April 8, 2017
Published: April 8, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of April 10-16, 2017:
  • Jordan World Circus  - April 11
  • Charity Bingo - April 11
  • Tri-City Genealogical Society: History of Uniforms, Weapons & Flags - April 12
  • Hanford Live 2017 - Online Webinar - April 12
  • Food Drive with the Easter Bunny - April 12-14
  • Wine & Roses Friendraiser - April 13
  • Successful Transplanting Class – Garden Education Series - April 13
  • Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter April Meeting - April 13
  • Presentation: White Privilege - The Other Side of Racial Inequality - April 13
  • The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Tri-Cities Cruises Spring 2017 - April 13-23
  • Introduction to Bicycle Safety and Rules of the Road - April 14
  • Columbia Basin College: Jazz Unlimited Guest Artist - Paquito D'Rivera - April 14
  • Three Rivers Folklife: Tai Shan - April 14
  • Hanford High School Drama presents Antigone - April 14 & 15
  • Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival - April 14-16
  • 6th Annual Easter Festival Weekend - April 14-16
  • Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - April 15
  • Pasco Jaycees' Kids Easter Egg Hunt - April 15
  • Tapteal Trail Hike - April 15
  • Easter at the Carousel - April 15
  • Rodeo for Special Needs People of All Ages - April 15
  • The Living Room Community Church Easter Fun - April 15
  • Spring Heritage Garden Workshop - April 15
  • BVFS Annual Café Day - April 15
  • Easter Celebration & Emmaus Center Fundraiser - April 15
  • 2017 Mom and Baby Expo - April 15
  • The ARC of Tri-Cities & Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Beeping Easter Egg Hunt  - April 15
  • Pasco Easter Family Easter Day - April 15
  • Fairy Tale Ball - April 15
  • An Enchanted Evening Fundraiser Gala - April 15
  • 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

Jordan World Circus  - April 11

TRAC Center Arena, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Shows: 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (doors open one hour before each show)
Cost: Adults $18 Children $14 Family Packs $40

With three rings of affordable family fun, "The Jordan Circus" will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals.
*Acts are subject to change *
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.  Note: discounted tickets are available online.
Info & Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jordan-world-circus-pasco-washington-tickets-31613412568

Charity Bingo - April 11

Paper Street Brewing Company, 701 The Parkway in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

This months charity is PFLAG of Benton/Franklin County! Drink beer, play bingo, support local, have fun, win prizes and a great cause! The best Tuesday ever!

About PFLAG: Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1306170392807037/

Tri-City Genealogical Society: History of Uniforms, Weapons & Flags - April 12

Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Stan Wills, Washington State Society - Sons of the American  Revolution (WASSAR), will present a program on the Sons of the American Revolution: researching records, and the display/information on Revolutionary War uniforms, weapons and flags at the monthly meeting of the Tri-City Genealogical Society.

There will also be a Beginning Genealogy Class that will start at 6:15 p.m. (promptly) and end at 6:45 p.m. You are invited to attend this session as well.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/TriCityGenealogicalSociety/

Hanford Live 2017 - Online Webinar - April 12

From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Must register to stream the live session

Save the date! Please join the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) agencies for Hanford Live, an online conversation on cleanup progress, challenges and priorities with managers from the U.S Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Ecology. The webinar will start with a brief overview presentation from each agency, followed by a facilitated question-and-answer session.

This webinar forum is a first for the Hanford site. The goal is to provide an opportunity for communication between the government agencies overseeing the environmental cleanup and the public.
Info & Registration: http://www.hanford.gov/pageAction.cfm/calendar?&IndEventID=7022

Food Drive with the Easter Bunny - April 12-14

Kidz Biz Salonz, 2569 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday from Noon - 2 p.m.

Kidz Biz Salonz is having the Easter Bunny back this year. This is our annual food drive. All the food donated will be given back to our communities. Kidz Biz Salonz will be taking photos and printing them off. We encourage you to take your own photos. This is a fun way to give back to our community while making memories.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/KidzBizSalonz/

Wine & Roses Friendraiser - April 13

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 (plus fee) - register online

Please join Communities In Schools of Benton Franklin for our 2nd Annual Wine and & Roses Friendraiser. It will be night of fun, silent auction, wine and more. Communities In Schools of Benton Franklin is committed to helping students and their families to overcome non-academic barriers to ensure that children in our community succeed in life.

Attendees will enjoy wine and hors doeuvres, bidding on silent auction items, and a lively game of 'Spin the Bottle' for wine prizes. Roses will be provided by New Horizons High School. Proceeds will go toward funding site coordinators in schools in Pasco, Kennewick, Richland and Prosser for the purpose of serving children and families of poverty. 
Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2876083
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/654773014694561/

Successful Transplanting Class – Garden Education Series - April 13

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. - 9 pm.
Free to attend

As part of the WSU Extension 2017 Garden Education Series, join the Master Gardeners in their Successful Transplanting Class.
Info: http://extension.wsu.edu/benton-franklin/event/successful-transplanting-class-garden-education-series/

Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter April Meeting - April 13

Paper Street Brewing Company, 701 The Parkway in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to sing - beer extra

Sing! Drink Beer! Join us on the 103rd day of the year and wish Thomas Jefferson a happy birthday. Haven't done your taxes by then? You'll get a bonus three days to file before the typical April 15 deadline, so you should definitely come hang with us.

We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and will have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you'd like. Hosted by  Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/181438709027002/

Presentation: White Privilege - The Other Side of Racial Inequality - April 13

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Conversations about racial inequality usually focus on the disadvantages faced by people of color in American society. But there is another side to this inequality: privilege - the advantages that white people experience because of their race.

Sociology professor Teresa Ciabattari leads an interactive conversation that explores what white privilege is, discusses a variety of examples of privilege for individuals and institutions, and provides tools for learning how to address it. Participants will gain knowledge and resources to foster inclusion and racial justice in their own communities.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/112059662660876/

The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Tri-Cities Cruises Spring 2017 - April 13-23

The historic Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler will offer a week of cruises departing from the Clover Island Inn and will feature Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Sightseeing, Snake River Locks and a Family Easter Brunch.
For more info, visit: http://www.portlandspirit.com/tricitiesspring2017.php

Introduction to Bicycle Safety and Rules of the Road - April 14

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop, 710 George Washington Way Suite D in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Free - must register online

"Can I ride on the sidewalk?", "Is it ok to use my right hand to signal a turn?" Just some of the many questions we get about bicycle rules and safety. We will answer these and other questions about Washington Bicycle Law, and discuss bicycle safety in the Tri-Cities. Please register space is limited. Free to attend and receive a free Washington Bike Law Pocket Reference.
Registration: http://wheelhouse.bike/product/intro-to-bike-safety-and-rules-of-the-road/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/129626467575340/

Columbia Basin College: Jazz Unlimited Guest Artist - Paquito D'Rivera - April 14

Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S Dayton St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 General, $10 Students & Seniors

Guest Artist Paquito D'Rivera, winner of 14 Grammy Awards, is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer and will be performing with the CBC Jazz Orchestra, directed by Randy Hubbs, and  Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Collin Wilson and Russ Newbury. 

Paquito D'Rivera is the recipient  of the NEA Jazz Master and National Medal of Arts and recently performed on April 3 at the  Millennium Stage for a performance as part of the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters celebration (video).
About Paquito D’Rivera: http://www.paquitodrivera.com/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/629484927245196/

Three Rivers Folklife: Tai Shan - April 14

All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8.00 / $6.00 seniors and students

Tai Shan will be the featured performer. The coffeehouse begins as usual with an open-mic session. Potential performers should arrive early to sign up for a time slot.
About Tai Shan: http://www.taishanmusic.com/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/3RiversFolklife/

Hanford High School Drama presents Antigone - April 14 & 15

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in Richland,
Tickets: $10 - available online or at the door
Starts at 7:30 p.m.

A Greek Tragedy -
Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.

Box office opens at 6:30 p.m., house seating opens at 7 p.m. This is a Black Box production; seating is limited.
Future dates: April 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm
Info & Tickets: https://hanforddrama.ticketleap.com/antigone/t/facebook/

Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival - April 14-16

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak in Kennewick
Friday starts at noon

Saturday starts at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Cowboy Church starts at 9:00 a.m. with breakfast  7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
General Admission for daytime plus evening Concert is $15.00, daytime only admission for $5.00 (available only at the door)

The Columbia River Cowboy Gathering Foundation (CRCGF) sponsors the annual three day Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival. There are multiple performance stages, food, western singers and cowboy poets, poetry & music contests, open mic segments, vendors, and big country stars on stage!
Info: http://columbiarivercowboygathering.com/

6th Annual Easter Festival Weekend - April 14-16

Kennewick Pasco Moose Lodge 482, 2617 W Sylvester St. in Pasco
Friday from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Egg Hunt is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.: $3 for each child and $4 for Adults (purchase tickets online)
Carnival rides: $25 wristband for unlimited amusement rides featuring Rainier Amusements

Join us for our 6th Annual Easter Festival Weekend 2017. Once more we will host our Easter Festival with our Kids & Adult Egg Hunts, Raffle Items, Vendors, Food and much more! We will have various Vendors with a wide range of products and services.

Just like every year we will have our treat bags and this year we will have limited treat bags with various toys & activities for those special children who have food allergies. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $3 on your own device or $8 for instant print. Specially design for children with special needs but open to the public.

We will have lots of food Vendors, DS and handcrafted vendors, Egg Hunts, Easter Bunny, Amusement rides and much more!
Info & Tickets: http://www.frcwa.org/easter-2017

Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - April 15

April 15 is Spring Day at all Washington State Parks when the Discover Pass will not be required to visit a state park.

Please note: free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Info: http://discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

Pasco Jaycees' Kids Easter Egg Hunt - April 15

Pasco Softball Sporting complex (next to TRAC and GESA Stadium)
Free to participate!  Egg hunt starts at 10 a.m
Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. - $4 for ages 13+, free for 12 and under

Pasco Recreation Services is happy to be working with the Pasco Jaycees' again this year to help them provide this wonderful family friendly event to the community. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by the Lions Club.

After breakfast you can visit community information booths, and participate in games.  Then at 10 a.m. the egg hunts will begin and will be followed by raffle and prize give-a-ways.
Info: http://pasco-wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/57830

Tapteal Trail Hike - April 15

Join us in celebrating Tax Day with a hike along the Tapteal Trail beginning at Kingston Road. Meet no later than 9:00 a.m. at the Park & Ride at Van Giesen and the ByPass in Richland.

This will be a one way hike with shuttle service provided back to the parking lot from Twin Bridges Road (for a 2.75 mile hike) and from the Snively Road boat launch (for a 6 mile hike).

Discover more about the Tapteal Trail with beautiful views of the Yakima River and Rattlesnake Mountain. The flowers should be in bloom and we may spot curlews and sandhill cranes. The trail is fairly level for the full distance.

Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots, and bring water to drink. There is no charge for the event. Please email taptealgreenway@gmail.com to RSVP for the shuttle.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/434552306884372/

Easter at the Carousel - April 15

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free to attend

It is that time of year again! The annual Easter at the Carousel event is back. This year, the event will include Five separate egg hunts, activites, food, carousel rides, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

Egg Hunts:
8:30 a.m.- Special Needs Hunt (Field 1)
9:30 a.m.- Ages 0-2 (Field 1)
10:00 a.m. - Ages 3-5 (Field 4)
10:30 a.m. - Ages 6-8 (Field 1)
11:00 a.m. - Ages 9-12 (Field 4)

Carnival Events:
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Photo booth, face painting, bounce houses
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. TC Steel Band Association

A huge thanks to the following sponsors: CG Public House and Catering, Gesa Credit Union, and Windermere Group One/Tri-Cities. Also a thank you to City of Kennewick Government, Blue Bridge Church and Gesa Carousel of Dreams.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1113633132099731/

Rodeo for Special Needs People of All Ages - April 15

Benton Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1500 S Oak St. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
This is a FREE event for anyone with mental and or physical disabilities of all ages.

The purpose of our events is to show those with Special Needs that they are loved, cared for, accepted and can do things many say they cannot do. No horse or rodeo experience required to participate or volunteer.

And yes, volunteers are needed! Come help the Special Needs community discover abilities they didn’t know they had! Note: siblings will not be considered participants and be able to receive the free items handed out.
Info: http://www.eventdaddy.net/kennewick/rodeo-for-special-needs-people-of-all-ages-kennewick-wa/

The Living Room Community Church Easter Fun - April 15

Park Middle School, 1011 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - Noon
Free for children 0 years old - 5th grade

Join us at The Living Room's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Park Middle School featuring 16,000 Easter Eggs, Inflatable Attractions, Cotton Candy, Crafts, Easter Bunny and More!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/379717822427598/

Spring Heritage Garden Workshop - April 15

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free - must register

The Benton & Franklin Conservation Districts and the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society would like to invite you to attend the Spring Heritage Garden Workshop that will focus on "Low Water-Use Landscaping."

Ron McKitrick - Owner Hillside Botanical Gardens
Ron has over 30 years of experience testing and experimenting with cacti and succulents.  Ron’s love for  cactus gardening started as a hobby in 1981 and has expanded to cover 1/2 acre with more than 20 gardens. He will share which are the most reliable in tolerating the growing conditions here in the Pacific Northwest.

Donna Lucas - WSU Master Gardener
Donna has over 20 years of experience landscaping with native plants.  A member of the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society, WSU Master Gardener and co-creator of the Heritage Garden Program Donna will share her expertise on the care and maintenance of native plant landscapes.

Heather Wendt  -Heritage Garden Program Coordinator
Heritage Gardens are landscaped areas designed to honor the cultural and natural heritage of the Columbia River Basin.  The Heritage Garden Program is entering its 6th year providing free technical assist to landowners, municipalities and businesses to develop and implement Heritage Gardens.  Heather will take you on a virtual tour of local gardens and share information and resources on how you can create your own garden.
Info & Registration: http://www.bentoncd.org/single-post/2017/02/23/Spring-2017-Heritage-Garden-Workshop

BVFS Annual Café Day - April 15

Knights of Columbus Hall Richland, 2500 Chester Road in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend but must register

Please join the French Venture Crew and French 1-3 students for their annual Café Day! Open Café with traditional Parisian Café fare made by the students. Spring marketplace with 20 vendors. Silent Auction and Raffle. Chasse aux Œufs (Easter Egg Hunt) at 1:00 p.m.

Proceeds from this event go to benefit the students of the Venture Crew 233 to put on more events in our community, as well as raise money for the students attending the immersion program in August, and to the Bon Voyage French Program's scholarship fund.
Info & Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-cafe-day-tickets-33160846986?aff=efbeventtix

Easter Celebration & Emmaus Center Fundraiser - April 15

C & M Landscaping Garden Center Gift Shop, 2517 Van Giesen St.  in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come join the community in this free event

There will many many fun and free activities including...
May Pole Dancing
A petting Zoo - local 4-H
Easter Egg Hunts at 11 and 2
And free pictures with the Easter Bunny
Pony Rides
A taco truck and more

The Emmaus Center is a mental health counseling center, any donations given will go to them and would be greatly appreciated. Come and join in on this fun spring day full of fun for the whole family. This event is being hosted by C&M Nursery.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/660500774136287/

2017 Mom and Baby Expo - April 15

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for 12 and over, 11 and under are Free - discount tickets available at Concept, Mid-Columbia Dental and Swanky Babies.

The Mom & Baby Expo is a family-friendly event with over 70 vendors to shop from. A fun event that will have an Easter Egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, fashion shows, door prizes, vendor giveaways, story time with Ariel from the Little Mermaid, educational classes, a chance to win the Mommy Makeover, and so much more!
Info: http://tricitiesmomandbabyexpo.weebly.com/

The ARC of Tri-Cities & Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Beeping Easter Egg Hunt  - April 15

Columbia Point Park, 660 Columbia Point Dr. in Richland
For children ages 1-12 years old who are visually impaired or blind, or have intellectual developmental disabilities, and their siblings.
Free but
register for this event
The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired  is partnering with The Arc to present the first annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt! 

We invite children from the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Yakima and surrounding areas to join us. Blindfolds will be provided for siblings.

10:30 am Ages 1-3
10:40 am Ages 4-7
10:50 am Ages 8-12
11:00 am Visually Impaired Ages 1-12
We have Easter Baskets to Give Away

There is No Cost thanks to the generous donations from Ben Franklin Transit Drivers, the Richland Police Bomb Squad, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Info and registration: http://edithbishelcenter.org/ or http://www.arcoftricities.com/

Pasco Easter Family Easter Day - April 15

Redeemer Tri-Cities, 4100 Road 100 in Pasco
Starts at 11 a.m.

Please join us for a huge egg hunt! We will be hiding over 5,000 Easter eggs filled with prizes. Hotdogs and delicious cotton candy will also be available. Your kids will have a blast entertaining themselves on our 60ft obstacle course and bouncy castle! Egg hunts start at 11:00 sharp! Everything is free! See you there!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/106781556541820/

Fairy Tale Ball - April 15

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults $22.50,  ages 2-16 $18.50 (purchase tickets online)

Our mother/daughter event is a time to enjoy all things magical. Meet and greet some of your favorite Fairy Tale characters, sing and dance the afternoon away with loved ones, pose for professional photos with your favorite princess. Don't forget to check out our silent auction table, and purchase your tickets for the Princess Carriage Raffle.

All proceeds support Royal Family Kids resident summer camp, Monthly Club meetings and mentoring programs for area Foster children. Confronting abuse * Changing lives.

Doors open at 12:30. Moms we have taken great care to invite your daughters favorite princesses to attend the ball. Only the little ones in princess costumes please.
Info & Tickets: http://royalball2017.brownpapertickets.com/

An Enchanted Evening Fundraiser Gala - April 15

Red Lion Hotel Pasco, 2525 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - Midnight
Cost: $50 (purchase online, at Back Street Hair Design or Salon Remedi)
Adults 21+ only, semi formal attire

The Tri-Cities Chapter of The Links Inc is hosting our Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala. Join us for an Enchanted Evening of dinner, both silent and live auctions followed by dancing the night away to the sounds of Seattle based Surround Sound Band.

Our fundraiser will provided scholarships to local college bound African-American High School Seniors.
Tickets: http://tricitieslinks.brownpapertickets.com/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1928186100745408/

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

Esvelt Gallery: Eminent Decadence - Sculptures by Rob McKirdie through April 28
Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free and open to the public

Rob McKirdie is a sculpture instructor at Spokane Falls Community College. As a sculptor, Rob searches for fragments of everyday material culture to serve as both inspiration and raw material to construct new identities and new ways of seeing. Each work is also an investigation in materials and an exploration of each item he collects. When these repurposed and fragmented elements are put in conversation with one another, within a new contextual framework, the artist creates dynamic and intriguing sculpture that is both familiar and completely new.

About Rob McKirdie: http://robmckirdie.com/home.html
Info: https://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=593

Life Underground: Exploring WSU's Alternative Comix Collection through April 23
The Art Center, Consolidated Information Center, 2770 Crimson Way, Room 102 in Richland
Hours of Operation: 12 to 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Admission is free

Washington State University has an extensive assortment of underground comics - or comix - and small press treasures. With help from Robert Franklin, an adjunct lecturer and historian, Adam Whittier, a student in WSU Tri-Cities’ Digital Technology and Culture program, has put together A Life Underground: Exploring WSU’s Alternative Comix Collection. The goal is to expose people to things they might not otherwise see and to let the WSU community know about this really great resource.
Info: https://tricities.wsu.edu/art-center

Michael Boynton and Steve O’Shea Art Exhibit through April 28
Gallery at the Park, 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

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/

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
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:
  • Little Explorer - Eggs - April 12
  • Meet the Experts - Gardening - April 22
  • 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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