Things to Do: January 21-27, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of January 21-27, 2019:

  • 4th Annual MLK Day of Service – Project Hand-In-Hand – January 21
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – Bell-Ringing Ceremony – January 21
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month Film Screening and Discussion – January 22
  • Planetarium Show: “First Man” – January 23
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: 2019 Tenth Annual Meeting – January 24
  • The Rude Mechanicals: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] – January 24-26
  • Presenting Reel Rock 13 – January 25
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Everett Silvertips – January 25
  • Tri-City Family Expo – January 25 & 26
  • Richland Players: Butterflies are Free – January 25-27
  • Starting Plants for Your Garden – January 26
  • 2019 Tri-Cities Chinese New Year Celebration – January 26
  • Three Rivers Contra Dance – January 26
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – January 26
  • Camerata Musica: Maxwell Quartet – January 26
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony: Final Works – January 27
  • Kennewick Community Education – Winter & Spring Classes
  • Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

4th Annual MLK Day of Service – Project Hand-In-Hand – January 21

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in RIchland
From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Donations accepted

Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service –
Members of Psi Nu Omega – Alpha Kappa Alpha are collecting gently used hats & gloves and new socks for youth and adults. Donations will benefit the Women & Children’s Shelter at Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission. We are willing to pickup donations before the event date. Contact Ashley Jenkins –

Martin Luther King Jr. – Bell-Ringing Ceremony – January 21

Gjerde Center, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free to attend

The 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Bell-ringing ceremony is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 11 a.m. beginning at the Martin Luther King statue on the CBC Pasco campus. Speakers, music and presentation of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award are also planned. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be provided and AMERICORPS will have games for children.

The statue of Dr. King was erected in 1989 as only the fourth such statute approved by the King Foundation. The statue includes a boy carrying books walking alongside Dr. King representing King’s belief that education is essential to positive social change.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Film Screening and Discussion – January 22

The Salvation Army Richland Corps, 1219 Thayer Dr. in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to participate

Join us for a special screening and panel discussion on Human Trafficking Awareness, what is being done in the Tri-Cities to combat it and how you can get involved. The event is free and child care is available with advanced notice.

Planetarium Show: “First Man” – January 23

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Two showings: 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $4, Free for children 5 and under and for CBC students, faculty, and staff (must show ID) – purchase tickets online

Join us in the planetarium theater for our first ASCBC-sponsored movie of 2019, “First Man”! Our forward-facing projector casts a movie theater-sized rectangular screen at the front of our theater, allowing us to show such films on our 36′-wide dome! Seats will fill up fast, so reserve yours now. Doors will open about 30 minutes prior to each show time.

From Universal Studios: “On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.”
Rating: PG-13, Runtime: 141 min., Release Year: 2018
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Columbia Basin Badger Club: 2019 Tenth Annual Meeting – January 24

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dinner Meeting Cost: Free for Members, $35 for Non-Members (must register and pay in advance before January 24)

Guest Presenter: Roy E. Gephart – Reflections from 40 Years of Hanford Experience

Roy Gephart is an award-winning author with 40 years experience in the environmental sciences and hazardous waste industry. He is a nationally recognized expert on the Hanford Site. His career has focused on geohydrology, risk, information management, and science/policy linkages. He has managed applied technology to basic research programs. Roy is an information resource with local to national news media and a variety of agencies on environmental issues. He has written some 50 publications including two award winning books on Hanford waste management history and environment cleanup. Roy has given numerous invited lectures across the nation. He has been involved in several public-focused science education outreach activities.
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The Rude Mechanicals: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] – January 24-26

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Groundling $5, Adult $20, Student/Senior/Teacher/Military $18

All 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

This show is an irreverent, fast-paced romp that may be most enjoyed by those age 13 and older. The play includes bawdy (sexual) and crude humor and stage violence.
Future dates: Jan 31, Feb 1 & Feb 2 at 7 p.m., Feb 2 at 2 p.m.
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Presenting Reel Rock 13 – January 25

Southridge High School Auditorium, 3520 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Tickets: $10 in advance at REI Kennewick and $12 at the door

Tri-City Court Club, REI Kennewick, Dean Olin, The Rock Climbing Guide, and Inter-Mountain Alpine Club (IMAC) proudly present Reel Rock 13. In its thirteenth year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world.

The latest Reel Rock offering features footage of some of the best rock climbers and mountaineers around, including Alex Honnold, star of “Free Solo.” All proceeds will be donated to Inter Mountain Alpine Club!

Tri-City Americans vs. Everett Silvertips – January 25

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 Everett Silvertips.
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Tri-City Family Expo – January 25 & 26

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5, ​Children (3-17) $3, Seniors and Military with ID $3

Tri-City Families are Out of This World! Join us at the 2019 Family Expo where our community comes together to provide fun, educational and interactive activities and entertainment for Tri-City Families. Featured exhibit: the Pasco Aviation Museum will have an interactive exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first moon landing as well as additional exhibits about local aviation history. Join us!

Richland Players: Butterflies are Free – January 25-27

Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Pkwy in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adult: $15.00, Student: $12.00, Military: $12.00, Seniors (over 65): $12.00
Fees: $2 per ticket online (no fee through the Box Office)

Comedy by Leonard Gershe, Directed by Tamara Pomponio, Co-Production Managers Albania Schneegans & Alicia Briones

About the Show:
Young Don Baker, hero of his mother’s children’s book series, “Donny Dark” has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results. Recommended for age 14 and older.
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Starting Plants for Your Garden – January 26

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend (must register)

Do you want to start plants for your garden this Spring?

Master Gardeners will discuss techniques and timing for starting seeds at home. Bring your questions to this presentation to be ready for Spring planting.
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2019 Tri-Cities Chinese New Year Celebration – January 26

Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Starts at 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adult $10, Kids 5-12 years old $6. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The 2019 TCCAA Chinese New Year Celebration is the biggest event of the year for the Chinese community in Tri-Cities and has become a signature event around the area.

There will be traditional Chinese cultural performances, as well as Chinese calligraphy exhibition and some interactive activities for all participants to experience the culture and enjoy the atmosphere of Chinese New Year. There will be a Chinese New Year Dinner Party at 4:30 p.m., and the reception and performances will start at 6:30 p.m.

Three Rivers Contra Dance – January 26

Trinity Church Gymnasium (formerly Westside Presbyterian’s activity center), 1007 Wright Ave. in Richland
Lesson begins at 7:00 p.m. with called contra dances starting around 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults; $5 for Students and Seniors over 62

Three Rivers Contra Dance hosts a fun, social dance the fourth Saturday of the month. Contra dance is called to Live Music and taught as you go. Beginners welcome and no partners necessary!
Future dates: February 23, March 23, and April 27

Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – January 26

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 Spokane Chiefs.
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Camerata Musica: Maxwell Quartet – January 26

Columbia Basin College Performance Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: Patrons receive priority seating – after 7:15, members of the public and patrons are admitted on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Maxwell Quartet is a string quartet from Scotland and will be presenting Haydn, Beethoven and “The Rolling Waves,” a set of Scottish folk music.

Performers: Colin Scobie, 1st violin – George Smith, 2nd violin – Elliot Perks, viola – Duncan Strachan, cello
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Mid-Columbia Symphony: Final Works – January 27

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Conductor’s Circle – $55, Gold Seating – $39, Silver Seating – $27, Student Silver Seating – $15, Bleacher Seating – $9

Our first concert of 2019, “Final Works,” will feature the last scores written by some brilliant composers, just prior to their death.

The incredibly dynamic Justin Raffa, Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, will join the Mid-Columbia Symphony as guest conductor. This must-see performance will also spotlight guest soloist soprano Molly Holleran and the voices of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Youth Choirs!

Kennewick Community Education – Winter & Spring Classes

Community Education is the perfect opportunity to try something new or rekindle your desire for learning. Class offerings include language, crafts, arts, health, gardening, travel, music, business, finance, technology, and more. We now offer more than 100 local classes and more than 300 online classes to make learning more accessible than ever before. The Winter & Spring course catalogue is now online.

Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs

The Parks & Recreation Departments for Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland have published their Winter & Spring activity catalogs that you can view online.




Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Conservation of Mass Exhibit – through February 7

Esvelt Gallery @ Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Saturday & Sunday: closed
Free admission and open to the public

This solo exhibition will feature the ceramic sculpture of Tybre Newcomer. His most recent sculptural work is Modernist in style, taking inspiration from the forms of traditional hand tools. Concerned with the idea of the endangered craftsman, Newcomer’s work is both a look to the past, while also exploring how craft is used today, in the present. The shows runs through February 7.

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!
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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.
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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:
– January 25: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Dynamic Earth at 8 p.m.
– January 26: The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at 2 p.m. and Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef 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.
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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.”

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