Photo via Come Out of the Dark Facebook event page

For Thursday

Winter Solstice Celebration

Hang in there, folks—the shortest winter days are nearly over. To celebrate this year’s Winter Solstice, coming up in just a few days, the ArtsNow/uLearn education program at Edmonds Community College will display 40 pieces of artwork by 19 local artists that express how different cultures around the world “come out of the dark.”

Come Out of the Dark: A Winter Solstice CelebrationThu, December 19, 5–8pm, ArtsNow/uLearn at Edmonds Community College, 201 4th Ave N (office upstairs), free.

ACA Education

Regardless of how you feel about the obstacle-ridden Affordable Care Act—here's a hilarious takedown in the recent New York Review of Books which points out that the same federal government that can't get a website right sure is pretty online savvy about spying— it’s here to stay for the time being.

Find out more about the law, Medicaid expansion, and the new marketplace for health insurance—and most importantly, how it will affect you.

ACA Educational Meeting, Thu, December 19, 6–8pm, International District Community Center, 719 8th Ave S, Seattle, free.

For Wednesday

Thank You Council Member Richard Conlin

Following 15 years of service on Seattle City Council, Richard Conlin will say farewell after being ousted by socialist Kshama Sawant. Sawant certainly succeeded at convincing voters she was more righteously lefty, but let's not forget that Conlin, who went out introducing emergency legislation to require minimum density at new developments in urban centers, urban villages, and station areas, in response to an auto-oriented Walgreen's proposal in Wallingford—was a bit of sustainability guru and thought along the lines of Mayor Mike McGinn's urbanist agenda.

(It will be interesting to see how anti-corporatist Sawant comes down on development and density issues—not to mention McGinn's unfinished push to bring the NBA back to town.)

Conlin's sendoff will feature introductions by Council Member Sally Clark; speeches from several Seattle leaders, such as Karma Ruder of the Center for Ethical Leadership and Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl; and music from the Garfield High School Jazz Combo.

Thank You Event for Council Member Richard Conlin, Wed, December 18, 4:30–6pm, Seattle City Hall, 400 5th Ave., Bertha Knight Landes Room, free.

For Tuesday

Garden Restoration

Help keep the zen and natural beauty of South Seattle's Kubota Garden alive with some garden maintenance this Tuesday. 

Some tools will be provided, but bring your own gloves and something to kneel on in case Seattle rain clouds are part of the zen cosmos that day.

Kubota Garden Work Party, Tues, December 17, 10am–noon, Kubota Garden, 9817 55th Ave S, free.

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