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BON APPETIT. Volunteers prep food to send to Seattle-area shelters through FareStart’s Community Meals program. (📸: FareStart)
VOLUNTEER WITH THE EVERGREY AT 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.)
Thanksgiving Meal Prep
NOW HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
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
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)
YOU SAID IT
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!
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP
👂 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)
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THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY
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