Things to Do: April 8-14, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of April 8-14, 2019:

  • Photography Lecture: Seeing the World Like a Camera – April 8
  • Musical: Chicago – April 8
  • Jordan World Circus – April 9 & 10
  • Recital – A Woman’s Life and Love: A Musical Evening – April 10
  • Seminar Series: PNNL’s Innovative Research – April 11
  • Tri-City Photography Club Monthly Meeting – April 11
  • Friday Family Night – April 12
  • WSU – Tri-Cities Crimson Fest – April 12
  • Jazz Unlimited Guest Artist Concert – April 12
  • 3 Rivers Coffeehouse with Cosmo’s Dream – April 12
  • No Rhyme Or Reason Country Flea Market (Grandview) – April 12-14
  • Mastersingers Baroque Treble: Vivaldi & Bach – April 12-14
  • Kid’s Fishing Day – April 13
  • Hotcakes & Egg Huntin’ With Hoppy – April 13
  • Tumbleweeds 4-H Club: Let’s Get Springy! – April 13
  • WSU Master Gardeners: Plant This, Not That Class – April 13
  • A Whole New World Fairy Tale Ball – April 13
  • LIGO Public Tours – April 13
  • Tri City Chiver’s 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball – April 13
  • Tri-Cities Fire Indoor Football – April 13
  • Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club – Annual Gem Show – April 13 & 14
  • Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain – Skyline Trail – April 14
  • Pasta for the Pups at White Bluffs Brewing – April 14
  • The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Photography Lecture: Seeing the World Like a Camera – April 8

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

This lecture will cover basic camera operation and the ways in which a camera “sees” the world differently than humans do. The goal is to help attendees understand why what you saw, doesn’t always match what the camera recorded – and how to bring the two closer together.

A six part series presented by local photographer, Scott Butner. This will be held on the second Monday of each month, April-September in the STEAMspace at the Richland Public Library:
– April 8 – Seeing the World Like a Camera
– May 13 – Composition 101
– June 10 – Sports and Action Photography
– July 8 – Photographing the Night Sky
– August 12 – Photographing the Weather
– September 9 – Photographing People

Musical: Chicago – April 8

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $37 – $87+

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to your town! Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!
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Jordan World Circus – April 9 & 10

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $9 – $30 (purchase online or at the gate)

With three rings of affordable family fun, “Jordan World Circus” will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals. *Acts are subject to change*
Note: free child admission tickets for paid adults are available at a number of retail outlets.
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Recital – A Woman’s Life and Love: A Musical Evening – April 10

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

Miriam Estrada-Echegaray, mezzo-soprano, and Carlie Berry, piano, present an evening of musical theater, jazz, and classical vocal and piano music! Highlights include music from Bye Bye Birdie and Robert Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe Und-leben (A Woman’s Love and Life).

Join us for a performance and discussion of the music, including the life and times of the composers. This event is for musicians and students of all ages, as well as those who may never have listened to theater or classical music. We hope to engage and interest you as we showcase the themes of life and love from a woman’s perspective across different cultures and centuries.

Seminar Series: PNNL’s Innovative Research – April 11

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Do you want to learn more about the research and development taking place in your own backyard at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory? PNNL’s STEM Ambassadors will be on-hand to share PNNL’s complex work in a simple and understandable way. Visit with scientists and engineers at interactive, hands-on displays.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series was launched to help the general public better understand and explore how science transforms our world.

Tri-City Photography Club Monthly Meeting – April 11

Benton PUD Building, 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Come join us for our April meeting! This months’ speakers are Bill Rodgers & Mark Hussein. Bill will speak on landscape photography as an artistic pursuit; and Mark will talk about Black & White photography and Macrophotograpy.

Friday Family Night – April 12

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $13.99 per person or $39.95 per family

Friday Nights are all about family at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Join the Carousel and KnockerBall Tri-Cities for interactive activities at an affordable price. You’ll have three hours of unlimited carousel rides and play on Knockerball inflatable games. Our concession kitchen is open with dinner specials as well.

Future dates: every Friday until Memorial Day Weekend.

WSU – Tri-Cities Crimson Fest – April 12

WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
From 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to attend – all ages welcome

Free event on WSU Tri-Cities’ campus that includes: Bounce Houses, Laser Tag, Bubble Soccer, A Rock Wall, Arts and Crafts, Food Trucks, an Outdoor Movie and more!

Jazz Unlimited Guest Artist Concert – April 12

Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S Dayton St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15, adults and $10, Students & Seniors (plus fee)

Keith Carlock in concert with the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra –

The 2019 Jazz Unlimited guest artist is professional drummer Keith Carlock, who has performed with many notable groups and soloists including Sting, Toto, Oz Noy, John Mayer, Steely Dan, James Taylor, and the original Blues Brothers Band.

Also Appearing: The Columbia Basin College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Collin Wilson.

3 Rivers Coffeehouse with Cosmo’s Dream – April 12

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave. in Richland
From 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8 for general admission or $6 for teens and seniors. Coffee, tea, and home cooked sweets available by donation.

The featured performer at the 3 Rivers Coffeehouse is Cosmo’s Dream. Americana trio Cosmo’s Dream sings original tales of foggy-mountain megamalls, trailer-park guns and guitars, big black cats, Iditarod sled dogs, rising rivers, grandmas online, dark days ahead, beautiful beer, and Superman’s dilemma.
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No Rhyme Or Reason Country Flea Market (Grandview) – April 12-14

Grandview Country Fair Grounds, 812 Wallace Way in Grandview
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

No Rhyme or Reason Country Flea Market and Co Sponsored by City of Grandview will be having a large vendor roster once again at the Grandview Country Fair Grounds April 12-14th 2019. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. We have a large diversity market with everything you can imagine between new and old items. We have some of the best food vendors from the Yakima Valley which you will enjoy a meal as you join us.

Mastersingers Baroque Treble: Vivaldi & Bach – April 12-14

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1609 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are $25 for adults, and free for K-12 students.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers is pleased to present our next concert program featuring two baroque masterpieces with chamber orchestra conducted by MCM Associate Conductor Reginald Unterseher: Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and J.S. Bach’s setting of Psalm 51, “Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden.” This production will serve as the fourth installment in MCM’s 2018-19 subscription concert series.

Kid’s Fishing Day – April 13

Columbia Park Lagoon in Kennewick
For kids ages 5 – 14 – Five separate sessions starting at 8 a.m.
Cost: $10 per kid – must register online (no phone registrations accepted)

Your child will have a blast catching their first fish down at the Columbia Park Fishing Pond. Each participant receives a rod and reel to use and take home. T-shirts are available for purchase at the event while supplies last.
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Hotcakes & Egg Huntin’ With Hoppy – April 13

Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tickets: $2 per person. (Ages 3+) – must purchase tickets online

The Richland Community Center is hostin a egg hunt along with food, crafts and more! This will be at Howard Amon Park for a hoppin’ good time! Have your fill of Hotcakes and hunt for hidden eggs with our heartwarming and happy bunny friend, Hoppy! Don’t forget to bring your basket! Admission includes all activities (egg hunt, crafts, sidewalk chalk, etc.) + Hotcakes, juice, and coffee. Activities are designed for kids 10 & under, but all ages are welcome.

Tumbleweeds 4-H Club: Let’s Get Springy! – April 13

Columbia Valley Grange, 6300 W. Court St. in Pasco
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Come out and show your support for Tumbleweeds 4-H! We will have guest speakers talking on a variety of animal topics and more. Will have all sorts of vendors, a silent auction and a raffle. We will also have the kitchen open 4 snacks and drinks. All profits go to help kids in Tumbleweeds go to camp. If enough money is made we will donate money to the 4-H extension office to help other kids go to camp through scholarships.

There will also be a booth with homemade items for sale that kids and family members of the club made just for our event. As well as a Kids Corner that is free. Come and learn about 4-H and its many benefits to your children or grandchildren!

WSU Master Gardeners: Plant This, Not That Class – April 13

Demonstration Garden, 1620 South Union St. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Ever wanted to know what you should be planting in the Spring? Have you planted the wrong plants for the area? Master Gardeners will discuss how to include native plants in your landscaping. Topics will include the benefits of natives, which plants do best in a home landscape, where to purchase natives, and common problems and solutions.

A Whole New World Fairy Tale Ball – April 13

Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $20 Children Ages 2 thru 17, $25 Adults

The Southridge Sports and Events Complex is hosting a ball for Mothers and Daughters!

Meet and greet some of your favorite Fairy Tale characters, sing and dance the afternoon away with loved ones, pose for professional photos with your favorite princess. Don’t forget to check out our silent auction table. All proceeds support ROYAL FAMILY KIDS, a resident summer camp, Monthly Club, and Mentoring program for area Foster children. Confronting abuse * Changing lives.

Moms we have taken great care to invite your daughters favorite princesses to attend the ball. Please only the little ones in princess costumes.
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LIGO Public Tours – April 13

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

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 City Chiver’s 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball – April 13

Edge Sports Bar, 314 N Underwood St. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. – Midnight
Tickets: $40 – $50

Tri City Chivers Presents our 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball to Benefit Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties.

We will kick off the night with cocktails from 5pm to 5:30 p.m. and then move to dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. catered by the Edge Sports bar. After dinner there will be music and more drinks until Midnight. We will also have a silent auction going on throughout the night which will conclude at 9 p.m.

All proceeds stay local going to Domestic Violence Service of Benton and Franklin County!
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Tri-Cities Fire Indoor Football – April 13

Toyata Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $12 – $36+ plus fees

Indoor football is back as the Tri-Cities Fire take on the Idaho Hosemen.
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Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club – Annual Gem Show – April 13 & 14

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 adults (good for both days), children 14 and under free with paid adult admission

Events & Activities Include: 40+ Collectors’ Exhibits, Great Door Prizes, Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Dealers, Fluorescent Displays, Kid’s Korner, Games & Crafts, Silent Auctions, Geode Cracking, and Tailgating – Sunday 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

Demonstrations Include: Cabochon Fashioning, Gemstone Faceting, Gem Trees, Sphere Making, Silversmithing, Wire Wrapping, and Jewelry Fabrication.

Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain – Skyline Trail – April 14

Badger Mountain Skyline Trailhead, Westgate parking lot off of Dallas Road in Richland
From 10 a.m. – Noon
Free to participate – Must RSVP

It’s our local lovely Rosy Balsamroot waiting for you on Badger Mountain. This walk offers a unique opportunity to see the changing ecology with elevation and how the different plant communities are affected by moisture and soil types. Meet: 10:00 a.m. Badger Mountain Skyline Trailhead. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leader: Janelle Downs if you plan on attending.

Pasta for the Pups at White Bluffs Brewing – April 14

White Bluffs Brewing, 2034 Logston Blvd. in Richland
From Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 – must be 21+ to attend

Come and enjoy veggie or meat lasagna, mac & cheese, salad and roll for $12.00 to support POPP!! Beverages sold separately (beer, wine, hard cider, pop & water). Lots of fun activities & prizes– Ears & Tails, Eat Like a Dog Competition & Dog Trivia) –21 years of age and older only.

The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019

Upcoming Tours:
– April 19 – Western Scablands – $108.59 per person
– April 27 – White Bluffs Hike – $97.73 per person
– May 10 – Dry Falls – $108.59 per person
– May 18 – Wallula Gap Hike – $97.73 per person
– August 10 – Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – $108.59 per person
– August 17 – Kayak Hanford Reach National Monument – $108.59 per person (Sold Out)
– September 7 – Vineyards & Winemaking – $124.88 per person
– September 14 – Hops to Bottle – $119.45 per person
– September 20 – Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands & Palouse Falls – $119.45 per person

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2019. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.
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

Gallery at the Park: Mid-Columbia Watercolor Society – through  April 26

Allied Arts Association’s Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting April 7th – Sundays: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free to attend

This exhibition will feature selected works from members of the Mid-Columbia Watercolor Society.

Esvelt Gallery Exhibit: (extra): terrestrial and ordinary – through May 3
Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free to attend and open to the public

This two person exhibition will present the photographic/ sculptural work of Nicholaus Arnold and the sculptural assemblage of Ashley Jonas. Arnold’s work explores loss and loneliness in a series titled “i wish i were an astronaut,” which pairs beautifully with the sculpture of Jonas, which places focus on objects and their relationship to the space around them.

Drewboy Creative: The Green Show – through April 17

Confluence Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Hours: Wed-Thu: 5-8 p.m., Fri-Sat: 12-8 p.m., Sun: 12-5 p.m.
Free to attend

DrewBoy Creative’s signature color show celebrates its four year anniversary with the color green. With nearly 50 participating artists you do not want to miss this show! This juried show is sponsored by Prohibition Glass, Allen Brecke Law Offices, and Numerica Credit Union.

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 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (no new admissions after 4 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, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history 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 (single feature/double feature): $8/$13 adults, $7/$11 seniors, $5/$8 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online or at the door)

Showing this week:
– April 12: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– April 13: My House Has Stars 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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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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