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Consult your community calendar.

  • Healthy & Active Rainier Valley Coalition (Wed),
  • farmers market (Wed),
  • a traffic safety meeting (Wed),
  • an open house at the Rainier Chamber (Thu),
  • a community kitchen (Thu),
  • Park(ing) Day (Fri),
  • a running group (Sat),
  • Habitat build-a-thon (Sat),
  • bicycle Sunday,
  • City Council town hall (Tue),
  • Free Qigong (Tue),
  • Southeast District Council (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

Continuing this week are three of the best: Julie & Julia, Ponyo, and The Hurt Locker.

Look for The Informant on Friday, 9/18.

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

Save summer for winter now! It's prime time to can and pickle. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries will be coming to an end in the next few weeks. Nectarines are at their peak and the white peaches have made their appearance. Pickling cukes are in, along with sweet corn, and sweet and hot peppers for salsas and relishes. Over the next few weeks, look for more varieties of pears and apples!

This week's event: The Annual Zucchini 500 Races! Kids can build and race their own car made from a zucchini. This event is a hit every year, and "cars" are only available until they're gone! Event runs 3-6pm.

See you at the market!

Janet Hurt
Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

market link

At the library

Evening Book Group Wednesday Sept. 16th from 6:45 to 7:45pm. Join us for a book discussion at the Columbia Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month's title is Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende. Pick up your copy at the Information Desk!

Homework Help Starting Monday September 21st, volunteers will assist students with homework on a drop in basis on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30pm and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 7pm.

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

library link

Community Dinner at Rainier Community Center

On Thursday September 24th we'll meet at the Rainier Community Center at 6:30 to cook a meal and eat together. Please let Diana know at vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid#vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid if you can come.

Save money and cook some great food. Come and eat with your community!

Check out the new Community Kitchens Northwest web site for the kitchen nearest you. Check it out and come and cook with us!

Community Kitchens link

PARK(ing) Day is this Friday!

Take a stroll down to Lotus Yoga (4860 Rainier Ave S) on Friday, September 18th from 9-3pm and you'll find a temporary park built in a parking space!

Park(ing) Day 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". 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 Abbey at 760-4289.

SEEDArts link

the neighborhood brunch crunch

For years, neighbors have gotten together each month to share news and some laughs over a good meal. It's a fun neighborhood tradition, and a relaxed way to connect and get to know each other better.

Our brunch-o-meter is now near empty! We need gracious hosts. November and beyond are available for you to share this longstanding neighborhood tradition. If you're interested or would like to know more, please contact me (email, or 329-5912) — or go ahead and sign yourself up on the brunch page. Thanks.



film screening to support breast cancer research

Please join me to view a documentary called In The Family. The film is slated to premier on October 1 but we'll be offering two special screenings at the Columbia City Cinema on September 16, 6 and 8:30pm.

I'm coordinating this screening to raise money for Areola Borealis, a team who just completed the Breast Cancer 3-Day. I walked last year but can't get my hooves in order this year, so here's a chance to support the cause.


In the Family link

Seward Park playground news flash

An anonymous donor has graciously offered to match community fundraising up to $5,000. Will you help us take advantage of this generous offer by making a contribution before September 24th?

If we make this goal we'll have just $40,000 to go to raise the total $700,000 needed to get a phenomenal new play area built by the time school lets out next June. Help us create a legacy for the children of south Seattle and beyond.

Seward Park play area open house and fundraiser
Thursday, Sept 24, from 6-8 P.M. (Open house format with two formal presentations at 6:30 & 7:30)
Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center — Refreshments provided, children welcome

Please join us to see the final plans for a cool new play area and learn how you can help get it built by June 2010!



SPPIF link

Yi Ren Qigong in Columbia City

Yi Ren® Qigong is a form of experiential healthcare that originated in China thousands of years ago. It incorporates gentle movements, breathing, and focused intention to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. It compliments and enhances your current healthcare treatments and self-care routines.

Free interactive demonstration
Tues Sept. 22nd, 7 - 7:45pm, Columbia Branch Library, lower meeting room.

Entry Level Yi Ren® Qigong 8 week Class
Tuesdays 7-8pm, Oct. 6th - Nov. 24th
Rainier Valley Cultural Center, lower level
Cost: Health Care Reform Special $80

Everyone is welcome. For more information or to register for the class please contact Sue at 938-7764 or visit CanyonEchoWellness.com.

Sue Reed

Canyon Echo Wellness link

Breathe easier — quit smoking!

The Community Acupuncture Project of Columbia City, located at 3811B S Ferdinand, has been busy treating people in the community on a daily basis to help them quit smoking this summer. Our deal has been so successful that we have decided to extend the offer until the end of October. The offer includes unlimited acupuncture each week for a fixed fee of $30-$50 sliding scale per week.

Acupuncture is most successful when applied frequently at times of emotional and physical stress or transition. This is the mission of our clinic — to provide as many treatments as necessary to get people well, at a cost that is accessible to all of our community.

Give us a call to talk about what we do 760-6064 or visit our website. You can make an appointment there too. If it's your time to quit, consider acupuncture!

CAPCC link

Jewelry-making workshop and benefit for SEEDArts

Get Wired for SEEDArts this Sunday, Sept 20, 3 - 5pm Please join us for a jewelry making workshop and fundraiser for SEEDArts, hosted by Shari Kaufman and Karen Wong.

Enjoy coffee or tea and baked goodies while you learn how to make wire-wrapped jewelry (workshop begins at 4pm). Bring your own wire and beads to use or share, or use supplies that we provide. We'll request contributions to SEEDArts.

Please RSVP to gro.elttaesdees|sirrona#gro.elttaesdees|sirrona or call 760-4289 for location details. Space is limited to 35 people - so RSVP today!

SEEDArts link

Columbia City Art Club now enrolling

Imagination Explorers! Kids learn to let their imaginations grow through art classes using a variety of materials. Activities will range from clay tiles and masks, to printmaking and collages from found objects.

Session is 10 weeks long and begins Oct.6th - Dec.10th

class schedule & age groups -- more info

Classes meet one day per week. Fee for each class is $150 (15% discount for siblings) The ratio for the younger kids classes is (1-7) and for the K-5th graders (1-10)

For questions or to register, email moc.liamtoh|86doowlyma#moc.liamtoh|86doowlyma or call 819-0394

Amy Wood

Amy Wood 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

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

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