March 25, 2017
Published: March 25, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of March 27 - April 2, 2017:
  • BLUE ZONES Tri-Cities: Creating A Culture of Health - March 28
  • Presentation: "The Greater Sage Grouse and the Sagebrush in Prisons Project" - March 28
  • Blended Learning (Wine) Spring Release  - March 29
  • Confluent Community Lightning Talks - March 31
  • Tri-Cities Launch Weekend - March 31, April 1 & 2 
  • Academy of Children's Theatre: Nancy Drew Girl Detective - March 31, April 1 & 2
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers : Latin American Celebration - March 31, April 1 & 2
  • The Richland Players: Calendar Girls! - March 31, April 1 & 2
  • Cherry Blossom 5K Run/Walk - April 1
  • Make the Park Shine - April 1
  • Veteran Services Fair - April 1
  • 2nd Annual Tom Gnoza Memorial Concert - April 1 
  • 1st Annual Three Rivers Pet Expo - April 1 & 2
  • Lectures: The Shroud of Turin, Examining the Evidence - April 1 & 2
  • Michael Boynton and Steve O’Shea Art Reception - April 2
  • REACH Museum  "April Tours"
  • 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

BLUE ZONES Tri-Cities: Creating A Culture of Health - March 28

Crossview Community Church, 540 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick
From 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm.
Free - must register

BLUE ZONES TRI-CITIES is an opportunity to connect with like-minded local businesses, churches, public schools, local government, restaurants, schools, grocery stores and other organizations to become champions of health and well-being in their communities, where people live longer, and better!

Discussion leaders- National Director of Healthways, Tony Buettner and Principal Director of The Exago Institute, Judy Jones give us an overview of this national and world-wide initiative that is changing communities around the globe.
Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-zones-tri-cities-creating-a-culture-of-health-tickets-33109217561


Presentation: "The Greater Sage Grouse and the Sagebrush in Prisons Project" - March 28

Kennewick First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Gretchen Graber is the guest presenter at the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society monthly meeting.

Sagebrush in Prisons Project is a collaboration between four entities; Bureau of Land Management, (BLM), Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC) and Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE). Gretchen works for IAE as a contract sagebrush grower, slash educator. Under Ms. Graber’s guidance, inmates grow thousands of sagebrush seedlings that are planted onto BLM managed lands that have active populations of Greater Sage Grouse.

The presentation will share how the collaboration works, its unique aspects of combining environmental education, empowering incarcerated individuals and restoration of shrub-steppe habitat for the recovery of Greater Sage Grouse species.
Info: http://www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org/


Blended Learning (Wine) Spring Release  - March 29

Budd’s Broiler, 450 Columbia Point Dr. in Richland
Reception Starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 - register online

Anthony’s Restaurants will host the WSU Blended Learning Spring Release Party event that includes a social reception where guests can visit with WSU viticulture and enology students and faculty, taste the latest wines released from the Blended Learning series, and enjoy a four-course dinner and wine pairing.

Blended Learning is a viticulture and enology class offered to students each semester.  This student winemaking project supports hands-on learning by pairing students with local growers and winemakers who collaborate on all aspects of the winemaking process.  Blended learning wines are sold through WSU Connections stores with proceeds supporting the VE program.
Registration: http://gocougs.wsufoundation.wsu.edu/s/1613/index.aspx?sid=1613&gid=3&pgid=2956&content_id=2441
Info: https://news.wsu.edu/2017/02/21/march-29-wines-spring-release/


Confluent Community Lightning Talks - March 31

Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m..
Free and open to the public

Pleas join us for a night of lightning talks by the Confluent community and members. Learn about what they find fun, things they do at Confluent, or items they've had featured at Confluent.

There will be two sets of about five minute talks, each running half an hour in total with a five minute break in between. A reception will follow for people to meeting and mingle.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/385942885101392/


Tri-Cities Launch Weekend - March 31, April 1 & 2
WSU Tri-Cities Campus

Cost: $99 for the whole weekend buys you 7 meals, a T-shirt, and an unforgettable experience

Tri-Cities has so many big ideas in such a small place, but so few moments to start making them happen. Launch Weekend is the only 54-hour marathon event that brings people together around new ideas, pursuing a Friday-to-Sunday prototyping challenge. We're kicking off our 4th year of events and want you to join us on March 31st, at WSU Tri-Cities.

Launch Weekend starts with great ideas and rapidly forms teams around them, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds. Your team then has Friday-to-Sunday to research, validate, and prototype, presenting a final pitch to a panel of judges on Sunday. Along the way, experienced mentors will help guide your idea and you'll make whole new connections with a depth you can't find anywhere else.

Launch Weekend is hands-on and intense. It's a three-day adventure in making something new that can lead to real businesses. Past participants with new, local businesses include Solar Spirits - the first solar-distilled liquor in America - and Red Level Games - the first game to launch on digital gaming service Steam.


Over 250 past participants have learned valuable skills, made new friends, and made Tri-Cities a better place from their new experience.
Registration: http://www.tclaunch.com/register
Info: http://www.tclaunch.com/launch-weekend/

Academy of Children's Theatre: Nancy Drew Girl Detective - March 31, April 1 & 2

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!
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aoct


Mid-Columbia Mastersingers : Latin American Celebration - March 31, April 1 & 2

St. Joseph's Chapel, 520 S Garfield St. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Cost: $22 advance, $25 at the door, K-12 FREE

The Mastersingers will perform Latin American choral music and the concerts will feature mariachi ensembles from the Pasco School District. This is the Mastersingers' ninth annual concert honoring Latino culture, recognizing this important cultural contribution to our tradition of choral music, and to our community.
Info & Tickets: http://midcolumbiamastersingers.org/


The Richland Players: Calendar Girls! - March 31, April 1 & 2

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.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ricpl


Cherry Blossom 5K Run/Walk - April 1

CJ PLastics, 1560 Dale Ave. in Benton City
From 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Cost: $15 - registration starts at 8 a.m., run/walk starts at 10 a.m.

Cherry Blossom Festival 5k Run/Walk is an annual event put on by the Kiona-Benton Performing Arts Boosters. Supporting all creative growing minds within our community.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/CherryBlossomFestival5kRunWalk/


Make the Park Shine - April 1

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco
Starts at 9 a.m. with a potluck at 12:30 p.m. The Friends of Sacajawea State Park will have their April meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Bring gloves and a favorite tool that you use around your yard and mark them with your name. To participate in the potluck bring your favorite dish and have fun for the day.


Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other groups are invited to join us in getting the park looking nice for the new season when we get visitors from all over the world. This is also the opening day of Sacajawea State Park for the season.
Info: http://www.friendsofsacajaweastatepark.org/wp/


Veteran Services Fair - April 1

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Congressman Dan Newhouse invites all veterans to attend the Veterans Service Fair that will feature more than 30 participating organizations, including federal and state agencies, veteran support organizations, employers and employment resources, and medical and counseling services.
The fair aims to provide options for employment and education, as well as access to several organizations that can assist veterans receive the benefits they have earned.
Info & for list of participating organizations: https://newhouse.house.gov/veterans-service-fair

2nd Annual Tom Gnoza Memorial Concert - April 1

The Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant and Lounge, 1314 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 5 p.m. - Midnight

Admission: $10

Join us for our second annual Tommy G Memorial Concert. Proceeds to benefit HHS Special Olympic Team.

Silent auction and music featuring:
Mary Lou and Stevie
JD Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Members of Uncle Dirtnap
John Bartholomew
Kenny Day
Brian Holbrook
Members of Millionaires Club
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/595050887347476/


1st Annual Three Rivers Pet Expo - April 1 & 2

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This expo is free to the public and their pet companions (must review pet waiver)

The Three Rivers Convention Center is excited to announce the 1st Annual Three Rivers Pet Expo! This expo is free to the public and their pet companions. We will host everything from pet shelters to pet accessories! It is your one stop shop for a healthy, happy pet!


Also, we are doing a PET FOOD DRIVE! Proceeds go directly to the participating shelters. Bring a bag of dog food, cat food, rabbit food, etc. and help us provide to the animals in need in our community!!


Please review and sign our Pet Waiver for rules and requirements for bringing your pet: http://threeriversconventioncenter.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Pet%20Expo/Pet%20Expo%20-%20Pet%20Waiver.pdf
Info: http://threeriversconventioncenter.com/events/details/?evtid=4631


Lectures: The Shroud of Turin, Examining the Evidence - April 1 & 2

Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Sunday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Free to attend

The Shroud of Turin is an ancient linen burial cloth that has been in Turin, Italy since 1578.  According to ancient tradition, the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth.  There has been more research done on this piece of cloth than on any other ancient artifact.


This PowerPoint presentation will summarize the results of this research, and discuss the mysteries of the Shroud and proposed explanation to these mysteries. 

The Shroud of Turin lecture is part of the International Conference on Shroud of Turin which will be held at the TRAC Center on July 19 to 22, 2017.
Info:  https://www.facebook.com/shroudconference2017/


Michael Boynton and Steve O’Shea Art Reception - April 2

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Reception for the gallery show that runs March 28 to April 28. This month’s Gallery at the Park exhibit, presented by Michael Boynton and Steve O’Shea, epitomizes what makes the art world so imaginative and unique. Bring your whole family for a fun day at Howard Amon, and be sure to stop by the Gallery to enjoy Boynton’s "Robots" exhibition and O’Shea’s "Kid’n Around Cover Art" show.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/


REACH Museum  "April Tours"

The REACH Museum will be offering Ice Age Floods, Agriculture, History, Geology, Rock Hunting, Jet Boat and Hiking tours beginning in April and going through September of 2017.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please call Sara at (509)943-4100 Ext. 108 or email her at sarac@visitthereach.org.

Unless otherwise specified, most of the tours will depart from the REACH Museum parking lot at 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA.  All tours are escorted by a tour guide.

April 14th - Western Scablands of the Ice Age Floods $87.00
April 21st - Cold War Bus Alphabet Houses Tour $30.00
April 22nd - Rattlesnake Mountain Erratics and Wildflower Hike    $76.00       
April 29th - Hydrogeology of Beer and Wine $87.00
Info: http://visitthereach.org/calendar/


Art & Other Exhibits 


Michael Boynton and Steve O’Shea Art Exhibit - March 28 through April 28
Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Hours:
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

This month’s Gallery at the Park exhibit, presented by Michael Boynton and Steve O’Shea, epitomizes what makes the art world so imaginative and unique. Bring your whole family for a fun day at Howard Amon, and be sure to stop by the Gallery to enjoy Boynton’s "Robots" exhibition and O’Shea’s "Kid’n Around Cover Art" show.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/


The Beans: An Art Show by Arta Marie 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.
Info: http://www.drewboycreative.com/

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

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.
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org

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: http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=1496 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/attractions-things-to-do.htm.

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Hours:
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.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/gesacarouseldreams

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.
Info: http://www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/informal.html


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:
  • Ice-Age Floods related tours are taking place starting again in April. Check out the schedule!
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

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

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: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities


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!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/tricitycorkfork/


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.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-Cities-JamOpen-Mic-Community-925736630819618/


Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out: https://sites.google.com/site/tricitykaraoke/.

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

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: http://tri-citiesguide.org.

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