March 18, 2017
Published: March 18, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of March 20-26, 2017:
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: PNNL Deployed Technology in our Daily Lives: Now, Soon & Future - March 24
  • The Beans Art Show Reception - March 24
  • Mom's Night Out - March 24
  • Ribbons & Rhythm - March 24
  • Battelle Film Club: Finding Vivian Maier  - March 24
  • Badger Mountain Challenge - March 24 & 25
  • Tri-City Quilters' Guild Quilt Show & Merchant Mall - March 24 & 25
  • 20th Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival - March 24-26
  • Academy of Children's Theatre: Nancy Drew Girl Detective - March 24-26
  • The Richland Players: Calendar Girls! - March 24-26
  • Blue Brigade Fun Run - March 25
  • Bateman Island Cleanup - March 25
  • Homelink's Super Hero 5k Fun Run - March 25
  • Tri-Cycle Family Spring Fling - March 25
  • March for Respect 2017 - March 25
  • Earth Hour - March 25
  • Camerata Musica: Adaskin String Trio with Tom Gallant - March 25
  • Kennewick REI Classes & Events
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • The REACH Museum
  • Nightlife Music
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Columbia Basin Badger Club: PNNL Deployed Technology in our Daily Lives: Now, Soon & Future - March 24

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of - must register online (free for members) - price includes lunch

What does
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) bring to us - Nationally and in the Tri-Cities? Learn more about their important work from Ron Thomas,  Technology Commercialization Manager at PNNL, who will discuss PNNL's role in technology that is involved in our daily lives.

Future Forums:

  • March 30: Joint event with MC Libraries - FREE - The Orca are speaking, are we listening? - Brent Nixon 
  • April 7: NY Times writer Eric Schmitt 
  • April 27: Internment (75th Anniversary of Minidoka in Idaho and Taiko drummers from Spokane)
Info and Registration:

The Beans Art Show Reception - March 24

DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Boulevard in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: 18+, $4 suggested donation at the door

Join us for the art show reception for artist Arta Marie. This solo show features the boldly blocked and colored paintings that have been a project of this artist for the last year.

We want the audience to feel out of place, but be themselves. As such, we ask you to wear your 'fun' clothes. Find that dress or shirt that's buried in the back of your closet because there is never the right occasion to wear it. This is that right occasion! Adult beverages will be available for purchase by The Emerald of Siam.

Mom's Night Out - March 24

Maya Angelou Elementary, 6001 N RD 84 in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Free admission

Come and join us for a fun night out! This is an event for all, we will have over 40 consultants of all kinds, handmade vendors, chair massages, multiple make and takes, Italian sodas, a live DJ and more! This is a PTO fundraiser for Maya Angelou Elementary.

Ribbons & Rhythm - March 24

Gold's Gym, 2909 Duportail St. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost $10 which includes an entry for door prizes.

Join two cancer survivors for an '80s-themed dance party fundraiser.

Proceeds from the Ribbons & Rhythm dance party benefit Warrior Sisterhood, a support group committed to empowering local women with cancer or a cancer-related diagnosis and survivors. Warrior Sisterhood is a program of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick.

Cancer Warriors Trishia Shelly-Stephens and Yesi Madrigal Cruz, along with their team of instructors, will lead the Zumba and Les Mills Body Jam/Cize dance session.

Tickets available at Gold’s Gym or the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick.

Warrior Sisterhood offers emotional support via monthly group meetings, fun get-togethers and a private Facebook page; provides nominal Visa gift cards to newly diagnosed women under 45; gives out chemotherapy support bags stuffed with useful items and tips to make infusions more comfortable for cancer patients; and promotes cancer awareness at fun community events.

Battelle Film Club: Finding Vivian Maier - March 24

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts @ 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4, tickets at the door

In 2007, John Maloof purchased a box of negatives from a Chicago auction house and discovered a treasure trove of masterful street photographs that were compared to the works of Weegee and Diane Arbus, but he could find no information on the photographer, Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in the Chicago area during the 1950s and 1960s. However, her avocation and obsession, largely kept from the outside world, was photography. The film takes the viewer on Maloof's journey to find out more about Maier, interviewing those in her life, including many of the nanny's charges. Some remember her as stern, others as loving, but all remember her with a Rolleiflex camera around her neck.

(2013) Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel. Writer: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel. Genres: Documentary, biography, mystery. Country: USA. Language: English, French. Runtime: 83 min. Color: Color, with archive material in black and white. Not rated.

Badger Mountain Challenge - March 24 & 25

Note: registration for this event has closed

Welcome to the 2017 Badger Mountain Challenge, Southeastern Washington's Only 100 mile Endurance Run, 50 mile or 50km Ultra- marathon, and 15km Trail Run!

The Badger Mountain Challenge (BMC) is a great opportunity to be involved in a race that has a small-town feel but with all the support of a big race. This will be a fun day for all. Even for those who aren't competitive and would just like to hike the course while enjoying the local ridges and open spaces. All entrants can enjoy some post race food and our vendor expo after the race.

Proceeds from the BMC will go to the following great organizations: Friends of Badger Mountain, Washington Trails Association (WTA), Girls on the Run, and Team in Training. This event is hosted by Nomad Trail Runners of Eastern Washington:

Tri-City Quilters' Guild Quilt Show & Merchant Mall - March 24 & 25

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $8, good both days

Our signature event, the Tri-City Quilters' Guild Quilt Show is held annually in the Spring. With more than 400 quilts on display, a bustling merchant mall, live music, workshops and lectures, the Quilt Show is a premier event for anyone who enjoys quilting and fiber arts.

20th Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival - March 24-26

For nearly two decades we have celebrated the annual return of nearly 35,000 sandhill cranes to Othello, Washington every March as they migrate north to their breeding grounds in Alaska.  The Festival offers an incredible opportunity to view the cranes up-close, with tours led by local experts. The Festival also boasts other specialty tours of the flora, fauna and geology of the area, and many lectures, as well as childrens' activities.

The Festival has grown over the years with returning participants attending from across the country.  Pre-registration is suggested to reserve your seat as some tours fill up quickly.

Academy of Children's Theatre: Nancy Drew Girl Detective - March 24-26

Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults, $12 Students (13-18)/Seniors (65+)/Military, $9 Children (12 & Under)

The world's most famous girl detective is at it again! Another River Heights mystery has developed at the old Van Pelt Estate, home of the Footlighter's Barn Theater. Leander Van Pelt has died, and rumors abound of hidden cache of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires that have been left somewhere on his estate.

A mysterious ghost (or puppet?) has been haunting the estate while the Footlighters try to rehearse their play. Can Nancy Drew and her friends discover who is frightening the Van Pelt residents? Will the Footlighter's show be able to go on without their lead actress? And where are all of the gems that are to go to Leander Van Pelt's granddaughter?

Nancy Drew leaves no stone unturned in this fun, campy whodunit!
Future dates: March 31 & April 1 at 7 p.m., April 2 at 3 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

The Richland Players: Calendar Girls! - March 24-26

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/military/seniors

The Richland Players are producing their own fundraising calendar featuring the cast in true Calendar Girl style. 

When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar - with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.

The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story.
Future dates: March 31 & April 1 at 8:00 p.m. and April 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Blue Brigade Fun Run - March 25

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Kids dash (age 5 and under) starts at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run/walk starts at 9 a.m.
Entry fee: $30/person with shirt, $20/per person without shirt. 25% discount for a group of 4 or more! Additional t-shirts are available for $10 each. Children under 10 years, with a registered adult, Run Free!

The first annual Blue Brigade Fun Run is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Fruit and water will be available for Fun Run participants at the park. Every participant will wear number 1974 on his/her race bib to commemorate the year Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels was established.
Info & Registration:

Bateman Island Cleanup - March 25

From 9 a.m. - Noon
Meet at Columbia Park Trail at Wye Park in Richland

Come join the WSU Tri-Cities Environmental Club for a morning of cleaning up Bateman Island and the surrounding area! Bring a water bottle, work gloves, and weather-appropriate clothes. Bags are provided by the City of Richland.

Homelink's Super Hero 5k Fun Run - March 25

Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - Noon
Cost: 13 & over $30, 12 and Under Walk or Run free/with purchase of adult registration.

Dress up like your favorite Super Hero and fight Dyslexia with us this beautiful Spring morning!

This is a school fundraiser by Three Rivers Homelink that is raising funds for the Washington Branch Dyslexia foundation. The Race will start and finish by the Lampson pits, in Columbia Park. Parking will be by the Castle of Dreams and stage parking area. We have lots of great giveaways for this race and must be present to win.

Not a runner... no problem, attend and show your support with a 1-mile walk and a donation.

Tri-Cycle Family Spring Fling - March 25

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop, 218 W Kennewick Ave. Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Wheelhouse is excited to announce our first Tri-Cycle family event with the Spring Fling and 30 Days of Biking kick-off! We will have a few local bike advocacy partners hanging out with us to offer free bike safety checks, Bike Rodeo and more! We are also kicking off the 30 Days of Biking Challenge in April:

March for Respect 2017 - March 25

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Begins at 12 noon
Note: team registration has closed for this event but you can show your support by purchasing a T-shirt at the event for $20.

"March For Respect" is a public rally honoring citizens with disabilities. The rally will feature talented individuals with disabilities sharing their music, dancing, and inspirational stories. This is a day to celebrate abilities. This event is sponsored by The ARC of Tri-Cities.

Earth Hour - March 25

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, military and students, 5 and under are free. Reach members are free.

A family friendly event to celebrate International Earth Hour. Earth Hour is held worldwide where individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, beginning at 8:30 p.m. as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.

The event includes environmental exhibits, hands-on activities, a rope labyrinth, and live, acoustic music. Outside, participants can stargaze, go on a guided night hike to look for critters, or enjoy the campfire. To add to the celebration, youth can make candles to light as a group at 8:30 p.m. Create posters showing how to help the environment, and win prizes. For the adults, there will be electric vehicles for Q and A and organic wines for tasting.

 At 8:00 p.m. the winners of the poster contest will be announced and at 8:30 p.m. the lights will be dimmed and the newly made candles lit. The event ends at 9:30 p.m.


Camerata Musica: Adaskin String Trio with Tom Gallant - March 25

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: free but patrons receive priority seating - donations gladly accepted

Emlyn Ngai, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Mark Fraser, cello
Tom Gallant, oboe and English Horn


  • Quator for English Horn and Strings - Jean Francaix (1912-1997) 
  • String Trio Op. 9, No. 2 - L. van Beethoven (1770-1827) 
  • Intermission 
  • String Trio - Alexis Roland-Manuel (1891-1966) 
  • Quartet in F Major for oboe and strings, K. 370 - W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Kennewick REI Classes & Events

Kennewick REI, 129 N Ely St. in Kennewick
Typically from 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free - must register online

REI in Kennewick offers weekly outdoor related classes that are free to attend. Class sizes are limited.

Here are some of their upcoming events:

  • Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Tami Asars - March 21 
  • Hands-On Bike Maintenance - Trail / Roadside Repair - March 22 
  • Outdoor Photography Basics - Point & Shoot - March 29

Art & Other Exhibits 

The Beans: An Art Show by Arta Marie  - March 24 through April 4
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Boulevard in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

"I'm in love with the simple intricacies of life. People can do whatever they want. I do whatever I want. Life is The Beans," Arta Marie. This show encourages the audience to get lost in the shapes and colors and appreciate the art for what it is.

Black & White through March 24
89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Prints by Mary Dryburgh/Porcelain by Ruth Allan is an exhibition by two eastern Washington artists and educators. Ms. Dryburgh and Ms. Allan have known each other for 20 years and this show is a reflection of their long involvement in producing art in their respective media. Their shared themes and characteristics result in a diverse but unified collection.

Faculty Art Exhibit through March 23
Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College in Pasco
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday
Free admission

You are invited to view the annual Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring new work created by the Columbia Basin College Art faculty.

The exhibition is diverse in media, style, content, and technique. It includes painting, photography, collage, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics presented by the following faculty members: Tracy Walker, Rachel Smith, Cozette Philips, James Craig, Mary Dryburgh, Ted Neth, Howard Barlow, Randal Jones, Kaleigh Lang, and Eric Demattos.

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Exhibits at The REACH Museum
1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase 

Tri-Cities, Hanford and the Cold War Exhibit
The Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works played a crucial role in ending WWII. This exhibit explores the monumental effort to create and deploy a massive secret weapons project and its role in the creation of what became the atomic era. Check out the Berlin Wall, take a trip along I-90, and listen to the Tri-Citians who were here for it all.

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect. 

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what's visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Tickets and info: and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Token Prices: Individual Token: $3, Four for $10, Ten for $20

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is a world-class piece of art you can ride, touch, and feel. The carousel is a treasure for all generations to visit and enjoy! The carousel consists of 45 horses, three chariots and other features. It averages between 1800 and 2500 riders per weekend.


LIGO Public Tours

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility.  Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

Note: tours are no longer taking place on the fourth Friday of the month.

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar.

Upcoming events:
  • Earth Hour - March 25
  • Ice-Age Floods related tours are taking place starting again in April. Check out the schedule!
Info: and

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Nightlife Music

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Also, check out Tri-Cities Cork & Fork - Tri-Cities, WA foodie page... pictures taken by real people at favorite local establishments. We love food & drink!

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers' Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as "An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations."

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration. 

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