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Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
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05/14/2016 - Burgstock 4

Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00
You don't have to travel far to hear great music. The 88.1 The Burg's fourth annual Burgstock is right around the corner. At Burgstock 4 there will be music, food, and prizes. Cheer on your favorite act in the Hip Hop Competition at 2 p.m. Then, at 4 p.m., watch eight bands compete in the Battle of the Bands. This year's line-up includes: Scarlet Parke, Robber's Roost, Simple Gravity, Blyss, Happy Heartbreak, CobraHawk, Dire Fire and Poon. Rodeo City Taxi will offer 50% off rides for the event. The Burg is also giving away two pairs of tickets to Sasquatch and Bumbershoot 2016. This will be a great opportunity to discover local talent and listen to up-and-coming musicians.

05/16/2016 - Monday Movie Madness: The Hateful Eight

Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00
May 16 Monday Movie Madness: The Hateful Eight Showings: 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ? SURC Theatre Free for CWU students with ID, $3 general admission Closed Captioning Available Campus Activities 509-963-1450 R  167 min  Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller/Western In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

05/16/2016 - Lisa Monchalin: ?The Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples: Continued Colonizati

Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00
Accomplished professor, speaker, and author, Lisa Monchalin, Ph.D., provides powerful insight into the unjust treatment of indigenous peoples. She is a strong advocate for reducing victimization and preventing crimes. The first aboriginal woman in Canada to obtain her Ph.D. in Criminology, Monchalin has a wealth of personal experience and scholarly research to share. Author of ?The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada,? Monchalin travels internationally to share her work. She presently teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she developed the course, Criminology 4240: Aboriginal Peoples and Justice. Prior to her speech, there will be a reception at 6 p.m. in Dean Hall Lobby. Monchalin?s appearance is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year?s inaugural theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, aims to educate Central?s community and initiate discussions about race.

05/17/2016 - West Interchange Coffee Hour

Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00
Come join us for the West Interchange Coffee Hour. Enjoy coffee & pastries while networking with other business professionals in the community.

05/17/2016 - Fly Tying Tuesday

Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00
Fly tying for all skill levels with Troutwater Fly Shop and beer. Must be 21+. Bonus points if you show up with a bucket of worms. Every third Tuesday of the month.

05/17/2016 - Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series: Natalie Diaz

Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00
The annual CWU Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series continues this month, with an opportunity to hear from poet Natalie Diaz Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the Wellington Event Center on CWU's campus. Diaz will be reading from her first poetry collection titled "When My Brother Was an Aztec" (Copper Canyon Press). Natalie Diaz appears in conjunction with "Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter," this year's theme for the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues. Her poetry is about her childhood on an Indian reservation as well as her meth-addicted, shape-shifting brother. A New York Times reviewer called it an "ambitious" and "beautiful" book. Diaz will also be conducting a craft talk titled "Mining the Deep: Discovering Our Emotional Images" earlier in the day at noon in Black Hall room 151. Both events are free and open to the public, with the author's book available for sale at the evening event, courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop. Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She attended Old Dominion University with a full athletic scholarship and then was a professional basketball player in Europe and Asia before she returned for her MFA in Creative Writing. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Her honors and awards also include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, and the Narrative Poetry Prize. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language. She is also the 2015-2016 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, currently working on her second book of poems. For more information about Natalie Diaz and her works visit her website: For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit This Lion Rock Visiting Writers series event is sponsored by CWU's College of Arts and Humanities, Inklings Club, ASCWU Club Senate, Department of English, Wildcat Shop and Karen Gookin.

05/14/2016 - Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and Open House

Wed, 2016-05-11 20:00
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and Station Open House Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7 is hosting a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and Station Open House on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Station 73, I-90 Exit 78. Take a look around our new station and listen to presentations from local experts and firefighters on how to make property, home and family more safe in the event of a wildfire.  Learn what is going on in Olympia from Gary Berndt, the Wildland Fire Liaison to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.  The afternoon?s presentation is dedicated to keeping local forests healthy, with great ideas for landowners with even small areas of forest land. Sen. Judy Warnick, Rep. Tom Dent and Rep. Matt Manweller will be in attendance. Event made possible by Washington State Fire Adapted Communities, Kittitas County Conservation District, Ready Set Go!, State Farm, NFPA, Dept. of Natural Resources, and Washington Farmed Forestry Association. Scheduled presentations include: Welcome - Jay Wiseman, Chief, Kittitas Co. Fire & Rescue #7 Life Support and Station 73 - Cheri Marusa, President, Life Support Wildfire 101: - Carolyn Berglund, Public Education Officer, Kittitas Co. Fire & Rescue #7 Legislative Action and Community Preparedness - Gary Berndt, Wildland Fire Liaison to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark What Causes Your House to Burn? ? Joe Seemiller, Fire Marshal, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue Fire Adapted Communities:  Ready Set Go ? Ryan Anderson, Executive Director, Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. Panel of Experts:  Personal Water Supplies and Roads : Collaboration ? Working to Common Goals -  Jim Gylling, Land and Homeowner; Landowner Assistance - Scott Chambers, Department of Natural Resources; Wildfire in Kittitas County - Paul Blume, Captain, Kittitas Co. Fire & Rescue #7 SLLOPPS:  Maintaining Habitat Diversity While Reducing Fuels - Ken Bevis, Stewardship Wildlife Biologist, Department of Natural Resources Talk Forest Health with a Forester - Phil Hess, President, Washington Farm Forestry Association

05/14/2016 - Shrub- Steppe Fun Run & Beer Tasting

Tue, 2016-05-10 20:00
Get intamate with the Shrub- Steppe
Field Tirp. Fun Run. Beer Tasting.

05/14/2016 - Free WORKOUT Saturdays!

Tue, 2016-05-10 20:00

05/14/2016 - The Ellensburg Storytellers: The Yarn Spinner's Workshop

Tue, 2016-05-10 20:00
Yarn Spinner's Workshop at Jerrols. Performances at the Hal Holmes Center.
Club members will perform along with Margaret.

05/14/2016 - Children's Day at the Farmer's Market-EDA

Tue, 2016-05-10 20:00
Children's Day at the Farmers Market 10am-1pm

For more information:
(509) 962-6246

05/14/2016 - Keen's Rattle Snake Fun Run

Mon, 2016-05-09 20:00
1K & 5K

05/11/2016 - Speaker Katie Willcox: Healthy is the New Skinny

Sun, 2016-05-08 20:00
A former plus size model, Willcox spent much of her time in an industry that is commonly associated with unrealistic, unhealthy body types. After years of struggling with her own negative body image, Willcox decided to make a life change and started eating healthy from a place of self-love instead of self-hatred. Today, Willcox travels around the world, sharing her story and educating students on media manipulation and the importance of maintaining a healthy body image. Willcox is the founder and CEO of Healthy is the New Skinny (HNS) which emphasizes positive lifestyles and challenges some of today?s beauty norms. Her other company, Natural Model Management, is a modeling agency that represents those who do not fit standard industry requirements. Willcox focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles and shedding light on the unrealistic images and beauty standards prevalent in the media.

05/11/2016 - Douglas A. Blackmon: ?Slavery by Another Name"

Sun, 2016-05-08 20:00
Our understanding of major historical events is ever changing with the influx of new information and insights. On Wednesday, May 11Pulitzer-Prize winning author Douglas A. Blackmon will present, ?Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of African Americans between the Civil War and WWII? at Central Washington University. ?Slavery by Another Name? recounts the experiences of African American citizens in the south following the abolishment of slavery and the process of their re-enslavement through loopholes and exploitation of the justice system. ?Even good people,? said Blackmon. ?Who believe in beautiful principles, who love their families, who work hard, who do good for their neighbors, who go to a great university like yours, are still capable of becoming savagely cruel?especially when they listen to the simple logic of demagogues.? Blackmon will be the featured keynote at the annual First Amendment Festival. In addition to being a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Blackmon is also a noted journalist, documentarian, film maker and host and executive producer of the PBS Series, ?American Forum.? This talk is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year?s theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, seeks to educate Central?s community and spark discussions about race and equality.

05/11/2016 - Iron Horse Trivia

Sun, 2016-05-08 20:00

05/12/2016 - Spoken Word with award winning poet and performer G Yamazawa

Sun, 2016-05-08 20:00
Raised by Japanese immigrants in Durham, NC, George Masao Yamazawa is one of the most talented spoken word poets in the entire country. Yamazawa is performing at CWU on May 12 at 8 p.m. in the 1891 Bistro. The event is free and open to all. G? is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and a Southern Fried Champion, and has toured over 50 American cities and 5 European countries. Yamazawa is the winner of Kollaboration Star and 2013 Kundiman Fellow. G has also been featured at the Pentagon and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. G Yamazawa?s poetry has been published in ?Beltway Quarterly,? ?Asian Fortune Magazine? and ?27 Views of Durham,? and he has shared the stages with Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover and United States Vice President Joe Biden. At just 26 years old, G Yamazawa has appeared at venues and universities across the nation including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival and TV One?s season 3 of Verses and Flow. G has recently released a book of poetry and a spoken word album, and plans to return back to his first love, hip hop. Experience the journey of self-discovery G Yamazawa found himself on by challenging his pen to write with conviction