - December 16 & 17
- Yakima: Santa Claus Trolley - December 16 & 17

For event details, visit:

2017 Holiday Bazaars

For a list of Holiday Bazaars taking place around the Tri-Cities, check out: and

Art Exhibits

CBC Art Exhibit: Feeling & Form 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

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 through December 31
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. 

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)
  • December 15: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 8 p.m.
  • December 16: My House Has Stars at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could
     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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