Bellevue Design in Light. Features five light sculptures, including a Gingerbread Lane and origami-style crane, open nightly at...

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Bellevue

Design in Light

Ends Sun 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)

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Ends Sun The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society annual flower garden of light sculpture, 5-9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org)

Magic Season Ice Arena

Ends Sun Covered open-air skating rink with a view of the park’s lighted waterfall, open daily through Jan. 1, hours vary, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. Cost: $6-$8. (425-451-2455 or www.magicseason.com/events/info.htm)

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Thur 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 29, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.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. 30: Joe Jencks and Wes Weddell perform. No show New Year’s Eve. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

Shaarei Tikvah

Sun Community Chanukah celebration for persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness, their families and friends, 4-6 p.m. Jan. 1, Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 N.E. Fourth St. (425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students; 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Open Mike Night

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

Strategic Gaming Club

Plan Ahead Play and discuss role-playing games with other teens; for ages 12-19, 3-6:45 p.m. Jan. 5 and 19, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

Snow Ball Dance

Plan Ahead Features Big Band music by local band Sound of Swing, 2-4 p.m. Jan. 10, North Bellevue Community and Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E. Cost: $3. (425-452-7681)

Bothell

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Pancake Breakfast

Plan Ahead 8-11:30 a.m. Jan. 7 and 28, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$5. (425-487-2441)

Tales and Tea: Redemption

Plan Ahead A short story by Sherman Alexie read aloud over a cup of tea, 2 p.m. Jan. 11, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm)

Carnation

Yuletide Feasts

Ongoing Three-course 14th-century winter banquet and entertainment; medieval attire encouraged, 6 p.m. 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)

Swil Kanim

Plan Ahead Storytelling interwoven with violin, poetry and audience participation, 8-10 p.m. Jan. 6, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. (425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com)

Issaquah

“Cats”

Ends Sat Village Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway musical, through Dec. 31, 8 p.m. today-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $24-$48. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

Wintertime in Issaquah

Ongoing 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)

Strategy Games Club

Fri For students in grades 6-12; refreshments, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

Opera Preview: “Die Fledermaus”

Mon Norm Hollingshead gives a lecture on Johann Strauss, Jr.’s comic operetta, includes musical excerpts, 7 p.m. Jan. 2, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

Artists’ Reception

Plan Ahead Opening of the gallery show “Familiar Patterns,” featuring mixed-media works by Pam Cooper and Arleigh Wood and typewriter sculpture by Jeremy Mayer, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5, Rhino Studios and Gallery, 58 Front St. N. (425-392-5040 or www.rhinostudios.net)

Kenmore

Daytime Book Discussion Group

Mon “Blue Flower,” by Penelope Fitzgerald, 1 p.m. Jan. 2, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Feb. 6: “A Thousand Acres,” by Jane Smiley. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students; 4-6 p.m. Mondays, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Kirkland

New Year’s Eve Party: Best of Comedy Underground

Sat Features Peggy Platt and other stand-up performers from Seattle’s longest-running comedy club, followed by dancing, party favors, cash bar and Space Needle Countdown on the big screen, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$20. (425-893-9900)

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Tues “Ida B…. and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World,” by Katherine Hannigan; for daughters ages 10-12, 7 p.m. Jan. 3, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

Opera Preview: “Die Fledermaus”

Tues Norm Hollingshead gives a lecture on Johann Strauss, Jr.’s comic operetta, includes musical excerpts, 7 p.m. Jan. 3, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students; 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. Sundays, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Live by George!

Plan Ahead George Shangrow’s live classical music radio show featuring the Bacchus Piano Trio, 8 p.m. Jan. 7, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $11-$24. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Book Discussion Group

Plan Ahead “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones, 7 p.m. Jan. 9, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

Kirkland Art Walk

Plan Ahead 18 downtown Kirkland galleries within walking distance of each other have extended hours, with artists’ receptions at some galleries, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 12. Maps available at the galleries. (425-889-8212)

Medina

New Year’s Eve Gala

Sat Live music from jazz to opera, followed by dessert and champagne, 7 p.m. Dec. 31, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $10 suggested donation. (425-454-9541 or www.stthomasmedina.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., suite 109. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and by appointment. (206-232-3404)

North Bend

Movies @ the North Bend Library

Thur “Castle in the Sky,” 2 p.m. Dec. 29, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

First Tuesdays Book Group

Tues “A Thousand Days in Venice,” by Marlena De Blasi, 7 p.m. Jan. 3, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

B’Tween the Pages Book Group

Wed “Flipped,” by Wendelin Van Draanen; for ages 10-14, 4 p.m. Jan. 4, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Feb. 1: “Treasure Island,” by Robert Louis Stevenson, at Snoqualmie Library. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 3-5 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

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. Jan. 11, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-1223 or www.kcls.org/snoq/programs.cfm)

Redmond

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. 30: The Fall of Troy, Akimbo and Schoolyard Heroes. (425-556-2389 or www.theoldfirehouse.org)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 6-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Evening Book Discussion

Plan Ahead “Middlesex,” by Jeffrey Eugenides, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. Feb. 2: “The Namesake,” by Jhumpa Lahiri.(425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org/red/redprog.cfm)

Brothers from Different Mothers

Plan Ahead Half-brothers and master jugglers Matt Baker and Alex Zerbe perform their show of juggling and silly stunts; 7 p.m. Jan. 6-7, 2 p.m. Jan. 7-8, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $10. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

Los Santos Reyes Festival

Plan Ahead Features a children’s play depicting the story of the three kings, live Mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancing and food, 5-7 p.m. Jan. 7, Redmond High School, 17272 N.E. 104th St. Free tickets required. Tickets available at the Old Redmond School House Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. (425-556-2299 or www.redmond.gov)

Morning Book Group

Plan Ahead “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini, 10 a.m. Jan. 12, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. Feb. 9: “The Bookseller of Kabul,” by Åsne Sierstad. (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org/red/redprog.cfm)

Renton

Clam Lights

Ends Sun 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)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 5-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

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)

Books at Lunch Bunch

Plan Ahead “Embers,” by Sandor Marai; bring a sack lunch, tea and coffee provided, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

Sammamish

Teen Book Discussion Group

Tues “The Conch Bearer,” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and pizza; for students in grades 6-9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 3, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. (425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/samm/programs.cfm)

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 4-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. (425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Snoqualmie

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Snoqualmie Library, 38580 S.E. River St. (425-888-1223 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Woodinville

Study Zone

Ongoing Free homework help from volunteer tutors for elementary, middle and high school students, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road N.E. (425-788-0733 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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