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(📸: @pridja)

Here’s a little more from Priya:

What are the moments in Seattle that make you stop and take a picture?
“The view of the city from Alki is one of my favorite cityscapes. I can’t go out there and not take a pic of Seattle in all its glory. We tend to get out and do a lot of camping in the area and it’s super fun to take in new views. I love the water so I always try to capture moments when we get out to the coast or even walking around Green Lake!”

How do you stay cozy in and around Seattle through winter?
“My husband and I have always loved to camp and found a new appreciation for winter camping with the purchase of our first RV 2 years ago. Since then, we have gotten a truck camper which works even better for all winter weather and is safer now that we have welcomed our son, River. We love to just get away from the city for a few days and get out and camp. Exploring new campsites, trails, and views during the day then posting up inside our toasty camper at night is how we stay the coziest.”

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this month’s challenge. Keep those creative juices flowing through the holidays — we’ll be announcing our January challenge soon.

In the meantime, give our Instagram page @the_evergrey a follow? 😉

NOW HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY

An awful thing happened. An Amtrak train left Seattle at 6 a.m. yesterday, heading to Portland. It never made it. Around 7:30 a.m., 13 of its 14 cars jumped the tracks near Olympia, one car dangled from a bridge over I-5, and at least three people died. The track the train was on had just been rebuilt, and though we’re not quite sure what caused this, it’s looking like the train might have been going too fast. People are posting updates with the #Amtrak501 hashtag. Want to help? Here’s where you can donate blood. (The Seattle Times)

You know what we have 366 of in Seattle? New dogs and cats named Lucy. It was our most popular pet name in 2017, followed by Charlie, Bella, and Luna. Have some time to kill today? Browse through this addictive data set and see if you can come up with a name that one of the 39,596 new pets in this city doesn’t have. Spoiler alert: there’s one Kindle, one Doug Baldwin, and one PolkaDot Wagglebutt. 🐶 (Curbed Seattle)

Seattle’s hottest restaurant. People went nuts when chef Edouardo Jordan opened a new southern style restaurant called JuneBaby in Ravenna this summer. Now Eater says JuneBaby is the best new restaurant of the year — in the whole country. Pro tip: Sunday night is fried chicken night, and they only take reservations for groups of 8 or more. So call your friends, coworkers, or random people you meet and go dig in. (Eater)

They’re not home yet. People have high hopes for something called the Seattle Navigation Center. It’s a new kind of shelter to serve some of the thousands of people here who don’t have it, but there’s a problem. It’s designed to move people into a home after a max stay of 60 days, but 41 percent of them are staying more than 90 days. The Downtown Emergency Center (DESC) says there just isn’t enough affordable housing in the city — something Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a $100 million plan to help fix — and the city says the DESC, which operates the shelter, started off too short-staffed. Can the shelter still deliver? “What it is is a work in progress,” resident Jacqueline Martin told The Seattle Times. “Just like the people that are living here.” (The Seattle Times)

A $3,000 tip! Some of the staff at Bellevue’s Brief Encounter café cried when they saw what one of their regular weekend customers added to his $39.60 bill for breakfast. “You guys do a great job!” the man wrote on the back. “When I was 7, I washed dishes and my mom cooked in a diner like this. We were dirt poor and didn’t have money for Christmas. Hopefully, this will help all of you have a better Christmas.” We bet it will. (KING 5)

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

TONIGHT

🕎  Close out Hanukkah with the MeshugaNutcracker (Cinemas)
📚  See this Seattle dad’s amazing Diagon Alley before it’s gone (Ballard)

TOMORROW

🐶  Get Santa pics with your pet (Fremont)
⛄️  Meet friends at a holiday party for LGBTQ youth (Capitol Hill)

THURSDAY

📽  Watch ‘Love Actually’ and donate your blankets (Ballard) — day corrected
📺  Take the fam to cartoon happy hour (Central District) — neighborhood corrected
🎨  See wood engravings from around the world (Pioneer Square)

FRIDAY

🌟  Catch the Geminid Ursid meteor shower (Up in the sky)
🎭  Celebrate the holidays with drag (Downtown)
😚  Shop and sing at Black & Tan Hall (Hillman City)
🎸  Catch a KEXP benefit show with elves (Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

👀  Go on an owl prowl (Seward Park)
🎭  Watch Uncle Mike ruin Christmas (University District)

SUNDAY

🛍  Procrastinate at “the absolutely last” holiday market (Fremont)
🎶  Listen to harp music at the conservatory (Capitol Hill)
☺️  Enjoy all the holidays! (❤️)

GOING TO ONE OF THESE?

Send us a pic! See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.

SORRY FOR THE GOOFS

👉  We made a couple errors in yesterday’s event listing that we’ve fixed above. Apologies for that, and big thanks to Larry Swanson and Jessica Sachara for letting us know.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE ❤️

We’ve loved seeing the honest and vulnerable postcards some of you having been sending to us for our Holiday Struggle Project — and we wanna see more of them. Want to share your own holiday struggle? You have until end of day tomorrow, Dec. 20, to send us a postcard. Fill out this postcard template (or create a 5×7” document) and email it to us at [email protected]. No struggle is too small.

Have a good one. — The Evergrey


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