Bellevue "The Nutcracker" Ends Thur The International Ballet Theatre performs, 7 p.m. Friday-Thursday through Dec. 23, Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 N. E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15- $15-$21 Reservations:...

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Ends Thur The International Ballet Theatre performs, 7 p.m. Friday-Thursday through Dec. 23, Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15-$21 Reservations: 425-822-7654 or 206-325-6500


Live Nativity Scene


Wed-Fri 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


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: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. through Dec. 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


Design in Light


Ongoing Features six light sculptures 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


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


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


Birding the Hotspots


Mon 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/


Kiwanis Club of Bellevue


Plan Ahead “Tort Reform and/or Tort Deform,” lunch presentation by Seattle University Law Professor Randy Gordon, noon Thursday, Dec. 30, Spazzo Italian Grill, 10655 N.E. Fourth St. Bellevue Information: 425-453-9948


Volunteer Orientation


Plan Ahead Hopelink’s Eastside Literacy Program will hold an orientation for new literacy volunteers to tutor adults in basic literacy, ESL and GED preparation and also for general office volunteers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, Hopelink’s Bellevue Center, 15015 Main Street, Suite 206 . Information: 425-943-6780


Write On!


Plan Ahead Creative writing workshop for teens ages 12-18, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. Information: 425-747-3350


Late Night Music at Crossroads Bellevue


Plan Ahead Hawaiian and Jamaican music by Po’okela Street Band, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, Crossroads Bellevue MarketStage, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Saturday, Jan. 8: First Saturday Big Band Dance with music by Route 66. Information: 425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com


Library Book Discussion Group


Plan Ahead “Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. Information: 425-747-3350


Bothell



Writer’s Workshop


Plan Ahead Author and writing instructor, Frances Dayee, will lead workshops which can be taken as a series or individually, 2-4 p.m. Fridays, Jan.7-28, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm


Hypothermia


Plan Ahead Information on the dangers of cold temperatures by Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, 12:45-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Registration: 425-487-2441


Tales and Tea: Traveling Fools


Plan Ahead Selected short travel memoirs while enjoying a cup of tea, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-7811


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



PJs and Movies


Wed Lounging in pajamas in the Youth Center with movies and popcorn; for youth in grades 6-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 29, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Bring a sack lunch. Cost: $3. Information: 425-837-3300


“Robin Hood: The Legend Continues”


Ends Thur 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


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


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


Yoga and Meditation


Plan Ahead Workshops on yoga movements and breathing to increase flexibility, self-awareness and relaxation, noon-1 p.m. yoga, 1-2 p.m. meditation or 2-3 p.m. prenatal yoga, Sunday, Jan. 2, Yoga Barn, 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C6. Can be taken as a series or individually. Registration: 425-427-0038


Kenmore



Daytime Book Discussion Group


Plan Ahead “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe, 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-8747


Writer’s Workshop


Plan Ahead Encouragement, positive critique and inspiration led by Frances Dayee, 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 6-27, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-8747


Kirkland



Holiday Show


Ongoing Display of paintings, ceramics, fiber works and sculptures by 14 artists continues through Jan. 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


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


French Conversation Club


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


Mother-Daughter Book Club


Plan Ahead “Granny Torelli Makes Soup,” by Sharon Creech; for daughters ages 10-12, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Information: 425-821-7686


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


Animals in Winter


Plan Ahead NatureVision presents a workshop about animal migration and hibernation; for children ages 3-8 with an adult, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Information: 425-821-7686


Book Discussion


Plan Ahead “Year of Wonders,” Geraldine Brooks, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Information: 425-822-2459


Mother-Daughter Book Club


Plan Ahead “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes; for daughters ages 12-15, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Information: 425-821-7686


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, Jan. 12, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Information: 425-822-2459


Medina



New Year’s Eve Gala


Plan Ahead Live entertainment, dessert and champagne, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8938 N.E. 12th St. Cost: $10 at the door; bring a non-perishable food donation. Information: 425-454-9541


Mercer Island



New Year Lunch for Senior


Plan Ahead Kosher lunch and live entertainment, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Reservations by Jan. 3: 206-232-7115


Parent and Tot Shabbat


Plan Ahead Live music, singing, dancing and challah for parents and children up to age 3, 9:45-10:30 a.m. Fridays, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Information: 206-232-7115


Parent’s Night Out


Plan Ahead Swimming, movies and arts and crafts for children ages 4-11, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Cost: $15-$20. Registration: 206-232-7115


Redmond



Santa’s Arrival and Photos


Ends Fri 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


“A Step Towards Hope”


Fri 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, 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”


Tues 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


Tues 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


St. Jude Nativity Display


Plan Ahead Nativity scenes from around the word, music and refreshments, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan.. 6-8, St. Jude Catholic Church, 10526 166th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-883-7685


“The Nightingale”


Plan Ahead Sprouts Children’s Theatre presents the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 7-16, with a “Small Sibling” Show for children ages 3 and under, 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $8.50. Reservations: 425-881-6777


All Ages Concerts


Plan Ahead A Kiss Farewell, Mikaelas Fiend and Kiss Me Deadly, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, Old Fire House Teen Center, 15410 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Information: 425-556-2341


Redmond Historical Society


Plan Ahead Redmond history presentation by Liz Coward, Carolyn Peckenpaugh and Maury and Howard Carlson, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan.8, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. Information: 425-885-2919


Blood Pressure Checks


Plan Ahead By Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Monday, Jan. 10, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Registration: 425-556-2314


Hearing Aid Checks


Plan Ahead A hearing instrument specialist will check and clean hearing aids and provide information on hearing loss, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Registration: 425-556-2314


Probate


Plan Ahead Information workshop, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Registration: 425-556-2314


Renton



Capturing Your Memories


Tues Workshop on how to write stories based on personal memories, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. Registration begins Dec. 28: 425-226-0522

Compiled by Angie Ma

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