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By Liz Black

Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year.

Symbolically, the solstice is a time of turning inward, into the darkness, into the depths of the unknown. It’s a time of tuning into a deep sense of intuition – trusting your inner voice. In a sense, it is a time of feeling your way in the dark when you cannot see where you are going.

Join Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., in Lakewood, for a Winter Solstice Class, Thursday, Dec. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to reflect on what has been and what will be through intention setting, restorative yoga and yoga nidra.

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Taoist-Style Sitting Meditation Group, Dec. 28

Join 40W artist and creative Richard Eversley for a sitting meditation that will help to center and relax the mind, relieve mental stress and increase oxygen flow to the body, Thursday, Dec. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a pillow and/or a mat. $5 suggested donation. This course is held at 40W Studios, located at 1615 Reed St., in Lakewood.

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Mark Your Calendars for ‘About the Body’

40 West Arts, Lakewood’s state-certified arts district, invites the public to celebrate its newest exhibition titled “About the Body.” Opening in February, this exhibit explores the multiple aspects of the human body including cycle of life, birth and aging, wrinkles, scars, markings and more. The exhibit will also focus on things that can be ascribed to the physical self such as attitudes toward bodies and topics of self-esteem, body size, and body acceptance among others. The body is a topic that is fundamental to both art and human existence. We’re excited to kick off our 2018 exhibition schedule with this show because it’s a recognizable and accessible topic for artists, but it also has so many fresh and unique opportunities, especially with topics like body size, body acceptance and gender issues gaining a large and profound voice in recent years.

The opening reception for “About the Body” will take place First Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 40 West Gallery, located at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Beer and wine and light bites will be served. Additionally, multiple galleries in the arts district will be open to the public with exhibitions and opening receptions.

Liz Black is the 40 West Arts Executive Director.