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On the List | Holiday in Volunteer Park, leather Santa, Stevens tree sale, more WTO 20

(Image: Volunteer Park Trust)

The lights are up and cheery music is playing – the holiday season is upon us.  Though Black Friday (and all the associated marketing children of it) is past, shopping may still be on the mind.  To that end there are a variety of pop-up markets to check out this December, including the Holiday Market at Westlake Park and the Full Moon Market at Stumptown Coffee.  But if you had your fill of shopping, check out some of the events below. You can find more o the CHS Calendar.

For gift ideas, deals, and holiday events including this weekend’s holiday tree lighting at the Hotel Sorrento on First Hill, check out Shop the Hill.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4:  The Tenant Rights Bootcamp series continues with this week’s bootcamp being co-hosted by Be:Seattle and The Urbanist to help educate renters on what their rights are and how best to apply those rights to create better living for Seattle’s renters.  Ada’s Technical Books and Café, 6 PM – 8 PM.

Author Roy Scranton will be returning to Seattle to discuss his latest book, I (Heart) Oklahoma, “A provocative, genderqueer, shapeshifting musical romp through the brain-eating nightmare of contemporary America, I Heart Oklahoma! is a book about art, guns, cars, American landscapes, and American history,” according to Scranton’s website.  Scranton is author of five books, including We’re Doomed. Now What? (2018) and written for a variety of publications, such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone.  Elliot Bay Book Company, 7 PM.

Like ice cream and free music?  The following bands will be playing at Full Tilt Ice Cream: The Smallest Bear with The Biggest Paws; Love, Fraser; and Middle Names.  Full Tilt Ice Cream, 7 PM – 10 PM.

THURSDAY, Dec. 5:  For a night of holiday music and spirit, the Volunteer Park Trust will be once again hosting their Holiday in the Park.  This free event will have cookies and cocoa, holiday lighting, and choral ensembles provided by: Franklin High School Southend Singers, Emerald City Women’s Chorus, Seatown Sound, and The Beaconettes.  Volunteer Park, 6 PM – 8 PM.

FRIDAY, Dec. 6:  The state of the environment is one of chief concerns on many young people’s minds today.  Seattle Youth Climate Strike is organizing a march from Lake Union Park to Seattle Hall where they will present their thoughts to elected leaders of Seattle.  Before the march there will be poster making and letter writing, then march will proceed down Westlake Avenue and then 5th Avenue to City Hall.  Lake Union Park to Seattle City Hall, 11 AM.

If you haven’t gotten your tree yet, and plan on doing so, Stevens Elementary is having its annual Tree Sale and Pancake BreakfastStevens Elementary School, Friday 6 PM – 8 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 2 PM.

Get your picture with leather Santa Friday night at the Cuff:

Sit on leather Santa Paul or Mrs. Santa Shawna’s lap and let them know what you really want for Christmas. Pics are $10, benefiting SML’s charity for the year, Entre Hermanos.

The Cuff, 8 PM

SATURDAY, Dec. 7: Capitol Hill may be one of the most civic minded neighborhoods in all of Seattle.  To that end Town Hall Seattle, Citizen University, and The Evergrey are presenting “Civic Saturdays”, where people can gather to read civic texts, share idea, and other activities.  The presentation includes a “civic sermon” from Citizen University founder, Eric Liu.  Town Hall, 10:30 AM.

In 1999 the World Trade Organizations conference was held in Seattle.  The resulting protests over the event and the inequalities that it symbolized shut down the conference and immortalized the event in the minds of many of the citizens of Seattle.  The Washington Fair Trade Coalition will be revisiting this event by exploring labor rights, environmental health and other issues that apply to our economy.  There will be workshops throughout the afternoon, and then Nobel laureate, Joseph Stiglitz will speak on managing globalization and countries different social and political frameworks.  Workshops take place from 4 PM – 6 PM and and Stiglitz will speak at 7:30 PM. The event is free to students, while general admission is $20. Town Hall, 3:00 PM.

SUNDAY, Dec. 8: Joyful! Noise will be presenting ‘On Our Way Home’, a musical celebration of the return to the places our hearts and minds go during Christmas.  Also, Ben Markin, winner of the 2019 Student Choral Composition Competition will be presenting an original work based off a poem by Robert Frost: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.  Tickets are $12 – $25. Seattle First Baptist Church, 3 PM – 5 PM.

There will be a launch party for the republishing of The Hill With a Future: Seattle’s Capitol Hill 1900 – 1946, which was first published in 2001.  The books author, Jaqueline B. Williams, will be present and signing books purchased at the event. This event – and the actual republishing of the book – was promoted the Capitol Hill Historical Society.  The launch party is free to attend with no cover charge. Vermillion Gallery and Bar, 5 PM – 8 PM.

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