Plus, the hottest happenings in 2022 for music, film, and sports lovers.

📅 A youth-made mental health guide and how to help the Salvation Army

Plus, the hottest happenings in 2022 for music, film, and sports lovers.

By Hannah Myrick

Hey there, it’s Thursday.

And we’ve got good news to share for the whole Seattle art, music, and sports scene.

🎶 Capitol Hill Block Party announced yesterday that its bringing its music festivities back for 2022. Tickets to the three-day festival are on sale now, but the lineup is TBA.

The OL Reign, Seattle’s professional women’s soccer team, is moving back to Seattle from Tacoma. They will be calling Lumen Field home for the 2022 season.

🎬 The Sundance Film Festival is coming back to Seattle at the Northwest Film Forum, and just dropped its 2022 line-up. The festival is set for Jan. 20-30, and will also be streamed virtually.

All in a day’s work… now onto the rest of today’s headlines.


What are all these Santas up to? Well, it’s called Santacon and it’s not over yet. You can buy tickets for the Dec. 18 festivities here. / Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @pauloutwest

What Seattle is talking about

🔔 The Salvation Army needs your help. It’s facing a shortage of toys and donations, which are important during the holiday season and even more so with the pandemic increasing the number of families the nonprofit is trying to serve. They’re also seeking bell ringers to staff the red kettles stationed outside businesses around the country. (Q13 Fox)

🍔 The Eastside is officially home to a Dick’s Drive-In. The chain will celebrate its eighth location with a grand opening including a pop-up apparel shop, a DJ set, and the Sammamish High School band and cheer team. Oh, and of course, all the burgers, fries, and shakes you could ever need. It’s all happening today at Crossroads Mall, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Seattle PI)

📔 A group of young Seattleites is taking their mental health into their own hands. Young people in King County Public Health’s Social Media Ambassadors and Soar Youth Programs have partnered with the Seattle Times Education Lab to create a multicultural mental health guide for teens. The guide includes a long list of mental health services and treatments, in addition to an outline of what to expect when they reach out. Schools, counseling centers, and other youth services can access the guide as a downloadable PDF. (KNKX)

💬 A year ago, instances of racism at Seattle Children’s Hospital came to light when beloved physician Dr. Ben Danielson resigned. One year later employees are sharing their experiences working at the hospital in 2021. Despite Seattle Children’s issuing an “Anti-Racism Action Plan,” several of the staff believe the hospital has not done enough to address the racism present in hospital leadership, patient care, treatment of staff, and beyond. (Crosscut)

💰 Back in February of this year, Seattle passed a hazard pay ordinance establishing a $4 increase in hourly pay for grocery employees. Now, the Seattle City Council has passed a bill seeking to establish an end date for that hazard pay, and more cities around Western Washington are doing the same. The ordinance will end 30 days after the bill is signed into law, which could be as early as February 2022. (King 5)

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🐦 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 two 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)


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

🍻 Drink a pint for pups at this donation drive benefitting Seattle Animal Shelter (Ballard)

One last thing before you go….

Talk to us about what got you through 2021! We’ve received some heartwarming answers so far like this one from @amespnw who said “I moved away the summer of 1996. And now I’m back and couldn’t be happier.”

We want to end the year on a high note — tell us something good that happened to you this year, whether it be a new baby, a new job, a new favorite dive bar — we wanna know it all. Reply to this email or drop it to us on Instagram or Facebook, and make our day, wouldya?

See you tomorrow for the final day of our week!

— The Evergrey Staff

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