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WE ARE 10,000

That’s right: The Evergrey now reaches more than 10,000 subscribers. 🎉

Rewind two years, and this newsletter was an itty bitty thing in beta, going to 168 subscribers who — let’s be honest — had no idea what they would see when they opened this experiment from one day to the next.

To those Evergrey old-timers who are still with us hundreds of newsletters later, cheers, friends. And to those of you just joining us, hell yes and welcome. 🍻

We’re here with you every morning not to put words on your screen, but to help you get more connected to this beautiful, imperfect place we call home. We’re proud to know that for a lot of you — even in the last few weeks — that’s made a difference.

  • “I went to the Anand Ghiriharadas talk you mentioned in The Evergrey — it was wondrous and mind-expanding. … I also had two great conversations with strangers, before and after the event. Then I stopped off at the awesome Slow Boat Tavern on my walk home for a beer. So thanks so much for what you do! It’s so easy to get trapped in my comfortable rut at home, but my life is richer for getting out and sampling some of what Seattle has to offer.” — Ed Cosgrove
  • “I’ve been living in Seattle a year and am so thankful for your newsletter. It’s what every newcomer should have as a hook up to the area! Oh and I got right on emailing and signing the petition to save the Showbox!” — Sarah
  • “My grandmother spontaneously brought up on a phone call with me the idea that homeless people are flocking to her area (Portland). It was really nice to have your clear, fact based, non-judgements answer to be able to forward to her. … What your newsletter made clear is that they were always her neighbors. — Colleen Kimsey

You know how many total times you’ve opened The Evergrey? 1,638,964 — starting with this very first beta newsletter we sent out at 9:06 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2016.

That’s over a million local connections, and over a million reasons to say thanks. We can’t do what we do without you, because one way or another, we’ve all got to do it together. 💪

Thanks for hanging out with us, all. Onward.

NOW HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN YOUR CITY

Out with the old. Our city council gave the official green light this week to a huge $700 million renovation of KeyArena. And by renovation, we mean they’re going to save that iconic roof and rebuild just about everything else. As part of the deal, developer Oak View Group will pay $2.5 million toward affordable housing and pledge $20 million to charitable causes. When does demolition start? Just as soon as the National Hockey League gives Seattle a team. Which could happen by the end of the year. (KING)

A 93 is an A, y’all. Almost 300 of you let us know yesterday whether you’d already registered to vote (🙌) or hadn’t yet, but would get it done by Oct. 8, the deadline for online and mail-in voter registration (🙂). The completely unscientific results? Ninety-three percent of you are set for that Nov. 6 midterm election, and you seven percenters are going to get us to an A+ when we ask again in a couple weeks. 🏆 (WA voter registration)

‘We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.’ The whole country’s bracing for testimony tomorrow from Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who’s accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. And Ashley Horvat, a 34-year-old from Bainbridge Island, wasn’t going to sit around and wait. She got help from hundreds of people to place an ad in USA Today yesterday with a message: “We believed Dr. Anita Hill in 1991, and we believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford now.” (KOMO)

The Seattle Totems? The Seattle Times is running an unofficial tournament to pick a name for the team the National Hockey League should give our city this winter. Round 3 pits two historic candidates against each other: “Metropolitans” was the name of Seattle’s first hockey team, which — fun fact — was the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup back in 1917. And “Totems” was the name of a Seattle hockey team that pucked around from 1958 to 1975. “For good reason, it’s largely no longer acceptable for Native culture to be appropriated into nicknames and mascots,” goes the argument against that particular title. Agree? Disagree? Cast your vote. (The Seattle Times)

They’re pregnant. At least three of the orcas that live near us are expecting little ones soon. This is a huge deal because there hasn’t been a successful pregnancy among that population of orcas in more than three years. And the last time a whale gave birth, her baby died in a half-hour and she carried it around for 17 days, while another whale, J50, got weaker and weaker until she eventually died. Got questions about what’s going on with our critically endangered orcas? Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes wrote up this FAQ and is taking more of your questions. (The Seattle Times)

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KUDOS TO A COWORKING CONNECTOR 🙏

Today’s kudos comes from reader Veronica Foster in Ballard, who wants to thank someone she sees at work in Belltown:

“Shout out to the member of our coworking space who is always our biggest cheerleader. It always makes me smile to overhear him talk about community in such a way that is approachable to other members, so it makes them feel more included. It makes my job a little easier and my days brighter!”

Want to shout-out a local who made your day? Tell us about ‘em here and we’ll let you know when we’ll shout ‘em out in The Evergrey. Stay tuned for more kudos as part of our Giving Guide project, made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP

PARTNER EVENTS

🍿  TODAY – Saturday: Be a local film boss at the Local Sightings Film Festival, which features films and filmmakers making moves around the Northwest (Capitol Hill)

✊  TODAY: 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)

☕  TOMORROW: 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)

🎙️  Friday, Oct. 5: Get a fun primer on Seattle history from the recession of the glaciers to the opening of Ballard Locks at this Foundation event. (Fremont)

🍽  Tuesday, Oct. 9: Eat good food and meet good people while you honor and celebrate local agriculture at this Futurewise Feast with Friends. (Downtown)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

🎶  Meet up with your neighbors for a music listening party (Capitol Hill)
🎶  Sing your heart out with International District regulars at the threatened Bush Garden bar (International District)
💡  Hear the buzz on why everything revolves around bees (Capitol Hill)
💡  Learn how the civil rights movement shapes our world at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)


TOMORROW

🎟  Check out a musical spoof on a wacky murder mystery — through Sept. 30 (Edmonds)
👋  Get geeky about Seattle trivia with Crosscut columnist Knute Berger (Capitol Hill)
🎶  Cheer and sway to Brazilian jazz legend Sergio Mendes — through Sept. 30 (Belltown)
👋  Say ‘f*ck cancer’ and support Seattle photographers Lois and Jerry Levin — thanks to reader Madison Pappas for the rec! (Downtown)
🍵  Learn all about a good brew at this tea party and Evergrey partner event (Ballard)

 

FRIDAY

🍿  Watch a bunch of films en françaisthrough Oct. 4 (Queen Anne)
🗣  Hear from undocumented, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (Downtown)
🍷  Sip boutique wines from around the Northwest with your neighbors (West Seattle)
💡  Talk about midterm elections and motherhood with veteran and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth (Capitol Hill)


SATURDAY

🍵  Put your pinkies up to sip on an assortment of teas — through Sept. 30 (Queen Anne)
🍿  Catch flicks by Southeast Asian directors — through Oct. 7 (All over)
🏈  See Seahawks-themed cars with fellow 12s at HAWKtoberfest (Kent)


SUNDAY

🎈  Take the fam for a free boat ride at the wooden boat festival (South Lake Union)
🎟  Peruse handmade goods and tarot cards at a mystical market (Capitol Hill)
🍴  Bring the kids to nibble on all kinds of grilled cheese (Fremont)

 

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.

SAVE THE DATE

We’re throwing a party on Nov. 29 at Optimism Brewing, and you’re going to want to be there.  We’re still working on the details, but we promise you’ll love it more (way more) than The Stranger’s Rich Smith loves candy corn. 🎃

RSVP here, and we’ll see you there. — The Evergrey