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FROM CLAM GUN TO CLAM CHOWDER

Squishy, salty, and delicious, razor clams are an iconic Pacific Northwest catch. A little secret: They taste even better when you grab a clam gun (yep, it’s a thing) and dig your own.

Intimidated? Don’t be. We’ll walk you through clam digging step by step in our latest video, which has made quite a few mouths water already on our Facebook page.

Cleaning clams, though, is another story.

“They are easier to dig then clean,” wrote Jenise Silva.

“Put them in a bucket of ocean water, add 3/4 cup cornmeal,” suggested Lantz Tolles. “They’ll clean themselves.”

» Check out the 1:30 clip here, and if you’re feeling adventurous, make a date with the beach between Thursday and Sunday of this week — the latest approved clam dig days.

Want to learn more about razor clam digging in the Northwest? Here’s the tip sheet and digging times from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. And don’t forget to tag #theevergrey in all those crazy clamming pics.


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

Skip work this morning, hockey fans. That way you can join your fellow puck heads at Henry’s Tavern in South Lake Union, where they’ll be huddling up from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. to toast our new National Hockey League team. The team isn’t official until the NHL board of governors gives the green light at its annual meeting — which should close out nice and early by 9 a.m. — but nobody doubts they will. The first U.S. team to ever win the Stanley Cup — back in 1917 — was from right here in Seattle. What did it take to bring a hockey team back to the Emerald City? Decades of waiting, a lot of false starts, and last year’s dramatic deal on a new KeyArena. (The Seattle Times, NHLSeattle.com)

Our library beats Harry Potter’s. Bodleian Library at Oxford University has millions more books. But on Instagram, the library the Harry Potter movies made extra famous is no match for Seattle’s Central Library downtown. That’s thanks to the crazy cool architecture that got one Seattle Times reviewer to ask: “How the devil are patrons supposed to pay attention to their books?” Our downtown gem was just deemed the most Instagrammable library in the world. And you can tell from her writing that Crosscut’s Brangien Davis had some fun explaining why. 📚 (Crosscut)

Bring your baby to work. The U.S. doesn’t have a lot of bragging rights when it comes to mandating paid family leave for new parents. But come 2020, Washington state will be one of just five states that cover young families’ income during those critical first months, requiring that employers give their workers 12 weeks off. In the meantime, workplaces like our state’s Attorney General’s Office are signing up for the Infant to Work program, which lets parents bring babies to work. Coworkers, prepare for cuddles. 🍼 (Seattle’s Child)

Of course it’s more rain. A big report came out this fall with word on what scientists say will happen around the country as climate change tightens its grip. For the Northwest, even more rain is in the forecast — instead of that colder mountain snow. Cartoonist David Horsey had a little fun with what that means for local skiers, but it’s going to be a lot worse than staying off the slopes. The lack of snowmelt in the summers is going to mean more drought, more wildfires, and tougher times for local salmon. (Grist, The Seattle Times)

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OUT & ABOUT

We were stoked to hear that reader Phyllis made a date night out of our rec to check out this live tribute Thanksgiving weekend to one of the most epic and celebrated concerts of all time — The Last Waltz.

“My sweetheart attended The Last Waltz as a sophomore at Berkeley in 1976. He was so happy when we found out about the event here last Friday from my Evergrey emailing!” Phyllis emailed us from Capitol Hill.

That original concert, by the way, was headlined by the Canadian group The Band and featured so-and-so’s like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, and Neil Young. 😉

“I thought about changing this to a black & white toned photo but with Neptune [Theatre] purple it looks so authentic,” Phyllis added, attaching the pic above. “It was a great evening and we really liked that this group of very talented young people took on the some of the songs we have enjoyed so much.”

Glad we could help you get out on the town, Phyllis! Looking for something to do this week? Check these out. 👇

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP

PARTNER EVENTS

💋  TODAY: Discuss how we romance in turbulent times at this Foundation event all about sex, relationships, and dating in 2018 (Capitol Hill)

🌎  Thursday: Tackle global challenges and learn how you can help build a more equitable world at the annual Global Washington Conference (Downtown)

🇺🇸  Thursday: Join the conversation about reforming the places we live and building an equitable future for urban America with Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán and Town Hall Seattle. (Capitol Hill)

🎄 Saturday: Celebrate the season of giving with Foundation and Seattle Works’ holiday party (Ballard)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY
👋  Gather your fellow Harry Potter-heads for Yule Ball trivia night (Capitol Hill)
🗣️  Listen to Latino playwright Octavio Solis’ stories about growing up along the border (Columbia City)
🗣️  Have some real talk about sex and relationships at this Evergrey partner event (Capitol Hill)


TOMORROW
🎟  Learn what inspires these wild acrobats — through Dec. 22 (Capitol Hill)
🛍  Check out handmade crafts at this winter market — through Thursday (South Lake Union)
👋  Join fellow creatives and tech pros at this holiday party (Pioneer Square)
💡  Hear prominent local authors share their experiences with abortion (University District)


THURSDAY
🗣  Learn all about the upcoming closure of SR-99 (Columbia City)
🛍  Support local artists and makers at this socially conscious market (Pioneer Square)
👋  Play to win at this drag bingo night at Bush Gardens (International District)
🍸  Sip this famous Seattle eggnog at a pop-up bar (Ballard)
🎈  Bring your little ones to a magical night at the zoo (Phinney Ridge)
💡  Learn how to build an equitable global community at this Evergrey partner event (Downtown)
💡  Hear how cities can grow smarter at this Evergrey partner event — featuring Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán (Capitol Hill)


FRIDAY
🎟  Ring in the holiday season with this theatrical sequel to Pride and Prejudice (Greenwood)
🍴  Grab a po’boy and sip sangria at Seattle’s social justice library (Beacon Hill)
🍺  Taste beers and check out this artsy Short Run market — through Saturday (Sand Point)
🎶  Check out Seattle’s biggest caroling competition (Downtown)


SATURDAY
🎈  Take the fam to dance along to silly tunes by Caspar Babypants — through Sunday (Capitol Hill and West Seattle)
🛍  Munch on food truck grub at this handmade holiday market (SoDo)
🛍  Give the gift of local experiences at this holiday market (Yesler Terrace)
🛍  Shop small at the first-ever Northwest African American Museum holiday market (Central District)
🛍  Jazz up your space with art that’s less than $100 (SoDo)
🎈  Deck your fam in glowy lights for a walk around the lake (Green Lake)


SUNDAY
🎟  Hear your neighbors’ “unconventional holiday tales” with KUOW (Greenwood)
❄️  Dress warm to check out this iconic holiday lights festival (Leavenworth)
🎈  Bring your dogs to the park and drink hot cocoa (Pioneer Square)

 

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 membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.

THAT’S ALL FOR NOW

Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey


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