Plus: Some frozen treats to help you cool off.
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♨️ Brace yourselves, the heat wave is coming

Plus: Some frozen treats to help you cool off.

By Grace Madigan

Happy Friday, Seattle!

Just like everyone else in this city, my mind has been consumed by the impending heat wave we’re expecting this weekend. As I write this newsletter, I am also frantically googling “how to stay cool without AC.” 

In case you missed the outro from Wednesday's newsletter, two-thirds of Seattle homes are without AC. As a collective group of people and a city entity, we are not prepared for the 100-degree temperatures we might see. With that in mind, read on for what you need to know for this weekend’s heat wave...

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📈  A reminder that this heat is not normal. The National Weather Service says this weekend’s expected heat wave to be “unprecedented” and historic. The high temperatures are caused by what are known as “heat domes,” which are becoming more frequent due to human-caused climate change. (The Washington Post)

  • Related: This heat wave won't affect everyone equally. Based on data from a hot day last July, south King County experienced higher temperatures for longer. According to the article, “earlier studies in Tacoma and other cities have found that ‘redlined’ neighborhoods...are usually hotter in the summer than wealthier neighborhoods. (KUOW)

💧 According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, only 20% of the city park water fountains work. Most of the fountains were turned off for the past year because of the pandemic. Now as the parks department turns them back on, they’re discovering many need fixing or replacement parts. SPR hopes to have all functioning fountains turned on by mid-July. (KIRO)

  • Related: The city of Seattle issued guidance for staying cool including hours for the public libraries that have AC, as well as for pools and beaches with lifeguards. Also of note, the city’s Human Services Department’s HOPE team is working with outreach providers to hand out water and offer support to those living unsheltered.

🍦 Stay cool with these frozen treats. If we’re going to suffer, we might as well do it with something sweet in our hands, right? Here are nine different local spots to grab everything from shaved ice to boozy otter pops. (Eater Seattle)

📚  In unrelated heat news...this UW undergraduate student just published her first book, and it’s already been optioned for the big screen. Zoe Hana Mikuta started writing her new young adult science fiction novel, “Gearbreakers,” when she was in high school. According to a summary, the story centers on “two teen girls fighting on opposite sides in a futuristic society [who] fall in love.” Zoe has already finished the sequel as well as another fantasy horror book. She’s speaking at a virtual event with Elliott Bay Book Co. next Wednesday. (The Seattle Times)

Don’t miss out!

There’s a lot happening this weekend. Between events for Pride and outdoor festivities celebrating the beginning of summer, it’s hard to decide what to do and where to go. That’s why we always give our Evergrey Extra members a special weekend guide where we hand-pick events that we think they ought to take note of. 

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🍴 Head to the C-ID for its first food walk of the summer to grab a bite from your favorite restaurant (International District)

🎵 Hear some live music at the Wallingford Porchfest (Wallingford)

🎉Attend Taking B(l)ack Pride, a celebration that centers Black and Brown, queer and trans folks (Jimi Hendrix Park)


🍺  Celebrate Pride at Hellbent Brewing with Frelard Tamales (Lake City)

🌈Support the GSBA Scholarship Fund at Elsom Cellars' Tea Dance and celebrate Pride(SoDo)


☮️  Learn how Seattle Mayoral Candidates plan to tackle the gun violence epidemic at this Forum.(Online)

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One more thing …

The Intentionalist teamed up with the Sounders, Storm, Seahawks, Kraken, Mariners, and OL Reign for its Spend with Pride campaign which encourages people to buy from local LGBTQ+-owned small businesses. If they reach their goal of tracking $25,000 spent at these businesses, the six teams will make a collective donation to the nonprofit, Gender Diversity

Plus, if you upload your receipt from your purchase at a local LGBTQ+-owned business to their site, you’ll be entered for the chance to win prizes from the teams. 

Alright, that’s it for the week. Stay safe. Stay cool. And happy Pride. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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