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The second annual Cavalcade of Authors will be happening this Friday, February 10, at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. The authors that will be attending are: Buckingham, Dia Calhoun, Patrick Carman, Brenda Cooper, Lorie Ann Grover, Maureen McQuerry, Ben Mikaelsen, Deborah Reber and Suzanne Selfors. Some authors will be going to local schools this week to encourage them to read and begin to write stories. There are a few authors who will be going to local schools that will not be attending the Cavalcade of Authors event. The Cavalcade is a daylong event, students can only attend if they have read books from four of the authors going. The organizers are expecting about 225 students this year from Richland middle and high schools along with some…

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The Leadership Tri Cities Class XV are looking for an artist to paint a mural at the YMCA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Pasco. The chosen artist will work with a group of students and members of the leadership class to design and paint a 75 by 10 foot indoor mural. The mural will be titled Three Rivers, Four Cities, One Heart: Inspiring Leadership Through Art. Artists who are interested are asked to attend an information session at the Martin Luther King Center on Wednesday at 4:00 pm, they are also asked to submit a proposal by March 1. The chosen artist will receive up to $10,000 in commission. Those who would like to make donations to the YMCA to help with the maintenance of the mural or to get more information about the project can email…

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Sacajawea State Park in Pasco Washington

The Washington Parks and Recreation Commission are going to be discussing possible ideas for Sacajawea State Park.  The meeting will take place at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in the park. The commission is looking at constructing a play structure to incorporate the cultural history of the park. They are also looking at putting in a native plant area and a plan for the Wanapum Village. The meeting will begin at 7:00 on Wednesday, for more information visit the Washington Parks and Rec. site.

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Lyle and Phoebe at Hood Park

AARP will be putting on several driving classes this month for senior citizens at various places in the community. The purpose of these classes is to refresh seniors on driving knowledge and to allow and possibly for them to get insurance discounts. The classes cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.  The first set of classes are Monday and Tuesday at the Richland Community Center from 12:30 pm until 4:30 pm to register call 509.942.7529. There is also a Wednesday and Thursday class at the Pasco Medical Center from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm to register call 509.545.3459. On February 24-25 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center there is a class from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm to register call 509.942.2600. Also on the 24-25 there is a class at…

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Habitat for Humanity Tri Cities Wa

Habitat for Humanity in the Tri Cities, Washington area has always had plenty of people applying for a house but this year they are running low on applicants. Theresa Richardson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said that they have never been in need of applicants before. Currently the program has five lots waiting for houses to be built and 3 houses that will be finished in the next couple of months on Yolo Street in Kennewick with only one family waiting for a house. Since 1994 when Habitat for Humanity started in the Tri Cities there has never been a lack of applicants. In the past 16 years there have 62 houses built and dedicated to families. The nonprofit is getting applicants but many of them are being turned away because of…

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The American Red Cross will be putting on a Real Heroes Breakfast in honor of heroes in the community. The breakfast will take place on March 4, 2010 at the TRAC in Pasco. Reservations need to be made before February 26, 2010 by calling 509.783.6195. Donations are being accepted at the breakfast in support of real heroes. For more information visit the Benton Franklin Red Cross website.

Real Heroes Breakfast

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Duck Pond, Kennewick Washington

Thursday night several people attended the consultant's report at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick. The meeting was about the revitalization strategies for Columbia Drive's riverfront real estate, the proposed strategies received a tentative passing from those in attendance. The strategy includes the construction of tall buildings on the river side of Columbia Drive. Many feel that this is a great plan; some say that the river is the Tri Cities' best asset and to see the city capitalize on it is wonderful. Others are concerned that the plan would push the lower income residents out of the area, according to the plan this isn't going to happen. Since the plan has a tentative passing the next step is to look at how to fund the project.

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Six Degrees Restaurant & Bar

Today at 4:00 pm there will be a grand opening at a new restaurant in Kennewick called Six Degrees. Six Degrees is a restaurant and bar with a combination of comfort gourmet food and a rock and roll atmosphere. One of the co-owners is expecting the décor and atmosphere to be one that would remind parents of the era they grew up in. The cost of the meals is pretty average, they are between $7 and $12, the most expensive entrée is about $15. Tonight there will be a rock n’ roll food challenge with a chance to win a free T-Shirt and have your name on the rock n’ roll Wall of Fame. In order to participate in the challenge a person needs to pay $20 and have to eat three half-pound burger patties, 24 pieces of cheese, 12 pieces of applewood smoked bacon, 8…

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Kennewick Washington Downtown District

Scott McMillin, an artist from Kennewick Washington, will be opening up an art gallery in downtown Kennewick called Splash. After graduationg high school, McMillin moved to Seattle and became a model and worked for Nordstrom. After a couple of years he moved to Santa Barbara, California where Nordstrom had opened a new store, he also worked for Sak's Fifth Avenue and other exclusive shops. Then he got the itch to come back to his hometown. McMillin is really enjoying getting his art gallery all set up, he has featured in his shop various pieces of art from top-notch artists. On Thursday from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Scott McMillin will be featured in an Art Walk in Downtown Kennewick. McMillins longtime friend Judy Stewart, daughter of Jimmy Stewart, will be…

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Hanford Site 1945Last month the National Park Service hosted two public comment sessions to gain public feedback about the decision to potentially make the Hanford site one of three Manhattan Sites to be made a part of the National Historic Park; the other two are Los Alamos and Oak Ridge. The people with the Manhattan Project Sites Special Resource Study are looking at the input from the two sessions to decide how feasible this would be and to look at the sustainability. The Tri Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau, along with TRIDEC and the cities of Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, have sent out letters to the National Park Service stating that they see a need for all three sites to be part of the National Historic Park. The Tri Cities Visitor &…

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