Things to Do: December 24-30, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 24-30, 2018:

  • Tri-City Photography Club: “Getting Candid on the Street” – December 27
  • Warm-Up with Cool Books – December 27 & 28
  • REACH: Winter Break Days – December 27-29
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Program – Applications due December 28
  • Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society (LCBAS): 119th Christmas Bird Count – December 29
  • Star of Bethlehem Presentation – December 29
  • Christmas Carol Lane – through December
  • 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

Tri-City Photography Club: “Getting Candid on the Street” – December 27

Benton PUD auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

“Getting Candid on the Street” – a talk about Street Photography with Mike McCawley…

The Tri-City Photography Club doesn’t normally hold meetings in December but we were able to arrange for Street Photographer, Mike McCawley to present on the genre while he is in town over the holidays.

Warm-Up with Cool Books – December 27 & 28

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!

Every winter, Serve Tri-Cities and Mid-Columbia Libraries provide a fun and free event for families in the Tri-Cities. We strive to bring families together and strengthen the community through an interactive learning environment.

This year, our theme is Harry Potter. There will be fun activities, art, crafts and games along with amazing guest speakers. Warm Up with Cool Books will be on December 27th and 28th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at various Mid-Columbia Libraries and the Richland Public Library.

Come join us and learn about the magical world of Harry Potter and have lots of fun during winter break!

REACH: Winter Break Days – December 27-29

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. – Noon
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

All for ART!

Bring family and friends to the REACH during Winter Break to see the Hoch Gallery Art Exhibition, Discover the REACH: What Makes the Columbia Basin Unique. Create art and craft project of your own, inspired by the beauty and amazing stories of the Columbia Basin.

Master Gardener Volunteer Program – Applications due December 28

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to adults with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community. You do not need to be an expert gardener to apply, you just need to have a desire to learn and serve your community.

WSU Master Gardeners are Volunteer Community Educators. They spend over 100 hours in training and give back a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to become certified Master Gardener Volunteer Educators. Once certified, Veteran Master Gardeners continue their education and a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service to their communities.

Currently in Benton and Franklin Counties, Master Gardener training is held annually during the winter and early spring. Training is a hybrid of a mandatory online core curriculum with open book quizzes and a final exam and in class lectures on topics to enhance the online core curriculum training modules.

The in class presentations are three hours in length and are usually held on Tuesday afternoons from noon until 3 pm from the third week of January until the last week of April. Attendance at the lectures on Tuesdays is highly encouraged but not mandatory to participate in the program. Applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline to ensure space availability in the program.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Master Gardener Training Program until December 28, 2018. The cost of the program is $175, which is paid after acceptance into the program. Scholarships are available.
Info & Application:

Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society (LCBAS): 119th Christmas Bird Count – December 29

The Tri-Cities Christmas Bird Count(CBC) is set for Saturday, December 29. You do not have to be an Audubon Society member to participate, and birders of all experience levels are welcome.

The Tri-Cities count starts in three locations at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, December 29th. The three start locations where volunteers can join the count are:
– Richland – Meet Lisa at the “Fingernail” in Howard Amon Park
– Pasco: Meet Dana at the Chiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Rd 88
– Kennewick: Meet Rich Barchet at the Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail parking area on Columbia Park Trail.

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.

Star of Bethlehem Presentation – December 29

Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Murray Thorson and Dr. Kristy Henscheid will present “The Star of Bethlehem” – a 60-minute presentation using the planetarium dome to display the historical star events thought to cause the Wise Men to know Jesus was born and search for and find Him. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first come basis starting 30 minutes before show time.

Christmas Carol Lane – through December

Kennewick’s Concord Heights neighborhood becomes Christmas Carol Lane every December. When the sun sets, the lights go on along with Christmas carol boards. The tradition dates to the 1960s.

Christmas Carol Lane is between West 23rd and 26th Avenues and South Kent and Garfield streets, near Canyon View Elementary School in Kennewick. Enter at West 24th Street.
Info (paywall):

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

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
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.

Art Exhibits

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.

DrewBoy Creative: A Bite of Tri-Cities – through January 27
DBC Gallery at Confluent, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DrewBoy Creative presents an art show by Ayleen Wood. Come tour a large collection of art inspired by the many different cultures in the Tri-Cities.

Ayleen is inspired by, “Happiness and nature. You know that feeling you get when the sun finally sets at the end of a hard day at work or when you take the first bite of a delicious home cooked meal you worked on all evening? That’s the feeling I’m inspired by.”

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

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 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (no new admissions after 4 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: and

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:

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 28: Fractal Explorations at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– December 29: 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.
Info & Tickets: and

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:

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

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