February 2014

Found 74 blog entries for February 2014.

Carbon Nation – A Documentary Film about Climate ChangeAre you looking for a fun activity to jumpstart your Valentine’s Day celebration? Then head out to Historic Downtown Kennewick for “Discover the Charms” on February 6, 7, and 8, from 11AM to 6PM.

Charms at the Downtown
Spend a few hours strolling through downtown Kennewick and visiting different businesses that are directly involved in the event. You just might be eligible to win gift certificates to downtown stores of your choice or take part in other draws for a chance to win amazing prizes.

The event kicks off at the lobby of the Downtown Kennewick Business Center. Entrance fee is $5.00, but you will receive a lovely charm bracelet along with a map of participating businesses. You could try collecting all 25 free charms from participating

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Sigh of Relief from Mid-Columbia Farmers with Passing of the Farm BillFinally, after years of setbacks, the House has passed an almost $100-billion a year compromise farm bill. The passing of the bill is not without challenges, as it met strong opposition from conservatives who were seeking a bigger cut on food stamps.

What Is the Five-Year Farm Bill?
The five-year bill, which preserves generous crop subsidies, is on its way to the Senate where it is sure to be approved. The White House has already given word that President Obama would sign it. With the backing of a strong Republican leadership team, the House approved the bill, 251-166.

Possible Repercussions
If the bill weren’t passed, it would have affected the agricultural industry, as bared by Pat Sullivan of Pasco, an orchardist and member of the Northwest Fruit

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Winter Birds at McNary National Wildlife RefugeOn Saturday, February 8, the Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges will host the 3rd annual Winter Birds event at McNary National Wildlife Refuge from 9AM to 12 noon.

Birds Aplenty
Get a chance to discover the abundance of ducks, swans, geese, and other birds of the Mid-Columbia. Various activities are in store for those who will come, including guided bird walks, owl pellet dissection, and a bird banding demonstration. Blue Mountain Wildlife of Pendleton will do a live birds-of-prey presentation, videographer Gaylord Mink will share his wonderful wildlife films, and Ivar Husa of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society will present bird identification.

Friends of the Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges Annual Meeting
After these

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Academy of Children’s Theatre Presents Heart for the ArtsThe Academy of Children’s Theatre or ACT will be holding a major fundraising event on February 8, 2014 at Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center in Kennewick, Wa. The highlight of the evening would be a tribute to Porky Thomsen.

Who Is Porky Thomsen?
Ralph “Porky” Thomsen is a farmer, spokesperson for Toyota, businessman, actor, and philanthropist. He’s described as a fun, wild, and crazy guy who wears many hats. However, it’s for his philanthropic activities that he is being honored with this year’s Heart for the Arts award.

Heart for the Arts
The Academy of Children’s Theatre gives the Heart for the Arts award yearly in honor of local people who have performed above and beyond to support the arts. Aside from the awarding ceremony, there will be

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The Harlem Globetrotters 2014 Fans Rule World TourFor over 88 years, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of basketball fans all over the world with their innovative playing style that brings the excitement level several notches higher. This year, the Harlem Globetrotters are at it again.

2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour
Join the Globetrotters as they bring laughter and excitement to basketball and even non-basketball fans on February 20 at 7PM in their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Just like last year, they are letting the fans vote on new rules that they will use in actual games. This is something that has never been done, ever, in the history of sports and entertainment. Here are the rules that fans can vote for:

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Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Concert – Unterseher and GesualdoOn February 21 at 7:30PM and February 22 at 3:00PM, the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will present the third in their Perfect Pairing Concert Series.

Perfect Pairing #3
On both days, the work of Tri Cities’ composer, Reginald Unterseher, will be presented, along with a weeklong guest artist residency and an exciting new commission. Some top local singers will be featured in small group performances highlighting Unterseher’s music as it is paired with the works of innovative Rennaisance composer Carlo Gesualdo. There will also be a 30-minute “Behind the Music” talk before each concert.

Save the Date
The concert will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on 520 S. Garfield St. Kennewick, Wa. Advance-purchase single tickets are available for $20 while

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LIGO Hanford Observatory Public Tours for All AgesAre you a lover of astronomy? Then a trip to the LIGO Hanford Observatory should be included in your list of to-dos.

LIGO Hanford Observatory
LIGO is the acronym for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which aims to observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin. As the LIGO website states, “LIGO searches for gravitational waves created in the supernova collapse of stellar cores to form neutron stars or black holes, the collisions and coalescences of neutron stars or black holes, the wobbly rotation of neutron stars with deformed crusts and the remnants of gravitational radiation created by the birth of the universe”.

Tour Schedules
They offer public tours every second Saturday and fourth Friday of each month, and for February, the

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Double Feature at the CBC’s Bechtel National PlanetariumIf you’re looking for an exciting and educational adventure that you and your whole family can enjoy, then head on out to Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. Pasco, Wa., on any of these dates and times: February 7-28 (Fridays only) at 7 and 8PM, and February 8-22 (Saturdays only) at 2 and 3PM.

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
The planetarium at CBC offers life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the entire Pacific Northwest. You won’t need 3D glasses to enjoy the 36-foot panoramic viewing dome that can simulate a 3D effect.

Young children are unlikely to get bored, since a typical hour-long show normally includes a live presentation that lasts for 20-30

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Tri City Business Leaders Foresee Continuous Growth for the RegionA couple of weeks back, more than 300 Tri Citians were present during the Tri Cities Regional Economic Outlook, and they heard some wonderful news. According to business leaders who attended the meeting, they are expecting a significant growth in tourism, health care, retail, manufacturing, and agriculture. That would mean more jobs for Tri Citians and even for people who are looking at the possibility of relocating to the Tri Cities.

Projected Growth
In 2013, newly opened restaurants, retail stores, booming car sales, and construction of new homes and medical buildings buoyed retail sales in the Tri Cities. Barbara Johnson, general manager of Columbia Center Mall, confirmed this. These industries are set for uphill climbing, along with the local job

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Kamiakin High School Presents William Shakespeare’s MacbethPlenty of Shakespearean plays are scheduled this month, and if you’re a big fan of William Shakespeare, you are in for a wonderful treat.

Mark Your Calendars
On February 7 at 7PM and February 8 at 2PM, Kamiakin High School’s Bravehouse Production Company will present their 2013-2014 winter play, Macbeth. If you can’t catch the play on said dates, don’t worry. The play is slated to run on February 13 and 14 at 7PM, too.

Macbeth in the 1920s
One of Shakespeare’s classics is given an exciting twist in Bravehouse Production Company’s presentation, as they set the story in the 1920s, when flappers, gangsters, and gun molls ruled. However, only the setting of the story changed. As the ultimate tale of ruthless ambition, this version of Macbeth will still

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