The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold meetings to obtain community views on bus shelters. Plans call for replacing all bus shelters, increasing the number of shelters and adding bus maps and real-time bus arrival information. A Ward 8 meeting will be held tonight in the 7th District police station's meeting room, 2455 Alabama Ave. SE. On Monday, DDOT will host a meeting at the Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE, in Ward 7. Both meetings will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Representatives from the department and Adshel, a bus shelter manufacturing company, will be available to answer questions. Further meetings are planned for January.
The Downtown Improvement District, the Washington Convention Center Authority and the D.C. government are hosting an outdoor holiday market at the old convention center site, 11th and H streets NW, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 21. More than 150 local and international exhibitors are selling goods including hand-made jewelry, ornaments, toys, winter clothing accessories, fresh vegetables and hot food. Items and vendors will change daily. The market has live music from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information and for exhibitor applications, go to www.downtowndc.org or www.diversemarkets.net.
The Norwegian Embassy is presenting the ninth annual Norwegian Christmas and cultural festival to commemorate the country's centennial as an independent nation. A giant holiday model train at Union Station is displaying Norwegian landscapes, with a contemporary setting on one side and a 100-year-old setting on the other, through Jan. 8. Through Dec. 27, the main hall of Union Station is hosting an exhibit on contemporary Norwegian design and architecture, including a building model by Snohetta, the Norwegian firm commissioned to design the cultural center at Ground Zero in New York. For more information, go to www.norway.org/xmas/unionstation2005.htm.
-- Compiled by TERENCE MCARDLE