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Plus, Evergrey readers share what they're thankful for this year.
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🍸 13 hot spots to grab a drink right now, Bill Gates' recommended reading, and City Hall Park has a new owner

Plus, Evergrey readers share what they're thankful for this year.

By The Evergrey Staff

Hey there, and welcome to Tuesday.

The holidays still look different for a lot of us this year, even if they look a lot better than they did last year. You may be seeing family and friends for the first time in a year, or taking a plane and navigating holiday airports, or not leaving the couch. Whether you're staying in or dining out (at a restaurant, or on your back porch), there are still ways to celebrate safely. Here’s a list of some questions to ask about your gatherings, courtesy of the Seattle Times. 

And once you've finished skimming through that, keep reading for the latest headlines like the best new places to grab a drink, what Bill Gates is reading and how you can get your hands on his book list, and where to find the best holiday events and celebrations in Seattle. All that before we get to what Evergrey readers said they were most thankful for this year.

Speaking of being thankful...

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We’re thankful we got to see some glorious mountain views this weekend!  | Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. 📸 @travelingbhat 

What Seattle is talking about

🍸 Wanna know the hottest new places to drink in the Emerald City? There's a list for that. Eater Seattle rounded up the 13 best spots to grab a drink right now and they run the gamut from 1990s wrestling-themed to snazzy speakeasies and self-pour taprooms. (Eater Seattle)

✨ Got some time off on your hands this week? We hope so! Check out this list of all the places to find the best holiday events and attractions around Seattle, like Magic at the Market, Seattle Center's Winterfest, and Bellevue's Season of Cheer. (Seattle Pi)

🏞 City Hall Park is now under the county's control. King County and the city of Seattle reached a land swap agreement for the Pioneer Square green space on Friday — the county will get the park to complete its downtown campus and, in exchange, the city gets 13 county-owned properties. (Seattle Pi)

📚 Bill Gates wants you to read more books. The business magnate and Microsoft founder is collaborating with local indie bookstores to give away 100 sets of his holiday book list on a first-come, first-serve basis today at Elliott Bay Book Company, Paper Boat Booksellers, Phinney Books, Madison Books, and University Book Store. You can get the full scoop and his reading list at the link. 👉 (Seattle Met)

🏀 Are the Sonics really coming back this time? 👈 That's what the Seattle Met asked in their opinion piece yesterday and according to the writer, the answer is that it's okay to get your hopes up, and that the Climate Pledge Arena has a lot to do with it. (Seattle Met)

💰 The Seattle City Council just finalized its budget for 2022 and it rounds out at about $7 billion. According to Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, the budget "responds to the most pressing crises facing our city in the wake of COVID and rising income inequality by creating affordable housing, sheltering more who are homelessness, ensuring equitable economic recovery, and investing in public safety." Get all the details over at the link. 👉(King 5)

📣 You said it

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What are you especially thankful for this holiday season?

We posed that question to all of you last week, and there was no shortage of great answers. Here are a few of our faves … 

"This Latina Techie millennial is thankful for the Master of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management degree she/her/ella earned from Central Washington University. At the Alma Mater, previously earned a Bachelor in Spanish, 2018. Go Wildcats! Also hope for recovery/rebuild to all impacted, directly/indirectly, by the storms in WA state." — Sara R. 

"You mentioned the KEXP DJ and that rang a bell for me. John in the Morning (aka John Richards) has great music, and a great message. That’s definitely helped me through this time, and I’m extremely thankful for his show." — Jonathan E.

"I am giving thanks that my friend is alive after having a stem cell transplant treatment for cancer in February this year. He is still struggling to recover from this extreme treatment, but I am grateful that I can still enjoy his companionship and his wonderful sense of humor. His cancer is in remission so I hope to have many more years to share holidays with him." — Barbara F.

"My best buddy, The Dude — a 14 1/2 year-old King Charles" — Michael P. aka @alkimike 

As for The Evergrey, not to be too sappy, but we’re feeling especially thankful for readers like you. The kind of people who care about the facts, who work to make our city a better place, and who support local journalism. On days when literally all else fails, we can count on you to cheer us up by merely opening this newsletter. Thanks for that. 

🎁 Making a list, checking it twice...

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Here at The Evergrey, we’re all about supporting local. And this holiday shopping season, we want to help you find Seattle-made gifts for everyone on your list. 

Our 2020 gift guide is rolling out to everyone tomorrow, but Evergrey Extra members are getting the chance to help us write it. Wanna do that too? Become an Evergrey Extra member today for $8 a month (or $80 for the year), and you'll get a year's worth of fun trivia and I Spys, specially-curated weekend itineraries, and early access to things. That's what we call a win-win-win.

Today

🎟 Check out the Wild Lanterns exhibit at Woodland Park now thru Jan. 30 (Woodland Park)

Tomorrow

🥂 Dress up your Thanksgiving with Bourbon Pomegranate Sparkling Punch from The BottleNeck Lounge (Central District)

Thursday

👟 Walk, jog, or run the Virtual Turkey Trot 5k, with all proceeds benefiting the Ballard Food Bank (Online)

Friday

🎁 Join us the weekend, 10 am - 5 pm daily, at the Duwamish Longhouse for our free Native Art Market and Holiday Gift Fair Friday thru Sunday (West Seattle)

Sunday

🎁 Eat oysters, drink wine, and buy holiday gifts from local artisans at The Local 104 Holiday Market Sundays thru Dec. 19 (Lake Forest Park)

🎶 Enjoy live music from talented local musicians each Sunday in Westlake Park between Thanksgiving and Christmas. First Up: Warren Dunes @ noon and Dickens Carolers @ 1:15 p.m.(Downtown)

Monday

💄 Don't miss the Drag Queen Christmas for a magical night of fun with holiday classics and shenanigans (Downtown)

One more thing … 

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to acknowledge that we are guests on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.

If you're looking for ways to support the Duwamish, you can visit their website to learn more about how to advocate for the tribe's federal recognition. You can also donate to local org Real Rent Duwamish, or buy a Thanksgiving Meal Kit that supports the Tribe.

Lastly, If you're stressed on how to celebrate the holiday or still deciding what to cook, let us help make life a little easier. You might've seen these articles last week, but there's no harm in re-sharing ways we can all stress a little less during the holiday season, right? 

  • Bookmark this list of local restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. Hey, no dishes and a multi-course meal? Sign us up.
  • Eat from the comfort of home but with someone else's cooking! Check out this list of the best places to order takeout.
  • Looking for ways to save money? Even in the face of big meals, travel and lots of guests, a series of experts have advice on how to keep more money in your wallet this year.

See you back here tomorrow with The Evergrey’s 2021 Gift Guide just in time to help you shop small this weekend. Then, it’ll be adios until next Tuesday for this team. 

— The Evergrey Staff

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