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Thur Provides support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E. Information: 206-325-7724


Wells Fargo Ice Arena


Ongoing In the Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. Cost: $6 admission; $2 skate rental (both cash only). Hours: 3-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, Dec. 18-30 (except Dec. 24-25). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24; Closed Dec. 25; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 31; noon-7 p.m. Jan. 1; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 2. Information: 425-453-1223 or www.magicseason.com/schedule.htm


“The Mousecracker”


Fri Snapdragon Puppets’ version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic; for children ages 3 and up, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. Information: 425-747-3350


“The Nutcracker”


Fri The International Ballet Theatre performs, 7 p.m. Friday-Thursday, Dec. 17-23 (except Monday, Dec. 20); 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18-19, Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15-$21 Reservations: 425-822-7654 or 206-325-6500


Design in Light


Ongoing Features six light sculptures designed by local architects including a Gingerbread Lane and an origami-style crane constructed of lights, opens nightly at dusk through Jan. 2, along the Northeast Sixth Street pedestrian corridor in downtown Bellevue. Information: 425-453-3111


Late Night Music at Crossroads Bellevue


Fri-Sat Holiday music by Interlake High School jazz band, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Crossroads Bellevue MarketStage, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Saturday, Dec. 18: Holiday show by Reilly and Maloney. Information: 425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com


Messiah


Sat The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel’s holiday classic, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. Tickets: $10-$30. Reservations: 206-325-6500 or


Library Book Group


Mon “The Best American Short Stories of the Century,” edited by John Updike, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Information: 425-747-2390


Contemporary Russian Impressionism


Ongoing Exhibit of new works by Alexandra Ovchinnikova continues through Jan. 5, Fine Art Vision Gallery, 3833 156th Ave. S.E. Gallery hours: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and by appointment. Information: 425-681-9772 or www.fineartvision.com


Holiday Fair


Ongoing Paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewelry and textiles by 35 Northwest artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Jan. 2, East Shore Gallery, 12700 S.E. 32nd St. Information: 425-747-3780


Live Nativity Scene


Plan Ahead 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 22-24, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15205 S.E. 28th St. Information: 425-643-2330


Garden d’Lights


Ongoing The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society presents its annual winter flower garden of light sculptures, 5-9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. Information: 425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org


Images of Old Japan


Ongoing Exhibit of photographic images of the Meiji era continues through Jan, 6, Ming’s Asian Gallery, 10217 Main St. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-462-4008


Birding the Hotspots


Plan Ahead A field trip to this month’s best birding location in King County, sponsored by East Lake Washington Audubon Society, meets at 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 27, at the north end of the Newport Hills Park & Ride, Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast and 112th Place Southeast. Cost: $2. Information: 425-746-6351 or www.elwas.org/events/


Bothell



Food Drive


Ongoing Canned food donations will be collected through Dec. 19, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 425-483-2250


“The Christmas Express”


Fri-Sun Christmas Repertory Theater presents a story about a small town finding the meaning of Christmas, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, Cedar Park Church, 16300 112th Ave. N.E. Childcare available. Information: 425-488-3600


Christmas Dinner


Plan Ahead Traditional turkey and trimmings dinner, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $6. Reservations by Dec. 17: 425-487-2441


Designer Disaster Craft Show


Sat Pottery, painted glass, clothing, holiday decorations and soaps, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Local 302 Union Hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-823-8616


Pancake Breakfast


Sat Benefits the senior center’s Health and Wellness Equipment Fund, 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$5. Reservations: 425-487-2441


Duvall



“Medicinal Flowers”


Ongoing Exhibit of photographs by biologist and photographer Lois Bowers Reinert and Duvall resident Sunny Ruthchild continues through Jan. 1, Gardens and SunSpaces Gallery, 15611 Main St. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-788-9844


Issaquah



“Robin Hood: The Legend Continues”


Ongoing Village Theatre presents a musical about Robin Hood and his Merry Men twenty years later continues through Dec. 23 with shows 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. First Stage, 120 Front St. N. Tickets: $16-$20. Reservations: 425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org/villageoriginals_robin_hood.html


Rapture


Ongoing Display of paintings, collages and sculptures by Issaquah artist Dixie Parker-Fairbanks continues through March 30, University House at Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Information: 425-557-4200


Seasoned Greetings


Wed Performer Charlie Williams “The Noiseguy” presents Christmas stories from the perspective of pets, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Information: 425-392-5430


Kids Night Out


Fri Movies, activities and snacks for children ages 3-10, 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Sammamish Family YMCA at Trinity Lutheran College, 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Cost: $2-$4 per hour. Reservations by Dec. 15: 425-391-4840


The Secret Garden


Ongoing Village Theatre presents a musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel through Jan. 2, with shows at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays (except Jan. 2); no holiday performances, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Ticket: $32-$45. Reservations: 425-392-2202


Kenmore



Holiday Punch


Wed Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater presents a children’s show, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm


Kirkland



Simple Idea, Complex Structure


Ends Sun Exhibit of watercolor paintings by Joseph Alleman and Sueellen Ross through Dec. 19, Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-889-8212


Holiday Treats


Wed Stories and sweets for children, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Information: 425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm


Mother-Daughter Book Club


Wed “Rules of the Road,” by Joan Bauer, for daughters ages 12-15, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Information: 425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm


Teen Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club


Wed “Mister Monday: The Keys to the Kingdom Book 1,” by Garth Nixon, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Information: 425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm


“The Tribe Has Spoken: Life Lessons From Reality TV”


Thur Author David Volk discusses his book, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. Information: 425-828-6546


Holiday Arts Sale


Ends Tues Features ceramics, jewelry, paintingsand other art work 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. Info: 425-822-7161


Parklane Gallery


Ongoing Display of new paintings by Cynthia Marker and Richard Jahn through Jan. 2, 130 Park Lane. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. Information: 425-827-1462


Terrific Terrains


Ongoing Exhibit of paintings, drawings, photography and clay works by local artists continues through Jan. 31, Kirkland City Hall, 123 First Ave. Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information: 425-829-2885


‘Twas the Night


Ends Sun Studio East presents a musical comedy based on the traditional Christmas poem, 7 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m., 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19, Studio East, 402 Sixth St. S. Tickets: $11. Reservations: 425-827-3123


Teen Concert


Fri Live music by Tongue Tide, Endeavor, Russell Square and Hyper Static Union, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave. Cost: $3. Information: 253-334-2949


“The Mousecracker”


Sat Snapdragon Puppets’ version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic; for children ages 3-11, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Information: 425-822-2459 or


12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run


Sun 12K run or 2-mile walk, followed by music, food and holiday costume contest; benefits Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start, Sunday, Dec. 19, Marina Park, Lake Avenue West and Market Street. Cost: $25-$30. Information: 206 729-9972 or


Juanita Bay Park Bird Walk


Tues Tour of an urban wildlife habitat which includes wet-meadow, marsh and open-water ecosystems, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, meet in the parking lot, 2201 Market St. Information: 425-576-8805


NAMI Eastside Forum


Tues Information on navigating the mental health system in King County, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, 12303 N.E. 130th Lane. Hosted by National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Eastside. Information: 425-885-6264


Holiday Show


Ongoing Display of paintings, ceramics, fiber works and sculptures by 14 artists continues through Jan. 9 with an artists’ reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Berozkina Gallery, 9 Lake St. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-803-5032


French Conversation Club


Plan Ahead All ages welcome, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Information: 425-822-2459


Mercer Island



“He Comes to Us”


Fri Sacred Music Chorale performs Christmas music, 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 17, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 8605 84th Ave. S. Cost: $8-$10. Information: 425-379-2553


Redmond



Big Red Bucket


Ends Fri Redmond Town Center and the Redmond Fire Department will collect new toys and non-perishable foods to benefit Hopelink through Dec. 17, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Mall hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-867-0808


Santa Photos


Ongoing Santa will visit with children and pose for photos through Dec. 24, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Mall hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $15-$40. Information: 425-867-0808


“The Pied Piper of Hamelin”


Ends Sun SecondStory Repertory presents a holiday musical about a village overrun by rats continues through Dec. 19, with shows 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $18-$22. Reservations: 425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org


All Ages Concerts


Fri Live music by Blue Sky Mile and Slender Mean, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Old Fire House Teen Center, 15410 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $5. Information: 425-556-2341


Santa Pet Photos


Fri 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Petco at Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Cost: $15-$35. Information: 425-867-0808


Sounds of the Season


Ongoing Live holiday music by Nadine Shanti, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Saturday, Dec. 18: Deems Tsutakawa. Information: 425-867-0808


Community Sing-Along


Sun Sacred and secular popular Christmas carols; refreshments, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Redmond United Methodist Church, 16540 N.E. 80th St. Information: 425-883-7533


“A Step Towards Hope”


Plan Ahead Hillside Lights presents the story of a man’s discovery of the meaning of Christmas, 5:15 p.m. doors open; 6 p.m. show, Friday, Dec. 24, Hillside Chapel at Redmond Elementary School, 16800 N.E. 80th St. Reservations: 425-836-8810. Information: 425-836-5589


Blue Earth Alliance Exhibit


Ongoing Display of photographs by 11 artists featuring endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns continues through Feb. 5 with a reception and slide show 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Information: 206-725-4913


Opera Preview: “Manon Lescaut”


Plan Ahead Discussion about Giacomo Puccini’s tragedy about a country girl with a taste for a life of luxury, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. Information: 425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org/red/redprog.cfm


Redmond Toddler Group Open House


Plan Ahead Preschool program information and children’s activities 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 3950 150th Ave. N.E. Building R. Information: 425-896-5605 or www.redmondtoddler.org


Renton



Books at Lunch Bunch


Wed “Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea,” by Diane Glancy, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. Bring a sack lunch. Information: 425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm


“The Mousecracker”


Thur Snapdragon Puppets’ version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic; for children ages 3 and older, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Fairwood Library, 17009 140h Ave. S.E. Information: 425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm


A Season of Singing


Thur Entertainer Nancy Stewart performs a winter concert celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, Fairwood Library, 17009 140h Ave. S.E. Information: 425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm


Evening Book Group


Tues “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. Information: 425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm


Sammamish



Book Discussion Group


Wed “Unless,” by Carol Shields, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-836-8793


Evergreen Philharmonic


Wed Winter concert by students in grades 9 though 12 in the Issaquah School District, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E. Tickets: $3-$5 at the door. Information: 425-641-5898


Young Adult Creative Writers’ Group


Wed Short exercises and feedback from other writers for youth ages 12-18, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/samm/programs.cfm


A Holiday Festival


Sat-Sun Sammamish Symphony performs Christmas and Hanukkah music, 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18-19, Eastlake High School Performing Arts Theater, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $7-$30. Reservations: 206-517-777 or www.ticketweb.com


Woodinville



Holiday Food Drive


Thur-Sat Benefits Northwest Harvest 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16-18. Top Foods, 17641 Garden Way N.E. Information: 800-258-6883, ext. 6144


Holiday Pet Food Drive


Sat Dry and canned food for dogs and cats will be accepted; benefits Howling Ridge Animal Rescue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Albertsons, 14019 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Road. Information: 425-802-3944

Compiled by Angie Ma

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