Things to Do: February 17-23, 2020

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region February 17-23, 2020:

  • Climate Science on Tap: Ask Me Anything – February 17
  • Rude Mechanicals presents “Exit, Pursued By A Bear” – February 19-22
  • Dine Out, Change Lives – February 20
  • 21st Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook – February 20
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Two Opposing Speakers Debate Climate Change – February 20
  • 3rd Annual Girl Day – Introduce a Girl to Engineering – February 20
  • Lecture: Women of War – The Hanford Girl – February 20
  • BYU Vocal Point Concert – February 21
  • Home & Garden Show – February 21-23
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre presents “Freaky Friday – The Musical” – February 21-23
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers presents “Votes for Women: Voices for All” – February 21-23
  • Three Rivers Craft Brews & Bacon Fest – February 22
  • Circle-Shaped Love Banquet – February 22
  • Camerata Musica presents “Axiom Brass” – February 22
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Climate Science on Tap: Ask Me Anything – February 17

Brews Taphouse, 5426 N Rd 68 in Pasco
Social hour at 6 p.m., Q & A from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to participate

Have questions you’ve always wanted to ask a climate scientist? Leading Climate Scientist Steve Ghan will answer them at Brews Taphouse. If Steve can’t answer your question, he’ll know who can! Steve is a fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU), the largest scientific society promoting geophysical endeavors of Earth and space scientists. He has decades of experience collaborating with atmospheric and climate scientists and organizations around the world. Come meet Steve and ask him anything about climate change.

Rude Mechanicals presents “Exit, Pursued By A Bear” – February 19-22

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Performances: Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission: $20, Students/Seniors/Teachers/Military: $18, Royal Gallery: $40 each

The story:
Nan has decided to teach her abusive husband Kyle a lesson. With the help of her friend Simon (acting as her emotional — and actual — cheerleader) and a stripper named Sweetheart, she tapes Kyle to a chair and forces him to watch as they reenact scenes from their painful past. In the piece de resistance, they plan to cover the room in meat and honey so Kyle will be mauled by a bear. Through this night of emotional trials and ridiculous theatrics, Nan and Kyle are both freed from their past in this smart, dark revenge comedy.
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Dine Out, Change Lives – February 20

Hosted by United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties –

Dine at a participating local restaurant on Dine Out day, and the restaurants will donate 50% or more of the day’s proceeds to helping local children and individuals thrive through access to education, income, and health services right here in Benton & Franklin Counties.

Participating Local Restaurants:
– Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery, Richland
– Monterosso’s Italian Restaurant, Richland
– Crow’s Nest @ Clover Island Inn, Kennewick
– The Village Bistro Tri-Cities, Kennewick
– Ice Harbor Brewery, Kennewick
– Ice Harbor Marina Kennewick
– Koko’s Bartini, Kennewick
– Kagen Coffee and Crepes, Richland
– PNNL Discovery Hall, Richland

Can’t attend but still want to support your community? Visit our website to give today:

21st Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook – February 20

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost to Attend: All Day Individual Non-Member: $85.00, Lunch Only Non-Member: $35.00 – must register online

Hosted by TRIDEC –

The 21st Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook will feature local & national leaders presenting on key economic issues facing the region. Join us for The event of 2020! Connect with industry influencers and engage decision makers!
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Columbia Basin Badger Club: Two Opposing Speakers Debate Climate Change – February 20

Richland Riverfront Hotel, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch Meeting: $30 in advance or $35 at the door – must register in advance

The Columbia Basin Badger Club will focus its February discussion on the question “Do We Have the Political Will to Stop Climate Change?” The two speakers are Bill Pennell and Doug Ray taking opposing positions for the sake of discussion. Only members can ask questions.
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3rd Annual Girl Day – Introduce a Girl to Engineering – February 20

Richland Public Library (STEAM Room), 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
This free event is open to all girls from 3rd – 12th grade.

Join us for the 3rd annual Girl Day! Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is part of a growing movement to inspire girls’ futures and teach them that they can be part of engineering a better world.

Come on down for fun hands-on engineering activities, free snacks, and meet real female engineers and scientists from right here in our own community.

Lecture: Women of War – The Hanford Girl – February 20

East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Teresa Andre –

It’s WWII and women are going to work. In Southeastern Washington, women are recruited as secretaries for the Hanford Engineer Works. Your employee manual provides directions for business conduct, attire, and the rules by which the Hanford Business Girl works. Remember “The prized business girl is one who can be trusted…Slacks are not office apparel…and be sure your legs are smooth and unblemished.” From general 1940s war-time society to the Hanford Project, learn how hometown women of the war rose to the occasion, keeping their hair neat, their nails clean, and their typewriter dusted and oiled while they did their part to win the war!

BYU Vocal Point Concert – February 21

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$40

Emmy Award-winning Vocal Point, BYU’s world-renowned all-vocal ensemble, pushes the limits of contemporary a cappella by combining tight harmonies, out-of this-world vocal percussion, and crisp choreography to deliver high-energy performances. Celebrated as one of the “greatest college a cappella groups of all time,” Vocal Point’s all-new concert will be unlike any you’ve seen before. From pop to rock to country to spiritual, Vocal Point’s varied repertoire will bring something that everyone in the family can enjoy. Come enjoy an amazing performance sponsored by Almond Orthodontics!
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Home & Garden Show – February 21-23

HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $6 Adults, 12 and under free – $1 off admission price with a nonperishable food item for Salvation Army. Free daily seminars with admission. Free readmission all weekend with return stamp.

Regional Home & Garden Show is a 3 day event being held at the HAPO Center in Pasco. This event showcases products like garden design, garden furniture, decorations, garden technology to plants and rarities,home renovation and remodeling etc.

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents “Freaky Friday – The Musical” – February 21-23

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) – $10.00, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military – $13.00, Adults – $16.00

Plot Summary Freaky Friday: When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. In the end, both learn the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation.
Future dates: February 28 at 7 p.m., February 29 & March 1 at 3 p.m.
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Mid-Columbia Mastersingers presents “Votes for Women: Voices for All” – February 21-23

Friday & Saturday: Richland Players Theater, 608 the Parkway in Richland – starts at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Princess Theater, 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser – starts at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $25 adults, free for K-12

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers 4th subscription concert of the season is “Votes for Women: Voices for All” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women having the vote in the Unites States.

The program will explore the history of suffrage in the US through the voices of mostly young women composers from US. We will highlight the current state of efforts surrounding gender equality in Washington and will explore specific examples in our pre-concert “Behind the Music” talk with members of our local chapter of League of Women Voters. We hope to inspire in-creased civic engagement in our community as we approach the 2020 general election and census. The lyrics of our song selections are incredibly empowering and speak for themselves in terms of highlighting the long term effects of women’s suffrage and the role of women change makers in our community.

Our treble choir is partnering with the Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, and we are also partnering with the League of Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties.
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Three Rivers Craft Brews & Bacon Fest – February 22

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $45 Door / $40 Advance – includes 5 oz Glass and 4 Beer Tokens | Extra Tokens: $1.50 ea. or 4 for $5.00

The annual Three Rivers Craft Brews & Bacon Festival takes place in February at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The festival includes microbrew tasting and live entertainment, with complimentary food provided by area restaurants and caterers, who will each be competing for the best bacon dish of the night. Wine will also be available.
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Circle-Shaped Love Banquet – February 22

Crossview Community Church, 540 North Colorado St. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: one for $25 or two for $45

We hope you can join us for this spectacular night full of fun! Dinner, swing dancing, dessert dash, raffle baskets and more! All proceeds go to support Skylar Collins on his journey to Los Angeles, CA for his heart and liver transplant. All event tickets come with 5 raffle tickets for each person but please feel free to purchase 12 more raffle tickets for $10.
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Camerata Musica presents “Axiom Brass” – February 22

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Patrons receive priority seating before 7:15 p.m., after which everyone waiting to see the performance will be admitted for free on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Axiom Brass – this ever-popular quintet’s concert includes arrangements of works by Holborne, Monteverdi, Scheidt, Byrd, and Bach as well as modern pieces by Jorgensen and Calvert.

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: “Something Old, Something New” by Juventino Aranda – February 18 – March 19

Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College, 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

Aranda’s work investigates the complexities surrounding the politics of immigration, personal experiences and identity. He is represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington, with his first solo show “Weed the Lawn and Feed the Roses”. In 2016 he was the recipient of the James W. Ray Venture Project Award. His work is part of numerous private and public collections including the Tacoma Art Museum and the Microsoft Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Eastern Washington University.

Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 12th at 5 p.m. in L102
Closing Reception: Thursday, March 12th at 6 p.m.

Gallery at the Park: HERSTORY through ART – through February 28

Allied Arts Association’s Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Mondays: closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a..m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free to attend

The featured exhibit features “HERSTORY through ART” which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.

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.

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, February 22: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 2 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun 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:

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