Things to Do April 2022


Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region during the month of April 2022:

– Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre presents Ordinary Days – April 1 & 2, 2022
– Walla Walla Valley Spring Kick-Off Weekend – April 1-3, 2022
– Tri-City Americans Hockey Games – April  2, 12, 15 & 16, 2022
– Exhibit: The Philosophy of Carbon presented by Cozette Phillips – April 4 – May 5, 2022
– Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities presents Jim Curry – April 5, 2022
– Richland Parks and Recreation: Ready, Set, Hop! – April 9, 2022
– PNNL Community Science and Technology Series – What makes 5G special? The Transformation of Mobile Communications – April 12, 2022
– Tri-City Dust Devils Minor League Baseball Games – April 12-17 & 26-30, 2022
– Tri-Cities Men’s Expo – April 15 & 16, 2022
– Pasco Jaycees’ Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt – April 16, 2022
– Senior Times Expo – April 19, 2022
– Lecture: The Houses that Hanford Built – April 19, 2022
– Columbia Basin Badger Club: PUBLIC RECORDS: Transparency vs. Abuse – April 21, 2022
– Lecture: Redefining Protest through Music – April 21, 2022
– Kid’s Fishing Day – April 23, 2022
– Backpacking School – April 23 & 24, 2022
– Lecture: The Other Hanford Housing: Dorms, Hutments, and Trailers – April 26, 2022
– 2022 Spring Market – April 29 & 30, 2022
– Richland Players presents These Shining Lives – April 29 & 30, 2022
– Beer Choir Atomic Chapter – April 30, 2022
– Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Wine Tasting Events – throughout the month of April 2022
– Community Services & Volunteer Opportunities!
– Tri-City VIBE (local live music, food and drink)
– Guide to Tri-Cities Washington Website

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre presents Ordinary Days – April 1 & 2, 2022

Uptown Theatre in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 each (purchase online or at the door)

Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

This production is a fundraising event for Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre and Valley Theater Company. Tickets are only $10 per person, but donations are greatly encouraged and welcomed. All show profits and donations will be divided evenly to support the continued operation of both theater companies.
Info & Tickets: https://mcmt.show/ordinary-days/

Walla Walla Valley Spring Kick-Off Weekend – April 1-3, 2022

All across the Walla Walla Valley, spring delights with its return. Vines are awakening with bursting buds, fields and trees grow green and flowers begin to bloom.

This weekend ushers in another great wine season in the Valley and wineries invite guests and visitors to stop by and celebrate with special events, music and festivities. It’s also the perfect time to stock up on newly released rosés, whites and Walla Walla Valley red wines. Visit https://www.wallawallawine.com/event/spring-kick-off/ for more details.

Tri-City Americans Hockey Games – April  2, 12, 15 & 16, 2022

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Single game tickets: $24 – $34

The Tri-City Americans is a member of the Western Hockey League. The Americans play at the Toyota Center in Kennewick and have entertained fans throughout the Mid-Columbia since 1988.
Game schedule:
– April 2 vs Everett Silvertips at 6:05 p.m.
– April 12 vs Portland Winterhawks at 7:05 p.m.
– April 15 vs Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:05 p.m.
– April 16 vs Everett Silvertips at 7:05 p.m.
Info & Tickets: https://amshockey.com/

Exhibit: The Philosophy of Carbon presented by Cozette Phillips – April 4 – May 5, 2022

Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College in Pasco
Gallery Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. – noon Friday
Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Artist Statement:
In this exhibition, The Philosophy of Carbon at Esvelt Gallery, Phillips presents examples of their research and art practice as contributions to the developing era of modern ecological consciousness. In their creative process, Phillips interprets natural forms through an investigation of complex material relationships.

They search for ways to offer opportunities for reflection and contemplation. With casting and fabrication techniques, Phillips can record the mark of existence of that which is fleeting, impermanent and affected by its surroundings. The influence of industry and development are referenced by combining metal alloys, plastics, and concrete.

The tension between resources and form speak to the perpetual transformation of our environments, highlighting ever evolving ecological implications and emphasizing that everything is in process, nothing is static or fixed. Artist Lecture is May 5 at 2 p.m. in the Esvelt Gallery
Info: https://www.cbcartscenter.com/esvelt-gallery/

Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities presents Jim Curry – April 5, 2022

Faith Tri-Cities Auditorium, 1800 Road 72 in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available. Adults $25, Students $10.

Jim Curry has created the ultimate John Denver tribute experience and has emerged as the top performer of John Denver’s music today, using his natural voice. He was featured in the CBS television movie “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story.”

He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that must be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that capture the true essence of John Denver’s music. Jim’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso” fill the room.
Info: http://www.communityconcertstc.org/jim-curry-april-5-2022/

Richland Parks and Recreation: Ready, Set, Hop! – April 9, 2022

Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee: $5 per person – must register online

A 1.5 mile round trip, family-friendly walk, along the gorgeous Riverfront Trail starting at Columbia Point Marina Park heading North and turning around at the Bradley Blvd. trailhead parking lot back to Columbia Point Marina Park. Families may choose to end their walk by going through a spraying of colored powder or go straight to the park for an egg hunt! Water/snack stations will be set-up along the trail. Our favorite Mr. Bunny and friends will be joining us! All children will leave with a goodie bag! This is going to be the best-ever and first City of Richland sponsored color walk!

Participants should be sure to bring: A towel to wipe off excess powder as we do not want you to get the interior of your car dirty. Your own baskets to collect
Register at https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/richland/activity/search/detail/3913?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true. Questions can be directed to 509-942-7529.

PNNL Community Science and Technology Series – What makes 5G special? The Transformation of Mobile Communications – April 12, 2022

Online via Zoom
From 5 – 6 p.m.
Free – must register

Join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) next Community Science and Technology Seminar presented by Cimone Wright-Hamor.

What on earth is 5G? Does it even matter how many Gs you have?!? If you do not understand 5G and the potential impact, you are not alone. 5G is the 5th generation mobile network, the new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G is designed to connect everyone and everything (e.g., machines, objects, and devices). This is the first mobile communication network that enables native device-to-device communication.

In this presentation, Cimone will walk you through the evolution of mobile communication and break down the various features available at each generation of mobile communication. In addition, participants will get to experience the evolution of mobile communication.
Please register in advance here: https://pnnl.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_1HP6qrriSsiYndBzxM0PfQ
Info: https://www.pnnl.gov/events

Tri-City Dust Devils Minor League Baseball Games – April 12-17 & 26-30, 2022

GESA Stadium in Pasco
Tickets are available for $11 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

The Tri-City Dust Devils are a professional minor league baseball team that is located in Pasco. The Dust Devils play their home games at Gesa Stadium.

Game schedule:
Tri-City Dust Devils vs Vancouver Canadians – April 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 @ 6:30 p.m. & April 17 @ 1:30 p.m.
Tri-City Dust Devils vs Eugene Emeralds – April 26-30 @ 6:30 p.m.
Info & tickets: https://www.milb.com/tri-city-dust-devils/

Tri-Cities Men’s Expo – April 15 & 16, 2022

HAPO Center in Pasco
Friday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission

The Tri Cities Men’s Expo provides everything a man wants and needs in one event with new experiences to explore!

From hunting and fishing to home improvement, financial information, small retail businesses, RVs and vehicles to fun experiences – you can find it all at the Tri Cities Men’s Expo. Don’t forget the gourmet snacks, beer garden and food trucks too!
Info: http://www.hapocenter.com/event-calendar-details.php?event_id=1176

Pasco Jaycees’ Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt – April 16, 2022

Pasco Sporting Complex (6520 Home Run Rd.)
From 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Free

Pasco Jaycees’ Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt – Make plans to join us on Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 9-11 am at the Pasco Sporting Complex for this fun filled event. Participants will receive eggs filled with a prize or treat provided by a vendors from each of the checkpoints. Entry is Free!
Info: https://www.pasco-wa.gov/514/Special-Events-Seasonal-Programs

Senior Times Expo – April 19, 2022

Numerica Pavilion at Southridge, Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free

Exhibitors showcase their products and services geared toward active and retired seniors. They will offer information about regional activities, health care, investments, retirement, senior living facilities and more. Many also pass out goodies to visitors.
Info: https://www.tricitiesbusinessnews.com/st-expo/

Lecture: The Houses that Hanford Built – April 19, 2022

Westgate Elementary, 2514 W. 4th Ave. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 – must register online

Step back in time and arrive in the Richland of the 1940s. Enter a world of letter designations for houses, transit quarters and dormitories as you discover the ABCs of Richland. Explore the differences in the various alphabet houses through the stories of those who lived there, the challenges they faced and the community they built as they lived in a city dedicated to wartime secrecy.
Info & registration: https://kennewick.coursestorm.com/course/704s22-the-houses-that-hanford-built?page=6

Columbia Basin Badger Club: PUBLIC RECORDS: Transparency vs. Abuse – April 21, 2022

Virtual online via Zoom
From 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 for non members – must register

Your right to know what your government is doing is the guiding principle of the Washington State Public Records Act.

Rooted in distrust of government spawned during the civil rights and Vietnam protest era, the law allows anyone to request a public record without stating a reason. It provides exceptions in some cases, but most records are generally presumed to be public information.

The law has often resulted in the exposure of public officials’ misconduct or ineptitude. But it also has allowed some people to abuse the law because of personal vendettas or attempts to cash in on the public agency fines that are allowed under the act.

This struggle between balancing the public’s right to know while avoiding abuses will be the topic of the Columbia Basin Badger Club’s April 21 online forum.

Our speakers will be Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times and a current member of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, and Terry Nealey, who tried to draft legislation addressing abuses of the law while serving in the Legislature from 2009-2019 representing Eastern Washington’s 16th District.

Info and registration: https://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=392306

Lecture: Redefining Protest through Music – April 21, 2022

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

Presented by Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter –

Acts of protest tap into layers of our heritage and identity that strengthen the foundations of what we are fighting for. So how can we root ourselves more deeply in our heritage and identity, thereby strengthening our fight against injustice?

Using roots music as a lens, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons draw on stories, songs, and the people behind protest movements from around the world, connecting them with layered conceptions of heritage. By redefining the terms “protest” and “heritage,” Hunter and Seamons invite audiences to explore and reimagine our shared humanity.

About the speakers: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons are nationally touring, acclaimed roots musicians and award-winning acoustic blues songsters. Rooted in the Pacific Northwest, they take their unique integration of performance, folklore, and education with them to schools and communities nationwide. Co-founders of The Rhapsody Project, they celebrate the power of American music to help people connect more deeply with their heritage. Their projects are based in Seattle.
Info: https://www.cbcartscenter.com/lectures/

Kid’s Fishing Day – April 23, 2022

Columbia Park Pond in Kennewick
For ages 5-14 years old
$10 registration fee – includes fishing rod and reel and t-shirt to take home – there are six sessions to choose from.

Kids ages 5-14 have a chance to catch fish in the Columbia Park Pond! No fishing license required during event. Bait and rigging included and registered participants will receive a fishing rod and reel and t-shirt to take home. There is a 3 fish maximum catch limit.
Info & registration: http://tricitieskoe.org/

Backpacking School – April 23 & 24, 2022

The school is free and open to the public – registration is required.

The Inter-Mountain Alpine Club (I-MAC) is conducting its annual Backpacking School. This year it will be conducted in two – all day sessions – a combination of indoor and outdoor classes designed to teach you what you need to know to get started backpacking on your own.

The purpose of the backpacking school is to prepare students for comfortable and safe multi-day backpacking trips. The classes introduce people with little-to-no outdoors experience to a new and exciting hobby. No prior experience in the outdoors is required.

Topics include: the essentials, clothing, conditioning, packs, tents, sleeping systems, map and topography basics, compass and route planning, navigation using smart phones, cooking nutrition, hygiene and water purification, using the Internet, GPS, cell phones, stoves, other gear, first aid, safety, pets, children, and rescue techniques.

The first day, on Saturday April 23, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., consists of lecture-style presentations which are taught in the L101 Lecture Hall at the Student Center on the Columbia Basin College in Pasco and online live via Zoom.

The second day, on Sunday April 24, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., includes all-day outdoor, field demonstrations of equipment and techniques at Leslie Groves Park in Richland.

The school culminates in overnight backpacking trips led by an I-MAC trip leader.
Info & registration: https://imacnw.org/blog/events/backpacking-school/

Lecture: The Other Hanford Housing: Dorms, Hutments, and Trailers – April 26, 2022

Westgate Elementary, 2514 W. 4th Ave. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 – must register online

Discover life lessons through the experiences of those living in dorms, hutments and trailers during the construction of the Hanford Engineer Works nuclear reactors. What are “safe” topics of conversation? Mealtime manners when you are eating cafeteria style? We will explore these questions and more through the stories preserved in oral histories collected from both WWII and the Cold War eras.
Info & registration: https://kennewick.coursestorm.com/course/705s22-the-other-hanford-housing-dorms-hutments-and-trailers?page=6

2022 Spring Market – April 29 & 30, 2022

Kennewick Valley Grange #731 – 2611 S. Washington St. in Kennewick
Friday from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission is Free

Come join us for our semiannual Market! Lots of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. Or order a customized item from one of our talented seamstresses. The café will be open with biscuits & gravy, soup & sandwiches and brownies, fresh from the oven!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/KVGrange731

Richland Players presents These Shining Lives – April 29 & 30, 2022

608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m. both evenings
Tickets: Adult: $20, Student (18 and over): $17, Military: $17, Seniors (over 62): $17, Children (17 and under): $10

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits-or endanger the lives of those who come after them.
Future dates: May 6, 7, 13, 14 @ 7:30 p.m., May 1, 8, 15 @ 2 p.m.
Info & tickets: https://www.richlandplayers.org/these-shining-lives

Beer Choir Atomic Chapter – April 30, 2022

Badger Canyon Dugout, 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join us at Badger Canyon Dugout for Beer Choir live & in the house! Sing, drink & all around be merry.. We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like.

Never been to Beer Choir, or don’t remember how it works? Our mission is threefold:
1 Sing loudly…
2 In public…
3 While drinking quality craft beer.
Note: this event is hosted by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers…
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/332368518851777

Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Wine Tasting Events – throughout the month of April 2022

Join Yakima Valley wineries as they celebrate the spring! Spring Barrel delivers a unique wine tasting experience. Makers pull tastes straight from the barrel, giving you a sneak peak at how these young vintages may mature. You be the judge of the wines! Will it be an award-winner? After you sample the barrel tastings, enjoy sipping new release wines and take advantage of special savings. Visit https://yakimavalleywinecountry.com/spring-barrel-wine-tasting.asp for more details.

Community Services & Volunteer Opportunities

There are over 50 non-profit community service organizations in the Tri-Cities Washington area. These organizations offer services such as counseling, disaster relief, domestic violence, food/clothing/shelter/housing, individual & family services, legal, medical/health services, sexual assault, transportation, etc. In addition, these organizations are in need of volunteers! So find a local cause that you want to support and help out!

Also, several organizations operate thrift stores where proceeds from their sales support community services. These stores rely on donations of saleable goods and volunteer support.
Info: https://tri-citiesguide.org/volunteer-opportunities.htm

Tri-City VIBE!

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities

Guide to Tri-Cities Washington 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 Guide to Tri-Cities Washington website: https://tri-citiesguide.org. 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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