Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
Updated: 22 hours 21 min ago
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: freddaguiar.com. For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit www.cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-visiting-writers-series. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: www.stbaldricks.org/events/centralkickscancer
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.
Head downtown for an
evening of friends, fun,
and fabulous deals!
History is an excellent teacher, offering unique insights into the past so we may better understand the present. On Thursday, Apr. 14 historian Heather Ann Thompson, Ph.D. will be at Central Washington University to give a lecture on the history of inner city violence and mass incarceration. The lecture will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137 at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. A lecturer at the University of Michigan, Thompson has spent years studying the history of prison and justice policies in the United States. She is most known for her work studying the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy on the criminal justice system. Thompson is the author of the award-winning articles, ?Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline and Transformation in Postwar American History? and ?Rethinking Working Class Struggle through the Lens of the Carceral State: Toward a Labor History of Inmates and Guards.? She also wrote ?Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its Legacy,? which is slated to hit shelves Aug. 2016. 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.
CWU alumni Ivanova Smith is a disability civil rights activist who will speak on the importance of creating an understanding and supportive environment. Her speech titled ?True Inclusion in Higher Education Leads to True Inclusion Elsewhere? will educate the community on issues relating to neurodiversity. With firsthand experience, Smith will speak out against abuse and stigma surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorders. Hosted by CDSJ and Disability Services, this event is part of Autism Appreciation Month: ?Smash Stigma & Celebrate Neurodivergence.?
The values of society are constantly changing under the shifting ideals of the American public. On Apr. 13, sociologist Harry Edwards, Ph.D. will be at Central Washington University to give a talk about the role sports play in compelling social changes. The talk will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. A trailblazer responsible for bringing the sociology of sport to the national forefront, Edwards has published numerous books and was the architect of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which is known for the Black Power Salute protest during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The lecture will be focused on comparing and contrasting the athlete activism of the 1960's with current events and will present some projections as to the course and trajectory of such actions moving forward. 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.
Iron Horse Trivia Night
Starting at 7:00pm
6 members max per team
$3 entry fee per player
Iron Horse beer specials, winners take the cash, runners-up get prizes, losers pick two categories for the next week.
Go to The Iron Horse Pub on Main St. around 6:00pm for a pint and some pre-game hints.
April 13th- The Tav
April 20th- Bruce's Place
April 27th- The Pub (Iron Horse)
May 4th- Cornerstone Pie
May 11th- The Porch
May 18th- 301
May 25th- The Tav