This Weekend in South Seattle: Othello International Festival, Rainier Beach Back 2 School Bash, Columbia City Blues Festival, and RV Heritage Parade

Friday, August 11th

Movies: Opening: The Nut Job 2: Nutty By NatureDetails: Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. Showings: 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:25pm (Fri, Sat & Sun) –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Community: Skyway Outdoor Cinema (Week 2): ET the Extra-Terrestrial– Details: Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the much-beloved classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial!🍿 FOOD: CauldronSeattle food truck, Full Tilt Ice Cream truck, 50¢ popcorn & $1 full-size candy at concessions 🎈 FUN: Free balloon twisting by Paisley The Clown, preshow trivia w/prizes, 200 passes to Woodland Park Zoo available, youth bike helmet giveaway, Bluray DVD & The Museum of Flight passes prize drawing”A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.” The preshow gets started at 8pm behind the Skyway 7-Eleven in the U.S. Bank parking lot (but insiders know to get here as early as 7pm for a good spot). Don’t forget to bring a comfy chair or blanket (or picnic table, or beanbag) and some cash for the concession stand (there is a U.S. Bank ATM on premises, if you prefer). Movie starts at 9pm with a Bluray DVD prize drawing to follow. – Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm–Where: 12610 76th Ave S, Seattle 98178

Movies: Opening: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to PowerDetails: A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Showings: 1:00pm, 3:50pm, 6:45pm, 8:45pm (Fri, Sat & Sun) –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Community: Awareness March and Rally to End Child Hunger– Details: Join WA-BLOC CDF Freedom Schools scholars for a powerful day of creative, student led direct action to address Food Insecurity – in the Rainier Beach neighborhood specifically, as well as our entire city, state, country, and world. Our youth have made the connection between access to healthy food and the re-gentrification, homelessness, and substandard education sweeping the city, but have historically disproportionately affected Rainier Beach. – Time: 10:00am-1:00pm–Where: 8815 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-4928

Music: 5th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival at the Royal Room: “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” – The Legacy of Howlin’ Wolf Details: This year’s featured cultural icon is the great Howlin’ Wolf: Celebrates the works of musicians not traditionally described as blues artists, but who still contributed a lasting impact to blues music. This year’s “& The Blues” features the works of Thelonious Monk (& The Blues), Tom Waits (& The Blues) and June Carter (& The Blues). –Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm) – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) More Info


Saturday, August 12th

Community: 15th Annual Rainier Beach Back 2 School BashDetails: It’s that time, The 15th Annual Rainier Beach Back2School Bash on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 12pm – 4pm at Rainier Beach Community Center 8825 Rainier Avenue South. Many have sponsored this event since 2003 and for that we are grateful. We wouldn’t be able to do this event without their support. The purpose for this event is to motivate students and their families who reside and attend school in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood. We provide easy access for families to learn about available resources that can improve their quality of life. There’s many opportunities to support this event by volunteering the day of; set-up, greeters, food server’s fun activities, face painters, backpack and school supply giveaway, clean-up and more, we need volunteers between 9am – 4pm. Contribution also can be made at or call 206-914-1762 or 206-518-7444 for more information. Elected officials and neighborhood leaders are encouraged to attend.– Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm –Where: 8825 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118

Community: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade– Details: 25th Annual Parade and Festival celebrates the many cultures of SE Seattle at this family friendly event which turns Rainier Avenue into our playground for a day!– Time: Doors open at 10:00am to 3:30pm–Where: 5290 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-6104– More Info: Here

Movies: Othello Park Pictures: Goonies Details: On Board Othello and Othello Park Alliance are hosting a FREE outdoor cinema series in Othello Park this summer. For our series finale, we will be screening The Goonies. Pack a picnic or truffle shuffle over to the Othello business district to grab some grub to go before heading to Othello Park to watch a group of friends search for lost treasure and evade the bad guys to save their Pacific North West home. We will be projecting the movie a 16-foot inflatable screen located on the stage. Bring lowback lawn chairs or a big blanket to share with friends, family, and neighbors. Movies start at dusk. Don’t forget to grab your FREE popcorn before the movie starts.– Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm –Where: Othello Park: 4351 S Othello St 98118

Community: 2nd Annual Hillman City Classic Car ShowDetails: The Hillman City Business Association (HCBA) in association with The Rainier Valley Community Development Fund and Classic Swagger Car Club present…The 2nd Annual Hillman City Classic Car Show Classic cars, DJ, live music, kids carnival games, beer garden, and MORE! – Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm–Where: 5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-6104– More Info: Here

Fitness: Treat Yourself 5KDetails: Runners and walkers of all ages and ability are invited to the second annual Treat Yourself 5K: A Family Fun Run Benefiting Elders, the Community, and You, at Seward Park on August 12th. This 5K directly benefits poor and vulnerable seniors in Seattle that receive care from Providence ElderPlace and Providence Heritage House at the Market. The Treat Yourself 5K includes various avenues for participants to treat themselves: a healthy activity of a 5K run or walk, time with family and friends, a post-race health fair providing information to encourage a healthy mind, body and soul, and treats to indulge in afterwards! At the post-race fair enjoy complimentary treats from KIND Healthy Snacks, Kevita Kombucha, Caffe Appassionato coffee and many more! There will be a balloon artist and face painter for kids to enjoy, so bring the whole family! 5K Runners and walkers are $35 – registration includes a tech t-shirt! Kids under 12 can participate in a special 1k race free of charge!– Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm–Where: 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S Seattle, WA 98118

Civics: 37th LD Dems Annual BBQ & PicnicDetails: Please join us on Saturday August 12th at 4:30pm in Judkins Park Picnic Shelter 1 for our annual BBQ fundraiser. There will be a chance to meet candidates,elected officials, your fellow members and executive board. Traditional BBQ faire and vegetarian options will be available. Tickets can be purchased online. And tickets will be available to purchase on-site with Square.– Time:4:30pm to 7:30pm–Where: Judkins Park (2150 S Norman St, Seattle, WA 98144) – More Info: Here

Community: Vegetarian Tamale Cooking Class at El Centro de la Raza– Details: Due to the success of our tamale classes and the generosity of our volunteers, we able to respond to the requests to hold a vegetarian tamale class! Now is your chance to learn how to make tamales from a master tamalera!– Time: Doors open at 10:00am to 1:00pm–Where: El Centro de la Raza: 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144– More Info: Here

Civics: Rainier Valley Tenant’s Rights WorkshopDetails: Learn about your rights as a renter. Meet your neighbors and talk about what you can do together to improve your community. Everyone is welcome, please bring a friend! The Hillman City Collaboratory is ADA accessible. If you have other access requests or questions please send them to or call 206.722.6848 x106– Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm–Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory: 5623 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA

Music: 5th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival at the Royal Room: “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” – The Legacy of Howlin’ Wolf Details: Seattle’s finest acoustic blues musicians perform music by historic blues figures, influences on the music of Howlin’ Wolf, and Wolf’s music itself. Featuring: Brett Benton and others!  Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm) – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) More Info

Music: Melissa Polinar – Details: Melissa Polinar first embarked on her journey when the industry was evolving into something new with the digital age. Many of her first steps forward as a singer-songwriter were in large part thanks to YouTube at its beginning. She bubbled to the top of the website’s music category with a collection of original songs, which instantly set her apart from most other curators who are more known for covers of pop music. Self-penned songs like “Try” and “Meant to Be” solidified her presence on YouTube not just as a singer, but an authentic songwriter known for her artistic poise and lyrical sincerity.-Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)- Where: Columbia City Theater: 4916 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: Here


Sunday, August 13th

Community: Othello International FestivalDetails: Come join us at this year’s Othello International Festival! Many local cultures come together to share their music, art and dance in the beautiful pastoral setting of Othello Park. There’ll be a dance floor for everyone to participate, fun for the kids, games, bouncy houses, playgrounds, Seattle’s longest slide, multicultural food trucks, booths, and a world class community building event. The Othello Festival is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm –Where: Othello Park: 4351 S Othello St, Seattle, Washington 98118

Community: Valley and Mountain Morning  Morning CelebrationDetails: All are invited to our morning celebration! The 11am gathering designed to be family-friendly and multicultural/multiethnic, and it includes beautiful elements of vintage faith like communion and gospel music. (the vintage/communion pun is intended). – Time: 11:00am – Where: Hillman City Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118)- More Info:

Community: Columbia City BeatwalkDetails: Columbia City’s Live Music Series. Seven venues, plus a Street Party and sidewalk buskers. Free! Most bands will play two sets, with each individual group performance lasting approximately two hours..Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm –Band Listings: Here

Music: 5th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival at the Royal Room: “He Didn’t Like His Electric Guitar First Either” – The Legacy of Howlin’ Wolf – Part of Columbia City Beatwalk Details: Howlin’ Wolf’s seminal 1969 album paired Howlin’ Wolf with a legendary young group of Chicago blues and psychedelic musicians aka Rotary Connection. The band included Pete Cosey (Electric Miles Davis) and legendary studio bass player Phil Upchurch.- Time: 6:30pm (Doors open at 5:00pm) – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) More Info

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