2 PAGE 2 December 2018 The Entertainer Scenic settings and outstanding wines characterize Maryhill Winery Maryhill Winery is a flourishing family-run business perched on the cliffs above the rolling Columbia River. In an area known for its visual beauty, this destination winery has become a prime spot for people to enjoy not only spectacular wines but breathtaking scenery and live music. Visitors from all over the world come to sit under the expansive, vine-laden arbor and enjoy the soothing fountain garden; or on a windless day take in the amazing view of Mt. Hood on the south- and west-facing decks while they enjoy their wine. In 2015, citing the forward-thinking vision of Craig and Vicki Leuthold to build a destination winery in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, and the talent of its winemaker, Wine Press Northwest named Maryhill Winery as the 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. It has also been named Winery of the Year in the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition. In fact, Maryhill has chalked up more than 3,000 awards for its wines. Maryhill s gorgeous tasting room in the scenic Columbia River Gorge is enhanced in the warm-weather months, when visitors can sip wine on the Tuscan-style terrace and enjoy live music on the weekends while taking in panoramic views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. In fact, the Lutholds have a knack The Maryhill Winery Spokane tasting room offers this view of the Spokane River. Maryhill Winery s tasting room in the Columbia River Gorge. for selecting scenic river views. Their Spokane tasting room that opened a year ago is on the north bank of the Spokane River in downtown Spokane, with a patio on a bluff overlooking the river and Spokane Falls. It was Maryhill s first satellite tasting room, opened in response to demand in the Spokane and Coeur d Alene areas. It offers visitors the same tasting experiences and high-quality, affordable wines that are found at the winery s headquarters in Goldendale. For more information on Maryhill Winery, its award-winning wines, and its summer music on the terrace series, visit maryhillwinery.com. Also, be sure to visit Maryhill on Facebook, and follow on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Singing sensation Lexi Walker will perform in Richland High Auditorium on Dec. 21 Fountain Books, an Independent Deseret book store, invites you to join in an evening of entertainment as they host their third annual Christmas concert. Tickets are now available for up-andcoming vocal sensation Lexi Walker. This evening of entertainment, Lexi Walker in Concert, the Magic of Christmas, will take place on Friday Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richland High School Auditorium. Tickets start at $25 and are available on EventBrite. (LexiWalker.eventbrite.com). Lexi Walker is a singer, songwriter, actress and recording artist. With the release of her second album, IN- SPIRE, Lexi has kicked off a world tour to promote her original music and favorite classics. This show will feature some of her most popular original music along with Christmas favorites. As a Sony recording artist, her explosive young career has included performances with Kristen Chenoweth, the Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling. She has opened shows for international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, country megastar Clint Black and Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel. Lexi s videos have gone viral, including a rendition of the national anthem, asong called Let It Go, and more recently a medley from Beauty and the Beast together with BYU s Singer and songwriter Lexi Walker has performed around the world. Vocal Point. Her extraordinary talent has been shared around the world with notable performances at the Beijing International Film Festival, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Disney World, and at the Kennedy Center for member of the U.S. military. Lexi has also been a headliner and featured soloist for the PBS Christmas Special Christmas Under the Stars and was a featured soloist during the Light the World Christmas Campaign. Her YouTube channel showcases her amazing talent, including four videos that have chalked up more tha a million views! This concert is made possible by numerous local businesses and individuals who support the effort to bring world-class, family friendly entertainment to the Tri Cities area. Title sponsors for this concert are Almond Orthodontics (8305 W Quinault Ave in Kennewick) and DermaCare TriCities (1305 Fowler St in Richland). December 2018 This Month s Features Mark O Connor to perform in Tri-Cities3 Stompin Ground will celebrate Downtown Kennewick holiday events. 4 Live Cinema shows in Walla Walla... 5 Live Musicals at Liberty Theater... 5 Magnolia Studio unveils renovation... 6 Amber Rose plays holiday dress-up. 7 Sundance Aviation expanding... 7 CBC Arts Center events set... 8 Planetarium celebrates Mars landing. 8 3 Rivers Folklife announces events... 9 Mastersingers, Players join forces... 9 Rodney Carrington coming to area Pheasant plans pre-new Year party 11 At Michele s steps up the live music 11 Ag Hall of Fame Gala coming in Jan. 12 Shopping and more in Hermiston...13 Pink Pearl is all about fashion Just Roses isn t limited to roses Shop at the Ft. Walla Walla Museum. 15 Reach Museum is active this winter.. 15 Gallery Aglow lights up Allied Arts Eugene Ballet performs Nutcracker.. 17 Movies: Grindelwald and Ralph Book reviews: A novel and a memoir. 19 Food: Recipes for holiday gifts Honey Baked Hams to the rescue Travel: The surprises of Bavaria Year-round fun at Sundance Resort.. 23 Wallowa region known for its beauty. 23 Health: The fascia causes of pain CBC 4-year nursing accredited Managing holiday stress with yoga What to get your avid hockey fan Philly Robb looks to 2019 in sports Homemade gifts from your garden Puzzles, horoscopes, comic strip Calendar Of Events Monthly Entertainment Planner The Entertainer Staff Publisher/Editor: Dennis Cresswell Graphics/Production: Nathaniel Puthoff Sales: Deborah Ross, Aubrey Langlois Webmaster: Bobby Walters Contact Us At: 9228 W Clearwater Dr., Ste 101 Kennewick, WA Phone: (509) Fax: (509) Distribution 20,000 copies distributed monthly within the Tri-Cities, as well as Prosser, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Walla Walla, Dayton, Pendleton, Hermiston and Umatilla. 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3 Appalachian Christmas tour will stop in Tri-Cities Grammy-winning violinist Mark O Connor is bringing his holiday show, Mark O Connor and Friends - An Appalachian Christmas to Toyota Center in Kennewick on Dec. 16 for one performance at 7 p.m. The performance features elegant interpretations of Christmas classics found on O Connors celebrated album of the same name, which reached the top 20 on three Billboard charts bluegrass albums, crossover albums and classical albums. On the tour, O Connor and his touring ensemble play hits from the album, delivering stunning vocal harmonies and sophisticated instrumentals. Country singer and songwriter Brandy Clark is also on the tour, and fans of every musical style from bluegrass to indie folk to Americana will love this concert. O Connor has studied both American fiddling and classical violin with some of the greatest string musicians, and learned a range of musical styles and genres. He has melded these influences into a new American form of classical music. At age 13, he was the youngest person ever to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championships competing against all ages, both amateur and professional. The album An Appalachian Christmas was released in 2010, and is is being toured nation-wide nearly every year since then. His 2016 CD release with the O Connor Band received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album after spending nearly half of the year at the top of Billboard s Mark O Connor bluegrass album chart. The trademarked O Connor Method for violin and strings has been widely praised as an American rival to the Suzuki method. It has been hailed by teachers from across the country as filling a significant gap in classical music education. Tickets to the Kennewick concert range from $29 to $40, depending on seating, and are available at the Toyota Center box office and online at ticketmaster.com. For phone orders, call (800) The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 3
4 PAGE 4 December 2018 The Entertainer Popular country band Stompin Ground will play for the Gone Country New Year s Eve celebration at the Clover Island Inn in Kennwick. New Year s Eve is so much more fun on Clover Island! The Clover Island Inn, overlooking the Columbia River on Clover Island in Kennewick, offers a safe and fun way to usher in the new year on the night of Dec. 31. The Clover Island Inn New Year s Eve party package includes a prime rib or salmon dinner for two, the party with live music by Stompin Ground, an overnight stay in the inn and a hot buffet breakfast, all for the bargain price of $219. If you want to party, eat and sleep under the same roof this New Year s Eve and drive home only after a good night s rest, this is the way to do it. And the team at the Clover Island Inn has come up with a party that will be different than any other in town, with a Gone Country theme. The popular band Stompin Ground will supply the music. Specializing in newer country, classic country and rock-n-roll, the band is known for its members high energy, enthusiasm, passion and love for music. It is one of On two Saturdays this month, Dec. 8 and 15, the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership will sponsor the sixth annual Merry Little Christmas Village. It s an event full of opportunities for family fun, entertainment and the kind of relaxed shopping that will get you in the holiday spirit. The Merry Little Christmas Village is centered around the Flag Plaza in the center of the downtown area. You can spend the day going on a hayride, courtesy of Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning. And you can enjoy Christmas entertainment, write a letter to Santa and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can also visit downtown merchants for giveaways, specials and much more. The kids can enjoy readings, face painting, crafts, carolers and games. There will be a Santa s Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15. Kids can shop for their parents and siblings and buy gifts for just a few dollars. The proceeds will benefit the Revitalizing of Historic Downtown Kennewick. Kennewick s downtown area is full of antique shops, art galleries, clothing stores, thrift and repurposing businesses, great restaurants, nightclubs and much more. You ll find the shopping experience to be much more fun and relaxing than fighting the crush at the malls and department stores. This is the first year downtown Kennewick will be having a Christmas Marketplace with several food and craft vendors. The marketplace will be located at Flag Plaza on the corner of Benton and Kennewick Ave. If you shop local, the money stays local, said Dan Smith, executive director of the Historic Downtown the premier acts of its genre in the Pacific Northwest. Most importantly, we want our party to be a safe one, said Mark Blotz, partner and general manager of the inn. Everyone coming to our party will be getting a room that s the only way we will sell it. There s no reason to risk an accident, a DUI or unsafe behavior. When the party s over, in other words, it s just an elevator ride to a comfortable bed. The dinner for two, the party, the party favors, the midnight toast, the luxury room and a hot breakfast on New Year s Day are all included in the package price. We work hard to make all of our parties affordable and fun, said Blotz. So plan ahead and book now for a New Year s party you won t soon forget. Make your reservations to party on the river on New Year s Eve by calling (509) or visit the website cloverislandinn.com for more information. Historic Downtown Kennewick invites you for the holidays! Kennewick Partnership. It s important to realize that if you shop in a chain store, 88 percent of the money leaves the area. Only people s wages stay local. Nearly all of the downtown businesses in Kennewick are locally owned. For all the information you need to enjoy the holidays in Historic Downtown Kennewick, visit the website historickennewick.org or Historic Downtown Kennewick on Facebook. Downtown Kennewick s Merry Little Christmas Village is fun for all ages.
5 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 5 Members of the Royal Ballet Company dance The Waltz of the Snowflakes in a Live Cinema production to be shown. Dec. 16 at at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Live Cinema brings London stage shows to the Power House screen Two December screenings will finish out the 2018 Live Cinema Series at Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla. Die Walkure First up is the five-hour epic screening of Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. Die Walküre is the second opera in Richard Wagner s epic Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle). This production by the Royal Opera House is conducted by Antonio Pappano and features a stellar international cast including Australian tenor Stuart Skelton (Siegmund), Swedish baritone John Lundgren (Wotan), American soprano Emily Magee (Sieglinde) and award-winning Swedish soprano Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde). Die Walküre is performed in German with English surtitles and will have two intermissions. The Nutcracker Next is a screening of The Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Peter Wright s production for the Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of this holiday classic. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. The Nutcracker runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an onscreen introduction and one intermission. The Live Cinema Series offers audiences the equivalent of the best seat in the house, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and incredibly detailed close-ups of performers. Each screening is filmed live in England. The 2018 Live Cinema This year s fall musical at the Liberty Theater in Dayton, Roald Dahl s Willy Wonka, opened on Nov. 15 and continues until Dec. 8. An encore family-night performance will be given Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. There are still tickets available for performances on Dec. 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m., and all others are at 7 p.m. All tickets for the show are $10. The musical, based on Roald Dahl s book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has played to mostly sold-out crowds since opening night. Each year, people have come from as far away as Seattle just to visit the Liberty Theater at the opening of the holiday season and enjoy a fun and magical experience of live theater. This year s cast and crew is 70 strong, and Series is sponsored in part by Shakespeare Walla Walla. Reserved-seat tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available online at phtww.com or by calling the box office at (509) Live shows Two Sunday performances are nearly sold out for Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, on Dec. 2 at 2 and 6 p.m. For more than 30 years, Pearl has been thrilling audiences with the art, magic, science and fun of making bubbles from square shapes to rockets, tornado bubbles and flying saucer bubbles. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $12 for adults and $8 for youth 12 and Under. Tickets are now on sale for the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, with one performance on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs and even house cats that have been rescued from shelters. The Dec. 13 concert Celtic Christmas with Affiniti, also featuring Howard Crosby of Walla Walla, has been sold out. Call the box office at (509) if you would like to be on a wait list for tickets. On New Year s Eve, Dec. 31, the theatre will host Canadian stand-up comedian Mike Delamont at 7 p.m. He performed in Walla Walla earlier this year with his one-man show, God is a Scottish Drag Queen. Reserved-seat tickets are $25 per person. Visit phtww.com. Photo The Nutcracker showcases the full energy of the Royal Ballet Company together with the emerging talent of young dancers from the Royal Ballet School. Live musical Willy Wonka playing now at Liberty Theater in Dayton the cast members offer up a delightful adventure through the secrets of Willy Wonka s factory. As usual, musical theater at the Liberty includes a group of energetic children and teens, some discovering levels of personal development and talent. It s so great to see kids bloom on stage and steal the show! said Director Brenda Henderson. There is so much young talent here! Coming in January is the comedy Nana s Naughty Knickers. Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates for the summer. But Bridget learns that her sweet nana is selling naughty knickers to senior citizens. Hilarity ensues, of course. Call (509) for more information, or visit libertytheater.org to purchase tickets.
6 PAGE 6 December 2018 The Entertainer Magnolia Music Studio completes expansion project Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk has expanded in the current location at 430 George Washington Way in Richland. Last summer s extensive renovations transformed a former hair salon into an intimate 50- seat multi-use venue called the Listening Room for student recitals, guest concerts, events, classes, and workshops. The hair dryers, sinks and checkerboard tile floors are gone, replaced with a George Steck concert baby grand piano from Ebony & Ivory, new carpet and modern color scheme by Elaine Mathis Design, along with a custom mural by local artist Cameron Milton. Owner Cynthia Vaughn asked Milton for a mural with color and movement that represents sound. The abstract design is striking and creates a sense of place. When you see that colorful mural in photos and social media posts, said Vaughn, you know it is Magnolia Studio. Magnolia Music Studio will show off the new facility at a holiday open house on Saturday Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. with live music by students and faculty members. Listening Room activities Since opening in June, the Listening Room has hosted in-house recitals for Magnolia students and faculty, Tri-City Music Teachers Association events and classical recitals featuring pianist Benjamin Walley, flutist Emily James, and vocalists Molly Holleran and Caroline Exharhos. Howard Crosby, nephew of the famous actor and singer Bing Crosby, performed a benefit concert with pianist CYNTHIA VAUGHN Founder and owner Cynthia Vaughn of Magnolia Music Studio is a former music professor at Colorado State University and co-author of The Singing Book, contributing author of The Voice Teachers Cookbook Resources for the Voice Studio, and associate editor for National Association of Teachers of Singing Independent Voices newsletter. Whe s a member of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. IN BRIEF Randy Kaping to benefit the Richland Rotary scholarship program. The Berlin-based folk group Lebedik Yankee performed a sold-out concert of klezmer music and yiddish songs on their Pacific Northwest tour. The Listening Room has also been used for rehearsal space for the Rude Mechanicals recent production of Hamlet, acting and audition workshops by Utah psychologist and performance coach Jon Skidmore, business meetings, and even a baby shower. A new non-auditioned community choir for adults, the RiverWalk Day Choir, was inaugurated this fall on Mondays at 11 a.m. with co-directors Cynthia Vaughn and Heather Hull Hart. Registration for the February day choir will open in January. Vaughn also plans to offer a Saturday Explore Music interactive series and a Sunday afternoon concert series. New faculty members On weekdays, the Listening Room, Suite 103, is a fourth teaching space in addition to Magnolia Music Studio s three teaching studios in 104. Four new music instructors have joined the faculty: Joshua Lindberg (piano and jazz piano), Emily James (flute and piano), Abigail Carterby (voice) and, starting in January, Caroline Exarhos, who recently earned her master s degree in vocal performance from the University of Idaho. Rounding out the vocal and instrumental faculty are Grant Biershbach (cello and piano), Athena Fritz (viola, violin and piano), Emily Brown (voice and piano), Heather Hull Hart (violin, piano and voice), Skyler Mendell (trumpet), and Cynthia Vaughn (voice). Scott Wagnon (voice and guitar) will be on leave until next summer. Lessons are offered in three annual 12-week semesters, and new students youth and adult are accepted on a space-available basis. Ten years in business September marked the 10th anniversary of Magnolia Music Studio, which Vaughn founded in Fort Collins, Colo., in She opened the Tri-Cities studio in 2014 when she relocated to Richland to join her husband. We sold the Colorado studio last year so that I could concentrate on building the Washington studio, Vaughn said. I love the community, the climate and the arts here! Inquire about Listening Room bookings or register online for winter semester lessons (Jan. 7-March 21) at magnoliamusicstudio.com. Barbara Nelson will perform at Pendleton Center The Pendleton Center for the Arts will welcome Barbara Nelson to the stage on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., backed by national oldtime fiddle champion Dan Emert, guitarist Peter Willis and Lori Brogoitti on bass. This show, Christmas by the Campfire, will feature holiday standards and Barbara s favorite cowboy tunes. During the break, guests will by able to make s mores at a fire pit on the front patio. This is an all-ages event, and tickets are $8 per person. Tickets are available online at pendletonarts.org or by calling (541) Animal act coming to Walla Walla and Richland Gregory Popovich, a former America s Got Talent competitor, is bringing his Comedy Pet Theater to the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. He will perform at the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., and at Chief Joseph Auditorium in Richland on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The family-friendly show includes physical comedy, juggling, acrobats, trained dogs and even cats! Popovich rescues most of his trained performers from pet shelters. For tickets to the Walla Walla show, visit phtww.com or call (509) For the Richland performance, visit Brown Paper Tickets online or call (800) New music faculty members at Magnolia Music Studio are (clockwise from top) Joshua Lindberg (piano and jazz piano), Emily James (flute and piano), Caroline Exarhos (voice) and Abigail Carterby (voice).you can meet the faculty members of Magnolia Music Studio, and hear some of their music, at an open house on Saturday Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. Magnolia Music Studio is at 430 George Washintton Way in Richland, with the entrance on Bradley Blvd.
7 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 7 On the racks at Amber Rose, gently used items appear to be new, but you won t pay anywhere near the new price at this consignment shop in Richland s Uptown. Amber Rose: Come play dress up with us! By Deborah Ross Ihad worked with Lynne Bostic for many years. Once a year she would place an ad in the Entertainer on behalf of Uptown Richland s Chalk Art Festival, and it was my understanding that she was the proprietor of Amber Rose Consignment Shop. On the phone, Lynne was the kindest-spoken woman I have ever dealt with. She was always so thoughtful and appreciative of us helping her with the ad buy. So one day I came in to personally meet Lynne and thank her for her business. As I walked in, I encountered an exceptionally friendly clerk and I say that because old-fashioned friendliness seems to be so scarce in business these days that I was a bit taken aback. I asked for Lynne, and the clerk hollered, Mom, someone here to see you! So the dots got quickly connected for me, and I could tell right away that the apple didn t fall far from the tree. Like mother, like daughter! Then I was pleasantly surprised to Give the gift of flight with the help of Sundance Aviation Is there someone close to you your spouse, a son or daughter, or yourself who has always wanted to learn to fly? If so, flying lessons could be the perfect gift this year, and you will be surprised at how affordable it can be at Sundance Aviation in Richland. You can get started with an initial discovery flight lesson for only $149. The Richland Airport is owned by the Port of Benton, and Sundance Aviation is a fixed base operator, or FBO. That simply means they provide a variety of general aviation services at the airport, including a flight school. Twelve years of growth in the business is the result of loyal area pilots, the many new flight-school students and a successful partnership with the Port of Benton. The growth continues. In February of this year, Devin Alder became a partner with original owner Clif Dyer and will serve as the company s maintenance manager. Next summer, the maintenance operation will move into a new 14,000-square-foot facility and begin offering services to larger turbine aircraft and helicopters. Additional office and classroom space will also allow increased services to students, pilots and guests. Dyer is a certified flight instructor and aircraft mechanic. In 2006 he moved his business to Richland from another airport and began offering aircraft rentals, flight instruction, parts, full-service maintenance, tie-down space, a courtesy car, fuel and a place to just relax, file a flight plan or get a cup of coffee before taking to the learn that they were the owners. Lynne, her daughter Stephanie Troup and even her granddaughter Michelle, 20, who was raised in the store since she was four weeks old, work together every day. Lynne s philosophy is to treat others as she would like to be treated, and her family certainly does that. My experience that day was heartwarming. Lynne and her daughter provide quality fashion at affordable prices, so anyone can look like a million bucks without spending a fortune. There are new consignment items in the store daily, and they also carry some accessories such as jewelry and scarves to complement them. Amber Rose fronts George Washington Way in Richland s Uptown Shopping Center, and is open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 5. A customer said about the store, It feels like you re going to a friend s house to dress up and have fun. Sounds like Lynne and her girls have done their jobs well! Devin Alder, new Sundance partner and maintenance manager. skies. If you think learning to fly is outside your comfort zone... or you re worried about the expense or you started lessons once but it s been too many years, stop worrying! Sundance Aviation is user-friendly, and all pilots, former pilots or wannabe pilots are welcomed. As for the expense, Sundance Aviation offers a membership discount program that makes it very affordable to train in one of their Cessna aircraft. If you have your own airplane, you can rent one of their tie-downs and have ready access to all the required maintenance. Self-service avgas is available 24 hours a day. Call Sundance Aviation at (509) You can give the gift of flight or enroll yourself in the flight school, and soon you or someone you love will be experiencing that exhilarating feeling of touching down from your first solo flight.
8 PAGE 8 December 2018 The Entertainer From the CBC Arts Center staff Happy Holidays! By Bill McKay It seems that CBC s fall quarter has gone by quickly., and before it s over I want to thank our many partners who help us bring high-quality, engaging and entertaining events to our students, faculty, staff and community. Our students do an amazing job at the many concerts, various events and plays they are involved in. The Arts Center faculty members are gifted artists and educators, inspiring our students to do great things. The Arts Center staff works tirelessly in the background, managing all the nuance of producing our Esvelt Gallery events, plays, community lectures, partner By Erin Steinert On Nov. 26, scientists at NASA made history by landing their eighth successful mission on Mars! Named InSight short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, this ambitious project was launched last May to probe and gather data on Mars interior, and will help us to better understand how it and the other bodies in the inner solar system formed more than 4 billion years ago. events, concerts and festivals. I also want to take a small amount of ink space to thank the Entertainer for being an important source of artistrelated happenings in the Tri-Cities and surrounding area. We appreciate you. We have only one concert left in the fall season and the rest of the year. But be prepared as the action is gearing up for January through the end of summer. ending with the outdoor production of the musical Mama Mia. In January, the Theatre Department will be in rehearsal for a production in February, and on Jan. 23, the Maxwell String Quartet comes to the CBC Theatre through our newest artist But getting something to land on the red planet and survive is no easy task. Not only did scientists have to perfectly calculate the lander s trajectory over more than 300 million miles of space, but when it arrived at Mars, a whole series of events had to be executed flawlessly or thousands of hours and millions of dollars would go down the drain. First, InSight would have to separate during the cruise stage to enter the Martian atmosphere at just the right partner, Camerata Musica. Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra On Dec. 7 t and 8 t at 7 p.m., you will have the chance to hear the roaring sound of the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Prof. Emeritus Randy Hubbs. Brace yourself for a spectacular evening from one of the few professional big bands in the Northwest. As in years past, the second half of the evening will feature talented vocalists from our area singing a variety of holiday selections backed up by the jazz orchestra. Tickets are $25 general admission angle not too steep and not too shallow. Although the air on Mars is very thin, InSight would hit it traveling at around 12,300 mph. The friction of the air moving over the heat shield would heat up to more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt steel. After making it through the upper atmosphere, InSight would deploy a parachute about 10 miles above the surface to help slow its descent. At this stage, the heat shield would separate and the lander s three legs and $20 for students and seniors, and will be available only at the door. There is no reserved seating for this concert. The final thank-you from the Arts Center goes out to you, our patrons and supporters. Your attendance, your thoughts and the support you show our students/faculty/staff, is much appreciated. We all enjoy seeing you and chatting with you on campus and at the various venues the community opens up for CBC Arts Center events. Have a most happy new year, and we shall see you soon. Bill McKay is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College. CBC Planetarium staff applauds another successful Mars mission CBC PLANETARIUM DECEMBER 2018 MOVIE SCHEDULE Dec. 1: Planet Nine, 2 p.m.; Cell! Cell! Cell!, 3 p.m. Dec. 7: Secrets of the Sun, 7 p.m.; Stars of the Pharaohs, 8 p.m. Loaded with sophisticated equipment, the InSight probe Dec. 8: My House Has Stars, 2 p.m.; The Little Star that Could, 3 p.m. begins sending back photos of the Mars surface. Dec. 14: Fractal Explorations, 7 p.m.; Supervolcanoes, 8 p.m. Dec. 15: Planet Nine, 2 p.m.; Cell! Cell! Cell!, 3 p.m. mechanisms failed, it would have Dec. 21: Secrets of the Sun, 7 p.m.; Stars of the Pharaohs, 8 p.m. spelled the end for InSight. Dec. 22: My House Has Stars, 2 p.m.; The Little Star that Could, 3 p.m. At around a mile above the surface, Dec. 28: Fractal Explorations, 7 p.m.; Supervolcanoes, 8 p.m. Dec. 29: Planet Nine, 2 p.m.; Cell! Cell! Cell!, 3 p.m. would extend. If any one of these Mars continues on Page 9
9 3 Rivers Folklife Society activities for this month The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 9 By Micki Perry In December, 3 Rivers Folklife Society will have two back-to-back singlongs, a coffeehouse and a concert. There will be no contra dance this month. For directions to venues and further information about 3 Rivers Folklife events, check our website at 3rfs.org or call (509) Heidi Muller, Bob Webb Holiday Concert Dec. 1 Heidi Muller and Bob Webb will share songs from their newest CD Up Hurricane Creek and other original songs and covers as well as some holiday classics at a concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 West Sylvester in Pasco. Tickets are $14 ($12 for members of 3 Rivers Folklife Society), and are available at the door. Muller made her name in the Seattle music scene in the 80s and 90s. Her song Good Road has been the theme song for Dan Maher s Inland Folk radio show on Northwest Public Radio for more than 25 years. Heidi moved back east in the 90s where she met Bob Webb, a multi-instrumentalist who played in the house band for the NPR radio show Mountain Stage. Together they cross musical boundaries, mixing traditional songs with Heidi s originals and blending influences from the Northwest and Applalachia. They currently are settled in Enterprise, Ore., and their latest CD features many songs inspired by the Wallowa Mountains. Visit heidimuller.com. Regular Singalongs set for Dec. 7 and 8 The First Friday Folkie Free-for-All on Dec. 7, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at my home at 1011 South Dawes in Kennewick. Gathering with friends to make music is a lovely way to spend an evening. This month, some traditional carols and holiday songs will probably be sung. If you play an instrument, bring it, or just bring your voice and a snack to share. Call (509) for directions. At the Second Saturday Sea Song Singalong on Dec. 8, the singing of mostly sea songs and shanties, plus some holiday songs, begins around 7 p.m. at Round Table Pizza on George Washington Way in Richland. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost except for the food and beverages Coffeehouse features Talena Bricker on Dec. 14 The 3 Rivers Coffeehouse on Friday, Dec. 14, at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 1312 Kimbal Ave. in Richland, will feature local songwriter Talena Bricker. As usual the coffeehouse will begin at 7:30 p.m. with an open-mic session. Arrive early if you want to secure a performance slot. The suggested donation at the door is $8 ($6 for seniors and students). Bricker is a long-time Richland resident. She is a songwriter, but she also covers others songs. For many years she wrote songs and played guitar, but due to stage fright she performed in public only occasionally. After overcoming her fears, she branched out and is now doing shows around the Pacific Northwest. She performed at this year s Tumbleweed Music Festival, and this will be her first time at the 3 Rivers Coffeehouse. Her website is talenabricker.com and she is also on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Pandora and Bandcamp. Mastersingers holiday shows will also feature the Mastersingers Youth Choirs. Mastersingers join with Richland Players to perform The First Nowell The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers are partnering with the Richland Players this holiday season on a fully staged production of The First Nowell, a oneact musical nativity play by 20thcentury British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. This production is the second installment in the Mastersingers subscription concert series. Three performances will be staged at the Richland Players Theatre in the Richland Parkway on Dec. 14 and15 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Sixty members of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will provide a soundtrack of traditional Christmas songs and carols for the story. Stage director Megan Johnson helms this play within a play, set in Victorian England, in which the characters retell the traditional story of the nativity. This heart-warming holiday tale emphasizes the idea of community and connection as we see a group of disparate strangers evolve into a fellowship of neighbors and friends. Also included on the program are the newly formed Mastersingers Youth Choirs, performing a selection of festive holiday music. Each performance will feature a different group of Youth Choir singers from the four performing ensembles. This is the inaugural season of the expanded Mastersingers Youth Choirs program. A Behind the Music talk with Artistic Director Justin Raffa will take place 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $25 for adults and are free for K-12 students. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (509) Season passes are still available for a discount on each concert. For tickets and information, visit mcmastersingers.org. To receive free notifications about Mastersingers concerts and events, join the Mastersingers text club by texting the word choir to Mars Continues from Page 8 the parachute would detach and the lander would have to begin firing its engines to further slow its fall. Finally, in order for the lander to touch down safely and not tip over, several engines would have to shut down at just the right time as it touched the surface. This whole event, from entering the atmosphere to final touchdown, is known to NASA scientists as six minutes of terror, because that is how long it takes for data to be transferred from Mars to Earth. During that time, scientists had to hold their breaths in the hope that InSight made a successful landing. All of the hard work and dedication paid off and the lander touched down perfectly. The first images from the surface of Mars came in, and scientists were able to breathe a sigh of relief. Now, the lander will begin a two-year mission, which includes drilling 16 feet into the Martian soil to collect temperature and seismic data. It will study the interior of Mars, listen for Marsquakes and meteorite strikes, and find out just how hot the Mars core still is. All of this data will help better inform scientists of how in inner, rocky planets formed in our solar system, as well as how they might form in other planetary systems around distant stars. Want to learn more about this mission, Mars, and other ways humans are exploring space? Join us at the planetarium! Public shows run every Friday at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets for all events and memberships can be purchased online before show time. If seats are available, you may obtain tickets at the door. Visit columbiabasin.edu/planet for more information. Erin Steinert is outreach specialist at the Bechtel National Planetarium at CBC
10 PAGE 10 December 2018 The Entertainer Funny man and country singer Rodney Carrington will perform here on Jan. 17. Rodney Carrington is coming to Toyota Center in Kennewick Stand-up comedian and countrymusic artist Rodney Carrington is coming to Toyota Center in Kennewick in January, and tickets are on sale now. Carrington will perform in the Retter and Company Theatre at Toota Center on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. His act typically combines comedy and his original songs. Carrington s his hit singles include More of a Man, Don t Look Now, and non-comedy songs Things We Don t Know, Angel Friend, and Funny Man. Carrington also starred in a sitcom called Rodney, largely based on his own life. It debuted in 2004 and ran for two seasons on ABC. Carrington has appeared on countless other TV shows, including the American Country Awards and as the host on the American Country New Year s Eve Live show on the Fox networ. He also won Supporting Character of the Year from the CMT Music Video Awards for his appearance on the Trace Adkins music video I Got My Game On. On the big screen, he starred with Toby Keith in a 2008 movie called Beer for my Horses, for which he co-wrote the screenplay. In 2009, Carrington released his first Christmas album, Make It Christmas. That year, the first single from the album, Camouflage and Christmas Lights, became his first top-40 country hit. His comedy albums have consistently topped the comedy charts. Tickets to the Jan. 17 show are available at the Toyota Center box office and online at ticketmaster.com. For phone orders, call (800)
11 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 11 The spacious lounge at the Pheasant Blue Collar Bar and Grill Welcome 2019 early at the Pheasant s Pre-Funk Party! Enjoy dinner and comedy on Dec. 30 at bargain prices The Pheasant Blue Collar Bar & Grill has been a staple in Hermiston for generations. Founded more than a century ago in the same location, the Pheasant offers the eastern Oregon community a place to kick back and relax with a hot meal and a cold beer seven days a week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes are what you would call comfort food, and regular customers become longtime friends of owner Cherie McLeod and the staff. All meals are prepared to order, including home-style soups. The fullservice bar is also open seven days a week, offering 17 beers on tap and a variety of cocktails. Catering services and a banquet room are available for special events. As a second-generation owner of this family restaurant, McLeod wants every customer to feel like a member of her extended family. New Year s comedy show The Pheasant Blue Collar Bar & Michele Abrams loves live music just like her daughter who plays in a band. Michele saw a need for more musical entertainment in the community and has carefully selected performers from around the Northwest to play for the diners and nightclub patrons at her Richland venue At Michele s the hottest new restaurant, nightclub and event center in the Tri-Cities. Over several years, with a lot of expert help, Michele transformed a former winery into At Michele s Restaurant and Event Center, which opened last March. It s open for regular business from Thursday evenings through Sunday brunch, and is available for private events. Chef Logan Carr runs the kitchen and takes pride in serving food with fresh, locally sourced ingredients on his seasonal menu. The menu includes fresh-catch fish and dishes with a Spanish-Mediterranean flair. From Thursday through Saturday, you can enjoy appetizers and a fullservice dinner until 9 p.m., and stay for late-night live music and nightclub festivities until 11. On Sunday, At Michele s serves Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entire facility is available for special events such as wedding receptions, company parties, Grill hosts a variety of events and activities for customers of all ages from game nights to karaoke nights and football viewing on multiple screens. UFC fights are on the big screens monthly. Live bands perform on special weekends, and this year you can usher in 2019 earky at the Pheasant with a dinner-and-comedy New Year s Pre-Funk Party on Sunday night, Dec. 30. But you don t have to wait until then to party at the Pheasant. On Dec. 8, come out for the Back to the 80s throwback party. Bring out your old school clothes, because dressing in 1980s styles may net you some cool giveaways. Dec. 14 is Fugly Seater and Bad Santa party night, when you can wear that fugly sweater you pull out just once a year. Whether it s the food, the drinks, the entertainment or the friendly atmosphere, you ll always find a reason to visit the Pheasant Blue Collar Bar & Grill at 149 E. Main Street in downtown Hermiston. Visit online at pheasantbar.net or on Facebook, or call (541) The beat goes on for At Michele s! At Michele s Restaurant and Event Center meetings and other private gatherings. Summertime events can be held in the beautiful outdoor patio area. So come out for the live music, a great meal or drinks, and tell your friends about At Michele s. If you re planning an event, reserve the facility as early as possible. We re already booking weddings for next year, Michele said. At Michele s is on Henderson Loop, visible from Highway 240 if you re en route to Horn Rapids. It s only minutes from any Richland location. Call (509) or visit the At Michel s Facebook page to learn of upcoming events.
12 PAGE 12 December 2018 The Entertainer IN BRIEF Save the date for Ag Hall of Fame Gala The Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame Gala, presented by the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Red Lion in Pasco. The Ag Hall of Fame, also sponsored by the Port of Pasco, will honor outstanding contributors to agriculture and agribusiness, and 2019 inductees will be announced soon. The dinner event on Jan. 17 begins with a reception at 5:30, with the dinner and program starting a 7. The cost is $65 per person, and tickets are available online at pascochamber.org. You can also make reservations by calling the Pasco Chamber at (509) CBC seeks nominations for MLK Spirit Award Columbia Basin College is seeking nominations for the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award. The award recognizes a student, a faculty or staff member, or any other person in the community who strongly believes in equality and social justice; and whose contributions to society reflect the spirit, philosophy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To nominate someone, send detailing the nominee s contributions to or by mail to Anna Tensmeyer, 2600 N. 20th Ave., MS-10, Pasco, WA, The deadline for submitting nominations is Dec. 17. The award will be presented during CBC s annual Martin Luther King Bell-Ringing Ceremony on Jan. 21. For more information, visit or call (509) Nominations sought for citizenship awards The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 49th annual Distinguished Citizens Awards. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 14, and awards will be presented at a Feb. 13 event at the Hermiston Community Center. Award categories we are Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, the Community Service Merit Award, Public Safety Award and Fire Service Award. Others that will be awarded will be for Business of the Year, to be presented by the Rotary Club, the Altrusan Outstanding Young Citizen Award, and the Hermiston School District Educators and Administrator of the Year awards. Nomination forms are available at the Hermiston Chamber office and online at hermistonchamber.com, where you can also purchase tickets to the event. If you have questions, call the Hermiston Chamber office at (541) Community Bank matches donations for the arts Through Dec. 19, Community Bank of Pendleton will match 50 cents for every dollar donated to the Pendleton Center for the Arts in the bank s branch at Main and Court in Pendleton. Toss your spare change, bills or a check in the big Charity Drive jar. Your donations will help provide materials and staff time in support of the free activities that encourage young people s creative expression.
13 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 13 Shop, dine, party, enjoy the holidays in Hermiston Shopping in downtown Hermiston is full of surprises. And you may be surprised to find a store that was popular in Richland now located at 215 E. Main in Hermiston. Wild Goose Design reopened there last July. What sets Wild Goose Design apart from other gift and decor shops is that much of what it sells has been made by owners Bonnie and Glenn Greiner of Hermiston. They love to recycle and repurpose items, and the results are stunning. Glenn and Bonnie opened their first store more than 40 years ago. Their passion is for creating beautiful objects that are timeless. Over the years, they have honed their talents for creating furniture, decorative items and designs that far exceed normal craftsmanship. Their pieces have been carried by metropolitan design houses and highend showrooms. Glenn is is a master carpenter and cabinetmaker who can build a piece from scratch or refurbish one of Bonnie s finds. Bonnie has a talent for design, and also does upholstery, painting and refinishing, and framing old prints. If she sees something appealing in a magazine, Bonnie and Glenn can probably make it. They re also available for custom decorating, no matter how challenging the job. In addition to antiques, collectibles and repurposed furniture, the Wild Goose carries many other special Hermiston s motto, Where Life is Sweet, makes an oblique reference to the area s famous watermelons. But there s much more here that makes life sweet, and much of it is found in the downtown area on and surrounding Main Street. Take a walking tour of the downtown, visit the businesses on this page and many others, and you ll see what we mean. Life is especially sweet in the Bonnie and Glenn Greiner products for the home that are great rinds, from jewelry to French soaps, pastries, chocolates and Northwest specialty food items. Right now they re featuring Moonstruck chocolate, just in time for your holiday gift baskets. We re always looking for something different, Bonnie said. Wild Goose Design is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will be extending the hours for the holidays. You can follow their unique business on Facebook and Instagram, or reach Bonnie or Glenn at (509) WHAT S HAPPENING IN HERMISTON? holiday season. Here are special holiday happenings in downtown Hermiston this month: The Festival of Trees, Dec. 1-2 Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 6 Ladies Day, Dec. 6 Men s Day Dec. 20 Pancakes with Santa, Dec. 22 New Year s Day Sale, Jan. 1 For more information, visit Hermiston Downtown on Facebook.
14 PAGE 14 December 2018 The Entertainer Look for the pink doorway on the Richland Parkway to find Amanda Kuhn s Pink Pearl Fashion Boutique.Once inside, she ll help you fund just what you need. At the Pink Pearl, fashion is their one and only business Nestled in the heart of the Richland Parkway, where you can t miss it, is the signature pink door that identifies the Pink Pearl Fashion Boutique. You ll also find that it offers the unique and one-of-a-kind pieces that you can t find anywhere else. When you walk into the store, owner Amanda Kuhn immediately greets you. Regardless of what you re looking for, she will know what you need and more. The clothing in the store ranges from everyday fashion for work or play to more formal wear and everything in between. Ever since the store opened in March of 2013, customers have been treated like people, not numbers. Amanda has built relationships with her customers, learning about what s going on in their lives, making them smile if they re having a bad day, and really building lasting bonds something that is hard to find these days. Amanda has a genuine personality that is incredibly infectious, and she believes in giving you the experience of a personal shopper. Whether you re As the full name suggests, Just Roses, Flowers and More has much more to offer than just roses and flowers, and they are gearing up for a festive Christmas and New Year s season. They make custom baskets for any occasion or any client s lifestyle from doctors and dentists to hairdressers and even Seahawks fans!! Wine deliveries are their specialty, and they still practice their famous tuxedo deliveries.. The florists at Just Flowers and Morea are busy filling all the orders for Christmas centerpieces for holiday parties at homes and offices. They can handle big or small orders they love them all! Balloon bouquets, wreaths, poinsettias and many more festive holiday items can create memories for family members and friends. They love the Seahawks, WSU, UW and the Sounders, and they carry the only official dog-tag necklaces along with the KuKui beads. It s easy to order online or at one of their three locations and with Bloomnet they can send flowers and gifts worldwide. You can send premium chocolates to complement that single rose or grab-and-go bouquet. looking for something for your first date, a job interview or a comfy day at home, Pink Pearl will have exactly what you need. Amanda s knowledge and expertise in fashion will work specifically for you, and and you ll leave with something that makes you feel beautiful inside and out. Pink Pearl Fashion Boutique not only carriages incredible fashion, items, but also supports a variety of local artists. Amanda is a big supporter of her community and believes in people building each other up. She champions local jewelry makers, hat embroiderers and Made in Washington products. So, if you ve been looking for a fun place to do a little shopping, check out Pink Pearl Fashion Boutique in the Richland Parkway. You don t have to buy it, just try it! But if you can t stop thinking about it, buy it! Pink Pearl Fashion Boutique is at 707 The Parkway in Richland and on Facebook and instagram. Contact Amanda Kuhn at (509) or These versatile florists can help with a variety of good gift ideas It s never too soon to come in for a free wedding consultation. Their goal in consulting with you early is to customdesign flowers to fit the personalities of the bride and groom, as well as the theme of the wedding. They also carry dish gardens, succulents and fresh green plants. Their fresh flower tribute pieces are all custom-designed for funerals to depict one s lifestyle. Last, but not least, everyone at Just Roses, Flowers and More pitches in to help with fundraisers to give back to the community they love. The two Tri-Cities locations are 5428 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick and 1835 W. Court Street in Pasco. Call (509) or (509) or visit online at jroses.com.
15 In case you missed earlier announce ments, starting this season the Fort Walla Walla Museum is open all year long! If you re visiting Walla Walla for wine-tasting or holiday shopping, stop by the Museum Store at Fort Walla Walla for some inspired gift ideas. The store is always stocked with an array of high-quality, handmade and artisan goods. Some new items have recently hit the shelves, so there is something for everyone on your gift list this holiday season. The Museum Store is admission-free, so feel free to come in and browse. Gift ideas Sue Scott is a local weaver who has brought her loom to the museum for demonstrations during events. Among her handwoven goods available for purchase are colorful cotton dish towels and durable rag rugs. Her rag rugs are made using wefts of everything from Pendleton wool blanket edges to denim jeans. One of Scott s more fascinating woven items are table runners with designs that replicate intricate coverlet patterns from the 1800s. They are unique handmade treasures and make the perfect gifts. You ll also find some new rustic home décor items as well as an array of teas and local gourmet items such as coffee, mustards, vinegars, beans, dried fruits and honey. There is a cookbook section featuring traditional and vintage recipes. The museum s bookshelves are lined with volumes of regional history, military topics, Native Americans, traditional crafts, historical fiction, history for kids, activity books and a local author section. Kids will be excited about MiniLou s paper dolls and coloring books. There are stuffed animals in different shapes and sizes, plus puzzles, sweet handmade dolls, bibs, bonnets, blocks and other items for children. For stocking stuffers, choose from museum gear, beard tonics, kaleidoscopes, travel games, tin toys, jewelry, yo-yos and other old-fashioned wooden toys, craft kits, dig kits with hidden polished stones, geodes, old-fashioned candy, sheriff s badges, train whistles and much more. Store discounts Use the ad on this page to receive a 15 percent discount on purchases at the Fort Walla Walla Museum Store. And don t forget that museum members always save 10 percent on store purchases, so if you love history and shopping consider becoming a member this year. Fort Walla Walla Museum is on Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park. Winter hours are now in effect and the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Christmas and New Year s days. Admission is free to museum members and children under 6, plus Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Inwai Circle members and CTUIR members with ID card. General admission is is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and $7 for students and seniors (62 and older). Don t forget your membership renewal for Pricing starts at $28. For more information, call (509) or visit fwwm.org. The Entertainer January 2018 PAGE 15 Fort Walla Walla Museum Store has unique gifts That hard-to-shop-for person will love something unusual from Fort Wall Walla. The Reach Museum at the west end of Columbia Park is an active place in winter. Reach Museum offers some fun winter activities for kids If you re looking for ideas and inspiration for family-friendly wintertime fun in the Tri-Cities this Dec., the Reach Museum at the west end of Columbia Park is the place to visit. Even when the weather is cold and damp, there are plenty of activities at to keep you entertained and warm. Here are some upcoming activities for you to enjoy: Dec. 8 - SOAR Presentation, 1:30 p.m. Raptor rehabilitator Doris Mager will speak about her many years of experience with birds of prey. She will be at the Reach Museum with her great horned owl ET. You ll have a chance to hold ET and have a photo taken for a $5 donation (cash only) to SOAR (Save Our American Raptors). Admission is free, thanks to the sponsorship of Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU). Dec. 8 - STEAM, Do Try This at Home, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Using ingredients from your kitchen, these classic chemical reactions will entertain and amaze learners of all ages. Instructors will feature science demonstrations and experiments with a wow factor, intended for all ages. Admission is free, thanks to STCU sponsorship. Dec Little Explorers, Ice Age, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come and learn about the mammoths and other Ice Age mammals that roamed here during the time of the Missoula Floods. There will be a storytime and fun activities for 3-to-5-year-olds and their caregivers. Admission to Little Explorers is $10 per family (up to 4 people) and $2 for each additional child. Winter Break Fun, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Bring the family and your friends to the Reach during winter break to see the new art exhibit in the Hoch Gallery. While there, try out the arts-and-crafts projects inspired by the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, including painting with local soils, wildlife masks and watercolor landscapes. Dates are Dec. 27, 28 and 29. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, and $6 for students, seniors and members of the military. Kids 5 and under, and Reach members, are admitted free.
16 PAGE 16 December 2018 The Entertainer Gallery Aglow helps to fund outreach programs Beads Behind Bars and Empty Bowls benefit from sales of hand-made gift items By Marisa Quirk If you haven t yet had a chance to stop in at the Allied Arts Gallery at the Park in Richland this holiday season, don t worry the gallery will continue to feature its Gallery Aglow exhibition through December. In November, local and regional artists submitted hundreds of paintings and fine crafts to Gallery Aglow, a show that has been an annual tradition at the gallery for more than 30 years. Now you can visit the Gallery at the Park to see beautiful decorations and to purchase unique handmade gifts. You can also buy wreaths, trees and other holiday décor made by Allied Arts volunteers. All proceeds from these items go toward funding the Allied Arts Association and its various community outreach programs such as Beads Behind Bars and Empty Bowls. Beads Behind Bars Lucy Dole, a jewelry artist for the Shop for beautiful handcrafted gifts at the Gallery at the Park and help support Allied Arts Association outreach. Allied Arts Association, now ending its 70th year, has has always celebrated Christmas in style. Stop in and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Gallery Aglow, and while you marvel at the beauty of the exhibit, you may also find that perfect unique gift for someone you love. Gallery at the Park, started Beads Behind Bars in 2008 as a way of helping young people incarcerated at the Benton Franklin Juvenile Detention Center. Every Sunday, Dole brings beads, clasps, wires and other jewelry pieces to the detention center and teaches beading classes to eligible youth. These classes give participants the chance to explore their creativity and experience a greater sense of their own value. They see the result of their good choices in designing their jewelry pieces, and each person ends up with creative, artistic, wearable works of art. The classes also allow the youth to have a positive connection with the community. Fundraisers such as Gallery Aglow are one of the ways in which Allied Arts is able to offer plenty of quality supplies for the Beads Behind Bars program. Empty Bowls Another program these fundraisers benefit is Empty Bowls, a national movement that aims to promote awareness and raise money for the fight to end world hunger. As part of our community s contribution to this project, the Gallery at the Park displays and sells handmade bowls to raise money for the Tri-Cities Food Bank. This December, you can view beautiful works of art, finish up your holiday shopping and support your local community all in one trip by visiting the Gallery at the Park, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The gallery is at 89 Lee Boulevard in Richland and online at galleryatthepark.org. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. IN BRIEF New exhibit opens at DrewBoy Creative DrewBoy Creative, a gallery at the Confluence Space in Richland, will open A Bite of the Tri-Cities, an art show by Ayleen Wood, on Dec. 7 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Wood s large collection of art is inspired by nature and the many different cultures in the Tri-Cities. You know that feeling you get when the sun finally sets at the end of a hard day at work or when you take the first bite of a delicious home-cooked meal you worked on all evening? she said. That s the feeling I m inspired by. Music for the opening reception will be provided by Joseph Brightside, and food trucks will be available. Suggested donation at the door is $4. Pendleton Center exhibits works by Anne Haley A new exhibit, Memories of Earth, by Walla Walla artist Anne Haley opened last month in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, and will be on display through Dec. 31. Haley has worked extensively at Crow s Shadow Institute of the Arts to create a range of works, and this body of prints features chine colle, ink, and pieces of her grandmother s letters. The resulting compositions are engaging, beautiful, and reminiscent of landscapes. Prosser s Mane Event will unveil street art The Historic Downtown Prosser Association is planning an event to unveil 11 uniquely designed fiberglass ponies that will be placed in downtown Prosser locations. The Mane Event will take place on Feb. 8 in the Green Room next to the Princess Theatre. Each pony stands 4 feet tall, and artists have worked with sponsors to create their unique designs. Artist spotlights will be featured weekly at historicprosser.com and on Facebook leading up to the unveiling, and tickets to the Mane Event will be available on the website. For more information, send to or call (509)
17 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 17 Walla Walla Symphony presents The Nutcracker Eugene Ballet Company will partner with symphony to stage the holiday classic The Walla Walla Symphony and the Eugene Ballet Company will partner in presenting the beloved holiday ballet, Tchaikovsky s The Nutcracker, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. The symphony, under the direction of Yaacov Bergman, and the Eugene Ballet Company, directed by Toni Pimble, will be joined by students of the Dance Center in Walla Walla and a local youth chorus. The Eugene Ballet Company was founded in 1978 and has become one of the West s busiest and most versatile professional dance companies with performances in more than 100 cities in the U.S. and internationally. The company presents a wide variety of programming from full-length classical ballets to contemporary and family programs. The Dance Center is a private ballet school founded in 1986 by Idalee Hutson-Fish, a retired Whitman College. The youth choir that will Dancers from the Eugene Ballet Company portray the Nutracker and the young Clara, who dreams that her toys come to life. participate is from St. Silouan Russian Orthodox Church in Walla Walla. It s directed by Christine Janis, who teaches voice at Walla Walla University and maintains a private voice studio. Before the concert and during intermission, enjoy a glass of wine from featured wine sponsors, Browne Family Vineyards, in the afternoon and Canoe Ridge in the evening. The cost of $5 per glass will benefit the Walla Walla Symphony. Holiday-themed refreshments and Nutcracker merchandise will also be available for purchase in the lobby. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $35-45 for adults, $25-35 for students (with ID), and $10 for youth 18 and under. Tickets are available online at Why we all love The Nutcracker Both kids and adults eagerly await performances of the The Nutcracker during the Christmas season, and they have plenty of choices. It s time again for lovers of the ballet to decide when and where they ll attend a performance of The Nutcracker. If they re nuts about The Nutcracker they may attend more than one performance of the holiday show that never seems to grow old. Here in the Tri-Cities, it s an annual tradition of the Mid-Columbia Ballet, and this year s performances will be Dec. 7-9 in the Richland High School Auditorium. In Walla Walla, you can see a Live Cinema performance by the Royal Ballet Company of London at the Gesa Power House Theatre on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. or a live performance by the Eugene Ballet Company and the Walla Walla Symphony on Dec. 8 in Cordiner Hall. This children s story was originally a frightening fairy tale intended for adults, published in 1816.Years later, Alexander Dumas rewrote the story to make it h more suitable for children, and Marius Petipa of the Russian Imperial Ballet commissioned Tschaikovsky to write music for it. In America we associate The Nutcracker with George Balanchine, who choreographed it for the New York City Ballet in WHERE TO SEE THE NUTCRACKER Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dec. 1-26, McCaw Hall, Seattle, pnb.org Mid-Columbia Ballet, Dec. 7-9, Richland High Auditorium, midcolumbiaballet.org Eugene Ballet Company, Dec. 8, Cordiner Hall, Walla Walla, wwsymphony.org Dance Theatre Northwest, Dec , Mt.Tahoma Auditorium, Tacoma, dtnw.org Tacoma City Ballet, Dec , Federal Way Performing Arts Center, Federal Way, tacomacityballet.com Live Cinema of Royal Ballet Company, Dec. 16, Gesa Power House Theatre, Walla Walla, phtww.com
18 PAGE 18 December 2018 The Entertainer Crimes of Grindelwald is simply a fantastic movie By Aubrey Langlois Thank goodness for a rollercoaster ride of incredible films to make up for the lack of decent ones during the spooky month that is noted mostly for sugary candy. November releases had interesting potential, wrapped up nice and neat just before the fantastic holidays of more sugar! Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald reopened imaginations to JK Rowling s sprawling wizarding universe that knows no boundaries. The film grossed double its budget before the end of the month. A momentary glance at the commercials and trailers beforehand gave us a little insight as to why the film is doing so well. There are epic fight scenes, insane creatures, forced romance, forlorn love, and a version of racism in the form of pure blood wizards against unwitting humans (Magicism?). Not to Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamanderin Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald/ mention the near tangible loyalty between friends or the inner mental can make the mundane vibrantly He scolds Queenie and releases Jacob and emotional battles between good interesting to children everywhere. from his adoration spell, bringing to and evil. Even those labeled as evil Don t worry light the plight of have tender, loving, and good moments some of the later wizards and with their own loved ones, apart from light-bulb moments witches who have their evil outer workings. fans will experience fallen in love with Only about a year after the setting of will either make Nomajs (humans) Fantastic Beasts, in the late 1920s, their heads spin or and their inability Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is make them scream. to intermarry. Sad, arguing with a magical border officer in Good or bad, no depressed, and an attempt to get his international one s quite sure angry, Queenie traveling license reinstated. However, yet. A few of these revelations might runs away, leaving Newt and Jacob to as with most of Newt s social interactions, they end poorly, forcing the By way of Legilimens (wizard lingo winding streets of the city and she break the Harry Potter mold. follow but they lose her within the awkward man to seek out alternative for magical telepathy), Newt meets up disappears. means of traveling abroad. with pretty blonde Queenie (Alison Behind the scenes, Credence It s a bucket, people a magical Sudol) and her bewitched Muggle Barebone (Ezra Miller) has hidden bucket. Thank goodness that Rowling boyfriend Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). himself in Paris, meeting a pretty By Aubrey Langlois Ralph Wrecks the Internet is a rather cute play on words for the kidfriendly sequel of Wreck It Ralph. This film made a buzz across television screens and tablets with flashy commercials for video games and toys that made it to the public even before the film hit the theaters in November. Ralph (John Reilly) returns with his bestest buddy in the whole wide arcade, Princess Venelope (Sarah Silverman). They go to work within their games, hang out at Tappers Bar, drink root beer, party and watch the sunrise. Every morning. To Ralph, nothing seems wrong, but Venelope feels that she s stagnating. Her existence having been verified since the last film in the game Candy Rush, she desires more than the same old tracks, with the same old racers, in the same old world. She complains to Ralph about it and they come to the conclusion that she enjoys the feel of new things, while her larger red-shirted buddy enjoys the mundane consistency. But in order to liven up Ven s mood, Ralph makes a new track that inevitably breaks the steering wheel for the whole game. This leads to some hilarious scenes involving where to rehome all the newly homeless sugar characters, leaving six-year-married Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Tamora Calhoun (Jane Lynch) to adopt 13 children made of candy. The repercussions of their decision are hilarious. When the Internet gets plugged into the auxiliary panel housing all the games electrical cords, it begins an adventure through the virtual realm that neither Ralph nor Venelope expected. They cruise the web with a rather imaginative visualization of what a child might assume the inner workings of the Internet might look like. Similar to Inside Out in character design, every human is assigned an Internet model that runs all their online errands, from Googling to shopping on Ebay or watching BuzzzTube. From an adult audience point of view, the majority of this film will seem like interwoven commercialism that shamelessly, and without using as many words, manages to portray almost exactly how some of these companies actually work. The dialogue that follows is merely satirical banter meant to keep the adult in us engaged, while the kid in us squeals about how cool pop-ups suddenly became. Or how online viruses don t actually work the cute, emotionally soul-finding way that Ralph and Venelope seem to get them to behave. Ralph Breaks the Internet is less about the line between good and bad Asian woman named Nagini (Claudia Kim). She is a young, frightened Maledictus, riddled with a blood curse that will one day permanently turn her into a giant snake (Ahah!). But they won t be hidden for long not with Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) hot on their trail, or Grindelwald s (Johnny Depp s) false paper trail that ll lead them to one of his wizarding lawabolishment rallies. All of the moving pieces carefully lay themselves down for a giant battle, similarly to how The Deathly Hallows came to a close, but that fight won t be in this film. Even as Grindelwald s connection to Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) becomes somewhat apparent, only the true Potter fans will understand how deep this relationship became, and why Albus cannot join the war. Even though Crimes of Grindelwald included a lot of filler and fluff to visually translate JK Rowling s newer world to the big screen, it was wonderful to watch and should make audience members who didn t read her books after the initial series want to read more about her wizarding universe. With iconic characters and a diamond-rich history as expansive as Game of Thrones, if not more so, the entire series from Harry Potter to The Cursed Child to Crimes of Grindelwald is all completely enthralling. The film was a worthy escape from last month s hodgepodge of bad movies, and will be a cherished gift for any of your Potter fans out there. Let s hope it makes it to DVD before Christmas. Ralph Wrecks the Internet is a cute and imaginative animated film John Reilly and Sarah Silverman voice the lead roles in the animated film Ralph Wrecks the Internet than about the tougher side of friendship that isn t always positive. Ralph makes several life-altering decisions that cause severe repercussions for many parties involved. While audiences know that everything works out in the end, the end result couldn t be achieved without Ralph understanding his jealousy and letting go of Venelope. She wishes to do new and fun things in this realm of the Internet (Slaughter Race), even if that means leaving Ralph behind to pursue her dreams and only visiting when her schedule allows. Nearly everything in this movie is imaginative and adorable, from Sugar Rush and its major and minor character growth to watching Venelope s racing skills on a completely different race track that ll leave your jaw on the floor. Think Candy Land, the 1949 board game, meets Twisted Metal, the video game of One wouldn t think those two could mix, but it makes for some colorful and interesting scenes that leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Is the film worth the money to see it in theaters? No. Spend that money on getting your kid that microscope or telescope and add the film on DVD as a stocking stuffer. You ll have spent the same amount on a gift they ll remember for years longer.
19 Complex novel is set in Depression-era small town The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel, Lake Union Publishing, 2018 By JoDean Jordan The flooding Ohio River is rapidly approaching the ranch home of Adah and Lester Branch. Despite the promise of a lost house and their lives being in danger, Lester manages to violently attack his wife as they desperately attempt a dramatic evacuation. It s the last straw for Adah, so she bashes her husband s head in with a shovel, drags him into the raging waters, and gets swept along with him. And that s just the beginning of her problems. After being plucked from the raging river, Adah has nowhere to go. She is forced to live in the home of her inlaws, the Branch family, under their watchful eye. They are determined to prove her guilt. While struggling with her own guilty feelings, the Depression-era tobacco farmers antagonize her, berate her, and do everything they can to get her to confess to Lester s murder. The only thing keeping Adah in the home of her abusive husband s family is her unrelenting patience for a better life and her young stepdaughter, Daisy, who she has come to love. She wants nothing more than to remove the girl from her horrid grandparents house and save her from the same oppressive life that Adah has had to endure. Adah takes huge risks so she can keep her secret and be the mother that Daisy never had. As time goes on, Adah uncovers dangerous secrets of a family desperate to uphold appearances in a tumultuous time. She finds allies in unlikely places, yet ultimately can rely only on herself so she can finally break free from a life that is sure to kill her. The River Widow is a complex novel full of plot twists and backstories that definitely keeps the reader interested. It is a work of historical fiction, taking place against the backdrop of the famous flood of As a woman with few rights and little help, Adah must endure unthinkable obstacles and navigate her way through a seemingly hopeless situation. She keeps her eye The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 19 on the simple prize of freedom in a world that is bound to keep her chained to it. In the deep south during the Great Depression, society is against Adah, yet she keeps pushing forward for her own life and the life of a young girl who is sure to suffer unless Adah stands up for her. Those living in the oppressive town play an integral part in developing the plot and outlining exactly what Adah is up against. The Branches are feared and respected, but mostly loathed by all the townspeople, who know that helping Adah is a sure death sentence for them. The evil family s desire to keep up appearances of a happy, Christian family in a town that knows better is their biggest difficulty. Adah s chances of getting out unscathed are seemingly impossible. The book is written with suspense in mind. In fact, at times it is unbearable and the reader wonders why it is taking so long for Adah to take action to save herself. The reader forgets that the book takes place during a different era, where getting results takes time and unrelenting patience, and that makes the surprise ending tense and worth the wait. The River Widow is a wonderful book with eye-opening situations that remind the reader what it must have been like to be a woman in It s a mustread for those who love historical fiction as well as a relatable, tough protagonist. It can be purchased from Amazon in hardcover for $9.99 or downloaded to a Kindle for $4.99. Author s memoir is inspiring story of perseverance A Mind Unraveled, a Memoir, by Kurt Eichenwald, Ballantine Books, 2018 By JoDean Jordan Kurt Eichenwald has spent his entire life explaining his battle, defending himself, fighting for equality, and recovering from mental and physical injuries. It s been a difficult journey for Kurt, but he s come out on the other side, strong in who he is and secure in the knowledge of what is worth fighting for. Kurt is an accomplished New York Times journalist and author of several bestselling books. He has earned the respect of authors, leaders and journalists alike, and none of it has come easily. Kurt spent his youth hiding who he was a boy with epilepsy. Determined to graduate with his college class, he knew the only way was to keep his disease a secret to avoid discrimination. He followed the advice of one incompetent neurologist and psychologist after another who led him down a path of uncertainty and a darkness that most people cannot possibly fathom. His story is one of triumph when all seems lost. His freshman year of college, he wanted what any other young man wants friends, a social life, and the ability and support to pursue his dreams. Kurt had all this, but what he felt he had to hide was more powerful. He grew up in a time when epilepsy was not only misunderstood and misdiagnosed, but also shameful and a reason to believe there were roadblocks when there were none. The stigma of the seizure disorder was enough for Kurt to keep his disease under wraps and rely on his lifelong friends and roommates to do the same. They often bore the burden of picking him up off the crowded street or stairwell, mopping up his blood, following the rules of dealing with an epileptic seizure, and pushing him forward toward his goals. Kurt was often abandoned by professionals who were supposed to know best. They ignored him, diminished him, patronized him and told him he could do nothing he desired, and instead should resign himself to the idea that he was a prisoner to his own mind. It is only because of his own internal motivation to prove everyone wrong, and to live the life he wanted, that he was able to put their negativity aside and fight the battle of and for his life. He had one choice, and that was to never give up. IN BRIEF When everyone else was enjoying college life, Kur s youth became one war after another. The neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, the dean of his college, toxic drugs, and sometimes even his own father became obstacles to his goals. He taught them that he could persevere over an enemy that stole his mind and ruined his body. He could overcome a violent, unstable and unpredictable disease. He took it upon himself to erase the stigma and become a pioneer who would educate people about what it s like to live with epilepsy. A Mind Unraveled is a raw, emotional memoir that couples information about the disease of epilepsy with an intriguing and entertaining story. Kurt has combined his countless journal entries with his candid and sometimes horrific memories of actual events, and with the written recollections of his friends, family members, college professors and doctors. He has woven them into a cohesive, interesting story of triumph in the darkest of hours. The memoir is an inspiration to anyone who feels like he is fighting a losing battle, as Kurt has shown that no battle is lost unless you give up. A Mind Unraveled can be purchased from Amazon in hardcover for $16.70 or downloaded to a Kindle for $ Mid-Columbia Libraries celebrate Grinch-mas Join your Mid-Columbia Library branch for family fun festivities featuring the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The program will be at the Benton City Library: on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.; the West Pasco branch on Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.; Prosser Library Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m.; Keewaydin Park branch in Kennewick Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m.; Kennewick Library on Union Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. and the downtown Pasco Library on Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Visit midcolumbialibraries.org. Movies New Releases Playing in Theaters December th Mary Queen of Scots Vox Lux Ben is Back 14th Mortal Engines Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Mule 21st Mary Poppins Returns Aquaman Bumblebee Holmes and Watson Welcome to Marwen 26th Destroyer On the Basis of Sex Vice Stan & Ollie January th Escape Room Eli 11th A Dog s Way Home The Upside 18th Glass 25th The Boy Who Wouls Be King Serenity Releases New DVD Releases December th The Miseducation of Cameron Post Mission: Impossible Fallout Operation Finale The Happytime Murders Til Death Do Us Part 11th The Equalizer 2 Peppermint Unbroken: Path to Redemption Smallfoot Colette 18th The House with a Clock in its Walls Assassination Nation Little Women Venom Air Strike 25th White Boy Rick January st Night School Bad Times at the El Royale A.X.L 8th Hell Fest Mid90s Monsters and Men The Oath What They Had 15th Halloween Old Man and the Gun After Darkness Speed Kills The Bookshop 22nd The Hate U Give The Wife Johnny English Strikes Again
20 PAGE 20 December 2018 The Entertainer Try these holiday recipes that will make great gifts By Cathleen Williams Food Writer, Ilove making gifts, especially the handmade edible ones. It s something simple and tasty that you can do for friends and family that shows you care. Food gifts are great for teachers, the mailman or your co-workers. They are all fun and great Christmas treats for anyone you want to make smile. The recipes are quite simple to make and are thoughtful, delicious gifts. Enjoy!! CHOCOLATE ORANGE TRUFFLES ¼ c butter 3 Tbsp heavy cream 4 (1 oz) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped 2 Tbsp orange liqueur 1 tsp grated orange zest Finely chopped pecans, walnuts, cookie crumbs, coconut or cocoa powder In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter and cream. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Stir in 4 ounces chopped chocolate, liqueur, and orange zest; continue stirring until smooth. Pour truffle mixture into a shallow bowl and chill until firm, about Cathleen s chocolate orange truffles 2 hours. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape chilled truffle mixture by rounded teaspoon into small balls (melon baller also works) and place on baking sheet. Take each truffle and roll in topping of your choice or a combination of all of above. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes or until set. 12 servings. GARLIC-PARMESAN CHEESE BALL 11 oz cream cheese, softened S! c grated Parmesan cheese ¼ c mayonnaise ½ tsp dried oregano ½ to 1 tsp minced garlic ¾ c chopped toasted walnuts Fresh vegetables or crackers In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Shape into a ball. Roll in the walnuts. Wrap tightly in plastic. Chill 2 hours. Serve with vegetables or crackers. Makes 2 cups. HOT APPLE CIDER SPICE MIX 4 Cc sugar 4 Tbsp cinnamon 1½ tsp nutmeg 1½ tsp cloves Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and fill individual jars. Mix 1 tablespoon per quart of apple juice, but adjust to taste. SAVORY HERB MIX 1S! c kosher salt 2 / 3 c dried parsley S c dried thyme ¼ c dried rosemary, crushed ¼ c dried shredded lemon peel ¼ c ground black pepper 2 Tbsp garlic powder 2 Tbsp dried minced onion In a medium bowl, stir all the ingredients together. Divide mixture among ½ cup glass jars. Cover and label. Instructions for use as a rub; Lightly Take a respite from cooking with Honey Baked Ham of Kennewick Who wants to spend Christmas in the kitchen? Almost nobody we know. But you can still enjoy the holidays in the comfort of home without spending the day basting a turkey and making stuffing. So take off the apron and start a new tradition spending time with the family instead of the kitchen stove. Just order all or part of your holiday meal from Honey Baked Ham in Kennewick. Honey Baked Ham isn t just about ham, although the savory glazed bonein or boneless ham is their famous specialty. You can also order a fully cooked turkey breast whole or sliced in the quantity you need plus side dishes to make a full meal. The Honey Baked Ham store has been open about a year at 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd., No. 122, in Kennewick in the same shopping center where you ll find Planet Fitness, Joann s Fabrics and Mattress Depot. Honey Baked offers a variety of items for lunch, including specialty sandwiches made with their delicious ham, turkey or roast beef, plus soups and salads. Try the ham classic, the tavern club or turkey bacon ranch sandwich. The chef s salads and soups are also items you ll want to try. So take your guests out for a delicious lunch at Honey Baked Ham and Café, or pick up something for your Christmas Eve gathering. If you re planning a holiday party, they can make your life easier by catering your event. Whatever your meal requirements are for the season, Honey Baked Ham owner Vivian Terrell and her staff will do their best to fulfill your needs. Honey Baked Hams are already brush pork, chicken, or fish with olive oil. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over all sides and let stand for 15 minutes. Grill or roast. CRANBERRY FUDGE 3 c white chocolate chips 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk ¾ c dried cranberries, chopped ½ c coarsely chopped pistachio nuts 2 tsp finely shredded orange peel 1 tsp vanilla Line an 8-by-8-by-2-inch pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of pan. Butter the foil. In a 2-quart sauce pan, cook and stir the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk over low heat just until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in three-fourths of the pistachios, and three-fourths cranberries, orange zest and vanilla. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Top with remaining pistachios and cranberries. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm. Using the edges of the foil, lift fudge our and cut into squares. Store in refrigerator for 1 week Makes 2 lbs. A savory honey-glazed ham, already cooked and ready for your holiday table. cooked, cut and glazed when you pick them up from the store. The bone-in hams are available in halves, quarters or slices. The boneless hams are available as whole hams or half hams. And the store is also known for its glazed turkey breast, ribs, pot roast and barbecued pork roast, already cooked and ready to be heated and served. Side dishes can include macaroni and cheese, potatoes au gratin, broccoli casserole, green-bean casserole, cinnamon sliced apples, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes and gravy. The desserts include cheesecakes, carrot cakes, chocolate cakes, pecan pies, coffee cakes, red velvet cakes, apple walnut pies and many more favorites. Your guests will think you spent the day cooking. Keep Homey Baked Ham and Café in mind for other events, too, throughout the year. They can cater your graduation party, Mother s Day or Father s Day meal, family reunion, birthday party or Sunday dinner, and they ll deliver your order or have it ready for pick-up. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 10 to 5 on Saturday. Call the friendly Honey Baked staff at (509)
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22 PAGE 22 December 2018 The Entertainer Passion Play and more beckon visitors to Bavaria By Sondra Wilson Irecently returned from Munich, where we were hosted by Globus Family of Brands. As part of our award for being in the top producers club for Travel Leaders, we experienced a quick tour and exposure to Bavaria. It had been 50 years since I visited Munich, and I was surprised by the newly restored city and all the exciting things that awaited us. Globus uses local guides who know their city. Eighty percent of Munich had been destroyed by the Allies during World War II, and the city was painstakingly restored back to its original glory. The jewel of this rebirth was the Rathaus, or City Hall, with its connecting tower that includes the Glockenspiel. By far the world s most extravagant clock, this tower on Munich s Marienzplatz features a clock face, 43 bells and more than 30 full-sized mechanical figures. Built in the early 20th century, the Rathaus Glockenspiel s main purpose has always been to amuse people rather than to tell time. The figures act out scenes from German history and mythology, including a royal wedding, a jousting tournament and German dancing the hope of fending off the black plague. The mechanical play begins at 11 a.m. every day, with additional shows in the summertime at noon and 5 p.m., and lasts for more than a quarter of an hour. Marienzplatz is a great part of Munich to visit. Its scenically a lovely spot with outdoor cafes and lots of charm. Munich s Rathaus, or city hall, was completely restored after it was bombed in World War II, inclduing its connecting tower and the famous Glockenspiel. The clock s fullsize mechanical figures.act out historical and mythological scenes. Oberammergau The real reason we came to Munich was to spend a day in Bavaria, and specifically Oberammergau. Globus is one of the tour companies selling packages to the Passion Plan, which will take place in The play is put on by the village and its residents every 10 years. The six-hour presentation is in German, but the story is universal. And although it s two years away, I was surprised to find that 70 percent of the tickets to the play have been sold. The Oberammergau Passion Play began nearly 400 years ago. The plague raged in many parts of Europe and Oberammergau was no exception, but in 1633 the villagers promised to reenact the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year if the plague would not take any more villagers and that proved to be the case. The promise has been kept right up until today, and in 2020 it will take place from May 16 to Oct. 4. We were invited on a special behindthe-scenes tour of the site of the Passion Play and we were excited to meet Frederik Mayet, who played Jesus in 2010 and will again in Mayel and all of the players are local, and their participation goes back generations. The tour included the venue, the costumes, and the artists. If you are thinking about attending the Passion Play in 2020, don t delay, as the best dates for tickets continues to sell out. And remember the play can be an addition to a river cruise or a motorcoach tour of Bavaria. Hotel space will be limited in the summer of 2020, and you ll want to spend at least one night in that beautiful village. It s the typical gorgeous German village with painted buildings and window boxes full of flowers. Artisans do amazing woodcarvings of many religious scenes. I was thrilled to purchase and bring one home one to a good friend. Munich, Dachau and Alps Back in Munich, our last night was spent at the famous Hofbrauhaus, a restaurant and beer hall built in 1589 by Duke Maximilium. Yes, it is very touristy, but that s part of the fun. Other must-see places in Munich include the the Residenz Palace in central Munich, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and is today wonderfully restored with great examples of furniture and décor of the period. I m glad that was on our list. In Munich you can take a beer tour to some of the famous beer halls. Remember that Oktoberfest happens here, but it s not in October. Saturday, Sept. 21, is the date of the 2019 parade. More than 6 million visitors visit Oktoberfest over the two-week period. Don t miss a day tour to the Royal Castle of Neuschwanstein. It will look familiar. as Cinderella s castle at Disneyland was modeled after this place. It is a long day, but if you have the time, the visit is a must. Near Munich is the Dachau Concentration Camp, and tours are available. The young people in Germany have definitely acknowledged their role as a nation in World War II and the Holocaust. I choose to honor my ancestors and not visit Dachau, but that is my choice. Garmish and Partenkirchen are two towns that were joined by Hitler in 1935 to facilitate the 1936 winter games. Garmish is the ski resort and definitely worth visiting. Nearby is the Zugspitze, Germany s highest mountain. You can visit the top by cogwheel train or cable car. It is near the Austrian border in the Alps, an 80-minute train ride from Munich. Be sure to leave ample time for check-in at the Munich airport. Even though we left our hotel three hours before our flight to Zurich, we were cutting it close. Munich is not on everyone s bucket list, but after this visit I think that it should be. We had a great time and never ran out of things to do. Should you need a hotel suggestion, our hotel was the Sofitel and it was a very nice place to stay, within walking distance of most places in town. If you are interested in seeing this area of the world, call Travel Leaders and, again, if you want to see the Passion Play in 2020 I urge you to call right away before it s sold out. Sondra Wilson is president of the local Travel Leaders, celebrating a 35th anniversary in They were named best travel agency in the Tri-City Herald s People s Choice Awards. Find out for yourself why, with Travel Leaders, you travel better. Eighty percent of Munich s architecture was destroyed and has been rebuilt.
23 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 23 Films, fun beckon at Sundance Mountain Resort By David Latt reators Syndicate The ground was wet from snowmelt. Under a bright blue sky I walked to Stewart Falls above the Sundance Mountain Resort, an hour southeast of Salt Lake City. Wildflowers were in bloom. Delicate bluebells, multicolored asters, prickly pink bull thistles and dark purple Rocky Mountain Penstemon were mixed in with tall grasses. A cooling breeze came off majestic Mount Timpanogos. At the waterfall, torrents of water plunged from a cliff face hundreds of feet above. On hot days, fully clothed hikers duck into the torrent and come out shrieking and shivering. Built by Robert Redford, the resort was part of his larger vision to preserve and share the landscape he came to love when he filmed the film classic Jeremiah Johnson. In this magnificent natural setting, he created a safe community to mentor emerging artists. Our boys grew up on the mountain. They loved riding mountain bikes down the gravel-strewn switchback trails. The smiles and knee scrapes told us when they d had a good run. Complementing the activities of hiking, alpine zip-lining, mountain biking, fly fishing and horseback riding, Sundance has all the pleasures of an upscale resort. The Spa at Sundance has a menu of wellness and beauty treatments. The Art Studio offers classes in pottery, jewelry, painting and printmaking. One of my favorite activities is to have no activity at all. Rough-hewn benches placed next to streams are perfect places to sunbathe, read, sit and hold hands with someone you The activities at Utah s Sundance Mountain Resort change with the seasons. In the winter, it s a popular ski resort, and the Suncance Film Festival begins Jan. 24. love, or just daydream. You won t be hungry on the mountain. The Tree Room is famous for its fine-dining menu with casual dining in the Foundry, drinks at the Owl Bar, made-to-order sandwiches at the Deli and hearty soups at 8,200 feet at Bearclaw Cabin. If you like to cook when you are on vacation, many of the units have stovetops and kitchens. With Mount Timpanogos as a backdrop, guests at the outdoor amphitheater enjoy theatrical productions and musical performances. With 100-plus units, the resort has many housing options. Couples on a weekend getaway can snuggle up in one of the cozy studios. Spacious one-bedrooms, suites and mountain homes with full kitchens are ideal for families or friends on a getaway. The resort is popular for corporate retreats and weddings. With the cabins surrounded by pine trees, in the morning, coffee in hand, I begin the day looking out the window. More often than not, a deer will be looking back at me. As the days shorten and temperatures drop, the resort is preparing for winter. The Sundance Zip Tour runs across the tree line, now dusted with freshly fallen snow. Now the resort refocuses on snowboarding and downhill and cross-country skiing, with runs for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. When our sons were young, we enrolled them in ski school to learn the basics. The supportive instructors made certain that they learned about safety. In no time at all, they took to the slopes with daredevil abandon, too fast for my wife and me to keep up. The world s pre-eminent festival for independent feature films, the Sundance Film Festival, screens nearly 200 short films, feature-length films and television shows by U.S. and international filmmakers. For 10 days in January, audiences flock to see the best of the best. The festival has been the jumping-off point for hundreds of artists whose films have made them household names such as Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) and Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Ocean s Eleven). Most of the festival s theaters are in Park City, with some in Salt Lake City, but none of those venues is as intimate as the resort s Screening Room. Last January, I walked on a path that had been cleared of snow. A skier walked by, skis resting on his shoulders, goggles and gloves on. A nod between us. But I was not headed to the ski lift. I pushed open the double doors and walked into the Screening Room lobby, where a wood fire crackled brightly in the stone fireplace. The popcorn machine was popping. I filled a bag and found a seat in the cozy theater. The lights dimmed. The film began and I lost myself in a wonderful story told by a talented independent filmmaker. For more information on the Sundance Mountain Resort, visit sundanceresort.com. This year s film festival will be held from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3. Tickets for the Screening Room can be purchased for individual films. Packages are also available that include a stay at the resort, meals and a ticket package. Air travel to Sundance is through Salt Lake International Airport, with easy access by car or shuttle to travel the approximately one hour to the resort. The nature conservancy known as the Zumwalt Prairie is a beautiful part of the Wallowa region, offering scenic vistas in the sping, summer and year-round. Visit the wonderful Wallowas of Northeast Oregon any time of year Where should you plan to vacation in the coming spring and summer summer? Not far outside the little artsy and Old Wwest town of Joseph, tucked away in the northeast corner of Oregon, lie some of the most rugged and dynamic landscapes in Oregon. The Wallowas have been tagged one of Oregon s seven wonders, and appropriately so. The views are incredible. The Wallowas are home to Oregon s largest wilderness, the Eagle Cap, which is one of the nation s most majestic of all wildernesses. There are 47 trailheads providing access into the Eagle Cap Wilderness and approximately 500 miles of trails. Sacajawea Peak is the highest peak in the Eagle Cap and the sixth highest peak in all of Oregon. Elevations in the wilderness range from approximately 3,000 feet in the lower valleys to nearly 10,000 feet at the top of Scajawea, and another 30 peaks exceed 8,000 feet. This wilderness is vast, with more than 60 alpine lakes and 37 miles of wild streams for the angler seeking a pristine experience. All trails are normally free of snow by the 4th of July. The beauty of the Wallowas has been an inspiration for artists, and the Wallowa Valley is often referred to as the Valley of Bronze. The Main Street Art Walk in the town of Joseph is lined with magnificent, life-size bronze sculptures. There are so many foundries and galleries throughout the valley that you ll need a full day to see them all. And if you start exploring the boutiques, fine jewelry stores, antique shops and other cottage-like businesses scattered throughout valley, you will need another two days. Other activities to check out while visiting the Wallowas include the Wallowa Valley Barn Tour and the Wallowa Lake Tramway. For more information on the Wallowas, visit wallowacountychamber.com.
24 PAGE 24 December 2018 The Entertainer Little-known fascia tissue is hidden cause of pain By Sara A. Nelson, DPT Are you tired of hurting and not finding solutions? We may just have the answer for you. It lies in a part of your anatomy that is rarely discussed but has a huge impact on your health. Your fascia. Every day at Therapy Solutions we explain fascia tissue to at least one person who has never heard of it. When explaining this tissue, we often say something like this: Fascia is the connective tissue in your body. It surrounds and supports everything. If you were a potted plant, your skin would be the pot, the roots would be the structures of your body and the dirt would be your fascia. It is even called ground substance. It is around every muscle, every bundle of muscle fibers, every fiber and every cell. It is the covering of the cells. It is around every vessel, organ and nerve, and it surrounds and supports your brain and spinal cord. It has different names in different parts of the body, but it is all the connective tissue. An important role of these connective tissues is to distribute tension and coordinate movement throughout the body. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds everything in your boedy. Understanding the body as a lively fascial web has huge implications for our health and what treatment we choose. We are connected from head to toe. What is happening at the base of the spine influences what is happening at the head, and vice versa. These are anatomical links through the fascia. This means you need a practitioner who can analyze the interconnection of fascia in your body. Pain and loss of function can develop when restrictions form in the fascia after injury or strain. This slows the movement of nutrients through the tissues, and also the removal of waste from the tissues. Snags develop that put a drag through the whole body. There are hundreds of techniques that address this tissue. At our clinic we use craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, lymphatic drainage and John Barnes approach to myofascial release, The technique name is less important than the therapist s and client s understanding of how this tissue works, what makes it tight, what improves its mobility and what you can do about it. You can release built-up tension that is causing pain with the help of a therapist who uses fascial release methods. Therapists help you to retrain this sensitive and dynamic network of tissues. People often say this is the missing component in their care. There is so much more than can be said about fascia, but there is nothing like experiencing fascial release. It is a foundation at Therapy Solutions, and our therapists are dedicated to study and expert application. Give Therapy Solutions a try. Read more by visiting therapy-solutions.us. Sara Nelson graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 and has been a physical therapist for more than 25 years. She has a master s in orthopedic manual therapy and a doctorate in physical therapy. She is also a certified lymphedema therapist, a boardcertified women s health specialist and a theory instructor for the Dr. Vodder School International. She owns Therapy Solutions, a multidisciplinary clinic treating pelvic health, lymphedema, cancer recovery, orthopedic and pain conditions in Richland. CBC nursing education receives new accreditation The Bachelor of science degree program for registered nurses at Columbia Basin College has received accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This accreditation reaffirms the high academic standards that CBC maintains for its RN bachelor s program. The commission is a national accrediting body for baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The accreditation ensures that a nursing program s curriculum meets strict standards and assures the public that the program is committed to achieving these high standards. CBC s RN-BSN program was developed in response to the local, statewide, and national need to increase the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses in the workforce, said Kim Tucker, CBC s director for Nursing Programs. Obtaining CCNE accreditation demonstrates our commitment to superior quality nursing education and to the community. The bachelor s degree program builds on CBC s highly successful associate degree in nursing by providing graduates with additional training in leadership, management, informatics, population-based health and the integration of research into nursing practice. When students earn an RN-BSN degree at CBC, it opens up new career opportunities and provides our graduates with the skills needed to practice in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse healthcare environment, said Tucker. To earn the accreditation, CBC conducted a rigorous self-evaluation process that included writing a selfstudy and hosting an on-site evaluation visit last March. For more information about the Columbia Basin College bachelor s degree program in nursing, visit columbiabasin.edu/nursing. New hope for cancer survivors A new study by Washington State University researchers suggests that a protein called CDK2 plays a critical role in heart damage caused by doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy drug. Using a rodent model, the researchers showed that doxorubicin increases CDK2 activity in cardiac muscle cells, resulting in cell death. What s more, they demonstrated that suppressing CDK2 levels alleviated damage to cardiac muscle cells following treatment with doxorubicin.their finding could be used as the basis for future development of treatment strategies and drugs to reduce heart disease risk in cancer survivors, especially those treated in childhood. In addition to cancer recurrence, heart disease is a leading cause of death in this group. Heart toxicity associated with the use of chemotherapy drugs is thought to be responsible for cancer survivors increased risk of developing heart disease.
25 Here s the secret to managing your holiday stress yoga! By Heather Anastos Mind racing? Trouble sleeping? Feeling overwhelmed? The joys of the holidays can easily get drowned out by stress and anxiety. But, by understanding our nervous systems and how they work, we can make choices that create calm instead of chaos. Most of us have heard about the fight or flight response associated with the sympathetic nervous system. This reaction is designed to protect us from danger, but in today s society an upsetting text, , or post on social media may cause our bodies to be flooded with hormones that have no outlet unless we want to throw down your electronic devices, but that gets awfully expensive and doesn t really help. What we don t hear discussed nearly enough is that this response also works in reverse! We can take actions that soothe our nervous system and move us into the parasympathetic nervous system. This is known as the rest and digest response. It allows us to sleep and stimulates proper digestion of food. Herbert Benson s study on transcendental meditation in 1975 and numerous recent studies have proven that yoga and mindfulness reduce stress. Yogic breathing practices, meditation and mindful movement practices like yoga, tai chi and qigong can kickstart this stress-reducing response. Some very simple practices can as well. For example, right now, whereever you are, start to rock back and forth. Slowly shift from one side to the other. Heather Anastos is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-500) with Yoga Alliance. She is the director of Yoga Community and the co-director of Rasayana School of Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has studied yoga since 2002 and is also certified as an Ayurvedic Coach (400- hr.) and Jyotisha Ratna. Take a deep breath. Allow your breath and movement to sync. Count five deep breaths. Do your eyes relax? Perhaps your shoulders release away from the ears. Did the tension in your jaw soften? Rhythmic movement acts on our vestibular system to create a parasympathetic nervous system response. It sends a signal that fight or flight isn t needed. Mindful movement practices, breath work and meditation all trigger the rest and digest response. By understanding and connecting with our nervous systems, we release stress and anxiety. We become more resilient, and not so easily overwhelmed. That is the secret to keeping the happy in not only the holidays, but for the whole year! The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 25
26 PAGE 26 December 2018 The Entertainer The best gift ideas for your Tri-City Americans fan By Erick Peterson The Tri-City Americans website (amshockey.com) is an excellent place to find gifts for the hockey fans on your list, according to Amy Hubbard, Tri-City Americans sales and business development vice-president, and Audrey Tory, Tri-City Americans business operations manager. Hubbard and Tory say they are not just employees of the Tri-City hockey team they are also fans. As fans themselves, they love both giving and receiving presents that are related to their favorite team. It s something they have in common with other devotees of the Ams. At every home game, a large number of fans are wearing Americans tee-shirts, sweaters, hats and other items, and they may also be carrying merchandise such as hockey sticks, pucks and blankets. Clearly, Tri-City Americans followers put the fan in the word fanatic, and they would love to open gift boxes that contain items related to their beloved team this Christmas The number-one gift on many lists is the Tri-City Americans Holiday Pack ($60). This is a collection of four ticket vouchers for games in January, Fanboni rides take 10 fans at a time on a spin around the ice on the Zamboni. February and March; two $10 concession vouchers; and two hats. The holiday pack gives fans the most of everything they could ever want. This is a really good deal, Hubbard said. Hubbard likes giving Tri-City Americans hats ($24) to the special people in her life. There are multiple baseball-style hats to choose from in red, black and blue, starting at $24. They also come with a choice of the Americans star logo or the eagle logo. All hats include the team name on the front. A fan can never have too many of them, because they get thrown onto the ice whenever a home team player scores a hat trick three goals in a single game. Tee-shirts ($20 and up) are big sellers at the Tri-City Americans team store. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors for men, women and children, and the promote the Tri-City Americans with team insignias. Wearing an Ams shirt is not only fun at games to show your support, but outside of games to spark conversation with other fans. A step up from the tee-shirt is the jersey. Jerseys ($130) in the style of the players game clothing are more expensive than the typical shirt but are preferred by the most devoted fans. Buyers have their choice of white or blue, and all jerseys have the team name and insignia on the front as well as the WHL logo. Star patches are on the sides, on both the torso and the sleeves. The jerseys are good for wearing to the games, where the ice brings down the temperature of the arena. Another clothing item that s appropriate for the cold is the hoodie ($50 and up). Several styles of hoodies are popular, but a favorite style comes in navy blue with a pocket in the front for warming your hands. There is also a toddler hoodie ($40) that is available in black and comes with gray pants. One item that is special this year is the hockey puck ($6), which was developed recently for the 2018 holiday season. One side of the puck bears the Tri-City Americans name and eagle logo. The other side features the Western Hockey League logo and the signature of the league commissioner. It is labeled as an official game puck, which makes it a collector s item. Hockey pucks make great stocking stuffers. Other novelty items ($3 to $30) can also be given as stocking-stuffer gifts. I always like giving novelty items, Tory said. These are really good for little kids. We ve got plastic hockey sticks, pucks and stuff that s fun to play with. The least expensive items also include license plate frames and key chains, and more expensive items include a wood Zamboni for $24 and a $20 bobblehead of former Americans great Brandon Carlo, who now plays for the Boston Bruins. A gift that any ardent fan will appreciate this Christmas is New Years Eve game tickets ($24 each adult). The game on Dec. 31 at 7:05 p.m. pits the Ams against the Spokane Chiefs, the team s longstanding rival. Matches between the two teams are among the most exciting games of the year. Fanboni Rides ($10) give fans the special experience of riding in the Zamboni as it cleans the ice during the first intermission. Riders also get to spend time with the team mascot, Winger, beforehand. There are only 10 spots on the fanboni, however, so you should contact the front office as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Positions on the fanboni occasionally sell out. Rounding out this top-10 list of Tri- City Americans Christmas gifts are toques ($24). Toques are knitted beanies worn in cold weather, and Americans version includes the team name and logo. They come in a variety of colors and styles For more information about tickets and merchandise, contact the Tri-City Americans box office at (509) or visit the website amshockey.com. Fanboni ride inquiries can begin with a call to the front office or by filling out a form available on the website. 10 BEST GIFTS FOR AMS FANS 1) Holiday Pack ($60) 2) Hats ($24) 3) Tee-shirts ($20+) 4) Jerseys ($130) 5) Hoodies ($50+) 6) Pucks ($6) 7) Stocking stuffers ($3 to $30) 8) Dec. 31 game tickets ($24 adult) 9) Fanboni ride ($10) 10) Toques ($24) Priced from $50 on up, hoodies will keep you warm and stylish without breaking the bank.much lless expensive are the top-selling Ams hats.
27 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 27 What will the new year bring in the world of sports? By Philly Robb Francis It s the time of year when, while traditionally giving thanks for what we have, we also reveal our hopes and wishes for the coming year. It seems appropriate to focus on 2019, considering that some things we know will happen and we also compile a wish list for some things that could happen if certain dominoes fall in the right direction. Not to mention that what we know is coming in 2019 might benefit from some positive wishing and hoping. Hockey The National Hockey League will award Seattle its first expansion franchise in a major sport since the Seahawks in June of Forty-four years and some change is a long time to wait to get another major sports franchise in a city the size of Seattle. The owners of this as-yet-to-be-named franchise have a golden opportunity to ingrain the NHL, not only in Seattle but throughout the state and region. Something as simple as a name can do just that. If you ve been following the naming process, a number of suggestions have been floated. Unfortunately, many of the names have to do with fish specifically, different types of salmon. I like salmon, a lot, just not as the name of a professional hockey team. Sockeyes, steelheads, salmon, even orcas should all be erased from consideration. There is nothing even remotely appealing about the names or the colors that would be associated with them. There are a couple of names that would play on the region and even the maritime aspects without naming the team after a fish, which would be embarrassing, frankly. That s just the first wish on my list. The second is a bit more fundamental to the team s overall success. The NHL has already said it will give the new Seattle franchise the same advantage as it gave to Las Vegas when it came into the league a few years ago. That means expansion draft and the same odds as the team with the third worst record in the league during their first NHL draft. Las Vegas went on to play for the Stanley Cup in its first season. While the league was very generous to Vegas, the real reason for the success is something the Seattle franchise must have experienced hockey front-office people who understand not only how the game is being played now, but also how things are trending. Vegas captured lightning in a bottle, but that doesn t mean Seattle can t have similar success with the right minds and eyes in the front office. If they have anywhere near the success of Vegas say, make the playoffs in their first season this team will gain a following instantly. It ll be good for the region and the sport. Mariners The Mariners are finally blowing things up. Jerry DiPoto has been given permission to hit the red button and blow up what has been a lingering process of mediocrity. Everyone is available save three players outfielder Mitch Haniger, closer Edwin Diaz and starter Marco Gonzalez. Already dealt is that failed Jack Zduriencik pick Mike Zunino goes to the Tampa Bay Rays for the best the M s could hope for. And trading James Paxton, who never did achieve all the potential and promise heaped upon him, did return a nice haul including the top prospect in the Yankees farm system. It s a good start for a GM looking to prove he was the reason for the L.A. Angels success, not former manager Mike Sciocia. DiPoto deserves the opportunity to build his own team and his own farm system. His predecessors got that and failed miserably on both fronts, particularly in the farmsystem department. The Mariners have the lowest ranked system in the game, so the good news is it can only get better. I hope Mariners fans give DiPoto the time to rebuild. They will need to be patient and suffer through some bad seasons in the process. DiPoto is smart. He knows the game and I think he is the right guy to finally break the cycle and change the culture of the Mariners. WSU Cougs Mike Leach will be back to coach the WSU Cougars in That s great news, but if you watched the Apple Cup you have to be scratching your head over a few things. First, Leach made zero adjustments to deal with the weather. You play your home games in Pullman, and it has snowed there in June! To have the Huskies be more prepared to handle the snow is embarrassing. I know Leach doesn t like to run the ball much, and it never snowed in Lubbock Texas, but to continue throwing the football in the snow the way they did raised more questions than answers. The Cougs have two pretty good backs in fact, they scored two TDs on the ground in the Apple Cup. When you run block, you are pushing forward as an offensive lineman, thereby pushing the defensive line backwards in snowy conditions y know, exactly what UW did to the Cougars in the second half. Pass blocking requires your linemen to protect, meaning they will get pushed back by rushing defensive lineman, therefore putting the offensive line on its heels in the snow. It set up a recipe for disaster that translated to Gardner Minshew s worst game as a Cougar. Leach set up his team to fail period! He is unwilling to move away from his Air Raid offense, regardless of the conditions. His inability or unwillingness to adjust is mindblowing. Leach has yet to beat Chris Peterson in the Apple Cup, and at this rate he won t. Here s hoping Leach learns a valuable lesson from this loss. It not only prevented WSU from playing in its first-ever Pac-12 championship game, but lost his team a real chance at a berth in the playoffs, as Michigan lost Photo by Pete Caster, Lewiston Tribune WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew scrambles out of the pocket in a blinding snowfall in the 2018 Apple Cup. Philly Robb and many others believe that Coach Mike Leach should have changed his Air Raid offense to a ground game to adjust for the weather conditions. to Ohio State and Georgia would still have to face Alabama in the SEC title game. That s a lot on the line for the little program from Pullman to accomplish. I hope the coach remembers that next time.
28 PAGE 28 December 2018 The Entertainer Gardeners: tis the season to decorate and recreate! By Micki Perry Winter in the northern hemisphere officially begins on Dec. 21, which is the winter solstice the shortest day from sunrise to sunset. After that, the days start getting longer and the solstice is celebrated in many cultures as a time of the return of the light. In the United States, where we have daylight saving time, winter seems to begin in early November when we turn the clocks back an hour and suddenly it s dark and cold by 5 p.m. Halloween is over and we are gearing up for the period known as the holidays. Gardening days are short and chilly that is, if we are gardening at all. Winter should be a time for gardeners to take a well-deserved rest from their labors outdoors and move inside where it is warm and cozy, even if it isn t very restful. It s a good thing that gardening tasks wane in December because the holiday season is a busy time of shopping, baking and decorating not to mention the parties, concerts and other holiday celebrations that fill the month with more activities than any other month of the year. Decorating If we are gardeners, the only gardenrelated activities might be decorating with items from our gardens (pine boughs, juniper, holly, etc.) or purchasing holiday-related plants like poinsettias, Christmas cactuses, amaryllis, or paperwhite narcissus. We could buy a live Christmas tree, but those can be indoors for only a short time and need to be planted outdoors in a preprepared hole as soon as possible. We may have a tendency to go overboard on the decorating with natural materials. Maybe it s because we already have the materials and maybe because we hate to spend the money on fake garlands and boughs when we could make or cut them ourselves. We like the aroma and feel of the real things and distain fakery. But the truth is that artificial garlands, poinsettias holly and, of course, Christmas trees look more like the real thing every year. And they are reusable, sometimes less expensive, and usually less of a fire hazard. Unless we are purists who must have the real thing, it s OK to use a little artificial A homemade gift from the garden could include an herbal vinegar, together with a tag that explains the gift. Choose the vinegar of your choice and a decorative bottle, find a recipe online, and flavor with your choice of herbs from your own herb garden. greenery or even a fake tree unless it is completely contrary to your principles. I admit that I have an artificial tree I have used for more than 10 years. Considering the price of a fresh real tree that really isn t so fresh (probably cut in September or October), I have probably saved several hundred dollars over the years and I have less mess and worry about fire danger and mold problems. When it comes to decorating, our mandate and mantra should be Less is more. Since I have a tendency to over-decorate, this is not my own mantra, but it should be. One lesson I have learned is that it s easier and less stressful to decorate a little at a time than to try to do it all at once. Put up the tree one day. Put up the lights and garlands the next day. Put on the breakable decorations the next day and the unbreakable ones the next. A Christmas tree can be a work in progress and you will appreciate the individual elements and the process more if you stretch it out a bit. Another approach to stretching out the decorating process is to just decorate one room at a time instead of trying to do the whole house all at once or in one weekend. I have tried to un-decorate on a room-by-room basis so everything from each room goes in a separate box. That makes the oneroom-at-a-time decorating process easier. Of course you may want to mix things up and move them around so they ll be used in fresh ways and in new locations, so don t be too methodical. Decorating should be about re-creating, not duplicating. Shopping For me, one of the most stressful things about the holiday season is shopping. Not only do you need to buy gifts for family members, but there are also lots of parties that involve gift exchanges. Because I usually hate to shop I can sometimes remedy the problem with a gift from the garden. I don t can produce or make a lot of jam, but I would think that homemade jams, relishes or salsa would make unique gifts. I have given garlands of dried chilies, herb wreaths or sprays, and sprays or wreaths of holly and ivy. I have given holiday flower and foliage arrangements. I have also woven baskets from pine needles and daylily leaves, and made fire-starters from lavender stalks and also waxed pinecones. Creating something unique that is home-grown or homemade is often the most personal type of gift, even if it is born out of desperation. If shopping is not your thing, be creative and use what is on hand. Enjoy the holiday season and your gardening vacation. As Woody Guthrie would say, Take it easy, but take it! Micki Perry produces concerts for 3 Rivers Folklife Society. She has been a gardener all her life and a Master Gardener since 1997, though she is now retired. You can make hostess gifts from your herb garden with small transplants of aromatic herbs in recycled cans, decorated in holiday style.
29 HOROSCOPES HOLIDAY MATHIS ARIES (March 21-April 19). You many be wondering how you got here, but wonder no more. You are the best person for the job; that s why you were chosen. Of course, the best person isn t always the most qualified. It s the one in the position to do a good job. That s you, so just do it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can t make a calculated guess about incalculable things. The risks that offer themselves to you have unquantifiable stakes that involve things such as feelings and aesthetics. Because you won t be able to deduce the odds of success through logical means, let your heart and intuition do the math. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your support system isn t a set it and forget it situation. Even if you were lucky enough to be born into a group of supportive people, there s still a level of maintenance that s a constant in relationships. You ll be adding to your team in casual but significant ways. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Relationships are built over time. You ll really click with a person and may reach a certain social destination very quickly. It may seem you ve found a shortcut. There are no shortcuts. You ll eventually have to go back over the territory you missed. But that s good, too, because it will be a pleasure. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). On any given day, you play many roles. In some situations, you re the top dog, and in others, you re a low servant. It s your goal to do your best in each role, the status of the role being irrelevant to your approach and performance. There is power in every position, and you will leverage it to tremendous effect. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you re being led to an option by people who would benefit from your choosing it, it s pretty tricky to see other available options. Yet there are many. Events will gently shake you awake so you can take them all in. There s one direction that plays to your strengths, and no good reason not to take it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It will be good to limit the time you spend in areas where there is clearly no definitive answer, no solid solution in sight. Perhaps this has to do with matters of love and politics. The philosophizing could go on for a long while, as is par for the course in the land of the theoretical. Your happiness depends on results that can be counted. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Language is power, leverage, a tool and a marker of where we are with ourselves and the world. Although it can be difficult to herd up your thoughts and get them marching in your preferred direction, it s far less difficult to monitor your language, steer it from negative bias and focus it toward your own empowerment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You aim to apply wisdom and reason across the board, from the smallest decision of which ketchup brand to buy to the big decision of where to spend your leisure and with whom. The latter choice could significantly alter everyone s course, as the role of friendly influence cannot be underestimated. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Studies estimate that it takes 200 hours in a relationship with another person to become a close friend, which is why, when closeness is what you desire, putting in the time is a must. But you don t stop there. You do it in style. You ll find creative and interesting ways to connect with others. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You re able to get inwardly honest about how you feel around different people. You ll notice things you didn t before. For instance, you haven t always chosen to be around people who make you feel safe and comfortable. Make your own comfort a priority and life gets easier across the board. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Who is helping you solve the problems of life? Not the same person who sent you on a wild chase last time. In the end, that felt like the opposite of help. You re wiser now, and besides, you just don t have time for it. The answers you need will come in an intelligent, expert and customized form. The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 29
30 PAGE 30 December 2018 The Entertainer To enter a Calendar of Events item, visit and look for the link on the home page MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE COMEDY TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS Dec 1 MC Ballet Fundraiser w/ Dave Tedeschi, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Dec 6-8 Bill Scott, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 1 5th St Funk - Local Funk, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 6-8 Bill Scott, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 1 Nerve Centr, The Pub ( ), Kennewick... 9 pm Dec BJ Johnson, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 3 Open Mic/Band showcase, Barefoot Randy, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec B J Johnson, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 4 Karaoke with Amber Bamber, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec Claude Stuart, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 5 Mary Lou & Stevie Show - Retro-Pop, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 6 pm Dec Claude Stuart, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 5 Live Jazz Wednesday, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec Mike Faverman, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 5 Mary Lou & Stevie Show - Jazz, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 6 pm Dec Mike Faverman, Jokers Comedy Club ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 6 Geeks Who Drink - Pub Trivia, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 31 New Year s Eve with Mike Delamont, Power House ( ), Walla WAlla... 7 pm Dec 7 Dec 7 Dec 7 Jeff Peterson, Budd s Broiler ( ), Richland... 6 pm Dan Myers: Sonic Shaman - Instrumental, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Vince Royale, Naughty Pine - Comedy/Reggae, Emerald of Siam ( )... 9 pm PERFORMING ARTS Dec 8 Dec 8 Los Caipirinhos- Dancehall/Ska/Cumbia, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Brandy Larsen & Steve Haberman-Jazz, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS Dec 9 Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 14 Dec 14 Dec 14 Emerald - Christmas, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 4 pm Ballroom dancing, Columbia River Dance Band, Pasco EAgles ( ),... 1 pm Open Mic/Band showcase, Barefoot Randy, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Karaoke with Amber Bamber, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Mary Lou & Stevie Show - Retro-Pop, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 6 pm Live Jazz Wednesday, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Geeks Who Drink - Pub Trivia, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Be Tricky - Electrified Blues, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Three Rivers Saxtette - Saxophone Quartet, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Nerve Centr, Towne Crier ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 5 Dec 7, 8 Dec 8, 9 Dec 9 Dec 14, 15 Dec 16 Dec 16 Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer (animated film), Power House ( ), Walla Walla... 1 pm Amazing Bubble Man - Family Series, Power House ( ), Walla Walla... 6 pm Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Gesa Power House Theatre ( ), Walla Walla... 7 pm The Nutcracker. Mid-Col Ballet, Richland HS Auditorium ( ), Richland... 7 pm The Nutcracker. Mid-Col Ballet, Richland HS Auditorium ( ), Richland... 1 pm Live Cinema: Die Walküre - Royal Opera, Power House ( ), Walla Walla... 1 pm The First Nowell, w/ Mastersingers, Richland Players, ( ), Richland... 7:30 pm Live Cinema: The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet, Power House ( ), Walla Walla. 2 pm The First Nowell, w/ Mastersingers, Richland Players, ( ), Richland... 3 pm Dec 15 Steve Carver - Jazz Piano, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Dec 15 Dec 15 Stop Don t Stop/Depth Charger/Marceline/Stranger & Stranger, Emerald ( ),... 9 pm Nerve Centr, Rillage Tavern ( ), Kennewick... 8 pm Calendar of Events continues on Page 31 Dec 16 Live Jazz/Swing for dancing/listening, Pasco Eagles ( ),... 1 pm Dec 17 Open Mic/Band showcase, Barefoot Randy, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 18 Karaoke with Amber Bamber, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 19 Mary Lou & Stevie Show - Retro-Pop, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 6 pm Dec 19 Live Jazz Wednesday, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 20 Geeks Who Drink - Pub Trivia, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 21 Winter Solstice Trivia Night = Tri=Trivia, 2140A Wine Country Rd ( ), Prosser. 5 pm Dec 21 JFKFC - Local Punk, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 21 Denin Koch Trio - Jazz, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Dec 22 Jeff Peterson - Jazz Trumpet, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Dec 22 Coyote Kings & Tiphony Dames, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 23 Christmas with Mistle-Tones, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 6 pm Dec 26 Live Jazz Wednesday, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 26 Mary Lou & Stevie Show - Retro-Pop, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 6 pm Dec 27 Geeks Who Drink - Pub Trivia, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 28 Cindy & Sally - Feel Good Favorites, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 5 pm Dec 28 Sex Mission - Spiritual Psychedelic Rock, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 29 Jill Cohn - Seattle Singer/Songwriter, Emerald of Siam ( ), Eichland... 9 pm Dec 29 Bootleg Sunshine - Seattle Acoustic Funk, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 31 Open Mic/Band showcase, Barefoot Randy, Emerald of Siam ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 31 NYE Party, Palm Bar & Grill ( ), Benton City... 9 pm Dec 31 Jeff Peterson, The Lodge at Columbia Point ( ), Richland... 9 pm Dec 31 New Years Eve Party, Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock ( ), Richland... 8 pm Dec 31 New Years Eve with Stompin Ground, Clover Island Inn ( ), Kennewick... 8 pm Jan 12 Badlandz, D s Wicked Cider ( ), Kennewick... 7 pm Jan 25 Jeff Peterson, Budd s Broiler ( ), Richland... 6 pm Feb 8 Jeff Peterson, Budd s Broiler ( ), Richland... 6 pm CONCERTS TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS Dec 1 Columbia Chorale s A Christmas Gala, First Presbyterian Church ( ), Kenn... 3 pm Dec 2 Christmas Variety Show, Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities ( ), Kennewick... 6 pm Dec 6 Oak Ridge Boys, Toyota Center (ticketmaster.com), Kennewick... 7;30 PM Dec 7 Affiniti, Celtic Christmas, Christ the King Church (), Richland... 8 pm Dec 7 CBJO Christmas Concert, CBC Theatre ( ), Pasco... 7 pm Dec 7, 8 Forte Show Choir, That s Christmas to Me, Southridge HS ( ), ennewick... 7 pm Dec 8 INWM The Carols of Christmas, Community Center ( ), Echo, OR... 4 pm Dec 8 Bells of the Desert, Christmas Legacy First Presbyterian Church ( ), Kenn 3 & 7 pm Dec 9 INWM The Carols of Christmas, Connell High School ( ), Connell... 4 pm Dec 13 Celtic Christmas with Affinití, Howard Crosby,Power House ( ), Walla Walla... 7 pm Dec 15 Affiniti Celtic Christmas, Christ the King Church (), Richland Noon Dec 16 Mark O Connor & Friends, Toyota Center (ticketmaster.com), Kennewick... 7 pm Dec 21 Lexi Walker, Richland HS Auditorium (eventbrite.com), Richland... 7:30 pm Jan 17 Rodney Carrington, Toyota Center (ticketmaster.com), Kennewick... 7 pm Mar 17 Ímar - Celtic/Irish Traditional Concert, Power House Theatre ( ), Walla Walla... 2 pm
31 The Entertainer December 2018 PAGE 31 Calendar of Events Continues from Page 30 SPECIAL EVENTS TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS Dec 1 13th Annual Alliance Holiday Bazaar, Alliance Church ( ), Richland... 9 am Dec 1 Pasco Winterfest, Volunteer Park, 1125 N. 4th Ave ( ), Pasco... 2 pm Dec 1 Meet the Maker: Wm Grassie Wine Estates, 2140A Wine Ctry Rd ), Prosser... 1:30 pm Dec 1 Supper Club w/ William Grassie Wine Estates, 2140A Wine Cntry Rd ), Prosser 6 pm Dec 1 Nativity Showcase, LDS Church, 3701 Watkins ( ), Richland am Dec 2 Movie: Tri-Cities Film Club, Gallery Room, Richland Library ( ), Richland... 2 pm Dec 2 Christmas Variety Show, Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities ( ), Kennewick... 6 pm Dec 8 Bubbles & Bites Reception, Clore Ctr, 2140A Wine Country Rd ( =1000), Prosser... 6 pm Dec 8 Fundraiser Richland Seniors, Cheese Louise 610 Parkway ( ), Richland... 9 am Dec 9 Second Saturday at WAAAM, Air & Auto Museum ( ), Hooed River, OR... 9 am Dec 14 Christmas Ball, VFW Post #992 ( ), Walla Walla... 7 pm Dec 21 Winter Solstice Trivia Night, Tri-Trivia, 2140A Wine Country Rd ( ), Prosser... 5 pm Dec Warm Up With Cool Books, Mid Columbia Libraries ( =1553), Tri-Cities... 1 pm Dec 31 New Years Eve Party, Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock ( ), Richland... 8 pm Jan 18 Shaw Vineyard Wine Tasting, Tri-Cities Life, 924 N Col Ctr Blvd ( ), Kenn... 5 pm Apr 20 Winemakers Loft Food Truck Rally, 357 Port Avenue ( ), Prosser am Aug 30- O 6 Murano Glass Jewelry by Venita Simpson, Wenaha Gallery, ( ), Dayton... 9 am CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS Dec 1 Watercolor Christmas Card Workshop, Chris & Suzi, Art on the Columbia ( ), 10 am Dec 3 Restorative Yoga, Yoga Community, theyogacommunity.com ( ), Kennewick.. 9 am Dec 3 Relax & Restore Yoga, Yoga Community 4415 W. Clearwater ( ), Kennewick. 6 pm Dec 4 Tin Man Yoga, weekly, Yoga Community 4415 W. Clearwater (theyogacommunity.com),... 6 pm Dec 6 Parmesan Class - Kristi Slotemaker, 2140A Wine Country Rd ( ), Prosser... 6 pm Dec 6 Parmesan Class with Kristi Slotemaker, 2140A Wine Country Rd ( ), Prosser. 6 pm Dec 8 SOAR Presentation (All About Raptors), Richland (Reach Museum), 1:30 pm... Dec 8 STEAM Do Try This At Home, Reach Museum, ( ), Richland am Dec 16 Soft-Ripened Cheese & Sparkling Class, 2140A Wine Country Rd ( ), Prosser 2 pm Jan 7 Beginning Yoga 8-week series, Yoga Community, ( ), Kennewick... 6 pm Jan 22 Beginning Yoga, 8-week series, Yoga Community ( ), Kennewick... 9 am Jan 23 Beginning Yoga 8-week series, Yoga Community, ( ), Kennewick... 6 pm Feb 2 Beginning Watercolor Workshop, Chris Blevins, Art on the Columbia, LLC ( ) 10 am Feb 9 Paint Your Pet Watercolor Workshop, Chris Blevins, Art on the Columbia, ( ). 10 am Apr 27 Flamingo - Watercolor Workshop, Chris Blevins, Art on the Columbia (Text ) 10 am Jun 6 Painting Scarves, Alcohol Inks, Chris Blevins, Art on the Columbia (Text ),... 6 pm Oct 11 Yoga for Scoliosis & Back Care, Yoga Community ( ), Kenewici... 10:30 am Santa and Mrs. Claus wave from the caboose of a real train at Toy Train Christmas. Take a nostalgic trip to the world of model trains in Toppenish In Toppenish, model railroading is not a thing of the past. And during every Christmas season for 11 years, parents from around our region have been introducing a new generation of kids to the magic of toy trains. The Toy Train Christmas attracts about 5,000 people a year to the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish. This year s event is open on Nov. 24 and 25, Dec. 1, 2, 8, and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Toy Train Christmas is intended to bring back the days when model trains were common around the tree on Christmas morning. From its beginning with nine toy trains in 2004, it has grown to include more than 60 operating layouts of model electric trains of all kinds, ages and sizes. And speaking of sizes, the event also features a full-size caboose to take the kids to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and for an extra fee you can have a photo taken with Santa. There s also a children s craft area where kids can create a holiday decoration to take home. There are decorated trees, free hot chocolate and cookies, and several model trains that the children can operate themselves. The Northern Pacific Railway Museum is in the old Toppenish railroad depot. The depot was built in 1911 and served as a transportation center for 50 years. When it was no longer in use, a group of railroading enthusiasts formed the Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum Association, leased the depot and opened it as a museum in The Toy Train Christmas is not just for kids. Some of the train sets that are demonstrated are rare collectors items, and the event is a nostalgia trip for adults who have never lost their fascination with trains. It s basically for small kids, but the grandparents bring their grandkids in and have just as much fun as the children. The gift shop features railroad items of many different kinds including shirts, jackets, hats, model trains, books for all ages, jewelry and other gift items. This unique event is an unforgettable family experience. Admission is only $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For information and tickets, visit nprymuseum.org or call (509) , SPORTS TRI-CITIES & SURROUNDING AREAS Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 15 Dec 15 Dec 31 Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle, Toyota Center (amshockey.com), Kennewick... 7:05 pm Tri-City Americans vs. Lethbridge (Teddy Bear Toss Toyota Center (amshockey.com),.7:05 pm Lampson Cable Bridge Run, Lampson Office Building ( ), Kennewick-Pasco... 9 am Tri-City Americans vs. Portland, Toyota Center (amshockey.com), Kennewick... 7:05 pm Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane, Toyota Center (amshockey.com), Kennewick... 7:05 pm