Wikli 2009, 01/07

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Consult your community calendar.

  • Hillman City Business Association (Wed),
  • a free Brazilian dance class (Wed),
  • baby story time, and an evening book group (Wed),
  • children's story time, and a play group (Fri),
  • C-City runners (Sat, Tue),
  • a school garden planting party (Sat)
  • an African dance class (Tue),
  • 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

Starting Friday, January 9: Gran Torino.

Continuing through January 15: Marley and Me and Valkyrie.

It looks like Slumdog Millionaire will start January 23 and on the 16th probably a week of Australia or Seven Pounds. Which one do you want to see?

We're also thinking about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for the 23rd. Milk we hope to get later on when they make more prints because of Sean Penn's sure nomination. So that's what we're thinking. Don't know yet which way the balls will bounce.

See you at the movies.

Cinema link

At the library

Baby Storytime Wednesday January 7th from 12 to 12:30 pm. Bring your baby to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian

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

Grupo Bilingüe de Juegos / Bilingual Play and Learn Group Fridays from 11:30-1pm. 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.

Evening Book Group on Wednesday January 7th from 6:30-7:45 pm. Join us for a book discussion at the Columbia Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Homework Help Volunteers will assist students with homework on a drop in basis starting January 5th on Mon-Thu, 5-7:45pm.

library link

Columbia City Theater

  • Wed — XIL Records presents: Sex And Violins, Man Alive, Radio Rede, Grim Smily, Eat Mary, Crowfoots
  • Thu — (theater) AudioArt, The Jesus Rehab & Ugly Baby
    (lounge) Women In Art & Music showcase featuring: Julia Massey
  • Fri — The Show Media Presents: Basic Radio, Big Fat Alice, Cold December & more
  • Sat — 80s Rock Tribute Night: Rattlesnake Suitcase, Dirty Hollywood, Possibly Liquid Courage
  • Sun — Jazz Night School performance
  • Tue — James Germain and the Gray Grey Days
theater link

stress reduction for body and mind

Learn how to reduce stress, pain and anxiety by using Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This intensive nine week program can teach brain and body to be more relaxed using basic meditation (mindfulness) and movement (gentle yoga). There is some home practice requirement.

Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S, 386-1919
Wednesday January 14 to March 11, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday retreat February 28 10:30am - 3:30pm
First class is free; CDs and rest of the classes $55

Auky van Beek has been practicing community medicine in South Seattle since 1998 and has spent three months of intensive training toward certification in teaching MBSR. She is very excited and committed to offering this course as an alternative way of dealing with pain and suffering.

Sponsored by HARVC, Neighborcare, and Seattle Parks and Recreation

Auky van Beek

new Brazilian dance class

Columbia City Fitness is now offering a Brazilian Dance Class on Wednesday nights at 5:30 - and we're kicking off the New Year with a free introductory class on Wednesday, January 7. Come and see what Brazilian dance and music is all about!

Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Columbia City Fitness
4860 Rainier Ave S. Seattle 98118

Instructor: Lisette Austin, Managing director of Tudo Beleza Brazilian Dance Company.

This is a beginner level class that explores various Brazilian regional dance forms including Samba, Axé and Samba Reggae. Come experience a high energy and dynamic workout! Drop in and punch cards available for both gym members and non-gym members. Great for both men and women!

Download flyer here.


tudo beleza

Columbia City Gallery: silent auction

The Columbia City Gallery is hosting a Silent Auction of gallery artists' work from Jan 21-31, 2009. This is a unique opportunity to collect work from your favorite local artist. Minimum bids will be set by each artist. Bids may be made in person, on the phone or via email. Winners will be notified on February 2.

The Auction Kick-Off & Artists' Reception is on Saturday, January 24, 5 – 8pm. This event is free and we encourage you to attend!

For more information, contact Kathy Fowells at 760-9843 or visit: ColumbiaCityGallery.com

gallery auction

Orca K-8 School Garden Planting Party

Come one, come all to the amazing groundbreaking planting party for Orca on Sat Jan 10th from 10am-2pm.

We have completed a master plan that encompasses teacher, student, and neighborhood input for creating an incredible garden space. Come get an up close and personal view of the incredible resource that the Orca garden will be. We will plant a diverse selection of native NW plants, herbs, medicinals, trees, shrubs, and so much more.


Orca garden

Join a Dream Circle with June BlueSpruce

Starts Jan 13.

  • Share your dreams and receive their healing messages.
  • Find out how to remember more of your dreams.
  • Learn to recognize the spirit allies and ancestors who come to you in dreams.
  • Experience the deep connections that come when we share dreams in a circle.


June BlueSpruce

Anything is Possible hosts kick-off fundraiser!

The Anything is Possible Theatre Company, who brought you Something Big Has Been Here, is producing a new children's musical It's a Whatchamadoozie with a Whaddayacallit with a Thingamajigit on Top in June 2009. We invite you to our kickoff fundraiser event on Sunday, January 25th from 4pm - 6pm at the Columbia City Gallery. Featuring wine and cheese, coffee and desserts, a raffle and silent auction. We'll also perform several musical numbers from the new musical. Proceeds from the event will help to subsidize school performances and prevent us from turning any one away due to lack of funds.

Contact 760-1336 or 200-7315 for additional information.

Musikgarten Classes at Rainier Valley Cultural Center

Start your year off with music! Offering early childhood development music and movement classes for children ages 15 months to five years old, led by Sarah Burgess. Classes include singing, bouncing, rocking, listening, dancing, call and response rhythm exercises, skipping, galloping and more! Musical activities immerse the child in language, evoke movement, stimulate the brain and foster physical coordination, all in a group setting that builds community.



Columbia City in the news

  • Times columnist Jerry Large asked fellow Citizens about what gifts really mattered.

Times link

… That's what's new in news.

Columbia City in the blogossiphere

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