There’s never a shortage of things to learn about in our city. | Photo by @chismphotowerx
Extra, extra — read all about your neighborhood.
If you’re looking to stay plugged in to the people and community close to where you live, it might be a good idea to add some smaller, neighborhood-specific publications and newsletters to your daily content diet. That would be in addition to yours truly, of course.
Here are a few to check out. They’re all free.
Laurelhurst | This (mostly) monthly newsletter shares details about major city initiatives like the One Seattle Day of Service and smaller nuggets of joy like info on a new rhododendron that was recently planted.
Fauntleroy | Run by the Fauntleroy Community Association, this quarterly publication goes out first to its members, but is always posted online for non-members. It includes info about ongoing developments and community events once posted online for non.
Belltown United | This monthly email is comprehensive — it has a list of community events and happy hours, business features, and city council news.
Pioneer Square | Get to know local business leaders and Alliance for Pioneer Square staff members, learn about events like the monthly art walk, and see what other local media outlets have been saying about Seattle’s original downtown in this monthly newsletter.
Focus on Redmond | While this newsletter only comes out three times a year, it includes messages from both the mayor and city council, features on inspiring citizens, opportunities to give feedback, and an events calendar.
It’s Your City (Bellevue) | At more than 10 pages long for each edition, this publication that comes out three times a year is more like a magazine than newsletter. It includes city council meeting debriefs and highlights, info on new art installations, and breakdowns of all the local park renovations.
Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV | Wednesday, May 24-Wednesday, May 31 | Times vary | Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle | $7-$14 | This documentary follows the rocket-quick rise of Nam June Paik into the world of video art.
Thursday, May 25
Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night | Thursday, May 25-Thursday, June 29 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Unicorn, 1118 E. Pike St., Seattle | Free | Bring up to five of your friends for some good nerdy fun.
“Jeeves Takes A Bow” | Thursday, May 25-Saturday, June 17 | Times vary | Jewell Mainstage, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle | $15-$52 | A few clowny characters with a predisposition for mayhem take on New York City.
NOIR | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | 7 p.m. | Can Can Culinary Cabaret, 95 Pine St., Seattle | $109-$185 | Forget all about the real world for a bit during this “psychedelic” cabaret dinner-theatre performance.
Saturday, May 27
Woodshop and Power Tool Safety | Saturday, May 27, Saturday, Jun. 24 | 3-6 p.m. | Northend Makerspace, 12317 15th Ave. NE #108, Seattle | $25-$50 | Learn how to correctly and safely use some of the more intimidating tools like band saws and drill presses.
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The Seattle Seahawks have a sweet new pup to take over as the team’s official “turf crew” dog. Rye, a chocolate lab, will have the title of “junior wildlife specialist” after the team’s previous dog Turf passed away in December. Turf had been with the team since 2013. (My Northwest)
Time to go vote — a local Bellevue middle school student Rebecca Wu is one of 55 finalists in a Doodle for Google art contest. Tens of thousands of K-12 students from across the US submitted entries under the theme “I am grateful for...” If Rebecca receives enough votes, her work may be featured on Google’s homepage. (GeekWire)
Capitol Hill’s Southern-inspired cocktail lounge Witness is now closed. Owners Gregg and Alison Holcomb alluded to the hardships the pandemic had placed on many local restaurants and businesses in their announcement. The two continue to operate Olmstead on Broadway. (Capitol Hill Blog)
Stem cells from Seattle’s Allen Institute are now at the International Space Station as part of a study on the effects of micro-gravity on the human body. The experiment will examine how the environment impacts the stem cells’ ability to change. (KOMO)
A Federal Way high school student is making the Puget Sound proud after winning the latest season of “American Idol.” Iam Tongi, a student at Decatur High School, finished out the 21st season after his win with his original single “Don’t Let Go.” (My Northwest)
Ballard’s Serious Pie location has begun its transition into a full-fledged sit-down restaurant. The 5118 14th Ave. NW location first opened in April 2020 as a takeout-only spot after owner Tom Douglas closed his other locations during the pandemic. The new version plans to open this summer. (Eater Seattle)
Turn misplaced keys into a thing of the past with the Apple AirTag. The button-sized tracking device can give you step-by-step directions to your lost keys (or phone…or wallet…) and has a battery life of one year. Pro tip: Put one in your checked luggage and never worry about lost baggage again.*
The construction along the Waterfront is certainly coming along. | Photo by SEAtoday Staff
A few weeks ago, we started creating a personal dictionary of some of the harder-to-follow city development terms that you’ll see if you ever end up at a city design review meeting or just are curious about what’s going on around you.
It’s time we gave you a few more.
Accessory dwelling unit (ADU), noun
A mini home that you keep on your property that isn’t your primary house. It can be either attached to your main house or stand off on its own. This is the technical name for your she-sheds, mother-in-law suites, and the on-site tiny homes rented out on Airbnb.
Transit-oriented development (TOD), noun
This name refers to any sort of building or development site near near public transit that might be useful to the people using buses and trains, like restaurants, coffee shops, apartments, or grocery stores.
I love writing pieces like the one above where we try to define some weird, development jargon because I get a kick out of tackling complex topics, but also because it’s hopefully helpful to some of you who haven’t been in the city council or design review trenches before.
If there’s anything that just feels too much like a rabbit hole to even start digging in, let us know and we’ll add into our list.