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Consult your community calendar.

  • HCBA meeting (Wed),
  • a book group (Wed),
  • a crime prevention meeting (Wed),
  • Big Night Out (Wed),
  • library storytime and playtime (Fri),
  • BeatWalk (Fri),
  • CCity runners (Sat, Tue),
  • Hitt's Hill work party (Sat),
  • planning for solstice (Sat),
  • African dance (Tue),
  • HCNA meeting (Tue),
  • public meeting: Rainier Playfield lighting (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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Shake a leg at BeatWalk this Friday. We've got something special this month at BeatWalk: two of Northwest Dance Network's best teachers, Jodi Fleischman and Sean Donovan, will be teaching swing and blues moves with Two Scoops Combo at the Columbia City Theater at 7:30pm and again at 8:30pm. So come and learn some cool moves, and then move on and dance at the 6 other venues!

We've got a great line-up this month: check it out.

Friday, Nov. 7th, 7-10pm
$5, kids are free


Columbia City Cinema

Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Theater

Our post-election selection is outstanding this week! Starting Friday, November 7, we have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Also continuing this week is W. and Appaloosa.

Coming up later this month, we'll be showing Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig as James Bond, Twilight, the long-awaited movie version of the best-selling teenage vampire series, and Bolt, the animated Disney dog who arrives just in time for Thanksgiving weekend.

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

At the library

Evening Book Group Wednesday November 5th from 6:30-7:45. This month's book is To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf — pick up your copy at the Information Desk!

Preschool Storytime Bring your preschoolers on Fridays at 10:30am to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and fun with our children's librarian.

Bilingual Play and Learn Fridays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Grupo Bilingüe de juegos para padres y cuidadores con niños entre las edades de Nacimiento hasta 5 años. Bilingual play group for ages birth to 5.

Homework Help Except for school holidays, volunteers will assist students with homework on a drop in basis. Mon - Thurs from 5:00-7:45pm.

library link

Rainier Playfield lighting replacement

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a community meeting to discuss the replacement of the existing lighting system at Rainier Playfield. The meeting will take place Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S.

This project provides for demolition of the existing outmoded lighting system and replacement with a state-of-the-art system. The funding provides for planning, design, and construction of the park improvements. The goal of the project is to eliminate as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood as possible while providing safe and efficient lighting for the field users.


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South Seattle Solstice: planning meeting

The Gateway Group and SEEDArts invite you to join us this Sat, November 8th at 10:30am at Tutta Bella to discuss plans for the South Seattle Solstice Festival. SEEDArts will provide coffee & pastries.

Learn more...

Contact: Abbey Norris, Public Art Manager, 760-4289

solstice celebration planning

farm-direct winter produce to Columbia City?

How about a winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Willie Green's Organic Farm? A CSA provides weekly farm boxes at different pick-up locations depending on the farm.

In order to bring the CSA to Columbia City we need 7-10 Columbia City/Hillman City neighbors and one pickup location (a local business, neighbor's house with someone around on Fridays at 1PM or who has a porch or other dry place where the produce boxes can be dropped off).


Willie Greens CSA

TEENATURE: An Urban Dance Drama

Three performances only!
Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St
7:30 pm on November 13, 14 & 15

Rainier Valley Youth Theatre and Diversity Dance Company present Teenature, a dance-theatre piece directed by Tyrone Brown in collaboration with Justice Beitzel and Robin Campbell. Teenature is a dance-theatre piece that takes the audience on a powerful journey through the struggles of 6 teenagers in the Emerald City.

Tickets: (800) 838-2006 or brownpapertickets
$5 Children 12 & under, $7 Students/Seniors, $10 Adults

Contact: Kathya Alexander, RVCC Manager, 725-7517


Looking for photos: new Columbia City brochure

The Columbia City Business Association is getting ready to redesign the Columbia City brochure, and I'm putting the word out to anyone who might have some good photography we can use. If you've got high-res photos you've taken of a business (inside or out) or the neighborhood and are willing to let us use them, please let me know as soon as you can. Sorry, no compensation due to our small budget, but you'll get good exposure and my undying gratitude.

I need TIF preferred, or JPG files that are 266dpi at full size. And if you have no idea what that means, just send me the photos and I’ll let you know if they work.

We really want to showcase this great neighborhood, so I hope you'll consider contributing a photo. Whatever we don't use could also go on the CCBA website.

Thanks so much.



To celebrate the thousands of children with whom Explorations in Math has worked over the past five years, we're hosting MathFest Fall 2008, the third city-wide celebration of elementary students and their achievements in mathematics. Math games, activities, prizes and food will be part of the fun. Come join us, one and all.

Where: Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
When: November 13th, 5-8 PM

To volunteer please contact Dave Gardner at gro.htamie|agevad#gro.htamie|agevad


comedy show to benefit Bike Works

Alchemy Goods is hosting the 2nd Annual Bike Works Benefit this Thursday, November 6th starting at 6:30pm. Building on the success of last year's benefit, the Cody Rivers Comedy Show will headline the event, which will also include a reception with food, drink, live music, and a raffle!

We hope you'll be able to join us! Space is running out fast, so please buy your tickets. Drink, eat, listen to a live music, win fabulous prizes, and laugh the night away for only $30! Proceeds go directly to Bike Works, building sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling.

Cody Rivers at Alchemy Goods

You Art What You Eat Benefit: Geraldine's Counter

Join us at Geraldine's Counter on November 12th, anytime from 7am to 9pm, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit SEEDArts' Annual Fund! The SEEDArts Annual Fund supports the programs you love, like the Columbia City Gallery, the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, Rainier Valley Youth Theatre, and the Public Art Program. Learn more about SEEDArts


Dwell gets egged on Halloween

Vandals damaged three of Dwell Developments' Columbia City projects in the evening of Oct 31st. They struck first at the personal home of Anthony Maschmedt (Dwell Development owner), at 3916 S Americus St. They blasted about a dozen eggs at the home and cars parked out front. Then the damage continued at another Dwell home located at 3919 S Alaska St (across from Genesse Park). The vandals hit this house with about 2 dozen eggs all over the entry and the entire North facing facade. Lastly, the wrecking crew headed over to 3508 S Edmunds St to finish at Dwell's latest townhome project.



Columbia City in the news

Columbia City made a couple unfortunate cameo appearances in our local media —

Closures over the last couple months include Coupage, Pike's Bar & Grill, Blackbird Bistro, Villa Victoria, and Veil. The couple of months before that: QUBE, Market Street Grill, Zagi's Pizza, the Wellington, Mixtura, Mistral (though the owner's planning a new place, which, if he's smart, he'll seriously scale back). Note the geographic dispersal, as well as the price range: from Columbia City to Ballard, superexpensive to practically takeout. Note also that lots of these places were well reviewed: What reviewers say couldn't matter less to ol' Market Forces.

The cuts are staggered, Public Health Director David Fleming says, to give the county six months to find funding and save the "lifeboat" services, most likely by going to the legislature, which is facing a $3.2 billion deficit of its own. With Public Health also slated to cut family planning at its Columbia City, Northgate, and Renton clinics in June, the next nearest site for county reproductive care and birth control would be downtown or Kent.

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Columbia City in the blogossiphere

Amber at the Rainier Valley Post says she doesn't want direct links from the Wikli's blogossiphere over her concern that gossip just isn't her brand. We still encourage you to check out her blog.

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