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By Grace Madigan

Hello, hello: it’s Wednesday.

We hope you’ve been making the most out of enjoying this weather because apparently, it’s not going to last. 😕 However, you can always rely on The Evergrey, and as promised, we’re returning with lots of exciting things to share with you.

But first, a reminder that tomorrow we’re kicking off June’s “Have a drink with” series with dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd — you may recognize her from one of our Modern Love events or this CUT video. We’ll chat with her about dating in this post-pandemic landscape, and more specifically, navigating courtship within Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community. Have questions? Reply to this email with them and we’ll see about getting them answered.

With that out of the way, keep reading for the latest headlines and news on our next big virtual event!

We admit it, we still get excited by rainbows. 🌈| Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @amandaswildlifepics

3 things Seattle is talking about

🏀There’s a new head coach for the Seattle Storm and she’s a familiar face. The team announced that former player and current associate coach Noelle Quinn is replacing Dan Hughes, who made the surprising and sudden decision to resign from his position over the weekend. Quinn will become the seventh overall to lead the team and the franchise’s first Black head coach. Their next game is on Friday against the Dallas Wings. (The Seattle Times)

🎓College campuses in Washington will require mandatory diversity training starting fall 2022. A bill signed into law last month will require all 40 of the state’s public colleges and universities to conduct training sessions and assessments around diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty and staff. While the legislation’s first draft did not require factoring student input into these sessions, the final iteration did. Read more about three student lobbyists' efforts to make their voices heard. ➡️ (Crosscut)

🚌Seattle’s Trailhead Direct returns. King County Metro will soon resume offering buses that transport hikers from Seattle to trailheads in North Bend and Issaquah. Hikers can catch the route to Issaquah at the Mount Baker Light Rail station and the one to North Bend in Capitol Hill. The program starts this Saturday and will run every weekend through September 26. Adult fare is the normal $2.75. (Seattle Met)

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Join The Evergrey and Civic Commons to discuss how to build an equitable economic recovery for women.

We’ll be joined by:

• Christine Tang, Executive Director of Families of Color Seattle

• Regina Malveaux, Director of the Washington Women’s Commission, Office of the Governor

• Vai Paleso’o, Vaccine Ambassador, UTOPIA Washington

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We’re celebrating Pride, come join us!

We told you we had news and we weren’t lying. We’re ecstatic to announce that The Evergrey is hosting a virtual event sponsored in part by Seattle Gay News on Thursday, June 24 at 4 p.m. as a lead-up to Pride weekend! 

The event will center on a discussion about the neighborhood Capitol Hill and the importance it has played to Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community through the past, present, and possibly the future. Joining us for the conversation will be:

Jeff Sakuma — a steering committee member for the AIDS Memorial Pathway Project

Dee Ireland Lewis — the founder of Seattle’s chapter of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Shelley BrothersThe Wildrose co-owner

Alanna Francis — Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Development and Community Outreach Manager

Pride is an occasion to celebrate, but also a time to reflect on how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to create a world where everyone can feel safe. We hope that you’ll join us for this free event and get the chance to hear what our panelists have to say about the neighborhood and the local LGBTQ+ community. You can register here for free.

Be on the lookout this month for profiles on each of our panelists along with giveaways and a special cocktail to make and enjoy for your own Pride celebrations. 

🎉 A giveaway for you

If there are two things PNW’ers know, it’s suds and cedar. Sasquatch Books’ Northwest Know-How series is launching two new editions, Beer and Trees. Enter here for your chance to win a copy of each. Keep your favorite and share the other with a friend–or keep both, we won’t tell. 🤐

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Tomorrow

🤓Join this discussion on how a group of local Black business owners that have all launched and grown successful companies (Online)

🔥Ready to burn your sh*t? Think psychological Spring cleaning!(South Lake Union)

Saturday

🎸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

🏘️Join 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)

One more thing …

Next Wednesday we’re hosting a virtual event with Civic Commons where we will discuss post-pandemic recovery and how to make it woman-centered. Register here for free

And as always, here's what I've been up to:

🍴 Cooking: Garbage plates

 📺Watching: Re-watching Portlandia

 🎧Song on repeat: Bachelor — "Sick of Spiraling"

That’s all for today, we’ll see ya tomorrow!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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