News Gleams: Molly Moon’s Columbia City Opening Friday, and Anti- Youth Jail Advocates Score Victory

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Molly Moon’s Set to Open Columbia City Location This Friday

South Seattle ice cream lovers can shout for joy as Molly Moon’s today announced the opening date for its eighth shop. The Columbia City location, at 4822 Rainier Ave. S., is slated to start serving scoops at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 2. Kids 12 years of age and under can enjoy a complimentary scoop of any flavor of their choice until 5 p.m. that same evening.

Since 2008, Molly Moon’s has opened scoop shops in many of Seattle’s neighborhoods, with the goal of building community around ice cream. Eager to support Columbia City’s diverse community, Molly Moon’s deferred construction of its eighth shop and donated the space to Columbia City based nonprofit, Families of Color Seattle, as well as Alma, a Columbia City resident-owned artisan textile and jewelry pop-up shop. Over the past year, Molly Moon’s has also forged partnerships with the Rainier Valley Food Bank, Friends of the Children and SEED.  

Local artists Craig Cundiff and Ari Glass were commissioned to create a mural inspired by Columbia City. This isn’t the first time these two talented artists have collaborated and their piece for Molly Moon’s will showcase a brightly hued pattern and gold leafing by Glass, as well as portraits of three well-known south Seattle residents and artists by Cundiff.

Additionally, Molly Moon’s Columbia City features an open kitchen format with a tile wall that spells out Be Brave. One of the company’s five core values, along with Be Smart, Be Generous, Be Homemade and Be Joyful, this subtle reminder is for employees and guests alike to try new methods and strategies, to speak up, and to improve in the face of all of life’s obstacles.

Molly Moon’s has a number of community celebrations planned next week. On Wednesday, May 31, members of the mooncrew are scooping for participants in the Friends of the Children’s after school program and will then head to the Columbia City shop-front with the ice cream trike at 6 p.m. for a special ice cream tasting. Team mooncrew will also hand out single serving scoop cups at the Rainier Valley Food Bank on Saturday, June 3.


Hillman City Collaboratory Making “Beautiful Music”

On Saturday June, 3 the Hillman City Collaboratory will host an evening of food, community, company and music as part of their 3rd annual Beautiful Music Dance Party. The event will feature Subversive Square Dance, Samba, and Hula Instructor-led dancing. Anttendees are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish to share; the main entree will provided by Big Chickie and dessert by their new neighbor Molly Moon’s Ice Cream! The entry fee is “pay what you can”; $10 suggested donation at the door (More info.)


Seattle City Council Allows Youth Jail Appeal to City Examiner

In a victory for #NoNewYouthJail  (NNYJ) advocates the Seattle City Council amended the Seattle Municipal Code in a 5-2 vote, allowing the appeal of a Master Land Use permit for King County’s planned Family Justice Center. The appeals would be made to the City’s Hearing Examiner, should this continue on to be passed by a judge and heard by the examiner. Labeled a youth jail by NNYJ supporters, the building, which will replace an older facility, is set to begin construction later this year at 12th and Alder in the Squire Park neighborhood. The complex will house a juvenile detention center along with court rooms and services. The bill, spearheaded by Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant, is expected to be signed by Mayor Ed Murray, according to his spokesperson. The Seattle Weekly has a full write up of today’s vote.


South Seattle Filipino Community Village Project Awarded $12,000

The Filipino Community of Seattle’s Filipino Community Village (FCV) Project was recently approved for a grant of $12,000 from 4Culture to help build The Legacy Wall and Bataan Commemoration Project. 

The Legacy Wall and Bataan Commemoration Project will be located in the lobby of the proposed Filipino Community Village Innovation Learning Center in South Seattle.   One wall will feature a five-panel Legacy Wall honoring the achievements of key King County Filipino leaders: Velma Veloria, Dolores Sibonga, Fred and Dorothy Cordova, Bob Santos, and Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes. Their impressive achievements and contributions will be captured and conveyed through this community inspired installation.  A separate installation will honor local Bataan Death March survivors and historic items will be used which are archived by The Bataan and Corregidor Survivors Association already located at the Filipino Community Center.

The Filipino Community of Seattle is in the midst of capital campaign to expand their Community Center with a vibrant 4,800 square foot Innovation Learning Center and Community Gathering Space for the Filipino community and the residents of the Rainier Valley. It will feature a state-of-the-art computer laboratory providing digital access for ALL young people in the Rainier Valley. The Innovation Learning Center also includes a Robotics and Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) program,  and a space for informal gatherings and more.

Adjacent to the current Filipino Community Center facility, the Learning Center and Gathering Space will comprise the first floor of the new Filipino Community Village, which will include 68 units of newly created housing for low-income, socially isolated seniors.


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