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Winter solstice celebration Dec. 21

"Tie Down the Sun" is an old Norwegian ritual performed on the winter solstice to call for the return of light on the longest night of the year. It is a nondenominational celebration of the power of community and the cycles of life.

This year's theme: Embracing New (old?) Ways: Permaculture, subsistence, reducing carbon footprints, high-integrity food, low-impact lifestyles, etc., will be held at 6:30 p.m. sharp Friday, Dec. 21, fireside at the Unitarian Universalist Society House, N8010 Highway 65, in River Falls. The Society House will be open at 6 p.m. A potluck will be held afterwards with hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Those attending are asked to bring a ball (not a skein) of natural-fiber yarn for each person; songs, stories, poems, and readings appropriate to the theme and season; and a potluck item for social time afterwards. Dress in warm layers for 45 minutes outside.

Call Jera at 715-220-7783 for more information.