We wanted to pick your brains (not eat them, we swear), so we asked our Instagram followers which spots they’d avoid if zombies arrived. The answers were too good:
“Costco before Thanksgiving” —Clara
“Cal Anderson Park” —Laura Szkolar Sienkiewicz
“Any four-way stop” —Rebecca Rodgers
“Ballard Avenue on the weekend” —Joel
“Space Needle” —Kacie Rahm
And the most unique answer we got:
“The bulk cheese section at the Capitol Hill Broadway QFC” —Adrianna Ovnicek
Keep your heads up (and in one piece) out there.
We had so much fun with you all at last night’s Speed Friending event — thanks to everyone who came out. Here’s what’s coming up next:
🍸 Few things beat a tasty cocktail on a sunny day — and it’s even better when you craft it yourself! Join our absinthe-focused Crafting Libations class on May 21. (South Lake Union)
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The episode focuses on inequities in our public school system and zeroes in on the South Seattle school as a place where limited budgets create tough choices that schools in wealthier areas don’t have to face.
Despite those financial constraints, Rainier Beach has been a local success story as of late. Back in 2015, The Seattle Times’ Education Lab project examined how the school’s International Baccalaureate program set new academic standards for students, driving up enrollment and graduation rates. KNKX also highlighted the initiative in an hourlong radio documentary.
But, as Cenac’s show points out, the turnaround at Rainier Beach isn’t guaranteed to continue without a sustainable funding source.
Education budgets are extremely volatile these days, and with just $2,000 in the school’s PTA account — compared to $3.5 million at Roosevelt High School in northeast Seattle — there’s not a lot of emergency funding for Rainier Beach staff and parents to draw from, if and when cuts happen.
In other news…
There’s a fine line between picking up trash at homeless camps and sanctioning their existence. In recent years, that political messiness has kept city officials from taking on major clean-up efforts, so nearby residents and nonprofits are taking matters into their own hands. (The Seattle Times)
Public genealogy databases are solving cold cases all over the country — including here in Seattle. After more than five decades, police were finally able to provide some answers to the family of a 20-year-old woman who was murdered in a Seattle Center parking garage back in 1967. (Associated Press)
The new baby giraffe at the Woodland Park Zoo is donning some new kicks. The calf, who doesn’t have a name yet, was outfitted with specially-designed shoes to help him recover from a birth abnormality that causes the rear legs to be out of alignment. (KIRO)
⛵ Today through Saturday: Navigate the fun with your friends and family at this year’s Seattle Maritime Festival (All over)
🏙️ Saturday: Explore the tech industry’s impact on South Lake Union at this walking tour with the Seattle Architecture Foundation (South Lake Union)
🔥 May 17 to June 3: Immerse yourself as interactive performance, community, and political commentary intersect in “The Arsonists,” a new play from Horse in Motion (Pioneer Square)
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🎭 Watch Ballard High’s “Bang Bang You’re Dead” play about school violence (Ballard)
🍺 Toast the start of Seattle Beer Week with a tasty local brew (All over)
✏️ Help design Africatown Seattle’s next community space (Central District)
😂 Laugh off the struggles of motherhood at this variety show (West Seattle) —through Saturday
🎂 Groove the night away at The Collective’s first birthday party (South Lake Union)
👑 Celebrate your inner queen at this MoPop opening party (Queen Anne)
🍴 Eat all the local grub you can at this Seattle Food Fair (University District)
🎖️ Listen in at this storytelling event with local military veterans (Fremont)
⛵ Navigate a boatload of fun at this local maritime fest (Ballard)
🏙️ Explore the tech industry’s impact on SLU on this walking tour (South Lake Union)
🛍️ Get your thrift shopping on at this giant garage sale (West Seattle)
🌲 Celebrate the wildlife and nature that exists right in our backyard (Tukwila)
🌱 Prep your garden for an amazing season at this Spring Plant Sale (Capitol Hill)
🐠 Fish around the Seattle Aquarium at this special Mother’s Day event (Waterfront)
💐 Treat your mom to a fresh bouquet at this Pike Place flower festival (Downtown)
🏃 Colorify yourself and others in this fun local run (Queen Anne)
🎨 Paint your heart out with our artist friend Sari Luna at this fun community class (Ballard)
🌱 Build a beautiful terrarium with The Works at this Evergrey event (Capitol Hill)
🍻 Drink a cold one and celebrate women in the craft beer industry (Downtown)
💉 Save lives by donating your blood at this local blood drive (Delridge)
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Want to get your weekend started early? Seattle Beer Week — which is actually 10 days, but who’s counting — begins today, and the schedule includes special tastings and parties at breweries and bars across town.
Cheers to the almost weekend, y’all. We’ll see you tomorrow. 🍻
— The Evergrey