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Plus: We sit down to chat with Special Olympics Washington.
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😒 Can we not think about the 'descent into darkness,' please?

Plus: We sit down to chat with Special Olympics Washington.

By Grace Madigan

Happy Friday!

Not to start off on a sour note but this "Seattle Times" article gave me a lot of unnecessary anxiety. Next month we will have our last 8 p.m. sunset of the year, after that it’s a slow “descent into darkness.” I did not need to be reminded of the days when it’s dark out by 4 p.m., but here we are. 

On the flip side there’s still a whole lot of summer left, so let’s enjoy it, shall we? 

Keep on scrolling for the headlines, an interview with the CEO of Special Olympics Washington, and our weekend guide for Evergrey Extra members.

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What Seattle is talking about

💥Drivers beware: there are falling rocks along the freeway. The King County Prosecutor’s office says they’ve taken at least five people into custody for throwing rocks and debris at vehicles. There have been a number of incidents reported in the past few weeks of cars being hit by rocks and debris on I-90 and I-5. It’s been suggested that a string of encampments near the freeway interchange, known collectively as “The Jungle,” are a possible source of the rocks — however, it’s unclear whether anyone involved in the incidents was associated with the camps. The encampments were scheduled to be swept yesterday. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

🤔Wondering what voters think the top priority of Seattle’s next mayor should be? The universal answer: Houselessness. Despite the consensus among constituents, the candidates all have very different plans for how to address the issue. Bruce Harrell and Casey Sixkiller said they would vote for the Compassion Seattle charter amendment, while Lorena González, Andrew Grant Houston, and Colleen Echohawk have all come out against it. You can learn more about where each candidate stands by checking out our primary election guide right here. (KUOW)

🏒  In case you missed it: The Kraken’s first-ever roster was announced on Wednesday. The roster is composed of one player from each of the 30 eligible NHL teams. Take a look at the team’s picks and get some commentary courtesy of hockey reporter Geoff Baker right here. ➡️(The Seattle Times)

Have a drink with David Wu of Special Olympics Washington

As you may know, the Olympic opening ceremony is today — as a matter of fact, it’ll have already taken place by the time you read. Whether you love ’em, hate ’em, or love/hate ’em, you gotta respect the athletes and the superhuman feats that will ensue over the next few weeks. Personally, my love for the Olympics stems from the fact that sports have always played an outsized role in my life. Some of my best friends — including my current roommate — were made because of them. Besides providing an invaluable physical outlet, they also foster community.

That’s why I thought it’d be fitting to invite Special Olympics Washington to be The Evergrey’s next guest for our Have a drink with series. If you missed our chat with David Wu — Special Olympics Washington’s CEO — you can find that here. You can read our Q&A with him below (Answers have been edited for length and clarity):

Why is it important that something like Special Olympics exists?

The Special Olympics allows [our athletes] to focus on their health and well-being. Many individuals with intellectual disabilities have challenges with other portions of their bodies developing in the right way. So this is really helpful to those individuals.

What's your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is the awakening that people have when they interact with our athletes and how much more they get out of the meaning of life when they do that.

We have high school kids and college kids that all work through our Unified Champion Schools program where students play alongside our athletes or practice with them. What they wake up realizing is that these individuals aren't that different from them. They have a true awakening about what it means to be inclusive.

How did the organization pivot during the pandemic?

You know, we are grateful to the community for their amazing support. I'm really proud of the way our organization pivoted during the pandemic to take things virtually.

We created our programs online, to make sure that we could still provide a sense of community and help them focus on wellness — both mentally and physically. Our athletes are six times more likely to have serious significant challenges from COVID just because of their disability, so they have to be super careful and therefore they were feeling very isolated. They needed us more than ever.

How can Evergrey readers and anyone else support Special Olympics Washington?

We are supported entirely by individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. Every gift that is made to us goes toward providing free and accessible opportunities for our athletes.

You can donate to Special Olympics Washington right here and find volunteer opportunities here.

Who or what are five local groups or people you’d like to give a shoutout to?

Alejandro Hall (CEO of the Woodland Park Zoo), Global Washington, Steve Davis (former chief executive of PATH), King County Play Equity Coalition, and Friends of Waterfront.

Get access to bonus content

Don’t have weekend plans? Need some ideas on what’s going on around town? Well as luck would have it, we’ve made a whole guide on recommended things to do this weekend. But, there’s a catch — these guides are only accessible for our Evergrey Extra members. 

As a thank you for powering this newsletter we like to give our supporting members, bonus content like games of I Spy and trivia in addition to our weekend guides. Sounds like a good deal? Become a member today

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Presented by Friends of Waterfront Seattle, visit Pier 62 for family-friendly music, art, dance, storytelling, fitness classes and more.

Free & fun events all summer between City & Sound

Today

🥧Master the art of the pie crust with this baking class (Online)

🎧Catch local hip-hop duo, KnowMads, at Barboza (Capitol Hill)

Tomorrow

🍷Learn how to pair summer wines and summer bites with wine educator Reggie Daigneault.(Shoreline)

Sunday

👐Get, give, and gather at this community "Free Store" pop-up(Fremont)

Tuesday

📣Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey(online)

Wednesday

🍹 Come learn the tips and tricks of how to make your own delicious fruit shrub for refreshing drinks all year long!(Capitol Hill)

That’s all for today

As always, thanks for reading. Have a good weekend, we will be back on Tuesday!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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