On March 20, Project Linus will be having a Make-A-Blanket day at the Kennewick branch of the Mid-Columbia Library. Those attending will be able to help tie fleece blankets, knitting and crocheting. There are going to be door prizes and demonstrations for those in attendance. People are invited to bring their own work to do or to just come and enjoy the blankets on display. The event begins at 10:00 am and goes until 4:00 pm.

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The CBC music department has four musical concerts/performances scheduled in March; they will all begin at 7:30 pm and are free. The first event is a Wind Ensemble concert featuring the Columbia Basin concert Band and the Mid-Columbia Brass Quintet; this will take place on March 9. The next event is a Winter Jazz Night, the will be featuring Freeform and the CBC Jazz Ensemble, this will be on March 11. On March 16 there will be a Winter Vocal/Orchestra Concert featuring the CBC Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and the CBC Symphony Choir. There will also be a Robert Richardson Recital on March 18 featuring finalists for the Robert Richardson Memorial Scholarship. Call Randy Hubbs at 509.542.5535 for more information.

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The Grocery Outlet will be having their ribbon cutting on Friday, March 19. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 11:30 am and will be officiated by the Kennewick mayor and Chamber of Commerce; refreshments will be served. To RSVP for the ribbon cutting ceremony, call 509.586.6306. On Saturday March 20, the Grocery Outlet will be having their grand opening which is a daylong event; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. At 8:00 am there will be coffee and treats, from 10:00am – 6:00pm there will be a free spin and win on the wheel of bargains, from 11:00am - 12:00pm there will be a performance by the Diamond Ridge Cloggers, there will be a $1 hot dogs and soda sale from 11:00am-2:00pm, and there will be a who is pushing the magic cart from 12:00pm –…

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On Tuesday March 9, John Buchanan will be giving a free lecture titled, “The Geology of Mars and the Scablands.” The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm in the Benton PUD auditorium. John Buchanan is a professor at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, he teaches geology and is the director of the environmental science center. Call George Last at 509.946.8050 for more information.

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White Pass Ski Resort

Beginning March 15, White Pass Ski resort will begin to sell their discounted season passes for the 2010-2011 ski season. Passes for adults (ages 13+) will go on sale for $379 regularly $529, student (ages 7-12) passes are $179 regularly $269. Children 6 and under and adults 73 and over are free, there is only a $20 processing fee. Those who buy their passes early are able to use the pass from the day they bought it through the end of the ski season and continue to use it through the following ski season. Pass holders can use their lift ticket on the whole mountain as well as redeem up to 5 free days at their sister resort, Mission Ridge(some restrictions apply). White Pass ski resort is about 2.5 hours from the Tri Cities by car, one of the…

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Grace Clinic in Kennewick, a Christian-based clinic, is planning to add staff and increase their hours over the next year. For the last four years Dr. Jeanne Berretta has been volunteering her services, beginning in June she will be paid. By the end of 2010 Grace Clinic will increase their hours from Tuesday afternoons, Fridays, and Saturdays to be open five days a week. The clinic, which began in 2002, is the second largest free clinic in the state, they offer medical and dental care, a prescription assistance program, and a food cupboard and counseling. Currently they serve 400 patients every month and about 100 families every month come in for food assistance. The clinic serves the residents of Benton and Franklin Counties and Burbank who …

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On March 11 at the Tri City Americans hockey game against the Seattle Thinderbirds, a silent auction will be held to raise money for a World Harvest Missions orphanage in Haiti. There is also going to be discount tickets sold for the game until Friday for $10, $3 will go towards the orphanage. Several people from the Tri Cities went down to the orphanage after the earthquake in January to help, so there is a connection between the Tri Cities and the orphanage. Those interested in purchasing the discounted tickets for the are asked to call 509.366.8817.

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Tri Cities Employment Up

Garner Economics, a consulting firm based in Atlanta, recently published a report that shows between the months of January and June of 2009 that the Tri Cities was one of nine metro areas showing positive job growth. The report also ranked the Tri Cities first in the nation in job growth throughout 2009. Every month last year the Tri Cities showed positive job growth, a regional economist stated that throughout the year there were nearly 2,300 jobs added, due to the stimulus funding. Stimulus money brought into the Tri Cities has saved about 280 jobs and created room for the equivalent of nearly 1,500 full time hobs.

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TRIDEC will be having there 46th annual meeting on March 31, 2010. The meeting will take place at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, it will begin at 11:30 am going until 1:00 pm. Carl Adrian, president of TRIDEC, will be giving a brief year-end review of 2009 and will recognize incoming and outgoing board members. The keynote speaker for the event will be Roger Weed who is the Washington State Department of Commerce Director. TRIDEC is looking for sponsors for the event, those interested are asked to email kpratt@tridec.org or call TRIDEC at 509.735.1000. Those interested in attendign the event must register online or by calling TRIDEC.

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Bridging Partnerships

Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium is the Tri-Cities premier small business event. It will begins on April 28th and goes until the 29th at the TRAC in Pasco. Attendees will learn about government contracting with representation from Hanford Prime Contractors, Site Contractors, Tri-Cities Area Ports, municipalities, and state & federal agencies. Bridging Partnerships offers excellent networking, partnering and education opportunities!

Event highlights include: Welcome Reception, Hanford Site Bus tours, Breakout sessions with leading industry and government experts, Enlightening Keynote Speaker-Sunny Kobe Cook "The Mattress Queen", Business Expo with representatives from DOE, the Prime Contractors and other site and area…

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