City hall closed
Ellensburg City Hall will be closed today due to construction-related issues.
Drought emergency declared
A drought emergency was declared in Kittitas County, as well as 11 other counties this week by the state Department of Ecology. A drought emergency also was declared in Yakima County. The declaration was prompted by the early snowmelt, lack of spring rain and low stream flows. The state received 49 percent of its usual rainfall in June. A drought is declared when there is less than 75 percent of the normal water supply. A drought emergency enables the state to process emergency water right permits and transfers.
School supplies needed
The Kittitas County Health Network is staging a Back to School Supply Drive, which concludes on July 31. A list of supplies needed is available on the network’s Facebook page. The supplies can be dropped off at 107 E. Mountain View Avenue. The supplies will be dispersed on Aug. 16 at the Seedlings Center for Early Learning.
Dog walkers needed
Volunteers are needed to walk dogs at the Ellensburg Animal Shelter. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a valid ID. Dog walking times are 10 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Get ready for bocce
Registration is open for the Upper County Bocce Tournament, Aug. 12 at South Cle Elum Firemen’s Park. Registration is for two-member teams. There is no age limit, but if one member is under 16, the other has to be over 16. No experience is necessary. Registration is $40 per team and includes a lunch of Italian sausage or hot dog, chips and soda. The Roslyn Ronald Cle Elum Heritage Club organizes the event. Registration forms are available on the club’s website.
Ellensburg Music Festival starts Friday
The Ellensburg Music Festival gets underway at 5 p.m, today at venues throughout downtown Ellensburg. Nine bands will perform Friday night with final shows ending at midnight. The festival continues on Saturday night with nine bands performing. Weekend passes are $70 presale, $80 at the door and $50 for a one-day pass. Venues are the Odd Fellows Lodge, Pine Street Events, Fortuity Cellars, the Ramsey Building, Gallery One, Pearl Bar and Grill, Red Pickle, Blue Rock Saloon and Gard Vintners.
Rodeo comes to Cle Elum this weekend
The Cle Elum Roundup takes place today and Saturday at the Washington State Horse Park. The Roundup is a PRCA/WRPA rodeo. The festivities start at 7 p.m., Friday with the Grand Entry and a full lineup of rodeo competitions. Saturday’s rodeo also gets underway at 7:30 p.m. If purchased online tickets are $45 for both days, or $20 for Friday and $30 for Saturday.
Performance on ice
Circus on Ice performs at the Morgan Performing Arts Center at 4:30 and 7 p.m., Saturday. Ice skaters will perform on a synthetic ice surface. Tickets range from $15 to $25.
In the clubs
Nicole Prigge-Taylor and Riley Schmit perform at the Iron Horse Brewery Tap Rom at 7, tonight.
Mel Peterson performs at Cornerstone Pie at 7, tonight.
The Ellensburg Blusers play at the Basecamp Books and Bites Yard at 6, tonight.
CobraHawk plays at Logan’s at 9, tonight.
Mule Kick plays at The Brick Saloon at 9, tonight.
Micah J plays at the Dru Bru Taproom at 3 p.m., Saturday.
Elaine Eagle performs at Wheel Line Cider at 3:30 p.m., Saturday.
Loco Motion plays at the Whipsaw Brewery at 4 p.m., Saturday.
Abbigale performs at Fidelina’s at 6 p.m., Saturday.
Brett Benton plays at the Punch Project Stage at 6 p.m., Saturday.
Dan Whitney performs at the Stovehouse at 6 p.m., Saturday
The Spiced Rye Band plays at the Iron Horse Brewery Tap Raoom at 7 p.m., Saturday.
Slingshot plays at Sliders Sports Lounge at 7 p.m., Saturday.
Bitter Brush plays at Cornerstone Pie at 7 p.m., Saturday.
The Aardvarks play at The Brick Saloon at 9 p.m., Saturday.
Pockerclub Brass plays at Thrall and Dodge Winery at 2 p.m., Sunday.
It will be Open Mic Night at Old Skool’s at 7 p.m., Sunday
The FISH Open Table lunch is a teriyaki cheeseburger, green bean salad and an orange. 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 in Ellensburg is 89 degrees today, 87 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday. The nighttime lows range from 55 to 58 degrees. Gusty winds are expected are Saturday and Sunday. The moon will be waxing gibbous all weekend.