MIVAL Gallery December Artist Reception: 5-8 p.m., Dec. 7, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. “Family Gatherings” is showing Dec. 6-27. A unique cooperative gallery with 30 local artists representing artwork in various mediums. Features festivities and food with original painted notecards, handmade ornaments, scarfs, jewelry, hats, photography, paintings and home decor. A percentage of all sales is contributed to annual high school visual arts scholarships. www.mival.org.
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.
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.
Concert at Mercer Island United Methodist Church: 5 p.m., Dec. 9, 7070 S.E. 24th Street. Potluck dinner to follow. Piano, cello and violin — Bach and other Christmas music, including carols to sing.
“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.
Christmas Tree Lighting and 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 the Toys for Tots drive.
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.
The Cascade Lodge-Sons of Norway Annual Children’s Christmas Party: 2-4 p.m., Dec. 15, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th Street. Music, dancing around the Christmas tree, goodies, crafts and a visit from Santa. Cost: $2 per person. Please bring a plate of finger-treats. RSVP by Dec. 11 with number of adults, children attending. Call: (425) 957-7692.
Lions’ Christmas Tree Lot: open through Dec. 15 in the Farmers New World Life Insurance lot, 3003 77th Ave. S.E. presented by Mercer Island Lions Club. Hours: 2-8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday/Sunday. Douglas fir, Noble, Sheared fir and Fraser. Wreaths, garlands also available. Christmas tree sales help to fund programs for various Mercer Island organizations.
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.
Christmas Ship Festival: The Argosy Christmas ship visits Luther Burbank Park, at 2040 84th Ave. S.E., from 8:40 to 9 p.m., Dec. 20, with the Dickens Carolers after departing the Kirkland City Dock at 7 p.m. and stopping at Covenant Shores on the way for a private party. The ship will also visit the Mercer Island Beach Club for a private party from 7:30 to 7:50 p.m., Dec. 12, with the Jazz Etc choir. To join the cruise, go to www.argosycruises.com/themecruises.
Toys for Tots Drive: Coldwell Banker Bain’s real estate offices are collecting donations for Toys for Tots, the annual toy drive hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The Mercer Island branch is an official Collection Center through Dec. 16 at 7808 S.E. 28th St., Suite 128. New, unwrapped toys accepted. Toys may also be brought to the annual Firehouse Munch at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7.
Hands-On Hanukkah: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle, 98125. Join the SJCC and Jewish Outreach Institute for activities, 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. Buy dinner. Free admission with donation to Jewish Family Service. www.sjcc.org.
Below, hand-blown Phoenician glass in swirls of color, made in Israel, is for sale from Ten Thousand Villages online. Bottom, Kevin Au’s aluminum sculpture, ‘Star Bright,’ won third place in the MIVAL Holiday Show at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Photos by Rebecca Mar.