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💰 Look who solved the head tax

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Thousands of students from countries all around the world just arrived in Seattle this fall. They’re exploring their adopted city, sharing their culture, and having their own social struggles with that pesky Seattle Freeze.

That’s where you come in.

The Evergrey is co-hosting a fun, free night of bar trivia Monday with Seattle’s Foundation for International Understanding Through Students. FIUTS is all about building cross-cultural connections, and if you dig this town and want to have a beer with folks from all over the world, head on over to the RSVP page, ‘cause you need to be there.

Come on your own or bring your buddies, but don’t form a trivia team just yet! The questions will be about Seattle and the globe, and we’ll help you build extra-diverse teams packed with lots of global perspectives. 💪

You in? Awesome. We’ll see you Monday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Optimism Brewing in Capitol Hill.

» RSVP ASAP to save your spot, and show up curious. It’s gonna be a world of fun. 😉

Want to do more to connect with international students in the city? Check out how you can welcome a student for Thanksgiving dinner this year or become a homestay host yourself. Thanks to FIUTS for reaching out to us with this awesome event idea! Got something you’d like to do in partnership with The Evergrey? Hit reply or drop us a line at [email protected].

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Like our head tax, but passable. Back in the spring, Seattle did a 180 with a controversial idea to tax businesses to help our homeless neighbors. It was known as the “head tax,” and our city council repealed it about a month after they passed it when an opposition campaign picked up lots of support. But on Tuesday, San Francisco passed Proposition C, a measure real similar to the head tax that’s set to raise money to tackle their homelessness crisis. What made the difference? Prop C taxed bigger, richer businesses than our head tax. It was passed by the public, not City Hall. It was a tax on gross receipts, not employees (so wasn’t technically a “head” tax). And oh yeah: A big wig in tech, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, loved it. (GeekWire)

See ya later, whales. The pod of orcas that lives year-round in the Salish Sea is starving, and a state task force is sorting out ways to help. Their latest recommendation? A three- to five-year ban on whale watching tours. The noise from boats makes it hard for the orcas to find their food — salmon — and some peace and quiet should go a long way. But whale advocates aren’t impressed. What’s a quiet sea, they say, if not enough salmon are swimming in it? 🌊 (KING)

Get your kids out of the house. Former ParentMap editor Elisa Murray has bundled a year’s worth of awesome things to do with little humans in a new book, 52 Seattle Adventures With Kids. Don’t have kiddos around? Embrace your own inner rascal. You can play flashlight tag, swim in a quarry, or sled in a national park all within a two-hour drive of our city. (ParentMap)

Close to downtown, ‘but way more fun.’ That’s how Infatuation Seattle describes Belltown. And to help you live that out, they’ve rounded up the neighborhood’s best bars. So put on your Neon Boots and go down the Rabbit Hole to Some Random Bar. You’ll still have 12 more spots to check off at the end of it. 🍸 (Infatuation Seattle)

Keeping our chambers straight: Thanks to reader Tim Hay for pointing out a pretty silly error on our part in yesterday’s newsletter. We wrote that Republicans kept their majority in the Senate and Democrats won a majority in “Congress,” but of course, Democrats won their majority in the House of Representatives. Sorry about the mix-up!

Things to do


🍻  Saturday: 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 at this event co-hosted by The Evergrey and the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (Capitol Hill)

🔬  Tuesday, Nov. 13: Dig into the science behind anxiety and depression at this Foundation event at Pacific Science Center (Queen Anne)

✊  Wednesday, Nov. 14: Find your purpose and let it drive you at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🎨  Tuesday, Nov. 20: Paint your own holiday ornaments while supporting kids in foster care at this Foundation workshop. (Fremont) 🆕


🍺  Taste all kinds of delicious brewed ciders (SoDo)
💡  Define “Seattleness” with the creators of a cultural atlas (Columbia City)
🎟  Ooh and ahh at “an intimate evening of mystery and wonder” (Ballard)
🍴  Cross that final spot off your bucket list for Seattle Restaurant Week (All over)
🍿  Stuff your face with popcorn at the Italian Film Festival — through Nov. 15 (Queen Anne)
👋  Make new friends at this simple hangout sesh (Capitol Hill)

🎟  Check out some sweet rides with your fellow car lovers — through Nov. 12 (Pioneer Square)
🎨  Peruse locally made arts and crafts — through Nov. 11 (Sand Point)
🎨  Catch the unveiling of a mural dedicated to Seattle’s Black Panthers (Rainier Valley)
🎨  See eclectic performances at SAM Remix (Downtown)

🍸  Learn how to make cocktails from the pros (Capitol Hill)
💃  Put on your dancing shoes for a swing dance convention — through Nov. 12 (SeaTac)
🎈  Get into the early holiday spirit early with reindeer and model trains — through Dec. 24 (Blue Ridge)
🍺  Sip a cold one at this “Big Lebrewski” beer fest (Phinney Ridge)
🎶  Catch this battle of the bands — through Nov. 11 (Downtown)
🎈  Honor veterans at a giant parade (Auburn)
🍺  Raise a glass to awesome mentors at this Evergrey partner event (Ballard)

🍿  Laugh and cry at award-winning flicks at the Turkish Film Festival — through Nov. 17 (All over)
🎈  Frolic with your favorite chocoholic to the Northwest Chocolate Festival (Downtown)
🎨  Trek northeast to see the weird crafts at Oddmall (Monroe)
🏞  Honor the veterans in your life with a free hike at state and national parks (All over)

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.


The Evergrey turned two this year and we’re celebrating in style. To make that happen, we need YOU. Want to help us celebrate another year of local awesome? Fill out this quick form to tell us about something fun you’d like to contribute to the party Nov. 29 — or just hit reply to this email if you want to raise your hand to volunteer. 🙌

Want to know what kind of shenanigans you’d get up to? Check out these pics from last year’s birthday bash, graciously taken by photographers, readers, and party contributors Alex Farrell and Travis Monroe.

Thanks for all you do, every day, to check in with your city and each other.

We’ll see you around. — The Evergrey

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