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Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, Nov. 16

Valley Musical Theatre's Rising Stars program was one of the recipients of the 2024 Ellensburg Arts Commission grants. Photo courtesy of Valley Musical Theatre


Arts Commission issues grants

The Ellensburg Arts Commission announced awarding $30,000 in grant funding to 16 recipients as part of the 2024 funding cycle. Awards ranged from $1,000 to $25,000 and were distributed to individual artists and organizations for specific projects. The Arts Commission criteria include public benefit, artistic significance, a commitment to complete the project, and budget feasibility. The full list of recipients is on the city of Ellensburg’s website.

CWU hosts Sports Management Summit

CWU hosts the annual Northwest Sports Management Summit today. Ellensburg High School and CWU graduate Nolan Teasley will be the keynote speaker, Teasley in the Seattle Seahawks assistant general manager. The summit is geared toward aspiring sports management professionals. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Information on the schedule and registration is available on CWU’s website.

Symphonic Band presents “Antiqua”

The CWU Symphonic Band performs “Antiqua” at 7 tonight in the Hertz Concert Hall in the McIntyre Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

KEEN workshop on Thursday

The fall edition of KEEN’s Let’s Talk Series is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., today. The free fall workshop will be held at the Canyon River Ranch and is titled, “Is the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway as Important Wildlife Habitat Corridor?” Information on the speaker schedule is available on KEEN’s website.

Roundtable discussion focuses on cultural appropriation

CWU’s Museum of Culture and Environment hosts “Cultural Appropriation: A Roundtable” at noon, Friday in the museum in Dean Hall. The event features indigenous scholars from across the state.

CWU’s “A Christmas Carol” production opens Friday

CWU Theatre Department’s production of “A Christmas Carol” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday in McConnell Auditorium. The show continues with performances on Sasturday and Sunday and then returns on the weekend of Dec. 1. Tickets are $20 general admission.

EHS Fall Play on stage this weekend

The Ellensburg High School Fall Play production of “Play On!” enters its final weekend of performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. There will be 7 p.m. showings each day with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission.

Community choir concert Friday

Community choir groups Vox Humana Vocal Ensemble and Valley Voices Community Choir will present Kindness is Free – Share the Wealth, a Choir Concert Benefit for the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 7 p.m., Friday, at the United Methodist Church. The concert is free but donations to NAMI Kittitas are welcome.

Human Library on tap Saturday

The Human Library will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday at Hal Holmes Community Center. The Human Library facilitates conversations that challenge stigma and stereotypes. People are on loan to answer and discuss difficult questions on topics such as mental health, disability, ethnicity, gender, ideology, dependence, occupation and race. The event is sponsored by the CWU Ethics Lab, the Ellensburg Public Library and the Friends of the Ellensburg Library.

CWU Fall Choir Concert Sunday

CWU choirs present their Fall Choral Concert at 4 p.m., Sunday in the McIntyre Music Building. Tickets are $15 for general admission.


CWU men’s basketball host tourney

CWU’s men’s basketball team hosts the CWU Tournament on Friday and Saturday, featuring the Wildcats, Northwest Nazarene, Cal State LA and Westminster of Utah. Central plays Cal State LA at 7 p.m., Friday, and Westminster at 7 p.m., Saturday.


The FISH Open Table lunch is chicken pot pie and pears. 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 47 degrees. Sunset is at 4:26 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 26 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

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