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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, June 18

The Ellensburg Public Library Summer Reading program starts today. Graphic courtesy of Ellensburg Public Library


Summer lunch program underway

The FISH Food Bank Picnic in the Park summer lunch program started Monday. Lunch is served daily at five locations in Ellensburg and single locations in Kittitas and Cle Elum. A weekly meal pickup of seven breakfasts and seven lunches in provided in Easton, Thorp, Roslyn, Thorp, Auvil Fruit Co. and Vantage. Information on locations is available on the FISH Facebook page. The program is for children up to age 18.

The summer reading program starts

With the school year ending, the Ellensburg Public Library’s Summer Reading Program starts. The kickoff party for the youth summer reading program is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday in the library and on the library lawn. There will be special events on Wednesdays throughout the summer.

The adult summer reading program also kicks off today at 4:30 p.m. at Hal Holmes Community Center. Participants receive a free book and a DIY paper flower craft kit. At 6:30 p.m. the program offers Adventures in Journaling with tips, tricks, techniques and embellishments to design your journal.

Touch a Truck on Tuesday

The annual Touch a Truck is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., today at Rotary Park. Children can touch and climb on various vehicles and equipment in a safe environment. A bike rodeo will be held at the mountain bike skills area of the park at the same time.

Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday

A Juneteenth celebration will be held in Ellensburg starting at 4 p.m., Wednesday. The Kittitas County Museum offers dedicated programming showcasing the history and culture of African Americans in Kittitas County. Flyers and maps highlighting sites of significance to the Black community will be available. A program featuring local dignitaries, community leaders and music by Black Grenade Entertainment starts at 4 p.m., at the Red Pickle. The evening concludes with the first Ellensburg Night Market of the season with vendors and live music on Pine Street. CWU Archives and Special Collections is hosting Juneteenth exhibit on the second floor of Brooks Library, and CWU Libraries will be showing a curated book display on the first floor.

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.

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 June 23 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. Multiple bands from throughout Ellensburg’s musical history will perform at Gustfest, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to all ages. There will be food trucks.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is vegetarian chili, cornbread 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 66 degrees. Sunset is at 9:00 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 47 degrees. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph.  


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