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Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
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04/20/2016 - Dennis Childs

Fri, 2016-04-15 20:00
Is the United States? prison system a modern equivalent to slavery? Dennis Childs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literature and an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), believes so. Childs will be coming to Central Washington University to discuss his latest book, ?Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary? on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Room 137. His talk is free and open to the public. His book has been described as offering a cultural, legal, and political history of racial capitalist misogynist incarceration in the U.S. from the late nineteenth century through the prison industrial complex. The United States prison system affects the entire country, don?t miss this chance to understand how it works. 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.

04/13/2016 - Call for Artists: Pride Weeks Queer Art Show

Thu, 2016-04-14 20:00
Are you an artist? Want to get your work out for the world to see? Interested in a shot at $500? Well, EQuAl has got an opportunity for you! Now until May 9 submissions will be accepted for Pride Weeks Queer Art Show. The show will promote a positive space for queer expression. It will run during Pride Week, May 30 to June 3 as a digital exhibition in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137B. The top submissions will be featured at the 420 LOFT Art Gallery in downtown Ellensburg with the top prize taking home $500. Submissions are open to the public. Interested participants may submit their work at

04/19/2016 - Tuesday Evening Coffee Hour: Omni Informational meeting

Thu, 2016-04-14 20:00
Tuesday Evening Coffee Hour
5pm – 6pm
Jenikka’s Coffee House
1300 N Dolarway Ellensburg
Join us for our information only meeting, no sales, no pressure here inspiring stories from others

04/19/2016 - Speaker Michael Messner: ?Women in Sports, Time for a Victory Lap??

Thu, 2016-04-14 20:00
Despite the growing interest and participation in women?s sports, the coverage they receive on many major sports shows remains relatively low. To further explore how women are represented in sports media, award-winning sociology professor Michael Messner, Ph.D., will be speaking at Central. In addition to teaching at the University of Southern California, Messner has authored several books and is renowned for his research on gender roles, particularly in sports. As one of the leading scholars in this field, Messner will share valuable insight into the disproportionate coverage of women?s sports in the media.

04/19/2016 - Fly Tying Tuesday

Thu, 2016-04-14 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.

04/19/2016 - Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series: Fred D?Aguiar

Thu, 2016-04-14 20:00
The annual CWU Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series continues this month, with opportunities to hear from poet, novelist and dramatist Fred D?Aguiar Tuesday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the CWU SURC Theatre. D?Aguiar will be reading from his most recent novel Children of Paradise. In the tradition of magical realism, Children of Paradise tells the story of Jonestown, where 918 people, including 304 children, died in a murder-suicide on Nov. 18, 1978. Jonestown was a settlement in Guyana established by Jim Jones, leader of an American cult called the Peoples Temple. Methods of mind control in Jonestown included forms of incarceration and torture. D?Aguiar?s novel focuses particularly on the experiences of the children. He will also be conducting a craft talk titled "Writing Across Genres" earlier in the day at 1p.m. in Black 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. This talk is also 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. For more information about Fred D?Aguiar and his works visit his website: For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit This Lion Rock 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.

04/20/2016 - Tea at 3: Dr. Jackson Muhirwe

Thu, 2016-04-14 20:00
Tea at 3 is an engaging and interactive speaker series where attendees hear from CWU faculty, staff and community members as they share stories of their personal journeys to their current places in life. On Wednesday, April 20, attendees can join Dr. Jackson Muhirwe, CWU assistant professor of Information Technology and Administrative Management, in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Pit at 3 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. An expert on cybersecurity, Dr. Jackson Muhirwe will talk about the challenges he faced to graduate with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Makerere University, a top ten university in Africa. His talk will address how he overcame poverty, a broken family and the lack of scholastic materials and classrooms that forced him to study under a tree for three years. By the time Muhirwe was 15, had little hope of ever making it to high school. Hear Dr. Muhirwe?s story of how he overcame the odds and is now an assistant professor of Information Technology and Administrative Management at Central Washington University.

04/20/2016 - Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers

Thu, 2016-04-14 20:00
What is Islam? How do we address Islamophobia? Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D. will give a talk, ?Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers,? on April 20 at 5 p.m. His talk, free and open to the public, will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. Ahmed?s education, world experiences and his Indian-Muslim-American upbringing gives him a unique perspective in understanding the need for respect and dignity of all people.

04/19/2016 - West Interchange Coffee Hour

Wed, 2016-04-13 20:00
West Interchange Coffee Hour 

Join the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce for the second monthly West Interchange Coffee Hour, on Tuesday April 19th from 9:00am-10:00am at the Lake Shore Office Park (1206 N Dolarway Rd. Ellensburg, WA 98926)

Free to attend and open to all businesses in the county. Enjoy coffee & treats and dont forget your business card for the door prize drawing.

04/19/2016 - Coexisting Faith

Wed, 2016-04-13 20:00
The Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Religious Studies Department invites the community to an open discussion on tolerance and religious education. The free discussion is open to the public and will be held April 19 at 4 p.m. in Black Hall 151. Attendees will learn about the religious beliefs held throughout the world to address, unpack and identify outlived biases and stereotypes.

04/16/2016 - Meadows Place Trunk Show

Tue, 2016-04-12 20:00
Come join in the fun for Meadows Place Trunk Show. The show features 15 different vendors, even cake decorating demonstrations by Wilton at Home. Vendors inclued Scentsy, Mary Kay, Wilton, It Works!, and many more. All proceeds from Snack and Beverage sales will be donated to Meals on Wheels.

04/18/2016 - Monday Movie Madness: Creed

Tue, 2016-04-12 20:00
Apr. 18 Monday Movie Madness: Creed Showings: 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. ? SURC Theatre Free for CWU students with ID, $3 general admission Closed Captioning Available Campus Activities  509-963-1450 PG-13 ? 133 min  Drama/Sport The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

04/15/2016 - Board Game Nights

Sun, 2016-04-10 20:00

04/15/2016 - Women's Clothing Swap

Sun, 2016-04-10 20:00
Bring and swap your gently used clothing, purses and shoes; you'll be able to take home as many items as you bring! We'll enjoy light refreshments as we shop. Noonday Collection will also present a trunk show of gorgeous accessories that benefit women in the third world. This event is totally free, so bring your friends and join us for a girls' night out!

04/16/2016 - Annual Fundraiser Gala

Sun, 2016-04-10 20:00
Save the Date! Everyone needs somebody, sometime. That somebody is you. The crowd will be 18-karat. The tunes? They'll be ring-a-ding. The goal? Bring digital mammography to KVH. So don your best Golden-era vintage Vegas duds (when black ties were skinny, but always optional) and hit the CWU Ballroom for a magical night. 

04/18/2016 - Friends of the Ellensburg Library Book Club Tea

Sun, 2016-04-10 20:00
Friends of the Library Book Club Tea Speaker: Kelli Estes, author of "the Girl Who Wrote in Silk." Tea for all book club members and interested readers. Tea and refreshments served.

04/15/2016 - St. Baldrick's 5K for Childhood Cancer Research

Sat, 2016-04-09 20:00
Be a hero to kids with cancer! On April 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the SURC East Patio, Central?s Residence Hall Association (RHA) will be hosting a 5k fundraiser benefiting childhood cancer research group, St. Baldrick?s Cancer Foundation. The foundation supports the funding and research for childhood cancer cures and participants have multiple options to choose from to support CWU in reaching it?s $5,000 goal: 1. Run in the 5k race 2. Shave their head in solidarity with cancer patients 3. Flat donations to the foundation Registering for the race the day of costs $5, a small price to pay to be someone?s hero! For direct donations:

04/15/2016 - Soup Line Benefit

Sat, 2016-04-09 20:00
Gallery One?s Soup Line event offers an array of beautiful, handmade, ceramic bowls filled with a variety of tasty homemade soups or salads made by Gallery One?s Board of Directors and volunteers. The meal is accompanied by fresh breads and soft drinks and wine or beer for purchase.