Things to Do: January 20-26, 2020

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region January 20-26, 2020:

  • Annual MLK Day of Service: Project Hand-In-Hand – January 20
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Bell-Ringing Ceremony – January 20
  • An Evening of Poetry – January 24
  • Tri-City Family Expo – January 24 & 25
  • Kiwanis Club of Pasco Crab Feed – January 24 & 25
  • The Richland Players presents “The Miser” – January 24-26
  • Special Olympics Polar Plunge – January 25
  • 2020 Tri-Cities Chinese New Year Celebration – January 25 – Note: Canceled
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – January 25
  • Camerata Musica presents “Carpe Diem String Quartet” – January 25
  • 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

Annual MLK Day of Service: Project Hand-In-Hand – January 20

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in RIchland
From 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Donations are being collected

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 also collecting new and gently worn shoes for Soles4Souls and eye glasses for a local Lions Club. We are willing to pickup donations before the event date. Contact Ashley Jenkins:

Martin Luther King Jr. Bell-Ringing Ceremony – January 20

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

The 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Bell-ringing ceremony is scheduled for Monday, January 20 at 11 a.m. beginning at the Martin Luther King statue on the CBC Pasco campus.

Attend the ceremony and enjoy music, speakers from the community and the presentation of the Spirit Award winner. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be provided and AMERICORPS will have games for children.

An Evening of Poetry – January 24

Richland Public Library, 955 orthgate Dr. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Richland Public Library is pleased to host Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna for an after hours Friday night evening of poetry.

One River, Many Voices is a year-long project to convene a series of poetry readings and writing workshops along the length of the Columbia River as it traverses the State of Washington. The project is designed to explore a sense of place, of ecology, of history, and to celebrate the power of words and stories to define ourselves and our communities. One River, Many Voices features free readings and workshops with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and guest poets. Ms. Luna will be accompanied by local poets Maureen McQuerry, Afrose Ahmed and Dan Clark.

Tri-City Family Expo – January 24 & 25

HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
General Admission: Adults $6, Children (3-17) $4, Seniors and Military with ID $4
Extra events: Frozen Tea Party (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)  and Story Time with Cinderella (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.) – Tickets are $12/child, per event. All children must be accompanied by an attending adult. Attending adults need only to purchase an adult general admission ticket. Ticket includes admission to the Family Expo, entry to the special event, refreshments and snack for children only, character meet and greet and a photo opportunity

Your family is cordially invited to attend the Tri-City Family Expo, happening January 24 and 25, 2020. This event will benefit local foster children through the non-profit organization Royal Family Kids, with a donation from the Family Expo admission sales. The Expo will open on Friday with “Quiet Hours” from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., for a sensory friendly experience.

With over 100 vendors and organizations, this is a great way to connect with local businesses, gain helpful information for local families and provide a weekend of family friendly entertainment! There is an opportunity to attend “Story Time with Cinderella” or “A Frozen Tea Party”, Snow White will be available on Saturday with complimentary apples, courtesy of Yoke’s Fresh Market.

The first 200 children through the doors both Friday and Saturday, will receive complimentary ride passes to the Gesa Carousel of Dreams!
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Kiwanis Club of Pasco Crab Feed – January 24 & 25

Camp Kiwanis Building in Columbia Park
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. both evenings
Cost: $45 per person

All you can eat Crab Feed fundraiser for Children in our Community. Cost is $45. per person. Contact Darin Oman to purchase tickets: (509) 521-1200 or email

The Richland Players presents “The Miser” – January 24-26

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday  at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 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 31 and February 1, 2
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Special Olympics Polar Plunge – January 25

Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
2020 Plunge Schedule:
9:00 a.m. – Registration open
11:15 p.m. – Awards and Costume Contest begin
12:00 p.m. – PLUNGE!
Each participant must raise a minimum of $50 by Plunge day.

The cold is temporary. The impact is not. Grab your friends and get your costumes – anyone with a little courage, a warm heart, and a desire to support a worthy cause is welcome to join us in Freezin’ for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by collecting pledges and plunging into the Columbia River.

Too Chicken to Plunge? Cheer on from the sidelines in the “Chicken Coop.” You can still raise funds, win prizes, and make a difference in the lives of countless local athletes without getting wet!
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2020 Tri-Cities Chinese New Year Celebration – January 25 – Note: Canceled


As the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the US has been confirmed in Seattle, many of our members are concerned that it would spread and want to avoid crowds and public gatherings. Therefore unfortunately, we have decided to CANCEL our Chinese New Year Celebration on January 25 due to safety concerns.


Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Dinner party starts at 4:30 p.m. (Cost: Adult $10, Kids 5-12 years old $6. Tickets can be purchased at the door.)
Performances start at 6:30 p.m. (Performances are free to attend and open to the public)

The 2020 Chinese New Year Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 25th at Chief Joseph Middle School, featuring Chinese cultural performances brought by our friends and families in Tri-Cities as well as a Chinese New Year Dinner Party.

The annual Chinese New Year Celebration is held by Tri-Cities Chinese American Association (TCCAA), with the support of many people. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday, and this celebration is the biggest event of the year for the Chinese community in Tri-Cities and has also become a signature event around the area.

This year, we are welcoming Year of the Rat in 2020, which is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac, representing a brand new start. To celebrate the Year of the Rat, TCCAA will be having a big dinner party and a celebration with a variety of Chinese cultural performances, including Beijing opera, Chinese folk dance, Chinese martial arts demonstration and others. There will also be Chinese calligraphy exhibition and some interactive activities for all participants to experience the Chinese culture and enjoy the atmosphere of Chinese New Year.

Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – January 25

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

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Spokane Chiefs.
Info & Tickets:

Camerata Musica presents “Carpe Diem String Quartet” – January 25

Columbia Basin College Performing Arts Theatre, 2600 N. 20th in Pasco
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 – those who donate $100 or more each year – will receive priority seating before 7:15 p.m., after which everyone waiting to see the performance will be admitted on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Returning to Camerata after several years, Carpe Diem will present Korine Fujiwara’s evocative Fiddle Suite: Montana and Bradley Sowash’s Positive Energy. Pianist Cameron Bennett joins them in a performance of Schumann’s piano Quintet in E flat Major Op.44.

Note: From 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. there is a family concert featuring interactive music making with the younger listener in mind. There is no charge for admission. Seating will be first-come. First-seated.
About Carpe Diem String Quartet:

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 – 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. 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)

– Saturday, January 25: Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs 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.”

Submit Your Community Event

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