Our Voice: We’re thankful for the opportunities to learn

Tri-Cities Wine Society

For more than three decades, the Tri-Cities Wine Society has been showcasing Washington wines while it educates wine drinkers and future winemakers.

We’re grateful for their contribution to our community.

Others must feel the same way.

This year’s 36th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival set a new attendance record. The proceeds from the event go to the society’s educational fund for students enrolled in area viticulture and enology programs. It’s an appreciated gesture.

Other events throughout the year, about one a month, are designed as educationally focused wine-tasting events. The society is a great way to learn more about wine, especially Washington wine, and meet people with a similar interest.

Membership is open to the general public, and you can learn more about it at www.tri


Barn Burner

Another group that has been making a difference in our community for many years is the Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

Its annual Barn Burner — held last weekend — is a family-friendly event sponsored by the chamber and open to the community.

The Pasco chamber is heavily influenced by the agricultural community. In most cases, these farms have been in the same family for years, so it’s easy to see the connection between business and family.

The event had something for kids during the day and catered to the adults in the evening.

We’re grateful to see events that engage the whole community.

If you missed it this year, put it on the calender for 2015.

School food banks

Last week in this space, we expressed gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that provide food for the Mid-Columbia’s hungry. That shoutout did not include area schools that provide enough food to help someone make it through the weekend, or warm hats and gloves.

It’s a service we don’t usually think of a school providing. But we’re grateful that they do.

It’s almost impossible to feed someone’s brain when their stomach is empty.

An added benefit to having students organize and participate in these relief efforts is that they become better leaders.

Problems like hunger will be with us for a long time. We’re grateful for a rising generation of people who will help.