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Plus: A Throwback Thursday to the Gay Community Center.
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🌕 What the moon has to do with your sleep

Plus: A Throwback Thursday to the Gay Community Center.

By Grace Madigan

Thanks for joining us this fine Thursday,

I read an interesting article yesterday that suggests there might be a relationship between our sleep and the lunar calendar. Several University of Washington researchers were a part of the study and found that people slept 50 minutes less and dozed off 30 minutes later than normal on the days leading up to a full moon. 

Who knew? 

Seattle’s next full moon is a week away, so do with that what you will.

Now, for a look at what’s ahead: Today we’ve got a Throwback Thursday for you, news on the end of the mask mandate, and a look at Seattle’s Vietnamese coffee scene, so keep on reading!

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5 things Seattle is talking about

🍰  From cupcakes to edibles and now coffee, what can’t Jody Hall do? The founder of Cupcake Royale is launching Wunderground, a startup coffee company that uses blends of beans and adaptogenic mushrooms — which some believe helps the body relieve stress. The current Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale location is set to transform into a flagship cafe for the new brand. The cupcake store meanwhile will relocate to a smaller space in the neighborhood. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

🎓  The resilience required to graduate in 2021. As things begin to reopen, high school graduations are adapting and being held in-person versus last year’s virtual celebrations. This year’s graduating class didn’t get the senior year they expected, instead, it was one marked by protest, a global pandemic, and learning how to do everything virtually. This piece asks a few Seattle-area graduates to reflect on the past year. (Crosscut)

😷  King County has reached its 70% vaccination benchmark, so now what? Starting June 29, the local mask mandate will no longer apply and everyone can refer to CDC and state guidelines which say that unvaccinated people should keep wearing masks indoors. They also recommend both unvaccinated and vaccinated to wear masks in crowded or high-risk indoor environments like schools, healthcare facilities, jails, and public transit. The state is set to make its full reopening on June 30. (The Seattle Times)

🍴 Delivery apps now need permission from Seattle restaurants. The City Council is requiring third-party food delivery services to sign agreements with restaurants before letting customers order food. Currently, apps like UberEats and DoorDash can post menus and order food then upcharge it to customers without consent from the restaurant. The change will go into effect on September 15. (GeekWire)

☕️  From Saigon to Seattle, read this story about the local Vietnamese coffee shop, Phin. In a first-person essay, Phin owner Bao Nguyen, reflects on opening his cafe during the pandemic and the other Vietnamese coffee shops that have joined him. For Ngyuen, coffee is more than just a drink, it’s a reflection of his journey as an immigrant. (Eater)

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TBT: Gay Community Center

Gay Community Center News, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1974MOHAI, Don Paulson Collection of Political and Social Ephemera, 2002.23.3.34.1

Gay Community Center News was a publication started in 1974 from the Gay Community Center in Seattle — a social service agency for sexual minorities. Pictured is the inaugural issue of its newsletter which covered the recent opening of the Gay Community Center and preparations for Pride week.

As noted by the caption for this artifact in MOHAI's online archive, this was just one item that Seattle author Donald Charles "Don" Paulson collected as a chronicler of the local drag culture. He dedicated this collection to "everyone who ever participated in a protest march, attended a vigil, campaigned for peace, justice, liberation, human or animal rights, saved the planet, welcomed the New Age, fought against racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and abuse. And to anyone whose voice wanted to be heard in a world too often refusing to listen."

🍻 Drink Optimistically

For the folks at Optimism Brewing Co., optimism drives everything they do—how they work and treat their employees. Enter now for your chance to win their adorable Pride tee and a $25 gift card to spend on their tasty brews or merch. 

Plus, make sure to grab a pint of their Pride beer. All proceeds from their Pride shirt and $1 from each sale of their Pride beer will benefit Queer the Land. And lastly, don't forget to register for our Virtual Pride Event with Seattle Gay News.

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Today

🎹  Join KNKX for a virtual performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet(Online)

Tomorrow

🏞  Learn about how local organizations and institutions are incorporating Native priorities, education, and awareness into their programs.(Online)

🇸🇪  Celebrate Midsommarfest with the Swedish Club and a smörgåsbord of food (Westlake)

Saturday

✊  Enjoy this Juneteenth celebration which will bring together food, music, vendors, and speakers (Othello)

➡️  Join the Northwest African American Museum for their Juneteenth Jamboree featuring family fun and recreation (Judkins Park)

Sunday

🌅  Observe Summer Solstice with the ancient practice of walking a labyrinth.(Capitol Hill)

Tuesday

😷  Is it safe to unmask? Dr. Umair Shah from WA DOH talks with Crosscut about safety concerns and getting back to unmasked life.(Online)

Wednesday

💡  Register for the Circular Innovation Challenge. See the finalists compete and learn about Seattle’s Circular Economy initiatives and climate goals.(Online)

Thursday, June 24

🎤  Laugh away pandemic stress with live storytelling at PANDAMNIT! Comedic Stories from Lockdown Life.(Ballard)

One more thing …

The sun is returning and so is the heat. If you’re looking for a new ice cream shop to try, consider Rainier Beach’s Creamy Cone Cafe. The Black-owned and family-run ice cream shop opened over Memorial Day weekend and features homemade waffle cones, coffee drinks, and 12 rotating ice cream flavors from local creameries. 

If you go, be sure to share your pics with us on Instagram! 

Alright, that’s it for today. Catch ya tomorrow.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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