Wikli 2008, 11/12

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Consult your community calendar.

  • a public meeting about playfield lighting (Wed),
  • MathFest (Thu),
  • TEENATURE, a dance drama (Thu, Fri, Sat),
  • library storytime & a bilingual playgroup (Fri),
  • community garden planning (Fri),
  • C-City runners (Sat, Tue),
  • Friends of Columbia School (Sat),
  • Artists' Reception (Sat),
  • Seward Park playground open house (Tue),
  • an African dance class (Tue),
  • Healthy & Active Rainier Valley Coalition (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

Finally, the week we've all been waiting for — James Bond comes to Columbia City in his latest thriller, Quantum of Solace. There's a special midnight showing on Thursday, 11/13.

Coming soon is Twilight and Bolt.

On Facebook? Join the Columbia City Cinema group. Just another great way to stay on top of all that's happening at Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Cinema.

See you at the movies.

Cinema link

Friends of Columbia School

next meeting: Nov 15 at 10am in Tutta Bella

In the summer of 2009, the New School will leave the Columbia School for its new facility in Rainier Beach, and for the first time in more than 100 years a public school may not be operating in the heart of Columbia City. Over the coming year, Seattle Public Schools will likely decide what to do with the building. People have expressed lots of ideas about how the property could be reused.

Community members founded Friends of Columbia School (FoCS) to help inform, engage, and involve the community regarding the future use and development of Columbia School.

Please join us for coffee and a discussion about the future of this great community asset.



FoCS link

Help feed your neighbors this holiday season

To ensure that our pantry is well stocked for the holidays, Rainier Valley Food Bank (RVFB) will be holding a food drive, and we sure could use your help!

Where: The Safeway store at 3820 Rainier Ave S
When: Sat, Nov 15 & Sun Nov 16 from 10am – 6pm

What volunteering looks like: Volunteer shifts are two hours long. You'll pass out flyers to people entering the store (the flyers contain a grocery list with our most needed items). Some people will purchase items inside the store and drop them off with you. You give them a warm thank you and a smile and pack the groceries into the containers provided by RVFB.

How do I volunteer for this event? Call Michele at 617-1664 and sign up for a time and date!


Thanks so much for your interest. Hope we see you at the food drive!


Grand Opening! Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club

Saturday, Nov 15th 12-4pm, 4520 MLK Jr Way S

Activities you can participate in —

  • general information and membership booth
  • Tour de Club — take a tour of the new 40,000 sq.ft. facility
  • Start Art — paint your own tile with this community art project
  • BBall 4 All — play basketball and other fun games
  • digital arts — hop on a computer and become a digital imaging pro
  • Detective Cookie's Chess Room — play a round of chess
  • Construction Gallery — check out the evolution of the construction
  • partner organizations — meet and learn about our program partners


Visit rainiervistabgc.org for more information!

Boys & Girls Club link

community gardening in the Rainier Valley

Let's plant peas by President's Day! Come and meet with Seattle Tilth and P-Patch people on Friday, November 14th at 2:30 at the Rainier Community Center to strategize how to increase planting beds in the Valley.

Southeast Seattle has a long rich history of truck farms and family gardens. Let's explore how to truly eat local and work with our neighbors.

Can't come to the meeting but want to help? E-mail Diana Vergis Vinh.

community garden

Build a new playground at Seward Park!

Please join SPPIF for the Seward Park Play Area final design open house. Come see the plan and learn how you can make this dream playground a reality!

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30-8pm
Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Blvd S
(the building adjacent to former play area)

All are welcome. Snacks and childcare will be available.


SPPIF link

C-City Runners

a great way to get in shape for the holidays!

Join us for our regularly scheduled run at 8:30 Saturday morning, starting at the Columbia City Bakery. We don't care if you're slow, fast or in between — we have a variety of routes available based on your own fitness level. Look for the CCity Runners host at the bakery and introduce yourself — we'll get you all set up for a fabulous neighborhood run. Check us out at www.ccityrunners.com.

C-City Runners link


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


BlueStreet Jazz Voices benefit dinner

Sun, Dec 7, Columbia City Theater (21+), 6 to 9pm

BlueStreet's benefit performance will feature not only the ensemble, our terrific trio, and several solo performers, but also dinner, the acclaimed chocolate buffet, a no-host bar, and an auction — all in Columbia City's jewel of a nightclub, Columbia City Theater!

We are a group of passionate amateur and professional musicians who care deeply about jazz. The 20-member ensemble has sold out venues including the Triple Door and Tula's. But we're also a community-based nonprofit dedicated to outreach and education. BlueStreet brings entertainment and a greater appreciation of jazz to students, seniors and other audiences through pro-bono performances of jazz standards, lush ballads, blues, latin, and contemporary jazz.


BlueStreet link

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


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