Plus: A beluga whale was spotted in Puget Sound causing excitement and concern.
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💰You probably have unclaimed cash, here's how to get it

Plus: A beluga whale was spotted in Puget Sound causing excitement and concern.

By Grace Madigan

Congrats, we’ve made it to Friday!

And we’ve got good news looking for anyone who could use some spare change. Despite its suspicious URL, is legit; by visiting the site and entering your name, you can see if you have unclaimed cash from the state. 

How is this not a scam, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you: The money is “unclaimed property” from businesses, utilities, and government agencies who’ve lost contact with customers they owe money to. Unless you’re owed thousands of dollars, you probably won’t be getting a phone call about the unclaimed money anytime soon, so be sure to bookmark this link. The state currently has more than $1.6 billion dollars that have been “abandoned.” 

I gave it a go, and it turns out I have a whopping $5 that’s mine. While it’s not enough for a whole meal, I’ll gladly add it to the ol’ rainy day fund. 💰

After you’ve checked to see if you’ve got any unclaimed cash out there, keep on scrolling for today’s headlines. 

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4 things Seattle is talking about

🐳 A beluga whale spotted in Puget Sound has been cause for excitement and concern. The Arctic whale hasn’t been seen in Washington state since 1940, and since the closest beluga population is at least 1,400 miles away, some researchers have expressed worry about the creature. Groups like Orca Network are asking people to not seek out the whale and cause it any stress. However, if you do happen to see it, you can report the whale’s location by calling 1-866-ORCANET. (Crosscut)

🍪   Michael Pinckney had a pretty sweet transition ​from tech to cookies. After working for Microsoft and seeing how much people seemed to love his pastries, Pinckney launched Pinckney Cookie Cafe in 2009. Customers can choose from flavors like Ginger Molasses, Brown Butter Brown Sugar Bourbon Spice, and Dark Chocolate Espresso. Early on in the pandemic, he decided to donate $5 from every order of a dozen cookies to charities working on COVID-19 relief efforts; he's since raised more than $15,000. You can try the cookies for yourself by visiting locations at the University District, West Seattle, and Ballard markets. (The Seattle Times)

🌈   Did you miss this year’s earlier Pride celebrations? Not to fear, there’s another one happening this weekend. Seattle Pride’s All Together Now event is set for tomorrow at Volunteer Park; there’ll be music, “Drag Queen Bingo,” and food. There will also be a booth where you can record your coming out story which may be selected to air on C89.5 FM in honor of National Coming Out Day next Monday, Oct. 11. (Seattle Pride)

🇬🇧   Ever wondered why the heck there’s an English telephone booth in Madison Park? Well, you can thank Cornelia Carre and her husband Serge, two Brits who fell in love with the area and decided to move to the neighborhood. The couple moved back to London, but left behind the telephone booth where it remains today and will for the foreseeable future. (Seattle Met)

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Pop-up shops, tours, tastings, & maker classes


🍁 Take in the beauty of the maple trees at the Seattle Japanese Garden (Arboretum) — through Oct. 17

🖼 Appreciate some art made by Seatle-based artists at the Belltown Night Market (Belltown)


🎵 Take in some music courtesy of SAM at the Olympic Sculpture Park (Belltown)

🍻 Drink some Rainier and shop local at Sloop Tavern at their Bakers & Makers Pop-Up Market (Ballard)


🔑 Join The Works as they bring back their Leather Keychains workshop for Seattle Made Week(Capitol Hill)

🎤 Enjoy some live music at the Tractor Tavern from PNW artists: Joshy Soul, Shaina Shepherd, and thom.ko (Ballard)

🏃 Take a step for mental health and sign up for the HERO House 5K Run and Walk to benefit HERO House NW and its Clubhouse programs (Seattle)


🐝 Learn how to add a little bee on a t-shirt in this embroidery class (Online)


🔨Join The Works as they bring back their Hammered Brass Earrings workshop for Seattle Made Week (Capitol Hill)


🎨 Learn the basics of watercolor painting in a PNW botanicals-inspired painting class at The Works (Capitol Hill)

One more thing …

I don’t want to send you off into the weekend empty-handed. My recommendation for you is to go bowling. I grew up going to Spin Alley in Shoreline and have many fond memories of the place.  I finally returned there with some friends earlier this week. I was reminded of just how fun the pastime is — even if you are an overly competitive person like myself. 

See ya next Tuesday! 👋

— Grace at The Evergrey

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