The Sandhill Crane Festival, Othello, WashingtonThe Othello Sandhill Crane Festival started in 1998. The Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) sponsors this annual festival. Through the collective efforts of committee members, the festival is carefully planned, organized and conducted. The Sandhill Crane Festival Committee includes Grant Conservation District staff, Othello citizens, and residents from the neighboring Columbia Basin communities of Ephrata, Moses Lake, and Royal City.

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
During the festival, which will happen on March 28-30, there will be different tours for crane viewing along with specialty tours that included a wildlife tour of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes…

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Cement Suitcase Special Showing in Fairchild Cinemas, PascoCement Suitcase is a comedy film written and directed by a native of Yakima Valley. It was shot entirely in and around the Valley. It will have a one night only special showing at the Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco on March 22 at 7PM.

Cement Suitcase
The film revolves around a winery in Prosser and zeroes in on the life of the best wine salesman in Yakima Valley. However, his life is on a downward spiral, he is headed for a breakdown, and only two people can help him – someone who just broke into his house and another one who is having an affair with his girlfriend.

Watch it to find out how the movie would present its charming take on a man who decides that it’s time to let go of some baggage.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors…

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Atomic City Rollergirls Season Opener in KennewickThe Atomic City Rollergirls, Tri Cities’ roller derby team, will be hosting the season opener against the Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls on March 22 at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex at 6PM.

Atomic City Rollergirls
The Atomic City roller derby team is comprised of 25 fearless wheeling warriors and some rookies who wish to get into fighting form on the flat track. This league aims to promote athleticism for all women regardless of size and background.

The great thing about the team is that it encourages its members to make full use of their individual potentials while working collectively as a supportive team. More than that, the Atomic City Rollergirls try to give back to the community by being active with local charitable causes through…

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Camerata Musica Featuring Will Earl Spanheimer at RichlandIf you don’t have anything better to do on March 22, head on out to Battelle Auditorium for Camerata Musica. The show will start at 8PM until 11PM, and it will feature Will Earl Spanheimer, a local artist who is part of Kennewick High’s class of 1986.

One of a Kind Show
Will Earl Spanheimer is a bass-baritone, and he will be performing with Patti Robertson, a collaborative pianist. Their special guest is soprano Carissa Simpson, and together, they will present a program of operatic arias intermixed with classic show tunes.

Admission to the show is free, although patrons will be seated first. Don’t forget, save the date – March 22, at 8PM. For more information, you may visit their website.

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Trees-Trees-Trees Watercolor Workshop in Richland, WAChris Blevins is at it again, but this time, Suzi Vitulli will join him as they hold a class that focuses on painting trees. Apparently, both have been at the receiving end of requests for tree-painting lessons, and they finally caved in.

Trees-Trees-Trees
This watercolor workshop will be a whole-day affair. It will start at 8:45AM and will continue until 4:30PM on March 29 at 618 Lago Vista Dr. Richland, Wa. LaVonda Kellogg will be hosting the workshop.

Chris and Suzi will spend the morning focusing on techniques while the afternoon will be spent teaching participants an easy way to paint birch trees in the afternoon.

BYOL
If you’re participating in the workshop, you’re encouraged to BYOL or bring your own lunch. Registration is open until March…

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LIGO Hanford Observatory Fourth-Friday Tours in Richland, WaEvery fourth Friday of the month, the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland offers public drop-in tours, which gives people a chance to observe and take an excellent look at their facility.

Tour Groups
You can actually form your own tour group of 15 participants and get in touch with LIGO to find out how your group can schedule a private tour, either during weekdays or in the evening.

LIGO provides regular tours for community groups, astronomy clubs, professional societies, and others. Tours normally last about two hours only, so you won’t get bored at all.

Middle school age students (and above) are encouraged to take advantage of the tours, but both young and old are welcome to tour the facility.

Tour Schedule
Schedule for drop-in tours is…

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Free Presentation – Colorectal Cancer at TCCC in KennewickA couple of years ago, the Centers for Disease Control or CDC reported that while the number of colorectal cancer deaths throughout the United States have drastically gone down in recent years, Washington still ranks number one in the country for the highest rate of colon cancer deaths. The numbers are staggering: 21.1 per 100,000 deaths in Washington, D.C. alone.

Don’t Be Left Behind
This bit of information should prompt everyone to learn more about colorectal cancer especially since this kind of matter is something uncomfortable to deal with.

Fortunately, there will be a free presentation about colorectal cancer on March 25, from 12PM to 1PM, at the Tri Cities Cancer Center – Wellness Center. Luay Ailabouni, MD will preside over the presentation.

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March for Respect at John Dam Plaza, Richland WAThe Arc of Tri Cities will honor citizens with disabilities through a public rally. The event will be called March for Respect, and it will take place in Richland, Wa at the John Dam Plaza on March 22, from 12 to 1:30PM.

The Arc of Tri Cities Mission
Established in 1954, the Arc of Tri Cities has been a provider of services to individuals with intellectual and development disabilities in the Benton and Franklin Counties. For the past 60 years, this educational facility and sports club has been offering 14 different services in the area and is serving more than 1,400 individuals each year.

The Arc of Tri Cities’ mission and vision is simple – “To provide leadership, advocacy, and opportunities that enable persons with intellectual and other…

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Richland Players Theatre in Richland, Wa Presents Boeing BoeingYou are invited to come and watch Boeing Boeing, a jet-set romantic comedy by Marc Camoletti on March 21, 22, 28, 29 and April 4, 5, 2014 at 8PM at the Richland Players Theatre in Richland, Wa. There will also be matinees on March 30 and April 6 at 2PM.

Boeing Boeing Gone
Directed by Kristin Lerch, Boeing Boeing is a classical farce set in Paris during the 1960s. It revolves around the life of Bernard, a swinging bachelor who couldn’t be happier in his flat in Paris and three gorgeous flight attendants all engaged to him without knowing about each other.

Things begin to get bumpy when Bernard’s friend, Robert, comes to stay with him and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Before long, all his three fiancées are in…

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Mid-Columbia Literary Festival: Meet Author S.A. Bodeen A perfect way to cap off a laidback Saturday evening is a meet-and-greet opportunity with renowned author S.A. Bodeen.

S.A. Bodeen
Miss Bodeen is the award-winning author of The Compound, a young adult thriller that has received positive reception from readers, as well as a slew of other books. Incidentally, Miss Bodeen also won the much-coveted Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1999 from the New York Public Library and was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title.

The Compound
During the annual Mid-Columbia Literary Festival, Miss Bodeen’s book, The Compound, was selected as the Community Reads book. Hundreds of free copies of the book were distributed in the Tri Cities region.

She will be talking about this particular book at…

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