Plus, Seattle is looking for its next Civic Poet.
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6AM City Christmas in July

Today’s Forecast

87º | 0% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 5:22 a.m. | Sunset 9:06 p.m. | High tides 7:00 a.m. and 9:13 p.m. | Low tide 1:47 p.m. | Full Weather Report | Traffic Report

More sweets, less sweat
A gaggle of colorful kayaks are clustered in the middle of a body of water, with people inside of them holding paddles.
Our local waters are still a bit chilly after the winter months, but they’ll definitely cool you off. | Photo by @seattlebystephani
Seattle is in the midst of another high-ranking heat wave with more 80° days forecast this week.

Don’t sweat it, though (well, as much as you can help given the circumstances) — there are still many ways to ride out the heat wave in Seattle.

Have a frozen treat

  • Fainting Goat | This gelateria offers unique flavors like pink guava and rose.
  • Temple Pastries | This bakery just added its window service that offers ice cream from 1 to 9 p.m.

Make a splash

If you’re looking for lifeguarded beaches, Seattle has several spots staffed during select summer hours.
    Sprayparks are another great way to cool off with little ones, and Seattle has 11 of these water-centric parks scattered around the city that are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until early September.

    Seattle also has some secret beaches where you can take a swim while avoiding the crowds.

    Sit somewhere cool

    • Seattle museums | Cool air and even cooler exhibits await you at these hubs for Seattle history, art, and more.
    • Elliott Bay Book Company | Peruse curated staff picks in the front of the bookstore, grab a cold bev from Little Odd Fellows nestled in the back, and find a spot to sit and read for a bit.
    Three dachshunds sit on a wooden table on a patio with the "Dog Yard" sign in the background

    Dog Yard Bar offers private parties and hosts meet-up groups.


    Photo via @_justbeingmaisieandgraysen

    Pup-tastic places

    Your furry friends deserve some fun in the sun, too:
    • Dog Yard Bar | When it’s toasty out, your dog can splash through sprinklers and kiddie pools.
    • Magnuson Park | This park’s off-leash dog beach is the only one of its kind with direct water access.
    • Growlerz | Use the self-wash station’s cool water to clean and refresh your pup during the summer heat.
    Seattle Humane Society has some extra tips on how to keep your fur babies safe in extreme temps.
    How do you prefer to beat the heat?
    Asking for a friend... okay, you’re right. It’s for us. Please help.

    A. Swimming in the nearest body of water
    B. Staying inside wherever I can find air conditioning
    C. I don’t beat the heat; the heat beats me. :-(
    D. I don’t fear the sun. I bask under its glow like a lizard with its heat lamp.
    E. Other
    Wednesday, July 10
    • Hoops on the Pier | Wednesday, July 10 | 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | Pier 62, 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle | Free | Start the day off with a youth basketball clinic followed up with an open courts sesh + tournament.
    • Seattle Storm vs. Las Vegas Aces | Wednesday, July 10 | 12 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle | $25-$100 | Depending on the way you play your games, aces can be the lowest scoring card. We’ll have to wait and see what Las Vegas brings to the table.
    • Adulting 101: Business and Life Skills Workshop Series | Wednesday, July 10 | 6-9 p.m. | Made Space Seattle, 2002 E. Union St., Seattle | $20-$100 | It’s time to show life who’s boss around here — learn how to map out finances, meal prep, and set up insurance.
    Thursday, July 11
    • Summer Series at the Amphitheater & Picnic in the Park | Thursday, July 11 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Volunteer Park Amphitheater, 1139-1157 Volunteer Park Rd., Seattle | Free | Pack some snacks and a blanket before heading out to the park for free ice cream and live music.
    • Form Fest Seattle | Thursday, July 11 | 7 p.m. | Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle | $20 | This festival has a lineup of live performers including Convexity, Paark, and grape milk.
    • AP Macroeconomics, Dusc, Romeo Maker | Thursday, July 11 | 8 p.m. | Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle | $15 | Don’t worry, there won’t be a pop quiz — just macro amounts of good tunes.
    Friday, July 12
    • Seattle Cuban Dance Fest 2024 | Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | 7-10 p.m. | Club SUR, 2901 First Ave. S., Seattle | $45-$280 | Watch performances by a worldwide community of dancers and a variety of workshops.
    • Kirkland Uncorked | Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | Times vary | Marina Park Public Beach, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland | $20-$35 | Discover some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest as you sample wine on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington — and use code SEA to receive two extra drinks when you buy a Grand Admission ticket.*
    Saturday, July 13
    • History & Heritage Days | Saturday, July 13 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Heritage Park, 19921 Poplar Way, Lynnwood | Free | Take a trolley among the historic buildings of Heritage Park and get the opportunity to explore key spots.
    Sunday, July 14
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    News Notes
    • Ballard’s beloved Conor Bryne Pub is reopening on Aug. 2, but with a little twist. The bar famous for its role in helping form local bands will be turning into a cooperative and operating on a membership-based model for funding. However, it’ll be keeping their regular music schedule. (My Ballard)
    Coming Soon
    • Raising Cane’s confirmed its third Seattle-area location for Lynnwood. A specific address or signed lease hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s expected to open within the first half of 2026. The previously announced University District and downtown Renton locations are expected to open in early 2025. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
    • King County Regional Homelessness Authority shared three tips on how to help fellow Seattleites experiencing homelessness during our current heat wave. Recommendations included carrying a few hydration drinks to hand out, donating supplies to cooling centers, and volunteering with orgs that provide shelter and resources.
    • Seattle is one of 10 cities in the US to receive the 2024 All-America City Award (AAC). This recognition is for communities that have community-driven efforts, local innovation, and an established network of partnerships. Seattle received the AAC in part for its distinguished collection of “urban villages” and cultural communities. (National Civic League)
    • Some Bellevue middle schoolers recently got to watch their own ideas take flight after winning this year’s NASA TechRise Student Challenge. The Open Window School students won the competition where they then got to observe a launch that incorporated their rocket lander designs elements (Seattle Times)
    • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
    🖊 The rest is still unwritten...
    A hardcover blue journal is open to display its pages, which are blank and unlined. The journal is resting on a rose bush with green leaves and yellowish-white rose blooms.
    Feeling like Natasha Bedingfield the way you’re staring at the blank page before you? | Photo by SEAtoday staff
    The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle City of Literature are looking for the next Civic Poet to fill a two-year residency that starts in early 2025.

    The role of the Civic Poet is to curate public events (like readings, workshops, projects, and speaking engagements), with a $25,000 stipend as compensation.

    The call is open to Seattle-based poets with an established body of work including published pieces, spoken word, project planning experience, and racial equity practice.

    Some of the qualifiers:
    • Residency in the City of Seattle
    • Not an enrolled student at any level
    • Interested and experienced in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts
    Important dates:
    So, will you be our next Shakespearean Seattleite?
    The Buy
    Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set, so you can enjoy soft, luxurious sheets that also keep you cool. How you know they’re good: The sheets were featured on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list.
    The Wrap
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