Things to Do: February 18-24, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of February 18-24, 2019:

  • Winter Concert Band Concert – February 19
  • PNNL’s Community Science and Technology Seminar – February 19
  • Tri-City Americans vs Red Deer Rebels – February 19
  • Planetarium Show: “A Star is Born” – February 20
  • United Way Dine Out – February 21
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Is Green Power the answer, or just the next problem? – February 21
  • Presentation: Nuclear Generated Electromagnetic Pulse – February 21
  • Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other – February 21
  • Artistic Director Matthias Maute Lecture & Presentation – February 22
  • Tri-City Americans vs Portland Winterhawks – February 22
  • Annual Regional Home & Garden Show – February 22-24
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre: “Keeping Mr. Lincoln” – February 22-24
  • Winter Birds – February 23
  • PetSmart National Adoption Event – February 23
  • Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Awareness Zumba Event – February 23
  • WSU Master Gardeners: How to Build a Raised Bed to Last – February 23
  • Camerata Musica: Ensemble Caprice Family Concert – February 23
  • 2019 Craft Brews & Bacon Fest – February 23
  • Three Rivers Contra Dance – February 23
  • Camerata Musica: Ensemble Caprice – February 23
  • Strides Masquerade Gala – March 2 (Registration ends February 18)
  • UCLA Alumni Dinner for 12 Strangers – March 2 (RSVP by February 22)
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Winter Concert Band Concert – February 19

Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

The Columbia Basin Concert Band, directed by Russ Newbury and Dr. Collin Wilson, present a mix of classic and contemporary works for wind band including Jay Bocook’s Gloriana, Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius, Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium¸ and an original work by Russ Newbury. The concert will also feature the talented musicians of the Hanford High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Russ Newbury.

PNNL’s Community Science and Technology Seminar – February 19

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

You are invited to join us for PNNL’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series – “Modern Day Alchemy: Building the Future Atom by Atom,” a presentation by Steven Spurgeon.

How do we make electronics for the next iPhone even faster, more efficient, and more reliable? How do we build quantum computers that can safely encrypt millions of financial transactions? And how do we engineer batteries that will last long enough for a cross-country road trip? Research on the frontiers of science is helping to realize these goals by allowing us to craft materials never before seen in nature. Learn how we build materials a single layer of atoms at a time, how we image atomic structure using state-of-the-art microscopes, and how we use supercomputers to model and predict the behavior of complex systems. Come see how today’s revolution in designer materials is unlocking the technologies of tomorrow.

Tri-City Americans vs. Red Deer Rebels – February 19

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 Red Deer Rebels.
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Planetarium Show: “A Star is Born” – February 20

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 next ASCBC-sponsored movie of 2019, “A Star is Born”! We will have two screenings at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. 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. CBC students, faculty, and staff can attend for FREE, but you MUST show your valid CBC ID at the door to be admitted. Children 5 and under are also free. For all others, the cost is $4.00. Doors will open about 30 minutes prior to each show time. Please note: no food or beverages are allowed in the planetarium theater!

Rating: R, Runtime: 135 min., Release Year: 2018
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United Way Dine Out – February 21

On Thursday, February 21st, local restaurants will support our community by donating 50% or more of their proceeds for the day to United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties. United Way funds 39 local programs that support the health, education, and financial stability of people in our area. For a list of participating restaurants, visit

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Is Green Power the answer, or just the next problem? – February 21

Richland Red Lion, 802 George Washington Way in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 – must preregister (lunch included)

Is Green Power the answer, or just the next problem?

We rely on our utility electrical system to deliver reliable continuous services to customers. At the same time, policy makers are demanding that we convert our power supply to renewable sources like wind and solar. This Badger Club Forum looks at the impacts these decisions will have on users since green power from wind and solar depends on weather conditions to work.

Can these politically-favored green power sources meet our need for a steady reliable power grid? Is it smart to discourage existing steady fossil fuel and nuclear power generation? Utilities must continue to deliver steady power output to customers like hospitals, schools, factories and offices. Our elevated standard of living and, in certain cases, even our lives depend on that reliable power. This Columbia Basin Badger Club Forum will focus on these issues: What is the regional plan to maintain a stable utility grid; and what low carbon alternatives can be applied without destabilizing the grid; and Is there a reliable nuclear option that can address load swings and help stabilize the utility grid?

Speakers will be:
– Dr. James Conca, Sr Scientist at UFA Ventures, adjunct prof at WSU, Affiliate scientist at Los Alamos Nat Lab
– Rick Dunn, Sr Dir Eng and Power Mgmt at Benton PUD. He is registered Prof Eng with BS EE. He is chief engineer for the utility responsible for power supply portfolio.
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Presentation: Nuclear Generated Electromagnetic Pulse – February 21

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
From 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free to attend

Attend this free presentation, hosted by the Richland Seniors Associaton, on the Nuclear Generated Electromagnetic Pulse by Dennis Walters. This presentation is designed to help you understand the potential impacts to you, your familiy, your businesses, and your community.

There is currently no EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) response plan at the Federal, State or local level. More importantly, the Regulatory Code of Washington State (RCW 38.52.030) prohibits the development of a nuclear response plan that evacuates or relocates people. The recent advances in nuclear weapon and delivery systems by rogue states have created an existinal threat to the United States of America.

Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other – February 21

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by T. Andrew Wahl –

Since their debut in the 1930s, comic books have been a regular part of our pop-culture landscape. While often dismissed as escapist entertainment, these pulp treasures also provide a fascinating lens through which to view our nation’s past, present and potential future.

In this interactive presentation, journalist and educator T. Andrew Wahl explores how everything from social movements to business concerns to changing demographics have shaped the reality seen in the pages of comics. Drawing from comics including Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others, Wahl shows how four-color heroes aren’t merely confined to paper—they shape the world we live in.

Artistic Director Matthias Maute Lecture & Presentation – February 22

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Open and free to the public

The Columbia Basin College Arts Center is pleased to announce that Ensemble Caprice Artist Director Matthias Maute will be presenting a lecture demonstration on Friday, February 22, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, in the CBC Theatre.

He will be providing a solo demonstration and lecture as an introduction to the upcoming concerts on Saturday, February 23. There will also be time for a Q & A for those attending.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear this gifted artist speak about his work with Ensemble Caprice and the literature he focuses on, as well as, answer questions.

Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Winterhawks – February 22

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.
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Annual Regional Home & Garden Show – February 22-24

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $6 Adults, 12 and under free – $1 off admission price with a nonperishable food item for Salvation Army. Free readmission all weekend with return stamp.

Regional Home & Garden Show is a 3 day event being held at the TRAC Center in Pasco. This event showcases products like garden design, garden furniture, decorations, garden technology to plants and rarities,home renovation and remodeling etc.

Academy of Children’s Theatre: “Keeping Mr. Lincoln” – February 22-24

Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 general admission; $13 for students and seniors; $10 for children under 13

The Academy of Children’s Theatre is performing a provocative production of “Keeping Mr. Lincoln” for local audiences, and then taking the show on the road to Getttsburg in June to participate in a youth theatre competition in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

This engaging and timely production of “Keeping Mr. Lincoln” presents the story of Abraham Lincoln from a modern perspective. Playwright Sandra Fenichel Ashe created an innovative play that allows youth actors, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity, to take turns playing Abraham Lincoln and important people in his Kentucky childhood, Indiana youth, Illinois and Washington, D.C. time periods. According to director Josh Darby, the play focuses on telling stories about Lincoln through the eyes of the youth of 2019 America. The play is structured to give youth’s contemporary issues, world, and points of view a voice that is guided by the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
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Winter Birds – February 23

McNary Environmental Education Center, 311 Lake Rd. in Burbank
From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free to attend – family event!

Join us for our annual celebration of the local birds of winter! The event will include birding tours, nature walks, presentations on birds, children’s activities, live bird displays by Blue Mountain Wildlife, and the release of a Bald Eagle!

PetSmart National Adoption Event – February 23

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

Over 80 adoptable pets available for adoption. Be prepared for wagging tails, wet noses and unconditional love when you attend a PetSmart Charities® Adoption Event.

Our additional Adoption Events provide great opportunities for potential adopters to see a wider variety of adoptable pets.

National Adoption Weekends. On average, more than 15,000 pets find homes every time PetSmart Charities hosts a National Adoption Weekend. Held 4 times a year, these events showcase adoptable pets in every PetSmart store in the United States and Canada, usually featuring several adoption organizations at each store.

Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Awareness Zumba Event – February 23

Columbia Basin Racquet Club, 1776 Terminal Dr. in Richland
From 12 noon – 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 (suggested donation)

Join Psi Nu Omega for their annual Pink Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health event that will feature blood pressure checks, door prizes, and fitness fun.  All participants should wear clothes and comfortable shoes suitable for physical activity.

WSU Master Gardeners: How to Build a Raised Bed to Last – February 23

WSU Master Gardeners of Benton & Franklin Counties, 7102 W Okanogan Place Suite 102 in Kennewick,
From 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Raised bed gardening is a great way to save the most important garden tool, your body. Make gardening easier by attending this class and learn to build your own raised beds!

We would appreciate your signing up for the class to give us and estimate of numbers. If you are not able to sign up you are still welcome to attend.
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Camerata Musica: Ensemble Caprice Family Concert – February 23

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend – although donations are always welcome – this program is ideal for parents and children.

A baroque feast: Music and stories: Music tells stories. What is the story hidden behind J.H.Schmelzer’s Serenata con altre arie or A.Vivaldi’s La Follia? Ensemble Caprice performs and tells musical stories which reach out to us today throughout the centuries. The program “A baroque feast” celebrates the magic of music!

2019 Craft Brews & Bacon Fest – February 23

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 6 p.m – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $45 at the door. Includes a tasting glass and 4 tokens
Must be 21+ to attend

The 5th Annual Craft Brews & Bacon Festival takes place February 23. The festival will include microbrew tasting and live entertainment, with complimentary food provided by area restaurants and caterers, who will each be competing for the best bacon dish of the night. Wine also will be available.
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Three Rivers Contra Dance – February 23

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: March 23 and April 27

Camerata Musica: Ensemble Caprice – February 23

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend – patrons receive priority seating and seating is limited

Ensemble Caprice has been hailed by the New York Times as “an ensemble, that encourages the listener to rehear the world”.

This new concert program iLove baroque creates a lively atmosphere designed to engage the audience in an unusual way. Five musicians, eight short anecdotes, nine roses, two centuries of wonderful music from five different countries by composers like J . S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, A. Falconiero and J . H. Schmelzer; all these make for a program full of drama, tenderness, joy, humor and melancholy: Eight short stories and eight sets of highly exciting music.

There are nine roses, and every set of pieces is garnished with one rose. So what could the ninth rose be for? Only those who attend the concert will know the answer!

Strides Masquerade Gala – March 2 (Registration ends February 18)

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $65 per person, must be 21+ to attend

Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center is excited to invite you to the Third Annual Gala Dinner & Auction. Join the Strides team for a wonderful night of food and fun with all proceeds benefiting the Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center Programs!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. to a silent auction with a selection you will not want to miss. A delicious catered dinner will be served and will be accompanied by an exciting live auction. What would a dinner be without dessert? We will have a fun dessert dash and wine pull available, as well as, some fun table games for your enjoyment. For a donation to help raise additional funds, Masquerade makeup services will be offered by Vivid Imaginations Professional Face Painting.
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UCLA Alumni Dinner for 12 Strangers – March 2 (RSVP by February 22)

Are you an alumnus from UCLA? If so, we’d love for you to attend our UCLA Dinner for 12 Strangers! The dinner will be held in Richland, WA on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. and is free of charge.

A Dinner for 12 Strangers is an exciting way to make new friends hosted by UCLA alumni who have volunteered to welcome fellow alumni into their homes.

To RSVP for the dinner, visit this page on the Dinner for 12 Strangers UCLA Alumni site: (…/dinner-for-12-str…/regional-guest/) or simply type “UCLA Dinner for 12 Strangers” into Google to find the site.

Under “National, select Washington State and simply click the host name “Larry Miller ’81, PhD ’87” for the Richland event. This will email Larry directly to express your interest in attending dinner. Please RSVP by Friday, February 22.

Art Exhibits

Exhibit: Faculty Art Show ‘Then and Now’ – opens February 19

Esvelt Gallery at CBC, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Saturday & Sunday, closed
Open and free to the public

Esvelt gallery is proud to present the work of the Columbia Basin College Art Department faculty. The work presented in this exhibition is diverse and includes painting, drawing, collage, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. The faculty, who are each artists engaged in their own unique studio practice, showcase what is possible through continued creativity.

There will be an artist reception on February 21 at 3 p.m. in the gallery. This exhibit runs through March 21.

Gallery at the Park: Empty Bowls – through March 1

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd in Richland
Monday – closed
Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Open and free to the public

This exhibition will feature various arts from Cyber Art 509 along side hand crafted bowls from community artists sold to benefit the Tri-City Food Bank.

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:
– February 22: The Life of Trees at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– February 23: 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.
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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:

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