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Plus: How to help the White Center businesses affected in the fire.
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🚲 The Chilly Hilly is back and it’s not so chilly this time

Plus: How to help the White Center businesses affected in the fire.

By Grace Madigan

Welcome back; it’s Wednesday.

I spent the long weekend biking over to Bainbridge Island with a friend and together we metaphorically died on the hills. For anyone familiar with Baker Hill, you’ll know that my friend who had never seen that monstrosity was in for a rude awakening. 

For the more avid bikers, you’ll be happy to hear that the Chilly Hilly is returning for a special summer edition. Usually held during the winter, the ride takes cyclists around the Island, including Baker Hill — they took out Toe Jam Hill some years ago after they decided Baker was enough punishment. 😩You can register for the August 1 ride now. 

Keep reading for ways to help the White Center businesses impacted by this weekend’s fire and the hottest new restaurants to try this month, plus, you’re not the only one who needed something stronger than beer this pandemic.

Big fans of the Market's buskers. 🎶 | Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @dannyngan

5 things Seattle is talking about

➡️  A fire in White Center severely damaged several businesses over the weekend. The fire originated in the basement of The Lumber Yard — the neighborhood’s first LGBTQ+ bar — and spread to nearby businesses including a boxing gym, a salon, and a Mexican grocery store. Many of these businesses are also minority-owned and had just reopened at full capacity, making the fire especially devastating. (KIRO)

⚠️  How can Aurora Ave become safer for everyone? That’s the question “The Seattle Times” asked the two street safety advocates who formed a coalition of community members to collaborate on how to redesign the street. The city is set to receive $2 million in state funding which could be used to try and address some of the busy road’s complicated issues. (The Seattle Times)

🔪  ICYMI: Shota Nakajima came in second on “Top Chef.” The Seattle chef lost to Gabe Erales who recently courted controversy after it was revealed he was fired from his position as executive chef in Austin for reasons that remain unclear. Nakajima reflects on his appearance on the show, what went wrong in the finale, and what he plans to do next as a “Top Chef” finalist. You can try Nakajima’s food for yourself at his spot in Capitol Hill, Taku. (Guilty Eats)

📚  Have a kid in your life? Sign them up for Seattle Public Library's Summer of Learning program. This year SPL teamed up with African American Writers’ Alliance and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas to ask participants, “What’s your story?” Kids who’d like to participate can swing by any Seattle Public Library to pick up a learning flyer or find materials online, and adults can participate in their Adult Book Bingo. (South Seattle Emerald)

🍽  Try one of these new dining destinations that just opened. Between Catfish Corner’s reopening and Pho Bac’s new location, there are a number of new places you’ll want to make sure to try this month and beyond. (Eater Seattle)

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Today

🍷 Raise a glass to the resiliency and vitality of locally owned businesses at Seattle Made Wine Celebration(SODO)

Tomorrow

🌍  Tune in to hear from Seattle's mayoral candidates and what they have to say about climate action (Online)

Friday

👍  West Seattle Sidewalk Sales July 9-10(West Seattle Junction)

👀  Go Back to the '80s at the Junction Sidewalk Sales(West Seattle)

📖  Hear from Carolyn Ferrell and Joan Silber as they discuss Ferrell's debut novel "Dear Miss Metropolitan" (Online)

😀  Paint picture to decorate a cruise ship(Ballard)

Saturday

🗣  Tune in for another mayoral forum, this time hosted by the West Seattle Junction Association/West Seattle Blog (Online)

Sunday

❤️  Looking for love? Join the Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Want to Fall in Love (Online)

Monday

🌲  Peer into the lives of crows and ravens with Dr. Kaeli Swift(Online)

Tuesday

➡️  Resistance Fighter & Holocaust survivor to speak(Online)

One more thing …

In no surprise to anyone, liquor and wine consumption increased in Seattle during the pandemic. I mean, what else were we supposed to do with all that free time secluded from others? Finish that home project we started long ago? No, thanks. 

And in true Wednesday fashion, here’s what I’m consuming this week:

🍴Cooking: Fish tacos (Used tilapia with a flour coating that used some cajun seasoning and then dressed the tacos with tomato, onion, cilantro, and beans)

 📺 Watching: Dating #NoFilter

 🎧 Song on repeat: No-No Boy — “Tell Hanoi I Love Her” (Read more about No-No Boy and the backstory of his sophomore album here)

— Grace at The Evergrey

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