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Every December at Westlake Plaza, teams from across the city sing their hearts out at an event that’s become quite the local classic — the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition.
It’s a fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center, thousands of carolers show up, and prizes go to the best singers, the most creative groups, and the most prolific fundraisers. Anyone can form a team, from employees at Starbucks to students in a high school choir.
How do the judges pick out the most talented treble makers? 😉 We asked caroling judge Priya Frank to sound off. Got a minute? » Tune in on our quick video here.
Congrats to the Silver Belles, who took home the Most Creative Team and People’s Choice awards at Figgy. Can’t get enough holiday tunes? Catch the carolers aboard the classic Christmas ships — check out our calendar below for more. 📅
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What do we do with all these babies, Seattle? When your city’s population grows by 19 percent in seven years, things can get crowded. One big pain point: child care. Day care centers in King County have added 2,300 spots in the last five years. But the number of of kiddos age 4 and younger here has boomed by 7,280. The result? Prospective parents are getting on wait lists before their kids are even born. And some centers even let you save a spot in line if you’re “trying.” 🍼 (The Seattle Times)
Turn it up. The Grammy nominations are out and our region is showing up. You music fans might already know that folk rocker Brandi Carlile is up for six awards (only Kendrick Lamar and Drake are up for more!), but did you know she was born 50 miles southeast of here in a town called Ravensdale? Also repping our side of the Upper Left: Alice in Chains, the late Chris Cornell, and our own Seattle Symphony. To hear the Brandi tune up for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, grab those ear buds and hit play. (Seattle Weekly)
A tale of two Seattles. In some parts of our city, people live pretty close together. In other, bigger parts, people live more spread out. Compare the low density parts to the high density parts, and you can learn a lot about how Seattle’s changing. FYI Guy Gene Balk took a look, and some of his takeaways might surprise you: Racial diversity is coming only slightly faster to high density areas, housing costs have spiked more in high density areas, and the pressure to make more 💰 has gone up all over the city. In fact, Gene writes, “There is no longer any difference between the high- and low-density areas in the share of workers earning six figures.” 😮 (The Seattle Times)
To give or not to give. A question you might ask yourself every day, depending where you are in the city: Should you give money to people asking for some on the streets? “Giving money doesn’t feel right, but neither does just driving by,” one KUOW listener asked the station. To help, reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch sat down with a priest, a rabbi, and an expert on homelessness to get their take. (KUOW)
💛 THURSDAY: Hang with the Foundation gang to simply chill and catch up. (Belltown)
🌶 Wednesday, Dec, 19: Get spicy and learn how to make hot sauce with Foundation (Downtown)
🎟 See a theatrical parody of holiday films at A Very KIRO Christmas (Capitol Hill)
🎶 Rock out to Death Cab for Cutie at The End’s Deck the Hall Ball (SoDo)
👋 Celebrate diversity in local tech (South Lake Union)
🎶 Hear Amazonians play and sing for a cause (Downtown)
🎟 Embrace the supernatural at Twilight Zone LIVE — through Saturday (Belltown)
🎨 Make a toast at the Northwest Film Forum’s holiday potluck and art swap (Capitol Hill)
🎈 Take the family to a stroll through a glowy botanic garden — through Dec. 22 (Shoreline)
🎄 Dress up in lights and nibble on something sweet at SAM Lights (Belltown)
👋 Peek behind the scenes at Real Change’s open house (Pioneer Square)
👋 Bring a friend to a chill hang out at this Evergrey partner event (Belltown)
💡 Look back on 2018’s biggest issues, including homelessness and housing, with local leaders (Downtown)
🎄 Watch the Christmas ships take a holiday voyage with the fam (South Lake Union to Fremont)
🎈 Let the kids make graham cracker gingerbread houses while you sip mulled wine (Capitol Hill)
🎄 Don your Santa suit and go on a bar crawl through town for SantaCon — through Sunday (Downtown)
🛍 Do some holiday shopping at this crafty market (Sand Point)
🎈 Bring your little ones to decorate cookies with Seattle chef Ethan Stowell (Downtown)
🎶 Hear traditional holiday carols by the Northwest Boychoir (Lynnwood)
🎶 Sway to classical compositions by Handel at the symphony — through Dec. 16 (Downtown)
🎈 Take the fam to a holiday bazaar and nosh on food truck grub (Fremont)
🛍 Find unique gifts at this Native American art market (Magnolia)
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There are the things you can do in Seattle — and then there are the things you’ve got to do in Seattle. You’ve sent in some fantastic ideas for your perfect 2019 Seattle bucket list, and they’re making us really want to ditch our laptops right now.
Reader Thea Condaxis’ big to-do? Riding the Bainbridge Island Ferry while the sun goes down.
“Watching the city skyline fade away into the distance as you ride into the sunset will melt your worries away, at least for a couple hours!” she wrote.
What would you put on everyone’s Seattle bucket list? » Send us your favorite ideas here, and we’ll share ‘em back over the holidays.
Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey