Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with events in April

Walk/fun run planned Saturday; Autism Movie Outing set April 19; Autism Safety Day planned April 26

April 8, 2014 

The Carson Kolzig Foundation and the Responding to Autism Center are organizing a number of events this month to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. All events are open to the public.

-- Heroes For Hope Walk/5K Fun Run, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday: Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. for this family-friendly event at Columbia Point Marina Park, 660 Columbia Point Drive in Richland. The event will feature food, games and activities for kids. Admission is $10 per person prior to the event, or $15 the day of event. All proceeds benefit the Carson Kolzig Foundation and Responding to Autism Center. Call 531-3801 for more information.

-- Autism Movie Outing, 8:30 a.m. April 19: Fairchild Cinemas, 5020 Convention Drive in Pasco, will provide a free showing of Rio 2. The movie will begin at 9 a.m., and seating is limited.

-- Autism Safety Day, from 1 to 3 p.m. April 26: The Responding to Autism Center, 4206 W. 24th Ave. in Kennewick will offer information about wandering, fingerprinting, first aid and other essential safety-based information commonly associated with children on the autism spectrum.

Find additional information and events at www.carsonkolzigfoundation.org/events.html.

In addition to these events, the following area businesses are participating in the Pieces of Hope fundraiser to support autism: Nouveau Day Spa in Kennewick, Cooper Winery in Benton City, Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland, Pita Pit in Pasco, Responding to Autism Center in Kennewick, Shrub Steppe Brewery in Richland, Broadmoor Fitness in Pasco, Stick and Stone Pizza in Richland, Hansen Park Fitness in Kennewick, Pink Pearl Boutique in Richland and Columbia Bank in Richland.

Patrons who visit these locations this month can make a donation or purchase a puzzle piece for $1 to benefit local autism programs.

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