Plus: Leavenworth's Oktoberfest moves to Wenatchee.
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🍄Seattle has officially decriminalized psychedelics

Plus: Leavenworth's Oktoberfest moves to Wenatchee.

By Grace Madigan

It’s Thursday.

Let’s get right into things, shall we? We’ve got news about psychedelics, SPD, and we’re continuing our giveaway with the Seattle Queer Film Festival — here are the headlines you need to know today... 

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5 things Seattle is talking about

💉 SPD released data on how many of its officers have been vaccinated ahead of the Oct. 18 deadline. As of writing, 94% of the department’s 300 civilian employees have already complied with the order while only 67% of officers have. Interim police chief Adrian Diaz said that the high number of unvaccinated officers could disrupt assignments. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

🍄  ICYMI: You can now consume and cultivate non-commercial psychedelics without getting arrested. The city council voted to decriminalize psychedelics on Monday, making Seattle the largest U.S. city to do so. The unanimous vote amended the law so that the “investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in entheogen-related activities should be among The City of Seattle’s lowest enforcement priorities.” (Marijuana Moment)

🇩🇪 Oktoberfest is moving to Wenatchee. Leavenworth is saying goodbye to its traditional Oktoberfest celebrations in a bid to make the event more family-friendly. The organization that’s operated the Bavarian-themed town’s Oktoberfest since 1998 announced they are relocating next year’s festival to the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. In the meantime, you can still head over to Leavenworth this year to enjoy“Oktoberfest Markt!,” which features local vendors this weekend and next weekend. (Seattle PI)

📸  Lil Nas X and TikTok teamed up with a Seattle social media star. You’ve probably seen Rudy Willingham’s photos — remember this one from back at the start of the pandemic? Well, the world has taken notice of him, and Lil Nas X is no exception. After Willingham used the song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” in one of his videos, the singer reached out to release the TikTok as a part of the social media platform’s first nonfungible token (NFT) offering. (The Seattle Times)

⚾️  The Mariners are taking over the old Pyramid Brewery space. The franchise plans to open a restaurant, hybrid indoor/outdoor space, and offices at the location. Most notably, they’ve called on Metier Brewing, the state’s first black-owned brewery, to run “Steelheads Alley,” an homage to Seattle’s Negro League baseball team where people will be able to get beer brewed on-site. The space is scheduled to open next July. (King 5)

Win tickets to the Seattle Queer Film Festival

Representation is important, which is. That’s why Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Seattle Queer Film  Festival starting next Thursday, Oct. 14, is so exciting!

The fest kicks off next Thursday, Oct. 14, and Over the following 11 days, you can watch a variety of films created by LGBTQIA+ creatives for their communities as well as cinephiles of all stripes. They’re even screening the web series “Hetero,” which we highlighted in a newsletter earlier this year.

We’re giving away three pairs of tickets to your choice of any virtual or in-person festival event — play to win by entering our content right here Good luck!


🍔 Learn the basics of starting a small food business in this class with Shoreline Community College (Online)

🏙️ Listen in as Crosscut sits down with three leaders taking on the major challenges our city faces and hear how they hope to rebuild Seattle to be the city we want it to be (Online)


🍁 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)

One more thing …

All that’s left for this newsletter is today’s recommendation: This has nothing to do with Seattle, but I highly recommend taking a peek at the now four-time Fat Bear winner, Otis. As the tagline says, “Old, late to the party and missing teeth, 25-year-old Otis still takes the cake.” And I could not identify more with that sentiment. 

Tomorrow’s Friday, so hang in there, folks.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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