Things to Do: January 27 – February 2, 2020

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region January 27 – February 2, 2020:

  • Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference – January 29 – Note: Sold Out
  • Hanford Drama presents “My Favorite Year” – January 31 & February 1
  • The Richland Players presents “The Miser” – January 31 and February 1 & 2
  • Three Rivers Contra Dance – February 1
  • 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

Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference – January 29 – Note: Sold Out


Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets: $159 per person – to be placed on a waiting list, call 509-736-0510.

The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is Eastern Washington’s largest career and professional development event for women, drawing over 500 conference attendees, over 800 luncheon attendees and 40 show exhibitors. The inspiring experience brings together female leaders in every season of life to share insights, exchange ideas and empower their careers. The all-day conference boasts multiple keynote and breakout presentations featuring the finest, most knowledgeable experts in their fields, as well as the ATHENA Awards luncheon, which honors two of the top women leaders in our community. The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is the can’t-miss event of the year!
Info: https://www.tricityregionalchamber.com/women-in-business-conference.html

Hanford Drama presents “My Favorite Year” – January 31 & February 1


Handford School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $12 and $15 each based on location in the auditorium – tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Hanford High Drama is proud to present “My Favorite Year” – a classical musical comedy with a heart of gold. The story is based on the popular Peter O’Toole film of the same name. My Favorite Year is a musical filled with laughter, love, and life lessons. This story will be sure to delight and entertain.
Future show dates: February 5, 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee show on February 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Info & Tickets: https://hanforddrama.org/

The Richland Players presents “The Miser” – January 31 and February 1 & 2


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.
Info & Tickets: https://www.richlandplayers.org/showsandevents

Three Rivers Contra Dance – February 1


Note location change: Masonic Temple, 412 Thayer Dr. in Richland
Beginners lesson starts at 7 p.m., contra dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for students and seniors, $8 general adult

The 2020 Three Rivers Contra Dance season will be first Saturdays each month, February 1, March 7, and April 4. Dances are held at Trinity House Gymnasium, 1007 Wright Ave. in Richland. Beginners lesson starts at 7 p.m., contra dancing at 7:30 p.m. You don’t need a partner! Just show up to learn, the caller tells you what to do, and you can enjoy the live music.

We are also hosting contra dance workshops! On February 1, March 7, and April 4, 2020, the same days as our usual 1st Saturday evening dance, there will be a FREE Beginner’s Introduction to Contra Dance workshop 1-2:30, Advanced Contra Dance Workshop 3:00-4:30, and a potluck 5:00-6:30 before we start the dance at 7:00! The Beginner’s Workshop is FREE, the Advanced Workshop is $5 or $10 if you pay for admission to both the workshop and evening dance. Experienced dancers are always welcome to the beginners workshop to keep the dancing going!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Three-Rivers-Contra-Dance-145292206090537

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: https://city-of-kennewick.dcatalog.com/v/Activity-Guide/?page=1

Pasco: https://www.pasco-wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/61335/2020-Winter-English

Richland: https://issuu.com/recreation/docs/learn_play_live___winter_2020

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.
Info: https://www.ksd.org/District/Programs-and-Learning/Community-Education

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.
Info: https://tricities.wsu.edu/art-center/

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.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2403660906615433/?event_time_id=2403660916615432

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.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/upcomingshows/

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.

Nightlife Music


For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.

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.
Info: https://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

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: https://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.

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 31: 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.

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: https://cbcplanetarium.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4311 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium/

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.
Info: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA

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: https://tri-citiesguide.org.

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