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Mercer Island holiday happenings
Wednesday | 21
Mercer Island Interfaith Service: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th Street. For over 40 years, the Mercer Island Clergy Association has sponsored an interfaith service on the evening before Thanksgiving.
Tuesday | 27
Carols & More: 12 p.m., Nov. 27, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Pre-Christmas luncheon and program presented by Lively Saints. Featured guests: Major Doug Tollerud and The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble. Anyone 50 and up is welcome. Cost: $5. Tickets: (206) 232-1015.
Thursday | 29
Ten Thousand Villages Sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted items from around the world. It is a Christian organization that serves as a bridge between artisans in their villages and external markets. www.tenthousandvillages.com.
Saturday | Dec. 1
The Dickens Carolers: 1-1:30 p.m., Dec. 1; 3:30-4 p.m., Dec. 2. The carolers, in elegant Victorian dress, sing traditional and contemporary holiday favorites in four-part harmony. Cookies and punch provided.
Children’s Craft Workshop: 1-4 p.m., Dec. 1, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. All children are welcome to come make their own gifts for family, friends and teachers. Advance sign-up not required, but recommended. Visit www.micc.org for craft selections, a registration form or register online. (206) 232-1015, ext. 105.
"Letters to Santa": 7 p.m., Dec. 1; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 2, Mercer Island High School. Performed by Island Girls Choir and Prep Choir. Tickets: $15 (at door).
MIVAL Holiday Show: ongoing through Dec. 14, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. www.mival.org.
Wednesday | 5
Probus Club of Mercer Island Annual Holiday Luncheon: 12 p.m., Dec. 5, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. Features harpist Bethany Man. Buses will shuttle members and guests from the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E., between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. Cost: $25.
Friday | 7
Christmas Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch: 6-8:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd Street and 77th Avenue S.E. Radio Disney: 6 p.m. Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m. Firehouse Munch: 7 p.m. Gather with family, friends and neighbors for an evening of holiday merriment at the tree lighting ceremony and caroling. Then head to the North end firehouse for Santa photos, treats and children’s entertainment. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots drive.
Bells of The Sound Concert: “Home For The Holidays,” 7:30-9 p.m., Dec. 7, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Puget Sound’s premier handbell ensemble performs holiday classics. Mingle & Jingle in Courtyard: 6-7 p.m., with food and activities for all. Suggested concert donation: $10 (adults), $8 (youth, seniors); free for children under 8.
Saturday | 8
Breakfast With Santa: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Dec. 8, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Mercer Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Bring the whole family to this festive breakfast. Santa and his elves will be available for a visit and photos. Fee: $9 (adults), $7 (kids) plus tax. Reservations required: (206) 275-7609.
"Angels": 7 p.m., Dec. 8; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 9, Mercer Island High School. Performed by Island Sound. Tickets: $15 (at door). Middle/high school students with ASB: $10 (at door).
Saturday | 15
"Excerpts from the Nutcracker" Opening Matinee: 2 p.m., Dec. 15, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performance times: 1 and 5 p.m., Dec. 16; 7 p.m., Dec. 19; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 20. Performers are trained in the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet curriculum. They are students of Island Youth Ballet and the Children’s Dance Conservatory. www.iybnutcracker.com.
Wreaths, sculptures and other items for sale are part of the MIVAL Holiday Show, through Dec. 14, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo.