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Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
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02/11/2016 - Tea @ 3

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00
On Thursday, February 11 attendees can join Nina Caldwell, Associated Students of Central Washington University?s (ASCWU) Vice President for Legislative Affairs, in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Pit at 3 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. For Caldwell?s Tea @ 3 discussion she intends to focus on her positon within not only student government, but the Central community as a whole while actively following an ?open door? policy in hopes that students feel welcome to speak with their school representatives. "I want to make sure that it's...every person, every community member of Central Washington University being able to be heard," said Caldwell. As a senior in the Law and Justice program with a minor in Ethnic Studies, social justice is a priority for Caldwell. "Diversity plays a big role in my story,? she stated during an interview, ?especially with the struggles in my story as a woman of color and then my triumphs...? Hoping to leave a lasting impact on Central before she graduates, and realizing that involvement is key to student success, Caldwell also helped found S.I.S.T.E.R.S. and currently serves as the club?s president.

02/11/2016 - CWU Black Film Series - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00
The Center for Diversity and Social Justice?s (CDSJ) Black Film Series continues tonight with Oscar Award nominated film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at 6:30 p.m. in Black Hall room 151. The film, which will be introduced by Associate Dean for Student Development, Keith Champagne, tells the story of Mandela?s life from political prisoner in South Africa to a revolutionary president and key figure in the abolishment of Apartheid. The event is free and open to the public. The Black Film Series is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice. For more information, please contact the CDSJ at 509-963-2127 or email

02/12/2016 - Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00

The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering is second to none.  We have nationally recognized Baxter Black, Dave Stamey, Rider in the Sky  and many other songwriters and poets.  Our gear fair hosts over 40 vendors from across the country.  Works of art, custom leather products, felt hats and handmade boots are just a few of the booths available for your shopping pleasure.  Fiddlers from across our region will be competing and providing music for your enjoyment on Saturday in the Historic Liberty Theater.  Our downtown venues provide the opportunity to stroll through beautiful Downtown Ellensburg while enjoying an array of music and scenery.  Sit and enjoy with a glass of wine or warm cup of coffee.
Spirit of the West is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserve the "spirit of the cowboy".  Our Stampede program provides the building blocks for our communities' youth to develop those traits that have defined the "cowboy" throughout history.  Words like respect, hard work, kindness and integrity are utilized to provide examples of what is possible for our leaders of tomorrow.
Grab a pair of gloves, pull on your boots, wrap up the kids and enjoy a weekend of music, poetry, food and authentic cowboy culture.  Let us take you back to a simpler time when a handshake was a bond and time was something we spent with family and friends.

02/12/2016 - Whipsaw Brewing Ribbon Cutting

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00
Join us on Friday Feb. 12th, 2016 at noon at the brand new Whipsaw Brewery for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new busines!

704 N Wenas St. Ellensburg, WA 98926

02/12/2016 - Afro Infusion

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00
Come check out Afro Infusion, a celebration of African cultures and diaspora. At Afro Infusion, attendees can watch performances of dances, fashion and music from various cultures. They will also be able to try a wide array of traditional food for free. As February is Black History Month, Afro Infusion will be a great opportunity for the community to share and learn about one another?s diverse backgrounds and cultures. Non-students are welcome to attend. Admission is free but you must get your ticket in advance at This event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice in collaboration with Campus Activities and the Black Student Union.

02/12/2016 - Board Game Nights

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00

02/13/2016 - Sip & Spin Date Night

Sat, 2016-02-06 20:00
Try your hand at ceramics in the company of someone you care about. Share the experience and enjoy pizza and beer for a unique valentine date night.

02/10/2016 - Reuniting Families Torn Apart by Incarceration: Mother's Day in California Priso

Thu, 2016-02-04 20:00
What is Mother?s Day like for an inmate in the California prison system? Award-winning journalist, Dr. Leslie Shore will be speaking at Central Washington University (CWU) on Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. to address just that. Her lecture, "Reuniting Families Torn Apart by Incarceration: Mother's Day in California Prisons," is free, open to the public and will be held in Black Hall Room 150. Shore?s talk will feature interviews, with women prisoners and their children, filmed inside of California prisons to illustrate the healing aspect of visitation programs on both the mother and the family. Shore, a Central alumna and College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board member, 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.

02/10/2016 - Queer Film Series: Game Face

Thu, 2016-02-04 20:00
Game Face, an award-winning documentary, tells the stories of Fallon Fox, the first transgender professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a dynamic guard on the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M?s men?s basketball team who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes on their journey of coming out and being true to themselves, as well as captures the anxiety caused by the unpredictability of how society will accept them. Game Face sheds light on the obstacles LGBT athletes face and shows their vulnerabilities and strength during their struggle towards self-realization. Dr. Michael Goerger, CWU assistant professor of philosophy, will introduce the film before the screening. The event is sponsored by Douglas Honors College, Women & Gender Studies and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ).

02/10/2016 - Kittitas County Comprehensive Plan Visioning Meeting

Thu, 2016-02-04 20:00
Kittitas County will be holding a series of public meetings in early 2016 to gather our community's input on the development of the Comprehensive Plan update. Come out and help us plan for the next 20 years! Pick the meeting that works best for you: February 1, 2016 - Snoqualmie Pass Fire Station February 2, 2016 - Putnam Centennial Center, Cle Elum Febuary 3, 2016 - Kittitas County Event Center, Ellensburg February 10, 2016 - West Wind Convention Center, Vantage

02/05/2016 - February Art Walk

Wed, 2016-02-03 20:00
January 16- February 27 Austin Smith- Inside Out Richard Denner-Specializing the Inner Eye Gallery One Members' Exhibit

02/06/2016 - Shopkins Swapkins

Tue, 2016-02-02 20:00
Nerdcore Toys is host a Shopkins Swapkins party. Bring in all of your duplicates and try to find that rare you have been looking for.