Lit-up sculptures, boats, and swords and 13 things to do in Seattle this week

Hear from Republicans and Democrats looking to find common ground: State legislators will discuss how they work across the aisle, especially on environmental issues. Thanks to reader Carrie Bogner for the tip. [Belltown]

Explore why we vote the way we do: Hanna Brooks Olsen, Town Hall scholar-in-residence and Seattlish cofounder, will talk about trust and voting. Then there’ll be an interactive conversation about the “role of news, social media and community spaces” in politics. [Downtown Seattle]

Curious about the art of dance? Talk with other artists about what it means to make art in a post-election world in this discussion series hosted by SeattleDances. [Downtown Seattle]

Connect with other Seattleites about how our city is changing: Cynthia Brothers, the creator of Vanishing Seattle (which we wrote about here) is hosting the first ever meetup for the growing community. E-mail [email protected] to find out where it is and show up in a shirt bearing the logo of your favorite local business, bar or group. [Somewhere in Seattle…]

Hear why one photographer is helping the homeless and their pets: Documentary photographer Gemina Garland-Lewis documented how homeless Seattleites benefit from having pets who provide them with “loyal companionship, protection and a source of accountability.” Learn more about her project to help bring healthcare and other resources to the homeless and their pets. [Downtown Seattle]

Walk through a lit-up Olympic Sculpture Park: Usually we can only take in the park’s beautiful sculptures in the daytime, but during this event the park will be lit up with temporary art installations and hundreds of luminarias. [Downtown Seattle]

Learn how to recognize fake news and how to talk across political divides: The first half of this event will be a discussion with Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán and Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief Mark Baumgarten on fake news. Then there will be a workshop on how we can talk to people who are on “the other side.” [Hillman City]

Pick up some new dance moves: Organizers of this world dance party want to “promote positivity and dance out the stress” by teaching Tahitian, Somali, Filipino, hip-hop and more international dances in 15 minute mini-lessons. Thanks to reader James Hong for the tip. [Hillman City]

Watch a parade of lighted boats glide across Lake Union: Last year more than 65 boats huddled up in Lake Union and sailed westward through the Fremont Cut. This year’s second annual parade will include an official on-shore viewing party will be at Evanston Plaza in the Fremont Lake Union Center. [Fremont]

Buy local Native American art: This is the second and last Native Art Mart of the year with art made by artists from local tribes. Thanks to reader Ramona Ridgewell for letting us know about it. [Magnolia]

Dress up like Santa (or another holiday character) and drink responsibly: If you see a bunch of Santas walking from bar to bar in downtown Seattle, Seattle SantaCon 2016 is why. [Downtown Seattle]

Grab a glow sword and go into battle: A North American urban arts collective is hosting a massive glowing sword battle at Pyramid Alehouse. Yep. You read that right. Reserve a sword or bring your own. [Sodo]

Dance with your kids down by the water: KEXP is hosting a dance party for kids with music from caspar babypants, Mark Pickerel and a special guest KEXP DJ. [Waterfront Park]

This post has been updated to reflect that the glowing sword battle is on Saturday, not Sunday. We apologize for the error.