Things to Do: January 13-19, 2020

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region January 13-19, 2020:

  • Ice Age Floods Institute Presentation: Olympics Love Affair – January 14
  • PNNL Presentation: Simulating the Chemistry of Tomorrow – The Role of Computers in 21st Century Chemistry – January 14
  • Ag Hall of Fame – January 16
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club Meeting & Presentation: My Life on a Mountain – An evening with Ang Dorjee Sherpa – January 16
  • Lecture: Richland – A Planned Wartime Company Town – January 16
  • The Richland Players present “The Miser” – January 17 & 18
  • Tri-Cities Sportsman Show – January 17-19
  • Garden Education Series Class: Sprouting Seeds at Home – January 18
  • Badger Mountain Dry Band Tumbleweed Music Festival Benefit – January 18
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony presents “A Sense of Place” – January 19
  • Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs
  • Kennewick Community Education
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Ice Age Floods Institute Presentation: Olympics Love Affair – January 14

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Monthly meeting starts at 6:45 p.m., presentation starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

After more than a half century of exploring Washington’s iconic coastal range, Whitman College professor Bob Carlson explains his ongoing love affair with the Olympic Mountains –

The summer of 1968 was the beginning of a love affair with Olympic Mountains and waters; I began my dissertation on glacial geomorphology and Pleistocene geologic history. What was the relationship between radiating Olympic valley and piedmont glaciers and the Puget Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet? Looking for Little Ice Age moraines was an excuse to climb Mt. Olympus, Mt. Cruiser, The Brothers, and other peaks; failures to summit Mt. Pershing and Mt. Constance led to second attempts. Purposes of the geologic mapping included geologic hazards such as landslides and suitability for waste disposal. The 1973 discovery of the first-known active fault in Washington increased the scope of investigations. As the decades went by, colleagues in the Washington Geologic Survey continued the research on both sides of Hood Canal, including finding a fault along the Olympic-Wallowa lineament.

PNNL Presentation: Simulating the Chemistry of Tomorrow – The Role of Computers in 21st Century Chemistry – January 14

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

Meeting future energy demands involves finding ways to store energy from intermittent sources such as wind and solar. Traditionally, one may imagine the chemists doing this work leaning over bench tops full of beakers, mixing chemicals. However, modern chemistry requires modern solutions. We can use computational chemistry to tell a lot about a reaction, including where atoms are in a molecule, how they interact with one another, and how much energy is required. Come see the exciting ways we use supercomputers to do the calculations required to meet these challenges!

Ag Hall of Fame – January 16

Pasco Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, 2525 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Reception at 5 p.m., dinner & program at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $65 per person

The Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame was formed in Year 2000 to recognize and honor distinguished individuals that have made significant contributions to the agricultural community in the Greater Franklin County region.

The 2020 Ag Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, January 16th at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center. This event will honor the 2020 Inductees. The gala will start with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. A full-course dinner will feature local produce and local wines. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Please join us to celebrate the great achievements in agriculture! This event is reserved seating only featuring a full course plated dinner, and tickets will not be available at the door.
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Columbia Basin Badger Club Meeting & Presentation: My Life on a Mountain – An evening with Ang Dorjee Sherpa – January 16

Riverfront Hotel, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
Starts at 6 p.m.
Cost: Dinner Meeting $35 for Members, $40 for Non-Members – must register online

Ang Dorjee Sherpa will share his vivid memories, backed up by stunning pictures at the Annual Meeting of the Columbia Basin Badger Club on January 16 at the Riverfront Hotel in Richland. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM. Ang Dorjee Sherpa’s presentation will follow a brief business meeting with a report to the membership.

Born in the remote 13,000-foot-high village of Panboche in Nepal, Ang Dorjee Sherpa grew up in the shadow of 22,349-foot Mt. Ama Dablan. The son of the famous climber and guide, Nima Tenzing Sherpa, he began mountain climbing as a porter at the age of 12. He first climbed Mt. Everest at the age of 22 and has climbed it 20 times. He has climbed 26,864-foot Mt. Cho Oyu 7 times, Ama Dablan 10 times, Mt. Killimanjaro in Africa 3 times, Mt. Aconcagua in the Andes of South America 35 times, and Mt. Rainier 45 times. In 2014, he survived an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed 16 Sherpas, including three from his own crew. He immigrated to America in 2002 after meeting his future wife, Michelle Gregory, a computational linguist, who worked at PNNL.
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Lecture: Richland – A Planned Wartime Company Town – January 16

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

A presentation by Richard Nordgren –

As the calendar turned to 1943 few imagined Richland would be transformed from a tiny farming community to a company town capable of providing housing, stores, schools, recreation and religious services for 16,000 people – all in two years. Two important considerations will be the focus of this presentation of that profound transformation: keep work force turnover as low as possible and to reflect the ethos of the nation fighting the deadliest war in its history. Richland was planned to build a sense of community that would make workers want to remain. This was done with good houses and services and by a design that said we are in this together.

The Richland Players present “The Miser” – January 17 & 18

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Adult: $17, Student: $14, Military: $14, Seniors (over 62): $14 (plus $2 online fee)

The Richland Players present the fourth play of the 2019-2020 Diamond Anniversary Season – “The Miser”

17th century France. The miser Harpagon, so cheap he’d swipe the pennies off a dead man’s eyes, rules his roost with a tight, iron fist. His son, Cléante , has fallen in love with the beautiful Mariane; his daughter, Elise, has secretly promised to wed Valère, a young charmer of unknown parentage who has flattered his way into being Harpagon’s chief steward. When Harpagon reveals his plan to wed Mariane himself and give Elise to the wealthy but aged Seigneur Anselme, children, suitors, disgruntled servants, and the quick witted Frosine conspire to foil him. The miser’s treasure is stolen from its hiding spot, and Harpagon rounds up all the suspects and threatens torture and imprisonment. Only the last-minute arrival of Seigneur Anselme, bearing secrets of his own, can unite the proper couples and restore Harpagon to his one true love – ten thousand crowns.
Future dates: January 24, 25, 26, 31 and February 1, 2
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Tri-Cities Sportsman Show – January 17-19

HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission – One time daily admission gets you in all three days for one low price!
– General Admission: Adults: $11, Children 6-12: $6, Children Under 6: free
– Special Admissions: Friday – Seniors 60+, Sunday – Kids Day: $1.00 off admission for children ages 6-12, Military: Show your military ID and receive $1.00 off admission

Join us for the northwest’s first sportsmen show of the season –

For outdoor men, women, and children from throughout the region, the HAPO Center (formerly the TRAC) will be filled with the latest in outdoor equipment, a trophy antler collection from the northwest, kid’s fishing pond, free air rifle range, free hourly hunting and fishing seminars, and more!

This year’s show will include more booths and exhibits than ever, with the new look of the recently renovated Arena. Back by popular demand will be the Outdoor Cooking Camp hosted by Harrod Outdoors. Exhibitors include retail merchants, factory reps, outdoor clubs and organizations, taxidermists, wildlife art, fishing boats, and fishing and hunting guides who will be available to help you plan your vacations. Door prizes will be given away hourly and the first 150-200 people through the door each day will also receive a bonus prize.

Garden Education Series Class: Sprouting Seeds at Home – January 18

Mid Columbia Library, 1620 South Union S. in Kennewick
From 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Free to attend – please register online

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

By starting you own garden plants, you can try out varieties that are not available in the garden centers. Come to Master Gardener’s class and learn how to start your own seeds.

Badger Mountain Dry Band Tumbleweed Music Festival Benefit – January 18

Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general admission and $12 for 3RFS members, in advance at The Bookworm and Octopus’ Garden, or at the door.

Badger Mountain Dry Band will be performing at its umpteenth benefit concert for the Tumbleweed Music Festival. The Tumbleweed Music festival is presented by the 3 Rivers Folklife Society each Labor Day Weekend at the Howard Amon Park in Richland. New band lineup with Curt on banjo, Shawn on fiddle, and new member Kay Humphries on vocal harmonies. Come on down for new tunes and new arrangements!

Mid-Columbia Symphony presents “A Sense of Place” – January 19

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Conductor Circle: $56, Gold Section: $40, Silver Section: $28, Student/Youth: $16, Bronze: $10

January 19th, we would like to honor our past once more as we are joined by soloists with ties to the region and some that have performed in previous seasons with the orchestra. Please join us for A Sense of Place. 3:00 p.m. at Richland High Auditorium.

Letter from Home COPLAND
Symphony in E Minor, op. 32, “Gaelic” AMYBEACH
Triple Concerto BEETHOVEN –

featuring Kairos:
Carrie Rehkopf Michel, violin
John Michel, cello
and special guest, Stephen Beus, piano
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Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs

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




Kennewick Community Education

Kennewick Community Education has a long tradition of providing the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas with personal and professional development classes for everyone in our community.

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 400 online classes to make learning more accessible than ever.

Art Exhibits

WSU Fine Arts- 2020 Faculty Exhibition – January 17 through February 28

Consolidated Information Center, 2770 Crimson Way, Room 102 in Richland
Hours: 12 to 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Free admission

Join us on the WSU Tri-Cities campus for WSU Fine Arts 2020 Faculty Exhibition at the Art Center.

There will be a reception on January 31, from 5:00 to 7 p.m. at the Art Center, bring your favorite people to be inspired by WSUs very own Fine Art Faculty. Light refreshments will be provided.

Esvelt Gallery: CBC Faculty Art Show – through February 6

Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
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

This exhibition showcases the unique studio practices of current and emeritus faculty. It is dedicated in memory of Professor Emeritus Morse Clary. The diverse media on display include: ceramic, collage, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Allied Arts Gallery: Tri-City Quilter’s Guild Exhibit – through January 31

Allied Arts Gallery, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Gallery Hours:
Monday & Sunday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free to attend

The Tri-City Quilter’s Guild is the featured exhibit during the month of January at Allied Arts Gallery. There will be a reception on January 12 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The guild’s major annual exhibit takes place on March 20 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

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)

– Friday, January 17: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Dynamic Earth at 8 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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