December 23, 2017
Published: December 23, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 25-31, 2017:
  • Warm-Up with Cool Books - December 27-29
  • REACH: Winter Break Fun - December 27-29
  • Amusement Park Science Exhibit - December 27, 28 & 31
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Portland Winterhawks - December 29
  • Annual Christmas Bird Count - December 30
  • First Night Tri-Cities - December 31
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Spokane Chiefs - December 31
  • Dick Danger's 2017 New Years Eve Party - December 31
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Program - Applications due January 2
  • Festival of Lights at John Dam Plaza through December 30
  • Tri-City Holiday Lights Map 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Warm-Up with Cool Books - December 27-29

Pasco & Kennewick Mid-Columbia Libraries and Richland Public Library
From 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free family fun

Regional Service Corps is having their annual winter literacy event!

Warm-Up with Cool Books will offer children fun and educational books, activities, arts, crafts and games. We will also have guest speakers with unique and engaging presentations.

The REACH Museum educators are doing a presentation on Winter Wildlife. The presentations will be at Kennewick Union Street branch on Wednesday, December 27th at 3 p.m. and at the Pasco Hopkins branch on Friday, December 29th at 1 p.m. The educators will talk about how our local animals survive the winter and how to find signs of their activities in your neighborhood.

The primary goal of the event is to provide a fun learning environment for children, and to encourage reading during school breaks. Come and learn about the environment, participate in fun games and activities, and more! Children of any age are welcome, and families are encouraged to join in on the fun.

REACH: Winter Break Fun - December 27-29

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

Learn all about owls, raptors of the river and the physics of flight during this special three day event. Don't miss your chance to hold a Great Horned Owl, create bird silhouettes 
and hunt for food at the Bird Beak Buffet.
- Wednesday: All About Owls
- Thursday: Raptors of the River 
- Friday: Physics of Flight

Amusement Park Science Exhibit - December 27, 28 & 31

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Amusement Park Science is designed to encourage informal learning for families. Come and explore the physics behind the fun when the laws of motion, featuring centripetal force, inertia, momentum, and gravity all play into amusement park rides. The exhibit features 12 hands-on components, including Create-a-Coaster, Wacky Waves, and Magnetic Circus!

Hosted by Hands In for Hands On Tri-Cities (HiHo) - Help Us Create A Children's Museum For Tri-Cities!

Tri-City Americans vs. the Portland Winterhawks - December 29

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 Portland Winterhawks!

Annual Christmas Bird Count - December 30

The Tri-Cities Christmas Bird Count(CBC) is set for Saturday, December 30. You do not have to be an Audubon Society member to participate, and birders of all experience levels are welcome. Here is a link to the Tri-Cities CBC information page on the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society (LCBAS) website:

The CBC is fun and a great opportunity for you to help gather bird data in a monumental citizen science effort. If you are interested in joining a team or wish to count birds in your own backyard, contact one of the team leaders:
  • Dana Ward – Pasco
  • Rich Barchet – Kennewick
  • Lisa Hill – Richland
At the end of the count day, the LCBAS will be having their annual Christmas Potluck when the day's bird count will be presented.

First Night Tri-Cities - December 31

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person at the door for ages 5 and over and kids 4 and under are free

First Night Tri-Cities, presented by Gesa Credit Union returns to the Gesa Carousel of Dreams on New Year's Eve.

The event features six hours of non-stop entertainment including magic, juggling, face painting, henna tattoos, a hypnosis show, an interactive science exhibit, a photo booth, a stilt walker, balloon sculpture and more! The event ends at 9 p.m. with the area's only fireworks display with over 2,000 shots. A carousel ride token is included with your admission.
Info & schedule:

Tri-City Americans vs. the Spokane Chiefs - December 31

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 Spokane Chiefs!

Dick Danger's 2017 New Years Eve Party - December 31

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Doors open at 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person, must be 21+

Dick Danger & Alvarez Auto Presents 2017 New Years Eve - A night to remember!

16 Bartenders
Concert Sound and Lighting
Full Color Laser Show
Zluck, D-Triple-J, Sean Da Don and DJ-Fredi

Where to buy tickets:
- Online
- Alvarez Auto Sales on-site sale: Saturday, December 30 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Day of the event - Sunday TRAC Lobby starting 12 noon (while supplies last)
Info & Tickets:

Master Gardener Volunteer Program - Applications due January 2

The purpose of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners (MG's) provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems.

Today's Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to:
- manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner;
- address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection;
- reduce the impact of invasive species; and,
- increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening.

MG's also enhance communities through demonstration gardens and donation of produce to local food banks. Low-income citizens learn to grow their own food and become more self-sufficient with the help of Master Gardeners. Whatever the priority need may be, if it can be addressed through gardening, WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers are there to serve as part of the solution.

Here in Benton and Franklin counties, our Master Gardener volunteers are trained to solve gardening problems and provide WSU approved research-based advice to the public. Our volunteers staff regularly scheduled plant problem diagnostic clinics in several locations during the gardening season, helping people learn to manage their landscapes and gardens more more effectively with environmentally sound gardening practices.

How to Become a Benton-Franklin Master Gardener:
The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community.

In Benton and Franklin Counties, training is held annually during the winter and early spring starting in mid-January. For 2018, applications are due by January 2, 2018, with classes to begin January 23rd, 2018. Classes are three hours in length and are usually on Tuesday afternoons from late January until the first week of May. Forty to fifty new volunteers typically apply to participate in the program each year.

The Master Gardener core curriculum includes modules in:
- basic botany and horticulture
- soil and garden management
- principles of pest management
- landscape plant management
- integrated pest management & pesticide safety
- entomology
- herbaceous plants
- plant pathology
- principles of weed management
- tree fruit and small fruit production
- vegetable garden production
- home lawn management
- sustainable gardening practices
- insect identification and plant problem diagnosis
Program Contact: Master Gardener Office, 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102 in Kennewick - (509) 735-3551
Info & Application:

Festival of Lights at John Dam Plaza through December 30

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. - Midnight
Free to attend

The City of Richland and HAPO Community Credit Union bring you The HAPO Festival of Lights every night in December from 5 p.m. to midnight in John Dam Plaza. Enjoy the lights, music and animated displays, even a satellite image of Santa's elves in the toy shop.

Tri-City Holiday Lights Map 2017

The Tri-City Herald has published an interactive map of holiday lights displays in the Tri-Cities to plan your viewing excursions.

Art Exhibits

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 29: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 8 p.m.
  • December 30: 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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