By: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell
Posted: Aug. 16, 2011
Mark your calendar for the second Annual Community Day! at Central Washington University. CWU is partnering with the with the United Way Day of Caring to host a fun-filled, family-friendly day of events on August 20, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at various venues on Central’s Ellensburg campus.
The organizers of Community Day hope to promote good will and a sense of community among CWU, the City of Ellensburg, Kittitas County, and United Way. Events and information tables are designed to allow a better understanding of the services available from these institutions.
Community Day will also provide an opportunity to meet key officials and familiarize the general public with Central’s facilities. CWU Events External Outreach Specialist Laurie Clark hopes to encourage the community’s participation in future campus events.
Family members will enjoy participating in the multitude of events planned for Community Day. The CWU aquatic center will be open to the public at no charge from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Information about CWU Outdoor Pursuits and Rental will also be available. Central students from the Don and Verna Duncan Civic Engagement Center will host hands-on children activities and international students will teach children games played in their home countries.
You can get a head start on the football season by watching scrimmages in Tomlinson Stadium by Ellensburg High School, Kittitas High School, Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, and CWU teams beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The world-renowned Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute (CHCI) will hold two chimposiums. These are one-hour, educational workshops involving chimpanzees who have acquired American Sign Language skills. CHCI will donate a portion of its ticket sales on Community Day to United Way. Call 509-963-2244 for more information or to register.
The public is encouraged to once again support United Way’s “Stuff the Bus,” a program that provides school supplies for local families in need. In addition, representatives from local United Way agencies, such as the American Red Cross, Central Washington Disability Resources, Hospice Friends, HopeSource and others will be available to provide details about their services. There will also be information tables about local and county resources.
Demonstrations and safety information will be presented by the Ellensburg Police Department, Kittitas County Fire and Rescue, and CWU Police Department. CWU’s Air Force ROTC will be available to answer questions about its program. Free chili and corn bread will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m., for as long as it lasts.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Ellensburg Rodeo, as well as “Pay One Price” amusement ride tickets, fair posters, and season passes to the Kittitas County Fair.
At 3:00 p.m., all activities, information tables and displays will close so everyone can attend “Chill Out and Rock Out” in Tomlinson Stadium with local favorite, the Dave Rawlinson and Friends. Free ice cream will be available to the first 500 people.
Parking is free in all university lots on weekends.
In 2009, United Way of Central Washington was established, linking Kittitas County and Yakima County together. This move, which cut the costs of campaigning and donations, allows for more education, more food, more compassion, and more service.