Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of April 15-21, 2019:
- Senior Times Expo 2019 – April 16
- Health and Safety Expo – April 16 & 17
- Wildflower Walk: Saddle Mountain – April 17
- Columbia Basin Badger Club – Legal Marijuana: Are We Going to Pot? – April 18
- FreeForm 2019 Festival Concert – April 18
- Music With a Message: Songs of Social Change – April 18
- Drive Electric Earth Day – April 19
- CBC Scramble Egg Hunt – April 19
- Friday Family Night – April 19
- The ARC of Tri-Cities: Viva Las Vegas Fundraiser – April 19
- Honors Showcase Choir Concert – April 19
- Pasco Taco Crawl – April 19 – May 4
- Pasco Jaycees Community Easter Egg Hunt – April 20
- Make the Park Shine – April 20
- Easter at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – April 20
- Children’s Interpretive Walk, Badger Flats Trail at Badger Mountain – April 20
- West Richland Easter Egg Hunt – April 20
- 3rd Annual Celebration of Science: Our Scientific Heritage – April 20
- Benton City Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt – April 20
- Mid-Columbia Leadership Development Association Annual Golf Tournament – April 20 (Note: rescheduled for Sept. 14)
- 3 Rivers Folklife Concert: Trillium-239 – April 20
- The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
- 2019 Tri-Cities Sternwheeler Cruises – Starts April 19
- Art Exhibits
- Nightlife Music
- The REACH Museum
- Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
- LIGO Public Tours
- Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
- Submit Your Community Event
Senior Times Expo 2019 – April 16
Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend
Come visit with exhibitors as they share products, services and ideas for senior living. There will be prizes, drawings, samples, giveaways and a Senior Times Hunt for the Treasure contest.
Past Expo Exhibitors Included:
– Non-profits and Community Organizations
– Insurance and Healthcare Companies
– Investment Professionals
– Retirement and Assisted Living Communities
– Fitness Businesses
– Home Healthcare
– Senior Organizations
– And Many More!
Health and Safety Expo – April 16 & 17
TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Kennewick
Tuesday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Free to attend
This year’s EXPO will be held on April 16th and 17th, 2019 at the TRAC in Pasco, Washington.
Featured this year are:
– Exhibits that focus on transportation safety
– Science demonstrations from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
– Distracted driving accident demonstrations
– Arc flash and crane demonstrations
– Bicycle rodeos & free fitted helmets for children
– K9 demonstrations by Hanford Patrol
– Breakout sessions with community health and safety experts
– An interactive inflatable lungs and heart exhibit, drone demonstrations, and much more!
Health & Safety EXPO is supported by the Department of Energy, Hanford contractors and the Hanford unions.
Wildflower Walk: Saddle Mountain – April 17
From 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to participate – must RSVP
One of our favorite walks, Saddle Mountain, displays many of the special wildflowers not often seen in the Columbia Basin: blue bells and pink-violet shooting stars in profusion! The little yellow bells of spring will be ringing on the slopes. Meet: 8:00 a.m. Van Giesen Park & Ride.
This is a long day: dress appropriately for the weather, bring lunch and snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke. Please contact Ernest Crediford at Ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.
Columbia Basin Badger Club – Legal Marijuana: Are We Going to Pot? – April 18
Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in RIchland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 for non-members – must RSVP
How has the legal sale of cannabis affected the Tri-Cities area? In what ways has the community benefited and what problems have been created or grown?
Voters of Washington were one of the first states to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes for persons 21 and older. In June of 2014, the first stores opened in the state. In just four and a half years the industry has mushroomed with sales totaling more than 3 billion dollars and generating more than 1.95 billion in state taxes.
There are 515 retail stores in the state, and 1,425 producers (farmers)/processors, including 56 in Benton County. Green2Go, owned by Steve Lee located in Finley is the number 2 top selling retailer in the state. And there are 56 licensed producer/processors in Benton County.
The results of an anonymous survey of Badger Club members and community members will be announced.
Info & Registration: https://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=392306&item_id=969072
FreeForm 2019 Festival Concert – April 18
CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
Come hear CBC’s nationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble as they open the vocal weekend of Jazz Unlimited.
Music With a Message: Songs of Social Change – April 18
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in RIchland
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend
Songs can be more than music—they can act as powerful tools for changing society. Acoustic trio Trillium-239 highlights notable social movements from the past 150 years that have been powered by song. Music has helped efforts to end slavery, secure voting rights, shorten wars, and promote civil rights, and provided a way to enact and document other social changes. The process continues today, focusing messages and providing rallying cries for activism and protest. Hear the surprising stories behind some familiar songs, listen to a few rare old songs, and feel the power of a good sing-along.
This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau program.
Drive Electric Earth Day – April 19
Southridge Sport and Events Complex in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend
Energy Northwest, the city of Richland, the City of Kennewick and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance (EVITA) are organizing and hosting a Drive Electric Earth Day event at Kennewick’s fast charging station located at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Boulevard, Kennewick.
The event will include the opportunity to see plug-in electric vehicles and learn more about how they operate, what it’s like to drive them, and where to find publicly available charging stations. Representatives from Energy Northwest, Tri-Cities area utilities, the Mid-Columbia Electric Vehicle Association and other EV drivers will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about electric vehicles is invited to attend this event.
CBC Scramble Egg Hunt – April 19
Soccer Fields at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Bring your Easter baskets and family to the first ever CBC Scramble Egg Hunt! There will be Free fun and entertainment for the whole family including:
Easter Egg Hunt for ages 2-12
Bunny Petting Zoo
Easter Bunny photo opportunities
Golden Egg Prizes
Egg hunt age divisions are as follows:
Ages 2-3 will start @ 4:15 pm
Ages 4-6 will start @ 4:30 pm
Ages 7-9 will start @ 4:45 pm
Ages 10-12 will start @ 5:00 pm
The egg hunts will take place on the soccer fields on the back of our Pasco campus.
Friday Family Night – April 19
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.
The ARC of Tri-Cities: Viva Las Vegas Fundraiser – April 19
Pasco Red Lion, 2525 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $65 per person (includes dinner & 2 glasses of wine)
The ARC needs community leaders, such as yourself, to help raise funds during the annual Viva Las Vegas: A night with the ARC fundraiser! This is a night filled with fun, food, laughter and incredible live and silent auction items. There will be casino-styled card games and fun prizes. Wine, beer, pop, water and no-host bar will be available.
info & Tickets: https://www.arcoftricities.com/events/viva
Honors Showcase Choir Concert – April 19
Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
From 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend
This evening concert will feature outstanding concert choirs from the day events of Jazz Unlimited at Columbia Basin College selected by the judges as having demonstrated exemplary choral technique.
Pasco Taco Crawl – April 19 – May 4
20 tickets – $25
Taco trucks and Mexican restaurants in Downtown Pasco are participating in this annual event supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. Customers, called “Taco Crawlers,” can purchase booklets containing vouchers good for one taco from each of the 20 participating establishments, valid from April 19 through May 4, 2019.
Taco Crawlers will have an opportunity to vote for this year’s “Best Taco in Pasco.” Voting will close on May 3, 2019. The winner will be announced at the Downtown Pasco Development Authority’s Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 4, 2019.
Info & Tickets: https://www.pascotacocrawl.com/
Pasco Jaycees Community Easter Egg Hunt – April 20
TRAC Softball Complex in Pasco
Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. – egg hunts start at 10 a.m.
Cost: pancake breakfast is $4 and is free for kids 12 and younger. All other activities are free. Egg hunt is for 0-12 year olds – bring basket or bag to collect eggs and prizes.
Pasco Recreation Services is happy to be working with the Pasco Jaycees’ again this year to help them provide this wonderful family friendly event to the community. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by the Lions Club.
After breakfast you can visit community information booths, and participate in games. Then at 10 a.m. the egg hunts will begin and will be followed by raffle and prize give-a-ways.
Make the Park Shine – April 20
Sacajawea State Park in Pasco
From 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This is a clean-up event to help the park to look nice for 2019 season, Groups are also welcome.to join us.
Raking leaves, pulling weeds, cleaning parking lot and much more. Bring gloves and tools marked if you have a favorite one. At 12:30 p.m. will be a potluck everyone invited for this just need a dish to join in. It is free parking in the Park for that day. After potluck, the Friends of Sacajawea State Park Group will have their meeting for April – everyone is welcome to attend.
Easter at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – April 20
Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 F Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for the fifth annual Easter celebration at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams.
Special needs egg hunt: 9 a.m.
Egg hunt ages 0-2: 10 a.m.
Egg hunt ages 3-5: 10:30 a.m.
Egg hunt ages 6-8: 11 a.m.
Grab free bunny ears from Gesa Credit Union (while supplies last), – Grab a free pail to collect your Easter eggs from Hayden Homes (while supplies last)
And the fun continues after the egg hunts are done!
– Knockerball inflatables: 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
– Photobooth: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
– Face painting: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Easter designs are free, other designs are available for an additional fee)
– Kids gardening Make-It-and-Take-It with Farm Everything (while supplies last)
And of course, the carousel will open early at 10 a.m. for rides and smiles (rides are at regular prices).
Children’s Interpretive Walk, Badger Flats Trail at Badger Mountain – April 20
From 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Free to participate – must RSVP
In Partnership with the Reach Museum, Richland, WA, we present a great opportunity to introduce your children to wildflowers on the Badger Flats Trail! This is a walk for every age group, parents and children alike.
This year there will be exploratory areas set up along the way to let you “see” the shrub steppe in a way you and your children may have not experienced before. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leader Pauline Schafer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending or would like more details.
West Richland Easter Egg Hunt – April 20
Bombing Range Sports Complex on Bombing Range Road in West Richland
From 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is put on by the Benton County Fire District #4! Be sure to bring baskets for the eggs and your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt is for kids up to 12 years of age.
3rd Annual Celebration of Science: Our Scientific Heritage – April 20
Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend
The 3rd annual 2019 Celebration of Science (#CoSci19) celebrates Our Scientific Heritage. The theme for this event, “Our Scientific Heritage,” recognizes how scientific and engineering investments of the past shape our present and future. There will be booths hosted by local community organizations and businesses.
This free, family-friendly event brings the community together to enjoy hands-on science activities and engage with some of the world-class scientists who live and work in the Mid-Columbia region.
Benton City Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt – April 20
1100 Ellen Street (Little League Fields) in Benton City
Starts at 11 a.m.
Free and open to public
9 & up
And don’t forget to bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny!
Mid-Columbia Leadership Development Association Annual Golf Tournament – April 20 (Note: this event has been rescheduled for Sept. 14)
Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 W Canyon Lakes Dr. in Kennewick
Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 per individual or $400/Team of Four (includes golf, cart, range balls, and dinner)
– Raffle with lots of prizes
– Hole contest prizes
– Team Pictures
This is a fundraiser for the Mid-Columbia Leadership Development Association.
Info & Registration: https://www.mclda2.org/annual-golf-tournament
3 Rivers Folklife Concert: Trillium-239 – April 20
Community Unitarian Universalist Church (CUUC), 2819 W Sylvester St. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: $14 general admission and $12 for seniors & students at the door
Trillium-239 is proud to offer this concert as a fundraiser for our favorite free music festival: Tumbleweed! You’ll hear quirky originals, humorous songs, lovely traditional tunes and more, blended beautifully on guitar, banjo, cello, and harmonious voices.
Sponsored by 3 Rivers Folklife Society and Tumbleweed Music Festival.
The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
– 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.
Info & Registration: https://www.visitthereach.org/tours/
2019 Tri-Cities Sternwheeler Cruises – Starts April 19
The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler will offer 10 days of cruises departing from the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick. In addition to these public cruise offerings, the Sternwheeler will be available for one- level rentals and private events.
Gallery at the Park: Mid-Columbia Watercolor Society – through April 26
Allied Arts Association’s Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
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
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: https://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.
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.
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out: http://karaoketricity.wixsite.com/sing.
Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.
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.
Info: https://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/
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: https://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.
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 19: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– April 20: The Life of Trees at 2 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs 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.
Info & Tickets: https://cbcplanetarium.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4311 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium/
LIGO Public Tours
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-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: https://tri-citiesguide.org.
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