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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Friday, June 16

Updated: Jun 29, 2023



This is the last day of the school year for the Ellensburg and Easton school districts, meaning all public schools in Kittitas County are out for summer break.

Summer lunch program starts Monday

The FISH Picnic in the Park free summer lunch program for children 18 and under, starts on Monday. There are five lunch locations in Ellensburg, one in Cle Elum, and one in Kittitas where lunch will be served Monday through Friday. There is a weekly pickup site on Thursdays in Easton. More information is available of the FISH Food Bank Facebook page.

Construction has finished on the Ida Nason Aronica Community Garden.

The garden, named and created to honor Ida Nason Aronica, an influential Kittitas Band tribal elder who passed away in 1952, found its completion through a combination of efforts.

A Local School Plan for Improvement grant of $35,000; Ellensburg High School students creating planter boxes; the Conservation District helping to map out locations; and many more helping along the way.


Valley Voices perform in concert

The Valley Voices Choir presents Classic+Rock: Life concert and auction fundraiser at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at the United Methodist Church. The concert will feature guest musicians from Spiced Rye and the Killdeer String Band. The concert is free with donations accepted. Donations and money raised by the auction will go to support the construction of a new community music school in downtown Ellensburg.

Talk about raptors

KEEN’s Let’s Talk Series this month features Deb Essman talking about owls and raptors living in the Yakima Canyon. The event is at 7 p.m., Friday at the Canyon River Lodge and is free to the public.

Return of the wiener dogs and more

The 20th annual Dachshunds on Parade is Saturday in downtown Ellensburg, starting at 9:30 a.m., and continuing to 3 p.m. There will be a parade, races and contests. There will be separate races and competitions for other breeds — small, medium and large. This year’s event is hosted by Josie’s Misfit Ranch and sponsored by Club 301, the Valley Veterinary Hospital, Puget Sound Energy and the Ellensburg Downtown Association.


The FISH Open Table lunch today is grilled onion cheeseburger, grilled corn and peppers and watermelon. 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 today is 81 degrees. Highs are expected to reach 71 on Saturday and 63 on Sunday.

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