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Mercer Island holiday events
Annual Christmas tree lighting, Firehouse Munch
Gather with the community for an evening of holiday merriment and caroling from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Mercerdale Park, at S.E. 32nd Street and 77th Avenue S.E. The annual event begins with Radio Disney at 6 p.m. and the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Then head to the fire station for the Firehouse Munch at 7 p.m., with Santa photos, treats and kids’ entertainment. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots drive.
Arts & Crafts
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 Christian fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted items from around the world. It serves as a bridge between artisans in their villages and external markets. www.tenthousandvillages.com.
Children’s Craft Workshop: 1-4 p.m., Dec. 1, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. All kids 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.
MIVAL Holiday Art 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.
“Letters to Santa”: 7 p.m., Dec. 1; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 2, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Performed by Island Girls Choir and Prep Choir. Tickets: $15 (at door).
The Dickens Carolers: 1-1:30 p.m., Dec. 1; 3:30-4 p.m., Dec. 2, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. The carolers, in elegant Victorian dress, sing traditional and contemporary holiday favorites in four-part harmony. Cookies and punch provided.
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.
“Angels”: 7 p.m., Dec. 8; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 9, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Performed by Island Sound, with Dave Ross. Tickets: $15. Middle/high school students with ASB: $10.
“Excerpts from the Nutcracker” Opening Matinee: 2 p.m., Dec. 15, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances: 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.
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.
Breakfast With Santa: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Dec. 8, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 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.
Gingerbread Boy Puppet Show: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Dec. 11, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. For children ages 3 and older. Set in a magical world of candy, cookies and ice cream.
Au Courant Holiday Happenings: 4-8 p.m., Dec. 12 and 19, 7900 S.E. 28th St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 19: Espresso by Esther’s Espresso while shopping. Join Au Courant and The Den for two exclusive shopping events featuring wine and cheese. Shop holiday gift selection, enter drawing. www.aucourantsalon.com.
Dessert Before Dinner Holiday Concert and Silent Auction: 4-5:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Desserts, musical entertainment. Register. $12. www.myparksandrecreation.com.
Hands-On Hanukkah: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle, 98125. Join the Stroum Jewish Community Center and Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) for Hanukkah activities and candle lighting.
Chanukah at HNT: “Sparks & Spuds,” 6:13-7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 East Mercer Way. Potato bar and soufganiot. $10 (adults); free for kids under 13. Bring travel-sized toiletries to donate for Day of Service Personal Needs Drive.
Hanukkah Under The Stars: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. SJCC community Hanukkah celebration. Features kids’ music, arts and crafts, community candle lighting. Buy dinner. Free admission with donation of personal items to Jewish Family Service. www.sjcc.org.
‘Snow Retreat,’ a mixed-media piece by Marianne Bond, is featured in the MIVAL Holiday Show at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Photo by Rebecca Mar.