In a huge win for community organizers, King County Executive Dow Constantine committed King County to convert all youth detention units to new uses by 2025 in a tweet released Tuesday. Activists celebrated the announcement but were quick to question whether this commitment would actually be executed. Follow activists like Nikkita Oliver and the organization No New Youth Jail Coalition to stay current with developments and ways to get involved. (South Seattle Emerald)
If you’ve been wondering how seriously your Seattle neighborhood has taken the state’s mask mandate, you can check out this survey. Their findings show that Ballard and Magnolia residents can pat themselves on the back with an 85% compliance rate. However, the article doesn’t give details on how big their sample size was or how they collected their data so take it with a grain of salt. (Seattle PI)
In need of a new face mask or want to step up your mask fashion? Seattle based fashion designers have pivoted their businesses to meet the demands for face masks. The OULA Company fashion masks out of brightly patterned Ankara—an African wax fabric, Lisa Marie a bridal and evening dress designer is offering sleek face masks, and Prairie Underground is repurposing fabric from shirts and dresses for face masks. Visit their sites to check out mask options. (Crosscut)
Lacking the effort to crack open a book? Seattle Public Library has a brand new service where you can call the Lit Line (206-386-4656) to hear staff read short stories, poems and even articles about Seattle’s history. Each piece is less than five minutes and the service is available day and night—24/7 for your listening pleasure. (Seattle Public Library)
Be a part of history! The Seattle Public Library, Museum of History and Industry, Washington State Historical Society and the Log House Museum are all asking for stories and photos to chronicle life during COVID-19. The hope is to collect everyday accounts of life during the pandemic that goes beyond just figures and statistics. If you’d like to submit an “artifact” check out the links to each organization for details. (The Seattle Times)
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✍ Think you're the next great screenwriter? Learn the ins and outs of Final Draft with the Seattle Film Institute in their screenwriting seminar series. (Online)
🗺 The Log House Museum is organizing a moderated discussion to explore what exactly Seattle was like before it was a city. Join a panelist of historians and others to discuss this question and more. (Online)
🔭 In the latest edition of Astronomy at Home (formerly Astronomy on Tap) learn about satellite megaconstellations like Starlink. Don't know what the heck that means? Then tune in and stay to ask questions! (Online)
🎵 Tune in to Neumos and The Stranger's livestream benefit show featuring local band Naked Giants. (Online)
🦌 Join Ballard's Nordic Museum's summer festival "Nordic by Nature." For a month find programming for everyone focusing on the outdoors and sustainability. (Online)
Have plans for the weekend yet? If you don’t, consider planning a bike ride on Lake Washington Blvd. Or if biking isn’t your thing take a leisurely stroll—or roll by the lake.
The city is closing a stretch of the road to vehicles 24/7 from July 24 till September 8 with the possibility of extending the time frame depending on feedback. I may have to pull out my bike shorts and get out there myself! 🚲
Till tomorrow, stay safe and healthy. ✌️