March 9 Concert To Benefit Central Area Senior Center

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The Central Area Senior Center has operated from its home on the Leschi Bluff for more than 35 years, providing countless services, including hot meals, exercise programs, computer classes, and wellness services, to more than 1,600 seniors each year. To help The Central continue to provide its wide range of services and to relieve some of its debt, the board will host a benefit concert Sunday, March 9 at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center at Rainier Beach High School from 3:00-6:00 pm.

The Rainier Beach High School jazz ensemble will kick off the event, followed by other participating artists Funke Fusion Band, Darrius Willridge, Debbie Cavitt, Sheila Kay, Leo Camo, Butch Harrison, IFE, Rachel Foxx, Celestine, J Charles, Deems Tsutkawa, C T Thompson, and Felicia Loud and the Surround Sound Band. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Tickets are $50 each and are available through Brown Paper Tickets or from The Central.

Rainier Beach High School is located at 8815 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

 

Stabbing on 23rd & Cherry Yesterday Evening

Seattle Police Department has reported that a man was stabbed yesterday evening on the 2300 block of Cherry Street in the Central District. Around 10:20pm last night the victim was approached by two men, and reported being punched in the chest to a witness. Soon after the incident, the victim realized that he had in fact been stabbed not punched, and officers that arrived on location immediately requested backup from Seattle Fire medics. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center and officers have not located the two suspects, and there are no direct witnesses to the altercation.  Officers estimate that based on the size and depth of the wound, that the attacked may have stabbed the victim with an icepick. If you have any information on this incident, your asked to contact the Seattle Police Department. policeman-cartoon

Central District Street Fair is Coming August 10th!

August is just around the corner, and so is the much anticipated Central District Street Fair! Join your neighbors on Saturday August 10th from 11am-5pm for an all day free fair on 24th Ave between E Yesler and E Alder Street. There will be live music, great food, and plenty of vendors, performing arts and exhibits to keep the whole family engaged. There will be a talent competition, farmers market, The annual fair has been around since 2002, originally called the Educational Resource Street Fair, and has really blossomed over the years into what it is today; a place where difference neighborhoods can come together to celebrate culture, education, youth and families. The Central District Street Fair is gearing up to be one of, if not the biggest multicultural fairs in the city of Seattle, and members of the community are strongly encouraged to participate with a booth, to share all of the exciting history, achievements, and projects within the neighborhood. If you’re interested in registering a booth at this year’s street fair, you may call 206.659.8255 or email cdcstreetfair@outlook.com. All booths are $55 for businesses, and free for public/private organizations, and must be preregistered to participate. We hope to see you there!

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Attention Central District Women: Summer is Fast Approaching, Join Your Local Curves!

When news began circulating around the Leschi Curves that the owner would be shutting down their gym do to personal reasons, the members of the women-only gym grew worrisome. The closest Curves to the neighborhood would be Ballard or West Seattle, and some of the women, who’s age ranges from 22-92, would not be able to make that commute. One woman in particular was moved to do something to save the gym, and give her workout buddies a place to get their fitness on! According to the Seattle Times, 34 year old Lisa Ingraham had just finished her Master’s degree from the University of Washington when she caught wind of the gym closing, and was looking for something to do with her spare time. A King County Social worker, naturally her first thought was to research what she could do to help the women in her neighborhood, especially those seniors who relied on the gym as their prominent fitness and social gathering. It was then that Ingraham took it upon herself to open a Curves of her own. CURVES_logo

Nobody else had stepped forward, so Ingraham purchased all of the workout machines form the Leschi Curves owner one by one, and began looking for another space for the gym in the neighborhood. She sent weekly updates to the Leschi Curves ladies on her progress, and 5 months after the Leschi gym closed, she was able to open another one on S. Jackson Street. That was back in September of 2012, and while the gym has grown in popularity and weight loss success stories, Ingraham still needs around 30 or so new clients to break even. If you’re looking for a new program to get that summer body, it might be time to look into what Curves has to offer. Stop in for more information on their fitness program, and membership today.

Central District Arrest Causing Controversy

Seattle PoliceI was driving in the car today and heard of a controversial arrest made by the Seattle Police on October 6th. Little did I know it happened on 23rd and Union near the liquor store parking lot in the Seattle Central District. Check out the video on Central District News and see for yourself what you think of the arrest. The video is long but if you start at the 4 minute mark you see the suspect refusing to answer the polices’ questions.  The police then tell him to put his hands behind his back and then the incident happens.