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For Sunday

Honor Campaign Heroines

This Sunday, show your appreciation for the women in the forefront—or behind the scenes—of the 2013 political campaigns.

The annual event (RSVP suggested) is hosted by the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, a group that wants to increase women's participation in politics. (Hey, they should talk to Rebecca Sive.)

Heroines of the 2013 Campaigns, Sun, December 8, 3–5pm, Gilda's Club, 1400 Broadway, free.

Sensitive Santa

Santa is coming to town for some holiday mall photos—but not in his usual fare. This Santa is sensory friendly, giving children with autism and sensory processing disorders a chance to meet St. Nicholas in a calmer setting with dimmer lights, lower noise levels, and less crowds.

Each family will receive a complimentary 4 x 6 photo to commemorate the occasion; be sure to RSVP to reserve a spot.

Sensitive Santa, Sun, December 8, 8–10am, The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Suite 1268, Auburn, free.

For Saturday

Make Tamales, Combat Hunger

Following the success of its tamale-making class, community social justice center El Centro de la Raza is holding a special workshop this weekend for veggie tamales—that's right Seattle, there is now a vegetarian option!

The class, which includes a recipe and one dozen uncooked tamales, will benefit the center's Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program that provides meals and fitness activities for seniors each week.

Vegetarian Tamale Making Classes, Sat, December 7, 10am–12:30pm, El Centro de la Raza (kitchen, on the ground floor), 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, $75.

For Friday

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the vote to legalize recreational pot use in Washington at the I-502 Anniversary Celebration at Seattle Center, now featuring a "smoking moat"—basically, a tent behind double fences—where partiers will be free to get high legally, with the blessing of the city of Seattle.

I-502 Anniversary Celebration, Next 50 Pavilion at Seattle Center, 400 Broad St., Friday, December 6, 4:20pm–11pm. 21 and older. Free.

Unite Against Whatcom Coal Terminal

The Lummi Native American tribe is coming together to say no to the Gateway Pacific Terminal, what is set to be the largest coal port on the West coast. The port, to be built at Cherry Point in Whatcom County, would disrupt a Lummi ancestral graveyard and could hurt their fishing industry as well.

And so we return to the eternal struggle: do the potential economic benefits outweight the costs to native land and culture? Find out more about this ongoing coal terminal conflict when KUOW environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn sits down with Lummi councilmember Jay Julius and tribal law expert Mason Morisett for their take on the issue.

The Lummi's Fight: Tribal Opposition to Coal Exports, Fri, December 6, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, $5.

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