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IT'S THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER. Live it up, whether you're at the North Cascades National Park like our friend Jordan, or not. (📸: @jorhathaway)
THE GREAT (FREE!) OUTDOORS … OR INDOORS
Besides preparing for #sweaterseason, tomorrow’s the perfect day to hit the trails or get a little nerdy. Why? Because it’s particularly, especially free. If you’re feeling outdoorsy, you can check out state parks and national parks — no state park fee or Discovery Pass required — in honor of National Public Lands Day. Or if you’re in an indoorsy mood, check out any of the 24 museums around Puget Sound for Free Museum Day.
So will it be outdoors 🌲 or indoors 🏠? Let’s help you decide. You could…
» Sail around Sucia Island Marine State Park — a.k.a. where our state’s only known dinosaur bone was found
» Check out sculptures, paintings, and installations from the annual Bellwether art festival at the Bellevue Art Museum
Whatever you do, don’t forget to #livelikeyoulivehere — and tag #theevergrey in your Instagram pics. 😉
NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
Seattle’s ‘eviction epidemic.’ A Seattle tenant was taken to eviction court last year for owing their landlord just $10. That’s according to a new report from the Seattle Women’s Commission, which looked through more than 1,200 eviction cases. Fifty-two percent of those were tenants who owed less than one month of rent. Also concerning: A disproportionate number of those cases involved people of color. Why’s this a big deal? Because eviction, whether it was caused by a job loss, health issue, or something else, leaves a permanent mark on your rental history. For 37.5 percent of those surveyed, eviction left them homeless. 😰 (Crosscut)
Greener degrees. Seattle University will be selling off around $230 million in investments in coal, oil, and natural gas reserves over the next five years. Why? Because SU students have been demanding that their Capitol Hill-based college do that since 2012, because of the dangers of climate change. Also cool: Seattle U might be the first school in Washington to go this green. 🌳 (KUOW)
Pre-game. Planning to watch our Seahawks face off against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday? Grab a tasty cocktail
They’re baaaack. Beloved Seattle literary hub, the Hugo House, is reopening in Capitol Hill tomorrow after being temporarily relocated in June 2016. Want to give ‘em a warm welcome back and get a tour of the new digs? They’ll be partying it up tomorrow night and bonus: There’ll be a pop-up performance from Seattle civic poet Anastacia-Reneé. Here’s all the deets. (The Seattle Review of Books)
Wheel deserved. Congrats to bus drivers Ricardo Diaz (route 4), Penny Scott (routes 125 and 128), and Robert Leyse (routes 246 and 235) who, in a three-way tie, were named King County Metro’s Operators of the Year. The three of them have driven our busy butts around the city for a collective 66 years. 🚌 (King County Metro)
KUDOS TO VICKI 🙏
Welcome to another round of Kudos, where we share back bite-size shout-outs you’re sharing with us to fellow locals who make your day. Today’s shout-out comes from reader Jill Doran, who wants to thank Dr. Vicki Fidler and the staff at Fidler on the Tooth in the University District:
“I have a super-duper no joke phobia of going to the dentist and they have been so genuinely warm and welcoming and all around awesome (as well as giving me top-notch dental work), that it makes me slightly teary thinking about it. I was considering sending them donuts to express my gratitude, but that seems inappropriate given they’re a dental clinic… I hope this shout-out about them to all of Seattle will convey the magnitude of my appreciation.”
We’re sure it will, Jill. It’s so sweet! 😄 Want to shout-out a local you appreciate? Tell us about ‘em here (it’ll just take a second!) — and we’ll let you know when we’ll shout ‘em out in The Evergrey. Stay tuned for more kudos next week as part of our Giving Guide project, made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP
💃 TONIGHT: Eat, drink, and dance at this party with fellow do-gooders. Evergrey readers get 50% off a ticket with code YPSeattle (SoDo)
🍿 Friday, Sept. 21 – Sept. 29: Be a local film boss at the Local Sightings Film Festival, which features films and filmmakers making moves around the Northwest (Capitol Hill)
✊ Wednesday, Sept. 26: Brush up on the history of civil rights and how it’s playing out in your world today at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
☕ Thursday, Sept. 27: Venture into the mystical world of tea at this Foundation tea party. (Ballard)
🏠 Wednesday, Oct. 3: Get top tips on how to navigate our housing market at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🤓 Thursday, Oct. 4: Hear your neighbors dive into 5-minute talks on a fascinating topic with Ignite Seattle (Capitol Hill)
👋 Watch parking spaces turn into pop-up parks (All over)
TOMORROW ~ THE FIRST DAY OF FALL 🍂
🏞 Lace up your hiking boots to check out state parks and national parks for free (All over)
🎶 Hear cello and “explore folk tunes and ancient Chinese music from a millennia ago” (Bellevue)
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.
WE’LL SEE YA TOMORROW!
Well, we’ll see at least 17 of you tomorrow when we head to South Lake Union to build tiny homes at the Lake Union Village. When we opened up this volunteer field trip on Wednesday for our Evergrey Giving Guide, y’all snapped up the spots in less than five hours — and that is so damn awesome. 💗
Couldn’t make this trip? No prob. We’ll be announcing another volunteer field trip soon, and taking your ideas on what to do next here.
Stay tuned and have a great weekend, folks. — The Evergrey