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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, Dec. 7


Tax proposition may go to voters

A proposition to ask voters to increase the sales tax by .2 percent to support the KITTCOM emergency dispatch system will be considered by the Kittitas County Commissioners at a 2 p.m., Dec. 19 public hearing in the commissioners' auditorium. The tax would fund costs associated with KITTCOM’s emergency community system and facilities. Kittitas County’s current sales tax rate is 8.1 percent.

Girls Night Out is tonight

The annual Holiday Girls Night Out is 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday in downtown Ellensburg. Check-in is at the Ellensburg Downtown Association office at 109 E. Third

Avenue where there will be refreshments and music. Participating businesses offer deals and discounts.

All aboard Polar Express

The Ellensburg Library is presenting a special story event on Thursday with the reading of “The Polar Express.” There will be activities and treats for kids in grades K-4, starting at 4 p.m.

Help support horns

The CWU Horn Club will perform a selection of Christmas carols at 2 p.m., today at Rotary Pavilion in Unity Park as a fundraiser for the club’s trip to the International Horn Symposium in Colorado this summer.

CWU Jazz Holiday Concert is Friday

The Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 will perform Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite as well as other holiday classic, at 7 p.m., Friday in the McIntyre Music Building. Tickets are $15 for general admission.

Annual Beef Counts distribution is Friday

The annual Beef Counts distribution is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday at the Armory Building at the Kittitas Valley Events Center. Beef Counts is a cooperative effort between the Cattlemen’s Association and Second Harvest. The boxes include produce, perishable groceries and chubs of ground beef.

Dance Academy presents “The Nutcracker”

The Central Washington Dance Academy will perform “The Nutcracker” this weekend at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $17.

“Rented Christmas” on stage this weekend

Boulet Theatre Productions is presenting “Rented Christmas: The Musical,” with performances starting Friday at the Cle Elum Masonic Building above the Cle Elum Post Office. There will be shows nightly at 7 p.m., Friday through Monday, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10.

Winter Farmers Market Saturday

The annual Winter Market is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Teanaway Hall in the Kittitas Valley Event Center. The event is hosted by the Ellensburg Farmers Market.

Christmas comes to Kittitas

The annual Christmas in Kittitas celebration is Saturday. A highlight of the event is the lighted parade at 5 p.m. on Main Street. Santa Claus and the Grinch also will be available for photos at 4 p.m. at the New Life Church.

Photos with Joly Ol’ Nick

Santa Claus will be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Dru-Bru Cle Elum. People can use their personal phone or camera to take photo. The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Cle Elum Fire Department. Other Christmas in Cle Elum events Saturday include sled dogs rides at Wye Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with proceeds going to ARRF Animal Rescue,

Plan ahead for beer fest

Tickets are now on sale for Winterhop Brewfest on Feb. 17 in downtown Ellensburg. The brewfest has a limited number of tickets and usually sells out well in advance of the event. Ticketing information is available on the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce website. The event is also in need of volunteers, must be 21.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken alfredo, mixed garlic lemon vegetables and applesauce. 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 43 degrees. Sunset is at 4:12 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 30 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 20 mph.

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