Things to Do: November 18-24, 2019

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

  • Fall CBC Concert Band Concert – November 19
  • Native American Dance Demonstration – November 20
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: “Should County Sheriffs enforce I-1639, the gun control Initiative?” – November 21
  • Fall CBC Jazz Night – November 21
  • Lecture: Marijuana: Evil Weed or Medical Miracle? – November 21
  • The Rude Mechanicals: The Thanksgiving Play – November 21-23
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: Miracle on 34th Street – November 21-24
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Winnipeg ICE – November 22
  • Tri-Cities Ski Swap & Gear Sale – November 22-24
  • 2nd Harvest Turkey Drive – November 23
  • 2nd Annual Festival of Trees – November 23
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets – November 23
  • Camerata Musica: Kouzov Duo – November 23
  • Holiday Bazaars 2019
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Fall CBC Concert Band Concert – November 19

Southridge High School, 3320 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us as the The Columbia Basin Concert Band, directed by Dr. Collin Wilson, opens the 2019-2020 season with a presentation of classic and contemporary works for wind band.

Native American Dance Demonstration – November 20

Columbia Basin College (H Bldg.), 2600 N 20th Ave in Pasco
From 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free to attend

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Curtis Bearchum, Traditional Cultural Practitioner, will give a demonstration of social dances and regalia from different tribes of the Pacific Northwest. This event will take place in the H Building, downstairs on the main stage.

Columbia Basin Badger Club: “Should County Sheriffs enforce I-1639, the gun control Initiative?” – November 21

Riverfront Hotel (formerly the Shilo Inn), 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Forum Cost includes lunch: Registered Member $25, Registered Non-Members $30, Day of Event $35 – must register online.

Our next Forum, the Badger Club is taking on one of the country’s most divisive issues: Gun Control and the Second Amendment.

Washington’s Initiative 1639 went into effect this year, requiring enhanced background checks to purchase a “semiautomatic assault rifle,” similar to the background checks already required to purchase a pistol. It also raises the age required to buy an assault rifle to 21 years old. I-1639 stops short of requiring that all guns be in “safe” storage, but adds significant penalties for the owner if a person who is not supposed to have a gun uses it to commit a crime or harm someone.
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Fall CBC Jazz Night – November 21

Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for an evening of great jazz music covering a wide variety of eras and styles, featuring FreeForm, under the direction of Dave Cazier, and the CBC Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Collin Wilson. This concert is always one of the most thrilling each quarter. Don’t miss out. Free and open to the public

Lecture: Marijuana: Evil Weed or Medical Miracle? – November 21

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Addictive, dangerous, criminal. Natural, healing, safe. Marijuana has been called all of these things and more – but how much do we really know about it? In 1990, only 16% of Americans thought marijuana should be legalized; today, a majority of Americans believe it ought to be. What are the historical and cultural precedents that led us to blacklist marijuana for the past century? Why is public opinion now shifting?

WSU professor Rebecca Craft explains the history of marijuana use and policy in the United States, explores the drastic shifts in public perception, and discusses the latest research about the potential for marijuana to heal or harm. Participants will learn the facts-and bust some myths – on this highly discussed drug.

The Rude Mechanicals: The Thanksgiving Play – November 21-23

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Backstage Pass: $10, Groundlings: $5, General Admission: $20, Students/Seniors/Teachers/Military: $18

The Rude Mechanicals are absolutely thrilled to produce the regional premiere of Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, “The Thanksgiving Play.” Short and sweet at 90 minutes, full of laughs and shocking moments, this is the perfect (grown-up) event for the holidays. Due to the sassiness of this production, we suggest the kids stay home for this one. Make a grown-up’s night out of it, and we’ll see you at the show!
Future dates: November 27, 29 & 30 at 7 p.m. and November 30 at 2 p.m.
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Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: Miracle on 34th Street – November 21-24

Richland HIgh School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at 2
Tickets: $15-$25 adults, $10-$20 students, $13-$23 seniors

A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson.

Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heartwarming musical is sure to leave you smiling for the holidays.
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Tri-City Americans vs. Winnipeg ICE – November 22

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Winnipeg ICE.
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Tri-Cities Ski Swap & Gear Sale – November 22-24

Holiday Inn Event Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission

A variety of new and used equipment, including skis, boards, boots, bindings, helmets, goggles, gear, bags, racks and apparel will be available for purchase.

The TC Ski Swap & Gear Sale is a consignment sale, where you bring you gently used or new equipment and gear to the prior to the start of the sale. You leave your items for the sale event and a tag is placed on the items. If the item(s) sells a consignment fee applies or you pick the item(s) up at the end of the sale event.

2nd Harvest Turkey Drive – November 23

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Share the news! Second Harvest’s 4th Annual Turkey Drive will distribute Free Thanksgiving meal boxes to anyone in need. Boxes will include a frozen turkey, potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, crumb topping, pie crusts, dinner rolls and milk. Free to all in need of food assistance. No documentation required. Held rain or shine, while supplies last.

2nd Annual Festival of Trees – November 23

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $100 per person

Hosted by United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties…

Kick off the holidays in style with the Festival of Trees Gala & Auction presented by Diamond Sponsor, Bechtel National, Inc.

Last year, this inaugural event raised $75,000 for local hunger and homelessness programs. This year, we are working hard to make an even bigger impact!

Social Hour, Tree Viewing and Silent Auction starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner program where 10 beautiful, themed-trees will be up for auction. Silent auction will include 15 unique, themed-wreaths and other fun opportunities.

Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets – November 23

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Kelowna Rockets.
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Camerata Musica: Kouzov Duo – November 23

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Camerata does not sell tickets to the concerts, which are open to the public at no charge however patrons recieve prioity seating.

Featuring: Dmitry Kouzov (Cello) and Yulia (Fedoseeva) Kouzova (Piano)

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. This piano/cello duo will start the commemorations a little early with an all-Ludwig program: Sonatas in C Major (Op. 102 no.1), G Minor (Op 5 no.2), and A Major (Op,.69) as well as his Seven Variations on a Theme of Mozart.

Holiday Bazaars 2019

The staff at Tri-Cities Business News has compiled a list of holiday bazaars around the Tri-Cities that are taking place in November and December. For more information, visit:

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery Exhibit: ‘Wolf Fork Canyon’ presented by Tara J Graves – through November 26
Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free admission and open to the public

Tara J Graves is a photographer with a focus in fine art, who draws inspiration from her surroundings. She incorporates varying subjects, such as night photography, landscape, architecture, water, and topography. Photography is a way to explore themes. To take the time to see and focus on the details, combining the technical and creative to achieve the aesthetic. One aspect of photography that compels her is using the camera to play with perspective. She lives and works in Walla Walla, Washington. The exhibit runs through November 26.

DrewBoy Creative: Beyond the Walls of Perception Part One – David V35 Solo Art Show – through the end of the year

Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 5-8 p.m, Friday & Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Free to attend

We are proud to host David Vasquez’s solo show at Confluent Space Tri Cities. David is one of the most talented artist in the region. You will not want to miss this show! The art is for mature (i.e. PG-13) audiences.

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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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:
– November 22: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 8 p.m.
– November 23: The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at 2:00 p.m. and The Life of Trees at 3:00 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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