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STEADY NOW: It’s a good time to slackline. Thanks for tagging #theevergrey, Paul! (📸: @pauloutwest)

WALK THE (SLACK)LINE

Ever seen that before? ☝️ It’s called slacklining, and it’s the thing people do in parks all over the city when they tie a line between two trees or poles and try to walk across it.

It’s a hell of a challenge, in part because the line is loose and wiggly. But if you want to give it a shot, go to Woodland Park around 6 p.m. on a Thursday. That’s when members of the Seattle Slacklining Group have their weekly meetups.

“We’re stoked to share the basic tips and techniques with new slackliners,” group member Danny Schlitt wrote us on Facebook. “That’s how we all started.”

What does it take to find your footing? We asked Danny and fellow group member John Postlewaite for their tips…

  • “Patience and persistence are key,” Danny said. “The slackline wobbles and wiggles for everyone the first few times they try, but keep with it and you’ll be taking steps by the end of a session.”
  • “Be willing to fail, it takes a lot of tries to figure it out,” wrote John. “Keep your head up, spine straight, and arms wide and balance with your arms. Keep your eyes fixed on the tree on the far side as focus point. Make your steps short and controlled.”
  • Want to get a sense of what you’re in for? This NWSlackline site has tutorials and lots of gear info.
  • And always put a towel or blanket around the tree you’re tying a line to to protect it. 👍

“I’ve been slacklining for six years now and am really stoked on all the awesome people and adventures it’s brought into my life,” Danny wrote.

Ready to slackline? Check out the weekly meetups Thursdays around 6 p.m. at Woodland Park — between Picnic Shelter #2 and Aurora Avenue North (here’s the exact location), and post to the Seattle Slacklining Group to let ‘em know you’re coming (and ask to use a beginner line). Know another wild new thing your fellow Seattleites should try? Hit reply or email us at [email protected].

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

Seattle, we have a new police chief. Her name is Carmen Best, she’s been our interim chief since our last top cop stepped down, and until this week, it was looking like someone else was going to get the gig. When Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the three finalists for the gig in May, Chief Best wasn’t one of them. But people got fired up, one of the finalists stepped out of the way, and here we are – with the first African-American woman to lead our local law enforcement. (Crosscut)

Rock out in style. The big Capitol Hill Block Party is just two days away, and if you want to look as badass as the performers sound, these local fashionistas have some pointers. All dressed up with no outdoor music show to go to? Here’s The Stranger’s ultimate guide. (Seattle magazine, The Stranger)

Richer and richer. It’s tough to wrap your head around how much money Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has, in part because no one in history has ever had more of it. Jeff is worth a whopping $150 billion. He made a third of that just this year. And with the moolah he makes in just 24 hours, says Seattle Times real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg, he could buy every house for sale in Seattle and house every homeless person here for a month. 💰 (The Stranger, Twitter)

Want to volunteer? The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is looking for hundreds of folks to help out August 10 and 11 with Obliteride — its annual bike ride to fund research around brain, breast, lung, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Into it? Check out more info here → (Fred Hutch)

Oops: Yesterday we linked you to a column by local writer Knute Berger about 36 hours in Seattle. Turns out, he wrote that column in response to a New York Times travel piece that was published back in 2011 — not the one the Times ran this month. Thanks to reader Greg Scruggs for the catch!

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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP

PARTNER EVENTS

👋  TODAY: Brush up on the art and science of networking at the next Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍳  Saturday: Give high-fives to local mentors at Big Brothers Big Sippers Brunch, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound (Capitol Hill) — 🆕

💰  Wednesday, July 25: Get the basics on bookkeeping, local tax deadlines, and more at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍸  Friday, July 27: Dance, drink, and discover at Theory, Pacific Science Center’s big summer bash. (Queen Anne)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

💡  Learn about motherhood with author Angela Garbes (Seward Park)
👋  Get good at networking at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)

 

TOMORROW

🍴  Nom on local eats at Magnuson Park (Sand Point)
🍺  Cuddle with baby goats while sipping a beer (Ballard)
🎈  Eat, dance, and shop at JamFest (International District)
👋  Give a mega toast to Seattle with the biz crowd (Central District)
🍿  Bring your kids (and tissues) to Coco under the stars (Green Lake)

 

FRIDAY

🎟  Don vintage duds at a drag show (Belltown)
🎈  Watch traditional dances at a Pow Wow (Magnolia)
🎶  Rock out at the Capitol Hill Block Party — through July 22 (Capitol Hill)

 

SATURDAY

🎈  Fly your rainbow flag at Pride on the beach (West Seattle)
🍿  Celebrate Jurassic Park’s 25th al fresco (South Lake Union)
🎨  Take a tour of the murals brightening up the track (SoDo)
👋  Connect with youth mentors over brunch (Capitol Hill)
🍴  Munch on all the things at Bite of Seattle (Queen Anne)
👋  Say hey to neighbors and welcome a new urban farm (Rainier Beach)

 

SUNDAY

🚗  Gawk at hundreds of cool cars at Wekfest (SoDo)
🏞  Frolic through lavender fields — through July 22 (Sequim)
🎨  Check out art and music from non-binary artists (Ravenna)
🎈  Hop on carnival rides and eat funnel cakes at the fair (Enumclaw)

 

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.

AND COMING UP TOMORROW…

You sent in your questions about homelessness and voted on the one you wanted us to explore first: “Does Seattle get an influx of homeless people from outside areas attracted to better services?”

We’re working on an answer and will have more for you in tomorrow’s edition.

Stay tuned, and have a good one. — The Evergrey


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