The public-health department says new shipments of adult flu vaccine are being received in King County for people at high risk for flu complications. Public Health — Seattle...

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The public-health department says new shipments of adult flu vaccine are being received in King County for people at high risk for flu complications.

Public Health — Seattle & King County says if you’re seeking a flu shot, you should first call your personal health-care provider to find out whether vaccine is available from that provider. Otherwise, information about public flu-shot clinics is available by calling Public Health’s Flu Hotline at 206-296-1100. That line is being staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

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The health department posts updated information on the flu season on its Web site:

Vigil anniversary

The grass-roots anti-war group Lake Forest Park for Peace will commemorate two years of consecutive Saturday public vigils for peace tomorrow during a vigil from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Ballinger Way Northeast and Bothell Way Northeast, near the Lake Forest Park Shopping Centre. Other area peace groups have been invited to join in.

Signs of the season

• The Seattle Animal Shelter’s version of the patron of Christmas giving — Santa Claws — will be at the shelter tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. to pose for holiday photos with pets and their owners. The photo opportunity is an annual shelter fund-raiser, with two color prints for a $15 donation to the shelter’s Help the Animals Fund. The shelter is at 2061 15th Ave. W., about one mile south of the Ballard Bridge.

All dogs brought to the shelter for photos must be on a leash, and cats and other pets should be in carriers.

• A nearly 3-mile path at Green Lake will be illuminated with 4,000 small candles tomorrow for the annual Pathway of Lights, a holiday tradition for nearly two decades. The candles, tucked inside paper bags, will be aglow from 6 to 9 p.m. at Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N. Youth and adult musical groups will perform near the Aqua Theater and Green Lake Community Center.

• The annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk that raises funds for the Arthritis Foundation is Sunday in downtown Seattle. The event, which attracts thousands of participants, includes a 5K run and walk and 1K children’s run. It starts and ends at Westlake Center. Today is the last day for advance sign-ups. (Advance entry fee is $25; $10 for children up to 12.) Registration on event day will be $35. For information call 206-547-2707, or online at

• The 12th annual CookieFest tomorrow at the downtown Bon-Macy’s will help raise funds for the Seattle Milk Fund, which provides emergency assistance to families in need. Organizers say it is the city’s largest bake sale, with thousands of cookies donated by more than 30 area bakeries, restaurants, culinary schools, caterers and hotels. Starting at 10 a.m., goodies will go on sale for $6.50 a dozen or 65 cents each in the store’s Stewart Street Room.

Youngsters also can create miniature gingerbread houses for $8. For information about the event, call the store’s special events hotline at 206-506-4FUN (4386).

Travelers’ alert

• Highway 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, is closed from west of Diablo Dam in Skagit County to east of Mazama in Okanogan County until at least Monday, and possibly longer, because of avalanche danger. A 36-mile stretch of the highway, from milepost 134, seven miles west of Diablo Dam to milepost 170, 14 miles east of Mazama, was closed Wednesday after an avalanche blocked the highway west of Washington Pass. Avalanche-control technicians will assess the avalanche danger on Monday. As an alternate route, motorists may take Highway 2 across Stevens Pass.

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