Celebrations of the shortest day of the year begin Dec. 20, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Motus Dance Group will perform every 30 minutes in the Garden Terrace and guests can see an ice sculptor in action at the Greenhouse parking lot. Mark Booth of Take Flight will bring his owls to educate guests, and there will be real reindeer on hand, too. Music will be provided by Jan Aldridge Clark on harp in the Lilly House and Oliver Nelson will be playing the flute in the Greenhouse. Events are free. Info: 317-923-1331, www.ima-art.org.
The Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess-Zionsville will host a Solstice Celebration for Women Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Circle Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 W. 57th St. RCG-Zionsville is a local congregation for adult women that meets for rituals to keep its members mindful of the Earth’s cycle around the sun. While many religions celebrate the birth of the sun/son at this time, RCG-Zionsville will focus on the longest night. The intention of the ritual will be to honor the gifts of the darkness. Women who would like to attend may call 317-387-0590 to RSVP; there will be a dessert potluck after the event. More information about the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess: www.rcgi.org.
A Winter Solstice Sunset Walk will be held by the Center for Inquiry and the Indianapolis Hiking Club. Walks can be up to 5-miles (shorter options available) and will be followed by refreshments as you watch the sun set on the shortest day of the year. The event is Dec. 22, 3 p.m.; meet in the parking lot of O’Malia’s on Fall Creek Parkway. Info: 317-423-0710.