Things to Do: March 19-25, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of March 19-25, 2018:

  • Tri-Cities Film Club: The Art of the Steal – March 19
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Getting a Fair Chance After Prison – March 22
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – March 22-25
  • 4th Annual Honky Tonk Hoedown Fundraising Dinner & Auctions – March 23
  • Night Out for a Cause with Nerve Centr – March 23
  • Tri-Cities Quilter’s Guild – 2018 Quilt Show – March 23 & 24
  • Othello Sandhill Crane Festival – March 23-25
  • Badder Ink’s One-Year Anniversary Bash – March 23-25
  • Richland Players: And The Winner Is – March 23-25
  • Pooch n’ Pal Fun Run/Walk – March 24
  • Annual Show n’ Shine (Sunnyside) – March 24
  • March for Respect – March 24
  • Eggnight Richland! – March 24
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony: Young Artists – March 24
  • Camerata Musica: Rose City Trio – March 24
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-Cities Film Club: The Art of the Steal – March 19

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 6 p.m.
Admission: suggested donation $4

The Art of the Steal tells the story of the provocative move of what is often considered the world’s best collection of post-Impressionist art, called The Barnes Foundation. Named for Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the collection was written into his will to be located in Lower Merion Township. A chronicle of the breaking of his will and resultant community tensions, The Art of the Steal is an art documentary not to be missed.

The Art of the Steal (2009) Documentary, USA, English, Not Rated, 101 min. Directed by Don Argott.

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Getting a Fair Chance After Prison – March 22

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Registration: $25 and includes a lunch buffet (must register and pre-pay online)

Speakers Kristin McRoberts – Benton County Prosecutor’s Office and Bill Keizer – I Did the Time, Spokane, are going to speak about the troubles of the people who have spent time in prison, getting a job once they get out.
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Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – March 22-25

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
A-Level: Adult $25, Student $20, Senior $23
B-Level: Adult $20, Student $10, Senior $18
C-Level: Adult $15, Student $10, Senior $13

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A Timeless Story. Four Performances. One Weekend Only.

From the Academy Award-winning team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

The sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
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4th Annual Honky Tonk Hoedown Fundraising Dinner & Auctions – March 23

Pasco Red Lion, 2525 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
5:30 p.m. – Doors open and Silent auction begins
7:00 p.m. – Dinner, Program, Live Auction, Dancing until 11 p.m.
Tickets: $55 per person – sales end Monday March 19

Join Rascal Rodeo in helping raise funds to help us continue to grow and provide rodeos for those with Special Needs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Purchase tickets at Kennewick Ranch & Home or by calling 509-528-5947.

Night Out for a Cause with Nerve Centr – March 23

Kimos Sportsbar & Brew Pub, 2696 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Richland

Starts at 8 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5 or more

Join us and the band for a night out to raise money for The American Cancer Society. $5 (or more if you’d like to make a larger donation) at the door gets you in to hear the band and join the festivities. Drinks and food can be purchased separately. Hosted by Relay For Life of Columbia River, WA.

Tri-City Quilter’s Guild – 2018 Quilt Show – March 23 & 24

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $8 (covers both days)

“Persistence of Pattern” has been selected as theme for 2018 Tri-City Quilters’ Guild quilt show.

With more than 400 quilts on display, a bustling merchant mall, live music, workshops and lectures, the Quilt Show is a premier event for anyone who enjoys quilting and fiber arts.

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival – March 23-25

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

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

Badder Ink’s One-Year Anniversary Bash – March 23-25

Badderink Gallery, 7520 W. Clearwater Ave. Suite A in Kennewick
This event is free and open to the public and Kids are welcome!

Badder Ink gallery and the Tri-City Art Collective are excited to present Badder Ink’s First-Year Anniversary Art Show: “Free Your Mind,” a 3-day Art Event, showcasing the creative diversity of the greater Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest with over 60 local artists spanning across various mediums.

– Friday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.: The event begins showcasing a line-up of local musicians and performers.
– Saturday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.: “Free Your Mind” Gallery Opening Reception for 60 various artists across all mediums working with mannequin torsos, flat canvases, hair art, and installation to create the largest and most diverse representation of the local art scene.
– Sunday from 12 Noon to Sundown: The event commences with a public community mural at Badder Ink’s Kennewick location.

Richland Players: And The Winner Is – March 23-25

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adult: $15.00, Student: $12.00, Military: $12.00, Seniors (over 65): $12.00

About “And The Winner Is” –
This comic story tells of Tyler Johnes (Michael Thomas), a self-obsessed movie star, who is finally nominated for an Oscar, then dies the night before the awards. Outraged at his bad luck and determined to know if he wins (even though he’s dead), he bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper (Terence Knox) to return to earth for the big night. Along the way, he drags his agent (Robert Chisholm), his acting rival (Patrick Killoran), his bombshell girlfriend (Diana Milton) and his ex-wife (Katrina Carlson) into the journey, in a wildly twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife, and how we are judged.
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Pooch n’ Pal Fun Run/Walk – March 24

Columbia Point Marina behind Anthony’s in Richland
Fee: 1 mile or 5K, $25 with t-shirt, $20 without t-shirt, Hawaiian Theme, free Starbucks Coffee & Spudnuts, lots of vendors and cute dogs!!!

About This Race: You can run or walk starting at 9 a.m. with or without your pooch in all events at Columbia Point Marina in Richland. The course follows the beautiful Columbia River Trail. Everyone will have quick turnarounds at the half-way marks of all races in Howard Amon Park. Course closes at 11:30 a.m.

Pickup: You can pick-up your race number and t-shirt on Friday, March 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia Point Marina Start Area in parking lot or on race day at 8:00 a.m.

Elibility: All participants must sign a Waiver Release form and participants under 18 years of age must have Waiver Release signed by a parent or guardian. Pooches – No fighters or biters please

All proceeds go to help homeless pets through Pet Over Population Prevention or POPP

Annual Show n’ Shine (Sunnyside) – March 24

Chief Kamiakan Elementary School, 1700 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside
Spectators welcome starting at 11 a.m.
Admission: $3 adults, $2 students

Join us for food, music, kids activities, lots of vehicles and lots of fun!

All funds and donations collected at these events go directly towards the Sunnyside High School’s graduation party, which is a fun and safe option for the new grads

March for Respect – March 24

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Rally from 12 noon – 12:55 p.m.
Walk starts at 1 p.m. – 1/2 mile around the Plaza
Everyone is welcome to participate

March is Disability Awareness Month!

Get together with friends and family and March for Respect at our annual public rally honoring citizens with disabilities. The rally will feature talented individuals with disabilities sharing their music, dancing, and inspirational stories.

Join us for:
– Free hotdog & soda
– Great music
– Face painting, bounce house, pony rides, and other fun activities for kids
– Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by ARC of Tri-Cities

Eggnight Richland! – March 24

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free family fun

Join us at John Dam Plaza in Richland for Eggnite Richland! We will be celebrating Spring with a Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt! Free Pizza and Soda, bounce houses, crafts and more! Don’t miss out!! Note: this event replaces Morning with Mr. Bunny.

Mid-Columbia Symphony: Young Artists – March 24

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Conductor Circle Seating $56, Gold Section Seating $46, Silver Section Seating $28, Student Pricing $16

The Mid-Columbia Symphony will once again be featuring winners of its Young Artist’s Competition as soloists. Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral will open the concert. Elgar’s deeply touching Enigma Variations fill out the program.
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Camerata Musica: Rose City Trio – March 24

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 8 p.m.
Free to attend but patrons receive priority seating

The Rose City Trio is a recently founded piano trio in Portland. Its members consist of violinist Sarah Kwak, cellist Nancy Ives, and pianist Susan Chan, who have performed nationally and internationally as soloists and chamber musicians in various groups, and whose performances have received critical acclaim.

Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV/25 “Gypsy” (Franz Joseph Haydn)
Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 (Clara Schumann)
Trio No. 2 in C Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 87 (Johannes Brahms)

Art Exhibits

Gallery at the Park: Jill Smith & John Clement through March 30

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.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Artists Jill Smith and John Clement will be featured in March at Gallery at the Park in Richland.

Smith has spent years working in clay. She has her own studio, Clay Fox Pottery, and currently explores high fire stoneware and raku, which are two pottery firing techniques.

Clement has worked in photography for 40 years, winning numerous awards and displaying in countless shows.

Their joint exhibition will celebrate nature.

WSU Art Center: “You Call Them Freaks, We Call Them Kindred” through March 31

Consolidated Information Center, Room 102, 2770 Crimson Way in Richland
Monday – Thursday from 12 to 6 p.m.
Free admission

A fine art exhibition called “You Call Them Freaks, We Call Them Kindred” featuring Ralph LeCompte’s Art of the American Sideshow will run from March 8th to the 31st at The Art Center WSU Tri-Cities.

“A tribute to the inspiring and heroic “freaks” living in a world of no opportunity, where rejection, isolation, poverty or institutionalization were the norms. We salute those who defied disadvantage, beat expectations, succeeded financially, found love and built families. Every mirror reflects a freak, be it exterior or interior. Take a look, understand, be a kindred spirit.”- Ralph LeCompte

Esvelt Gallery: Watershed & Divining Line Series through March 22

Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 Noon
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free admission and open to the public

This exhibition explores two series of paintings by Washington-based artist Karen Hackenberg. In the Watershed series, Hackenberg takes a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, presenting a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of our new post-consumer creatures of the sea. Influenced by the ideas of Pop artists Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol, and the high-contrast light of Edward Hopper, Hackenberg meticulously paints seascapes in oil and gouache, lovingly crafting beautiful images of conventionally ugly beach cast-offs, and aiming to create provocative visual juxtapositions of form and idea.

In a similar juxtaposition, and with a similar use of humor and wit, The Divining Line series presents paired human and animal portraits, in diptych format. Weather the creature represents a spirit animal, a friend, or symbolizes qualities we wish to possess, these shared portraits do an amazing job of defining the relationship between the two subjects, while simultaneously emphasizing their individually.

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

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
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Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

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

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

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 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. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.

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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:

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:

  • March 23: Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 8 p.m.
  • March 24:  Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Oasis In Space at 3 p.m.

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.
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LIGO Public Tours

Come take a look at LIGO! 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.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

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:

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