World AIDS Day

The flag supporting World AIDS Day stands along a sidewalk on Ninth Street.

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

A few dozen flags lined the sidewalks of Broadway and Ninth Street Wednesday as a part of World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness about HIV. About 33.4 million people are living with HIV worldwide, according to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program about HIV/AIDS.

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This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Dec. 2. Here’s a link to the post.

Holiday events in Columbia

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Start out December right as Columbia kicks-off the holiday season with window shows, art exhibits and holiday concerts. Be sure to mark your calendar for the following holiday events:

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This appeared on ColumbiaMissourian.com and on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Nov. 30.

The District lights up downtown with Living Windows and holiday lights

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Store windows and downtown streets will be transformed in the coming weeks, as The District prepares for the holiday season.

Downtown Columbia will be lit up holiday lights starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

“Living Windows” returns to The District from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. Shopkeepers will decorate their front windows and stage live holiday performances.

“It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season,” said Carrie Gartner, executive director for The District.

Businesses in the District can still participate in “Living Windows” by filling out an application. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 22.

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This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Nov. 11. Here’s a link to the story.

Roads closed for bikeway construction

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

The following roads will be closed due to construction work by Rhad Baker Construction on the Providence Bikeway South. according to a press release by Columbia Public Works Department.

  • Providence Road at the south end of Rock Bridge High School at South Hampton will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and reopened Monday, Nov. 15.
  • Providence Road north of entrance to Rock Bridge High School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 15 and reopened Friday, Nov. 19.

Roads will be closed for the construction of crosswalks. Motorists and pedestrians should use  caution in the construction area and use detour routes. “This project is part of the GetAbout Columbia $22 million non-motorized pilot program being funded by the Federal Highway Administration,” according to the release.

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This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Nov. 11. Here’s a link to the story.

Vietnamese restaurant to open in two weeks

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Vietnamese dining is on the way. Saigon Bistro, 912 E. Broadway, will open in about two weeks, owner Jenny Lam said.

The restaurant will serve authentic Vietnamese cuisine, including salads, noodles and meat dishes.

Lam said she hopes to attract Columbia diners with her good, healthy food.

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This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Nov. 1. Here’s a link to the story.

Range Line Street closed for a month

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Range Line Street will be closed from 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1 through Dec. 3, weather permitting, according to a news release from Columbia Public Works. The street will be closed from Wilkes Boulevard and Rogers Street for new sewer line installation and streetscaping along Range Line Street.

The city is encouraging motorists and pedestrians to find other routes and use caution in the work zone.

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This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Oct. 28. Here’s a link to the story.

Just around the neighborhood

Here are a few of my contributions to the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog this week.

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Ragtag film series to screen Wednesday, not Saturday

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Ragtag Cinema has altered its Saturday schedule because of the MU Homecoming Parade and downtown road closures.

The screening of  Seattle Children’s Film Festival Shorts, “What a Wonderful World,” has moved from Saturday afternoon to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday. The movie will also be shown again at 1 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets can be purchased for $5 per person.

This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News blog on Oct. 20. Here’s a link to the story.

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Homecoming Parade to cause parking restrictions downtown

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

The MU Homecoming Parade will be pushed back to noon Saturday because ESPN GameDay will be held at the MU Quad that morning, according to The District blog.

The parade will last until about 2 p.m.

Parking will be restricted on 6th Street, from Broadway to Elm Street, and on 9th Street, from University Avenue to Broadway. Broadway, however, will be open for parking. Parking will be available after vehicle and pedestrian traffic from the parade subsides.

This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News blog on Oct. 19. Here’s a link to the story.

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Swank Boutique moves down the street

By TRUPTI RAMI

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Swank Boutique will reopen Wednesday at a new location, 913 E. Broadway, just three doors down the street from its original spot on the street.

“The space has a lot more character,” said store owner Erin Keltner.

She said the move also allows for better customer service.

“The space allowed us to customize the way our store is laid out,” Keltner said. “After five years, we’re tuned into what our customers want.”

The new location also has more space than its current location at 921 E. Broadway. The store will have three dressing rooms and a men’s section, both of which were unavailable at the old location.

Swank Boutique sells original styles and brands of clothing and accessories, Keltner said.

This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News blog on Oct. 18. Here’s a link to the story.