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November 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

A social exhibit

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Snowie Leshchinsky gazes at Adolf Schreyer's oil painting 'The Burning Stable' at the Frye Art Museum on a recent day. The painting is part of #SocialMedium, a crowd-curated exhibit where 4,468 people voted on social media for their favorite artworks from the Frye Founding Collection. The exhibit includes the top-voted paintings, comments from citizen curators and links for the public to add their own thoughts online.

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Felix Leshchinsky and his daughter Snowie Leshchinsky take in artwork at the #SocialMedium exhibit the Frye Art Museum. The exhibit also encourages attendees share photos on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #SocialMedium, and the messages will be shared in real time on the gallery monitor.

November 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Third annual WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by Colin Diltz

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Woodland Park Zoo's WildLights had a test run on Tuesday evening. The third annual winter lights festival opens on Friday November 28 and will remain open through January 4, except on December 24 and 25. It is open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights recreate wild animals and exotic destinations from across the globe.

November 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

An Early Jump On Ski Season

Posted by Erika Schultz

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Brady Hastings, 21, of Everett launches off a jump at Stevens Pass ski resort Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hastings and two friends created the jump during their first trip up the mountain this season. "I just want to fly," Hastings said. The resort, which hasn't officially opened, reported 24-inches of base snow depth as of Monday, and 19-inches of new snowfall in the last 48 hours. However, snow enthusiasts were hiking up the resort's hillsides to enjoy the new snow.

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Ellen Trittel, 4, of New Orleans, plays in the snow for the first time with her aunt Danica Macy, of Kirkland, at Stevens Pass Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Trittel's family built a snowman and played in the winter atmosphere Monday afternoon.

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Three skiers maneuver through Stevens Pass ski resort Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. The resort, which hasn't officially opened, reported 24-inches of base snow depth as of Monday, and 19-inches of new snowfall in the last 48 hours. For information on the resort's opening date go to www.stevenspass.com.

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November 24, 2014 at 6:57 PM

22nd Annual Gingerbread Village

Posted by Colin Diltz

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Callison Architecture's "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" gingerbread creation, complete with a working roller coaster, is one of six giant gingerbread houses on display at Sheraton Seattle Hotel's 22nd Annual Gingerbread Village.

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Abby Alberg, 5, and Ian Alberg, 6, of Seattle, take a close look at a gingerbread house. Abby, who has juvenile diabetes, participated in the opening ceremonies Monday.

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Sheraton Hotel pastry chef Joleen Anderson, left, and Adrian Ho, with Mulvanny G2 architects work on their gingerbread display "Mele Kalikimaka" Christmas in Hawaii.

November 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Westlake carousel assembled

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Crews assemble "A Christmas Story's Holiday Carousel Presented by KING 5," at Westlake Park on Sunday. The carousel will be open to the public after the Macy's Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov. 28 and continue until Jan. 1, 2015.

Proceeds from the carousel will benefit the Downtown Seattle Association and the non-profit Treehouse. Suggested donation for a ride is $3. For more information, visit www.HolidaysInSeattle.com, www.facebook.com/SeattleHolidays or follow them on Twitter @SeattleHolidays.



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Geno Bolen, of Vancouver, sets up "A Christmas Story's Holiday Carousel Presented by KING 5," at Westlake Park.

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Eric Brown installs the carousel's horses with metal pins. About six workers installed the carousel Sunday afternoon.

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Morry Haworth, supervisor of the carousel installation, pauses before bringing out the last horse.

November 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Volunteers get tails wagging again

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Help is on the way Saturday for Yogi Bear, a pit-bull/boxer mix with a cut paw being seen at Doney Memorial Pet Clinic at Union Gospel Mission in Seattle. Holding him, from left, are Laura Audette, Dr. Heather Fowler and owner Marcie Hood. Dr. Darrell Kraft cleaned and bandaged the wound, caused by stepping on glass, and gave Yogi Bear antibiotics. The twice-a-month clinic for homeless and low-income pet owners offers free care by volunteers every second and fourth Saturday (no clinic on Thanksgiving weekend).

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Watson, a Doberman-whippet mix, waits in line with owner Danielle Shearer, who rescued the dog. Usually about 40 to 50 pet owners get care for their animals at each clinic. Pet food for about 100 is also given out. For more information go to doneyclinic.org.

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November 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

This holiday, give thanks for umbrellas

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Pedestrians cross Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle on a Friday afternoon dark with heavy rain. Wet weather has returned, and though we'll avoid the snow and freezing rain forecast for much of the state this weekend, the Puget Sound area will be wet and windy, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are likely Saturday evening, with a low around 40 degrees. More rain Sunday, with highs in the upper 40s and winds to 20 mph. As for next week, when 46 million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, we'll see a chance of rain every day with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees. There's a chance of rain and snow showers on the west slopes and mountain passes. Then on Thanksgiving Day, the snow level is expected to be 3,500 feet.

November 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Fleetwood Mac performs at the Tacoma Dome

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

LIDNSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Fleetwood Mac members Christine McVie, from left, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham perform "Chain" during their On with the Show world tour at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The band reunited for the first time in 16 years with keyboardist Christine McVie, who left in 1998 after three decades performing with the band. The band is on tour with the show until June of 2015, where it concludes in Manchester.

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Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie acknowledges the crowd as Stevie Nicks gives her a shout out before starting the song "Dreams" during their On with the Show world tour at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.



LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Stage lights mimic the aurora borealis as Fleetwood Mac performs "Dreams" during their On with the Show world tour at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

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