An annual interfaith prayer vigil and walk for peace at Seattle's Green Lake is scheduled for New Year's Eve from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants are asked to...

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An annual interfaith prayer vigil and walk for peace at Seattle’s Green Lake is scheduled for New Year’s Eve from 5 to 7 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring a candle and meet near the community center at 7201 East Green Lake Drive N. The program begins with interfaith music, prayer and messages from religious leaders, followed by a walk around Green Lake with participants holding lighted candles.

After the walk, everyone is invited to an open house at Interfaith Community Church at 1763 N.W. 62nd St. in Ballard. More information: 206-783-1618.


New Year’s Eve family fun

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Seattle Center is the axis of several New Year’s Eve events.

Fisher Pavilion’s holiday ice rink operates from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission, including skate rental, is $7 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under.

At the Center House, free dance classes and performances are from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Revelers can make their own party hats and noisemakers from 6 to 10 p.m. A dance featuring ’80s cover band Rockit Science is from 8:15 to 11:55 p.m.

The tradition will continue of counting down to midnight fireworks at the Space Needle. For more information online: www.seattlecenter.com


Get the word on holiday travel


Washington’s Department of Transportation urges motorists traveling during the New Year’s holiday to check out the information on its Web sites:

• General commute and travel information: www.wsdot.wa.gov/choices

• Camera images, roadway temperatures, weather: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic

• Mountain pass reports: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes

• Ferries: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

• Aviation: www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation

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.