Things to Do May 2022


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

– Exhibit: The Philosophy of Carbon presented by Cozette Phillips – through May 5, 2022
– Pasco Cinco De MAYO 2022- May 1 & 4-8, 2022
– Richland Players presents These Shining Lives – May 1, 6-8 & 13-15, 2022
– Tri-City Dust Devils Minor League Baseball Games – May 1, 10-15 & 31, 2022
– Columbia Basin Badger Club presents PEACEMAKER: Ambassador Ryan Crocker – May 5, 2022
– Master Gardener Plant Sale – May 6 & 7, 2022
– Tri-City Youth Choir Forte! presents Life is a Highway – May 6, 7 & 9, 2022
– Inland Empire Century Bicycle Ride – May 7, 2022
– Academy of Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s Lion King JR. – May 13-15 & 20-22, 2022
– Classy Chassis Car Show – May 14, 2022
– Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities presents Mirari Brass Quintet – May 16, 2022
– PNNL Community Science and Technology Series: Technology for Carbon Dioxide Capture from Fossil Fuel Burning Industrial Plants – May 17, 2022
– Lecture by Nancy Koppelman: Understanding Israel – May 19, 2022
– Beer Choir- Atomic Chapter at Southridge Dugout! – May 20, 2022
– Middleton’s Asparagus Fest and Brews – May 21, 2022
– 25th Anniversary Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club Show – May 21 & 22, 2022
– Tigers on the Columbia Pontiac Car Show – May 28, 2022
– Community Services & Volunteer Opportunities!
– Tri-City VIBE (local live music, food and drink)
– Guide to Tri-Cities Washington Website

Exhibit: The Philosophy of Carbon presented by Cozette Phillips – through 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/

Pasco Cinco De MAYO 2022- May 1 & 4-8, 2022

Downtown Pasco

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and Pasco city leaders are preparing for what they’re calling one of the largest Cinco de Mayo Festivals yet.

“You’re going to have things going on from beer gardens to concerts to boxing matches to a kids zone to knocker ball and everything else in between. Then we’re going to have a tremendous amount of vendors, so we really expect this to be an awesome event,” said Mike Gonzalez, economic development manager for the City of Pasco.

Schedule of Events:
– Sunday, May 1st 6-8 p.m. (Cinco de Mayo Pageant at Salon Monte Carlo 411 W. Lewis)
– Wednesday May 4th 6 -8 p.m. (Cultural Night at Farmers Market and Peanuts Park on corner of 3rd and Lewis)
– Thursday May 5th (Local Artist Showcase at Salon Monte Carlo 411 W. Lewis)
– Friday May 6th (Downtown streets close at 6 a.m., vendor set up, concert series begin Friday evening)
– Saturday May 7th (Cinco de Mayo parade starts 9 a.m. downtown Pasco, Concert series continues, Boxing matches begin at 3 p.m. in Peanuts Park, La Mafia concert Saturday evening)
– Sunday May 8th (Concert series continues, Mother’s Day Celebrations throughout the day)
Info: https://www.downtownpasco.org/cinco-de-mayo-2022

Richland Players presents These Shining Lives – May 1, 6-8 & 13-15, 2022

608 The Parkway in Richland
Performances: May 6, 7, 13, 14 @ 7:30 p.m., May 1, 8, 15 @ 2 p.m.
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.
Info & tickets: https://www.richlandplayers.org/these-shining-lives

Tri-City Dust Devils Minor League Baseball Games – May 1, 10-15 & 31, 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 Eugene Emeralds – May 1 @ 1:30 p.m., May 10-14 @ 6:30 p.m. and May 15 @ 1:30 p.m.
Tri-City Dust Devils vs Hillsboro Hops – May 31 @ 6:30 p.m.
Info & tickets: https://www.milb.com/tri-city-dust-devils/

Columbia Basin Badger Club presents PEACEMAKER: Ambassador Ryan Crocker – May 5, 2022

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

This forum will feature Ambassador Ryan Crocker –

Ambassador Ryan Crocker was a career Foreign Service Officer who served six times as an American Ambassador: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon. He is now a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Other academic appointments have included Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University, inaugural Kissinger Fellow at Yale University, the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, and Texas A&M where he was Dean of the Bush School of Government.

He serves on the Board of Advisors of No One Left Behind, an NGO dedicated to ensuring that America keeps its promises to Afghans and Iraqis who risked their lives to support us. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President George W. Bush in 2009.

Other recent awards include the West Point Association of Graduates Thayer Award in 2020 and the inaugural Bancroft Award, presented by the Naval Academy in 2016. Also in 2016, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Literary and Historical Society at University College, Dublin where he was presented the annual James Joyce Award. He is an Honorary Marine.

The next Columbia Basin Badger Club forum will be held on May 26, 2022 and will be about “Fake News and Conspiracy Theories.”
Info & Registration: https://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=392306

Master Gardener Plant Sale – May 6 & 7, 2022

Behind the Highlands Grange Hall, 1610 S. Union Street in Kennewick
Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Master Gardener Foundation of Benton Franklin County is hosting their annual plant sale. You can find great prices on plants and garden gloves and get free gardening advice!
Info: https://mgfoundationbfc.org/current-events/

Tri-City Youth Choir Forte! presents Life is a Highway – May 6, 7 & 9, 2022

Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School
Friday May 6 and Monday May 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday May 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $12 – $15

The Tri-City Youth Choir Forte! is ready for a road trip!

Their Spring performance of “Life is a Highway” will take you on a trip through the decades with selections such as, “Surfin’ USA”, “Baby You Can Drive My Car”, “Route 66”, and, of course, “Life is a Highway”.
Info & Tickets: https://www.yourtcyc.com/

Inland Empire Century Bicycle Ride – May 7, 2022

Starts at Camp Kiwanis, Columbia Park in Kennewick
Ages 12 and under free – 25 mile and 18-over $35 – 50, 75, 100 mile and 18-over $60

Join us May 07, 2022 on a great ride, the Inland Empire Century (IEC), sponsored by Tri-Cities Community Credit Union. Routes showcase the Columbia and Yakima rivers through parks and over bridges. Ride options are from an easy 25 miles to challenging 50, 75 or 100 mile tours. All routes showcase the scenic beauty of the lower Columbia River and Yakima valleys with their vineyards, wheat fields, and fruit orchards.

Online registration closes May 4, 2022 and you can register in person Friday, May 6, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Camp Kiwanis, Columbia Park in Kennewick or 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Info & Registration: https://inlandempirecentury.org/

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s Lion King JR. – May 13-15 & 20-22, 2022

Windemere Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Performance dates: May 13, 20 @ 7 p.m., May 14, 15, 21, 22 @ 3 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $15, Student/ Seniors: $13, and Children ( under 12) $10

Plot Summary The Lion King Jr: Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your school. Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aoct

Classy Chassis Car Show – May 14, 2022

Downtown Kennewick along Kennewick Ave.
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free for spectators

Save the Date! Downtown Kennewick’s favorite car show & shine is back and better than ever, after a two-year hiatus! The 21st Classy Chassis Show & Shine Car Show takes place in beautiful Downtown Kennewick on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

The 20th Classy Chassy in 2019 had over 200 registered cars and saw over 3,000 people flock to fun, family-friendly event. This year’s event will introduce a swap meet element to the day’s festivities in addition to the show & shine, awards, food vendors, music, and more!
Info: https://www.historickennewick.org/classy-chassis

Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities presents Mirari Brass Quintet – May 16, 2022

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

Engaging and eclectic, the Mirari Brass Quintet brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres. The Mirari performs a spectacular tight-rope act, balancing intensity with levity and refined virtuosity with pure fun.

The quintet comprises Matt Vangjel and J. Peyden Shelton on trumpet, Jessie Thoman on horn, Sarah Paradis on trombone, and Steph Frye-Clark on tuba. These five musicians share an admiration and respect for each other not only on stage and in music, but also in friendship.
Info: http://www.communityconcertstc.org/mirari-brass-quintet-may-16-2022/

PNNL Community Science and Technology Series: Technology for Carbon Dioxide Capture from Fossil Fuel Burning Industrial Plants – May 17, 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 Dr. Phillip Koech.

Global energy use is moving to renewable sources, however, this cannot provide enough power to achieve a carbon-free economy. Fossil fuel will continue to be a source of energy for the foreseeable future. Fossil fuels release gigatons of CO2 to the environment per year contributing to climate change. Human-induced climate change is evident from large wildfires, raising sea levels, and strong hurricanes. To mitigate these environmental effects, removal of CO2 from industrial emissions is required. Carbon capture is a process that removes CO2 released after burning fuel. We have developed a technology for CO2 capture using advanced liquids. Come learn how PNNL scientists are advancing CO2 capture towards commercial application.

Please register in advance here: https://pnnl.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_1HP6qrriSsiYndBzxM0PfQ
Info: https://www.pnnl.gov/events

Lecture by Nancy Koppelman: Understanding Israel – May 19, 2022

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

How much do Americans really know about the people and culture of Israel? How can we foster a better understanding of this intricate state and its neighbors?

Join Professor Nancy Koppelman as she explores 12 features of Israel’s history, diverse ethnic and religious ways of life, governance and justice structures, and educational system. This talk sheds light on the people who reside in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and aims to provide history and context for this complex nation—the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population.

About the speaker: Nancy Koppelman (she/her) has been a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia for 26 years. She teaches interdisciplinary programs that combine American history, literature, philosophy, and writing, among other fields. She holds a three-year appointment as Visiting Research Scholar with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, where she was a faculty fellow in 2019. Koppelman lives in Olympia.
Info: https://www.cbcartscenter.com/lectures/

Beer Choir- Atomic Chapter at Southridge Dugout! – May 20, 2022

Southridge Dugout Bar & Grill, 4810 W Hildebrand Blvd. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to participate

Join us at Southridge 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

Middleton’s Asparagus Fest and Brews – May 21, 2022

Middleton Six Sons Farms, 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Rd
From 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $12.95 – $15.95

Asparagus Festival is the kick-off to Agricultural Season in the Columbia Basin. This festival is a celebration of the first of many fruits and vegetables harvested in the Basin. Asparagus is known as the King of Vegetables and some of the best asparagus in the world is grown in our region. This event has Field Tours by the Farmers, Free Samples of grilled and pickled asparagus, Local Brews, Great Food, Live Music, and activities for the kids (Ziplines, Grain Train, Barrel Train, Ballzone and Jumping Pillows!)
Info & Tickets: https://middfarmfest.com/products/middletons-asparagus-fest-and-brews

25th Anniversary Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club Show – May 21 & 22, 2022

Benton County Fairgrounds Building 2, 1500 S. Oak Street in Kennewick
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5.00 (good for both days); Children 14 and under are free

25th Annual Show; New Dates in May this year – Bigger Building featuring 16 dealers with new material, 48 displays, demonstrations, kid activities, door prizes, silent auctions, geode cracking, and much more. Come see precious gemstones, minerals, jewelry, fossils, meteorites, special exhibits, and local collections. It’s a fun family event.
Info: https://www.lakesidegemandmineralclub.com/

Tigers on the Columbia Pontiac Car Show – May 28, 2022

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to the public, $35/car entry ($40 – day of show). Must be a Pontiac.

NW GTO Legends sponsors the all Pontiac car show each year over the Memorial Day weekend at the Howard Amon Park. All Pontiac Car Show from 1926 to 2010. 26 Car Classes awarded with 1st and 2nd place awards.
Info & Registration: https://www.northwestlegends.com/totc2022/

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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