Things to Do: December 3-9, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 3-9, 2018:

  • Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop: Volunteer Night – December 4
  • Richland Rod & Gun Club: 2018 Quality Trip “Fishing the Washington Coast” – December 4
  • Oak Ridge Boys Shine the Light on Christmas – December 6
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – December 7
  • A Celtic Christmas Concert – December 7
  • Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House – December 7 & 8
  • Columbia Basin College Jazz Orchestra – December 7 & 8
  • Tri-City Youth Choir presents “That’s Christmas to Me” – December 7 & 8
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre presents “Elf, the Musical Jr.” – December 7-9
  • Mid-Columbia Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” – December 7-9
  • Benton City Winterfest & Lighted Parade – December 8
  • Kennewick’s Merry Little Christmas Village – December 8
  • PetSmart Furever Home for the Holidays – December 8
  • The Life of Christmas Past Open House – December 8
  • LIGO Public Tours – December 8
  • Bells of the Dessert Concert – December 8
  • Pasco’s Christmas en la Plaza – December 8
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes – December 8
  • 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays – December 8 & 9
  • Handel’s Messiah Concert – December 8 & 9
  • Richland’s Winter Wonderland – through January 2
  • Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop: Volunteer Night – December 4


Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop, 218 West Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend but must register (limited to 20 participants)

Curious about Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop and how you can get involved? We are hosting a Volunteer Night to provide an orientation to the shop and the volunteer roles. Whether you’re an experienced bike mechanic, an experienced rider, or just someone with a few hours to spare who wants to help out, there’s a way for you to give back through Wheelhouse.
Info & Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-night-tickets-52892130787?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse

Richland Rod & Gun Club: 2018 Quality Trip “Fishing the Washington Coast” – December 4


Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Rich;and
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Kirby Hammond and Richard Sharp will make a presentation on their 2018 Quality Trip that took place along the west coast of Washington for the purpose of fishing and crabbing. Their main stops were Neah Bay, La Push and Westport.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/RichlandRodandGunClub

Oak Ridge Boys Shine the Light on Christmas – December 6


Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$75+

For almost thirty years, Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys have been a part of their fans’ holiday seasons with their annual Christmas tour. A mixture of traditional and contemporary songs – including religious, romantic and fun holiday tunes – makes up the set list, which includes songs from the Oaks’ seven bestselling Christmas CDs.

A highlight of the evening is the much-loved “rocking chair” segment where each BOY rocks by the fireplace and shares personal thoughts about Christmas.
Info & Tickets: https://yourtoyotacenter.com/event/oak-ridge-boys-christmas-celebration-tour/

Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – December 7


Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Info & Tickets: http://amshockey.com/

A Celtic Christmas Concert – December 7


Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Stevens Dr. in Richland
From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Donations accepted

Affiniti, a classical crossover group from Ireland, returns to the Tri-Cities on their Pacific Northwest holiday tour. The trio will play a Celtic Christmas Concert, with special guest appearance by Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby. Affiniti’s style is a blend of classical, rock and Celtic music.

Crosby, a Walla Walla business owner, sings tunes from Bing’s era, including some of his most famous holiday songs. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Arts Center Task Force, sponsor of the Vista Arts Center building project.
Info: http://calendar.tri-cityherald.com/performer.aspx?perf_id=2352744

Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House – December 7 & 8


Senske Services, 400 N Quay in Kennewick
Friday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: free but donations are being collected for 2nd Harvest

The annual holiday light show at Senske headquarters is a proud tradition. They put up more than 500,000 holiday lights in an animated display open to the public. Lights are synced with music creating a beautiful melody of dancing holiday lighting.

Senske partners with 2nd Harvest to raise awareness and accept non-perishable food and cash donations for those in need. Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between the Buns will be on hand providing hot food and drinks with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest. Photos with Santa are available with every donation.

Note: the light show will run nightly during December following the open house. Tune your radio to 90.3 FM.
Info: http://www.senske.com/holiday-lights/annual-light-show/

Columbia Basin College Jazz Orchestra – December 7 & 8


CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m. both evenings
Cost: $25 general admission / $20 students and seniors – tickets will be available at the door.

Hear the roaring sound of the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Randy Hubbs. Brace yourself for a spectacular evening from one of the few professional big bands in the Northwest! Aside from great big band music, this year’s show will feature talented vocalists from our area singing variety of holiday selections accompanied by the jazz orchestra!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2063962383654187/

Tri-City Youth Choir presents “That’s Christmas to Me” – December 7 & 8


Southridge High School, 3520 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students & seniors

Come celebrate with us this season as we highlight the things that make Christmas such a special time of year and bring joy and hope to each of our hearts. We promise laughter, entertainment and a heartwarming experience you won’t soon forget.
Info & Tickets: https://www.yourtcyc.com/home

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents “Elf, the Musical Jr.” – December 7-9


ACT Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $16 general admission; $13 for students and seniors; $10 for children under 13

The ACT production of “Elf” features a cast of 43 youth actors, ages 9 and older. Directed by Josh Darby and produced by Lisa Howell, “Elf” is an engaging and hilarious musical with a heartfelt holiday message. The script closely follows the classic Disney movie, and it is considered one of the most memorable modern Christmas stories. The plot revolves around Buddy, a human reared as a Santa’s Elf, who travels to New York City in search of his father.
Future dates: December 14 & 15 at 7 p.m.; December 15 & 16 at 3 p.m.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aoct

Mid-Columbia Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” – December 7-9


Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $28 for Adults, $19 for Seniors and Students, and $14 for children

This year Mid-Columbia Ballet’s annual full-length production of “The Nutcracker” will feature guest artists, Seo Hye Han and Irlan Silva of Boston Ballet performing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. We will also have guest artists and MCB alumnus, Joshua Burnham and his partner Kaitlin Frankenfield from Manassas Ballet Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Dance Boutique in Richland, or on the phone at (509) 946-5417.
Info & Tickets: http://www.midcolumbiaballet.org/

Benton City Winterfest & Lighted Parade – December 8


Our Annual Winterfest in Benton City, second Saturday in December, contains over 80+ vendors located in our High School facilities. Along with music, food, a Kid Zone, and the ever famous Santa Claus! Start off in the morning with our Santa 5k and 1 mile Reindeer Trot at 9 a.m.

Then hoof it on down to High School for refreshments and Shopping!! Then wrap up the family in their coats and hats and head downtown for the Lighted Parade at 5 p.m. Wrapping it up in the park for City Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. along with cocoa and cookies.
Santa Run info & registration: https://www.facebook.com/MilkAndCookies5K/
Info: http://i94664.wixsite.com/bentoncitychamber/winterfest

Merry Little Christmas Village – December 8


Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to participate

Come celebrate the Christmas Season in Historic Downtown Kennewick – have your picture taken with Santa, listen to the special readings of The Polar Express, enjoy hayrides, visit Santa’s Workshop, play games, drink apple cider, etc! This event will be held again on December 15.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/372108113330879/

PetSmart Furever Home for the Holidays – December 8


PetSmart, 6807 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Several animal rescue organizations will be on hand with over 80 adoptable pets that are looking for furever homes.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/337617606719880/

The Life of Christmas Past Open House – December 8


Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N 4th Ave. in Pasco
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

The Franklin County Historical Society cordially invites you to “The Life of Christmas Past” Open House – an old-fashioned Christmas party. Join us for cookies, hot chocolate, caroling, a visit from Father Christmas, and more! Followed by a luminaria in memory of our loved ones who have passed.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1944454322299428/

LIGO Public Tours – December 8

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO! 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.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Info: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA

Bells of the Dessert Concert – December 8


Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Two performances: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 donation suggested

You are invited to join Bells of the Desert as we celebrate our 10th season. Join us on December 8, 2018 at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church for the first concert of our 2018-19 season, commemorating 10 years of ringing, and looking forward to many more. We will perform a matinee concert at 3:00 p.m. and an evening concert at 7:00 p.m. We will also be performing again on January 5.
Info: https://bellsofthedesert.org/concerts/

Pasco’s Christmas en la Plaza – December 8


Peanuts Park, 109 S. 4th Ave. in Downtown Pasco
From 5 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free to attend

Put on your ugly Christmas sweater and join us for our annual Christmas celebration! Join us for festive fun including entertainment, food, community leaders and the tree lighting!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/287874375190636/

Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Lethbridge Hurricanes – December 8


Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Info & Tickets: http://amshockey.com/

3rd Annual Home for the Holidays – December 8 & 9


TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free admission

The annual Home for the Holidays is a 2-day expo with dozens of local and regional retail vendors under one roof and features various performances by local musical and dance groups, retail shopping and much, much more!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188605005391109/

Handel’s Messiah Concert – December 8 & 9


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 895 Gage Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 6 p.m. both evenings
Free to attend

The Kennewick Stake Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will perform a one-hour version of Handel’s Messiah directed by Paris Rodgers with choir, orchestra, and soloists including James Mohlman, baritone soloist. All are welcome to attend.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2196223247063342/

Richland’s Winter Wonderland – through January 2


John Dam Plaza and Richland Community Center in Richland
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Free family fun

Enjoy Winter Wonderland activities at John Dam Plaza the first three weekends in December as well as activities at the Richland Community Center all month long. In addition, the HAPO Festival of Lights will be on for all to enjoy every night until January 2nd from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each evening.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/119000895674116/

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12


East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
Thursday – Saturday from 12 noon – 6 p.m. each week until January 12
Cost: $5

EBCHS (East Benton County Historical Society) and HIHO (Hands In Hands On) join forces to bring an exciting, traveling children’s museum exhibit to the Tri-Cities! This pretend trek across the U.S.A. features an activity for every state and the District of Columbia – ride a mule in the Grand Canyon, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, hit a home run at Fenway Park and guide your sled dog team on the Iditarod Trail, to name just a few!

More than 70 hands-on learning opportunities address key academic standards for school-age visitors and highlight our nation’s geography, history, music, pastimes and iconic tourist destinations. Hundreds of U.S. trivia questions at interactive game stations encourage a little friendly competition among trivia buffs of all ages. Photo murals feature of some America’s most beautiful and iconic destinations and lots of fun facts.

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Trivial Pursuit® is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. 1981, 2015 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02861-1059 USA. All Rights Reserved.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/232324690792687/

Art Exhibits

Gallery Aglow – through December 30

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Hours:
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

Get all your holiday shopping done early at the Gallery at the Park in Richland! Throughout November and December, the gallery will be hosting the Allied Arts Association’s Gallery Aglow event.

Gallery Aglow has been an annual tradition for over 30 years, and each November, local and regional artists submit hundreds of works to the show. Stop by the Gallery at the Park to see beautiful decorations and to purchase unique, handmade gifts such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work.

During this event, you can also buy wreaths, trees and other holiday décor. These items were all made by Allied Arts volunteers, and the proceeds go toward funding the Allied Arts Association, which in turn gives back to the community.

Fundraisers such as this allow the Allied Arts Association to continue providing scholarships and expanding programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection. These programs play an important role in the community by making art education more accessible and allowing participants to explore their creativity and gain a greater sense of their own value.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/featured-exhibit/

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.

Nightlife Music


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

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: http://karaoketricity.wixsite.com/sing.

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.

The Reach Museum


1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 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. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
Info: https://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.

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:
– December 7: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– December 8: 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: https://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=1496 and https://www.facebook.com/Planetarium

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: https://tri-citiesguide.org.

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