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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, Nov. 21

The Christmas season kicks into gear Friday and continues through December, including a caroling event on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Ellensburg Downtown Association


Ellensburg Community Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday at the Kittitas Valley Event Center Armory. Call the Adult Activity Center at 509-962-7242 to sign up to help or donate.

Upper Kittitas County Community Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday

The Upper Kittitas County Senior Center is serving free lunch to the community from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday. The lunch will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal of roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy with pumpkin pie and apple crisp for dessert.

Stamp and card workshop Tuesday

A free stamp and greeting card workshop will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday at the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. The workshop is part of a new Community Talks program designed to offer intergenerational, educational, cultural and social activities for all ages. Supplies will be provided or people can bring their own.

Free holiday photos at Upper County Senior Center

Professional photographer Todd Erickson is offering free holiday photos to individuals and families who may not otherwise be able to afford them at 4 p.m., today at the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. People will be given access to their photos in digital format. To sign up for a photo shoot, contact Lori at 509-674-7530.

Community Christmas sponsors needed

The FISH Community Food Bank needs donors to adopt families in the Community Christmas program. As of last week, there were 203 families signed up and only 99 donors. The program provides gifts for children and seniors. More information is available on the FISH Facebook page.

Toys for Tots collected

The Downer County Bikers are collecting toys for its annual Toys for Tots program, scheduled for Dec. 2. Toys can be dropped off at boxes at 509 Philly, Campus Starbucks, CW Barber Shop, Dru Bru, Ellensburg Power Sports, Jerrol’s, Kittitas Title and Escrow, Knudson’s Lumber, Mike’s Tavern, Red Lion, The Tav and Yakima Federal Savings Bank.

Getting into the Christmas spirit

Kittitas County shifts quickly from turkey and stuffing to Christmas cheer starting on Friday.

In Ellensburg, Moments to Remember takes center stage. Festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m. and include a petting zoo, living performances by The Studio, Dubstep Studio and Central Washington Dance Academy in the Scott Rollins State Farm windows, the Streets of Bethlehem Live Nativity and the tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Also on Friday, the Valley Musical Theatre presents “Noel – The Heart of Christmas,” an evening of music and poetry at 6:30 in the Elks Ballroom at the Hotel Windrow. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. There also is a showing at 6:30 p.m., Saturday.

The Ellensburg Downtown Association’s Shop Local starts on Sunday and continues through Dec. 14. Purchases of $25 or more at local businesses will enter shoppers into a drawing for cash prizes of $250, $500 and $1,000 on Dec. 15.

Christmas in Cle Elum starts its month-long celebration with Plain Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Holiday closures

Ellensburg schools are closed Wednesday for a holiday weekend. City of Ellensburg facilities are closed on Thursday and Friday. FISH Open Table is closed on Thursday and Friday.


Time set for CWU playoff game

Central Washington University will play Bemidji State at 11 a.m., Saturday, in Bemidji, Minnesota, in the second round of the NCAA Division 2 football playoffs. The Wildcats advanced with a 16-13 overtime win over Western Colorado last Saturday.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is baked potato with vegetarian chili, cheese, sour cream, green onions and broccoli, as well as garlic toast and peaches. 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 44 degrees. Sunset is at 4:21 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 33 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

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