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Ongoing Features five light sculptures,including a Gingerbread Lane and origami-style crane, open nightly at dusk through Jan. 1, along the Northeast Sixth Street pedestrian corridor in downtown Bellevue. (425-451-2455 or www.magicseason.com)

 

Snowflake Lane

 

Ongoing Live toy soldiers perform precision synchronized drumming, with music and light show, 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, with a farewell performance at 4 p.m. Dec. 24, outside Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square, Bellevue Way Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street. (425-454-8096 or www.bellevuesquare.com)

 

Garden d’Lights

 

Ongoing The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society annual flower garden of light sculpture, 5-9:30 p.m. daily, through Jan. 1, with live entertainment at 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, through Dec. 15, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org )

 

Magic Season Ice Arena

 

Ongoing Covered open air skating rink open daily through Jan. 1, hours vary (closed Dec. 25), Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. Cost: $6-$8. (425-451-2455 or www.magicseason.com/events/info.htm”>www.magicseason.com/events/info.htm)

 

Santa’s Snowman Village

 

Ongoing Visits and photos with Santa in his holiday village, through Dec. 24 during regular mall hours, Bellevue Square, Northeast Eighth Street and Bellevue Way Northeast. (425-454-8096 or www.bellevuesquare.com)

 

“Miracle on 34th Street”

 

Thur-Sat Bellevue Youth Theatre presents this classic holiday tale, 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-10, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $8. (425-452-7155 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

 

Late Night Music at Crossroads

 

Ongoing Live music, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Dec. 9: Mercer Island High School Jazz Bands & Choir. Dec. 10: Interlake High School Jazz Band. Dec. 16: Jazz vocalist Greta Matassa. Dec. 17: Reilly & Maloney holiday concert. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

 

The Noiseguy’s Christmas Program

 

Fri Charlie Williams tells fractured holiday tales with a noisy twist, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

 

“Christmas”

 

Sat Seattle-based musicians Garnett Hundley, Beverly Daugherty and Rob Cook perform at a celebration of the release of their new holiday CD, 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Unity of Bellevue, 16330 N.E. Fourth St.. Tickets: $15. (425-747-5950 or www.unityofbellevue.org)

 

Family Fireside Storytelling

 

Sat Storytelling, historic tour and music hosted by the Eastside Heritage Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way S.E. (425-450-1049)

 

Glass Art Sale

 

Sat Art glass objects by guest and student artists and Glass Eye Studio in Seattle, demonstrations and tours of the hot shop; proceeds benefit the Sammamish High School Hot Glass program, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave. S.E. (425-456-7738)

 

Comfort & Joy

 

Sun Acoustic duo Tingstad and Rumbel’s holiday concert features music from their CDs, “Comfort and Joy” and “A Moment’s Peace,” 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $10-$40. (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

 

Magic of Mistletoe

 

Sun Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the Bellevue Chamber Chorus performs a holiday concert, including excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $6-$8 at the door. (425-467-5604 or www.byso.org)

 

The Art of Jewish Reading

 

Sun Rabbi Dov Gartenberg facilitates a discussion of rabbinic biblical commentary11 a.m. Dec. 11, Barnes & Noble, 626 106th Ave. N.E. (425-541-8463)

 

The White House Collection of American Crafts

 

Sun Michael Monroe, chief curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, talks about his experience curating a collection of American crafts for the White House, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org)

 

Crossroads Youth Holiday Party

 

Tues Childrenvisit with Santa, receive a gift and enjoy treats and entertainment, 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 13, Highland Community Center, 14224 N.E. Bel-Red Road. (425-452-4874)

 

Eastside Jazz Club

 

Tues The Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto performs; refreshments and a CD/book/tape exchange, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Sherman Clay Pianos, 1000 Bellevue Way N.E. Tickets: $6-$12. (425-454-0633)

 

Holiday Dance

 

Tues Live music by the Sound of Swing Big Band, 2-4 p.m., Dec. 13 North Bellevue Community and Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave N.E. Cost: $3. (425-452-7681)

 

Holiday Pottery Sale

 

Plan Ahead Ceramics made by student artists and alumni, proceeds benefit the BCC ceramics program, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 14, Bellevue Community College, room C-157, 3000 Landerholm Circle. (425-564-6177)

 

“The Inner Nativity”

 

Plan Ahead A discussion hosted by the Northwest Theosophical Society, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Dec. 15, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-644-7725)

 

Nutcracker on Ice

 

Plan Ahead Pacific Northwest Ice Theater presents selections from Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Magic Season Ice Arena, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. (425-478-3711)

 

Open Mike Night

 

Ongoing Opportunity for acoustic musicians to perform, 6-9 p.m. with 5:30 p.m. sign-up, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.victorymusic.org)

 

P.F.L.A.G.

 

Plan Ahead Festive holiday gathering, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave N.E. (425-483-6642 or www.bellevue-pflag.org)

 

Strategic Gaming Club

 

Plan Ahead Play role-playing games with other teens; for ages 12-19, 3-6:45 p.m. Dec. 15, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

 

“The Mousecracker”

 

Plan Ahead Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 14230 S.E. Newport Way. (425-747-2390 or www.kcls.org/npw/programs.cfm)

 

“The Nutcracker”

 

Plan Ahead International Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, featuring Russian principal dancer Evgeny Lushkin of the St. Petersburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, 7 p.m. Dec. 17-23 (except Dec. 19), 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15-$35. (425-284-0444 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

 

Nowell Sing We

 

Plan Ahead Bellevue Chamber Chorus performs holiday carols from medieval to modern, 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Tickets: $8.50-$15. (425-881-0445 or www.bellevuechamberchorus.net)

 

Magical Strings

 

Plan Ahead Celtic Yuletide concert of music, dance, and storytelling, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $10-$40 (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

 

Anime and Manga Appreciation Club

 

Plan Ahead Preview anime series and help plan manga and anime events for the library; for ages 12-18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

 

Book Discussion

 

Plan Ahead “Peace Like a River,” by Leif Enger, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 21, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. Jan. 18: “When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today” by Harvey Gallagher Cox. (425-450-1765)

 

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

 

Plan Ahead Folk guitarist Matt Price, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 22, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

 

Bothell

 

Last Chance Holiday Craft Show

 

Wed-Sat Hand-crafted items by local artists, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7-10, Knights of Columbus Hall, 24324 Bothell-Everett Highway. (206-920-2957 or www.starvinghousewives.com)

 

Youth Forum

 

Wed Middle, junior and high school students share their views on the WASL, school safety and other issues with State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Bothell High School cafeteria, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E. (360-786-7741)

 

“Music for Tonight”

 

Fri-Sat Woodinville Repertory Theatre production, 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $12-$15. (425-481-8502 or www.woodinvillerep.org)

 

Designer Disaster Craft Show

 

Sat Handcrafted seconds and year-end closeouts by local artists, craft supply bargains, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10, IUOE Local 302 Union Hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E. (425-823-8616)

 

Santa for Special Children

 

Sat Santa visits and poses for photos with special-needs children and their siblings, “no-wait” line, activities, games and crafts, 10:30.a.m.-2.p.m.; by appointment 9-10:30.a.m. or 2:30-4.p.m., Dec. 10, Northshore Family Center, 18315 Bothell Way. Cost: $1 suggested donation; bring camera for Santa photos. (425-485-2582)

 

Holiday Pops and Dessert

 

Tues The Boeing Employees Concert Band plays holiday music; bring cookies or brownies to share, 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. (425-487-2441)

 

Tales and Tea: Unplanned Holidays

 

Plan Ahead Short stories for the season read aloud over a cup of tea, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm)

 

Book Review Group

 

Plan Ahead “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Jan. 20: “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons” by Lorna Landivik.(425-487-2441)

 

Pancake Breakfast

 

Plan Ahead 8-11:30 a.m. Dec. 17, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$5. (425-487-2441)

 

Christmas Dinner

 

Plan Ahead Ham dinner with family and friends, 3 p.m. Dec. 25, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $6 per person. (reservations by Dec. 19: 425-487-2441)

 

Carnation

 

Yuletide Feasts

 

Ongoing Three-course 14th-century winter banquet and entertainment; medieval attire encouraged, 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 24, Dec. 30 and Jan 7, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E. Tickets: $40 per person; costume rentals available. (reservations: 425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org)

 

SnoValley Tilth Potluck

 

Mon Potluck and meeting at 6 p.m. followed by a screening and discussion of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” Dec. 12, Carnation Tree Farm, 31523 N.E. 40th St. Bring a dish to share. (360-794-6081)

 

Duvall

 

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

 

Plan Ahead Anne Coray reads from her work, followed by open mike readings, 6 p.m. sign-up; 7 p.m. reading, Dec. 19, P&G Speakeasy Café, 15614 Main St. (425-844-2766 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

 

Fall City

 

Festive Music of the Italian Baroque

 

Fri Cellist Claire Garabedian and harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree perform works by Vivaldi, Marcello and Lanzetti, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Fall City Masonic Lodge #66, 4304 337th Pl. S.E. Tickets: $4-$8. (425-222-6004 or www.fallcityarts.org)

 

Issaquah

 

“Snapshots: A Musical Mosaic”

 

Starts Fri Village Originals presents the story of a middle-aged couple who re-examine their 30-year relationship when they stumble upon a box of photos, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9-23, First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N. Tickets: $20-$25. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

 

“Three Little Pigs”

 

Wed Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the classic story, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 with free tickets available starting at 10 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

 

“Cats”

 

Ongoing Village Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway musical, through Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (except Dec. 31); 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays; no shows Dec. 24-25, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $24-$48. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

 

Reindeer Festival

 

Ongoing Santa photos, stories read by elves, visits with the reindeer, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Dec. 23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 SE 54th. Santa hours: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Cost: $6.50-$9.50. (425-391-5508 or www.cougarmountainzoo.org)

 

¡Fiesta!

 

Thur Bi-lingul holiday party for all ages, with dancers, music and refreshments; . 7 p.m. Dec. 8, King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

 

Wintertime in Issaquah

 

Ongoing Issaquah Historical Society exhibit features antique skis, sleds, ice skates, winter apparel, vintage holiday decorations and the 1910 Peltola sleigh, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and by appointment, through Mar. 31, Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St. (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org)

 

Dive-In Movie Night

 

Fri Float in the deep end and watch “Madagascar” or play in the shallow end; bring air mattress or inner tube, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St. Cost: $3-$10. (425-837-3350)

 

Issaquah Creek Tree Planting

 

Sat Volunteers help plant trees along Issaquah Creek to improve habitat for salmon and other wildlife, control flooding and improve water quality, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, near Pickering Barn, 10th Avenue Northwest and Lake Drive (directions provided upon registration: 206-812-0122 or www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/volunteer.htm)

 

Game On!

 

Tues GameCube, PS2 and Xbox multi-player video gaming arcade; for ages 12 through high school, 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 with free tickets available starting at 4 p.m. both days, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

 

Kenmore

 

Lux: Winter Lights

 

Sat Seattle Pro Musica performs holiday music from around the world , 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E. Tickets: $15-$20. (206-781-2766 or www.seattlepromusica.org)

 

The Noiseguy’s Christmas Program

 

Plan Ahead Noiseguy Charlie William tells fractured holiday tales with a noisy twist, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm)

 

Our Heart’s Joy

 

Plan Ahead The Columbia Choir children’s and adult choirs perform, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E. Tickets: $8-$10. (425-466-7525 or www.columbiachoirs.com)

 

Kirkland

 

“Ho Chi Minh’s Motorbike”

 

Wed Author Sybil James discusses and signs her new book, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

 

Holiday Arts Sale

 

Ongoing Features ceramics, sculpture, glass work, prints, jewelry, paintings, photography, toys and candles created by instructors, resident artists and members, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

 

Kirkland Art Walk

 

Thur 18 downtown Kirkland galleries have extended hours with artists’ receptions at some galleries, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8. Maps available at the galleries. (425-889-8212)

 

“The Nutcracker”

 

Fri-Sat International Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, featuring Russian principal dancer Evgeny Lushkin of the St. Petersburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$25. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.com)

 

“‘Twas the Night”

 

Ongoing Musical comedy based on the classic holiday poem, 7 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m., 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18, Studio East, 402 Sixth St. S. Tickets: $11. (425-827-3123 or www.studio-east.org)

 

Christmas Tree Sale

 

Ongoing Proceeds help send local youths to build houses in Tijuana, 3-9 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18, St. John Vianney Church, 12600 84th Ave. N.E. (425-823-6840)

 

Winter Holiday Skate

 

Fri Family ice skating, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 9, Kingsgate Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave. N.E. Cost: $3; skates included. (425-823-1242 or www.kingsgateskatingclub.org)

 

Teen Concerts

 

Ongoing All-ages venue with local performers, 7 p.m., Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave. Cost: $5. Dec. 10: This Providence. Dec. 16: Primacy Effect, The Jimmy Captains, Venice, Lizzie Huffman. Dec. 17: Bartleby & Loki, Affair With A Bear, Sicily Crypt, The Young Bozos, Under Par. (425-822-3088 or www.ktub.org)

 

The Dickens Carolers

 

Sat Traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites sung a cappella by a quartet dressed in Victorian attire, 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

 

Book Discussion Group

 

Mon “The Photograph” by Penelope Lively, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

 

Carols for the Feasts of Lights

 

Tues Holiday sing- and play-along of music for Christmas and Chanukah; bring instruments, such as recorders, flutes and violins, and music stands, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

 

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra

 

Tues Big band jazz holiday concert with vocalist Greta Matassa, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$21. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

 

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”

 

Plan Ahead The nun from “Late Nite Catechism” solves “The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$24. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

 

Mother-Daughter Book Club

 

Plan Ahead “The Thief” by Megan Whalen Turner; for daughters age 12-15, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Jan. 17: “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy” by Gary Schmidt. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

 

Socrates Café

 

Plan Ahead Monthly philosophical discussion group, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

 

“The Mousecracker”

 

Plan Ahead Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 1 p.m. Dec. 17 with free tickets available starting at 12:30 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

 

12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run

 

Plan Ahead 12K or 5K run/walk followed by music, food and 1K Kids Dash and holiday costume contest; benefits Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start, Dec. 18, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza. Cost: $25-$35. (206-729-9972 or www.promotionevents.com)

 

French Conversation Club

 

Plan Ahead Year-end potluck; all ages and language skill levels welcome, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

 

Knit In

 

Plan Ahead Bring your own yarn and needles; all levels welcome, 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459)

 

Teen Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club

 

Plan Ahead “Summers at Castle Auburn” by Sharon Shinn, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

 

Medina

 

Oh, Great Mystery

 

Sat Northwest Chamber Chorus performs classical selections exploring the great mystery of Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $14-$18. (206-523-1196 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

 

Christmas in Olde England

 

Plan Ahead Tudor Choir performs carols and songs of holidays past, 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $15-$25. (206-323-9415 or www.tudorchoir.org)

 

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

 

Plan Ahead Northwest Boychoir presents sacred readings and carols, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $10-$25. (206-528-0250 or www.nwchoirs.org)

 

Mercer Island

 

Holiday Art Show

 

Ongoing Mixed media works and gift items by island artists including textiles, pottery, paintings, jewelry and paper art, through Jan. 6, Mercer Island Chamber Art Gallery, 7605 S.E. 27th St., Ste. 109. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and by appointment. (206-232-3404)

 

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

 

Plan Ahead Screening and discussion of the movie, 1:30-4 p.m. Dec. 18, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. (206-236-3545)

 

Community Hanukkah Celebration

 

Plan Ahead Live entertainment, traditional latke luncheon, candle lighting ceremony, games and activities, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 18, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. (206-232-7115, ext. 269 or www.sjcc.org)

 

Open Book Club

 

Plan Ahead “Babbit” by Sinclair Lewis, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. (206-232-6920 or www.mercerislandbooks.com)

 

North Bend

 

“A Christmas Carol”

 

Ongoing Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 17, Unity Theater, 119 1/2 North Bend Way. Tickets: $10-$15. (425-831-5667 or www.unitytheater.org)

 

Duct Tape Gifts

 

Fri Teen workshop on how to make a duct tape wallet and other inexpensive gift ideas, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 9, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

 

“The Mousecracker”

 

Sun Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

 

Redmond

 

Holiday Light Train

 

Ongoing Train ride to view light displays, through Dec. 24, hours vary, leaving from Kids Row, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Cost: $2. (425-867-0808 or www.redmondtowncenter.com/calendar)

 

Santa Visits and Photos

 

Ongoing Through Dec. 24, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $19-$42 for photos. (425-867-0808 or www.redmondtowncenter.com)

 

Sounds of the Season

 

Ongoing Daily musical entertainment for the season by local and regional performers, hours vary, through Dec. 24, Center Street Plaza, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-867-0808 or

 

www.redmondtowncenter.com)

 

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

 

Thurs-Sun Dessert theater performances, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11, RedWood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road Tickets: $8. (425-885-5910 or www.redwoodfamily.org)

 

Morning Book Group

 

Thur “The Transit of Venus” by Shirley Hazzard, 10 a.m. Dec. 8, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861)

 

“Holly Days”

 

Starts Fri Stories for the season; part of the NightStoriesseries for adults, 8:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 9-17, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $8. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

 

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”

 

Ongoing Sprout’s Children’s Theatre’s musical adaptation, 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 18 with a “Small Sibling” show for children under age 3, 1 p.m. Dec. 11 only, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $8.50. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

 

Old Fire House Concerts

 

Fri All-ages venue with local performers, 8 p.m., Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Dec. 9: Minus the Bear, Mercir, Heather Duby, Elphaba. Dec. 16: The Divorce, The Conversation Heart, The Lonely H. (425-556-2389 or www.theoldfirehouse.org)

 

“Stanislaw”

 

Sat Author Graham Fitch discusses his novel set in both Pike Place Market and behind the Iron Curtain, noon Dec. 10, Borders Books, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-869-1907)

 

Holiday Lunch

 

Plan Ahead Luncheon with holiday favorites performed by the Ladies Piano Orchestra, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $3.50-$6.50. (reservations: 425-556-2314)

 

Sophisticated Swing Big Band

 

Plan Ahead Dancing to the music of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Cost. $3. (425-556-2314)

 

Coles Whalen

 

Plan Ahead Folk rock café performance by singer/guitarist Coles Whalen, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Borders Books, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-869-1907)

 

Community Carol Sing-Along

 

Plan Ahead Sing popular sacred and secular Christmas carols; refreshments, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Redmond United Methodist Church, 16540 N.E. 80th St. (425-883-7553 or www.redmondumc.com)

 

Eastside Symphony Concert

 

Plan Ahead Classical and traditional holiday music, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (425-462-5231 or www.eastsidesymphony.org)

 

Gray Gourmet

 

Plan Ahead Cooking demonstration and sampling of heart-healthy recipes, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 19, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (425-556-2314)

 

“Christmas Bursts into Beauty”

 

Plan Ahead Christmas story pageant with inspirational music, dancers and live animals, 7 p.m. Dec. 20-22; 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 23-24; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Washington Cathedral, 12300 Red-Wood Road N.E. Free, tickets required. (425-869-5433 or www.wacathedral.org)

 

Renton

 

Clam Lights

 

Ongoing Illumination of the season’s colorful light displays, 6-8 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N (425-430-6600 or www.ci.renton.wa.us)

 

“Fools”

 

Ongoing Neil Simon’s comedy about a teacher trying to break a village’s 200-year curse of chronic stupidity, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18, Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third St. Tickets: $15-$20 (425-226-5529 or www.rentoncivictheater.org)

 

Holiday Music Festival Concert

 

Thur Renton City Concert Band performs, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. Tickets: $5-$7. (425-430-6700)

 

“A Christmas Carol”

 

Fri-Sat Renton Christian School presents a musical comedy adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic story, 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Carco Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Highway. Tickets: $8-$10. (425-226-0820)

 

Master Gardeners at the Library

 

Ongoing King County master gardeners will be available for questions 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

 

Canine Candy Cane Fun Run & Walk

 

Sun 5K course along the paved Cedar River Trail for participants with or without a dog, followed by an awards ceremony, refreshments and pictures with Santa; 8 a.m. registration, 9:45 a.m. awards, Dec. 11, starting and ending at the Renton Community Center, 1715 S.E. Maple Valley Highway. Cost: $15-$20. Donations of pet food for the Renton Food Bank and contributions to the Budkis Charbonneau Fund for emergency veterinary bill assistance for low-income seniors will be collected. (425-430-6700 or www.ci.renton.wa.us/ftp/ccfunrun.pdf)

 

Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Sun Unabridged classical compositions for the holiday season, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Carco Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Highway. Tickets: $5-$7. (425-430-6718)

 

“The Mousecracker”

 

Plan Ahead Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

 

Books at Lunch Bunch

 

Plan Ahead “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury; bring a sack lunch, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

 

“The Nutcracker”

 

Plan Ahead Eastside Dance Theater performs, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St.. Tickets: $14. (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

 

Lively Minds Book Group

 

Plan Ahead “Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century” by Lauren Slater, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

 

Sammamish

 

Holiday Pops

 

Sat-Sun Sammamish Symphony performs classical favorites for the season as well as “Chanukah Glow,” a new arrangement by the Symphony’s Principal Violist, Scott Selfor, 8 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $7-$30. (206-517-7777 or www.sammamishsymphony.org)

 

Sing We Now of Christmas

 

Plan Ahead Issaquah Chorale offers traditional popular carols and holiday music from around the world, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $7-$30. (425-392-8446 or www.issaquahchorale.org)

 

Sammamish Book Discussion Group

 

Plan Ahead Share the book of your choice, 7 p.m. Dec. 21, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Jan. 18: “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith” by Jon Krakauer. (425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/samm/programs.cfm)

 

Snoqualmie

 

B’Tween the Pages Book Group

 

Wed “Stormbreaker” by Anthony Horowitz; for ages 10-14, 4 p.m. Dec. 7, Snoqualmie Library, 38530 S.E. River St. (425-888-1223 or www.kcls.org/snoq/programs.cfm)

 

Kimball Creek Tree Planting

 

Sat Volunteers help plant trees to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Kimball Creek near Snoqualmie Parkway and Railroad Avenue Southeast (SR202) (directions provided upon registration: 206-812-0122 or www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/volunteer.htm)

 

Harley & Friends

 

Sun Harley Brumbaugh’s Horns-A-Plenty and barbershop quartet Friendly Advice perform big band and a cappella holiday favorites with carol sing-along between acts and dancing after the concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Mount Si High School Theater, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E. Tickets: $5-$15. (425-888-1514 or www.snoqualmievalleyartslive.org)

 

Teen Advisory Board

 

Plan Ahead An opportunity for youth ages 12-18 to help plan teen activities at the library, earn community service hours and gain leadership experience, 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Snoqualmie Library, 38530 S.E. River St. (425-888-1223 or www.kcls.org/snoq/programs.cfm)

 

Woodinville

 

Festival of Poinsettias

 

Ongoing Fifty varieties of poinsettias in many colors, Garden Cafe, trees, wreaths, decorations, holiday photo backdrops, plant seminars, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24. Visits with Santa; bring camera for photos, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 11, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St. (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com)

 

Woodinville Light Festival

 

Ongoing Holiday light displays illuminated 6-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, in downtown Woodinville, 133rd Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 175th and 171st Streets. (425-984-2346 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us)

 

Daddy-Daughter Holiday Dance

 

Fri Dancing for dressed-up dads, granddads and daughters, contests and prizes, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Woodinville Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $10 per couple. Tickets: $2 each additional daughter. (425-398-9327 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us )

 

Radio Club Organizing Meeting

 

Fri First meeting of those interested in operating short-wave radios, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 9, Woodinville Senior Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. (425-488-4289)

 

“Messiah”

 

Sat Northwest Chorale performs Handel’s oratorio for the season; a free-will offering to benefit Northwest Harvest will be collected, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, 17110 140th Ave. N.E. (206-522-9853 or www.nwchorale.org)

 

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

 

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