The Ellensburg Public Library celebrates its 114th birthday on Saturday.
Ellensburg Library celebrates birthday
The Ellensburg Public Library celebrates its 114th birthday with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. The open house will include music, children’s storytime, tours and cake. The original Ellensburg Library was a Carnegie Public Library that was opened in 1910 and served the community until 1966.
All Kittitas schools are back in session
The fire suppression system in the Kittitas Secondary School has been repaired allowing secondary students to return to classes in the building on Friday. District officials had previously announced a virtual day for the secondary school. Elementary school students returned to the classroom on Thursday. A broken water line in the fire suppression system this past weekend led to the school closures.
Ballots to be mailed on Tuesday
Ballots for the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District’s educational program and operations levy will be mailed on Tuesday. Voters are asked to approve a four-year levy that gradually increases from $3.4 million in 2025 to $4.3 million in 2028. Ballots must be returned by Feb. 13.
Get into the swing
The Ellensburg Big Band starts its Swing Dance Project at 7 p.m., Monday, at Hal Holmes Community Center. The Big Band will offer a series of free swing dance lessons throughout 2024 with the first two on Monday and Jan. 29. The project is funded through an Ellensburg Arts Commission grant with additional support from the Ellensburg Public Library. The evening starts with lessons for beginners.
Hear about the state of Public Health
The state of public health in Kittitas County is the topic League of Women Voters of Kittitas County’s program at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Hal Holmes Community Center. The program will feature Kittitas County Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson KVH CEO Julie Peterson and Robin Read of the Kittitas Valley Health Network discussing health care in the county.
Central Choir to perform at conference
The CWU Chamber Choir will perform at the American Choral Directors Association Northwest Conference at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday in Spokane. The choir was one of six in the nation selected to perform “In Time of Silver Rain,” by Andre Thomas.
Guided snowshoe hikes offered
Guided snowshoe hikes are offered at the Easton Reload Sno-Park beginning at 9 a.m. each Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays this winter. People are asked to come prepared with waterproof boots, snowshoes and warm clothes. The hikes last about 90 minutes and are over easy, beginner-level terrain. No registration is required.
This weekend’s high school hoops
In high school basketball this weekend, Ellensburg girls and boys travel to Selah tonight with the girls at 5:30 p.m. the Boys at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Bulldogs welcome Prosser with the girls game at 3:30 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m. The Cle Elum-Roslyn girls and boys hot Mabton tonight with the girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the Warriors welcome county-rival Kittitas with the girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m. The Kittitas girls and boys travel to Highland tonight with the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 before venturing to Cle Elum-Roslyn on Saturday.
Throwdown on Saturday
The Kittitas wrestling team hosts its annual Kittitas County Throwdown tournament starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. In addition to county rivals Ellenburg and Cle Elum-Roslyn, the Coyotes welcome teams from eight other schools.
The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken-fried steak with country gravy, mashed red potatoes, dinner roll and mixed fruit. The lunch is open to all seniors age 60-plus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Ellensburg, and noon to 1 p.m., in Cle Elum. Meal sites are the Ellensburg Open Table and the Cle Elum Seventh-day Adventist Church. The community lunch for anyone needing a hot meal is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ellensburg location.
The forecasted high today in Ellensburg is 29 degrees. Sunset is at 4:43 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 23 degrees. Winds will be light and variable. Some sleet or freezing rain is possible early in the day. The weekend forecast calls for highs of 32 on Saturday and 35 on Sunday. There is a 40 percent chance of snow on Sunday.