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Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
Updated: 22 hours 45 min ago

06/04/2015 - Tea at 3 Speaker Series at CWU: Phil Backlund

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
The CWU Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) will host Tea at 3, an engaging speaker series at CWU. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the personal experiences of CWU faculty, staff, community members and influential individuals across the state as they share their journeys to their current places in life. Attendance to each speech is free, and speeches will be held at 3 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Pit. Warm beverages and treats will be available for attendees to enjoy while the speakers give their talks.
The Tea at 3 Speaker Series welcomes Phill Backlund, who has been teaching at CWU since 1979 following his graduation from the University of Denver where he earned his Ph.D. in Speech Communication. He is currently a professor of and advisor for Communication Studies and teaches classes such as Gender Communication, Communication Theory and Intercultural Communication. Backlund has over 50 publications spanning the subjects of communication education and educational assessment. Students of CWU have honored Backlund three times as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, in addition to being recognized as Presidential Faculty Member of the Year by the CWU Board of Trustees.
For more information, please contact CLCE at 509-963-1850 or

06/04/2015 - Next Level Knitting

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00

06/04/2015 - Nylander Speakers Series

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Washington state holds the unique position of being ?on the edge of the world? from both musical and geographical standpoints by Amanda Wilde.

06/05/2015 - Central Washington Art Confab

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
This two day event will offer professional development workshops for the artist, artist demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for networking (i.e. fun). Check back as we develop the schedule of events and happenings.

06/05/2015 - First Friday Art Walk

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00

06/05/2015 - First Friday Coffee Club

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Mark your calendar now for the June First Friday Coffee Club at The Advisors , brought to you by the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. Coffee Club is an informal networking opportunity to share your business with others in the community, and is free and open to any business in the county. For more information about First Friday Coffee Club , call 509-925-2002

06/05/2015 - First Friday Art Walk

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Nathan DiPietro - The Long Gray Goodbye Renee Hartig - Northwest Land Matt Johnson - New Works

06/05/2015 - FISH Food Drive

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Nobody should ever have to worry about where his or her next meal will come from. In order to make the dream of having sufficient food no matter the financial situation a reality, the CWU Equity and Services Council (ESC) is hosting a FISH food drive to support the Ellensburg Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) Food Bank. Starting Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7 food drop-off locations will be set-up at Super 1 Foods and Grocery Outlet from 5 to 8 p.m. From Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 11 food drop-offs will be accepted all day in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) C-Store, near the West entrance. 
FISH Food Bank is looking for a wide variety of non-perishable food items including: canned fruits or vegetables, dried fruit, jams/jellies, pasta sauces, rice/quinoa, pasta/noodles, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, canned soup, mac n’ cheese, baby food, granola bars, crackers, beans and canned proteins, diapers, personal items, toiletries and pet food.
For more information contact Durham at 253-590-7977 or

06/05/2015 - ?Sex, Drugs and Musical Theatre: A Cabaret of Real Issues?

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Musical theatre communicates to audiences through song, dance and stage presence, and the Central Theatre Organization (CTO) is using these mediums to tackle real-world issues that affect today?s youth. ?Sex, Drugs and Musical Theatre: A Cabaret of Real Issues,? produced and performed entirely by CWU students, will address social issues such as bullying, suicide, sex and relationships. Admission is free and open to the public. Show times will be offered on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, both at 7 p.m., in the McConnell Hall Tower Theatre. The production aims to reach out to young people who may otherwise feel isolated and alone in their struggles, and to use the theatre arts as a means of connecting them with their peers. Don?t miss out on your chance to see an original production by Central students in their effort to speak on behalf of today?s youths. For more information contact Kayla Schaffroth at or 858-663-8323.

06/06/2015 - Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Ellensburg

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Red Cross and Community Volunteers will install free smoke alarms in the community. Smoke alarm installation bust be requested prior to the event. We want to encourage individuals/groups/organizations/businesses to join us in the event by volunteering to help install smoke alarms. We provide the training. What a fantastic way to help your community and reduce the number or lives lost to home fires.

06/06/2015 - First Saturday Birdwalk

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00

06/06/2015 - Easton Ponds Fishing Derby

Sun, 2015-05-31 20:00
Free fishing derby for all ages! Great prizes! Registration begins at 6:00am

06/01/2015 - CWU Monday Movie Madness: Focus

Sat, 2015-05-30 20:00
June 1
Monday Movie Madness: “Focus”
Two showings: 7 and 9:30 p.m. • SURC Theatre
Free for CWU students w/ ID, $3 GA
Closed Captioning Available
Campus Activities • 509-963-1450 

06/03/2015 - CWU Celebrates Filipino Heritage with Barrio Fiesta

Sat, 2015-05-30 20:00
In an effort to honor the traditions of the Filipino culture and to offer everyone the opportunity to experience Filipino arts and celebrations, the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) and the CWU Filipino American Student Association (FASA) will host Barrio Fiesta Wednesday, June 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Barto residence hall. This event is free and open to the public. Dance performances by both FASA and Batang Wapato, of Wapato, Wash., will demonstrate traditional Filipino dances, and ethnic Filipino food and refreshments from FASA and local Ellensburg vendor Lutong Pinoy will be served. Family friendly activities will include bracelet making workshops, face painting, tutorials and introductions to traditional Filipino dances Tinikling and Tumbang Preso, and much more! Don?t miss out on this fiesta packed full of fun in the sun and join the CWU Filipino community as they honor their culture and history. For more information contact the CDSJ at 509-963-2127 or email

06/03/2015 - CWU Black Film Series presents Selma

Sat, 2015-05-30 20:00
The CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) Black Film Series concludes Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Black Hall room 151 with a screening of “Selma” with introductions by Drs. Bobby Cummings and Keith Champagne of CWU. This event is free and open to the public and includes free pizza and refreshments.
Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., this 2015 Best Picture Academy Award nominated film chronicles Dr. King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights during the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Featuring moving performances from a star-studded cast, including Oprah Winfrey, this movie tells the story of a Civil Rights movement that prompted change in America that is still felt today. 
For more information contact the CDSJ at 509-963-2127 or email

05/30/2015 - Bluegrass Concert and appetizer/dessert potluck at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange

Fri, 2015-05-29 20:00
The Swauk-Teanaway Grange presents their annual Bluegrass Concert on Saturday, May 30, with an outstanding young band from the greater Seattle area, ?North Country Bluegrass.? North Country consists of young but experienced musicians ? Nick Dumas, Kent Powell, Norm Olsen, and Will McSeveney. The evening begins with an appetizer/dessert potluck, doors open at 6:30 pm, and the band takes the stage at 7:00 pm. The hall is located at 1361 Ballard Hill Rd, about 8 miles NE of Cle Elum near the intersection of SR 970 and Teanaway Rd. Admission is $8, kids under 12 years of age are free, don?t forget to bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

05/30/2015 - Mode: 19th annual Student Fashion Show at CWU

Fri, 2015-05-29 20:00
Mode: 19th annual Student Fashion Show at CWU
When: Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Where: Milo Smith Tower Theatre
Presale tickets: $8 for CWU student w/ID, $10 GA
At the door: $10
Central Washington University presents two showings of “Mode: the 19th annual Student Fashion Show,” Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre, located in McConnell Hall. A silent auction will be held an hour before each show and will feature various different gift baskets including items such as wine, movies, local artist’s work and of course, Seattle Seahawks gear.
Tickets are available in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) tabling area starting Monday, May 18. Presale tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event for $10.
Student designers will be presenting their own original work that they have created throughout the program that follows this year’s theme, “Mode: Fashion Strikes Back.” The show will be split into three ready-to-wear segments that will feature styles reflecting the theme —“Urban Jungle,” “Coastal Vibes” and “Desert Daze.” The designers are responsible for the entire experience of the audience while their line is being shown; they choose everything from the models to the makeup to the music being played in order to best reflect their overall vision.
For more information please contact Delaney Curtis, Student Fashion Association student Promotions Lead, at or Andrea Eklund, Apparel, Textile and Merchandising (ATM) Professor, at
This event is sponsored Student Fashion Association, CWU Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program, the CWU Fashion Show Production Course and USITT.

06/01/2015 - International Games Night at CWU

Fri, 2015-05-29 20:00
The act of playing games has been a part of human activity since the dawn of time. Over the years, many cultures from around the world have developed and mastered different types of games, especially board games. To bring different nationalities and cultures together, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) is hosting an International Games Night Monday, June 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring games from their culture that they wish to share. 
For more information, please contact CLCE at 509-963-1850 or