A fresh solstice After the longest night of the year — tonight — tomorrow is the first day of winter. Seattle and many other school districts begin a two-week winter...

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After the longest night of the year — tonight — tomorrow is the first day of winter.


Seattle and many other school districts begin a two-week winter break today. And Woodland Park Zoo starts its Winter Celebration tomorrow.


The zoo’s winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including Christmas Day. Winter Celebration activities at the zoo are scheduled tomorrow through Thursday this week, and Tuesday through Thursday next week. Activities are listed online at www.zoo.org. Discount admission coupons also are on the zoo’s Web site. Information: 206-684-4800.


Signs of the season


Nine free one-hour performances of the Christmas pageant “Christmas Bursts Into Beauty” are scheduled at Washington Cathedral, 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E., Redmond, tomorrow through Friday. Performance times are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day, with a special 11:30 p.m. candlelight pageant on Christmas Eve.


Can you help?


The Seattle Indian Center’s Adopt-A-Family Christmas program is seeking sponsors to buy gifts for members of 30 large Native American families. The nonprofit agency has family wish lists.


The Seattle Indian Center is at 611 12th Ave. S., Suite 300. For information, call 206-329-8700.


Getting around


The state Department of Transportation is getting ready to activate three new traffic cameras to monitor freeway traffic in the Federal Way area, specifically between the Interstate 5-Highway 18 interchange and the King-Pierce county line.


The cameras are linked to the department’s Web site — www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic — allowing online users to view real-time traffic conditions. More than 100 other cameras monitor freeway traffic between the Seattle-Tacoma area and the Canadian border.


The new cameras should be in service by Wednesday.


Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson. To submit an item, e-mail herenow@seattletimes.com


or call 206-464-2226.