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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Friday, June 21

The Gustfest concert is on Sunday at the Kittitas Valley Event Center.

Headliner added to Gustfest

The Bonafide Band featuring Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic and Ellensburg’s Mark Pickerel, will perform at the Gustfest concert on Sunday in Umtanum Hall at the Kittitas Valley Event Center. The Gustfest concert is part of the Ellensburg Music Preservation Project to preserve the history of music in Ellensburg. Other bands performing include Star Anna, Hard as Folk, The Roberts, Billy Mac and Sam Albright and Friends, Dan James, and Birdie Fenn Cent. The concert runs from 1 to 7 p.m., is free and open to all ages. There will be food trucks.

Make Music this weekend

Make Music Ellensburg holds a youth recital from 4 to 8 p.m., today, in the Ink Building on Main Street. Make Music Ellensburg also holds a Strum-Along at its new home on Second Avenue at 2 p.m., Saturday.

Northwest Rock historian speaks Saturday

Peter Blecha, author of “Stomp and Shout: The Untold History of Northwest Rock and Roll,” speaks at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Hal Holmes Community Center as part of the Speaker Bureau Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dachshunds (and friends) parade this weekend

Dachshunds and Friends on Parade is Saturday in downtown Ellensburg. The event is open to not just dachshunds but all dog breeds. There are numerous events planned, including the dachshund races, as well as contests such as best couch potato, best wiggle butt and best belly rubs. Josie’s Misfit Ranch sponsored the event and more information is on its website.

Operating Engineers’ competition on Saturday

The Operating Engineers Top Hand Competition is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Operating Engineers’ Training Center on Vantage Highway. There are opportunities for people of all ages to operate excavators and cranes. There is a kids' area with bouncy houses, obstacle course, games and more. Information is on the Operating Engineers’ website.

Teanaway Trailfest this weekend

The Teanaway Trail Fest to benefit Towns to Teanaway is Friday and Saturday in the Upper County. The event starts with a Kick-Off Party from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the Roslyn Theatre. Saturday features events at Dru Bru-Cle Elum, including live music and a silent auction, and volunteer work parties and bike rides. More information is on the Dru Bru website.

Night shift road work next week

Night shift road construction will start on three projects in Ellensburg next week. Starting Monday, crews stripe University Way from Okanogan Street to the BNSF overpass. Crews will replace a damaged signal pole at the Mountain View Avenue-Ruby Street intersection beginning Tuesday. Crews will install hardware for traffic signal cabinets the University Way-18th Avenue, and University Way-Main Street intersections on Monday or Wednesday. Each project may involve traffic disruptions.



The city league women’s softball season began this week. The Radio Waves, sponsored by Ellensburg Community Radio, opened play Wednesday with a 12-6 win over the Lovely Lady Bunts before dropping the second game, 26-7, to the Dirty Birds. Games are played on Wednesday nights through the first week of August at Rotary Park.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is a chicken avocado croissant, southwest corn, cucumber salad and melon. 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 91 degrees. Sunset is at 9:01 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 58 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph. The weekend forecast calls for highs of 90 on Saturday and 75 on Sunday.


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