Things to Do: April 23-29, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of April 23-29, 2018:

  • Chiawana Speech and Debate Fundraiser – April 23
  • Atomic City Roller Derby Spring Recruitment 2018 – April 23
  • Faith Over Fear: Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Tri-Cities – April 24
  • Presentation: Umatilla Tribal History and Culture in the Tri-Cities Area – April 24
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Managing the Impacts of Large-Scale Agriculture – April 26
  • Vibe Music Center Production: The Lion King Jr. – April 26-28
  • Three Rivers Folklife Contra Dance – April 27
  • Phil Wickham in Concert – April 27
  • Yakima Valley Wineries Spring Barrel Tasting – April 27-29
  • Native Plant Appreciation Day at McNary Wildlife Refuge – April 28
  • Benton City Spring Opener 2018 – April 28
  • 9th Annual Super Pet Adoption – April 28
  • 2nd Annual Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival – April 28
  • Choosing Tomato Varieties – April 28
  • PFLAG: The Climb 2018 – April 28
  • Viva Las Vegas: A Night with The Arc – April 28
  • HeART of Healing Fundraiser – April 28
  • Upcoming: Wildflower Walks – April 25, May 5 & 19
  • Upcoming: REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Chiawana Speech and Debate Fundraiser – April 23

GESA Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick
From 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 ages 13 up, $15 ages 3-12, under 3 free

4A State Speech Champs Chiawana High School is fundraising to send ten students, plus coaches and judges, to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale this June. This family-friendly evening includes food (wings, pizza and more), unlimited carousel rides, carnival games, face painting, and silent auction. Auction items include gift cards, a golf package, Dust Devils package, art, and more.

Atomic City Roller Derby Spring Recruitment 2018 – April 23

Rollarena Skating Center, 849 Stevens Dr. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Are you looking for a fun way to get fit? To meet new people? Do you want to learn to skate? Or maybe to hit people without getting in trouble with the law?

Atomic City Roller Derby is now recruiting! No skating experience required – we will train you! This event is open to all genders, all skating abilities, and ages 8-100+

Come skate with members of our Junior, Open Gender, and Women’s Teams and learn if derby might be a good fit for you. Not interested in skating but still want to be part of the team? Come learn how to join our league and be a Non-Skating Official (NSO)! Note: We got you covered! Entry, quad-skate rental, and gear fee are waived

Faith Over Fear: Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Tri-Cities – April 24

Gjerde Center at CBC, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free to attend

We cordially invite the public, faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) to better understand the anti-Muslim industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together. This event will include time for Q & A and interaction with faith, political and education leaders in the Tri-Cities area.

Presentation: Umatilla Tribal History and Culture in the Tri-Cities Area – April 24

Columbia Valley Grange #938, 6300 W. Court St. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Join the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society for a presentation by Wenix Red Elk, the Public Outreach and Education Specialist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Department of Natural Resources.

Wenix will introduce us to tribal history and culture in the Tri-Cities area, including past, present, and future tribal uses of Columbia Point and the Hanford Site. As a First Foods specialist, she will discuss how tribal members have used natural resources in this area, especially the shrub steppe plants and animals. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a background in Museology/Museum Studies and Environmental Science in Plant Restoration and Native American Studies.

Dirty Dancing on Tour – April 25

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $57+

Dirty Dancing is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
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Columbia Basin Badger Club: Managing the Impacts of Large-Scale Agriculture – April 26

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Registration: $30 (includes lunch)

Join the Columbia Basin Badger Club as they discuss Large Scale Agriculture.

Guest speakers include:
– Professor Pius Ndegwa, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at WSU Pullman
– Jason Sheehan, who is an owner of J&K Dairy in Sunnyside and a member of the Yakima Dairy Federation
– Tom Ring, hydrologist with the Yakama tribe
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Vibe Music Center Production: The Lion King Jr. – April 26-28

Kennewick High School, 500 S Dayton St. in Kennewick
Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 VIP Seating, $12 General Admission, $8 Matinee

In this musical, the African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the show, by phone (509-572-2555), or at VIBE Music Center (418 N Kellogg St. Ste E, Kennewick)

Three Rivers Folklife Contra Dance – April 27

Shuffler’s Shanty, 717 N Irving St. in Kennewick
From 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors (65+) and students. First time dancers and kids under 12 free

Contra dances have been a part of 3RFS for a couple of decades. The Shady Court String Band will be performing and the caller will be Shelley Jenkins.

Phil Wickham in Concert – April 27

Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities, 10611 W Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 General Admission or $20 at the Door (if not sold out)

The musician who gave us “This is Amazing Grace” and “Your Love Awakens Me” is coming to the Tri-Cities!! Phil Wickham is an award-winning singer and songwriter based out of San Diego. Calvary Chapel is excited to host a Night of Worship with Phil Wickham for the community. It’s going to be an incredible evening and we’d love for you to be here!

Tickets are available online and at Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities. Tickets are also available at Tri-City Bible Bookstore (2450 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Richland) cash or check, only.
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Yakima Valley Wineries Spring Barrel Tasting – April 27-29

The Yakima Spring Barrel Tasting is your chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in wine country. A visit to the Valley will allow you to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel.

Native Plant Appreciation Day at McNary Wildlife Refuge – April 28

McNary National Wildlife Refuge, 64 Maple St. in Burbank
From 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Free to participate

Come to “Native Plant Appreciation Day” at the McNary Wildlife Refuge in Burbank. The event is free to the public. It offers an opportunity for families and friends to come together to celebrate the amazing varieties of wildflowers that we have here in the Columbia Basin.

The day will include wildflower field trips, children’s crafts, presentations and displays. Fun for the whole family and free! Several great door prizes! Refreshments!

Organized by the Columbia Basin Native Plant Society and Friends of the Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges in partnership with USFWS Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex.

Benton City Spring Opener 2018 – April 28

Ki-Be Middle School, 913 Horne Dr. in Benton City
Show opens to the public at 9 a.m.
Admission: $3.00 per individual, $6.00 per family (Mom-Dad and their kids under 12yrs.)

Benton City’s Annual Spring Opener Car and Bike Show is brought to you through the cooperation of many of our community civic organizations. The proceeds of this non-profit show will be used to help support youth activities in the community. We will continue the show each year as a way to raise funds for different projects that provide for the community in whole.

9th Annual Super Pet Adoption – April 28

Columbia Park (East end) in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Jenny’s Hope is pleased to announce our 9th Annual Super Pet Adoption Event at the east end of Columbia Park, band shell stage (next to the skate park).

Please join us along with lots of shelters, rescues and vendors from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. Meet adoptable dogs, cats and other animals of all ages in an open environment filled with fun, smiles and laughter. Come learn about each organization and the ways you can help them. Find out about the various volunteer opportunities, foster programs, fundraising events and more!

We’ll have lot of adoptable animals, food, various vendors and lots of excitement! Bring the whole family and come show your support! MICRO CHIPS and scans will available during the event for $20.

2nd Annual Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival – April 28

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Boulevard in Kennewick
From Noon – 6 p.m.
General Admission: $21.59 (online) or $25 at the gate. Ticket includes tasting glass and six 5oz tastes.
Designated driver (online): $6.14 and includes complimentary soda and/or water
Note: 21+ Age Event. No minors will be permitted.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick! This event will feature 30+ 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 and eat local food.

Additional tastes available for purchase at the festival for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Food will be available to purchase from food trucks on the plaza.
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Choosing Tomato Varieties – April 28

Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

So many different tomato varieties, so little garden space! Cherry, grape, heirloom, hybrid, slicers, paste…how do you choose which ones to put in your garden? Come listen to some fantastic Master Gardener tomato growers help you choose.

PFLAG: The Climb 2018 – April 28

Badger Mountain Trailhead off of Shockley Rd. in Richland
Check-in at 5:00 p.m., climb begins at 5:30 p.m.
Registration: $15 before April 27, $20 day of

Join PFLAG Benton Franklin on Saturday, April 28th for this annual event. Participants will climb up Badger Mountain in Richland to raise awareness around the issues of bullying, suicide prevention, and self-harm. All funds raised from this event will go to PFLAG Benton Franklin to continue education and awareness in our community.

Pre-registration is recommended by Friday, April 27th. Pre-registration is $15.00 per individual and you will be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration day of event is $20.00 per individual and t-shirts will be given on a first come, first served basis.
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Viva Las Vegas: A Night with The Arc – April 28

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $75 per person

Viva Las Vegas A Night with The Arc is a fundraising event, a chance to donate to a wonderful community service that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. The “Vegas” themed gala is designed for attendees to enjoy dinner, casino-type games, live and silent auctions and dancing to live music by Colorblind. Tickets are limited so please hurry to register.
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HeART of Healing Fundraiser – April 28

Michelle’s Event Center, 2323 Henderson Loop in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person

Heart of Healing is a benefit for Cork’s Place. Proceeds support free grief care services for children,teens, and families who’ve experienced a significant death. This event features original artwork by local children and teens. In addition, there will be live and silent auctions, wine and hors d’oeuvres, testimonial stories from Cork’s Place kids and live music.
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Upcoming: Wildflower Walks – April 25, May 5 & 19

Friends of Badger Mountain and the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Plant Society are offering free guided wildflower walks. The following walks have been scheduled:
– Basalt Gardens/Vantage Highway – April 25
– Badger Flats Trail on Badger Mountain – May 5
– Skyline Trail on Badger Mountain – May 19
For more information and to register for these walks, visit: or

Upcoming: REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2018 with geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad, Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht, or geologist George Last leading the geology related tours. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.

– Wallula Gap Hike – May 5 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $89.99
– Flood Features of Pasco Basin & Othello – May 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $89.99
– Tri-Cities Geology Tour – June 2 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. $79.99
– Eastern Scablands – June 15 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– McBee Hill Hike – June 23 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. $39.99
– Visit Small Town USA – July 12 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $134.99
– Dry Falls & Lower Grand Coulee – July 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Foodie Tour – August 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $139.99
– Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – August 11 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Vineyards and Winemaking – September 6 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $114.99
– Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls – September 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Hops to Bottle – September 15 From 8:30 a.m. 0 4 p.m. $119.99
– Cold War Bus Alphabet House Tour – September 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon $29.99

Payment is required in full the Monday prior to the tour. Full refunds will be given if cancelled two weeks before the tour date. 25% of ticket cost will be withheld if cancellation occurs after the two week deadline. Tours are subject to cancellation. All tours depart from The REACH (1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland) unless otherwise stated on the tour website page.
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Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Faculty Art Show through May 3

CBC, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8: 30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Admission: Free

This annual exhibition offers the opportunity to see new work created by the Columbia Basin College art faculty, whose members are practicing studio artists, employing a wide variety of media, style, and subject matter. This group show celebrates the talent of the Art faculty at CBC and includes Artwork by Tracy Walker, Cozette Phillips, Rachel Smith, Kayleigh Lang, Eric Demattos, Ted Neth, and Randal Jones.

Gallery at the Park: Women Painters of Washington through April 27

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

Work by accomplished women artists from around the state will be featured in April at Gallery at the Park in Richland. Women Painters of Washington’s show “Fusion” will be on display, and so will glass art by Deborah Barnard. There will

Women Painters of Washington is a group of professional artists. The work set for display in Richland is from the group’s 2018 spring juried show, focusing on themes of fusion.

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.

Note: The guided tours for 2018 have now been published:
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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:

  • April 27: Supervolcanoes at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
  • April 28: The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could 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:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

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