Wikli 2008, 09/17

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Consult your community calendar.

  • HARVC (Wed),
  • farmers market (Wed),
  • a community meeting about playground design (Wed),
  • a SEEDarts culinary benefit (Thu),
  • an artist's exhibition (Thu),
  • library events (Fri, Tue),
  • Park(ing) day (Fri),
  • landmarks review (Fri),
  • a concert for Bike Works (Fri),
  • a running group (Sat, Tue),
  • Bicycle Sunday,
  • Southeast District Council (Wed),
  • and Citizens post more events all the time!

In the calendar, you can click through to each event's online information. If a local event is missing, please send a Citizen's alert.

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Columbia City Cinema

Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Theater

Continuing this week: Burn After Reading and Tropic Thunder.

Starting Friday, September 19: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Be sure to check our website for the most up-to-date movie information! Or, better yet, sign up for our weekly newsletter and get movie times delivered straight to your inbox.

See you at the movies.

Cinema link

Columbia City Farmers Market

This Wednesday Sept 17 the Farmers Market hosts a cooking demo by Chef Garret Brown of Verve Wine Bar! Verve features a lovely gourmet menu with local meats, cheeses and seasonal greens… Come watch as a master chef shows shoppers how to create delicious and affordable dishes using what's fresh on the market tables now. Demo starts at 4 pm.

We're starting to see some winter squashes on the market tables along with the bounty of peak summer: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, plums and apples. September is also a great time to enjoy the last of sumer's salads, with plenty of fresh lettuces and delicious summer fruit (the best summer salad: add a sliced nectarine and a simple vinaigrette to your greens and maybe a sprinkle of market cheese).

Janet Hurt
Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

market link

At the library

Preschool Storytime Bring your preschoolers on Fridays to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and fun with our children's librarian.

Homework Help Starting Monday Sept 22nd, volunteers will assist students with homework on a drop in basis. Mon - Thurs from 5:00-7:45pm

Game On!! Wii, DDR & American Idol Karaoke On Tuesday September 23rd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. come by for open play on Wii, sing to stardom on American Idol and practice your dance skills with Dance Dance Revolution. Snacks will be provided, and you may win a prize just for coming! Ages 10-18.

September 27th - October 4th is Banned Books Week! Come to the library to see what books were challenged in the past year and leave with a good read!

library link

National PARK(ing) Day in Southeast Seattle!

Visit FOUR interactive “parks” in parking spaces along Rainier Avenue S between Columbia City & Hillman City on Friday, September 19th from 12 - 6pm. For more information, contact Abbey Norris at gro.elttaesdees|sirrona#gro.elttaesdees|sirrona or 760-4289


Park(ing) Day

Po'Girl Concert, Benefitting Bike Works

When Po' Girl performed at board president Bill Lippe's House Concert series last year and learned about the positive impact that Bike Works has on youth, the group volunteered to do a benefit concert!!

Friday, September 19, Columbia City Theater. Doors open 6:30 PM - Music begins 7:30 PM

Bike Works will be hosting an after-show open house with beer, wine and snacks (complimentary with concert tickets!!) at our program location just up the block from the concert venue: 3709 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle, WA 98118. More details to follow!

All proceeds will go to support the Bike Works programs.


Po' Girl link

Old Time Square Dance

Friday, Sept 26 at the Lakewood/Seward Park Community Club. A night of easy, fun dances, all taught in advance by genial callers, and powered by great, live old-time fiddle music. Great fun for the whole family. This may be the last such dance for a while, unless someone steps forward to help run it. If you are interested, or have any questions, please call Tony Mates at 723-3897

square dance link

"Autism Speaks" Benefit Concert

Autism Speaks Team 7 presents the First Annual Fundraiser Concert to benefit Autism Speaks at Columbia City Theater on Tuesday, September 23, at 7:30pm.

Musical veterans Role:One, LazyBones, Ari Joshua, and Joe Doria will be sharing the stage with newcomers The McCombers, and the amazing 11-year-old Alexa. This is a highly anticipated performance at the beautiful Columbia City Theater. They will amaze you, astound you, and hopefully move you to tears.


Stella Marie's website

A glimpse of Absolute, a Southside icon


(from the Citizens flickr pool)

On a Sunday along MLK, you can expect to see Absolute, the Rastafarian runner with the Ethiopian flag as his cape. Here is my glimpse of him today at Rainier Vista. Voilà, a link to a fine Seattle Times article about him, excerpted below:

"Bob Marley!" some of the workers yell at him, this black man, 6 foot 3, all limbs and graying dreadlocks. "Superman!" some of the kids holler, loving the sight of a man running in long white socks and the green-yellow-red flag of Ethiopia fashioned as cape.

The runner was born with a different name, but sometime after college, after he claimed Ethiopia as The Motherland and decided to boycott all meat and dairy, his buddies dubbed him "Absolute." End of story. Don't look for deeper meaning into why Absolute runs MLK, down to the corner of Graham Street where the McDonald's presides and where he pauses, thrusting his hands in the air à la Rocky Balboa, then turns back, heading north.


Columbia City in the news

  • Two great reviews of new local eateries: Lola's South City Bakery and Island Soul

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