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Feel Good Friday: A Weekend Escape, a Night of Classic Rock, and a Major Recovery

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Escape to Issaquah

Head to Issaquah this Friday for a weekend overflowing with activities for the whole family. From a pedestrian playground street set-up to a music festival celebrating women artists, there are events for all ages and interests. Learn more about the city-wide dance party, artisan market, Confluence Music Fest, Al Fresco on Front, and more here

An Evening with Chicago

Woodinville’s Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery invites you to join in on a night full of old-school rock classics and the region’s finest wines. Chicago will grace the stage and play a variety of hits this Sunday, Aug. 29. Travel back in time by enjoying Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted songs spanning decades and the expertly aged Ste. Michelle wine varieties. Learn more about tickets here

Renton Innovation Zone Receives Grant Funding 

The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, a nonprofit aiming to bolster racial equity and educational opportunities in the region, received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation. The foundation chose 20 nonprofits to split the $1 million with. The grant will create a new elementary and middle school program focusing on educational exposure to opportunities in STEM, healthcare, food, arts, and trade industries. Read more about the organization’s initiatives here

A Speedy Economic Recovery 

After a hit to the economy at the height of the pandemic, unemployment claims are more than 75 percent lower than last year in Washington. According to a study by WalletHub, the state ranked ninth out of the 50 states in recovery since the pandemic began. Learn more about the rankings here

Wine for a Cause 

The Auction of Washington Wines raised more than $2.2 million during the 34th annual celebration of Washington’s wineries. The proceeds from the auction will go toward the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology research program. The Auction of Washington Wines also announced the winner of the 2021 Industry Grant Program is Vital Wines, an initiative to aid winemakers and workers.