Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 10-16, 2018:
- 1st Annual Indoor Snowball Fight – December 11
- Tri-City Genealogical Society: Show Off Your Heritage – December 12
- Rolling Hills Chorus Annual Christmas Concert – December 13
- Academy of Children’s Theatre presents “Elf, the Musical Jr.” – December 14-16
- Monte Ingersoll’s Home for Christmas Concert – December 14-16
- The Richland Players & Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: The First Nowell – December 14-16
- Lampson Cable Bridge Run – December 15
- Merry Little Christmas Village – December 15
- SantaCon 2018 Pub Crawl – December 15
- 2nd Annual Winter Music Fest – December 15
- 2018 TCSBA Christmas Concert – December 15
- Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Nighthawks – December 15
- Three Rivers Folklife Coffeehouse: Talena Bricker – December 15
- Mark O’Connor and Friends: An Appalachian Christmas – December 16
- Senske Holiday Light Show – through December
- 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
1st Annual Indoor Snowball Fight – December 11
Kiona Benton High School, 1205 Horne Rd. in Benton City
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 per player or $1 and a canned food item.
Kiona Benton High School Leadership Class is organizing an Indoor Snowball Fight event. This event will raise funds for our Winter Wishes Fundraiser. Bring teams or group of friends. No limit on number of participants. Show up and we can place you with a group. Just about anyone can do this.
Tri-City Genealogical Society: Show Off Your Heritage – December 12
Benton County PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th. Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
The program for this meeting will be the annual “Show Off Your Heritage” event. Members and guests are asked to bring items about your family heritage/history as well as what interests you have:
– Family heirlooms, antiques
– Hobbies, collections or recreation interests
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.
Refreshments – please bring homemade or store bought cookies, candies, fudge, muffins, quick breads (banana, zucchini, apple, pumpkin), cake, etc. Beverages, plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.
Rolling Hills Chorus Annual Christmas Concert – December 13
Benton County PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th. Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend
Come join the Rolling Hills Chorus for our annual Christmas concert featuring music, fun and refreshments!
Academy of Children’s Theatre presents “Elf, the Musical Jr.” – December 14-16
ACT Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday 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.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aoct
Monte Ingersoll’s Home for Christmas Concert – December 14-16
The Living Room Community Church, 1409 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick
Friday & Sunday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10 each (a few tickets are still available for each performance)
Monte Ingersoll and friends bring you three performances of The Living Room’s Annual “Home for Christmas” concert. Arrive early and enjoy our Dessert Garden for an additional $5.
– Tickets for Friday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-for-christmas-friday-december-14-2018-at-700pm-tickets-51843960682
– Tickets for Satuday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-for-christmas-saturday-december-15-2018-at-700pm-tickets-52171405077
– Tickets for Sunday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-for-christmas-sunday-december-16-2018-at-400pm-tickets-52171424134
The Richland Players & Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: The First Nowell – December 14-16
Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $25 general admission, K-12 school students are admitted free
Mid-Columbia Mastersingers is pleased to partner with The Richland Players this holiday season on a fully staged production of “The First Nowell,” a one act musical nativity play by 20th century British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy our “Behind the Music” talk with conductor Justin Raffa and stage director Megan Johnson!
Set as a play within a play, The First Nowell explores the idea of building community as members of an ordinary Victorian parish stage their own nativity on Christmas Eve.
The music will be performed with a chamber orchestra comprised of members of the Mid-Columbia Symphony and features vocal soloists Paris Rodgers, soprano and Steven Slusher, baritone. Each performance will also feature some of our Mastersingers Youth (MY) Choirs performing a variety of holiday selections on the first half.
Lampson Cable Bridge Run – December 15
Santa will start the 1 Mile, 5K, and 10K races at 9 a.m.
Entry fee $31 – regular registration ends December 12 – last chance registration is December 14 plus an additional $5 fee
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lampson Cable Bridge Run! In celebration of this milestone Finisher Medals will be given out to the first 2000 participants who finish the run. To receive your medal please ensure that your race bib is visible as you cross the finish line. So tell your friends and come out and enjoy this fun and exciting holiday tradition! Runners, no matter the distance they choose (1Mile, 5K, or 10K) will start their race crossing over the Columbia River from Kennewick to Pasco, WA on the scenic Cable Bridge and all racers will end at the Lampson warehouse and warm up with Hot Doctor Pepper and enjoy the camaraderie of other participants.
New this year there is a discounted ($21), non-timed 1 mile fun run category for those that want to experience the fun and excitement of this yearly event, and still receive the 40th Anniversary finisher medal. Also new this year, is a child 4 and under category that is free of charge. Participants in this category will receive a bib but will not be timed or receive a finisher medal.
For all timed race categories, timing chips are used and awards are given to the top participants in each age category. So if you are a competitive runner or someone who just wants to have fun walking with your friends, the Lampson Cable Bridge Run has what you are looking for.
Info & Registration: https://www.pasco-wa.gov/845/Lampson-Cable-Bridge-Run
Merry Little Christmas Village – December 15
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!
SantaCon 2018 Pub Crawl – December 15
Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 and we ask you bring one nonperishable food item to donate! Must be 21+
Calling all Santas , Mrs. Claus, Reindeer, Snowmen and Snowwomen, 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!
The day of the event you will get you a mug at the bar you signed up at and a beer at the following bars on the Pub Crawl: Sports Page, Parkade, Players & Branding Iron! All proceeds will go to the Union Gospel Mission. Get signed up today at any of the participating bars!
2nd Annual Winter Music Fest – December 15
Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $5 online or $8 at the door
This is an all age event
United Arts Coalition, and 509 Hype Presents the 2nd Annual “Winter Fest” – a show to support local youth bands and expose them to a large audience to help them build stage presence and gain exposure.
This year all proceeds from this event will be donated to Safe Harbor’s My Friends Place. New to this year – Rainmaker Studio will be donating studio recording time to the crowd’s favorite youth band. Food and alcohol will be sold at this event – 21 and over with a valid ID to drink.
The band lineup:
– The band Rice
– Term of Service
– Heidi Jackson Music
– This Past Tuesday
Info & Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3918687
2018 TCSBA Christmas Concert – December 15
Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Rd. in Richland
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7.50 (purchase online)
The TCSBA Christmas Concert is an annual event celebrating the season and raising funds for the non-profit Tri-Cities Steel Band Association – an evening filled with marimba and steel drum music, delicious baked goods, and an amazing silent auction!
Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Winterhawks – December 15
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 Portland Winterhawks.
Info & Tickets: http://amshockey.com/
Three Rivers Folklife Coffeehouse: Talena Bricker – December 15
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave. in Richland
From 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8 for general admission or $6 for teens and seniors
The evening begins with an Open Mic – come early if you want to play! Then our featured performer will be Talena Bricker. Her songs and voice reflect the environment perfectly. Mysterious sounds, dark and sun-dappled as the old-growth forests. At other times they’re powerful waves breaking on a deserted and painfully picturesque coastline…
Mark O’Connor and Friends: An Appalachian Christmas – December 16
Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50 – $39.50 (plus fees)
Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor & Friends – An Appalachian Christmas tour featuring Brandy Clark. The performance features interpretations of Christmas classics found on O’Connor’s celebrated album of the same name, which reached the top 20 on three Billboard charts. The touring ensemble performs hits from the album, delivering stunning vocal harmonies and sophisticated instrumentals within classic Christmas music. Brandy Clark rounds out the evening, with her beautifully detailed music making.
Info & Tickets: https://yourtoyotacenter.com/event/mark-oconnor-friends/
Senske Holiday Light Show – through December
Senske Services, 400 N Quay in Kennewick
Nightly through December
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. Tune your radio to 90.3 FM.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 14: Fractal Explorations at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– December 15: Planet Nine at 2 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! 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
LIGO Public Tours
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.
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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