Wikli 2009, 03/18

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Consult your community calendar.

  • storytime for babies, (Wed),
  • Healthy & Active Rainier Valley Coalition (Wed),
  • a computer class (Wed),
  • a mosaic project (Thu),
  • storytime for kids and a playgroup (Fri),
  • the landmarks committee meets (Fri),
  • "Road of the Roma" at the Cultural Center (Fri),
  • C-City runners (Sat),
  • a garden event (Sat),
  • a food drive (Sat, Sun),
  • guerrilla gardening (Sat),
  • a neighborhood canvass (Sun),
  • expanding Rainier Valley gardens (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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Wanted: Assistant Coordinator for BeatWalk

BeatWalk is looking for an assistant coordinator for 2009, and the ideal candidate will be willing to stay and play a bigger role for BeatWalk 2010. This position is ideal for someone looking to get into arts management and/or more involved in the neighborhood.

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 23, 2009.


  • Coordinate volunteers, bands and venues during the event (training will be provided)
  • Help with promotional activities and outreach – putting up posters, sending out e-mails, updating social networking sites.
  • Help research funding opportunities



Columbia City Cinema

Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Theater

Slumdog Millionaire is going to stick around for one more week. Starting Friday 3/20, it will move to a barrier-free access auditorium downstairs. Upstairs we're opening the apocalyptic Nicolas Cage film, Knowing. Cage does a great job in a pretty exciting flick. In case you want to forget everything that's going on, Knowing is a great way to do it.

We're also bringing the exceptionally beautiful and sublimely rendered, Coraline, for a short run. Word of warning, it's excellent but not for tiny kids. And ta da, we also have smack down week at the cinema with Mickey Roarke in The Wrestler. Then, starting on Friday, 3/27, finally a movie for the family, Dreamworks' new animated tale, Monsters vs. Aliens.

See you at the movies.

Cinema link

Columbia City Farmers Market

I know there's a lot of confusion out there regarding the future of the Columbia City Farmers Market, which makes total sense given the all that's happened over these past few years, from the Columbia Plaza property being slated for re-development to the unknown future of the Columbia School site, and a few of you may have noticed that the market lot has now been turned into a Diamond pay lot.

So here's what we know at this time:

  • The Market will stage in its current location this season (Opening Day is April 29th!!) and possibly next, depending upon the progress of Columbia Plaza's re-development (thanks to the generosity of HAL Real Estate Investments, the developers of Columbia Plaza).


farmers market link

Columbia City Cuts

Hey Everyone!!!

Columbia City Cuts is here for you. Your hair needs met right here in the neighborhood, fun, fast and fabulous. Haircuts, hair color, simple braiding and first haircuts. Real prices for real families. Come check us out at 4859 Rainier Ave S, or call for an appointment, 327-9591. We're open Tue-Sat 10-5.

Pam Smith

CC Cuts

free garden event

Take home a free bucket garden, including compost, seeds, and instructions. Bring your cuttings and plants for a plant exchange. Learn about local gardening resources. Saturday, March 21, 10am to noon. Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S). For more information email me at vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid#vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid.

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Expanding Rainier Valley Gardens

In the draft Wikli, anonymous Citizens posted alerts — one about Skillet Street Food and another about the Downtown Emergency Service Center. This editor thinks anonymous posts are just fine, but it's best to offer them as comments. Let's reserve this space for posts that provide for followup.

Southeast District Council

A forum for all neighborhood associations, business associations, and other organizations active in the valley.

Wed, March 25 6:30 to 8:30pm
Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S

Yun Pitre


guerrilla gardening

Hi Columbia Citizens. Please join us at the corner of Letitia Ave S. and Genesee Saturday March 21st at noon for guerrilla gardening. Everybody is welcome, experienced or inexperienced. All plants welcome. Bring gardening tools if you have them.

Contact Aimee at moc.cam|rotsaceemia#moc.cam|rotsaceemia for more info.

guerrilla gardening info

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Northwest Author Lecture Series

As part of our Spring Pacific Northwest Authors lecture series, The Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center will be featuring three local authors and their work related to environmental issues. Our three authors include: Children's Author Jen Heger, Nicholas O'Connell, and David Montgomery.

Jen Heger—I'm Nocturnal. How About You? Saturday, March 28th 10am-12pm

Jen will join us for a morning of special readings from her book I'm Nocturnal. How About You? This enhanced Toddler Tales and Trails will include a light brunch finger food, special children's activities and arts and crafts, a reading given by the author at 10:30, and a reception afterwards. Bring your family down to the Center for a delightful morning with Jen and Audubon Center naturalists, staff, and volunteers.


Jen Heger

Bridge to Beach Makeover

It'll be a beautiful day in your neighborhood on Saturday, April 25, 2009!

  • Community-wide clean up: 9am – 3pm
  • Celebration: 3–6pm @ Othello Park

Celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors by cleaning up the Rainier Valley! It's easy & fun to participate. Projects can be any type of clean up.

For more information or to register your project contact:

  • Jennifer Duong: 322-6134 or gro.igns|refinnej#gro.igns|refinnej
  • Yun Pitre: 386-1924 or vog.elttaes|ertip.nuy#vog.elttaes|ertip.nuy
  • Register online: www.rainiervalleypost.com



Music for Everyone

Parent/Caregiver & Child Music Classes

Now enrolling for the spring music series beginning April 9! Thursdays 10:30-11:15 am

Music for Everyone's parent/caregiver and child music classes offer musical activities that are playful, interactive and educational. Seward Park classes meet at The Lakewood/Seward Park Community Club. All classes are for ages 2-5 with an accompanying parent/caregiver. To register or find out more contact Jana at: moc.liamg|1yreverofcisum#moc.liamg|1yreverofcisum or www.musicforevery1.com


Columbia City in the news

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Columbia City in the blogossiphere

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