Things to Do: March 2-8, 2020

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region March 2-8, 2020:

  • Columbia Basin Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting: Bats- Our Misunderstood Friends – March 4
  • Lecture: The Roots of Rock and Roll – March 5
  • The Pasco Players presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” – March 6 & 7
  • Spring Choral Singer Workshop with Male Ensemble Northwest – March 7
  • Leprechaun Limbo 2020 – March 7
  • Crab and Pasta Feed – March 7
  • Hanford Drama presents “Desert Theatre” – March 7
  • Three Rivers Contra Dance – March 7
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Kamloops Blazers – March 7
  • Daylight Saving Time – March 8
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Kamloops Blazers – March 8
  • Benton-Franklin 4-H Camp Counselor Volunteers Needed
  • IMAC: Beginners Backpacking School – starts March 16 – must register by March 2
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Columbia Basin Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting: Bats- Our Misunderstood Friends – March 4

Room 238 Lee R Thornton Center Building at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Avew. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Ken Gano has spent years studying and working on restoring natural resources on the Hanford Site. One of his areas of study over the years are the bats found on the Hanford Site. Join the Columbia Basin chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society as Ken discusses many of the amazing adaptation of bats, tells us why they are important and some of the threats they face.

We’ll also have the new Plant Selection Guide – Heritage Gardens of the Columbia River Basin available for sale at the meeting. Cost of the book is $27, cash or checks accepted.

The program starts at 7:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., we have an informal plant identification and get together. Bring a mystery plant (non-ornamental) if you like and we will attempt to identify it for you.

Lecture: The Roots of Rock and Roll – March 5

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

Take a fascinating, informative and entertaining journey with former Bay Area broadcaster John Jensen as we seek the roots of rock. Along the way we’ll encounter the influences of radio DJs who introduced rock ‘n’ roll to mainstream America. You’ll hear great music, see rare film and video clips while examining the legacies of the pioneers who contributed greatly to this popular music genre. You’ll play 50s rock trivia, hear rare songs and see how this music impacted American culture during those early days. So what was that first rock song? Was it in the 1950s, the 40s? Earlier? You may be surprised!

The Pasco Players presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” – March 6 & 7

Gregson Auditorium at Pasco High School, 1108 N 10th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 at the door

“Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion and the courage to do what is right.”

Spring Choral Singer Workshop with Male Ensemble Northwest – March 7

McLoughlin Middle School, 2803 N. Rd 88 in Pasco
Morning Session: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (12:00 p.m. performance)
Afternoon Session: 3 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (5:00 p.m. performance)
Workshop Cost: $15 – register online (note: performances are free and open to the public)

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers is pleased to host a very special one-day choral singer workshop, with guest vocal clinicians from M.E.N. (Male Ensemble Northwest). This workshop takes place in two sessions: a morning session for Sopranos and Altos and an afternoon session for Tenors and Basses.

Morning Session: Soprano and Alto voices (grades 4-7) – This session will focus on producing good singing voices while having lots of fun. A performance of the songs learned in the workshop will conclude the session at 12:00 noon, free and open to the public, featuring special guest performances by Mastersingers Youth Girls’ Choir and Boys’ Choir.

Afternoon Session: Tenor and Bass voices of All Ages (including adults, changing adolescent voices, female tenors, all are welcome!) – This session will carry a focus on vocal care, well-being, and technical aspects of one’s voice. A performance of the songs learned in the workshop will conclude the session at 5:00 p.m., free and open to the public, featuring special guest performance by Male Ensemble Northwest.
Info & Registration:

Leprechaun Limbo 2020 – March 7

Numerica Pavilion at Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 adult, $20 first child, $15 each additional child – purchase online or at YMCA in Richland or Kennewick

Not only do we have dancing but we also have a carnival-like atmosphere for you and your children to choose fun activities and games from our amazing sponsors throughout the night. Your ticket will also allow you to ride the Gesa Carousel of Dreams as much as your heart desires.

Each ticket includes dancing, games, pizza dinner from Papa Johns, beverages, dessert and more. Don’t forget to sport as much green as you can handle – this is by no means a formal event.
Info & Tickets:

Crab and Pasta Feed – March 7

Knights of Columbus Hall, 2500 Chester Rd. in Richland
From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets: $50 – must purchase in advance (beer & wine will be available for $5 each)

Fundraiser in support of Safe Harbor –

Come spend an evening with Safe Harbor, enjoying some delicious crab and pasta! No tickets will be available at the door. Due to the limited number of tickets, they must be purchased in advance.

Come by or call us at Safe Harbor Support Center to reserve your tickets: 1111 N Grant Pl. in Kennewick – (509) 783-5734

Hanford Drama presents “Desert Theatre” – March 7

Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 each

Join us March 7th as we raise funds to support Hanford Drama students and celebrate their amazing talents in a unique, variety show style performance!

In addition to a fantastic show, dessert and beverages will be provided. You will also have the opportunity to play games, bid on select live auction items, and participate in special donation opportunities to help replace aging and damaged equipment. Cash, check, and credit will be accepted. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity, and spread the word!

Three Rivers Contra Dance – March 7

Trinity House Gymnasium, 1007 Wright Ave. in Richland
Beginners lesson starts at 7 p.m., contra dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for students and seniors, $8 general adult

The 2020 Three Rivers Contra Dance season will be held on the first Saturdays each month. Beginners lesson starts at 7 p.m., contra dancing at 7:30 p.m. You don’t need a partner! Just show up to learn, the caller tells you what to do, and you can enjoy the live music.

Tri-City Americans vs. Kamloops Blazers – March 7

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Kamloops Blazers.
Info & Tickets:

Daylight Saving Time – March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. Don’t forget to move your clock forward one hour.

Tri-City Americans vs. Kamloops Blazers – March 8

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 4:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Kamloops Blazers.
Info & Tickets:

Benton-Franklin 4-H Camp Counselor Volunteers Needed

4-H Camp Counselors age 16-18 are needed. Female counselor positions are filling up quickly, but we are in need of more male counselors! You do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate. The 4-H Camp is June 16-21 and takes place at Camp Wooten Environmental Learning Center (on the Tucannon River outside of Dayton, WA). Counselors who complete training attend the 4-H camp at no additional cost. This is an incredibly fun and a once-in-a-lifetime leadership experience for teens. About the 4-H Camp:

Training begins on March 8 at the WSU Franklin County Extension Office in Pasco and occurs weekly on Sunday afternoons through the end of May. View the training schedule:

If you are interested in being a counselor, please register at – For help completing the online form view (video) or read (PDF document).

If you have any questions, contact the 4-H office at 509-545-3511 or You can also contact Rebekah Norman, 4-H Camp Director, at Thank you!

IMAC: Beginners Backpacking School – starts March 16 – must register by March 2

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Mondays from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free but must register via email to

This course is designed for first-time backpackers with little to no outdoors experience
• 8 classroom sessions and 3 outdoor demonstrations
• Meets at the Richland Public Library on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 PM, March 16th to May 4th
• Outdoor demonstrations on select Wednesdays
• Learn about packs, tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and much more
• The final class on May 11th is the gear shakedown and will meet in Leslie Groves Park in Richland
• School will culminate in an overnight graduation backpack led by an I-MAC instructor

This is a 9-week school that meets once per week and is designed for first-time hikers and backpackers. No experience is necessary. There is no cost for the school, however students must provide their own gear for the final graduation backpack trips.

Art Exhibits

Gallery at the Park: Mid-Columbia Woodturners – March 3-27

Gallery at the Park:, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Mondays: closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Mid-Columbia Woodturners will be having a show at The Gallery At The Park from March 3-27, 2020 with a reception on March 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
About Mid-Columbia Woodturners:
About Gallery at the Park:

Esvelt Gallery: “Something Old, Something New” by Juventino Aranda  – through March 19

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

Aranda’s work investigates the complexities surrounding the politics of immigration, personal experiences and identity. He is represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington, with his first solo show “Weed the Lawn and Feed the Roses”. In 2016 he was the recipient of the James W. Ray Venture Project Award. His work is part of numerous private and public collections including the Tacoma Art Museum and the Microsoft Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Eastern Washington University.

Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 12th at 5 p.m. in L102
Closing Reception: Thursday, March 12th at 6 p.m.

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

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)

– Saturday, March 7: The Life of Trees at 2 p.m. and My House Has Stars 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: and

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:

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