Things to Do: April 30 – May 6, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of April 30 – May 6, 2018:

  • Discussion: Sex Trafficking of Children – an Online Epidemic – May 1
  • Move to Amend Community Discussion – May 3
  • Community Concerts: Four Freshmen – May 3
  • Discover the Charms of Historic Downtown Kennewick – May 3-5
  • May the Fourth Family Night – May 4
  • Kids Haven Benefit – May 4
  • The Derby Fundraiser – May 4
  • WSU Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale – May 4 & 5
  • Richland Players: Ruthless! The Musical – May 4 & 5
  • Forte: Rise – May 4, 5, & 7
  • Pasco5 de Mayo Festival 2018! – May 4-6
  • Sunnyside’s 30th Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival – May 4-6
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre: Curious George and the Golden Meatball – May 4-6
  • Run for Rescue – May 5
  • Hypertufa Planter Class – May 5
  • Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale: Spring Concert – May 5
  • Mom & Baby Expo – May 5 & 6
  • Wildflower Walks – May 5 & 19
  • Upcoming: Grape to Glass Gala (Grandview) – May 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

Discussion: Sex Trafficking of Children – an Online Epidemic – May 1

Columbia Center Rotary Event Center, 6222 John Day Ave. in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Resource displays will be open starting at 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Tri-Cities Soroptimist Against Trafficking (TC-SAT), in partnership with Columbia Center Rotary, are offering a Community Conversation on “Sex Trafficking of Children, an Online Epidemic”.

Through the work of our local Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, there have been a series of high profile arrests of adults attempting to buy sex with children in our community. The internet and technology have led to an explosion in the commercial sexual exploitation (trafficking) of children. All it takes is a couple of keystrokes to view child pornography or to buy a child for sex. Online websites have become a sex trafficker’s haven.

There will be a panel of experts that will lead this discussion.

Move to Amend Community Discussion – May 3

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive
Starts at 6 p.m.
Free to attend, donations accepted

Creating an Authentic Participatory Democracy – Community Discussion

Corporations and the super rich have acquired constitutional rights over our nation’s history that often give them more power than people, communities, and the environment.

This is about the movement to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Let’s come together and speak about ways we can organize a coalition of people with similar core values to break through the systemic challenges to our democracy.

Community Concerts: Four Freshmen – May 3

Faith Assembly Auditorium, 1800 Road 72 in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available for Adults ($25) and Students ($10).

The Four Freshman quartet creates a sound that changes the way vocal jazz harmony is heard and performed. With pure energy and great songs from the past and present, they preserve the Freshmen sound and enhance it with youth, vitality, and talent.

Pure energy and great songs from the past and present, today’s Four Freshmen is considered to be the greatest vocal group of all time. They preserve the Freshmen sound while enhancing it with youth, vitality and talent. Always fantastic. Staying simple and true.

Discover the Charms of Historic Downtown Kennewick – May 3-5

Downtown Kennewick Business Center, 124 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick

“Discover the Charms” of the Historic Downtown Kennewick is a perfect gift, just in time for Mother’s Day.

All the fun starts on Thursday and Friday May 3rd & 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 5th for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fun annual event starts at the Downtown Kennewick Business Center, 124 W. Kennewick Avenue, where we will be selling charm bracelets for $5.

You will also receive a map of participating downtown merchants. Visit each of the businesses on the map and you will be eligible to win a variety of prizes. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Offer good while supplies last.

May the Fourth Family Night – May 4

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Join the rebel alliance, become a Jedi, and travel through the Star Wars universe. Test your knowledge with trivia from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy family-friendly activities, crafts, and games. Participate in our costume contest; come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win a prize! Join us for a free showing of Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens! May the force be with you.

Concessions will be provided by Friends of the Mid-Columbia Libraries.

Kids Haven Benefit – May 4

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4525 Convention Place in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person

Join us for a fun night of live and silent auctions, authentic Mexican food, complimentary margaritas, wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages. Proceeds will be used for counseling and advocacy services for children.
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The Derby Fundraiser – May 4

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd, in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tickets: $40 per person – must be 21+

Get out your seersucker suits, bow ties, big hats and sun dresses and join us for a fun evening raising money for The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid Columbia! The evening will include horse races, games, prizes, food and let’s not forget the mint juleps!

Sponsor a horse and you’re automatically entered into 3 races for a chance to win fabulous prizes! But there are other opportunities to ride the carousel! This is a benefit for The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.
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WSU Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale – May 4 & 5

Mid-Columbia Library Parking Lot, 1620 S. Union St . in Kennewick
Friday from Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This is the annual Spring Plant Sale by the Benton Franklin Master Gardeners. There will be lots of plants with great prices! There will be Master Gardeners available to answer your gardening questions

Richland Players: Ruthless! The Musical – May 4 & 5

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: adult $15.00, student/military/seniors – over65 $12.00

The Richland Players tap up a storm in the Stage Mother of all Musicals in “Ruthless!”, a Musical Farce; Book & Lyrics by Joel Paley, Music by Marvin Laird.

Our Red Carpet will be rolled out for patrons opening weekend starting at 7 p.m. Patrons can walk the Red Carpet, get their photo taken by paparazzi, and enjoy the limelight while sipping on refreshments and enjoying hors d’oeuvres.

The story of a naive 1950s housewife, Judy, and her adorable but sociopath 8-year-old daughter Tina. Encouraged by her manager, Sylvia, Tina will do ANYTHING to get the lead role in her school play “including murdering the leading lady!” In Act II, while Tina spends time at a reform school for psychopathic ingenues, Judy discovers from her adoptive mother that her birth mother was a famous actress. Judy decides that she should be famous as well and becomes a Broadway diva. But it is Tina, who has the last laugh for she is truly “Ruthless!” Some adult language and content, PG-13 equivalent.

Future dates: May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and May 13, 20 at 2 p.m.
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Forte: Rise – May 4, 5, & 7

Art Fuller Auditorium, 500 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
Friday & Monday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: reserved seating Adults $14, Students/Seniors $12, general admission $12 Adults, Students/Seniors $10

There will come a time for all of us when we will be met with something that brings us down, shattered dreams, a loss of hope, a broken heart, a loved one taken too soon, or long lasting trials. These things may threaten to break us, but they need not defeat us. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes we can find beauty in tragedy, we can overcome and become more than what we were. Join Forte Show Choir as we celebrate life, the times that threaten to break us and the moments we choose to RISE.
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Pasco5 de Mayo Festival 2018! – May 4-6

Downtown Pasco
Free admission

Discover the side of Pasco You didn’t know existed! PASCO5 de MAYO 2018!! Culture.. Community.. Unity.. Health..

  • Friday: Farmer’s Market Launch, Cinco de Mayo Night Parade, Horse Dancing – Baile de los Caballos
  • Saturday: Festival Kick-Off and Dignitary Recognition, Family Fun Time, Performing LIVE on the Main Stage, After Party/Fiesta
    Info & Schedule:

Sunnyside’s 30th Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival – May 4-6

Celebrating the 30th year in 2018! With over 100 vendors, dancing horses, live entertainment, traditional music and the most incredible food you’ve ever tasted, you don’t want to miss the largest cultural celebration the Yakima Valley has to offer!

Academy of Children’s Theatre: Curious George and the Golden Meatball – May 4-6

Black Box Theatre at ACT, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+) and youth (13-18), $9 for children under age 12.

The Academy of Children’s Theatre is staging “Curious George and the Golden Meatball” as its finale production of the 2017-18 season. Based on the classic stories written by Margaret and H. A. Rey, the show features the humorous adventures of the mischievous George and his friend The Man in the Yellow Hat.

Tickets are available on line, by calling 509-943-6027, or by visiting the ACT office.
Future dates: May 11 & 12 at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. on May 13
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Run for Rescue – May 5

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Race registration is $20 per person or $45 per family

Run for Rescue is a 1 mile, 5K or 10K run or walk to benefit Agape International Missions (AIM). AIM is fighting sex-trafficking, restoring victims, and transforming communities, with the goal of ending all sexual slavery in Cambodia.
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Hypertufa Planter Class – May 5

Master Gardner’s Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30 – pre-registration required

Join us and make a hypertufa planter to take home with you! Hypertufa planters are lightweight and sturdy, and their absorbent nature is conducive for water retention. Cost is $30 and you take a planter home with you and all the knowledge to make more! Don’t forget to bring rubber gloves, protective eyewear, and a painters dust mask.

Pre-register at the WSU Extension office in Kennewick (7102 W Okanogan Place #102) or call for more info (735-3551).

Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale: Spring Concert – May 5

Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 421 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 3 p.m.
Free but donations gladly accepted

The Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale will be performing in their spring concert “The Bright and Beautiful” with special guests Three Rivers Saxtette.

Mom & Baby Expo – May 5 & 6

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 for the whole weekend. Children 11 and under are Free

We are excited to announce the 2018 Mom and Baby Expo at the TRAC Center in Pasco! Everyone is invited to come to this family-friendly event where there will be fun shopping and learning. This is a great place to get a baby shower gift, a present for mom for Mother’s Day, learn from local experts, or just get out of the house and connect with other local moms!

Wildflower Walks – 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:
– 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: Grape to Glass Gala (Grandview) – May 19

YVC Grandview Activities Center, 500 W Main Street in Grandview
Starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $65 per person until April 30, Tickets increase to $75 on May 1 – advance purchase only by May 11

Four Course Winemaker’s Dinner and Silent Auction

The annual Grape to Glass Gala will include a Winemaker’s Dinner paired with Yakima Valley Vintners’ wines, a silent auction, music and dancing.

Yakima Valley Vintners, YVC’s teaching winery, is located on the YVC Grandview Campus. The facility offers students studying in the college’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program the opportunity for hands-on technical training in the area of viticulture and enology.

This year, the annual Grape to Glass Gala will include a Winemaker’s Dinner paired with Yakima Valley Vintners’ wines, a silent auction and dancing. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships for the Vineyard & Winery Technology Program.

The Gala is also a way to celebrate the success of graduates from the program who are working in the grape and wine industry. Join us to celebrate their success as we showcase the work they are doing with local employers.
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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.

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!
Info: and

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:
Info: and

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:

  • May 4: TBA at 7 p.m. and TBA at 8 p.m.
  • May 5: TBA at 2 p.m. and TBA 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.
Tickets and info: and

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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