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Consult your community calendar.

  • a Hillman City business meeting (Wed),
  • farmers market (Wed)
  • a mosaic project (Thu)
  • library storytimes and a play group (Fri, Sat),
  • a Whatchamadoozie with a Whaddayacallit with a Thingamajigit (Fri),
  • BeatWalk (Fri),
  • a running group (Sat),
  • youth theater auditions (Sat),
  • a greenspace work party (Sat),
  • Furry 5K at Seward (Sun),
  • a neighborhood brunch (Sun),
  • Bicycle Sunday,
  • Arts In Motion 5th Anniversary (Sun),
  • Sustainable South Seattle (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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This beautiful weather is a great excuse to get out and about around Columbia City this weekend. Join us for the 2nd BeatWalk of the season on Friday, June 5th, from 7-10pm. It costs only $5 for adults and kids are free!

Bands include W.B Reid and Bonnie Zahnow, John Stephen Blues Trio, Rouge, Leif Tartusek, Fedora Trio, and the Fathia Atallah Trio.

Complete info is online, and you can find us now on Facebook with lots of band links and info. See you Friday!


Columbia City Cinema

Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Theater

A Junificent movie month is upon us with three summer hits: Up, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and a surprise contender, The Hangover, starting Friday, 6/5.

Both Star Trek and Angels and Demons leave on Thursday, 6/4.

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

Columbia City Farmers Market

Come enjoy the season's first sweet and juicy strawberries brought to you by Tiny's Organics from Eastern Washington!! Or cool off with a delicious and refreshing apple and raspberry juice granita made by Rockridge Orchards.

Janet Hurt
Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

market link

At the library

Preschool storytime Friday June 5 from 10:30 to 11am. Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian.

Play and Learn Friday June 5 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.

Giờ đọc truyện tiếng Việt! (Vietnamese Story Time) Saturday June 6 from 1:30 to 2 pm. Thư viện công cộng Seattle tổ chức giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng việt cho trẻ em! (The Seattle Public Library is hosting Vietnamese Story Times for young children!)

Summer Reading Come to the library to sign up, find out about summer events, and win prizes! June 1 through August 30.

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

Library programs are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend.

library link

Columbia City Theater

Well folks, in case you haven't been noticing, the weather is a changing! This past week has been amazing and so will the next several (we hope). So why not stop by for a drink or two and listen to some great live music.

Or if you feel like playing some music yourself, come down Sunday or Thursday night for our ever-expanding Open Mic nights.

And don't forget to stop by for BeatWalk.

  • Wed — A Better Southeast Seattle — political discussion group
    Open Mic Night with Stephen Smartt
  • Thu — (theater) Ellen Says No — final show w/ J-Minus
    (lounge) Open Mic Night with Stephen Smartt
  • Fri — (theater) Flying House Productions presents Captain Smartypants
    (lounge) BeatWalk
  • Sat — Flying House Productions presents Captain Smartypants
  • Sun — (theater) Flying House Productions presents Captain Smartypants _(lounge) Open Mic Night with Martin G.
  • Tue — Tuesday Night Matinee, SOS, InaState, FSA, The Big Kids

Here's the full list of events.

theater link

Hawthorne Elementary's Penny Harvest

Hi neighbors — I thought you all should read about the great efforts of students at Hawthorne Elementary this last school year as featured in Tuesday's Seattle Times!

Students from 54 area schools participated in this program last year. Your student's school could too by registering at our website.

Sincerely, Mike Beebe, Columbia City neighbor and Penny Harvest regional director

Times link

Mater Matrix Mother and Medium

Join artist Mandy Greer, and with your fellow Seattleites, crochet, knot and twist recycled fabrics into a 200-foot long fiber river. The project celebrates the splendor of Seattle's urban creeks and encourages stewardship of essential watersheds. You are invited to contribute to a free-flowing dialogue about our watersheds with both your ideas and your hands. To find out more about the project go to the Mater Matrix Mother blog.

Mandy Greer will be at the Columbia City Gallery (4864 Rainier Ave S) on Thursday, June 11 from 6 - 8pm. This event is free and open to the public.

MMMM link

Columbia City Gallery presents…

5,280: Ten artists living within one mile of the gallery. Curated by Jim McDonald. Artists include: Julie Alexander, Mark Callen, Norman Courtney, David George, Mandy Greer, Etsuko Ichikawa, Sherry Markovitz, Peter Millett, Barbara Earl Thomas, Ruth Marie Tomlinson.

Urban Icons: New works by gallery artists Lori Duckstein, Esperanza Gomez Grundy, William Herberholz, and Lisa Lamereaux.

Exhibits end July 5th. Gallery Hours: Weds - Sat (12 to 8pm), Sun (10-6pm)
Contact: Kathy Fowells, Gallery Manager, 760-9843

The Columbia City Gallery is an artists' cooperative and a program of SEEDArts.

Gallery link

It's almost Whatchamadoozie Time!

On June 5, 2009, the the new children's musical It's a Whatchamadoozie with a Whaddayacallit with a Thingamajigit on Top! will be coming to the Rainier Valley.

The musical is set in Tremble Town where everyone is paralyzed by fear. When a suspicious glow is spotted in the sky and and ominous musical note permeates the air, the Mayor orders all of the children inside for the summer. It takes Lucy Margaret and her plucky pals Cecil and Gracie who save the day by transforming fear into wonder and fiction into fact!

  • when: June 5-21, Fridays at 7pm & Saturday/Sundays at 2pm
  • where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska)
  • how much: $6/kids $12/adults, pay-what-you-can performance on Sunday June 7 at 2pm
    Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com

The Anything is Possible Theatre is dedicated to bringing dynamic, professional and affordable children's theatre to the south end of Seattle.

AnythingIsPossible link

National Learn to Row Day

Visit the Seattle Parks Department's Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center Saturday, June 6 from 9-11am and get a taste of this fun sport. Tour the boathouse, carry a boat, pull on an oar, and get the chance to see Seattle from a whole new angle.

No swimming or boating experience necessary. Lifejackets and experienced coaches provided. Bring the whole family and learn more about opportunities for everyone at your local boathouse. Ages 11+

The Mount Baker Boathouse provides rowing, sailing and windsurfing classes to South Seattle. Rainier Valley Rowing provides rowing instruction, swimming lessons, and mentorship to Rainier Valley teens. Scholarships are available. Come down June 6 and find out more!

Questions about MB boathouse? Call 386-1913
Questions about Rainier Valley Rowing? Call 434-9971

Rainier Valley Rowing link

Columbia Lakewood Community Church

Treat yourself to an evening of beautiful and inspiring Christian music. Please plan on joining us for a fundraising concert event on Sunday evening June 14th at 5pm.

Columbia Lakewood Community Church, 5005 S Ferdinand St
5pm start (approximately 2 hrs with intermission)
suggested minimum donation: $5 per person (larger donations gratefully accepted) Artists performing: The Called; Triiiune, Shu-Jen Chen and others


Columbia Lakewood Church link


Well, the day has come and Gather has re-opened its doors to reveal the beautiful, cool and hip place that it now is! You really should come take a look. It's gorgeous inside, feels inviting and there are lots of treasures to come look through.

There are racks of clothes, some furniture, shoes, handbags, and very fun jewelry made from antique chandelier parts.

Congratulations, Megan and Dan — you've created a wonderful new shop for the neighborhood!


Columbia City Night Out

Windermere Mount Baker and Columbia City merchants are getting together to raise funds for Southeast Seattle kids and families.

On Wednesday, June 24 from 5 to 9pm, follow the Windermere Open House signs to Columbia City! Participating merchants have agreed to donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to The Windermere Foundation, with the funds earmarked for use in our Southeast Seattle neighborhoods.

There will also be a silent auction at the Columbia City Theater, with live music from Freddie Mac and the Bad Assets. See an updated list of auction items at the Windermere KidsCause blog.


Columbia City Night Out

Arts in Motion — 5th year anniversary

A community celebration: bring the entire family to an afternoon of free entertainment, food and arts activities. Arts in Motion will have special guest speakers: Clarence Acox, Garfield HS Jazz Program Director and Michael Killoren — Director of the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

June 7 from 2-6pm at 3405 S Alaska

Arts in Motion — A community school of the Arts. More information call 727-3131 or email gro.loohcsmia|ofni#gro.loohcsmia|ofni


AIM link

Columbia City in the news

Joseph Visenschmidt (sic), member of the Columbia City Community Council, also questioned the proposed permit allowance. He used a 27-unit apartment building as an example and asked if this building would be allowed 108 parking permits.

Sunset link

… We'll put it in news, eventually.

Columbia City in the blogossiphere

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