The Tri-Cities has something going on all the time. Today we can't help but think of the organizers who pull these events together.
St. Patrick's Day Foot Race
Thousands of people will turn out on race days. They are popular events. Not quite as many people will turn out when it's time to plan the event. Usually, people are willing to help with a cause, but sometimes it's difficult to find someone who will take the lead.
So our hats are off to Eric Greager for not only refusing to let the St. Patrick's Day Foot Race fall by the wayside 30 years ago, but also for making it a fun and continuing annual tradition in the Tri-Cities.
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Cavalcade of Authors
Lots of people make interesting and educational events happen in the Mid-Columbia. This week we're appreciative of the Cavalcade of Authors.
It takes energy to encourage young people. Reading and writing are almost becoming lost arts with the younger generation.
Thanks to the people, from the organizers to the authors, who rekindle those fires that are so basic to all learning. And here's a high five to the 650 middle and high school students who earned a seat at the event.
Not only do organizers of this event give these kids an opportunity to rub shoulders with published authors, they also make them earn the right to be there.
It makes sense. When you work for something, it means more to you.
And it's not just the young readers we want to reach out to. Readers of all ages may be interested in attending this month's Mid-Columbia Literary Festival lecture by fiction writer Heather Sharfeddin.
She will be speaking at 7 p.m. today at Columbia Basin College's Gjerde Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
If you decide to attend, give yourself enough time before or after the lecture to enjoy the Regional High School Art Show at the same location.
We like that LitFest is spread out over several months and covers a variety of genres. It gives people time to prepare for lectures beforehand and consider them afterward.
Again, thanks to the people who've made LitFest a tradition and to those who organized the 600-piece high school art display.
Coffee and more (or less)
If the folks at Barracuda Coffee Co. in Richland can reduce their garbage from three cans a week to only that many per month, most of us probably can do a lot better as well.
It should be noted that recycling (and all the sorting and work that goes along with it) is mental and physical work. You have to make an effort. Most of the work for newbies will be getting in the habit of sorting, not the actual recycling itself.
But, as with nearly any effort, there's a payoff. In the case of Barracuda, they received an environmental award from the state Department of Ecology.
Even if you don't get recognition from the state, you're sure to get a feeling of satisfaction. Plus, you may get some really great compost for the garden.
Thanks to a business for inspiring us to be better stewards.
People associate guitars more with Elvis than with Einstein. But the truth is, there's a lot of science involved in making music. From intervals to overtones each sound actually is a mathematical equation.
Whoever came up with the idea of incorporating science, kids and guitar-building had a great idea.
The geeks in school just became 20 percent cooler. (And the rockers in school just became 20 percent smarter.)
Plus there's a deep satisfaction that comes with making something yourself.
Hats off to the National Science Foundation for creating the program, and to the local school teachers who are bringing it to their students.