😍 What our sky SHOULD look like

😍 What our sky SHOULD look like

BREATHE IT IN. “This whole state is like the Microsoft desktop,” reader Darcy Gabriele posted on Instagram back in July. Now where’s the “kill the smoke” keyboard shortcut? Thanks for tagging #theevergrey, Darcy!

Well hang tight. ‘Cause this nasty, soul-crushing wildfire smoke is supposed to start clearing out today and might look clean-ish by tomorrow. 🙏

While the weather gets on that, here’s another way to brighten things up…


It’s nine days ‘til September, y’all. And even if it’s been years since you’ve gone “back to school,” this always feels like a time to give yourself some homework. How are you going to have more fun, get closer to the people and things you care about, and feel more at home in your own skin and your own city?

May we suggest volunteering? 💪

Seattle ranks no. 12 for volunteering among the 51 major metro areas in the country. Almost 900,000 locals around Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue take some time to give back. That’s pretty great, but we think we can rank even higher.

So as part of our Evergrey Giving Guide, we’re looking for awesome local volunteer opportunities to organize into a handful of volunteer field trips in the coming months. What kind of volunteer opportunities? The kind that…

  • …are meaningful and accessible
  • …help us get to know each other, our neighbors, and people and orgs doing good around the city
  • …make a difference around the biggest needs you’ve told us you’re seeing (here and here) — like homelessness, equity, the environment, education, and building the kinds of connections that get us working for the common good.

Dozens of you have been telling us about the local orgs — big and small — that you’d like us to spotlight this fall (thanks!). Now we’d love to hear from the volunteers among you:

🗣 What was the last wonderful volunteer experience you had around Seattle, and what made it great? 🗣

» Hit reply and let us know, or send an email to [email protected].

Can’t wait to get out there? Here are a few great volunteer calendars to browse and sign up for something right now. Know another great one we missed? Just let us know.

Thanks to everyone who’s emailed us ideas for our Evergrey Giving Guide, and to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for making this project possible.


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

✊  Wednesday, Sept. 5: Hear some real talk about confidence building from a queer woman of color in tech at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)



🎟  Get a babysitter so you can hang out with aquarium critters (Downtown)
🎨  Celebrate indigenous healing and survival through poetry and music (University District)
💡  Listen to your neighbors’ ‘stories of saying goodbye’ (Capitol Hill)
🎶  Sway to “passionate tango” and “sultry bossa nova” by Alma y Azucar (Shoreline)


🎟  Watch a drag tribute to your favorite Pixar films (Belltown)
🎟  Celebrate Mexico’s traditions and folklore for the Paramount Theatre’s 90th b-day (Downtown)
🍿  Dress your best (or don’t) to watch The Devil Wears Prada in the park (Capitol Hill)
🎶  Jam out to local artists The Moondoggies and The Black Tones at the Mural Amphitheatre (Queen Anne)
🍺  Sip beers and hand-crafted cocktails at West Seattle Beer & Music Fest — through Aug. 26 (West Seattle)


🎟  Get wowed by aerial and burlesque artists (Ballard)
🎈  Take your little ones to KidChella to dance to Caspar Babypants (Sand Point)
👋  Meet your neighbors and celebrate a brand new park (Yesler Terrace)
🎟  Fulfill your Great Gatsby dreams on a 1920s-themed cruise (South Lake Union)
🎨  Hear gospel music and listen to poetry among the trees — through Aug. 26 (West Seattle)


🎈  Take the kids to see critters and eat funnel cakes at the fair — through Sept. 3 (Monroe)
🍴  Celebrate “all things rolled” with performances and a pho eating contest (International District)
🎈  Take su familia to celebrate Central American foods, art, and music (South Park)

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.


Chief Carmen Best got sworn in yesterday, and she’s the first person of color to permanently head up the Seattle Police Department.

Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey

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