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Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Friday, December 9, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Friday, December 9, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Outdoor Group Fitness

Come join a fun morning workout group to get up and start your day off right. All fitness levels are welcomed and will get a great full body workout. Its a safe, fun and effective workout...check it out for free! Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $9 per session. Contact Name: Melissa Korda. Contact Email: info@fitnessbootcampnow.com. Contact Phone: 206-355-5432. Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:30 AM – 6:10 AM. Bellevue High School 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Friday, December 9, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

The Nutcracker (School and Group Matinee)

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Schools. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Friday, December 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

Play & Learn - Chinese

Newborn to age 5 with adult. Stories, songs and rhymes in the Chinese language. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Organizations. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newport Way Library. Friday, December 9, 2016, 10:30 AM. Newport Way Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Friday, December 9, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

The Nutcracker (School and Group Matinee)

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Schools. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

Pet Santa Photos

MEOW and Mud Bay are hosting portraits with Santa!  Bring your pets, your kids, anyone who wants a picture!  All types of pets are welcomed. For $10 you will get a printed picture to take with you.  A digital copy will also be emailed to you at no charge. For questions please email outreach@meowcatrescue.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Charitable. Family. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10 donation. Contact Name: MEOW Cat Rescue. Contact Email: outreach@meowcatrescue.org. Contact Phone: 425-822-6369. Friday, December 9, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Overlake Mud Bay 13407 NE 20th St Bellevue, WA 98005.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Friday, December 9, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball!

Customers of all ages are invited to join us on Friday, December 9th at 7pm for this spectacular magical holiday ball inspired by the Yule Ball in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book/movie. Costumes or holiday attire, music, dancing and special themed crafts will be at the heart of this event to celebrate all things Harry Potter this holiday season at Barnes & Noble! Events include a sorting hat - yes you will pick your house! dancing and music, make your own wand, make Harry Potter themed ornaments, and a Harry Potter look-a-like contest for ages 10 under, 11 to 18 and 19 and older. This will be fun for the whole family! Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Kristina Twiss. Contact Email: crm1915@bn.com. Contact Phone: 425-451-8463. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble 626 106th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004.

Stellaluna

Stellaluna Adapted by Saskia Janse Based on the book by Janell Cannon Music by Guus Ponsioen Directed by Onny Huisink Copyright © 1993 by Janell Cannon from the book Stellaluna. Reproduced with permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017 For ages 3+ Nocturnal adventure awaits in Stellaluna, a luminous adaptation from the internationally-renowned artists at Speeltheater Holland, of the beautiful picture-book classic about a baby fruit bat. When Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat in the forest, she is adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby-bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends. Themes of friendship, self-discovery, honoring differences, and trying new things will entertain all ages, and flip your world upside-down. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $26 - $31. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball with Barnes & Noble!

Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are and join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways! Try your luck at the sorting hat...which house do you want to be in for the night? Loads of fun for all ages. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Audience: Kids. Teens. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Kristina Twiss. Contact Email: crm1915@bn.com. Contact Phone: 425-451-8463. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble 626 106th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $26 - $31. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Tuna Christmas

Friday, December 2 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 3 at 7:30PM Friday, December 9 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM Sunday, December 11 at 2:00PM * Only matinee Friday, December 16 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 17 at 7:30PM The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, presents Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard's hilarious holiday sequel to Greater Tuna: A Tuna Christmas. It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. We meet 22 of Tuna's denizens who join in the holiday fun. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening. A Tuna Christmas was first presented on December 15, 1994 at the Booth Theater in New York City. It was directed by Ed Howard. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: All tickets $18 when purchased in advance, $20 at the door. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The Spire 710 South Anderson Street Tacoma, WA 98405. For more info visit tmp.org.

Meet Me In St. Louis

Join the Smith family, this holiday season, at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic! Category: Theater. Cost: $31/Adult $29/Senior $29/Student $29/Military $22/Child 12 and under $27/Groups of 10 or more. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 2535656867. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge

Taproot Theatre Company presents The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown Playing on the Jewell Mainstage November 18 - December 30 In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale. Playing Wednesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25 - $46. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 2067819707. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

MetroDemic

Your team of 2-4 people has 90 minutes to save as many people as possible from a deadly epidemic armed only with your wits and your cell phones. MetroDemic is a game played on a cell phone while exploring the city with a team of friends. You’ll save thousands of people, get some exercise, and see the city in a whole new way in this offbeat game. The first step is to purchase a game in one of our MetroDemic Cities You’ll receive a unique activation code that will be needed to play the game. Once you get to the designated starting point for that city, head to http://metrodemic.play.com and enter the activation code you received when registering. The game is played on a mobile-friendly website, you do not need to download an app. Nico_ClumsyScientist_Speaking_fullOur expert team of bumbling scientists will introduce you to the map that you’ll use to find outbreaks and save lives. Outbreaks have different potential survivor values so you’ll need to pick the smartest route to win. To save lives (w… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: KurioCity Games. Contact Email: metrodemic@kuriocitygames.com. Contact Phone: (347) 850-7609. Saturday, December 10, 2016. NE 6th Street and 110 Ave NE, Bellevue. For more info visit www.metrodemic.com.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Saturday, December 10, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Saturday, December 10, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Exploration For All: Autism Early Open

Thanks to a generous grant from Safeco Insurance, we are proud to present Exploration for All: Autism Early Open at Pacific Science Center. On the second Saturday of each month, through December 2016, all families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore Pacific Science Center during a special free morning visit from 8-10 a.m. – before we open to the public. Experience our exhibits without heavy crowds when we have softened general lighting and decreased the noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. Category: Benefit. Charitable. Organizations. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Kim Le. Contact Email: kimle@pacsci.org. Contact Phone: 206-443-2001. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Pacific Science Center 200 Second Avenue N Seattle, Washington 98109. For more info visit www.pacificsciencecenter.org.

1st and 8th Graders - Try-Rugby!

Panthers Youth Rugby Club, “Try-Rugby!” Events Announcement 1st to 8th Graders - Discover Rugby! We are a new Youth Rugby Club and non-profit located in Bellevue and Redmond. Join us and practice Rugby 3 times a week nearby Microsoft main Campus until End of May-June! When and Where You Can Expect to Practice: On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Grass Lawn Park, Redmond - Softball field #1 – 7031 148 AVE NE, Redmond, WA 98052 On Saturdays from 10am to 12pm at Highland Middle School –– Lower grass field – 15027 NE Belred Rd, Bellevue, WA 98007 No rugby during Thanksgiving & Winter break. How to register to attend a ‘Try-Rugby!’ session during pre-season – Sept to February: Please go to our registration platform: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/44002 Follow the registration steps. Prospects, please select Pay-Off-Line at the end of the registration for a free ‘Try-Rugby!’ session. Registration, including online signature of waiver is mandatory to att… Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Cost: 0. Contact Name: Sophie Demandolx. Contact Email: info@panthersyouthrugby.com. Contact Phone: 4252086060. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Highland Middle School –– Lower grass field – 15027 NE Belred Rd, Bellevue, WA 98007. For more info visit panthersyouthrugby.com.

A Winter Wander

Come take a walk in Lewis Creek Park and explore the beauty of winter. Rain or shine we will explore the mosses and lichens of the park, the deciduous and evergreen trees, and discuss wildlife preparations for winter. Category: Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Singles. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Alex. Contact Email: lcvc@bellevuewa.gov. Contact Phone: 425-452-4195. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Lewis Creek Park 5808 Lakemont Blvd Bellevue WA 98006.

FREE Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway

Kohl's Helmet Safety Program at Seattle Children's is offering a free winter sport helmet fitting and giveaway for kids ages 4 to 18. Wearers must be present and properly fit to receive a helmet. Supplies are limited. Learn more at MakeSureTheHelmetFits.org. Category: Family. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Teens. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Carly Walsh. Contact Email: carly.walsh@seattlechildrens.org. Contact Phone: 206-987-1569. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Seattle Children's Admin Building- 6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Talk Time Class

Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free, join anytime! Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Bellevue Library. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM. Bellevue Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Winter Art Extravaganza

Get creative with IslandWood during a fun morning of seasonal art projects at Brightwater! We'll use recycled materials from around the house and natural objects from the forest to create beautiful winter decorations, holiday ornaments, table centerpieces, and other festive art. Bring your imagination and join our resident recycled artists as we fight off the cold with winter cheer and warm cider. Fun for people of all ages. Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Families. Cost: Free, but please register ahead of time. Contact Name: Max Honch. Contact Email: maxh@islandwood.org. Contact Phone: 206-263-9524. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Brightwater Education Center 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA, 98072. For more info visit islandwood.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Storytime!

Join us for a Storytime featuring the popular book If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children's books of all time. coloring and activities to follow. Sign up for Kids Club to start receiving free gift cards and a 30% coupon for any children's book (coupon arrives in approx. 1 week). Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Audience: Kids. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Kristina Twiss. Contact Email: crm1915@bn.com. Contact Phone: 425-451-8463. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble 626 106th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004 Storytime will be in the Children's Department.

Free Eco Drain Cleaners and Green Cleaning Recipes from the City of Bellevue!

KCLS is excited to partner with the City of Bellevue to help distribute free eco drain cleaners and green cleaning recipes at Bellevue libraries in November and December. This is provided through a special grant from King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. A City of Bellevue representative will be handing out Zip-Its, handy, chemical-free manual drain cleaning tools Limit one drain cleaner per person, while supplies last. Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newport Way Library. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM. Newport Way Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Love, Life and Friendship: Meet Author Lorna Faxon

Step into the world of what it would be like if our handbags could talk. Discover the parallels in a woman's life, and what goes on in her closet when nobody else is around. Any woman who enjoys her friends, fashion and appreciates the challenges that shape her world will enjoy this read. Yes, the store is about women's handbags, but the message of love , life and friendship is universal. Meet the Author Lorna Faxon. Great gift book for the holidays! Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Kristina Twiss. Contact Email: crm1915@bn.com. Contact Phone: 425-451-8463. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble 626 106th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004.

Stellaluna

Stellaluna Adapted by Saskia Janse Based on the book by Janell Cannon Music by Guus Ponsioen Directed by Onny Huisink Copyright © 1993 by Janell Cannon from the book Stellaluna. Reproduced with permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017 For ages 3+ Nocturnal adventure awaits in Stellaluna, a luminous adaptation from the internationally-renowned artists at Speeltheater Holland, of the beautiful picture-book classic about a baby fruit bat. When Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat in the forest, she is adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby-bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends. Themes of friendship, self-discovery, honoring differences, and trying new things will entertain all ages, and flip your world upside-down. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Teen Block Printing Greeting Card Workshop

Presented by Seattle ReCreative, a reuse center bringing creativity and artistry together with environmental conservation. Ages 10 to 18. This workshop will cover the basics of the most simple and fun method of printmaking: block printing! Students will create a design suitable for block printing, transfer a design onto the carving block, carve with a lino cutter set, and finally ink and print their own designs on greeting cards to bring home with them. No prior experience required. Please register. Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Holiday. Organizations. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newcastle Library. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM. Newcastle Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Schools. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

The Nutcracker with Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra

Step inside the Stalbaum house for the most magical party of the year! Emerald Ballet Theatre is proud to present its tenth annual production of The Nutcracker, featuring brand-new sets, gorgeous costumes, talented professional and youth performers, and the rousing Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $20-38. Contact Name: Viktoria Titova. Contact Email: info@emeraldballet.org. Contact Phone: 425-883-3405. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM. Northshore Performing Arts Center 18125 92nd Ave NE Bothell, WA 98011. For more info visit www.emeraldballet.org.

The Holiday Show

This is the annual HOLIDAY SHOW from Northwest Sound Men's Chorus. We promise two hours of locking chords and beautiful harmonies from Northwest Sound, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 13th highest ranked chapter. With guests Jet Cities Women's Chorus and top quartets. It's great entertainment for the whole family. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $20 and $15. Contact Name: Joe Hage. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Bellevue High School Performing Arts 10416 Southeast Wolverine Way Bellevue, WA 98004. For more info visit bit.ly.

The Holiday Show

We promise two hours of locking chords and beautiful harmonies from Northwest Sound, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 13th highest ranked chapter. With guests Jet Cities Women's Chorus and top quartets. It's great entertainment for the whole family. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $20 and $15. Contact Name: Joe Hage. Contact Phone: 425-415-6171. Events Newsletter: No. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Bellevue High School Performing Arts 10416 Southeast Wolverine Way Bellevue, WA 98004. For more info visit bit.ly.

Holiday Performance by the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

A special holiday concert for all to enjoy! First come, first seated. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Music. Organizations. Audience: Kids. Teens. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Bellevue Library. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:00 PM. Bellevue Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

Parent's Night Out

It may be called Parents Night Out, but let’s be honest… it’s really for the kids! All evenings will be gym and swim: your favorite games and splashin’ in the pool, followed by dinner and a movie. Category: Family. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Cost: SJCC members: $40 for the first child, $20 for siblings Guests: $45 for the first child, $25 for siblings. Contact Name: Karli Schiller. Contact Email: Karlis@sjcc.org. Contact Phone: 206-388-0828. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way Mercer Island, WA 98040. For more info visit sjcc.org.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:30 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Christmas POPS Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tiffany Sanders Director of Communications Westminster Chapel (425)753-0633 TiffanyS@westminster.org www.westminster.org Christmas POPS Concert Bellevue, WA, - Westminster Chapel in Bellevue presents a “can’t miss” celebration that will warm your heart with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. On December 10 and 11th, join the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra and the Westminster Choir for popular Christmas music, traditional POPS sing-a-long and a special rendition of The Night Before Christmas. Tickets can be purchased online at Westminster.org/events. $15 for Adults and $10 for Seniors and Students. Concerts are Saturday, December 10, 6pm Sunday, December 11, 3pm No Childcare provided Westminster Chapel of Bellevue exists to lead people into loving and life-changing relationships with God and each other. Westminster Chapel 13646 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 (425)747-1461 www.westminster.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Faith. Family. Holiday. Music. Organizations. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Westminster Chapel 13646 NE 24th Street Bellevue, WA 98005.

Seattle Christmas Ships Flight

Bring your friends and family for a unique holiday adventure as we take off in Historic Flight Foundation's de Havilland Beaver to see the Seattle Christmas Ships from a bird's eye view. The preflight briefing will feature hot chocolate and homemade cookies. Flights will be scheduled for Saturdays December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Other flight times available for groups of four. For more information or to book your flight contact the Historic Flight Foundation at 425-348-3200 or email to visitorservices@historicflight.org. Category: Holiday. Cost: $150 per person. Contact Name: Vanessa Dunn. Contact Email: visitorservices@historicflight.org. Contact Phone: 425-348-3200. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 AM. Historic Flight Foundation 10719 Bernie Webber Drive Mukilteo, WA 98275. For more info visit www.historicflight.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

The Holiday Show

We promise two hours of locking chords and beautiful harmonies from Northwest Sound, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 13th highest ranked chapter. With guests Jet Cities Women's Chorus and top quartets. It's great entertainment for the whole family. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $20 and $15. Contact Name: Joe Hage. Contact Phone: 425-415-6171. Events Newsletter: No. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bellevue High School Performing Arts 10416 Southeast Wolverine Way Bellevue, WA 98004. For more info visit bit.ly.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 38-year tradition with the presentation of its 2016 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring nine regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols is a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $11-$28. Contact Name: Kathleen. Contact Email: NWC@northwestchoirs.org. Contact Phone: 2065243234. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Trinity Lutheran Church 6215 196th St SW Lynnwood, WA. For more info visit nwchoirs.org.

A Tuna Christmas

Friday, December 2 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 3 at 7:30PM Friday, December 9 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM Sunday, December 11 at 2:00PM * Only matinee Friday, December 16 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 17 at 7:30PM The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, presents Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard's hilarious holiday sequel to Greater Tuna: A Tuna Christmas. It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. We meet 22 of Tuna's denizens who join in the holiday fun. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening. A Tuna Christmas was first presented on December 15, 1994 at the Booth Theater in New York City. It was directed by Ed Howard. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: All tickets $18 when purchased in advance, $20 at the door. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The Spire 710 South Anderson Street Tacoma, WA 98405. For more info visit tmp.org.

Meet Me In St. Louis

Join the Smith family, this holiday season, at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic! Category: Theater. Cost: $31/Adult $29/Senior $29/Student $29/Military $22/Child 12 and under $27/Groups of 10 or more. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 2535656867. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge

Taproot Theatre Company presents The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown Playing on the Jewell Mainstage November 18 - December 30 In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale. Playing Wednesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25 - $46. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 2067819707. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Sunday, December 11, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Sunday, December 11, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

the northwest flea

The first Northwest Flea December 11 Please join us for our first FLEA, on 12/11/2016. The Northwest Flea is the premier year round swap meet - flea market. Our venue at Bellevue College is COVERED, so you can come by rain or shine, we have you covered. The Northwest Flea will have antique and vintage sellers, collectibles and purveyors of oddities. Industrial salvage, garden decor, and feature upcoming designers will delight your senses. Bring the kids and your dog and visit us for great shopping and great food. We will have a farmers market area and food trucks. If your a potential seller and would like to join us, please visit our website at www.thenorthwestflea.com or send us a note to: info@thenorthwestflea.com. We can also be reached at 425-4451025. We are excited about our first event and hope you will join us on the SECOND SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Contact Name: neal geyer. Contact Email: thenorthwestflea@gmail.com. Contact Phone: 4254451025. Sunday, December 11, 2016. Bellevue College.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Stellaluna

Stellaluna Adapted by Saskia Janse Based on the book by Janell Cannon Music by Guus Ponsioen Directed by Onny Huisink Copyright © 1993 by Janell Cannon from the book Stellaluna. Reproduced with permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017 For ages 3+ Nocturnal adventure awaits in Stellaluna, a luminous adaptation from the internationally-renowned artists at Speeltheater Holland, of the beautiful picture-book classic about a baby fruit bat. When Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat in the forest, she is adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby-bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends. Themes of friendship, self-discovery, honoring differences, and trying new things will entertain all ages, and flip your world upside-down. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11:00 AM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11:00 AM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

Sephardic Delicacies: Cheesy Potato Fritters

Hanukkah is just around the corner. Gather in the SJCC kitchen to learn a Sephardic cooking tradition using oil. Instead of latkes, make mouth-watering cheesy potato fritters with Seattle's Rachel Almaleh, author of "A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean, and American Recipes." Almeleh shares her collection of nurturing and delicious traditional and revided recipes from her Sephardic family, immigrants from the Isle of Rhodes. Category: Classes & lectures. Food & drink. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Cost: $20 General Admission / $15 SJCC Members. Contact Name: Adrian Ann. Contact Email: info@sjcc.org. Contact Phone: 2062327115. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way Mercer Island, WA 98040. For more info visit sjcc.org.

Taproot Theater Company Presents "Hark the Harold"

The Taproot Theatre Touring Company visiting us again this Advent season. They will be performing a play titled "Hark the Harold". The play is about an angel named Harold who is paired with Gabriel to make the announcement about the birth of Christ. Tickets will be on sale starting on Sunday, November 6th for $10 each. Category: Arts & entertainment. Faith. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10 for Adults and Children under 5 Free. Contact Name: St. Peter's UMC. Contact Email: stpeters1@msn.com. Contact Phone: 4257473210. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 17222 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 98008.

The Nutcracker with Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra

Step inside the Stalbaum house for the most magical party of the year! Emerald Ballet Theatre is proud to present its tenth annual production of The Nutcracker, featuring brand-new sets, gorgeous costumes, talented professional and youth performers, and the rousing Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $20-38. Contact Name: Viktoria Titova. Contact Email: info@emeraldballet.org. Contact Phone: 425-883-3405. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM. Northshore Performing Arts Center 18125 92nd Ave NE Bothell, WA 98011. For more info visit www.emeraldballet.org.

Taproot Theater Company Presents "Hark the Harold"

The Taproot Theatre Touring Company visiting us again this Advent season. They will be performing a play titled "Hark the Harold". The play is about an angel named Harold who is paired with Gabriel to make the announcement about the birth of Christ. Tickets will be on sale starting on Sunday, November 6th for $10 each. Category: Arts & entertainment. Faith. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10 for Adults and Children under 5 Free. Contact Name: St. Peter's UMC. Contact Email: stpeters1@msn.com. Contact Phone: 4257473210. Events Newsletter: No. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 17222 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 98008.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:30 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Christmas POPS Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tiffany Sanders Director of Communications Westminster Chapel (425)753-0633 TiffanyS@westminster.org www.westminster.org Christmas POPS Concert Bellevue, WA, - Westminster Chapel in Bellevue presents a “can’t miss” celebration that will warm your heart with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. On December 10 and 11th, join the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra and the Westminster Choir for popular Christmas music, traditional POPS sing-a-long and a special rendition of The Night Before Christmas. Tickets can be purchased online at Westminster.org/events. $15 for Adults and $10 for Seniors and Students. Concerts are Saturday, December 10, 6pm Sunday, December 11, 3pm No Childcare provided Westminster Chapel of Bellevue exists to lead people into loving and life-changing relationships with God and each other. Westminster Chapel 13646 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 (425)747-1461 www.westminster.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Faith. Family. Holiday. Music. Organizations. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $15. Contact Name: Tiffany Sanders. Contact Email: tiffanys@westminster.org. Contact Phone: 425747-1461. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Westminster Chapel 13646 NE 24th Street Bellevue, WA 98005.

O Magnum Mysterium

Bellevue Chamber Chorus Presents  “O Magnum Mysterium” Experience the wonder and mystery of Christmas and the holidays with Bellevue Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Fredrick Lokken, as we present a concert of glorious music for the season.  The title piece, “O magnum mysterium” (O great mystery), is featured in stunning settings  by William Byrd (England), Ivo Antognini (Switzerland), Cesar Carrillo (Venezuela), and David Childs (New Zealand/US).  The program also begins our year-long exploration into French music, with Christmas treasures by Charpentier (Gloria from Midnight Mass for Christmas) and Berlioz (Shepherd’s Farewell from The Infancy of Christ), delightful arrangements of French carols, and more.  Beautiful contemporary works by David Dickau (Calm on the Listening Ear of Night), Abbie Betinis (In the Bleak Midwinter), and Seattle composer Bern Herbolsheimer (Silly Shepherds, Stop Your Sleeping) round out this truly joyous holiday event.  Instrumental accompaniment includes Kristine Anderso… Category: Arts & entertainment. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $20 Adult, $15 Senior, $10 Student, $5 Child 1-11 yrs. Contact Name: Debra Defotis. Contact Email: info@bellevuechamberchorus.org. Contact Phone: 425-881-0445. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. First Congregational Church, 11061 NE 2nd St, Bellevue, WA 98004. For more info visit bellevuechamberchorus.org.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 38-year tradition with the presentation of its 2016 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring nine regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols is a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $16-$28. Contact Name: Kathleen. Contact Email: NWC@northwestchoirs.org. Contact Phone: 2065243234. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 4805 NE 45th Street, Seattle. For more info visit nwchoirs.org.

Meet Me In St. Louis

Join the Smith family, this holiday season, at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic! Category: Theater. Cost: $31/Adult $29/Senior $29/Student $29/Military $22/Child 12 and under $27/Groups of 10 or more. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 2535656867. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Monday, December 12, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Monday, December 12, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Outdoor Group Fitness

Come join a fun morning workout group to get up and start your day off right. All fitness levels are welcomed and will get a great full body workout. Its a safe, fun and effective workout...check it out for free! Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $9 per session. Contact Name: Melissa Korda. Contact Email: info@fitnessbootcampnow.com. Contact Phone: 206-355-5432. Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:30 AM – 6:10 AM. Bellevue High School 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Talk Time Class

Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group. Learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world. Registration not required. Walk-ins welcome. Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newport Way Library. Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:30 AM. Newport Way Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Monday, December 12, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

The Business Lunch: Customer Service for a Competitive Edge

Businesses can no longer have the goal of meeting the customer’s expectations - the goal today must be to exceed them. How can you separate yourself from the competition? Join us as internationally acclaimed leadership, customer service and motivational expert Brad Worthley shares great stories and entertaining examples of businesses that step out of the box, find ways to “Wow!” the customer, and compete in the age of online sales. Category: Organizations. Cost: Individuals: $45 members, $65 prospective members Corporate Table of 10: $450 members, $650 prospective members. Contact Email: staffteam@bellevuechamber.org. Contact Phone: 425-454-2464. Events Newsletter: No. Monday, December 12, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Red Lion Hotel 11211 Main St Bellevue, Washington 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuechamber.org.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Monday, December 12, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

Expressive Drawing Class

Ever wanted to try drawing but felt it was too daunting? Join Gail Baker and learn to create marks and shapes in new and engaging ways. Together we will use black and white house paint, big charcoal, sticks, and colorful oil pastels on large sheets of paper to explore representational, symbolic, and non-objective drawing. Each 3-hour session will focus on mark-making exercises that develop a unique, personal and strong sense of expression. Six hours total instruction. Students who have taken this class before will deepen and broaden their skills with an expanded set of exercises. All materials provided. Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $105 members/$115 non-members. Contact Name: artEAST. Contact Email: education@arteast.org. Contact Phone: 425-392-3191. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 95 Front Street North Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit arteast.org.

Girls Lacrosse Informational Meeting

Come learn about the girls lacrosse. Registration is now open for spring season. Teams are forming now for girls in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Season begins on Feb 27 and end on Memorial Day. Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Steven Fricke. Contact Email: nsigirlslacrosse@outlook.com. Contact Phone: 425-562-7924. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM. Lake Hills Library 15228 Lake Hills Blvd Bellevue, WA 98007.

STARS Workshop: Deconstructing Discipline

Presented by Briana Bennitt, SimplicityLearning.org. Working with current research and material, this workshop demystifies discipline and the common pitfalls of the behavior modification advice that bombards parents and teachers. You will develop an understanding of the recent history of child guidance trends in the U.S. and factors such as: learning challenges, the classroom environment and developmental ages and stages. Provides 2 STARS credit hours in Interactions. Please register. Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newcastle Library. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:45 PM. Newcastle Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Free Genealogy Event in Bellevue: Beginning Courthouse Research

Free Genealogy Events in Bellevue - meetings with speakers every 2nd Tuesday evening of each month, depending on holidays! On September 12, 2016, Dr. Janice Lovelace will be speaking on "Beyond Online: Beginning Courthouse Research" and the description of her talk is: Step away from the computer to search for records that may not be digitized, but are stored in county courthouses across the country. Find out what kinds of documents you can locate from land records to court proceedings, and how that information will help your research. Using many examples, including some from her great-grandparents, Janice shares her valuable knowledge of resources and methods for researching records in courthouses. Category: Classes & lectures. Family. Organizations. Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: FREE! Contact Name: Karen Campbell. Contact Email: KarenCampbellGenealogy@outlook.com. Contact Phone: 206-790-2167. Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM. LDS Factoria Building 4200 124th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006. For more info visit www.jgsws.org.

Newport Way Library Association Meeting

Category: Arts & entertainment. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newport Way Library. Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:30 PM. Newport Way Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Tuesday, December 13, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Mobile Office Hours for Congressman Adam Smith

Congressman Adam Smith’s office will be hosting mobile office hours to make their services more convenient and accessible to you. Congressman Smith’s staff members are able to assist constituents with Federal Agency issues (Social Security, Internal Revenue Service, State Department, etc), provide housing and financial support resources, and help with federal grants. Category: Classes & lectures. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Lake Hills Library. Contact Phone: 425-747-3350. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Lake Hills Library 15590 Lake Hills BLVD. Bellevue, WA 98007. For more info visit kcls.bibliocommons.com.

Play & Learn - Chinese

Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Stories, songs and rhymes in the Chinese language. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Music. Organizations. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newcastle Library. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:30 AM. Newcastle Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

Toastmasters

Interested in improving your communication and leadership skills??? For 31 years the Rhetoracles Toastmasters club has provided a supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop and improve his or her verbal communication (public speaking) and leadership skills. You learn it all at Toastmasters: where leaders are made. We meet every Tuesday night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the The Garden At Town Square in Bellevue. Join us! Guests are welcome at every meeting! (please arrive early). You can also refer our website at http://www.rhetoracles.org/ for further details. Category: Organizations. Service clubs. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Gardens At Town Square. For more info visit www.rhetoracles.org.

Toddler Time at SkyMania!

$5 for children 5 years and under, parent is free. We also offer complimentary, hot chocolate, coffee and other beverages to parents of young jumpers, plus a comfortable setting to relax while the kiddies play. Category: Family. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Cost: $5. Contact Name: nancy. Contact Email: info@skymaniatrampolines.com. Contact Phone: 425-825-7599. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM. 11801 NE 116th Street, Suite B, Kirkland, WA.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Alzheimer's Association Kirkland Adult Child Support Group

Are you the adult child of a parent with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a parent with memory loss. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Kirkland Congregational Church, Common Room, 106 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033. For information call Nina Patera at 206.412.2790. Category: Service clubs. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Nina Patera. Contact Phone: 206-412-2790. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Kirkland Congregational Church Common Room, 106 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society Meeting

The Pacific Northwest Audio Society has been dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine music and electronics since its founding in 1978. We're audiophiles and music lovers with diverse backgrounds and a range of interests in music and audio reproduction. Visitors are welcome - please join us! For meeting details and more information, please visit our website at www.audiosociety.org. Category: Music. Organizations. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 407 First Street, Kirkland, WA.

Talk Time Class

Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free, join anytime! Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newcastle Library. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM. Newcastle Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Outdoor Group Fitness

Come join a fun morning workout group to get up and start your day off right. All fitness levels are welcomed and will get a great full body workout. Its a safe, fun and effective workout...check it out for free! Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $9 per session. Contact Name: Melissa Korda. Contact Email: info@fitnessbootcampnow.com. Contact Phone: 206-355-5432. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:30 AM – 6:10 AM. Bellevue High School 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Advanced iPhone and iPad Photography

3 Wednesdays, November 30-December 14, 1-4pm You are not intimidated by your iPhone’s camera and can generally make pictures that please you, but you want more. You want to be able to make photos that elicit ooohs and aaahhs, that boldly show others how you perceive the world and move in it. This course will concentrate on polishing your smartphone photography skills, building upon the foundations gained in the entry level course (or your own, hard won practice), to achieve an even greater level of elegance, confidence and proficiency, including assignments in finding and shooting fleeting scenes, pictures that really would work best in Black and White, that capture weather and motion, that utilize flash in a way that doesn’t look flashy, and that work together as a series for a poem, a story or the beginnings of a slide show or book. Cost: $165 This image was shot by instructor David Perry on his iPhone for American Rose magazine. Category: Arts & entertainment. Classes & lectures. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $165.00. Contact Name: Sasha McGuire. Contact Email: urbhort@uw.edu. Contact Phone: 2066858033. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st Street Seattle WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Alzheimer's Association Bellevue Caregiver Support Group

Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007. For information call Ruth Hansing at (206) 232-2537. Category: Service clubs. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Ruth Hansing. Contact Phone: 206-232-2537. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. at Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

Startup Grind Eastside

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 185 cities. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. We have been in Seattle for 3 years and are excited to be starting a chapter on the Eastside! Category: Classes & lectures. Organizations. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Cost: 17.00. Contact Name: Jack Smith. Contact Email: jsmith@startupgrind.com. Contact Phone: 415-404-1971. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 555 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. For more info visit www.startupgrind.com.

Toddler Time at SkyMania!

$5 for children 5 years and under, parent is free. We also offer complimentary, hot chocolate, coffee and other beverages to parents of young jumpers, plus a comfortable setting to relax while the kiddies play. Category: Family. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Cost: $5. Contact Name: nancy. Contact Email: info@skymaniatrampolines.com. Contact Phone: 425-825-7599. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM. 11801 NE 116th Street, Suite B, Kirkland, WA.

Yoga and Meditation

Unity of Bellevue is excited to offer 6:00pm Wednesday YOGA“plus” starting on April 6th! Howard Lamb, with GRUVflow Yoga and a RYT 200hr certified instructor, will lead a “slow flow yin” class accessible for all levels. For a great vibe the practice will be held in the Atrium featuring a surround sound system streaming downtempo electronic music with lava lamps illuminating the stone garden wall! Following every yoga class there will be a 7:15pm “Plus” Event featuring a guest speaker or musician to replenish your mid-week spiritual well. Makenna Wagner will launch the series on April 6th with an intimate musical performance accompanied by Bob De Dea on the keyboards! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:15pm Dr. Brenda Butterfield, a mental health therapist and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor, will lead a Mindful Meditation followed by an opportunity to share and connect with others learning to live a more contemplative life. All are invited to attend both, the yoga, or the Plus ev… Category: Classes & lectures. Faith. Sports & recreation. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $10 - $25. Contact Name: Howard Lamb. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM. Unity of Bellevue 16330 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98008. For more info visit www.unityofbellevue.org.

Newcastle Youth Community Engagement (NYCE)

Attention middle and high school students! Volunteer and join Newcastle Youth Community Engagement (NYCE) to help the Newcastle Library, the Coal Creek Family YMCA, and the City of Newcastle create the programs, services, and events you want to see! Monthly meetings are held at Newcastle City Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Munch on snacks and have fun while you make a difference! Category: Arts & entertainment. Organizations. Service clubs. Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newcastle Library. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:30 PM. Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way #200, Newcastle WA 98056. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Advent worship

An evening worship service to prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ. The service is preceded by a soup supper at 6:15. Category: Faith. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: freewill offering. Contact Name: The Lutheran Church of Christ the King. Contact Email: office@christtheking-bellevue.org. Contact Phone: 425-746-1711. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. The Lutheran Church of Christ the King 3730 148th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA 98006.

Sharma Shields- The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him. Affecting all facets of his family, we see Eli's maniacal hunt through the eyes of each of the Roebecks and the woes that ensue. Sharma Shields' The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face. Join Shields for a book discussion and signing, where well further unveil the magical charm behind this extraordinary, unique novel. Category: Arts & entertainment. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Bellevue Library 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004. For more info visit www2.bookstore.washington.edu.

Northwest Baroque Masterworks: J.S. Bach’s Christmas Magnificat

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 7:30 PM Town Hall Seattle Friday, December 16, 2016 | 7:30 PM Bastyr University Chapel Alexander Weimann leads the Northwest Baroque Masterworks ensemble of five internationally renowned soloists, a full baroque orchestra, 3 trumpets, and timpani in a performance of the original version of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in E flat major. Written for Christmas Vespers in 1723, this version includes four rarely heard and delightful inserts that illuminate the Nativity story. Join us for a fascinating new slant on a familiar masterpiece. “Weimann’s direction from the harpsichord and organ provides a masterful but sensitive accompaniment…” -The Whole Note Subscribe Now! Single Tickets on Sale July 2016 Northwest Baroque Masterworks is presented in collaboration with Early Music Vancouver, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Early Music Society of the Islands. Category: Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $26-46. Contact Name: Rachel Woolsey. Contact Email: marketing@earlymusicguild.org. Contact Phone: 206-325-7066. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Town Hall Seattle (12/14) and Bastyr University Chapel (12/16). For more info visit www.earlymusicguild.org.

The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge

Taproot Theatre Company presents The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown Playing on the Jewell Mainstage November 18 - December 30 In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale. Playing Wednesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25 - $46. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 2067819707. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Thursday, December 15, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Thursday, December 15, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

The Nutcracker (School and Group Matinee)

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Schools. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Art Market

​Kirkland Arts Center presents our annual Holiday Art Market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Come shop for unique, handmade gifts and keepsakes while supporting the arts in our community. We will have ceramics, prints, paintings, cards, jewelry, and more! Market runs November 26 through December 23*. This event is free to the public. Come enjoy live music, art activities for children and adults, festive food and drink, and more! Free parking is available.​ *Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM and Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM​. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free admission! Contact Name: Volunteer. Contact Email: gallery@kirklandartcenter.org. Contact Phone: 4258227161. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 11:00 AM. Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market Street Kirkland WA, 98033 Gallery. For more info visit kirklandartscenter.org.

The Nutcracker (School and Group Matinee)

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Schools. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

Interactive Story Time

Enjoy an interactive Story Time with your child that includes Early Literacy fun with books , songs, finger plays and body movement. Category: Family. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Darrion Spratley. Contact Email: dspratley@bellevuewa.gov. Contact Phone: 425-452-7681. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM. North Bellevue Community Center 4063 148th Ave N.E Bellevue ,WA 98007.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

Toddler Time at SkyMania!

$5 for children 5 years and under, parent is free. We also offer complimentary, hot chocolate, coffee and other beverages to parents of young jumpers, plus a comfortable setting to relax while the kiddies play. Category: Family. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Cost: $5. Contact Name: nancy. Contact Email: info@skymaniatrampolines.com. Contact Phone: 425-825-7599. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM. 11801 NE 116th Street, Suite B, Kirkland, WA.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

PFLAG Bellevue Eastside

PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside is a support and advocacy group, uniting members of the LGBTQ community with friends, families, and allies. PFLAG does not promote one political or religious view and is inclusive to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. Our monthly meetings offer support and education in a safe, confidential, and welcoming atmosphere. This PFLAG chapter serves East King County communities including Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Bothell, Woodinville, Duvall, Snoqualmie, and Carnation. Many Eastside residents have benefitted from its services. The first half of each meeting is dedicated to support and the second half is generally reserved for a guest speaker. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. Category: Organizations. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: free (membership available). Contact Name: PFLAG Bellevue Eastside. Contact Email: info@bellevue-pflag.org. Contact Phone: 425-483-6642. Events Newsletter: Yes. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bellevue First United Methodist Church 1934 108th Avenue NE Bellevue, Washington 98004. For more info visit www.pflagbellevue.org.

Spanish Reading Circle

Contact the library for book title. Category: Arts & entertainment. Organizations. Audience: College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newcastle Library. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM. Newcastle Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Talk Time Class

Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free, join anytime! Additional Information: Thursday evening class. Registration not required. There are no classes December 18- January 1, 2017. Category: Classes & lectures. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Lake Hills Library. Contact Phone: 425-747-3350. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Lake Hills Library 15590 Lake Hills BLVD. Bellevue, WA 98007. For more info visit kcls.bibliocommons.com.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $26 - $31. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge

Taproot Theatre Company presents The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown Playing on the Jewell Mainstage November 18 - December 30 In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale. Playing Wednesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25 - $46. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 2067819707. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Friday, December 16, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Friday, December 16, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Outdoor Group Fitness

Come join a fun morning workout group to get up and start your day off right. All fitness levels are welcomed and will get a great full body workout. Its a safe, fun and effective workout...check it out for free! Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $9 per session. Contact Name: Melissa Korda. Contact Email: info@fitnessbootcampnow.com. Contact Phone: 206-355-5432. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:30 AM – 6:10 AM. Bellevue High School 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Play & Learn - Chinese

Newborn to age 5 with adult. Stories, songs and rhymes in the Chinese language. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Organizations. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Newport Way Library. Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:30 AM. Newport Way Library. For more info visit www.kcls.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Friday, December 16, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Art Market

​Kirkland Arts Center presents our annual Holiday Art Market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Come shop for unique, handmade gifts and keepsakes while supporting the arts in our community. We will have ceramics, prints, paintings, cards, jewelry, and more! Market runs November 26 through December 23*. This event is free to the public. Come enjoy live music, art activities for children and adults, festive food and drink, and more! Free parking is available.​ *Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM and Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM​. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free admission! Contact Name: Volunteer. Contact Email: gallery@kirklandartcenter.org. Contact Phone: 4258227161. Friday, December 16, 2016, 11:00 AM. Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market Street Kirkland WA, 98033 Gallery. For more info visit kirklandartscenter.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Friday, December 16, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Friday, December 16, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Music composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Linda Hartzell Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois October 13 – December 11, 2016 For ages 6+ SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature. Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery and goodness. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $26 - $31. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 38-year tradition with the presentation of its 2016 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring nine regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols is a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10-$32. Contact Name: Kathleen. Contact Email: NWC@northwestchoirs.org. Contact Phone: 2065243234. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Holy Rosary Church 4210 SW Genesee Street, Seattle. For more info visit nwchoirs.org.

A Tuna Christmas

Friday, December 2 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 3 at 7:30PM Friday, December 9 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM Sunday, December 11 at 2:00PM * Only matinee Friday, December 16 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 17 at 7:30PM The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, presents Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard's hilarious holiday sequel to Greater Tuna: A Tuna Christmas. It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. We meet 22 of Tuna's denizens who join in the holiday fun. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening. A Tuna Christmas was first presented on December 15, 1994 at the Booth Theater in New York City. It was directed by Ed Howard. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: All tickets $18 when purchased in advance, $20 at the door. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The Spire 710 South Anderson Street Tacoma, WA 98405. For more info visit tmp.org.

Meet Me In St. Louis

Join the Smith family, this holiday season, at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic! Category: Theater. Cost: $31/Adult $29/Senior $29/Student $29/Military $22/Child 12 and under $27/Groups of 10 or more. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 2535656867. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge

Taproot Theatre Company presents The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown Playing on the Jewell Mainstage November 18 - December 30 In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale. Playing Wednesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25 - $46. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 2067819707. Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Saturday, December 17, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Saturday, December 17, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Alzheimer's Association Frontotemporal Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, at the Alzheimer’s Association Chapter Office, North Tower, 100 West Harrison Street, #N200, Seattle, WA 98119. For information call Karin Miller at (206) 384-0096. Category: Service clubs. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Karin Miller. Contact Phone: 206-384-0096. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Alzheimer’s Association Chapter Office, North Tower, 100 West Harrison Street, #N200, Seattle, WA 98119.

Alzheimer's Association Issaquah Caregiver Support Group

Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of the moth, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, at Providence Point, North Community Building-Library, 4135 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah, WA 98029. For information call Helen Boyer at (425) 301-0709. Category: Service clubs. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Helen Boyer. Contact Phone: 425-301-0709. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Providence Point, North Community Building-Library, 4135 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah, WA 98029.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Art Market

​Kirkland Arts Center presents our annual Holiday Art Market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Come shop for unique, handmade gifts and keepsakes while supporting the arts in our community. We will have ceramics, prints, paintings, cards, jewelry, and more! Market runs November 26 through December 23*. This event is free to the public. Come enjoy live music, art activities for children and adults, festive food and drink, and more! Free parking is available.​ *Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM and Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM​. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free admission! Contact Name: Volunteer. Contact Email: gallery@kirklandartcenter.org. Contact Phone: 4258227161. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM. Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market Street Kirkland WA, 98033 Gallery. For more info visit kirklandartscenter.org.

Santa's Sleigh is on Its Way Storytime!

It's a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Join us for a fun reading of this delightful story. Activities to follow reading. Remember to sign up for Kids Club - it's free! Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Audience: Kids. Cost: FREE. Contact Name: Kristina Twiss. Contact Email: crm1915@bn.com. Contact Phone: 425-451-8463. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble 626 106th AVE NE Bellevue, WA 98004 Storytime will be in our Children's Department.

Stellaluna

Stellaluna Adapted by Saskia Janse Based on the book by Janell Cannon Music by Guus Ponsioen Directed by Onny Huisink Copyright © 1993 by Janell Cannon from the book Stellaluna. Reproduced with permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017 For ages 3+ Nocturnal adventure awaits in Stellaluna, a luminous adaptation from the internationally-renowned artists at Speeltheater Holland, of the beautiful picture-book classic about a baby fruit bat. When Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat in the forest, she is adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby-bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends. Themes of friendship, self-discovery, honoring differences, and trying new things will entertain all ages, and flip your world upside-down. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

Hanukkah Mania

Join us for our annual community-wide Hanukkah celebration featuring delicious food vendors, Hanukkah games and crafts, and a concert with the Klezmatics. Category: Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Adrian Ann. Contact Email: info@sjcc.org. Contact Phone: 2062327115. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Stroum Jewish Community Center. For more info visit sjcc.org.

Seattle Christmas Ships Flight

Bring your friends and family for a unique holiday adventure as we take off in Historic Flight Foundation's de Havilland Beaver to see the Seattle Christmas Ships from a bird's eye view. The preflight briefing will feature hot chocolate and homemade cookies. Flights will be scheduled for Saturdays December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Other flight times available for groups of four. For more information or to book your flight contact the Historic Flight Foundation at 425-348-3200 or email to visitorservices@historicflight.org. Category: Holiday. Cost: $150 per person. Contact Name: Vanessa Dunn. Contact Email: visitorservices@historicflight.org. Contact Phone: 425-348-3200. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 6:00 PM – Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 AM. Historic Flight Foundation 10719 Bernie Webber Drive Mukilteo, WA 98275. For more info visit www.historicflight.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Taproot Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson Playing in the Isaac Studio November 30 - December 28 A Christmas Tradition Reinvented This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Performances on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Special All-Ages and Sensory Friendly performances are available. See www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ for specific show times. Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio is located at 212 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 206.781.9707. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Taproot Theatre Company's Isaac Studio Theatre 212 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 17, 11:00AM Monday, Dec. 19, 7:00PM Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:00PM Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:00PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:00PM Friday, Dec. 23, 7:00PM Saturday, Dec. 24, 11:00AM The award-winning, A Charlie Brown Christmas special, debuted in 1965 on CBS, and has aired during the Christmas season every single year since. A Charlie Brown Christmas has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody and continues to warm the hearts of millions each year. “Deanna Martinez (Director) and the entire artistic and production teams at TMP bring the magic to life with sets, costumes, and a perfectly cast ensemble. Each year, patrons get excited about an element of the production that reminds them of their own childhood and all of their memories associated with A Charlie Brown Christmas.” – Ashley Cozine. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Erwilian: 10th Annual Holiday Concert

Experience the Northwest holiday tradition with award-winning acoustic ensemble Erwilian! Celebrate the sounds of the season with an evening of instrumental Christmas music performed on over 50 acoustic instruments, truly a feast for your eyes and ears. Music ranging from traditional to lesser-known carols as well as original compositions, all featuring the signature Erwilian sound. Additionally, the band will be joined by some special guests including award-winning guitarist George Varghese and Minneapolis-based flautist Bevani. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at http://www.erwilian.com/ or at the door. This one night only Christmas concert will be performed on December 17th at 7 PM at New Hope Presbyterian: 19800 108th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031. Doors open at 6 PM. $15 Advance / $20 Door About Erwilian: Erwilian is an award-winning acoustic ensemble from Seattle, their distinct sound blends elements from celtic, world, and folk music into an original cross-genre style. Building off the succ… Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $15 Advance / $20 Door. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. New Hope Presbyterian 19800 108th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031. For more info visit www.erwilian.com.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage is excited to announce the return of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless story of joyful redemption written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Paul Sills. This heartwarming holiday tale for all ages follows the life of Scrooge, a miserly elderly man rigid with resentment, who finds his loving heart by way of the Christmas spirit. The multi-talented Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, returns as the director. Told in story theater style, Gary Schwartz introduced this unique production to the Valley with great success. Now in its 9th season, "A Christmas Carol" has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug and make us a part of your holiday tradition! Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $17.50 for adults; $14 for senior/students; Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line http://bit.ly/2f8qEXz or purchased at the door. Contact Name: Jim Snyder. Contact Email: valleycenterstage@gmail.com. Contact Phone: (425) 200-8936. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Valley Center Stage 119 W. North Bend Way North Bend, WA 98045. For more info visit valleycenterstage.org.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 38-year tradition with the presentation of its 2016 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring nine regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols is a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $11-$35. Contact Name: Kathleen. Contact Email: NWC@northwestchoirs.org. Contact Phone: 2065243234. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Saint Mark’s Cathedral 1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle. For more info visit nwchoirs.org.

A Tuna Christmas

Friday, December 2 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 3 at 7:30PM Friday, December 9 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM Sunday, December 11 at 2:00PM * Only matinee Friday, December 16 at 7:30PM Saturday, December 17 at 7:30PM The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, presents Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard's hilarious holiday sequel to Greater Tuna: A Tuna Christmas. It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. We meet 22 of Tuna's denizens who join in the holiday fun. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening. A Tuna Christmas was first presented on December 15, 1994 at the Booth Theater in New York City. It was directed by Ed Howard. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: All tickets $18 when purchased in advance, $20 at the door. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The Spire 710 South Anderson Street Tacoma, WA 98405. For more info visit tmp.org.

Meet Me In St. Louis

Join the Smith family, this holiday season, at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic! Category: Theater. Cost: $31/Adult $29/Senior $29/Student $29/Military $22/Child 12 and under $27/Groups of 10 or more. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 2535656867. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

The Trail of Ebenezer Scrooge

Taproot Theatre Company presents The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown Playing on the Jewell Mainstage November 18 - December 30 In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale. Playing Wednesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N 85th St in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. For tickets please call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.org. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25 - $46. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: Box@taproottheatre.org. Contact Phone: 2067819707. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Sleep Train’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids & Photo Contest

Christmas is an exciting time of year for most kids, but it can be difficult for foster children. They might be moving into an unfamiliar home, and many often worry if Santa will be able to find them. To ensure that every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids now through December 18th. To help, donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. Visit www.sleeptrain.com to find your nearest store. Also enter Sleep Train’s annual photo contest. Snap a picture while donating and post it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta in the caption or upload it to http://woobox.com/tr7oz9. One grand prize winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials prize package, including an iPad mini. Category: Charitable. Family. Holiday. Sunday, December 18, 2016. 1810 12th Ave NW Suite B Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit woobox.com.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Sunday, December 18, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Art Market

​Kirkland Arts Center presents our annual Holiday Art Market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Come shop for unique, handmade gifts and keepsakes while supporting the arts in our community. We will have ceramics, prints, paintings, cards, jewelry, and more! Market runs November 26 through December 23*. This event is free to the public. Come enjoy live music, art activities for children and adults, festive food and drink, and more! Free parking is available.​ *Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM and Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM​. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free admission! Contact Name: Volunteer. Contact Email: gallery@kirklandartcenter.org. Contact Phone: 4258227161. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 11:00 AM. Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market Street Kirkland WA, 98033 Gallery. For more info visit kirklandartscenter.org.

Stellaluna

Stellaluna Adapted by Saskia Janse Based on the book by Janell Cannon Music by Guus Ponsioen Directed by Onny Huisink Copyright © 1993 by Janell Cannon from the book Stellaluna. Reproduced with permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017 For ages 3+ Nocturnal adventure awaits in Stellaluna, a luminous adaptation from the internationally-renowned artists at Speeltheater Holland, of the beautiful picture-book classic about a baby fruit bat. When Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat in the forest, she is adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby-bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends. Themes of friendship, self-discovery, honoring differences, and trying new things will entertain all ages, and flip your world upside-down. Category: Arts & entertainment. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $37 - $44. Contact Name: Seattle Children's Theatre. Contact Email: tickets@sct.org. Contact Phone: 206-441-3322. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 11:00 AM. Seattle Children’s Theatre 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

A Bonsai Solstice

Come see the trees like never before as we illuminate the museum by candlelight. We invite you to BYOF: bring your own flashlight! Take in the beauty of bonsai while you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee provided by Caffe D’Arte and savor a crepe from the Crisp Creperie food truck. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event! Free admission, commemorative votive with a $5 donation. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free, commemorative votive with $5 donation. Contact Phone: 253-353-7345. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Pacific Bonsai Museum 2515 S 336th Street Federal Way, WA 98003. For more info visit pacificbonsaimuseum.org.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, Olympic Ballet Theatre's yearly production of The Nutcracker is not one to be missed. Let the magic of the season come alive during this classic Christmas tale, suitable for audiences of all ages. Everett Performing Arts Center: December 9th School & Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 10th: 2pm & 7pm December 11th: 1pm & 5pm Edmonds Center for the Arts: December 15th School and Group Matinees*: 10am & 12pm December 16th: 2pm & 7pm December 17th: 2pm & 7pm December 18th: 5pm *On December 9th and 15th we will hold special abridged school & group matinees, with tickets that are heavily discounted for groups of 20 or more. These showings include a special Introduction to the Magic of Theatre segment, a behind-the-scenes demonstration of scenery, lighting, costumes, and props. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $25–$45. Contact Name: Olympic Ballet Theatre. Contact Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Contact Phone: 425-774-7570. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020. For more info visit www.olympicballet.com.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 17, 11:00AM Monday, Dec. 19, 7:00PM Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:00PM Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:00PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:00PM Friday, Dec. 23, 7:00PM Saturday, Dec. 24, 11:00AM The award-winning, A Charlie Brown Christmas special, debuted in 1965 on CBS, and has aired during the Christmas season every single year since. A Charlie Brown Christmas has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody and continues to warm the hearts of millions each year. “Deanna Martinez (Director) and the entire artistic and production teams at TMP bring the magic to life with sets, costumes, and a perfectly cast ensemble. Each year, patrons get excited about an element of the production that reminds them of their own childhood and all of their memories associated with A Charlie Brown Christmas.” – Ashley Cozine. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Meet Me In St. Louis

Join the Smith family, this holiday season, at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic! Category: Theater. Cost: $31/Adult $29/Senior $29/Student $29/Military $22/Child 12 and under $27/Groups of 10 or more. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 2535656867. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

The Klezmatics in Concert

For 30 years, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, inspiring future generations, creating enduring hybrid work, and helping change the face of modern klezmer and Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. They have performed in more than 20 countries and released 12 albums to date, the latest, “Apikorism/Heretics,” just out. They won a Grammy in 2006 for a hybrid CD featuring Woodie Guthrie lyrics. They have collaborated with such brilliant artists as violinist Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocal icon Chava Alberstein, plus many other prominent artists working within multiple genres. What better way to celebrate Hanukkah! Category: Arts & entertainment. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $30 GA / $25 SJCC Members. Contact Name: Adrian ANn. Contact Email: info@sjcc.org. Contact Phone: 2062327115. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit sjcc.org.

Take Action Against Poverty - Volunteer with United Way!

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes, access valuable and stabilizing tax credits, and keep more of what they earned. Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 21,750 community members file their taxes, bringing $29.1 million back to the community in tax refunds. Join our talented team of volunteers, receive training that boosts your skills, and help us spread the knowledge of underutilized tax credits that can lift so many in our community out of poverty. No tax experience necessary - we will train and support you throughout your time with us! This awesome volunteer opportunity runs from January through April. Visit our website to find the closest tax site and shift that works for you! Category: Volunteer. Audience: Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Olivia Ramoino. Contact Email: oramoino@uwkc.org. Contact Phone: (206) 461-3700. Monday, December 19, 2016. Various sites throughout King County. For more info visit www.uwkc.org.

Outdoor Group Fitness

Come join a fun morning workout group to get up and start your day off right. All fitness levels are welcomed and will get a great full body workout. Its a safe, fun and effective workout...check it out for free! Category: Sports & recreation. Audience: Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Cost: $9 per session. Contact Name: Melissa Korda. Contact Email: info@fitnessbootcampnow.com. Contact Phone: 206-355-5432. Monday, December 19, 2016, 5:30 AM – 6:10 AM. Bellevue High School 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Have You Seen Stripes at Redmond Town Center?

Kids, help us find Stripes, the sneaky Candy Cane and earn a new reward every week! Stripes changes location on property every Friday morning during the holidays. Find clues on social media. https://www.facebook.com/RedmondTownCenter https://twitter.com/ShopRedmond http://instagram.com/redmondtowncenter. Category: Family. Holiday. Outdoor. Audience: Kids. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Guest Services. Contact Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Contact Phone: 425-869-2640. Monday, December 19, 2016, 10:00 AM. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at Ashwood Park located next to Bellevue Library Be sure to visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. The region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental) • Advance Discount Admission Pass – Purchase 10 skating passes (includes skate rental) for $85 (a $35 savings) • Food and beverage concessions • Booking availability for private holiday and birthday parties • Special events including free lessons, Stroller Skating, family skate days and themed skate nights Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions p… Category: Holiday. Outdoor. Sports & recreation. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $12 admission (includes skate rental), $9 Admission for 8 year-olds and under (includes skate rental). Contact Phone: 425-453-1223. Monday, December 19, 2016, 11:00 AM. Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood Park (adjacent to Bellevue Library, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Art Market

​Kirkland Arts Center presents our annual Holiday Art Market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Come shop for unique, handmade gifts and keepsakes while supporting the arts in our community. We will have ceramics, prints, paintings, cards, jewelry, and more! Market runs November 26 through December 23*. This event is free to the public. Come enjoy live music, art activities for children and adults, festive food and drink, and more! Free parking is available.​ *Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM and Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM​. Category: Arts & entertainment. Fairs & festivals. Holiday. Music. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: Free admission! Contact Name: Volunteer. Contact Email: gallery@kirklandartcenter.org. Contact Phone: 4258227161. Monday, December 19, 2016, 11:00 AM. Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market Street Kirkland WA, 98033 Gallery. For more info visit kirklandartscenter.org.

Garden d'Lights 2016

Garden d’Lights features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Visitors enjoy this dazzling display each season and this year we have new visitor services buildings with new amenities. The route has changed, grown, and become more magical than ever. Category: Arts & entertainment. Holiday. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $5. Contact Email: info@gardendlights.org. Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 17, 11:00AM Monday, Dec. 19, 7:00PM Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:00PM Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:00PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:00PM Friday, Dec. 23, 7:00PM Saturday, Dec. 24, 11:00AM The award-winning, A Charlie Brown Christmas special, debuted in 1965 on CBS, and has aired during the Christmas season every single year since. A Charlie Brown Christmas has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody and continues to warm the hearts of millions each year. “Deanna Martinez (Director) and the entire artistic and production teams at TMP bring the magic to life with sets, costumes, and a perfectly cast ensemble. Each year, patrons get excited about an element of the production that reminds them of their own childhood and all of their memories associated with A Charlie Brown Christmas.” – Ashley Cozine. Category: Arts & entertainment. Family. Holiday. Music. Theater. Audience: Kids. Teens. Singles. College Students. Dads. Moms. Seniors. Families. Cost: $10. Contact Name: Box Office. Contact Email: boxoffice@tmp.org. Contact Phone: 253-565-6867. Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Avenue Tacoma, WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

La Leche League Meeting - Bellevue

La Leche League is a non profit organization dedicated to supporting moms who are breast-feeding their babies. We offer monthly group meetings on the 3rd Monday of every month. Our meetings are located at Overlake Hospital below the Childbirth Center on the 1st floor in the Vision room. We meet from 7-8:30 pm and Leaders are available to answer questions and share information. Please call Edee @ 206-310-7609 for more information. Category: Family. Audience: Kids. Dads. Moms. Families. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Edee Phillips. Contact Email: teamphillips5@yahoo.com. Contact Phone: 206-310-7609. Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Overlake Hospital - PACCAR Education Center 1035 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. For more info visit www.lllofwa.org.

Alzheimer's Association Bellevue Younger-Onset Caregiver Support Group

Caring for someone with younger-onset memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association younger-onset caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss aged 65 or younger. Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Room 1E2, Bellevue, Wa, 98007. For information call Bill Lukov at (206) 367-4895. Category: Service clubs. Cost: Free. Contact Name: Bill Lukov. Contact Phone: 206-367-4895. Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. St Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Room 1E2, Bellevue, Wa, 98007.

Winter Break Camp

When school’s out, the J is in! We offer a variety of full and half-day camps during school breaks. Each day features activities centered on a special theme, plus kids will swim, play in the gym, and enjoy arts and crafts. Week-long break camps include field trips. For full-day camps, bring a bathing suit, towel, and non-perishable dairy, peanut-free lunch. Monday, December 19 Elevated Sportz Tuesday, December 20 Master Chef J Wednesday, December 21 We Are Washington! Thursday, December 22 A Frozen Hanukkah Friday, December 23 Harry Potter Day. Category: Family. Schools. Audience: Kids. Cost: $70 GA / $60 GA. Contact Name: Karli Schiller. Contact Email: karlis@sjcc.org. Contact Phone: 206-388-0828. Monday, December 19, 2016, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 4:00 AM. Stroum Jewish Community Center. For more info visit sjcc.org.