Things to Do: March 18-24, 2019

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

  • Presentation: Building Circular Economies – March 19
  • Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities: Pop! Go the Classics – March 19
  • Presentation: Washington in Wartime – March 20
  • Premier of Peter Carrs’ Documentary Short: “So Close to America” – March 20
  • Beer Choir – March 21
  • Presentation: She Traveled Solo, Strong Women in the Early 20th Century – March 21
  • Friday Family Night – March 22
  • Traxxas Monster Truck Tour – March 22 & 23
  • Othello Sandhill Crane Festival – March 22-24
  • Custer’s 20th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show – March 22-24
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre: The Neverending Story – March 22-24
  • Richland Players: Night Watch – March 22-24
  • Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser: The Best Is Yet To Come! – March 23
  • Camerata Musica: Aristeia Trio – March 23
  • 2019 Badger Mountain Challenge – March 29 & 30 – Must register by March 23
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Presentation: Building Circular Economies – March 19

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

You are invited to join us for PNNL’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series – “Building Circular Economies,” a presentation by Corinne Drennan.

Our economies and supply chains are mostly linear: extract, produce, use, dispose. What if we could master our transformations of matter in a circular fashion? How far could we drive our own supply chain efficiencies and sustainability?

This talk by Corinne Drennan, Market Sector Lead for Bioenergy Technologies in the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL, features two vignettes about technologies under development at PNNL that enable circular economies: hydrothermal liquefaction of sewage sludge and jet fuel from alcohol that comes from industrial waste gases. We begin by asking, “What challenges are we really trying to solve?” Then we’ll get to some fun, including pilot plants, industry partnerships, and even a commercial jet flight using fuel developed right here in the Pacific Northwest.

PNNL’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series was launched to help the public better understand and explore how science transforms our world.

Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities: Pop! Go the Classics – March 19

Faith Assembly, 1800 N Road 72 in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available for Adults ($25) and Students ($10).

Communty Concerts of the Tri-Cities presents Pop! Go the Classics –

Pop Go The Classics showcases celebrated pianist and arranger Mac Frampton, accompanied by the ThreePenny Symphony, in a production that merges his conservatory training with his mastery of the pop and jazz idioms, bringing to the stage fresh and original interpretations of revered classical works. Their repertoire includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

Presentation: Washington in Wartime – March 20

Mid-Columbia Library, 1920 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us as historian John Jensen presents “Washington in Wartime.”

Although Washington State numbered only 1.7 million at the war’s outset, it supplied crucial resources in millions of tons of food and raw materials and thousands of airplanes, tanks and ships. No state was more profoundly affected economically by the introduction and expansion of war industries. Through rarely heard stories and anecdotes as well as seldom seen film clips, radio broadcasts and rarely viewed photographs, those early days of the war are vividly captured in detail of an all-encompassing conflagration and the exploits of a state that contributed more per capita to the war effort than any other.

Premier of Peter Carrs’ Documentary Short: “So Close to America” – March 20

Chiawana High School Auditorium, 8125 W Argent Rd. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

On behalf of the Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition, we would like to invite you to join us for our upcoming premIere showing of the documentary film “So Close to America”, as Seattle filmmaker Peter Carrs explores the world of the Tri-Cities immigrant agricultural worker.

He takes an unprecedented look at the myths about their economic and cultural contributions to America. For anyone who wants to understand the economic as well as the moral debt we owe to these people, this film is a must see. Peter Carrs will be available for a Q&A following the 23-minute film. Watch this film, encourage others to attend, and join the discussion.

Beer Choir – March 21

RF McDougall’s, 1705 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend – beer extra

Hosted by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers –

Sing! Drink Beer! Join us for one of our favorite chapter meetings, the annual St. Paddy’s Day edition with all of your favorite Irish tunes. We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like.

Haven’t been to a Beer Choir Atomic Chapter meeting for a while? We’ve added a number of new songs in the guide of our Beer Choir Hymnal supplement (printed on spill proof paper) prepared by our amazing keyboard player Dan. Beer Choir is Free and open to the public. No auditions or experience necessary. Show up early to get a seat at this one; we were standing room only at this venue last time!

Presentation: She Traveled Solo, Strong Women in the Early 20th Century – March 21

East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Tessa Hulls –

During a 5,000 mile solo bicycle ride from southern California to Maine, Tessa Hulls heard the same thing daily: that a woman can’t travel alone. She began researching other women who traveled solo in different ways, and became fascinated with many in stories from the early 20th century: explorers, mountaineers, and even a circus performer- women who defied expectations and embarked on unprecedented journeys, but whose stories have remained largely untold.

Using historical photographs, primary documents, and hand-drawn illustrations, Hulls takes participants into the lives of intrepid female adventurers who lived through the turn of the 20th century – before the right to vote or the right to own property. In sharing these stories and her own, Hulls illuminates the power of history in today’s world and demonstrates why female role models are vital in affecting social change.

Friday Family Night – March 22

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $13.99 per person or $39.95 per family

Friday Nights are all about family at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Join the Carousel and KnockerBall Tri-Cities for interactive activities at an affordable price. You’ll have three hours of unlimited carousel rides and play on Knockerball inflatable games. Our concession kitchen is open with dinner specials as well.

Future dates: every Friday until Memorial Day Weekend.

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour – March 22 & 23

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m. both evenings
Tickets: Adults (13+) starting at $20, Kids (3-12) starting at $10 – tickets are subject to a service charge

The TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour invades the TRAC Center on March 22nd and 23rd. See these incredible 10,000-pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action during the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour! Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party!

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival – March 22-24

Founded in 1998, the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival highlights the spring return of Sandhill Cranes to the greater Othello area and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Lectures are delivered on Saturday only, whereas tours are conducted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The three-day non-profit Festival includes a variety of entertaining, educational, and memorable activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Custer’s 20th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show – March 22-24

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults $7.00 (good all weekend), Kids 12 and under free, Free parking

Custer’s 20th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show features 150 professional artists and crafters from across the northwest displaying and selling their Fine Art, Hand Crafts and Specialty Foods. Discover One of a Kind Jewelry, Hand Thrown Pottery, Fused Glass Work, Wood Turning, Metal Art, Photography, Soaps, Candles, Paintings, Wearable Fiber Art, Mixed Media, Seasonal Decor and so much more! Specialty foods include Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples, Artisan Cheeses, Balsamic Vinegars, Baking Mixes and more. Many of these items will be available to sample!

Academy of Children’s Theatre: The Neverending Story – March 22-24

Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Children (12 & under) – $10, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military – $13, Adults – $16 (purchase online)

Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book – The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life…

Future dates: March 29 at 7 p.m., March 30 & 31 at 3 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Richland Players: Night Watch – March 22-24

608 the Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adult $15, Student $12, Military $12, Seniors (over 65) $12

Suspense by Lucille Fletcher
Directed by Bryan McGlothin

About the Show:
“Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine’s terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body – this time a woman’s – but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas…

Future dates: March 29 & 30 @ 8 p.m. and March 31 @ 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser Take 2: The Best Is Yet To Come! – March 23

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tickets: $100 per person

Mid-Columbia Ballet, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Mid Columbia Musical Theatre, and Mid-Columbia Symphony are once again joining forces to put together a spectacular fundraising gala for a fourth year in a row called Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser. Our theme for 2019 is “The Best is Yet to Come,” an evening with the “Rat Pack” of the Mid-Columbia.

This swingin’ party, reminiscent of Las Vegas in the 1950-60’s, will be a night to celebrate the arts through live performances, dinner, drinks, and live and silent auctions that raise important funds for our operating budgets.

We invite you to join in supporting four Mid-Columbia performing arts groups all in one evening. We promise you a fabulous time! We have multiple levels of event, table, and ticket sponsorship opportunities to meet everyone’s needs. Themed costumes are encouraged but not required…the prize for “Best Costume” is a pair of free tickets to the 2020 event!

Camerata Musica: Aristeia Trio – March 23

Columbia Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to attend – patrons receive priority seating (note: seating is limited)

Aristeia Trio is a newly-formed trio based in Los Angeles. Annie Jacobs-Perkins (cello), Vijay Venkatesh (piano), and Micah Wright (clarinet) met as students at the USC Thornton School of Music. While Aristeia Trio has only existed since 2016, the trio has already given dozens of performances in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington state. As winners of the 2016 Frances Walton Competition, the trio performed a live, nationally-broadcast concert on KING FM 98.1.
About Aristeia Trio:
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2019 Badger Mountain Challenge – March 29 & 30 – Must register by March 23

Badger Mountain Trailhead in Richland
The 50 and 100 Mile races will start on Friday @ 7 a.m.
The 50km will start on Saturday @ 7 a.m.
The 15km will start on Saturday @ 8 a.m.

The 9th annual Badger Mountain Challenge will be held on March 29th and 30th, 2019. This run offers four distances; 15k, 50k, 50 miles and 100 miles. The 100 and 50 mile races start on Friday the 29th, and the 50k and 15k start on Saturday the 30th. This a great opportunity to be involved in a race that has a small town feel, but all the support of a big race.

This will be a fun day for all, even those who aren’t competitive and would just like to run or hike the course while enjoying the local ridges, awesome views and open spaces. All entrants can enjoy some post race food after the race.
Info & Registration:

Art Exhibits

Drewboy Creative: The Green Show – through April 17

Confluence Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Hours: Wed-Thu: 5-8 p.m., Fri-Sat: 12-8 p.m., Sun: 12-5 p.m.
Free to attend

DrewBoy Creative’s signature color show celebrates its four year anniversary with the color green. With nearly 50 participating artists you do not want to miss this show! This juried show is sponsored by Prohibition Glass, Allen Brecke Law Offices, and Numerica Credit Union.

Exhibit: Faculty Art Show ‘Then and Now’ – through March 21

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.

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.

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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 (single feature/double feature): $8/$13 adults, $7/$11 seniors, $5/$8 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online or at the door)

Showing this week:
– March 22: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Fractal Explorations at 8 p.m.
– March 23: 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.
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:

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