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Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
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04/21/2016 - Third Thursday Thinks by Iron Horse Brewery

Sun, 2016-04-17 20:00
Central Washington University College of Arts and Humanities & Iron Horse Brewery Present:

Third Thursday Thinks at the Iron Horse Pub (412 N Main St.)
Starting at 7:00pm 

April 21st: 

Ambiguous Identities: Distinguishing Who’s Who in a Refugee Camp in Eastern Africa • Dr. Geraldine O’Mahony • CAH Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies / Douglas Honors College

Dr. O’Mahony will discuss her experiences working in refugee camps in Tanzania and Kenya in the late 90s. One topic she will address is the challenges she and her team faced in trying to distinguish between people displaced by con ict and people who perpetrated con ict: warlords, soldiers, and other war criminals. As an aid worker, she and others struggled to provide the best possible care while balancing humanitarian concerns with the health and safety of camp residents. In this talk, O’Mahony engages with the challenges, dif culties, and moments of joy that came from working with a refugee population. 

May 19th: 

Advocating for Music: Why Bother?

Dr. Jeff Snedeker • CAH Department of Music

When asked, most say that music is essential, that life without music would just be existence. Why then is it one of the rst things to be cut from school curricula? This presentation looks at the ups and downs of advocating for music. 

June 16th:

Using History to Make Slavery History

Dr. Stacey Robertson • Dean of the CWU College of Art and Humanities

Despite the fact that slavery is illegal everywhere, millions of people are bought, sold, detained, coerced, and uncompensated. Indeed, some estimate that there are more than 27 million enslaved people in the modern world. In Lincoln’s day, thousands of ordinary citizens devoted their lives to battling slavery. From the role of survivors to the importance of leveraging the media, their legacy offers a fuller, historically grounded understanding of slavery that can inspire and inform a new antislavery movement. 

04/21/2016 - Live Music: Levi Stephens

Sun, 2016-04-17 20:00
Take a break from your busy week to see multitalented musician Levi Stephens as he takes the Central stage. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Stephens combines a variety of genres. He takes inspiration from his many musical influences and blends R&B with soul, folk and rock. The result is an easygoing, lively sound. The Washington D.C. native crafts a unique space for his music outside the boundaries of conventional genres. His distinct yet classic sound is evident in his debut album ?This Way.? For an evening filled with music, energy and entertainment be sure to check out Stephens? show.

04/20/2016 - Iron Horse Trivia

Sat, 2016-04-16 20:00

04/21/2016 - Dr. Adriane Brown: Finding Eureka! The Journey To Innovation

Sat, 2016-04-16 20:00
CWU SURC Theatre Free | Open to all On April 21st, I4IE will be hosting the annual ?Kris Nielsen Lecture Series in Innovation & Entrepreneurship?. Dr. Adriane Brown will be presenting, ?Finding Eureka!: The Journey to Innovation.? Brown is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Intellectual Ventures, the leader in the Business of Invention. She is known for mentoring emerging talent from all aspects of life, and developing future leaders. Everyone is invited to listen to Dr. Brown as she shares three key principles ? people, mindset and investment ? to Finding Eureka!.?

04/21/2016 - ROGER ROAD SHOW

Sat, 2016-04-16 20:00

04/21/2016 - Business After Hours

Sat, 2016-04-16 20:00
Business After Hours

Join the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce at Troutwater - Guide Service/Fly Shop/Outfitters in Downtown Ellensburg for April Business After Hours. Thursday April 21st from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Enjoy this free, fun networking opportunity with food and drinks.
Don't forget to bring your business cards for the door prize drawing! 

Address: 425 North Pearl Street Ellensburg, WA 98926

For more information about our host, Troutwater Fly Shop:

For more information about Chamber events contact:
Jessica Tate, Director of Events
(509) 925-2002

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.