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The Season’s Best Performances, Plays, and Nutcrackers

Holiday stories from stages in Bellevue, Seattle, and throughout King County.

The Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition takes over downtown Seattle on Dec. 1.
The Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition takes over downtown Seattle on Dec. 1.
The third annual Historic Shell Holiday Shop opens on Nov. 24 at the Historic Shell Station in Issaquah. Courtesy photo

The Gas Station That Turned Into a Holiday Shopping Destination

A holiday pop-up shop filled with heart and handmade gifts.

The third annual Historic Shell Holiday Shop opens on Nov. 24 at the Historic Shell Station in Issaquah. Courtesy photo
Lvl Up Sprites replace pixels with beads. Courtesy of GeekCraft Expo

The Holiday Shopping Guide to Unique Gifts and Memorable Moments

Bazzars, pop-ups, and retail events from Seattle to Bellevue and beyond.

Lvl Up Sprites replace pixels with beads. Courtesy of GeekCraft Expo
Starting Nov. 25, Garden d’Lights is open 4:30–9 p.m. nightly at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Courtesy photo

Garden delights with over half million dazzling lights in Bellevue

The well-lit habitat attracts all kinds of creatures.

Starting Nov. 25, Garden d’Lights is open 4:30–9 p.m. nightly at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Courtesy photo

At Bellevue Botanical Garden, a half-million lights delight

The well-lit habitat attracts all kinds of creatures.

Islanders give thanks in interfaith community service

The annual event is sponsored by the Mercer Island Clergy Association.

  • Nov 22, 2017

Mercer Island students express thanks through art

Elementary teachers planned different projects for kids before Thanksgiving break.

  • Nov 22, 2017

Mercer Island hosts Thanksgiving lunch for seniors

City staff and volunteers served turkey, potatoes, punch and pie to event attendees.

Islanders show power of community with clothing drive

A social media post inspired a massive community response that brought in hundreds of donated items.

Finley the therapy dog helps kids, adults at Mercer Island High School

The school’s newest employee is making quite an impression on staff and students.

MIVAL opens holiday art and gift show

The Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) opened its annual juried holiday art and gift show on Nov. 2 at the Mercer Island Community and… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

Practice gratitude on Thanksgiving with yogabliss

On Thanksgiving morning, the community is invited to join yogabliss in its annual “Practice of Gratitude” for an opportunity to start the day in a… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2017

Local groups organize donation and food drives for MIYFS

Schools, grocery stores and other Mercer Island businesses are collecting items for those in need.

  • Nov 20, 2017

Islander to feature whimsical art in home studio show

Islander Marsha Karr is having an art show and sale at her home studio, 6829 96th Ave. SE, this weekend. The show, titled “From the… Continue reading

  • Nov 17, 2017

Islander, cancer survivor traverses state to educate about ACA enrollment

Julie Negrin, a Mercer Island resident and four-time cancer survivor, announced that she would embark on an RV road trip to create awareness for the… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2017

Mercer Island’s Lisa Wellman to lead Senate education committee

State Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, will serve as chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee when the Senate convenes for the… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2017

Mercer Island students raise funds for hurricane relief

Students in the West Mercer Elementary Highly Capable Program used their November Marketplace commerce event as a way to raise funds for the relief efforts… Continue reading

  • Nov 13, 2017

Blooming sunrise | Eye on MI

Mercer Islander Lauren Andrews, age 8, took this photo, and with the help of her mother, Torre Andrews, added the words. Submit your photos of… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2017

Mercer Island’s military families reflect on service, sacrifice

While the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans will be remembered and honored on Nov. 11, those have supported them every other day of the… Continue reading