Today is Be More Kind Day — a social media event hosted by our friends at The World Is Fun that’s bringing Seattleites together to find ways to take on our city’s challenges.
Sound cheesy? It definitely is. But since we’ve been spotlighting the awesome work being done around Seattle in our Evergrey Giving Guide, we got a little inspired.
So in honor of Be More Kind Day, we’re putting together a project to spread more positivity — and a little mystery — around our city. We’re calling it “Guerrilla Compliments,” a term we learned from reader Zachary Cohn. And we need your help.
On Monday, September 10, we want to hang out with you to create cards for your neighbors. What’ll we do with them? It’s a secret — for now. You’ll have to meet us at Eastern Café in Chinatown-International District at 7 p.m. to get the details. 😉
RSVP here, and we’ll see you there!
‘It’s a racket and not in the public interest.’ A majority of King County Council members just approved preliminary plans to give the Seattle Mariners $135 million in public money to fix up Safeco Field. For a while there, it looked like that wasn’t going to happen. Some council members argued that the baseball team didn’t need the money and that it’d be much better spent on things like more affordable housing and tourism promotion. During the same vote, the council also supported spending $661 million on affordable housing over the next 20 years. Councilmember Dave Upthegrove was adamant the county was getting played. “Those who already have enormous wealth are able to access the levers of government in a way that uses government to generate even more wealth for themselves,” he said during the meeting. The final vote is September 17. 💸 (Crosscut, The Seattle Times, KUOW)
258 out of 1,425. That’s the number of Washington State schools where at least 95 percent of kindergarten students were vaccinated last year. Even worse: Most of our schools have consistently failed to meet that target every year since 1988, according to data KING 5 got from the Washington Department of Health. In the Seattle Public Schools district, 22 of our 121 schools aren’t measuring up. Why’s this a big deal? Because research shows that when parents don’t vaccinate their kids, they lower all our “herd immunity” and up the risk of getting preventable diseases like pertussis, whooping cough, and measles. 💉 (KING 5)
Mysterious, indeed. Our city has a “Mystery Soda Machine,” and it appear to be playing tourist around Seattle — or was pretending to, thanks to Photoshop. Someone posted pics on the machine’s Facebook page from supposed trips to the Space Needle on Wednesday and the Olympic Sculpture Park yesterday. Seattle Times reporter Asia Fields checked with workers at Seattle Center and the Needle and learned it was just a hoax. 😞 It was fun to see the good ol’ machine get out there, though. (Curbed Seattle, The Seattle Times)
Aww. South Seattle neighbors had a fun way of welcoming Rainier Beach High School students back to school: They lined up to give ‘em a round of high fives. 😊 (South Seattle Emerald)
Bike bites. The Burke-Gilman Trail helps tons of Seattleites get around town, whether it’s for work, school, or play. Another thing it gives us? Easy access to deliciousness — like the fluffy biscuits at Seattle Biscuit Company in Fremont and the cold beers at 192 Brewing Company up in Kenmore. 🚲 (The Infatuation)
🎉 TOMORROW – Sunday: See large-scale art installations, peruse a street fair, and learn how design affects our lives at Seattle Design Fest — come say hi and take a pic at The Evergrey photo booth from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.! (Pioneer Square)
📣 Tuesday Sept. 11: Turn your stories into epic anecdotes with help from a storytelling and podcasting pro (Pioneer Square)
🏡 Wednesday, Sept. 12: Learn how to buy a home with a little help from your friends at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🍸 Thursday, Sept. 13: Be a mezcal master and sample the goods at this mixology event from the MEX AM Northwest Festival (Capitol Hill)
🚚 Saturday, Sept. 15: Make buddies while painting your very own trucker hat at this Foundation mixer (Fremont)
🤔 Wednesday, Sept. 19: Push or pull? Get tips on when to lead and when to manage at this Impact Lunch + Learn. (Pioneer Square)
👋 Mingle with the witchcraft community at this night market (Ballard)
🎶 Hear tributes to Erykah Badu and Sade (Capitol Hill)
🍴 Bring your stretchy pants to an Italian food festival — through Sept. 9 (Georgetown)
🎶 Honor Aretha Franklin with KEXP’s DJ Riz (Beacon Hill)
💪 “Make friends, then fight them” at Swordsquatch — through Sept. 9 (Georgetown)
🎈 Peruse antiques, vintage clothes, and home decor at a flea market (SoDo)
🎨 Take the fam to one of Seattle’s biggest, most creative block parties at this Evergrey partner event — through Sept. 9 (Pioneer Square)
🎨 See ‘em pour molten bronze at this open house (Central District)
💡 Tour the city’s “hostile architecture” — through Sept. 9 (Pioneer Square)
🍴 Grab snacks and check out local crafts at a night market (International District)
🎟 Watch a drag tribute to anime director Hayao Miyazaki (Belltown)
🎈 Bring the fam to make glowy lanterns and see bendy acrobats (Burien)
🍷 Take your dog on a winery walk (Woodinville)
🎈 Learn to hula and munch on shave ice (Queen Anne)
💪 Check out a yoga class to “center and celebrate fat bodies” (Capitol Hill)
🏞 Sip mimosas, eat brownies … then run a 5K or 10K (Green Lake)
🐶 Grab a beer and let your dog cool off at a puppy pool party (Greenwood)
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.
After a glorious win on Tuesday, the Seattle Storm is facing off against the Washington Mystics at the WNBA Finals in the first of five games tonight. 🏀
Planning to cheer ‘em on? Here’s a handy list of sports bars where you should be able to catch the game, courtesy of Eater Seattle. Be sure to call ahead to triple-check. And if you want to stay in your PJs — no judgement — ESPN is streaming them online.
Have a great weekend, folks. And gooooo Storm! 🎉 — The Evergrey