Community calendar | Nutcracker ballet opens at Youth Theatre NW on Dec. 10

Performers from the Island Youth Ballet present ‘The Nutcracker’ on Dec. 10-11, 17-19. From left are Ciarra Vu, Jennifer Seely, Katherine Seely, Haley Robinson, Alison Ritcey, Sinead Scanlan, Shea Kelsay and Margaret Litzow. - Contributed Photo
Performers from the Island Youth Ballet present ‘The Nutcracker’ on Dec. 10-11, 17-19. From left are Ciarra Vu, Jennifer Seely, Katherine Seely, Haley Robinson, Alison Ritcey, Sinead Scanlan, Shea Kelsay and Margaret Litzow.
— image credit: Contributed Photo

The opening show of “Excerpts from the Nutcracker” is set for 2 p.m., Dec. 10, at Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Directed by Susan Valencia, the ballet will also be performed at 2 p.m., Dec. 11, 17-18; and 7 p.m., Dec. 16 and 18. Mercer Island Youth Ballet and Children’s Dance Conservatory will bring the classic holiday ballet to life, set to Tchaikovsky music. General admission: $22. VIP platinum tickets: $35. Purchase tickets in advance at

Friday | 9

Bells of the Sound Concert: 7 p.m., Dec. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church,3605 84th Ave. S.E. Nationally acclaimed handbell ensemble has been pioneering handbell artistry and excellence since 1989. This group of 15 auditioned musicians is known for high-caliber, energetic and entertaining performances. Suggested donation: $10 (adults), $8 (youth/seniors). Contact: Sue Sherwood, (206) 300-0313.

Saturday | 10

Terrorist Response Training (CERT) for Emergency Volunteers: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Dec. 10, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Ninth emergency preparedness class in the series.

Mountains To Sound Greenway Trail Maintenance: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 10, Upper Luther Burbank Park, 2900 84th Ave. S.E. Help build a new trail along S.E. 84th Street, paralleling the upper park. Activities: clearing brush, crafting a sustainable tread and installing a gravel surface.

EarthCorps Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 10, Clarke Beach, 7700 East Mercer Way. Join EarthCorps, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation, and community members working to preserve this park. Remove invasive plants so that additional trees can be planted as part of a bald eagle habitat mitigation project. To sign up in advance, go to:

Sunday | 11

2nd Annual NYHS Chanukah Kids' Carnival & Breakfast: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 11, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Features Michael Bilavsky: One Man Band. Hasidic, Klezmer, Israeli music to swing, rock and roll. Face painting, bouncy house, cookie decorating and juggling. Special treats for kids. Prizes for alumni children. Family: $20. Individual: $7. RSVP:

Tuesday | 13

French Carols & Conversation With Wine Tasting: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dec. 13, The Olde Wine Store, 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. Sponsor: MI Sister City Association. Hot mulled wine ($4) and wine pours ($6) will be available. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to native French speakers.

Thursday | 15

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., Dec. 15, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Saturday | 17

SJCC Annual Hanukkah Celebration – Hanukkah under the Stars: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Free admission with donation of oil for the JFS Food Bank. Features the Seattle kids rock band The Not Its with opening acts PJ Library and The Sababas. Purchase dinner from Stopsky’s Delicatessen, Island Crust Pizza or Kosher Chinese. Register at

Events | Ongoing

“Free to Be… You and Me”: 7 p.m., ongoing through Dec. 18, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Thursdays and Fridays: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees: 2 p.m. Based on the book by Marlo Thomas and Friends. Tickets: $10. Box office: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

SJCC Winter Break Camp: Dec. 19-30, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Participants will swim, play in the gym, complete art projects and participate in a wide range of activities. Includes field trips. Each day has a theme and line-up. Register at

Chamber of Commerce Art Display: Art by Marianne Bond, Eddie Bond and Anna Bond, Dec. 6-Jan. 6, 7605 SE 27th St., Suite 109. Artwork includes original paintings. Prints and Christmas cards are available for sale. Ten percent of all sales supports Mercer Island Youth and Family Services.


eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 10 a.m., Dec. 10. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this Digital Downloads demo.

Introduction to Genealogy Workshop: 1 p.m., Dec. 10. Learn how to get started in your genealogy research and some do’s and don’ts on collecting and organizing your data. Presented by Eastside Genealogical Society.

Children & Families

“Reindeer and the Dreidel” Puppet Show: 11 a.m., Dec. 15. Presented by Dragon Theatre Puppets. A tale about a little girl named Rachael who is on her way to celebrate Hanukkah and meets Rudolf.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, through Dec. 12. Hang out, do homework, play board games or read.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Dec. 20. Voice your opinions on the books, magazines, programs and services the library offers teens all while earning one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served.

Online Teen Readers: Wonder what other teens in the area are reading? Online Teen Readers are teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule:


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