Happy Lunar New Year and more this weekend

The Year of the Rabbit is almost here! Photo by Bert Kimura via Creative Commons.
There are quite a few activities on and near the Hill today and tomorrow. Here’s the list.

Tonight, January 28, the Southeast Seattle Senior Center is hosting Burgers, Bingo, and Brews, an evening of fun with bingo (for money!) and the aforementioned food and beverages from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There will be soft drinks, too. Admission is a $15 donation. The Center is at 4655 South Holly Street in Rainier Valley. Call SESSC at 206-722-0317 for more information.

Tomorrow, January 29, local grassroots project Got Green will launch “Women in the Green Economy,” a new project to learn from women in Southeast Seattle what they need and want from the “green movement” for themselves and their families. Volunteers will survey women in the New Holly neighborhood about their needs and priorities for the Green Economy. The project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

The project will launch with a reception at 10:00 a.m. at The Lee House at New Holly, 7315 39th Avenue South. At noon, volunteers will go out to collect surveys at various southeast Seattle sites. For more information, go here.

Also on Saturday, ROCKit space is holding a moving sale from 12 to 5 p.m. Betty Jean Williamson tells us “We have art supplies, office supplies, furniture, collectibles, music gear and reall cool stuff! We can use all the help we can get this weekend, Saturday-Monday, if anyone out there wants to give us a hand. Volunteers are very much appreciated. They might even get pizza! Call us at 206-323-7115 or email us at rockitspace@gmail.com for details.” ROCKiT space is, for now, at 3315 Beacon Avenue South.

And lastly, Saturday is also the day the Chinatown-International District celebrates the 2011 Lunar New Year (the year of the Rabbit). Our neighbors at the north foot of Beacon Hill will bring an expected 5,000 visitors to the area to enjoy cultural activities including calligraphy, Chinese yo-yo and games, and other activities throughout the district. Expect some streets in the ID to be closed all day, and potential heavy traffic in the area. (We recommend taking Link or the #36.)

The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hing Hay Park, Maynard Avenue South and South King Street.

(While you’re in the area, consider visiting the City Hall Open House a few blocks north at Fifth Avenue and Cherry Street, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)