Plus: Have a drink with the University District Food Bank.
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🏞 The Lummi Nation's gift and reminder to the Biden administration

Plus: Have a drink with the University District Food Bank.

Happy Friday!

Are you ready for some heat, Seattle? Washington has had its fourth driest March and April since 1895, and it looks like the trend will continue through summer. While we all love our sunny Seattle summers that remind us why we put up with so much grey, this does mean that the conditions are ripe for fires wildfires, both manmade and wild.

Keep reading for our Q&A with U District Food Bank, your last chance to enter our giveaway with the Neighborhood Farmers Market, and at the very end, a beer-centric activity for this weekend. 

3 Things Seattle is talking about

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🗺A 24-foot totem pole is making the journey from the Lummi reservation to Washington, D.C. this summer. The totem pole is a gift to the Biden administration and also a call for the executive branch to protect sacred places under threat of development. The trip is being called the “Red Road to D.C. tour” and will stop at places like Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline to highlight environmental threats to Indigenous peoples in North America. (KUOW)

➡️Three Native-led homeless outreach groups sent the mayor a letter rejecting provisions of their 2021 contracts. The three groups — Mother Nation, Seattle Indian Health Board, and Chief Seattle Club — stated that the contracts would exacerbate existing inequalities. The new contract would require these groups to drop their existing client base and address whichever encampment the city had prioritized that particular week. (PubliCola)

⭐️This podcast dissects Yelp reviews — the good and the bad. The owner of Watson’s Counter, James Lim, sits down with co-host Amy Faulkner and interviews people who own a business subject to Yelp or Google reviews. One of their episodes includes Sweet Alchemy’s owner Lois Ko, who recalls a customer’s scathing review after they were informed samples were being limited. You can find the podcast Dear Elite Reviewer here. (Seattle Met)

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Have a drink with U District Food Bank

For this week's installment of "Have a drink with" I spoke with the University District Food Bank's Program Coordinator Rachel Shevrin. If you want to find out what programs the food bank runs and how you can best support them go watch the whole interview over on our Instagram!

Tell us briefly what you do.

As an Americorps Member, I coordinate the satellite food pantries for the University District Food Bank.

What's your favorite part about your job?

I love giving people as much fresh produce as possible!

What's your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?

The Monkey Pub

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

Georgetown Liquor Company for vegan sandwiches and Discovery Park

If you were to give a piece of advice to a newcomer to Seattle, what would it be?

Let'sget coffee and go to the park together, we can defrost the Seattle freeze.

If you could change anything about Seattle, what would it be?

More affordable housing! Reopen the libraries (safely)! More public art!

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

Facing Homelessness, Space 101 low power FM radio, FEEST Seattle, Powerful Voices, and Percussion Farms

🏆 Last chance to win!

We’re wrapping up our latest giveaway with Neighborhood Farmers Markets. Enter to win a U District tote bag and $10 in Farm Bucks that can be used at any of their markets on produce, cider, cheese, and more. 


💻Feeling burnt out from leading a remote team without any training? Join this free workshop to get re-energized and learn new remote leadership skills in this theatre-based session.(Online)


🍷Taste along at home and explore the wines of Washington and Oregon in this online class(Online)

✊Stream this webinar celebrating AAPI Heritage Month "Asian American Women Rising: NOT the model minority" (Online)


📝Get writing instruction from teachers at Hugo House all-day-long "Write-O-Rama" event (Online)


😍Meet local singles for fun group activities on Zoom!(Online)

🚲Learn about how to make bicycling more accessible for all people this #bikemonth(Online )

📁Get some business knowledge with Margot and brAIMS event centered on helping you find the right mentor (Online) — Through May 27th


🎙️Crosscut discusses America's reckoning over race with Doug Baldwin(Online)

One more thing …

If you like to bike — or even just want an excuse to drink beer — check out the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike-n-Brew ride. Technically you can’t register for the ride anymore, but the route is still available online and there’s no excuse to not support local breweries and Cascade Bicycle Club. 

Starting in Georgetown at Two Beers, you’ll hop on the Green River and Interurban Trails and head to Kent where you can grab a pint at Airways Brewing and head back to the finish and pick up some beer to-go at Georgetown Brewing Company

It’s 32 miles but basically all flat. And hey, if you want to cut down the ride and start somewhere closer to Airways, we won’t tell. I did the ride with a friend last weekend, and it was super fun. We went a little bit later and caught golden hour all the way back. I may have been exhausted the next day, but the beer and truffle fries were worth it. If you do end up doing the ride, send pictures or tag us on our Instagram — we wanna see!

We’ll be back next Tuesday. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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