Bellevue Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner Wed Holiday arts and crafts followed by a free Thanksgiving dinner for those in need, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Highland Community Center...

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Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner

Wed Holiday arts and crafts followed by a free Thanksgiving dinner for those in need, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Highland Community Center, 14224 N.E. Bel-Red Road. (425-452-4874)

Teen Advisory Board

Wed Volunteers ages 12-18 are needed to help plan teen-related events; community service hours available, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or

“Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun”

Fri Author Faith Adiele reads from her memoir about her transformation from Ivy League over-achiever to Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 25, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (425-519-0770 or


Ends Sun The Wicked Witch of the West’s nephew Irving tries to avenge his aunt’s death, through Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 N.E. Northup Way. Tickets: $8. (425-452-7155)

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Starts Fri Covered open-air skating rink with a view of the park’s lighted waterfall, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. Cost: $6; $8 with skate rental. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today; 3-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 1-9 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-Jan. 2 (except Dec. 24-25, 31 and Jan. 1). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24. Closed Dec. 25. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 31; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 1. (425-451-2455 or

Late Night Music at Crossroads

Ongoing Live music, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Nov. 25: Frosty the Guitar Man, Michael Powers. Nov. 26: Pearl Django’s New Metropolitan swing & Gypsy jazz. Dec. 2: Melodic pop by The Side Project. Dec. 3: First Saturday Big Band Dance featuring Moonlight Swing USO Holiday Show. (425-644-1111 or

Santa’s Magical Arrival

Fri Magic show complete with Abra-ka-Santa finale that conjures up Santa’s arrival, followed by a parade to Santa’s North Pole village, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 25, Factoria Mall, 4055 Factoria Mall Blvd. S.E. (425-747-7344 or

Santa’s Snowman Village

Starts Fri Visits and photos with Santa in his holiday village with Santa’s grand entrance after the Snowflake Lane tree lighting and visits until 11 p.m. Nov. 25, continuing through Dec. 24 during regular mall hours, Bellevue Square, Northeast Eighth Street and Bellevue Way Northeast. (425-454-8096 or

Snowflake Lane

Starts Fri Live toy soldiers performing precision synchronized drumming, music and light show, 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23 and 4 p.m. Dec. 24, with Santa’s arrival Nov. 25, outside Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square, Bellevue Way Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street. (425-454-8096 or

Design in Light

Starts Sat Features five light sculptures designed by regional architects and engineers, including a Gingerbread Lane and an enormous origami-style crane, opens nightly at dusk through Nov. 26-Jan. 1 with opening tree lighting and caroling celebration, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 26, with displays illuminated at 5:30 p.m., along the Northeast Sixth Street pedestrian corridor in downtown Bellevue. (425-451-2455 or

Garden d’Lights

Starts Sat The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society presents its annual flower garden of light sculpture, 5-9:30 p.m. daily, Nov. 26-Jan. 1, with live entertainment at 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 15, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. (425-451-3755 or )

Holiday Magic

Sat-Sun Ballet Bellevue’s celebration of winter around the world; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26-27, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $10-$17. (206-325-6500 or

Birding the Hotspots

Mon A field trip to this month’s best birding location in King County, hosted by East Lake Washington Audubon Society, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 28. Meet before 9 a.m. at the north end of the Newport Hills Park & Ride, Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast and 113th Place Southeast. Cost: $2. (425-746-6351 or

Brass Band Northwest

Tues Family holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. Tickets: $5-$10 suggested donation. (

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

Strategic Gaming Club

Plan ahead Play and discuss role-playing games with others; for ages 12-19, 3-6:45 p.m. Dec. 1 and 15, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or

Fun, Easy Fridays

Plan ahead Free community dinner followed by a parent workshop on putting family first during the holiday season, starting new traditions and making gifts; supervised swimming and activities for children 12 and under, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Bellevue YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road. (register: 425-746-9900)


Plan ahead Bellevue Philharmonic and Bellevue Chamber Chorus perform Handel’s masterwork for the holidays; 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $10-$30. (206-325-6500 or

Fun with Beads for Kids!

Plan ahead Children ages 9-13 learn to make beaded bracelets, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 3, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Cost: $3. (register: 425-519-0770 or

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Plan ahead 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

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Plan ahead Live music, 6:30-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Dec. 8: Reggie Garrett. (425-644-1111 or



Plan ahead Children’s hay rides at 5:30 p.m., tree lighting, Santa’s arrival and holiday caroling, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 N.E. 180th St. Bring a camera for photos with Santa. (425-486-7430 or

Pancake Breakfast

Plan ahead 8-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 17, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$5. (425-487-2441)

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival

Plan ahead Live holiday music, light display, pony and train rides and roasted chestnuts; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with pony rides noon-4 p.m., chestnuts at 5 p.m. and Santa’s arrival at 7 p.m. Saturday; music and rides noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway. (425-483-2250 or


Holiday Bazaar

Plan Ahead Crafts by local artists, bake sale and live music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. (425-333-4152)

Swil Kanim

Plan ahead Storytelling interwoven with violin, poetry and audience participation, 8-10 p.m. Dec. 3, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. (425-333-5007 or


Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Mon Jack McCarthy reads from his work followed by open mike readings, 6 p.m. sign-up; 7 p.m. reading, Nov. 28, P&G Speakeasy Café, 15614 Main St. (425-844-2766 or



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 Nov. 24 and Dec. 24-25, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $24-$48. (425-392-2202 or

Strategy Games Club

Fri For students in grades 6-12; refreshments, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or

Reindeer Festival

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

District-wide Middle School Dance

Plan ahead Music and dancing for youths grades 6-8; refreshments available, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 2, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Dress code enforced; unescorted youths not permitted to leave before 10 p.m. Cost: $5; photo ID required. (425-837-3317)

Holiday Open House

Plan ahead Issaquah Historical Society hosts visits and photos with Santa, a craft fair, refreshments, and children’s historical art activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with Santa noon-2 p.m., Dec. 3, Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. (register for art activities: 425-392-3500)

Lake Sammamish State Park Tree Planting

Plan ahead Volunteers help plant trees to provide shade for salmon runs and improve wildlife habitat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St. (directions provided upon registration: 206-812-0122 or

Issaquah Creek Tree Planting

Plan ahead 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


Evening Book Discussion Group

Mon “Snow Falling on Cedars,” by David Guterson, 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Jan. 23: “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel. (425-486-8747 or


Stand-up Comedy Competition

Fri Thirty semifinalists compete for the chance to be one of five finalists; not recommended for youths under age 13, 8 p.m. Nov. 25, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$20. (425-893-9900 or

Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible

Sat Mad maestro Tomá{scaron} Kubínek performs his one-man circus act, 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26-27, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$18. (425-893-9900 or

Christmas Tree Sale

Starts Sat 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, Nov. 26-Dec. 18, St. John Vianney Church, 12600 84th Ave. N.E. (425-823-6840)

David Lanz Concert

Sat Seattle New Age musician plays smooth jazz, R&B and “cosmic pop,” 8 p.m. Nov. 26, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$24. (425-893-9900 or

Night of Lights

Sat Visits with Santa 4-6:30 p.m. at Reality Coffee, 116 Lake Street, then Santa leads a procession of carolers down Park Lane for a 7 p.m. tree lighting; music, cocoa, visits with the reindeer and activities until 8 p.m., Nov. 26, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza. (425-893-8766)

French Conversation Club

Mon All ages and language skill levels welcome, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 28, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or

Movies for Your Mind

Mon Be part of the studio audience as Imagination Theatre records two radio-drama episodes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $7.50-$8.50. (425-893-9900 or

“Counting Heads”

Tues Author David Marusek discusses and signs his debut sci-fi novel, 7 p.m. Nov. 29, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Christmas Ship Festival and Magical Night of Shopping

Plan ahead Parade of lighted ships, tree lighting, caroling, Santa visit and bonfire, 6-7 p.m. with outdoor music and downtown shops open until 9 p.m., Dec. 1, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza. (425-893-8766)

Parkplace Books Holiday Celebration

Plan ahead An evening of music, desserts and wassail features book signings by authors Greg Atkinson (“Entertaining in the Northwest Style”) and Bob Neir (“A City Comes of Age”); benefits Kirkland Interfaith Transitional Housing (KITH), 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Winter Holiday Skate

Plan ahead Family ice-skating sessions, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9, Kingsgate Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave. N.E. Cost: $3; skates included. (425-823-1242 or

Holiday Arts Sale

Plan ahead 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, Dec. 3-21, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. (425-822-7161 or

Santa Skate

Plan ahead Santa Claus invites the community to ice skate with him, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4, Kingsgate Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave. N.E. Free with donation of canned goods to benefit Hopelink. (425-823-1242)

Kirkland Art Walk

Plan ahead 18 downtown Kirkland galleries in walking distance of each other have extended hours, with artists’ receptions at some galleries, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8. Maps are available at the galleries. (425-889-8212)

Mercer Island

Holiday Art Show

Ongoing Mixed-media works and gift items by island artists includes 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)

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch

Plan ahead Tree lighting and sing-along caroling at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Mercerdale Park, Southeast 32nd Street and 77th Avenue Southeast, followed by the Mercer Island Fire Department chili feed, visits with Santa, live entertainment and information on King County Solid Waste Division’s “Waste Free Holidays” program, 7:30-9 p.m. at the North Fire Station, 3030 S.E. 78th St. Donations of new toys will be collected for Toys for Tots. (206-236-3545 or )

North Bend

Holiday Bazaar

Plan ahead Unique and handcrafted items by 30 local and regional artists, entertainment, door prizes and refreshments, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. (425-831-1900 or

First Tuesdays Book Group

Plan ahead “The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945,” by Michael Beschloss, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or


“Man of LaMancha”

Ends Sat Classic musical tale of Don Quixote, through Nov. 26, 8:15 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $20-$26. (425-881-6777 or

Holiday Light Train

Starts Fri Train ride to view light displays, starts 2-9 p.m. Nov. 25, continuing through Dec. 24, leaving from Kids Row, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Cost: $2. (call for times: 425-867-0808 or

Santa’s Arrival and Photos

Starts Fri Santa arrives with a parade, dancing elves and lighted train, 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 25. Santa visits/photos continue 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. (425-867-0808 or

DART Transportation Program

Mon Overview of Metro’s Dial-a-Ride-Transit (DART) service, which has a fixed schedule but a flexible route, 10-11 a.m. Nov. 28, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (register: 425-556-2314)

Evening Book Discussion

Plan ahead “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861 or

Old Fire House Concerts

Plan ahead All-ages venue, with local performers, 8 p.m., Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Dec. 2: Sicily Crypt, Full Throttle, Cal Red and The Anne Rogers Quartet. Dec. 16: Akimbo and School Yard Heroes. Dec. 17: Waxwing and Slender Means. (425-556-2389 or

RedmondLights Celebration

Plan ahead Music, refreshments starting at 4 p.m., tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at 4:40 p.m. at City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., followed by the Holiday RiverWalk along the Sammamish River to Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., where there will be live entertainment, refreshments and craft activities from around the world, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4. A free shuttle will run between City Hall and Redmond Town Center 3:30-8:30 p.m. (425-556-2299 or

Mood Food: Why Women Eat Chocolate

Plan ahead Discover why women crave chocolate and why some chocolates are better for you than others; an Evergreen Hospital workshop, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Dec. 5, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (register: 425-556-2314)

Candlelight Dinner Dance

Plan ahead Appetizer hour, holiday dinner and dance with music by the Sophisticated Swing Big Band, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $19. (reservations by Dec. 1: 425-556-2314)

Morning Book Group

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


“The Cemetery Club”

Ongoing Valley Community Players’ comedy about three widows whose friendship is tested when one meets a widower on a visit to their husbands’ graves, through Dec. 4. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Carco Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Tickets: $12-$14. (425-226-5190 or

Csárdás: The Tango of the East

Fri The Budapest Ensemble performs exuberant Central European dancing from the Gypsy tradition, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. Tickets: $20-$30. (206-325-6500 or

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

Clam Lights

Plan ahead Carolers, bonfire, sing-along and illumination of the season’s colorful light displays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. with lighting at 7:30, Dec. 2; continues 6-8 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N (425-430-6600 or

Festival of Lights

Plan ahead Outdoor celebration features music, entertainment, public art dedication, tree lighting and Santa’s arrival by fire truck, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 3, Piazza Park, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South. (425-430-6600 or


Kimball Creek Tree Planting

Plan ahead 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


Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Plan ahead PoetsWest featured readers David Horowitz, Jack McCarthy, R.D. Shadowbyrd and Griffith Williams, followed by open mike readings, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 18025 Garden Way N.E. (206-682-1268 or

Woodinville Light Festival

Plan ahead Tree lighting, Santa’s arrival, live music, children’s entertainment, teen art show and lighted Elf Express train, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 2, with light displays continuing 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23, downtown Woodinville, 133rd Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 175th and 171st Streets. (425-984-2346 or

“‘Tis the Season” Swing Dance

Plan ahead Live music by Tim Casey and The Bluescats, 7-9 p.m. with a 6 p.m. dance lesson, Dec. 3, Woodinville Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $5. (reservations: 425-398-9327 or )

Kingsgate/Woodinville Libraries Book Discussion Group

Plan ahead “Blindness,” by Jose Saramago, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. N.E. Jan. 28: “The Master,” by Colm Toibin at Kingsgate. (425-788-0733 or

Daddy-Daughter Holiday Dance

Plan ahead 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; $2 each additional daughter. (425-398-9327 or )

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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