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By Grace Madigan

Happy Friday!

Now that it’s cooled off — how many of you broke out your fans? There’s no shame in it. Sure it’s still a bit early for them, but we Seattleites are weak and do not do well in any sort of “real” heat. Or maybe you just flashed forward to actual summer and cursed the fact that NO PLACE has A/C in this city. Either way, I for one, am glad to go back to not waking up in a pool of sweat

Today we’ve got: A reflection by Capitol Hill’s BLM mural artists a year later, news on an incentive program to get people vaccinated in the state, and advice from dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd, so keep on reading!

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4 things Seattle is talking about

📝Bracing for the end of Washington’s eviction moratorium. The statewide moratorium on evictions ends on June 30, as does the city of Seattle’s. Localities are trying to prepare for the onslaught of eviction cases that are expected by passing renter protections. Read more about what Seattle is doing to address the impending issue. (South Seattle Emerald)

💵Do not throw away your shot of winning $1 million. Yesterday the governor announced a new program to incentivize people in Washington to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone who has already been vaccinated will automatically be entered to win prizes varying from $1 million, sports tickets and gear, gift cards, and airline tickets. Washington is set to fully reopen on June 30. (WA Governor's Office via Medium)

🛶Sprinting to the podium on the tra….water? Growing up, Nevin Harrison, who is now 19-years-old, was determined that one day she’d compete in the Olympics. And she is indeed headed to Tokyo in July — but not for the sport she imagined. As a kid, she thought she’d go for track, but she was diagnosed with a condition that made running difficult for her as a young teen. After discovering canoe racing at a sailing camp at Green Lake, she was hooked. Harrison will compete for the Team USA in canoe racing. (KUOW)

🎨Checking in with the BLM mural artists one year later. The now-permanent fixture on East Pine Street in Capitol Hill was the result of a somewhat spontaneous effort to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the road. A total of 16 artists contributed to the mural — some recruited, others simply just walked up and claimed a letter. After a year since CHOP and the mural’s creation, they reflect on what the design of their letter means to them today. (Crosscut)

🎤A look into Bush Garden’s past and future. The Chinatown International District restaurant houses a lot of history and importance to the neighborhood. It was the first restaurant in the U.S. to have a karaoke bar and only the second Japanese restaurant in Washington. Since the pandemic, the restaurant has been closed and doesn’t have plans to reopen until 2023 in a new location. (KEXP)

Have a drink with Cora Boyd

(Photo courtesy of Cora Boyd)

Dating is hard. Dating during a pandemic? Even harder. But what about dating after a pandemic? Well, that isn’t easy either. That’s why we reached out to local dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd. We had a drink with her over on our Instagram that you can watch here and find out if the “90/10” rule is really a thing and what her favorite rom-com is. After that, keep reading to learn what else she has to say about Seattle’s dating scene and her advice for those nervous about getting back out there.  The full article can be found over on our website.

What's your favorite part about your job?

I absolutely love empowering people to realize that there truly is no script when it comes to love and connection — you can create whatever kinds of relationships you want. 

The liberation and possibility that I see open up for my clients in their lives when they refocus their energy from dating in a way they think they are "supposed to" to dating in a way that creates the kinds of connections they want to experience....that's my favorite part :)

I also LOVE teaching people to flirt and unleashing an army of flirters into the world to create more magic and sparkle for everyone they come into connection with. 

Where are two places you'd take an out-of-town guest?

Ravenna Park for forest magic and Denny Blane for sunbathing. :)

Who or what are 5 Seattle people or organizations more people should know about?

Sofar Sounds, The Rendezvous (my favorite queer-friendly venue), Puckduction (the entertainment production company of Seattle burlesque performer Mx. Pucks A Plenty), Blake Anthony (local rapper and friend of mine), Guillermo Bravo (unisex apparel designer).

How does Seattle's LGBTQ+ dating scene rank in terms of other cities?

Seattle is a super LGBTQ+ friendly city and proud of it! Because of the strong queer culture here, it's an awesome place for queer daters to connect. I'll take a gander and say it's one of the top 10 queer dating cities for sure. 

After a year of not socializing...people are excited to get out there again but also anxious. Any advice for folks wandering into the dating scene these days?

Remember that everyone else is in the same situation — you are not the only person who feels anxious, and there's comfort and commonality in that. 

1) It's OK if you feel awkward — awkwardness is part of dating! 

2) If you feel nervous, sometimes it can dissolve some anxiety to just name it! Tell people you feel nervous, joke about it together, and let it be a point of connection. 

3) ENJOY yourself. After a long stretch of limited live human connection, we are all eager to be in the same space with each other. Don't forget to enjoy the company of other humans as you wander back into the dating scene, and appreciate what a pleasure it is to get to know new people.

❤️ Our local trees

Drop some tree knowledge on your hiking buddies, thanks to this gorgeous book. (Photo courtesy of Sasquatch Books)

From Ponderosa Pine to Western Red Cedar, the forests of the Northwest are full of woodsy wonder. Discover them all in Trees, the newest edition of Sasquatch Books’ Northwest Know-How series. Two lucky readers will win a copy of Trees and Beer, also from the same collection. Enter here for your chance to win–good luck!

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Tomorrow

🎸Tune in for a special virtual encore performance by The Black Tones for the Frye Art Museum (Online)

🚒Stream MOHAI's Virtual Fire Day with the Seattle Fire Department and learn all about what they do (Online)

Sunday

💃🏼 Experiment with free movement that simply feels good to your body.(online)

🎭This is the last week to stream History of Theatre - Part Zero, a journey through 200 years of Black theatre. (Online)

🌈Participate in the annual community clean-up event organized by PrideFest (Capitol Hill)

Tuesday

🏘️ J oin The Sophia Way's Community Conversations to hear about the need for permanent supportive housing.(Online)

📚Producers of the Ken Burns PBS documentary Hemingway discuss the author through the feminine gaze.(Online)

That’s it for today

Go and enjoy your weekend and we’ll meet you right back here on Tuesday!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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