As our summers grow warmer, many of us in Seattle are throwing up our hands and pulling out our checkbooks to pay for home air-conditioning.
For decades, it’s been a point of pride for Seattleites to suffer through a heat wave and rely on cold showers or after-work dips in the lake to cool off. As of 2015, we were the least air-conditioned major city in the U.S.
But with those heat waves becoming more frequent — and wildfire smoke preventing many residents from opening their windows during the peak of the summer heat — A/C could soon become as common around here as wood siding.
A story in Seattle Met found the vast majority of new homes being built in our city come with central A/C, and many longtime homeowners who don’t already have it are ponying up the $5,000 to $10,000 to get it installed.
Jamey Stephens, a South Park contractor, told the magazine that his company’s standard wait times for A/C installation have jumped from two weeks to three months in recent years. “It’s been a cultural shift,” he said.
Not ready to give in just yet? ParentMap has an updated list of ways to keep your cool in the middle of a Seattle heat wave.
In other news…
The claims of sexual assault made by a former UW volleyball star were found to be credible. So why did her assailant end up getting an executive role at another university? This Seattle Times investigation uncovers a number of flaws in the way our colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct cases. (The Seattle Times)
“Right now it looks like a haunted house,” but in a couple of months an old vacant office building will become First Hill’s newest contemporary art museum. The project comes as the city works to incentivize property owners to find temporary uses for buildings awaiting redevelopment. (Capitol Hill Seattle)
Good news for fans of Filipino food: Musang, the popular pop-up from chef Melissa Miranda, just scored some permanent digs on Beacon Hill. She plans to open the brick-and-mortar location inside the former Travelers Thali House sometime this fall. (Seattle Met)
Seattle’s Team Angry Beaver, named after the Greenwood hockey bar, just won the fifth-annual Race to Alaska. The 750-mile boat race starts in Port Townsend and ends in Ketchikan. (KRBD)
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Nancy Jensen was on her way to high-level position at Microsoft when she took time off to care for her two young children. Getting back into the working world wasn’t easy.
“When it was time to go back to work, despite the fact that I had a very rich, successful professional background, people were really dismissive,” Nancy says, while recounting a job interview where a CEO looked at his phone for most of the time and said he wouldn’t hire her because of her gap in employment.
The Seattle mom took that negative energy and ended up spinning it into a career training program called The Swing Shift. Nancy delivered a talk at Ignite Seattle #39 on what corporations, hiring managers, and employees can do to help make our workplaces more supportive toward working mothers.
By popular vote, our Evergrey readers (that’s you!) said they wanted to hear more about what Nancy has to say. Head to our website to read the Q&A, and check out the Ignite YouTube playlist to watch all the talks from the event.
We had a blast with you all at last night’s Speed Friending event at Connect Lounge! Thanks for joining the fun and making friends with us.
🌈 Tonight, we celebrate PRIDE together! There will be arts and crafts, dancing, drag performances, delicious food and drink, and beautiful company. The Modern Love Pride Party starts at 5 p.m. — see you there! (South Lake Union)
💪 Who’s ready to get their volunteer on with us? In a few weeks, we will begin a monthly Saturday volunteering field trip to connect our community with an amazing nonprofit partner. Our first Better Together outing takes place on Saturday, July 6, at Mary’s Place in North Seattle. Grab your spot today. (North Seattle)
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🎉 On the Boards: Northwest New Works Festival 2019 A performance festival for our here and now. Northwest New Works celebrates the coolest new contemporary PNW performance. Parties and food trucks too!
💃 Tomorrow: Enjoy an interactive performance and party with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (Queen Anne)
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🌈 Eat, drink, paint, and dance as The Evergrey celebrates Pride (South Lake Union)
🗳️ Get civic with Crosscut and look ahead to the 2020 presidential election (Fremont)
🍤 Eat all the crawfish and shrimp you can at this annual food fest (International District)
🎉 Celebrate Juneteenth with performances, food, games, and prizes (Rainier Beach)
🙌 Dive into questions about race and inclusion at this festival (Central District) —through June 19
💻 Grab some tasty cocktails and mingle with the Lesbians Who Tech & Allies (Capitol Hill)
🔥 Is a smoky fire season our new normal? Learn more at this lecture (Lower Queen Anne)
🚶Brush up on your market history with a Pike Place walking tour (Downtown)
🍺 Taste your way through Washington’s biggest beer festival (Redmond) —through Sunday
🎈Take the kids on a slimy weekend adventure at Slimetopia (Auburn)
🍦Grab a cup or a cone at this neighborhood ice cream social (South Lake Union)
🍖 Treat your pops to a special Father’s Day cruise and island BBQ (Blake Island)
🚘 Or take him to admire hundreds of classic cars at this old-school festival (Issaquah)
⚽ Join Reign FC players and coaches for a World Cup watch party (Central District)
🎉 Party your Sunday Funday away at this dance session (SoDo)
👗 Dress up like it’s another awkward senior year at Bartender Prom (International District)
🌲 Practice your map and compass skills before hitting the trail (Cascade)
🎲 Play bingo at one of Ballard’s last old-school dive bars (Ballard)
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