The War After Christmas

Dec. 21-27, 2005

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Iraq War Protest Stand Up! Seattle hosts a protest at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building downtown, where antiwar petitions to Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell will circulate and "Troops Out Now" will be the watchword. 915 Second Ave., 206-856-4059. Free. 4:30-6 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21.

Longest Night Service A protest against recent decisions by the United Methodist Judicial Council. In October, it removed ministerial credentials from Rev. Beth Stroud because she is openly lesbian and supported denial of membership to gay churchgoers. Seattle First United Methodist, 811 Fifth Ave., 206-622-7278, Free. 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21.

Peace Vigil Protest U.S. policy in Iraq and Israel and pick up additional info from the Women in Black. Westlake Park, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, 206-208-9715. Free. 5-6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 22.

Library Dedication At a party open to the public, the Museum of the Mysteries dedicates its library in the name of James Widener Ray. The recently deceased philanthropist, who willed his book collection to the museum, founded the Raynier Institute & Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the arts, animal rights, and environmental causes. 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499, Free. 7-10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 23.

Lockheed Blackbird The Museum of Flight comes to the rescue of stir-crazy families who need a field trip between holidays with "tip-to-tail" tours of the legendary spy plane, which to this day is the fastest piloted jet in the world. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720, $7.50-$14 (children 4 and under free). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mon., Dec. 26-Sat., Dec. 31.

World Peace Through Law Is it possible to use the methods of the legal profession against war and social injustice? Talk about it on your lunch break at this discussion hosted by the Washington State Bar Association. 2101 Fourth Ave., 206-727-8200, Free. Noon-1 p.m. Tues., Dec. 27.

Conscientious Objector Workshop As the conflict in Iraq continues, learn how to prepare for a draft if you're fundamentally opposed to war. Sponsored by the University District Interfaith Alliance Sanctuary Task Force. University Lutheran Church, 1604 N.E. 50th St., 206-525-7074, Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 29.

Critical Mass Seattle joins San Francisco and other eco-conscious cities in this monthly celebration of cycling as an alternative to motorized transportation. Cyclists meet at Westlake Park and ride, en masse, through the streets. Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, Free. 5:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 30.

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