April 22, 2017
Published: April 22, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of April 24-30, 2017:
  • Celebrate Earth Month with Audubon! - April 25
  • Academic Advantage! - April 26
  • The Science of Dance, Exploring Gravitational Waves - April 27
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Internment - 75th Anniversary of Minidoka - April 27
  • Tri-Art for Giving Opening Event - April 27
  • HeART of Healing - April 27
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: Next to Normal - April 28 & 29
  • Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting - April 28-30
  • The Clot Trot Fun Run for Hemophilia Awareness - April 29
  • TRAC Indoor Garage Sale - April 29
  • Electrathon America Derby Race - April 29
  • U.S Coast Guard Open House - April 29
  • Jenny's Hope 8th Annual Super Pet Adoption - April 29
  • Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival - April 29
  • People's Climate Festival - April 29
  • Foster Care Info Night - April 29
  • Bells of the Dessert: Colors in Sound - April 29
  • REACH Museum - April & May Tours
  • Art 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

Celebrate Earth Month with Audubon! - April 25

Kennewick First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St. in Kennewick (Corner of Hwy 395 and Yelm)
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

The Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society wants to do something a little different to celebrate Earth Month this year so we have planned a Fun Packed Evening with Family Friendly Entertainment and Gardening Tips for Bird Watchers.

Children and fun loving adults will enjoy the interactive and lively ShoutBack! Program featuring an Ode to a Vulture, the Snollygaster, and others by outdoorsman and freelance writer Wayne Heinz. Backyard Birders will enjoy Lori Wollerman Nelson and others who will share tips on how to attract birds to your yard.

Twenty lucky audience members will go home with a wooden nesting platform ready to mount somewhere in your yard! There will be a short business presentation and as always there will be cookies and refreshments!
Info: http://www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org/

Academic Advantage! - April 26

Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Practice, 512 N Young St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free but must RSVP

If your child is interested in pursuing a career in the medical or dental field, the Columbia Basin OMS Academic Advantage program is a great resource for both of you to learn more.  Come for valuable information about medical professions, how to prepare in high school, and college admissions.

Our Academic Advantage program is geared toward giving local middle and high school students the information and tools they need to accomplish a career in medicine. For such a competitive industry, we want to give these kids a leg up on the competition and help them determine what is the best career path for them.

Our featured speakers include:
- Dr. Tyson Teeples, Dr. Ryan Toponce, Dr. Todd Cooper, and Dr. Brandon Reddinger: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Dr. Faustin Stevens: Orthopedic Surgeon at Tri-City Orthopaedics
- Dr. Adam Good: Optometrist at Pasco Vision Clinic
- Mika McAskill: Director of Admissions at Washington State University, Tri-Cities
- Undergraduate Student: Washington State University, Tri-Cities

Attendees will also be entered to win an iPad loaded with college prep apps! Why is that important? Staying on track and organized is crucial for success in the college admissions process, and there are a plethora of smartphone and tablet apps available to aid students and parents in preparing for the college application. RSVP Today!
Info & Registration: https://cboms.com/community/academicadvantage/

The Science of Dance, Exploring Gravitational Waves - April 27

LIGO Hanford Observatory, 127124 N Rt.10 in Richland
From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
No Cost but registration required

Open to all community members, attendees will be led on a tour of LIGO Hanford Observatory while students from the 21st Century after school program from Highlands Middle School will present their work from a 12-week dance residency with Mid-Columbia Ballet. 

The residency integrated fundamentals in dance education with student learning about gravitational waves and was supported by the education outreach program at LIGO.

Along the tour, ballet dancers from Mid-Columbia Ballet will blend science, motion, and art. Total performance and tour will be approximately 30 minutes with refreshments provided. Tours available in Spanish and English.
Info & Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-of-dance-tickets-33326505475

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Internment - 75th Anniversary of Minidoka - April 27

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 (members free) - must pre-register

The evening will provide a discussion about interment and our history. Experience from those within Minidoka War Relocation Center during the Second World War, as a result of raciest wartime hysteria; 75 years ago. Approximately 120,000 people of Japanese heritage were imprisoned, 9,000 at Minidoka and it took the U.S. Government decades to acknowledge their wrongdoings.

Hear from our speakers Mia Russell the Executive director of Minidoka and Joseph Shoji Lachman whose current writings primarily focuses on Asian and Asian-American culture. Join us for a timely topic discussion and a performance by Taiko drummers that is sure to impress.
Info & Registration: http://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=392306&item_id=624335

Tri-Art for Giving Opening Event - April 27

HAPO Community Stage, John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us as we kick of the third annual Tri ART for Giving art exhibition and contest. The grand opening event will feature live performances with Chinese and Indian dancing, music by John Bartholomew and others, as well as a theatrical performance by Hanford High School Drama.

Justin Raffa, Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and member of both the Richland and Washington State Arts Commissions will speak. Food trucks will be onsite to provide delicious treats. Don't miss it!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/232158340595659/

HeART of Healing - April 27

Anthology Event Venue, 706 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $50 each (includes two drink vouchers)
Must be 21+ to attend

HeART of Healing is a new benefit for Cork's Place, our local grief support program for children, teenagers and families who have experienced a significant death.

Our benefit features original artwork created by local grieving children and teenagers. Guests will enjoy the exhibit, live & silent auctions, wine & appetizers, testimonials, live music and more.
Info & Registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/1887954268150654/

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: Next to Normal - April 28 & 29

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adult: $20, Student: $10, Senior: $18 (plus $1 per ticket fee)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that illuminates the comical and gut-wrenching truth of what it means to be a family amidst love, loss, and disorder. Dad is an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal.

Please note: Next to Normal contains mature content dealing with sensitive issues around a family's struggle with significant mental illness and drug addiction. Content is best suited for mature high school audiences and up.

Tickets can be purchased at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music, 21 Aaron Dr. in Richland and Adventures Underground at the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland or Online. 

Info & Tickets: http://midcolumbiamusicaltheatre.org/index.php/shows/135-next-to-normal

Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting - April 28-30

Over 40 wineries from Benton City, Red Mountain, Prosser and many more up the Yakima Valley will be participating in the Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting weekend!

This is your chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing, some of the best wines in Wine Country. A visit to these wineries on this weekend will allow you to sample delicious, yet-unfinished wines from the barrel.

Purchasing a Premier Pass allows you to experience a variety of specialty food pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public.

Save $5 by purchasing your Premier Pass online for $30. (Premier Passes are also available for $35 at the door during the event weekend.) Passes can only be used once at each winery. Passes are non-refundable.Premier Passes will be available for will-call pick-up during the event weekend at the location you select during check-out. Online Premier Pass sales end April 26.

Note: Please Bring Your Own Glass. Wineries cannot provide enough glasses during large event weekends!
Info & List of Participating Wineries: https://wineyakimavalley.org/events-item/spring-barrel-tasting/

For more information about wineries in the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/wine.htm.

The Clot Trot Fun Run for Hemophilia Awareness - April 29

Fingernail at Howard Amon Park in Richland
Race Day registration/packet pickup 8:10 a.m.
Free to participate - online registration ends April 26 at 10 p.m.

FREE fun run to promote hemophilia awareness and build unity in the community. Come on out to the Fingernail in Howard Amon Park for a fun, family-friendly event!!!

The starting location for all three runs is at the Fingernail in Howard Amon Park, in Richland, and the route follows the Columbia River trail. Our three runs are:
9:10 a.m. - 10K Run
9:30 a.m. - 5K Run
9:30 a.m. - 1 Mile Walk Run
Info & Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-clot-trot-tickets-32410533779

TRAC Indoor Garage Sale - April 29

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $3.00 per person or $5.00 for 2

The TRAC Center will be hosting their semi-annual "Garage Sale" that will feature a variety of vendors. This event will be held in the indoor arena. The next "Garage Sale" will be held on October 21.
Info: http://www.traconline.com/event-calendar-details.php?event_id=911

Electrathon America Derby Race - April 29

Horn Rapids Kart Track in Richland
Time trials start at 9 a.m., racing to follow at 11 a.m.
Free to watch

The Electrathon America Race is an annual endurance race using derby-type cars built by high school and college students in the northwest.

About twenty cars have entered and will be competing for prizes and bragging rights. The local Delta Electric Vehicle Engineering Club lead by program director and PNNL Scientist Peter Rieke, is entering two cars.

Students work in teams to build their vehicle based on specific design and safety requirements. They learn about efficient alternative energy sources and related technology.

The vehicle is a single person, lightweight, aerodynamic, high efficiency electric vehicle with three or four pneumatic tires. Cars are powered by standard non-leaking lead acid battery packs not exceeding 73 pounds. Points are awarded based on how long, not fast, the vehicle can travel in a closed loop circuit in one hour, using limited electrical energy.

The purpose of the Electrathon America Rally is to create and develop a sport that improves public understanding of electric vehicles.
The track is located at 3234 Twin Bridges Road in the Horn Rapids area off of State Route 240.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/412602465773601/

U.S Coast Guard Open House - April 29

434 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Come take part in our annual USCG open house, including tours of our vessels and facilities. We are inviting the general public to interact with local law enforcement agencies. Enjoy demonstrations, games, and a hot dog cookout with refreshments.
Info: http://portofkennewick.org/marina/

Jenny's Hope 8th Annual Super Pet Adoption - April 29

Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend
- help fill the pet bowl by donating a bag of premium pet food!
Come join us and support local shelters and rescues from around our area for our 8th Annual Super Pet Adoption Event. You can meet and play with dogs and cats in a family friendly environment and hopefully add to your family by adopting one of these amazing animals. Perhaps you're interested in fostering, learn more about these programs and different ways you can help local shelters and rescues.

There will also be food vendors, pet vendors, pet friendly groups, silent auctions and various fund raising with much more, so bring the whole family it's free to attend.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/709117932599788/

Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival - April 29

Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 advance tickets/$25 at the door while supplies last ($15 for Military with valid ID)
Must be 21+

Join us for the first ever Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick! This event will feature 35 Washington craft breweries pouring more than 100+ craft beers from the Home of the Hops.

Come to the Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival to learn more from our expert brewers while you drink beer from the source, enjoy live music, and eat local food.
Info & Tickets: http://washingtonbeer.com/festivals/tri-cities-craft-beer-festival.php

For more information about breweries & taphouses in the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/beer.htm.

People's Climate Festival - April 29

John Dam Plaza, 1815 George Washington Way in Richland
From 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Free to participate

Join us at this family-friendly festival! Learn what climate change means for our community and join the Species Climate March to show your commitment to strong, positive climate action: Together we can work to mobilize support for climate science and clean energy solutions in the Tri-Cities!

The Species Climate March (a sister march for the national march in DC) will be held from 5 - 6 p.m. No costume or sign? Not to worry - materials for sign making and a face painter will be present to help on the day.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/603493363173714/

Foster Care Info Night - April 29

King of Kings Lutheran Church, 5209 W 5th Ave. Kennewick
From 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Free to attend

Are you curious about foster care but don’t know much about it? Have you always wanted to become a foster parent but aren’t sure where to start? Want to become more informed on foster care so you can help support foster families in the Tri-Cities? Join us for a Foster Care Informational Night, put on by Fostering WA!

We’ll start the evening off with a MythBusters presentation to help debunk common misconceptions surrounding foster care; then transition into some question and answer time. Free pizza and water will be served. Please bring friends!

Please RSVP (so we have enough pizza): Rebecca Wilkens, 509-820-1090, rwilkens@ewu.edu.
About Fostering WA: https://sites.ewu.edu/fosteringwa/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1258907380844773/

Bells of the Dessert: Colors in Sound - April 29

West Side Church, 603 Wright Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$10 suggested donation, K-12 free

Join the Bells of the Dessert for our spring handbell concert "Colors in Sound."
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846971945576098/

REACH Museum - April & May 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 29 - Hydrogeology of Beer and Wine $87.00
  • May 6 - Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee $87
  • May 13 - Cold War Bus/Alphabet House Tour $30
  • May 27 - Rock Hunting $87
Info: http://visitthereach.org/calendar/

Art 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

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.

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:
  • Ice-Age Floods related tours are taking place through September. 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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