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Plus: This local teen wrote a cookbook that will raise money for No Kid Hungry.

By Grace Madigan

Hey there, it’s Thursday.

There are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who see a spider, panic, and yell for help, and then there are those who answer said call.

Unfortunately for the former, early fall is “spider season” in Seattle. As pointed out by the “Seattle PI,” the European orb weaver and giant house spider will be at their biggest during this time and are on the hunt for a mate which means they’re on the move. Fortunately for everyone, neither of these species are a threat to humans. The Washington Department of Health only lists two spiders of “medical significance” to humans — the black widow and the yellow sac spider.

We have non-arachnid news in today’s newsletter too, but you’ll have to keep reading for that...

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4 things Seattle is talking about

💰 Can this Seattle neighborhood tax itself into prosperity? Property owners along Capitol Hill’s 15th Avenue want to create a Business Improvement Area to fund neighborhood projects like street cleaning, an outdoor festival, and graffiti removal. However, business owners are divided over the idea, citing cost as an issue. The proposed budget of $116,000 would be relatively small compared to other BIAs and would also cover the hiring of someone to acquire funding through grants. (KUOW)

🍪  This local teen is raising money to fight child hunger with her own cookbook. Sahana Vij grew up cooking with her mother and over time, developed a love of baking. She fell in love with the creativity and artistry involved in decorating pastries. Now a high school grad, Vij has developed a book of 20 of her own baking recipes that will be released this Saturday. Each recipe in “Bake Away” is tied to a place and memory Vij has had with family. Royalties from the book are being donated to No Kid Hungry. She’ll be at Book Larder to sign books and do a baking demo on Sept. 11. (The Seattle Times)

💉  New data from the Public Health — Seattle King County gives some reassurance for the vaccinated. According to its latest dashboard, in the past 30 days, people who were not fully vaccinated were seven times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, 49 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 32 times more likely to die of a COVID-19 related illness. That said, keep masking up and making smart choices. (Seattle Met)

👋  Another closure, this time for the Red Mill Totem House. The iconic restaurant announced that their 10-year lease was up and that Pagliacci Pizza would be taking over the space. The Totem House dates back to 1939 when it was a Northwesters’ Arts and Crafts Shop. It’s still unclear how much of the original building will remain after Pagliacci’s renovations. (My Ballard)

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Today

🌸  Wildflower Embroidery Basics Flower power time!(Ballard)

🎤  Watch local band Fretland perform at the Ballard Homestead (Ballard)

Tomorrow

🎵  Check out the Queen Anne Days festival which has a lineup of artists set to perform (Queen Anne) — through Saturday

🌈  Attend "Queer Me Out," a discussion about the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community (Downtown)

📽️  Watch the Virtual Film Aalto with the National Nordic Museum(Online)

Saturday

✨  Weave Like a Viking with our Virtual Viking Metal-Weaving Bracelet Class(Online)

🌊  Gallery Talk: Among Forests and Lakes(Ballard)

🌱  Add a new plant to your collection at Volunteer Park Conservatory's Fall Plant Sale (Capitol Hill) — through Sunday

🌼  Take a class on rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen(Ballard)

Sunday

🎶  Enjoy another installment of Music at the Mural as Seattle Center Festál presents the Djeliyah Band (Uptown)

🎉  Free Community Celebration of Movement, Transportation & Play(Downtown Redmond )

Monday

🌲  A direct, hands-on Summit that examines the unique challenges, as well as the opportunities, in preparing our region for the impacts of climate disruption(Downtown/Online)

📡  Nordic Innovation Series: Diplomats in Dialogue(Ballard)

Tuesday

👪  Unhoused, The unseen crisis affecting children and families. A two-part community conversation with experts on family homelessness (Online/ ZOOM)

Wednesday

🥕  Do you dream of canning your own better-than-store-bought pickled vegetables? Come make your own at The Works "Pantry Pickles" class!(Capitol Hill)

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One more thing …

We’re going to try something new here. At the end of every Wednesday newsletter, I share what I’ve been listening to, watching, and cooking. And now, on the other days of the week, I’ll give you a recommendation of anything from a new cafe I found to an article I read or artist I discovered. I’ll try to keep it as local as possible, but there might be the occasional pick that has nothing to do with Seattle or the PNW cause I think it’s just that good. 

Today’s recommendation: Karachi Cowboys — I went there a few weeks ago with a friend and the food was excellent. The restaurant is self-described as “Indian/Pakistani Soul Food” and started as a pop-up before opening up a brick-and-mortar store in Capitol Hill this past summer. 

That’s it for today. Catch ya tomorrow. ✌️

— Grace at The Evergrey

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