Wikli 2009, 09/02

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Consult your community calendar.

  • Hillman City Business Association (Wed),
  • farmers market (Wed),
  • Thrifty Kitchen (Thu),
  • BeatWalk (Fri),
  • C-City runners (Sat),
  • a greenbelt work party (Sat),
  • Bike Sunday,
  • 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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The last BeatWalk of the season is this Friday, September 4th, from 7 - 10 p.m. So come on out and enjoy the last days of summer by listening to some great music for the low, low price of $5 (and don't forget, kids are free.)

This month's bands include the Gina Sala Quartet, Kane Mathis and Sahel, Alma Villegas, Los Supersones, Cristina Orbe, and the Arts in Motion Faculty Band.

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

Three of the hottest movies in town, Julie & Julia, Inglourious Basterds, and District 9 continue this week. Inglourious Basterds and District 9 end this Thursday, 9/3.

Starting Friday, 9/4, we've got The Hurt Locker, arguably the best and most intense movie of 2009, and Ponyo, an incredibly moving and beautiful animated film by the Japanese master, Miyazaki — yes, the same one who did My Neighbor Totoro.

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

An evening Q & A with Seattle City Council

The Seattle City Council invites the public to attend its upcoming Q & A with Council where Councilmembers will ask for audience feedback on light rail, crime and city services while also fielding any questions attendees have of the Council.

The evening town-hall style meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club located at 4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is slated to end at 8:30 p.m. C.R. Douglas, host of Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out and Ask the Mayor will moderate the event.

Attendees will have the option of writing their questions down when they arrive if they prefer not to speak at the microphone. Also, for those unable to attend, questions may be submitted in advance to vog.elttaes|llahnwotlicnuoC#vog.elttaes|llahnwotlicnuoC.


City Council link

Louisiana Creole Celebration

Sunday, September 27, 5 - 10pm
Presented by NW Zydeco Music and Dance Association

  • 5pm — Bayou Blast playing French Creole and Zydeco tunes from the Bayou with Emcees Georgia McDade and Mary Lee Lykes, from LYKES to Dance
  • 6pm — Mardi Gras line/parade with beads music and more
  • 6:30pm — Free samples of outrageous gumbo from the King Creole Restaurant and gumbo-making demonstration
  • 7:30pm — Sample Louisiana culture through face painting, Rub board playing, All about Accordions workshop, and Zydeco dancing downstairs

Location: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska St)
Tickets: $10 for general, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for children ages 8-18 (7 and under are free), $25 for families of up to 4 people
Tickets available online or at the door

See upcoming Arts Gumbo events...

Arts Gumbo link

Arts Gumbo Book Discussion Group

Thursday, Sept 24, 6:30pm
'Jolie Blon's Bounce' by James Lee Burke, Columbia Branch Library
Discussion leader Georgia McDade. Books available at no charge at Bookworm Exchange, 4860 Rainier Ave S. Call 722-6633 to pick up your book.

Arts Gumbo link


Columbia City's 2009 Seattle Bookfest, sponsored by the Columbia City Cinema, the Columbia City Business Association and Rainier Valley Chamber, is shaping up to be a fall literary extravaganza. See our website at seattlebookfest.com.

Pick up a book or books from neighborhood authors Nancy Rawles, Garth Stein, Neal Stephenson, Tim Egan and Michael Gruber plus 50 others. This is an event you will want to come out and support. Write Oct 24-25 on your calendar now.

Bookfest link

PARK(ing) Day

On Friday, September 18th, SEEDArts Public Art Program will be turning a parking space into a temporary park for National PARK(ing) Day. This is a "one-day, global event to highlight the need for more urban open space, rethink the way green space can happen, and improve the quality of urban human habitat".

Come by and visit our park in front of Lotus Yoga (4860 Rainier Ave S) and check out the BikeWorks park (in front of Roy's BBQ) between 9-3pm!

The SEEDArts parking space is sponsored by Lotus Yoga with design collaboration from Alex Martin (Jubilee Event Engineers) and Mary Coss (Wit Visuals). For more info contact me at 760-4289.

SEEDArts link

A little local pride?

Best of Western Washington — Vote for your favorite local business

Every year Evening Magazine does a "Best of Western Washington" poll, and wouldn't it be great if some of our amazing Columbia City businesses were recognized? You can show the love on their website at: http://bit.ly/BiJOx. If you don't see a particular business listed in a category, you can add them.

With pride and gratitude,

CCBA link

Habitat for Humanity at Rainier Vista

Habitat for Humanity is hosting King County's first annual Build-a-Thon! Much like a Walk-a-Thon, the Habitat Build-a-Thon asks volunteers to engage friends and family in making affordable housing a priority by sponsoring their volunteer hours for Habitat. Why walk when you can build?

What: Participants sign up for one half-day volunteer shift with Habitat and ask friends and family to sponsor their hours by donating to Habitat through a personal fundraising webpage.

Where: Rainier Vista, and all Habitat construction sites and offices throughout King County.

When: September 19th - October 3rd 2009 (sites are open Tuesday – Saturday in half-day shifts) 8:30am - 4pm, or contact your affiliate to schedule an alternative shift.


Build-a-thon link

Meet Seattle City Council candidate Jessie Israel

Please stop in to meet a candidate for Seattle City Council position #6 on Thursday, September 3 from 6-7:30pm. Meet Jessie Israel and learn about her vision for a more effective City Council!

Thursday will be the first "Neighborhood Meet-Up" in Columbia City home of Lina and Mark (3511 S Hudson Street).

Please consider joining us and inviting your neighbors. website

Jessie Israel link

Columbia City in the blogossiphere

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