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Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
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05/15/2014 - Unheard Voices event May 15 to benefit Kittitas County Search & Rescue

Sun, 2014-05-11 20:00
The CWU Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) is set to host "Unheard Voices: Kittitas County Search and Rescue," a benefit concert to raise awareness and funds for local search and rescue efforts in Kittitas County. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy an entertaining show featuring performers Gentleman's Enemy, Maile and Avolition, Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alder Street Park, located at 2400 N. Alder Street. The event is free to all, but a $5 donation is suggested.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair and blankets to this unforgettable evening in the park. For more information, contact the CWU Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) at 509-963-1850 or

05/15/2014 - CWU presents Les Misérables

Sun, 2014-05-11 20:00
The second longest-running musical in the world, Les Misérables, is coming to Central Washington University in a top-notch, quality production featuring multi-talented CWU students, faculty, staff and community members. The Central Theatre Ensemble has enlisted the company of the CWU Music Department, who will be adding to the production with an elaborate full orchestra to create the most thrilling and intense three hours all in song. An electrifying production that transmits heart-wrenching emotion, torturous struggle and even a special feature from a potbelly pig, Les Mis promises to be a show enjoyed by all audiences.  For more information, visit

05/16/2014 - Western Art National Art Show & Auction

Sun, 2014-05-11 20:00
The 42nd Annual Western Art National Art Show & Auction!  

Quick Draws | Friday (free) & Saturday (ticketed event)

These events please the crowd with a chance to watch a variety of artists produce works of art from start to finish—in only and hour! Then, the quick draw event is immediately followed by an auction of that same artwork.

Demonstrations | Friday & Saturday (Saturday night auction is a ticketed event)
Artists are selected to work on a piece of art in their booth during the day. The artwork is sold at auction in the evening.

Artist Booths | All weekend

From the gates opening to the public on Friday, to the close of the event on Sunday afternoon, you’ll be able to wander 14,000 sq/ft of exhibit space featuring artist from around the country. You’ll have the opportunity to speak to many of the artists themselves, and purchase their work.

Student Art Exhibit

Aspiring young artists were selected as finalists from the schools of Kittitas County, K-12, and now it is up to our visitors to select the “Peoples Choice Award for Student Art”.  Please view the students work in the “Naneum Room”, located next to the Sunday auction preview room. First, second and third places will receive cash prizes.  The student art project is sponsored by Complete Computer Services of Ellensburg, Bar 14 Ranch House Restaurant, and the Estate of William Grueter


The Auctions

Friday Night Auction |  Free Event
Directly following the Quick Draw event, the artwork produced during the quick draw and Friday’s demonstration artists will auction their work to the crowd.

Saturday Night Auction | Ticketed Event

As in past years, the Saturday night auction is the highlight of the weekend. Original works of fine art, representing both beloved artists, and hot new talents on the rise, are up for grabs at this great event. 

Sunday Auction | Free Event

Join us for another great live auction of miniature 
original artworks.  “Miniature” confines a painting to 108 sq. inches. Great for collectors who are “running out of room” or the person new to collecting. 

05/12/2014 - Monday Movie Madness Presents: The Monuments Men

Sat, 2014-05-10 20:00
Where: SURC Theatre Price: Free for CWU students with ID, $3 general admission Time: 7 & 9:30 p.m. Closed Captioning Available, please contact Event Support staff or arrive 30 minutes prior to screening for assistance.  Contact: Emily Meyer, Campus Activities student programmer, 509-963-1450 or An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. 

05/13/2014 - CWU Queer Film Series presents the documentary film "Screaming Queen"

Sat, 2014-05-10 20:00
The CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) continues their Queer Film Series with a free screening of the documentary ?Screaming Queens? Tuesday, May 13 at 5 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation (SURC) Pit.  When San Francisco police raided a popular late-night hangout for transgendered people in the city's impoverished Tenderloin district in 1966, the patrons unexpectedly fought back. It was the first known instance of collective, queer resistance to police intimidation in United States history. ?Screaming Queens,? tells the story of this little known uprising that helped launch a broader fight for human rights in America. For more information contact the CDSJ at

05/14/2014 - Mean & Lean in '14 (Final Weigh in)

Sat, 2014-05-10 20:00
Are you ready to get Mean & Lean in '14!?

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce along with RSVP & Volunteer Center of Kittitas County are excited to announce the beginning of this year’s Mean & Lean program! Last year was a huge success with over 100 participants with a total combined weight loss of 847.7 pounds!
With your registration you will receive a free weight loss journal (first 200 participants) and a Mean & Lean button, which you can wear to numerous local businesses to get discounts and special deals (Details coming soon)
12 Prizes will be awarded to the top male & female participants based on Percentage % of weight loss at the end of the program
13th prize: participants that attend all weigh ins will be entered into a drawing for a special 13th prize
Optional Weigh ins: Participants who attend each optional weigh in will be entered into a drawing to win prizes on that day regardless of weight change
We will be kicking off the program with the First weigh in and registration for Mean & Lean in ’14 on February 5th
 The Location of the weigh ins will be
The Adult Activity Center (506 S Pine St.)
On each weigh in day,
 you can drop by to weigh in within the following times:
or 4:30pm-6:00pm
The weigh in dates are every third Wednesday
Starting on February 5th and going until May 14th
Weigh in dates:
February 5th
February 26th
March 19th
April 9th
April 30th
May 14th (Final Weigh in!)
The price for those who participated last year is $25.00! If you are new to the program or know someone who wants to participate for the first time this year the cost is $40.00
You can Register online on this page by clicking
“Register Online”
You can also register on the day of the first weigh in
(we accept Cash, Check, Visa & MasterCard)
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If you have any questions or concerns,
Please contact Roylene Crawford
Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
(509) 925-2002