Plus, ways you can help support Seattle’s unhoused communities in winter.

🍻Cheers to this new Black-owned brewery coming to the Central District

Plus, ways you can help support Seattle’s unhoused communities in winter.

By Hannah Myrick

Happy Hump Day everybody. 

Did you know you can protect Seattle waterways from your own backyard? Toxins from roofs, driveways, and streets commonly flow into urban streams and put marine life in harm's way. But a new way of landscaping could disrupt that flow by capturing chemicals before they reach waterways.

Rainwise, a Seattle and King County joint program, offers rebates to homeowners who install rain gardens that reduce water pollution. Check out this Seattle Met article outlining all the details of the project and the landscapers behind it, because who knows, maybe your yard could be next!

Now on from the water and into the current ;) events...


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What Seattle is talking about

​​💭 The barriers to finding a therapist can be high, and the gap between people who need mental health support and the workforce’s willingness to offer it is huge. Everything from having to prove that therapy is “necessary” to actually getting in touch with someone and finding a good fit can be seemingly impossible tasks for patients. Hear from local therapists and people seeking mental health care around Washington as they share stories of the many hurdles they’re facing in the field. (The Seattle Times)

🏡 Washington is home to some of America’s most expensive zip codes, so says this article from Seattle Met. Sure California still topped the list, but we were one of seven states with multiple cities in the top 100, including Medina which rounded out the top 10 with a median sale price of $4 million in 2021. (Seattle Met)

🍻 Raise a glass to a new Black-owned brewery opening in the Central District. Local brewing company Métier will open a flagship taproom on E Cherry Street In early 2022, with the intention of it being a beer-centered community space. Métier will also partner with the Mariners to open a brewpub and restaurant next year honoring the Steelheads, Seattle’s Negro League baseball team. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

🚢 Wishkah. That's the name of Washington state's newest ferry set to sail in 2024. The decision was unanimously approved by the Washington State Transportation Committee in a meeting Tuesday and is derived from the river that runs from the Olympic foothills to Grays Harbor, the ancestral home of the Lower Chehalis people. (The Seattle Times)

❄️ Believe it or not, Seattle’s holiday events keep on coming. If you can’t get enough of the holiday spirit, check out a recent list of festive happenings going on around the city through Dec. 31. You can start a new holiday tradition and try karaoke at Kringle’s Filling Station or watch a Christmas Eve burlesque show or even attend an improv version of “A Christmas Carol.” (Seattle Met)

☎️ When one Afghani family was trying to urgently flee Afghanistan earlier this year, a group of citizens in Yakima helped them find sanctuary. After Taliban forces overtook Kabul in August, businessman Obaid Zahid knew he could not stay in the country. He held a U.K. passport, but his wife and two of his four children needed certain papers before they could leave. Residents, lawmakers, and military contacts of Yakima all joined together to get the family out of the country, and have pledged to continue doing the same for more families. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

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🗣Join Crosscut for a conversation with the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Online)

📚 This one's for the bookworms! Read a book from the comfort of home while pianist Paul Matthew Moore plays soothing music in the background (Online)


🐦 Tune in to hear from well-known swan biologist Martha Jordan will speak about Washington's native Trumpeter and Tundra swans (Online)

🛍 Shop for last-minute gifts and take in Pike Place Market after-dark at the Holiday Night Market (Downtown)

🗣 Laugh (and maybe even cry) as Bill Radke looks back on 2021 at KUOW's Year in Review event (Downtown)


🍻 Indulge in the dark days of winter by drinking over 30 different brews at the Dark Beer Fest at Flying Lion, all weekend long Friday thru Sunday (Rainier Valley)

🎅 Drink away the cold at the second weekend of the Winter Solstice Beer Festival, hosted by the Seattle Farmers Market Association. Ugly sweaters and Santa costumes encouraged (Magnuson)

🍿Watch Seattle's wildly popular holiday date night "Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker" now available on-demand thru Dec. 31 (Online)


🎅 Put on your best Santa costume and paint the town red and white on day 2 of this year's Seattle SantaCon (Downtown)

🍸 Make spirits bright with a Holiday Cocktail Class at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle(Downtown)

🎶 Listen to some holiday tunes played by local musicians Pearl Django and vocalist Gail Pettis, hosted by KNKX (Downtown)

🌟 Find your own pictures in the Winter Solstice night sky at Cosmic Connections (Online)


🐶 Drink pints for pups at the annual donation drive benefitting Seattle Animal Shelter (Ballard)

🎁 Eat oysters, enjoy a wine flight, and shop for holiday gifts from local artisans at The Local 104 Holiday Market(Lake Forest Park)

One last thing… 

We’ve been talking about the winter snow and chill a lot. As Seattle’s temperatures continue to drop, it becomes even more important to think about how the cold weather affects our unhoused neighbors. Below are a couple of orgs you can donate to that help ease the harshness of the cold for our unhoused communities.

💰 Homies Helping Homies helps provide supplies and support to people in Seattle experiencing houselessness. By donating monetarily, you can help the organization prepare for their duffel bag distribution that takes place in February, while supplying other general items that help the unhoused day to day, such as tents and sleeping bags. 

Here’s an example of what a duffel bag is filled with. You can find the org on Venmo or Cashapp with the username @Homies4homiesseattle.

👕 If you have warm clothing you’re looking to donate, Sammamish is having a winter clothing drive now through Dec. 24, and Seattle’s Mary Place has a list of items they’re always looking for here. Know of any other winter clothing and/or gear donation drives happening now? Let us know and we’ll pass it on in future newsletters.

‘Til tomorrow.

— The Evergrey Staff

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