Wikli 2009, 07/15

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Columbia City Station Beacon
by Oran Viriyincy

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Live locally.

Consult your community calendar.

  • Healthy & Active Rainier Valley Coalition (Wed),
  • farmers market (Wed),
  • a bilingual play group (Thu),
  • bike tune-ups in Lakewood (Thu),
  • preschool story time (Fri),
  • Zinery 101 (Fri),
  • Landmarks committee (Fri),
  • a running group (Sat),
  • Link Light Rail opening (Sat, Sun),
  • a sidewalk sale (Sat, Sun),
  • a community spirit picnic (Sat),
  • Bicycle Sunday,
  • snakes at the library (Mon),
  • games at the library (Tue),
  • a candidates forum (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

Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Theater

The penultimate Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, opens this week at the cinema and by all accounts it's the best Potter yet.

Public Enemies and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, both doing well, will continue another week.

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

A few of the newest farm fresh fruits at this week's Market:
  • Apricots — Perfection, Rival, Goldbar, Tomcots
  • Cherries — Bings, Rainiers, Sonata, Sander Rose, Index, Sour Pie Cherries
  • Nectarines — Arctic Star
  • Peaches — Early Red Havens, Sugartime, Snowkist
  • Berries — Blueberries, Tayberries, Gooseberries, Mulberries, Raspberries

Please come and enjoy the fruits of the season with us, and we hope to see you at the Market! Weds 3-7

Janet Hurt
Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

market link

Columbia City Theater

  • Wed — Rainier Valley HP Fundraiser
  • Thu — Still Time with special guest Monty Ray
  • Fri — Neo Soul Jazz Band "SolStarr"
    DefSol Fridays, The Comedy Shop features the hottest comedians

seen on Def Comedy Jam and Comicview

Here's the full list of events.

theater link

It's finally here — the launch of Link Light Rail!

  • Sound Transit offers free train rides from 10am – 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Pick up a new Columbia City historical walking tour map at the light rail station, and visit 37 different historic sites and buildings. You can complete the tour in under an hour, with lots of places to stop for meals, treats and shopping.
  • Pedi-cab rides for only $1, courtesy of Rainier Rickshaw, will take people to and from the station and the business hub along S. Edmunds from 10am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Look for the new, colorful Columbia City banners that we've hung along Martin Luther King.
  • Look for sidewalk sales, and free balloons, lemonade and iced coffee all along and near Rainier Ave. S.
  • Acoustic musicians and street performers will appear at the light rail station throughout the day on Saturday.

Community Spirit summer picnic

Saturday, July 18, 11am to 4pm

Everyone welcome!

  • Free Food — hamburgers, hot dogs, halal hot dogs, Ethiopian and Asian
  • Free Music — Blues, jazz, and music of the world, performances by local groups
  • Free Fun — Bouncy house for kids, booths and demonstrations for all ages

Join the fun at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S, just three blocks from the Columbia City Station!

Call Seattle Parks at 386-1919 or email vog.elttaes|regiW.ydnaR#vog.elttaes|regiW.ydnaR for more info.

Rainier Community Center

Columbia City's Light Rail Sale: July 18 - Sept 7

In conjunction with the inauguration of Link Light Rail, 32 Columbia City merchants will be offering a host of specials through September 7th! You can check out all the great deals online.

Look for balloon displays at participating merchants along and near Rainier Ave S. Light rail sale flyers will be available at the station information booth. Just show your light rail receipt, Orca or Flex cards, and start saving.

Download a complete list of offers.

CCBA link

Mount Baker Lakewood Soccer

We are in serious need of some girls to join our U11 Mt Baker league girls soccer team (The Superstars!) otherwise we will be forced to split up! We lost some of our girls to other sports and select soccer this year. We are a team with the MT Baker-Lakewood Soccer Club (mblsoccer.org).

The Superstars are a group of south end girls (and parents) who have a lot of fun and success playing soccer. We have managed that great balance of having fun (no screaming coaches, over-bearing parents or stressed out girls) and still learning skills and winning games. (We won all our games this spring!!)

Your daughter does not have to have played soccer before… we welcome all skill levels!

soccer ball

Columbia City historic tour map

Why it's called a landmark district …

Discover the stories behind the Columbia City story when you take the historic walking tour. It takes you around the neighborhood to 37 different historic sites and buildings all in a comfortable timeframe, with lots of places to stop for meals, treats and shopping.

You can pick up a walking tour map at local businesses, or download a printable version.

walking tour link

Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Festival

Just one month until the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Festival! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 8. Rainier Ave will be open to pedestrians from Orcas to Alaska Streets.

The parade is 11-12 followed by the festival from 12-3.

Rainier Ave will be sectioned off for different festival activities. Beginning in Hillman City and traveling north the sections will be: Fitness St, Health & Beauty St., Art St, Sustainable St, Music St and Restaurant Row will be in Columbia City. Want to participate in one of these activities? Let me know ASAP! moc.rebmahcreiniar|liam#moc.rebmahcreiniar|liam

And — don't forget the parade — we have wonderful entrants this year — and would love to make it even better than last year! If you want to join the fun: www.rainierchamber.com for parade application and contract. Deadline: July 24th.

Parade entrants can schedule a demonstration of their talent during the festival. Again, contact me to get that set up.

Rainier Chamber link

Car-free Day: August 8, 11am-3pm

We all had so much fun at last year's car-free day, and anyone looking for that event might not know that it's been rolled into the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival.

Rainier Ave will be closed from 11am - 3pm from S Alaska Street down to S Orcas Street, same as last year. The parade will run from 11am - 12pm, and then the City is partnering with the Rainier Chamber to host the car-free day. The Bite of the Valley won't happen, but they're hoping local businesses will offer food and activities out on the street.

The biggest change from last year is that they're trying to organize activities by type along Rainier. For example, they'll have fitness activities in one area, art activities in another, music in another, etc. While this takes away a little bit of the wonderful "anarchy" of last year, and the surprise activities that popped up here and there, everyone's welcome to participate in this do-it-yourself street party.

Anyone wanting more info, or help planning your own renegade activity, should contact the Rainier Chamber: moc.rebmahcreiniar|liam#moc.rebmahcreiniar|liam


Columbia City in the news

Times link

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Hillman City Posts


site updates
  • abbeynorrisabbeynorris has created two new pages about the Courtland Hillclimb and its history. These Citizens have made great progress to reclaim a green space and create a valuable neighborhood connection.
  • KateKKateK posted to the S3 blog about Sustainable South Seattle's plans for Light Rail opening day.
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