Our Voice: We’re grateful for vets and community events

There are several ways this week to broaden your view of our community. We’re thankful for the opportunities to enlarge our vision.

United Way forum

The topics of education, health, safety and self-sufficency are important to all of us individually and as a community. We have lots of resources for health and human services in the Mid-Columbia. Some of these resources overlap; some leave a gap. Identifying our strengths and weaknesses make us better.

Last year’s United Way Health and Human Services forum was a great introduction to that segment of our community. It provided information that all of us should have in one concise morning. We expect this year’s will be equally as useful.

This year we’ll be learning about gang activity, identity theft, early learning, income stability, mental health access and more.

The forum is open to officials and agencies and businesses and citizens — anyone who wants to know more about what our community is doing and will be doing A continental breakfast is included in the $20 registration fee. The event is Nov. 18 and people can register online at www.unitedway-bfco.com/ until Nov. 14.

Visit Tri-Cities

When you have out-of-town visitors, do you wonder where to take them? There’s a chance today to get to know the Mid-Columbia a little better.

Also, anyone who has been critical of the phrase “Bolder, Brighter, Better” or who doesn’t know what that means, would benefit from attending the 45th annual Visit Tri-Cities meeting and tourism showcase where internationally known architect Andres Duany can enlighten you.

After the presentation, browse the 50 booths that will display local tourism-related projects, businesses, wineries, hotels, museums and regional attractions. It’s almost guaranteed there is something to the Tri-Cities you haven’t thought of before.

Just because we live in the Tri-Cities, doesn’t mean there isn’t more for us to learn about our community .... and why people want to visit us.

The showcase is today at the the Convention Center from 4 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Veterans Day

Next week is Veterans Day. Thank you, once again, to the vets who are served our country. No matter how many times we say “thank you,” it always seems like it’s not enough.

Our Veterans Day special edition will be in the paper on Tuesday. And there are several community events celebrating our vets.

The parade in West Richland on Saturday is one way to start your weekend in the grateful frame of mind.

Many Mid-Columbians attend this parade making it the largest Veterans Day parade in Eastern Washington. For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, it starts at 9:30 and is followed by a chili feed.