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Consult your community calendar.

  • library storytime for babies (Wed),
  • Sustainable South Seattle (Wed),
  • an open house at Orca Elementary (Thu),
  • a silent auction for Orca at Gather (Fri),
  • kids' storytime and bilingual playtime (Fri),
  • the C-City runners (Sat),
  • a work party at Hitt's Hill (Sat),
  • a weaving class for beginners (Mon),
  • the Mayor's "state of the City" at Rainier Vista (Tue),
  • Game On! at the library (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

Got Milk? We sure do. Harvey Milk, that is, with an awesome Oscar-nominated Sean Penn in the title role, Oscar-nominated Josh Brolin as his nemesis, and an exceptional James Franco showing just how talented an actor he really is. Milk, a contender for best picture, starts Friday, February 13 and may play for one week only, so get down and see it. Although San Francisco supervisor and activist Harvey Milk was gay, this is not a movie about gay or straight. It's an uplifting movie about courage and human rights for all.

Taken, a pretty good suspense thriller starring Liam Neeson that sort of got overlooked in the Oscar rush, ends Thursday. The Reader, which is getting high praise and good attendance, sticks around for another week and Slumdog Millionaire just keeps going. On February 20, we expect to have Doubt and possibly Revolutionary Road or Frost-Nixon. We also want to bring in the gorgeously animated Coraline. for the kids and perceptive adults as soon as possible.

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

At the library

Preschool storytime Fridays Feb 13 and 20 from 10:30 to 11am. Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian.

Play and Learn Fridays Feb 13 and 20 from 11:30am to 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.

Game On! Tuesday Feb 17 from 3 to 5pm. Come by for open play on the Wii (including MarioKart!), sing to stardom on American Idol, and practice your dance skills with Dance Dance Revolution. For ages 10-18.

Homework Help Volunteers will assist students with homework on a drop in basis on Mon-Thu, 5-7:30pm, except for school holidays.

Remember, all libraries will be closed on Monday Feb 16 in honor of Presidents Day

library link

Columbia City Theater

Hope to see ya at one of these events over the next 2 weeks!!!! cheers, Scott Happell
  • Thu 2/12 — (theater) Coochie Magik — CD Forum fundraiser
    (lounge) Women In Arts & Music Showcase, featuring Nancy Frieko, The Starlings & Bahia Rowan
  • Fri and Sat 2/13, 14 — Rainy Night Productions presents Zenzi Burlesque in Wanted
  • Tue 2/17 — Nothing But Platinum Presents: Buffalo Breath, Kissing Girls, Mealfrog, Spyn Reset
  • Thu 2/19 — (lounge) Women In Arts & Music Showcase, featuring The Side Project, Anna Coogan & Shenendoah Davis
  • Fri 2/20 — The Comedy Shop presents live stand-up
  • Sat 2/21 — Monty Ray & The Truth, Ayron Jones and The Way, The Soul Flies & Brian Marshall
  • Tue 2/24 — (lounge) David Guilbault, Curtis Seals & guests

full details here

theater link

Sustainable South Seattle

S3 meets to discuss Transit Oriented Development and light rail, Wednesday, February 11, 6-7:30pm at the Columbia City Library

If you've heard the buzz about the "Transit Oriented Development" bill (HB 1490) and want to learn what it's all about, come to the S3 meeting on Wednesday from 6-7:30pm at the Columbia City Library. Bill LaBorde from the Transportation Choices Coalition will present details of the bill, including how the neighborhood might change if the bill passes. We'll follow the presentation with Q&A, and a discussion about the pros and cons of the legislation. Info about the bill here.

Then we'll hear from Roger Pence, who works for Sound Transit, about the details surrounding Link Light Rail service in the Rainier Valley beginning this July. Learn about schedules, fares, and help brainstorm how S3 can get the word out and encourage more people to ride the trains to get around town…


S3 link

Black History Month celebration and film

10,000 Black Men Named George starring Andre Braugher traces the founding of the first African-American union, the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Discussion follows the film.

Saturday, February 21, 7:30pm, at New Freeway Hall, Rainier Ave S, Seattle. Door donation $3. Come early for a Down South Dinner served at 6:00pm for a $9 donation.

Sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party. For more information or childcare, call 722-2453 or moc.gnirpsdnim|elttaesPSF#liame. Wheelchair accessible.

New Freeway Hall link

Help Orca fund a Public Art Workshop

Silent Art Auction — Fri, Feb 13 @ Gather (10-7pm)

In Spring 2009, SEEDArts and Orca K-8 are partnering to offer an after-school workshop for students to create mosaics for their outdoor garden benches. In order to cover the projects costs, we need to raise $2500! Please join us for a one day only silent art auction at Gather in Columbia City on Fri, Feb 13th, starting at 10am, concluding with a reception from 5-7pm.

Contact Abbey Norris, Public Art Manager, 760-4289


Hitt's Hill work party

We will be having our first work party of the season on Saturday, February 14th, which is Valentine's Day, from 10:00a.m. until 1:00p.m. We will be tackling invasive weeds because they are so easy to spot in the woods before all of the plants start leafing out. I hope you can join us for this worthwhile endeavor and in the process enjoy the company of your Columbia City neighbors. Thanks.

Hitt's Hill link

Seward Park trails

Friends of Seward Park got a great response on the first survey and at the public meeting (1/22). With the expert help of local landscape architects Johnson & Southerland, we now have a further round of more specific questions. If you would be so kind, and are so inclined, please respond.

Please take the survey.

Thank you!

Public meeting dates:

  • Tuesday, February 24th
  • Tuesday, April 7th
Friends of Seward Park

Orca K-8 Open House - February 12th at 7pm

Come visit Orca K-8 to see what it we are all about first hand! We offer middle school and elementary tours from the end of February through the beginning of March, as well as two open houses. Seattle Public Schools early enrollment period is from March 2-31 this year.

more details here: Orca K8 Website

Orca @ Whitworth K-8 — 5215 46th Avenue South, 252-6500


Orca K-8 website

C-City Runners

Need some inspiration for your fitness New Year's resolutions? Come join the CCity Runners for a Saturday morning run!

We meet at the Columbia City Bakery every Saturday morning (rain or shine) at 8:30 AM. Look for the morning host and introduce yourself. Routes vary depending on the runner. We have everything from a short to a long route. Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Heather Henricks at moc.liamg|skcirnehh#moc.liamg|skcirnehh. You can also check us out at www.ccityrunners.com.

C-City Runners link

Columbia City in the news

  • Real Change doesn't see much happening at Rainier Vista east of MLK.

Real Change link

… So what else is news?

Columbia City in the blogossiphere

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