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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
» See that dino fossil (and a freakin’ T. rex skull) yourself at the Burke Museum in the University District.
» Check out sculptures, paintings, and installations from the annual Bellwether art festival at the Bellevue Art Museum
» Pat yourself on the back for climbing 2,300 vertical feet on Mount Pilchuck.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to #livelikeyoulivehere — and tag #theevergrey in your Instagram pics. 😉
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
instead of before you blow $20 on a meh beer at CenturyLink Field. Pioneer Square is full of great drinking spots, like Derby, where you can get a Rainier beer-infused concoction, and the appropriately named Damn the Weather, which is home to the Under the Viaduct, which involves an IPA. After that, go yell ‘Go Hawks!’ with your pinkies up. 🍸 (Seattle Magazine)
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)
💃 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)
🎟 Laugh out loud at Seattle Sketchfest comedy shows — through Sept. 29 (Downtown)
🗣 Honor the dead baby whale whose mom, Tahlequah, shared the plight of our orcas with the world (Pioneer Square)
😱 Scream in Halloween at the Georgetown Morgue haunted house’s opening night (Georgetown)
🍿 Watch movies made my Northwest filmmakers at this Evergrey partner event — through Sept. 29 (Capitol Hill)
🎟 Hit the dance floor with folks working to make Seattle better at this Evergrey partner event — and don’t forget to use code VPSeattle to get 50% off your ticket! (SoDo)
TOMORROW ~ THE FIRST DAY OF FALL 🍂
🏞 Lace up your hiking boots to check out state parks and national parks for free (All over)
🎈 Take the fam to art and dance workshops at the Seattle Children’s Festival (Queen Anne)
🎟 Peer into virtual reality and see stunning art installations at Kremfest — through Sept. 23 (Belltown)
🍿 Watch adorable kitties at the Cat Film Festival — through Sept. 23 (Queen Anne)
🎈 Let the kids welcome fall with glowy lanterns at Luminata (Green Lake)
🍴 Celebrate harvest season with moon cakes and beers (Ballard)
🎟 Walk right in to any of 24 museums on Free Museum Day (All over) — thanks to reader Ashley Mandel for the tip! 🆕
🎶 Hear cello and “explore folk tunes and ancient Chinese music from a millennia ago” (Bellevue)
🍻 Say “Prost!” at Seattle’s biggest fall beer fest (Fremont)
🍿 Learn about the “hero’s journey” in film through Star Wars (Belltown)
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.
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