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BON APPETIT. Volunteers prep food to send to Seattle-area shelters through FareStart’s Community Meals program.
(📸: FareStart)


You can pop in to FareStart locations in downtown, South Lake Union, Beacon Hill, and Rainier Valley to sample the goods and support FareStart’s mission. Or — with three weeks to Thanksgiving and plenty of folks in need around the city — you can throw on an apron, meet up with fellow Evergreyers, and lend a hand.

“We’re seeing increased enrollment in our programs and a lot has to do with the homeless issue in our community,” said FareStart’s Stephanie Schoo. And 85 percent of locals in their longest-running adult culinary program, she said, have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity.

Want to serve your neighbors in need in more ways than one? 🍴 Sign up for one of two Evergrey volunteer field trips we’re organizing to Farestart below. What will they be like? Here’s the breakdown…

November Community Dinner

When: Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (gotta be there by 4:50 p.m.)
Where: FareStart Restaurant at 700 Virginia St.
Open spots: 10
What is it? FareStart’s monthly community dinners are free, fun meals for FareStart students, graduates, staff, and their families to help them build a support network. “It’s an opportunity for our graduates and students to come together, break bread, share stories, and talk about challenges,” Stephanie said.
What would I be doing? Serving meals, bussing tables, handing out door prizes, and generally making sure the evening goes great. Oh, and you also get to share in the meal. 😋
Great! Where do I sign up? » RSVP here while spots are available.

Thanksgiving Meal Prep

When: Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. (gotta be there by 4:45)
Where: Farestart Restaurant at 700 Virginia St.
Open spots: 15
What is it? A night to prep a whopping 850 Thanksgiving meals that will be distributed the next day to shelters and transitional housing centers all over the city, including the Downtown Emergency Service Center. (Don’t worry; we’ll have lots of help!)
What would I be doing? Flexing your food prep skills and coordinating with FareStart chefs to warm hearts and stomachs on turkey day. 🦃
I’m in. Where do I sign up? » RSVP here while spots are available.

Check out our dispatch from our first volunteer field trip to build tiny houses with the Low-Income Housing Institute, and join us Thursday, November 29, as we celebrate not only our second anniversary, but also the launch of our Giving Guide, where we round up great ways to give back to your city. There is a lot to celebrate, and you won’t want to miss this! Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for making our Giving Guide project possible. 

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We suck at love. At least, that’s what the popular The Great Love Debate podcast decided when it looked at “opinions and demographic data” from their millions of listeners, plus the 92,000 single folks who’ve shown up to their live events. “Of all the places where the disconnect grew wider this year, Seattle’s grew the widest; leaving a gloomy puddle of aggravated women, socially-awkward men, and rain water,” they wrote. Ouch. Some consolation: Portland, our southerly rival, came in fourth-worst. 😏 (The Great Love Debate, KOMO)

Psst, single Seattleites. We couldn’t resist an unscientific poll on this one. Do YOU believe Seattle is the worst U.S. city for love?

»*|SURVEY: Oh yeah. Have you tried online dating here? |* ← Click to vote
»*|SURVEY: Nah, people are just playing the blame game. |* ← Click to vote

That’s Mr. Spider to you. If you’ve lived here a year or more, you know that spiders are eeeeverywhere in Seattle in the fall. But did you know that about nine out of the 10 you see creeping around are probably dudes? That’s ‘cause they’re the ones on the hunt. For ladies. “The males are basically like a group of guys on a pub crawl stopping at different bars to see if there are any girls in there,” Washington state entomologist Arlo Pelegrin told MyNorthwest. Want an early Halloween scare? Look at Arlo’s Twitter profile pic. (MyNorthwest)

Watch your back. ‘Cause the Seattle Sounders are the most “dangerous” team in Major League Soccer right now. After a slow start, our boys hustled to a 14-2-1 record — the best half-season standing in Major League Soccer history. That MLS Cup is looking mighty close right now. (SoundersFC.com)

Tried and failed to get Shake Shack for lunch? There’s a good chance that’s because the 45-minute, round-the-block lines at the restaurant’s new South Lake Union location were too much for your schedule and your stomach. But fear not: Shake Shack just launched an app for putting in a mobile order you can pick up right from the window, sans line. You’re welcome. 😉 (The Seattle Times)


Our November election is one week away and there’s a lot to sort through. One big decision we have to make: whether Washington should put a fee on the carbon pollution.

We shared our handy guide to the carbon fee, a.k.a. Initiative 1631, last Thursday — and y’all had a lot of feedback.

One theme we heard: Follow the money.

Readers Eric Bronson, Sara Kiesler, and Jordan Goldwarg, who’s volunteered with the “yes” campaign, wanted us be more specific about who’s backing the record-breaking $29.9 million campaign against the fee: The vast majority of the opposition campaign’s donations are from oil companies like Chevron, BP, and Koch Industries. In contrast, the “yes” campaign’s supporters include climate scientists, labor unions, environmental groups, Native tribes, and communities of color.

Reader Christian Jacobsen said he wished we would’ve contextualized how voters would be impacted on their utility bills if the carbon fee passes.

The Resources for the Future environmental research firm and the Washington Policy Center, a self-described “nonpartisan free-market” think tank seen by many to lean right, said costs for home heating and gas would go up under a carbon fee. Would those costs get passed to us? Christian said that shouldn’t count against the measure.

“Big picture: every company has operational costs. Those costs fluctuate over time. Rent goes up. Gas gets more expensive,” he wrote. “Carbon emission IS a cost of operations, and one that has been too low for too long.”

Reader Lisa wondered if there’s a plan to help low-income Washingtonians who might be affected by increased costs. There’s one, it turns out, right in the bill, which says that at least 15 percent of the funds raised by the carbon fee each year will be invested in programs like energy bill assistance to reduce costs for low-income households.  Another 35 percent of funds would be invested in heavily polluted areas, which are usually low-income communities.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the carbon fee. Want to hear more about it from both sides? Check out this debate from Crosscut, and get those ballots in quick!

Check out this event from our advertiser, Seattle CityClub.

👂 Listen to new opinions at Civic Cocktail What is Washington doing to save the orcas? How will the election impact the Puget Sound region? Find out Nov. 7 at Civic Cocktail

Partner Events

👂  TOMORROW: Learn how to be a better, more effective listener at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍵  Thursday: Taste teas and learn their history with a pro from Miro Teas at this Foundation event (Ballard)

🍴  Saturday: Learn how to whip up chicken mole with La Cocina School to support El Centro de la Raza with Foundation (Beacon Hill)

✍️  Wednesday Nov. 7: Hack your brain to boost your productivity at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

💰  Wednesday, Nov. 7:  Get tips on how to negotiate like a boss at this Foundation workshop (Queen Anne)

🌊  Wednesday, Nov. 7: Learn about local orca recovery and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s and local journalists’ thoughts about the election at Civic Cocktail (Belltown)

🍻  Saturday, Nov. 10: Visit Ballard’s best bars and raise a glass to mentorship at the 3rd Annual Big Brewers, Big Sippers Pub Crawl (Ballard) 🆕

💡  Monday, Nov. 12: Team up with local international students for trivia and beers with the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (Capitol Hill)

Around Town

🎃  Get into costume for an evening of Shakespeare “karaoke” (Queen Anne)
👋  Celebrate Filipino American History Month with trivia and noms (International District)
💡  Hear “tales of political mischief” from local journalists (Green Lake)
🍿  Prep yourself for Halloween by watching a scary double feature (Queen Anne)
🗣  Ask your questions about surveillance in Seattle at this community forum (Downtown)

🎨  Tour a museum and see art about “séances, the occult, and primal human urges” (First Hill)
🎃  Watch “oddball video” and a “gruesome costume contest” at this Halloween party (Capitol Hill)
🎃  Celebrate the Fremont Troll’s birthday and celebrate women in history (Fremont)
💪  Hear how you can up your listening game at work at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)

💃  Kick off Diwali with Indian dance performances and Rangoli sand art (Bellevue)
🗣  Chat about how you’re affected by the opportunity gap with your neighbors — thanks for the tip, Bryan Garcia! (Mount Baker)
🍸  Sip a cocktail and “drunk dial Congress” about a topic important to you (Capitol Hill)
🎟  Honor indigenous resilience and cultural traditions for First Thursday (University District)
🍴  Slurp tea and learn about its traditions at this Evergrey partner event (Ballard)

👋  Remember loved ones at this Día de los Muertos celebration (Beacon Hill)
🍿  Get sultry and catch saucy films at the Hump! film festival — through Nov. 18(Queen Anne)
🎟  Laugh it up at the Seattle International Comedy Competition— through Nov. 25 (All over)

🎨  Peruse aisles of comics and zines at the Short Run Comix Festival (Queen Anne)
🎶  Geek out about the Pacific Northwest’s hip-hop history (Central District)
💡  Team up with creative locals to tackle our world’s most pressing problems — thanks for the rec, Astghik Zakharyan! (Pioneer Square)
💪  Grab an apron and learn the basics of making chicken mole at this Evergrey partner event (Beacon Hill)

🎈  Play games and see performances celebrating Japanese culture (Central District)
🍿  Get nostalgic at this special showing of Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Capitol Hill)
👋  Oooh and aaah at gorgeous blooms at this orchid show (Blue Ridge)

Going to one of these?
 Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag#theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here, see more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membershipIs an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.


We’ll see you ghouls tomorrow, when we share back dispatches from your fellow readers’ trips to the legendary Georgetown Morgue.

Eat, drink, and be scary. 🎃  — The Evergrey

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