April 1, 2017
Published: April 1, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of April 3-9, 2017:
  • Fan's Night Out - Men's College Basketball Championship - April 3
  • Presentation: Spring Turkey Hunting Strategies  - April 4
  • Columbia Basin Chapter Native Plant Society: "Lomatium: No Wonder We’re Confused! Identifying biscuitroot and desert parsley" - April 5
  • Spring Break Paint Party Fundraiser for HiHo - April 7
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Eric Schmitt - Combating Terrorism in the Trump Era - April 7
  • Battelle Film Club: You Won't Get This Life Again - April 7
  • Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig Site Tour- April 8
  • Special Showing of Beauty & the Beast for the Autism Community - April 8
  • Morning with Mr. Bunny - April 8
  • All Things Poultry Event - April 8
  • Wildflower Walk – April 8
  • ARC of Tri-Cities - Viva Las Vegas - April 8
  • Healing Light Expo - April 8 & 9
  • 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

Fan's Night Out - Men's College Basketball Championship - April 3

(Note: registration closes April 2)
Three Rivers Convention Center - Kennewick
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. - dinner at 5:15 p.m., Tip off at 6:05 p.m.
Tickets are $45 each

"Fan's Night Out" is Soroptimist International of Pasco-Kennewick's signature fundraiser where attendees watch the Final Men's Basketball Championship game on big screens at the Three Rivers Convention Center with a great dinner buffet, prizes, silent and live auction items, raffle baskets, bracket and board games, AND one lucky attendee will win a large screen 4K TV!
Info & Tickets: http://www.soroptimistpascokennewick.org/

Presentation: Spring Turkey Hunting Strategies  - April 4

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

The guest speaker for the Richland Rod & Gun Club's April meeting will be be Patrick Kaelber, McKenna Kaelber, and Marc Nelson presenting Spring Turkey Hunting Strategies. Patrick, Marc, and McKenna, are avid turkey hunters.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/RichlandRodandGunClub

Columbia Basin Chapter Native Plant Society: "Lomatium: No Wonder We’re Confused! Identifying biscuitroot and desert parsley" - April 5

Room S 226 at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Plants of the genus Lomatium can be a tricky group of plants to identify. Terri Knoke has spent considerable time learning about the key differences between species.  She will share her knowledge of these characteristics for many Lomatium species found in our region.  In addition, she will talk about how genetic studies are changing our understanding of the Apiaceae family. Terri is a retired engineer, artist, and lover of plant identification.

At 6:30 p.m., we will continue with our "Plant Talk" feature, bring in unknown plants (not ornamental) and we will attempt to identify them. This is also an opportunity to socialize before our meeting.
Info: http://www.cbwnps.org/calendar/

Spring Break Paint Party Fundraiser for HiHo - April 7

East Benton County Historical Society, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
From 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Cost: $30 per person

Grab your favorite spring breaker and join us! Groups of twos can work together on one 11 x 14 canvas, or alone on their own 11 x 14 canvas. Hands In for Hands On Tri-Cities' (HiHo) own Ashleigh Rogers will walk you through the steps to create a cheery cactus scene.

A great chance for some intergenerational painting fun between family members and children or fun amongst friends! All proceeds go to HiHo to help bring a children's discovery center facility to the Tri-Cities.
Info & Tickets (note: requires PayPal): https://www.facebook.com/events/176088399564741/

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Eric Schmitt - Combating Terrorism in the Trump Era - April 7

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

Combating Terrorism in the Trump Era- Eric Schmitt, a senior writer for the New York Times has numerous trips to the middle east and has reported on terrorism issues since 2007. Schmitt is co-author with Thom Shanker of “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda” published in 2011; the book will be available for purchase and signing after the forum. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes with teams of New York Times reporters in 1999 and 2009.

Fighting terrorism has been one of the top items of the U.S. national-security agenda since 9/11. The question is has our counterterrorism kept pace or evolved to keep up with such serious challenges? Join us April 7th as we hear directly from Eric Schmitt a reporter who has stood and reported on much of this ground.
Info & Registration: http://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=392306&item_id=624334

Battelle Film Club: You Won't Get This Life Again - April 7

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

You Won't Get This Life Again (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) is an Indian comedy-drama road film about three young men, who take a holiday that changes their lives forever.

Kabir meets Natasha, and six months later they get engaged. He wants to go on an extended bachelor party - a three-week-long road trip with Imraan and Arjun, his two best friends since school.

After emotional blackmail and cajoling, the men set off on a journey they were meant to take four years ago - a fantasy holiday they had planned to take after college but never happened; a road trip where each one gets to do the ultimate sport of his choice and the other two have to do it with him whether they want to or not! Kabir, Imraan and Arjun meet up in Barcelona and set off on an adventure that will not only make them iron out their differences, but also face their fears, alter their perceptions, unravel their fabric, force them to break out of the box and teach them to seize the day, in other words - a holiday that will change their lives forever.

(2011) Director: Zoya Akhtar. Writer: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar. Genres: Adventures, comedy, drama, family, romance. Country: India. Language: Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, English. Runtime: 155 min. Color: Color.
Info: http://www.tricityfilmclub.org/#6

Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig Site Tour- April 8

The MCBONES Research Center is located on 27 acres south of Kennewick

The Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences (MCBONES) Research Center Foundation provides local K-12 teachers and their students an opportunity to actively participate in laboratory and field-based research in paleontology, geology, paleoecology, and other natural sciences within the Tri-Cities area.

The MCBONES Dig House and Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site are generally open the second and third weekends of each month from March Through October, depending on weather and volunteer commitments.

While there is no charge for scheduled tours, donations (tax deductible) are welcome and encouraged. The first dig site tour is on April 8. To register for the tour, contact: Donna Van Beek at (509) 989-1449 or email: donnav1921@gmail.com.

Here is a tentative list of other public tour days: May 13, June 10, July 15, August 12. September 16, and  October 14.
Info: http://www.mcbones.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/McbonesResearchCenterFoundation/

Special Showing of Beauty & the Beast for the Autism Community - April 8

Fairchild Cinemas, 5020 Convention Dr. in Pasco
From 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Free to all families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder!

Join us fo a Sensory Friendly Showing of the newly released Beauty and the Beast! This showing is exclusively for the autism community and their families! Thanks to the Carson Kolzig Foundation admittance is Free!

During a sensory friendly film the lights are brought up, the sound is turned down, & no one will complain if audience members talk,dance, shout or sing! Note: Beauty and the Beast is rated PG due to intense action scenes. Parental Guidance is Suggested. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/254463358290749/

Morning with Mr. Bunny - April 8

John Dam Plaza, 1815 George Washington Way in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Free family fun

In partnership with HAPO Community Credit Union, join us for Morning with Mr. Bunny! Come on out with the family and enjoy all the excitement that Spring has to offer. Bring your baskets to participate in the Egg Hunt, show your creative side with chalk art crafts, watch the Academy of Children's Theatre as they perform and much more! This is a free event and fun for the whole family.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/100567090457262/

All Things Poultry Event - April 8

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S Oak St. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free to attend

This event is wonderful for the backyard poultry keeper & Fun for the Entire Family and features:

  • Exhibition and Backyard Poultry Shows 
  • Educational Poultry Information! 
  • Poultry Costume Contests 
  • Poultry Knowledge Bowl Contests 
  • Egg Decorating 
  • Art Contests 
  • Craft Contests 
  • Photography Contests 
  • Poultry Races 
  • Door Prizes, Raffles and Silent Auctions 
  • Fitting and Showing workshops and competitions
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799075930416688/

Wildflower Walk – April 8

From 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   
Future Candy Mountain Parking Lot, 67208 E 669 PR NE in Richland

This wildflower walk will take part on Candy Mountain, beginning at the to be built parking lot. Trips are offered by Friends of Badger Mountain and the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. For more information, please contact education@friendsofbadger.org.

Directions: take Keene Rd. west in Richland to Dallas Rd. Turn south on Dallas Rd. then onto E. 669 PR N.E. (just before 182 overpass), turn right and up the hill. Park along the right side of the road.
Info:  http://www.cbwnps.org/calendar/

ARC of Tri-Cities - Viva Las Vegas - April 8

Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N 20th in Pasco
From 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $75 per person

This fun "Vegas" themed event will include, dinner, silent and live auction and dancing to the live music of the Tri-Cities most popular band "COLORBLIND." This will be your chance to donate to a wonderful community service that supports individuals with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities in our local community.

Tickets are available at The Arc of Tri-Cities, 1455 SW Fowler St. in Richland or online.
Info & Tickets: https://www.arcoftricities.com/en/events/fundraising/viva-las-vegas/viva-las-vegas-info.html

Healing Light Expo - April 8 & 9

Red Lion Hotel, , 1101 Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $6.00, kids 12 and under free.

The Healing Light Expo blends holistic concepts, metaphysical methods, and spirituality into a loving and welcoming environment. Many people like to think of the Expo as an energetic playground for the soul with tons of fun things to see and experience. This is a family friendly event with a crafts / activity table for children, a silent auction with lots of great items, and seminars for spiritual growth.
Info: http://www.healinglightexpo.com/

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 - April 3 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.

There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. on April 6.
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 - April 6 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.

An opening reception starts at 5 p.m. on April 6.
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/

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
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:
  • STEAM - Water Quality - April 8
  • 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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