It's a common complaint for people who live in small communities, but those who are truly interested in recreational activities need look no further than the local newspaper.
Just this weekend, there are any number of events to enjoy. Some cost a little cash, other events are free. All are within driving distance.
For instance, tonight (Friday) there is a free family movie night at Sunnyside's Oasis Community Church.
Who can pass up time with the family at no cost?
I admit many of this weekend's events are primarily for adults, but I know a lot of people who enjoy horses. For equestrian/rodeo lovers, there is a fundraising event tomorrow and Sunday at Sunnyside's Speck Arena, featuring horses, cowboys and cowgirls. There are citizens in the Lower Valley who truly believe in the fight against cancer and that is what the "Sort-4-The Cause" is about.
Another fun event anyone can enjoy is a Spin-In at Prosser's Sage Bluff Alpacas tomorrow. That event is educational in many ways. Animal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn about alpacas. Those who enjoy learning how to make yarn for knitting or crocheting can learn how to spin animal fibers to make yarn.
Two Fraternal Order of Eagles lodges are featuring events to enjoy. The Sunnyside lodge is serving up steak, prawns, chicken or fish for those wanting a delicious meal at a reasonable cost tomorrow night.
One could enjoy a night out at the Toppenish lodge tomorrow, as well. The lodge will be featuring comedian Chris Warren in a dinner show.
Prosser, too, is hosting a fun-filled event tomorrow. The annual Art Walk and Wine Gala will be downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. Visitors can enjoy local art, live music as well as local wines.
Sunday there will be a gospel music jamboree at Mabton's Grace Brethren Church and Old Time Country Music, featuring Bob and Patty Stanton will be the featured entertainment at the Sunnyside Eagles lodge that same day.
More music can be enjoyed at Prosser's Airfield Estates Sunday. Peter Case will be performing blues and folk music.
If none of these events appeal to those seeking some fun, there is Kart racing at Horn Rapids Kart Track in Richland tomorrow, as well as concerts at a couple of Richland wineries.
Sunday will be more Kart racing, the annual Festival Mexicano at Sacajawea State Park near Pasco and a pool party at Kennewick's Cover Island Inn.
Each Friday, a list of coming events like these are featured in the entertainment pages of the Daily Sun News. It doesn't take much to enjoy a day with the family, or an evening with friends...heck, a night out with one's significant other is always healthy.
Instead of grumping, "There's never anything to do," look around. Seek activities, rather than seek to have someone point them out.
Even a quiet day in the park can be quite enjoyable, as well.