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MUG SHOT. Whatever this person was drinking out of their oh-so-awesome mug, we hope it was delicious.

Kudos to the mysterious Evergrey member showing off the swag at work, and to Elaine, KEXP’s lead hospitality volunteer, for keeping an eye out and tagging #theevergrey.

Oh, and a shout-out to BODEGA, the band Elaine helped set up for that live studio session going on in the background.  ☝️

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As far as urban challenges go, Seattle’s got a lot of ‘em. A housing crisis, a strained infrastructure, booming growth that’s changing everything, and big questions around who’s in and who’s out when it comes to jobs, education, neighborhoods — the works.

Lucky for us, we’ve got organizations that give back. And as we build up our Evergrey Giving Guide this fall, we want to know: Which groups or organizations — big or tiny — have you seen make a difference?

  • Heard of United Way of King County, Seattle Goodwill, Food Lifeline, Sea-Mar Community Health Center, or the Lighthouse for the Blind? They’re among the 20 largest nonprofits in our region, by revenue, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
  • For-profit companies give back, too. Glassybaby, our iconic candle-holder maker, recently ranked no. 1 in cash giving in Washington among Seattle small businesses — followed by Sound Community Bank, Sprague Israel Giles Insurance, and Canlis restaurant.
  • We’ve partnered on projects, events and meetups with some local orgs we see doing great stuff out there — like Seattle Works, Seattle CityClub, The World Is Fun, Impact Hub, Real Change, and Farestart.

But there’s loads of awesome orgs out there we’re missing. Especially the smaller, unsung ones. Who’s done something that’s impressed you? Who deserves to be celebrated, imitated, and grown? Whether it’s a big, familiar name or a scrappy group hustling in your neighborhood, we want to know — so we can all do more to help.

» Got an organization in mind? Awesome.  Hit reply and tell us the organization’s name and — in just a few words — why they matter to you. We’ll share back your answers as our Evergrey Giving Guide project develops. And thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for making this project possible. 🙏


Smoked. Want to see something neat and depressing? Watch Seattle “disappear into wildfire smoke” in this sped-up 16-second clip from Grist. 😷 Our air quality was the worst in the country yesterday thanks to smoke from wildfires near us — rated “unhealthy” in Seattle and “very unhealthy” down near Tacoma. Some wind could clear things up, but “if the winds are not from the west, it could be smoky next week,” Weather Service meteorologist Danny Mercer told The Seattle Times. In the meantime, our health department has some suggestions for how to be as healthy as you can while it’s smokey outside. Stay safe, folks. (Grist, The Seattle Times)

Little boxes, made of ticky-tacky. Maybe you’ve noticed that new apartment and condo buildings around here all have a look that’s oddly…similar. Blocky. Flat. And kind of … shiny? This handy video sums up why: “Low cost materials + large scale investors + restrictive zoning = buildings looking the same.” Want that broken down a bit? The 1:30 clip is well worth the watch. And if you feel like impressing your friends, tell ‘em what that plastic-looking material covering so much of these buildings is called: HardiePanel. (Crosscut)

Democracy on fire? After rocking out their Seattle Home Shows concerts last week, Pearl Jam kicked off their “Away” shows in Montana with a big political controversy. Bassist Jeff Ament and artist Bobby Brown created a poster that shows a burning White House, a crumbling Washington Monument, and a bald eagle pecking on a skeleton that looks to some like President Trump. A lot of people are not amused, including Matt Rosendale, a Montana Republican running for U.S. Senate. He called on his opponent, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, to “denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism.” 🔥 (GeekWire)

Hey Google, find me a new coffee shop. Google is set to open a new 12-story office building in South Lake Union in 2021… and it’ll be pushing out an Uptown Espresso and that big Guitar Center in the process. Where’ll they go next? The project’s developer, Vulcan Real Estate, told SeattlePI it’s working on relocation plans with the tenants. ☕️ (Seattle PI)

Here's What's Coming Up

Partner Events

🌶  Saturday: Spice up your weekend with fellow heat-seekers at Hot Sauce Fest (Ballard)

🖋  Wednesday, August 22: Get tips to take charge of your content strategy at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍺  Wednesday, August 22: How do you make gluten free beer? Watch and learn at Ghostfish Brewing — and make new friends in the process — at this fun Foundation event (SoDo)

🍸  Wednesday, August 22: Check in with the local sharing economy at this Share Seattle Happy Hour (Capitol Hill) 🆕

📅  Wednesday, August 29: Learn to master your calendar — and master your business — at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square) 🆕

Around Town


💡  Learn the legacy of “the Forrest Gump of the Northwest” (South Lake Union)
🎟  Hear the music of the night at Phantom of the Opera — through August 19 (Downtown)
💡  Learn how to navigate time and money tradeoffs at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
💪  Get dillighted at a Pickling 101 class at this Evergrey partner event (Belltown)


🍸  Sip all kinds of craft gin (Bellevue)
🎟  Learn what the moon wishes for at a cabaret performance (University District)
🍴  Make prints, eat tacos, and hear a band called Terror/Cactus (Belltown)
🍷  Meet winemakers and bid on giant wine barrels (Woodinville)
🎈  Check out drag and a sex positive workshop for NW Black Pride – through August 19 (All over)


👋  Light one up to celebrate global cannabis culture at Hempfest (Queen Anne)
🎨  Peruse street murals drawn in chalk by international artists (Redmond)
🎨  See awesome ink at the Seattle Tattoo Expo – through August 19 (Queen Anne)


🎶  Head to the Ballard locks to hear Microsoft’s Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra (Ballard)
🎈  Take the fam to kayak tours and noms at the Duwamish River Festival (South Park)
🍴  Taco your time eating your way through a Taco Takeover (Queen Anne)
🍺  Sample tasty brews and BBQ at the Washington Beer BBQ (South Lake Union)
🗣  Check out an arty weaving installation while talk about the homelessness crisis (Belltown)
🍴  Get heated (in a fun way) at Hot Sauce Fest, an Evergrey partner event (Ballard)


👋  Live your nosy neighbor dreams at this neighborhood garage sale (Capitol Hill)
🎈  Hang out with “tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders” at the Mini Maker Faire (Queen Anne)
🎈  Get the whole fam covered in mud at the Kids Obstacle Challenge (Issaquah)

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 our next newsletter.


Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey

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