Youth drama The final two performances by the kids in Seattle Public Theater's Winter Break Camp will be Friday at Bathhouse Theater, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N. William Shakespeare's "The Tempest"...

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The final two performances by the kids in Seattle Public Theater’s Winter Break Camp will be Friday at Bathhouse Theater, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be presented at 11 a.m., followed by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” at 3 p.m. The shows are free, but donations are appreciated.

The student performers have been trained by professional theater artists.

More information: www.seattlepublictheater.org or 206-524-1300.

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New Year’s Eve bash


To ring in the new year, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party are throwing a party with a political message: “Resist Bush’s Jive — Keep Dissent Alive in 2005!”

The all-ages event starts at 8:30 p.m. at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Admission is a $5 donation, with an additional $15 for a dinner buffet.

More information: 206-722-6057 or 206-722-2453.


Let it snow


With winter here and some ski resorts open, motorists ought to remind themselves of the dangers of driving in snow. The Washington state Department of Transportation offers advice for winter-weather driving:

• Drive appropriate to conditions. Remember that speed limits are set for dry pavement, so slow down. Keep extra stopping space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

• Pay particular attention when driving on bridges, curves, overpasses, onramps and offramps. Those surfaces tend to get icy first.

• Snow tires are acceptable for travel over mountain passes unless the Department of Transportation specifically requires all vehicles to have chains. Drivers are required by law to carry chains in their vehicles when traveling over mountain passes regardless of whether they will be used.

If it snows, crews will apply anti-icing material to high-risk roads.

The department provides real-time road and pass information at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic, or 800-695-ROAD or 511.

More winter-driving tips are posted at www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter online.

Here & Now is compiled by Charles E. Brown and Suesan Whitney Henderson, Seattle Times staff. To submit an item, e-mail herenow@seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.