Weekly Round-Up: 7 Cheerful Events in Bellevue This Week

It’s only one week until Christmas so whether you’ve saved all your shopping for this weekend, or you’re done and ready to join in some festive holiday fun, Bellevue has everything you need! It’s the last weekend to come watch the spectacle of Snowflake Lane, view the lights of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival or meet Rudolph at the Issaquah Reindeer Festival! On top of all that, we have ballet, theatre, music, comedy, crafts and education all at your fingertips. Come experience the holiday fun in Bellevue this week!


1.)  Eastside Heritage Center’s Hands-on History, Heritage Crafts

Eastside Heritage Center Hands-on History Heritage Crafts

December 18

The Eastside Heritage Center has partnered with KidsQuest Children’s Museum for a fun, hands-on event for the entire family! From 5pm-8pm, families can stop by Factoria Mall to join in crafts that have been passed down through generations. Create unique ornaments, try weaving, and make bells and paper chains that will add personal festive touches to the house. Click here for more information.




 2.) International Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker

The NutcrackerDecember 19-21

It’s your last weekend to see International Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Whether you’re starting a new family tradition or keeping up a tradition, you’ll want to come watch this holiday classic! This family-friendly show is a treat for all ages as a cast of 80 brings to life Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Mouse King and other favorites. Matinees begin at 2pm and evening performances at 7:30pm at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Click here for more information or here to purchase tickets.



3.) Bellevue Youth Theatre’s production of The Snow Queen

SnowflakeDecember 19-21

Only one more weekend to catch Bellevue Youth Theatre’s production of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Snow Queen. Come watch this family-friendly musical adaptation that inspired the blockbuster “Frozen.” Click here for more information or call (425) 452-7155 to purchase tickets. Matinees begin at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, with evening performances at 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performances are at the Bellevue Youth Theatre-Ivanhoe, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue.



4.) Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival

December 18-23

 It’s your last chance to see the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival this weekend! A Pacific Northwest tradition for 65 years, you have multiple chances to see the lights and sing along with the choirs onboard.  On the 19th, you can catch it at Kirkland’s Marina Park, join the bonfire at Juanita Beach Park on the 21st, watch from Carilon Point or Meydenbauer Bay on the 22nd or your final chance on the 23rd at Waverly Beach Park or Yarrow Point Park.  Check the website for times and come make the Christmas Ship Festival part of your holiday tradition.


5.) Tai Shan – Guitarist and Singer

December 18

This month at the Dusty Strings concert series, Tai Shan will be bringing her soprano voice and complex guitar melodies to the Crossroads stage from 6:30pm-8pm. Her music has been compared to a mix of John Mayer and Jackson Johnson with the voice of Joni Mitchell. She’s performed throughout the West Coast, is featured on multiple albums and has composed for jazz ensembles and string quartets. Click here for more information or here to learn more about Tai Shan and sample her music.





 6.) Hibernation Pajama Party

Girl in pajamasDecember 19

Lewis Creek Park continues their Explorers’ Club activities with a Hibernation Pajama Party for families. This month, come learn about animals that are hibernating this season, as well as other ways of surviving winter. Parents must register and attend with their child. Call (425) 452-6885 to register for the event or click here for more information.





 7.)  Live Comedy: Aries Spears

 December 18-20

Come shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly at live comedy! Parlor Live is proud to present Aries Spears, December 18-20. From memorable characters to spot-on impressions, Aries Spears made his mark during his 8-year tenure as a cast member on the popular sketch show, “Mad TV.” He’s earned critical acclaim and has found great success in films like “Jerry Maguire” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



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Weekly Round-Up: 7 Wintery Bellevue Events

This week in Bellevue, WA, revel in a chilly-good production of The Snow Queen, bring your family to hear stories from an award-winning children’s author, and experience the art of Dr. Seuss up close. See which events made it into the Weekly Round-Up, and get ready to add some winter cheer to your week!

1.) Creation Entertainment’s Official STAR TREK Convention 2014

Outer spaceDecember 12-14
Don’t miss the Official Star Trek convention with actor appearances from sci-fi celebrities like Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), and Michael Dorn (WORF). There will be a Friday night karaoke party and a trivia game too. Whether you’re a casual Star Trek fan or a devoted follower, see your favorites at this exciting convention at Meydenbauer Center. Find full details here.


Blue glittery snowflake December 12-21
This performance is perfectly suited to December weather! Bellevue Youth Theatre hosts The Snow Queen, adapted from work by classic storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. With seven performances to choose from between December 12-21, you’ll be able to find the right time for your family to attend this spellbinding event.  Tickets $10 in advance; $12 during the week of the first show; with select $5 ticket performances. Find all details here.


FiddleDecember 15
Fill your senses with Celtic magic this season. This is an evening of festive music and performance filled with Celtic instruments, dancers, stories, and delight in the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Magical Strings is a family ensemble that has been performing annually for 33 years. Be dazzled by the talented Raney Irish Dancers, Irish fiddler Dale Russ, and of course songs that evoke Celtic holiday spirit. Performance at 7 p.m. Arrive early and join Meydenbauer Center and Storefronts for a special reception in the Theatre lobby on Level 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. View the work of Seattle artist Paul E McKee and Vancouver, WA, and artist K. C. Madsen, and meet the artists and those responsible for launching Storefronts and bringing this public art program to Bellevue. Tickets $20/adults; $12/children and students. See additional details.


Tan and white guinea pigDecember 14
Keep young readers on track with a special event featuring award-winning children’s author Patrick Jennings! Patrick is a Port Townsend resident who’s known for the children’s book series Guinea Dog, which is about an unusual pet. Don’t be surprised if you hear giggles while Patrick reads from his stories. Take part in this free author appearance at 1 p.m. held at the downtown Barnes & Noble. Find directions or check out Patrick’s books here.




White ice skate December 11, 16 & 18
By now you’ve likely heard of the seasonal skating arena in downtown Bellevue. Experience it for the first time (or again!) with a free skating lesson that will make you feel more confident on the ice. Join in free lessons from professional skating teachers with your paid admission to the ice arena. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission includes skate rental and costs just $12; $9 for kids 8 and under.



December 10-January 3
There is something undeniably magical about the fanciful art of Dr. Seuss. Visit The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery to get a glimpse of Dr. Seuss pieces—it’s an exhibition of the scenes reminiscent of your favorite childhood books. Don’t miss the opportunity to introduce young Dr. Seuss fans tohis imaginative art. The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is Washington’s only authorized Dr. Seuss art  dealer.Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m-8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Parking and location details are here.



December 13
The Eastside Heritage Center presents a special open house at Bellevue’s historic Winters House. Bellevue’s Winters House is a 1929 home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. visit the Winters House and see how early Bellevue residents might have experienced the season. It’s an excellent opportunity to see a beautifully preserved building that reflects local history. Visit the Eastside Heritage Society for the Winters House location.




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Weekly Round-Up: 8 Festive Holiday Events Around Bellevue This Week

The holiday season is in full swing here and we’ve outlined just a taste of events this week to help keep the holiday spirit going. From beautiful music to crafty gifts, there are plenty of activities the whole family can partake in to spread the holiday cheer and a few adult activities as well. Don’t forget about the annual events too, like Magic Season that runs all month with things to see and do such as Ice Arena, Snowflake Lane and Garden d’Lights! Bellevue has your holiday covered!

 1.)  Hilltop Holiday Craft Show

December 3-6

Is your house missing some much needed holiday spirit? Still needing some great ideas for Christmas gifts? Then you won’t want to miss the annual Hilltop Holiday Craft show! Come visit over 80 booths featuring selected Northwest crafters. Everything from ornaments to kitchenware and trinkets to toys will be covered. You never know what gems you’ll find at this show! Admission is free and there is plenty of parking, so come down to the Northwest Arts Center at 9825 NE 24th Street in Bellevue. The show runs 10am-8pm Wednesday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturday. Click here to learn more.




 2.) Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert


December 5 & 7

You have not one, but two chances this weekend to hear your favorite holiday songs performed by the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. Take a break from your holiday shopping and relax listening to beautiful music at The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center on Friday at 7:30pm or on Sunday at 2pm at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.



3.) Bellevue Girl Choir’s A Winter’s Tail

December 6

Come listen to the beautiful voices of the Bellevue Girl Choir as they perform two concerts on Saturday at The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. The first is at 3pm and features their Primary, Intermediate, Training, Concert and Premier Choirs. The second is at 7pm and features their Intermediate, Training, Concert and Premier Choirs. Both concerts will have an array of songs about animals in wintertime, so bring the family for an evening of music. There will even be a fun sing along – a BCG tradition! For more information and to buy tickets, click here.


 4.) Winter Beer Fest in Seattle

BeerDecember 5-6

The Washington Brewers Guild aims to cheer up your tastes buds at its Winter Beer Fest this weekend with over 45 breweries showcasing they’re stouts, IPAs, ales and more. Tickets are available online for pre-purchase or can be purchased at the door. Stop by Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park to taste some seasonal favorites and find new ones! For more information, to purchase tickets or to check out the list of breweries and beers, click here.


 5.) Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concerts

December 7

The Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra has put together three great concerts at Meydenbauer Theatre featuring their talented musicians! At 2pm, catch Winter Wonderland featuring the Debut String and Cadet String Orchestra.  Stick around for the 5pm Snowflake Season performance with the Sinfonia, Premiere Orchestra and Percussions Ensemble and cap the night off with the 7pm Magic of Mistletoe show performed by the Youth Symphony, Philharmonia, Flute Orchestra and Flute Choir. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


 6.) Woodinville Wine Country’s Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting

 December 5-7

If you’re looking for a festive, adults only holiday event, then you’ll want to join in the fun at the annual Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting event. Come sample 30+ different Woodinville wineries, chat with the winemakers and snack on hors d’oeuvres. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


 7.)  Live Comedy: Ben Bailey

 December 4-6

Enjoy a good chuckle this season and experience some live comedy! Parlor Live is proud to present Ben Bailey, the host of the highly successful shows “Cash Cab” and “Cash Cab: After Dark” on the Discovery Channel. “Cash Cab” has gained such a following that Ben received a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Game Show Host.” You have seen him on “30 Rock,” “Law and Order SVU,” “One Life to Live,” “MADtv” and National Geographic’s “Brain Games.” Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 8.) Pet Photos with Santa

Sleeping holiday dogs December 9

Stop by Crossroads from 3pm-8pm to have your pet’s photo taken with Santa! If you bring in a donation of pet food, supplies or money, you’ll receive a free 5×7 photo with your package. You’ll not only be creating a lasting keepsake, but 100% of the payment for your pet photo will be donated to The Humane Society. Click here for more information and if you want to add a new member to the family, the “MaxMobile” Mobile Adoption Bus will be on site from 3pm-6pm.



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Experience the Spectacle of the 10th Anniversary Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane Street 2_BillBrooksTired of living life in the fast lane? Take a break and experience life in Snowflake Lane instead! Presented at The Bellevue Collection, the 10th Anniversary Snowflake Lane is an amazing evening holiday spectacle taking place every night, running now through December 24.

The nightly performance – starting at 7 p.m. – features more than 200 live toy soldier drummers, costumed characters, lively music, falling snow nightly and glittering lights – all along the beloved Bellevue Way. Plus, don’t miss special performances by the Jingle Belles. It’s fun for the whole family and best of all, it is free! Oh and we can’t forget to mention that the fun continues even after Christmas with Celebration Lane taking place nightly from December 26 – January 1! For more information, visit the Snowflake Lane website.

But don’t just come for the show. Snowflake Lane is the perfect excuse for a holiday date night or girls night out in downtown Bellevue! Grab dinner and drinks before the performance at one of the many nearby restaurants such as Black Bottle, Suite Restaurant/Lounge, or Pearl Bar & Dining. Following Snowflake Lane, glide on the ice at the Magic Season Ice Arena located just down the street in Bellevue Downtown Park or get in some holiday shopping at The Bellevue Collection, Old Bellevue, or The Shops at The Bravern. Whatever you choose to do, if you spend an evening in downtown Bellevue during December you are sure to be surrounded by plenty of seasonal things to do and holiday cheer!

Here’s a quick glance at what Bellevue has in store for your evening out:


Header image by Bill Brooks Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection



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Weekly Round-Up: 8 Holiday-Themed Events in Bellevue

These eight events will have you and your family feeling ready for the holidays in no time! From a Turkey Day workout to a puppet production of The Gingerbread Boy, what’s happening in Bellevue this week will help spread holiday joy! Bring along family and friends and experience something new this season.

1.) Santa’s Arrival Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lit holiday treeNovember 28
November 28 is the first day of Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, and it’s extra-special because Santa will be arriving for a parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony! Take in Santa’s parade around The Bellevue Collection and experience the Snowflake Lane debut, then watch Santa set a 30-foot tree aglow with holiday lights in Bellevue Place Wintergarden. Make sure to bring your camera, because you’ll have the opportunity to snap photos of you and your family with your favorite figures from Snowflake Lane! There will even be sweet treats supplied to chase away the cold. For a map and all details, click here.


 2.) 2014 Family Gingerbread House Workshops

Gingerbread houseNovember 28
Ring in the season by gathering  your family for a special gingerbread decorating workshop put on by KidsQuest Children’s Museum at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue! The cost to decorate is $40 per family for KidsQuest members and $45 per family for nonmembers, and admits a party of 6 to decorate 1 gingerbread house. Want to make the workshop merrier? Reserve a VIP table for 10 that comes with 4 gingerbread houses and your own private table for $250. Find all workshop details here. Workshop times are from 12-2 p.m. and  5-7 p.m.

3.) Free Thanksgiving Day Indoor Cycle Class

Indoor cyclingNovember 27
Get in gear before Thanksgiving dinner with an indoor cycling workout! Everyone is welcome to register, with one-hour cycling classes offered Thanksgiving Day at 7 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 9:30 a.m. The entrance cost is free with a donation of a Target or Fred Meyer gift card in any amount that will go toward children in need in the South Bellevue Community Center Boys & Girls Club Program. New to cycling? There are no gym contracts or commitments, and no special shoes required. The cycles have SPD-compatible pedals that also work with exercise shoes. Simply pack water and a towel and get ready to sweat. Register for you and a few friends who’ll be visiting on Thanksgiving and get a jump on cardio fitness. Registration happens in advance: call 425-452-4240 for additional information or to save your space.

4.)  Santa’s Workshop at Bellevue Square

SantaNovember 28-December 24
Visit Bellevue Square every day from November 28-December 24 to take photos with Santa that you’ll treasure for years to come. A photo with Santa is an annual Christmas tradition, and now you can make a day of it, enjoying dinner at one of Bellevue Collection’s restaurants, and treating your family to the dazzling display of Snowflake Lane (details below)! Click here to see when Santa will be in his workshop at Bellevue Square. Photo packages are priced from $23.95. For more questions, call Arthur and Associates Holiday Photography at 206-783-5227.


5.) Skating at Magic Season Ice Arena

Ice skateNovember 28-January 11
Ring in the season while gliding along an ice rink in beautiful Bellevue Downtown Park! The Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Bank of America and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card is the perfect place to try out your moves or skate for the first time. Admission includes skate rental and costs just $12; $9 for kids 8 and under. Click here for more info and available discounts, and find skating hours here. Need to brush up on your skating skills? Check out the free and paid lessons happening in December and January.




6.)  Garden d’Lights

Garden d'Lights butterflyNovember 29-January 3
You’ll be wowed by these gorgeous lights that create an imaginative world of spectacular color in the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The vibrant scenes of plants and animals are breathtaking in the winter night. Garden d’Lights’ designs were crafted through thousands of hours by volunteers. The scenic landscape of lights will be open every evening from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting November 29. If you’ve attended before, stroll through to see what’s changed this season! Save time and buy your $5 tickets now. Find all details, including December free admission days, here.

7.) The Gingerbread Boy

GingerbreadNovember 29-30
Watch a whimsical puppet play of The Gingerbread Boy by nonprofit Thistle Theatre. Its fun designs and light-hearted story will appeal to families. Find out what happens on the Gingerbread Boy’s adventure when a change in baking batter means treats stop being made! Choose from performances scheduled at 2 and 4 p.m. on November 29 and 30 (with additional shows on December 6 and 7). Call 206-524-3388 to purchase tickets. Performances held at Bellevue Youth Theater.




8.) Bellevue Holiday Recommendations at University Book Store

BookDecember 3
Get the gift-giving off to a good start with book recommendations from Bellevue’s University Book Store. Whether you’re looking for hot present ideas or you just love reading, have fun mingling with other readers and savoring treats. The University Book Store will cover fiction and non-fiction recommendations suitable for a variety of readers, featuring over 12 new and favorite books. The event is December 3 at 6 p.m.


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(Photos via Bellevue Botanical Garden Society; by photostocknuchylee, and ntwowe via FreeDigitalPhotos)

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Decorate a Gingerbread House at the 2014 Family Gingerbread House Workshops


What could possibly be better than gum drops, icing, candy canes, and gingerbread galore? Gum drops, icing, candy canes, and gingerbread galore without having to deal with the mess of course! Starting November 28, join KidsQuest Children’s Museum at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue for the 2014 Family Gingerbread House Workshops.  It’s the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season!

Work together with family or friends to decorate a unique gingerbread house. All materials–including a giant candy buffet and icing–are provided! KidsQuest will even clean up after you.

Workshops will be held Friday, November 28 (12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.), and Saturday, November 29 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.) at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Guests can pre-register for a workshop here. But hurry – these workshops sell quicker than a baker’s dozen on Christmas!

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the KidsQuest Children’s Museum. For more information, please click here.

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Bellevue Winter Preview: 7 Ways to Turn Up the Fun This Holiday Season

7 Ways Holiday Graphic

Halloween has come and past, leaves are falling off trees and all those carved pumpkins are withering away. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing left to celebrate! After the fall comes winter, and luckily, Bellevue has you covered when it comes to things to do to celebrate the upcoming winter season.

From beautiful festive lights and live performances, get ready to be transformed into a festive, holiday mood!

1. Snowflake Lane

Photo Credit: George White Location Photography

Photo Credit: George White Location Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection

Feel the magic of the holidays on the streets of downtown Bellevue during the 10th Anniversary of Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, an amazing evening performance taking place every night, starting Friday November 28. Snowflake Lane features more than 200 live toy soldier drummers, costumed characters, lively music, falling snow and glittering lights. Plus, don’t miss special performances by the Jingle Belles.


 2. Garden d’Lights


Photo Courtesy of Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

Everything shines a little brighter when you’re at the Garden d’Lights festival, held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! Using over a half million lights to transform the garden into a beautiful winter oasis, this light festival is sure to please even the most dedicated of Scrooges!


 3. Holiday Performances at Meydenbauer

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Photo Credit: Rex Tranter, Courtesy of International Ballet Theatre

Feeling a little too cold outside? Then bundle up at the Theatre at Meydenbauer and check out some special holiday performances, running through December 2014. These include A Celtic Yuletide by Magical Strings, The Nutcracker by the International Ballet Theatre, A Winter’s Tail performed by the Bellevue Girlchoir and many others.


4. Magic Season Ice arena

Photo Credit: Merrill Images

Photo Credit: Merrill Images

Santa may be busy delivering presents outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Bring your friends and family, stay warm and come on down to the Magic Season Ice Arena, the region’s only open-air holiday ice skating experience. Be on the lookout for special events and other activities at the arena that will no doubt leave you dancing and grooving all winter long!


 5. Gingerbread Lane

Gingerbread Lane 2013 3 - Courtesy KidsQuest

Photo Courtesy of KidsQuest Children’s Museum

We all know the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” But can you have your gingerbread and eat it too? Find out during Gingerbread Lane! Gather the family or some friends and come decorate a gingerbread house at KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s Family Gingerbread House Workshops, held November 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. We dare you not to eat it on your way home!


 6. Christmas Ship Festival

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Photo Credit: Merrill Images

Some cities do door-to-door carolers, but here in the Pacific Northwest we won’t settle for anything less than waterfront choruses. Join in a Seattle area holiday tradition during the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. The Christmas Ship will anchor in several waterfront locations in and around Bellevue throughout December including Newcastle Beach Park and Meydenbauer Bay. Choirs on-board sing 20-minute performances as thousands of people gather on shore or join in the festival aboard the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow to help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world!


 7. Celebration Lane

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Photo Credit: Bill Brooks Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection

We like to think glittering lights and New Years go hand-in-hand. That’s why we have Celebration Lane at The Bellevue Collection, a nightly celebration honoring the New Year, beginning December 26 and running through New Years Eve. Come ready to enjoy the thrill of lights, laughter and music of the holidays.


To discover more ways to celebrate the holiday season in Bellevue and the surrounding region, visit our holiday events page. And be sure to share your holiday adventures in Bellevue with us on social media using #MyBelleVue!

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Weekly Round-Up: Top 7 Events in Bellevue This Week

Thanksgiving is only a week away, but why not take some time this weekend to relax before the big feast? From music to markets, there’s a lot to do to help you get into the season. Take a peek at the Weekly Round-Up to see what is going on in Bellevue, WA this weekend!


                                                                                 November 21-23

Babes in ToyCome enjoy a family-friendly holiday treat and journey to the magical Toyland! You only have one weekend to catch Bellevue Youth Theatre’s production of Babes in Toyland. Singing, dancing, action and adventure await, as all of your favorite Mother Goose characters come together to stop an evil plot. Click here for more information or call (425)-452-7155 to purchase tickets. Matinees begin at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, with evening performances at 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performances are at the Bellevue Youth Theatre-Ivanhoe, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue.


                                                                  Harpist            November 20

Molly is a Celtic harpist and singer who will be bringing her beautiful music to the Crossroads Market Stage at 6:30pm. Come listen as she plays a variety of traditional music as well as classic and contemporary pieces. For more information click here and to learn more about Molly, plus get a sample of her music, visit her website.


hhhNovember 20-22

This weekend, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Harland Williams! He’s been seen on hit films including “Dumb & Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Half Baked,” “Employee of the Month,” “Superstar,” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” Harland was a favorite on “Conan” and has appeared on shows such as “Tosh.O,” “Late Night,” “The Late Late Show,” “Last Call” and “The Tonight Show.” He recently performed in the new film “Back in the Day” with Nick Swardson and his podcast, “The Harland Highway” is available on iTunes. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


                                           Sing-along                              November 22

This is a perfect free event for the whole family! Come join Lorraine Burdick at the Crossroads  Market stage at 10am this Saturday in a sing-along. There will be classic favorites and you’ll learn some great new songs to add to the family repertoire. Music and singing is a great way to help a child build a sense of rhythm, recognize patterns and can even help in problem-solving later on. Click here for more information.





"Crossings" by Alicia Tormey

“Crossings” by Alicia Tormey

  November 5-30

Only 2 weeks left to see this beautiful exhibit! Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery is featuring a group exhibit of all the gallery’s artists working in one of history’s oldest, most durable mediums — encaustic. This melding of wax, resin and pigment offers a depth in art nearly impossible to duplicate. Visitors are sure to enjoy the mesmerizing colors and textures of these works of art. Admission to the gallery is free. Click here for more information.



                                                   Farmer's Market                             November 22

It’s the last farmers market of the season and a great chance to check off the items on your Thanksgiving ingredients list! Support your local farmers and come get fresh cranberries from the Bloom Creek Farm, winter squash and pie pumpkin from Boldbrook Farm or artisan bread and stuffing mix at the Tall Grass Bakery. Be sure to grab hot cider from the Martins Family Orchard that you can sip and enjoy while being serenaded by The Haggis Brothers. For more information, click here.


 ThanksgivingNovember 26

Celebrate Thanksgiving a day early at the Thanksgiving Eve Celebration hosted at Bellevue’s Blue Martini . Don’t miss drink specials and live entertainment to help you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast and extra-long weekend!







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The Roots of Downtown Bellevue


“In the 1970s, downtown Bellevue was an asphalt expanse. Then a group of businesspeople, led by a dedicated city planner, stepped in to change the city’s course.” – 425 Business

Over the last 40 years, downtown Bellevue has grown up from a few modest office buildings to a vibrant and bustling city center.   The recent article published in 425 Business titled “The Roots of Downtown” tells part of the story of Bellevue’s history and some of the key individuals involved in the development of the downtown area. Click here to read the full article.

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Weekly Round-Up: 7 Unique Bellevue Events

Fall is in full swing, but before your calendar fills up with holiday engagements, make time for some indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. From hiking to Hercules, jazz to gingerbread houses, these action-packed activities won’t leave anyone bored. As chilly temperatures descend, participate in fun Bellevue indoor events that let you enjoy the season and stay comfortable at the same time.


gumdropsNovember 15

This crafting event is specially formatted for 2-5 year-olds. Young children, with a parent or adult along to join the fun, will create mini gingerbread houses and enjoy delicious treats and songs. You and your child will get into the spirit of the season with this craft. Children are encouraged to dress up in festive attire for this event at the Northwest Arts Center. Cost is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. The activity goes from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register by calling 425-452-4106 and referencing course #85524. For additional questions, contact the Northwest Arts Center.


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November 15

Glee fans will rejoice! Actress Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson on the hit show Glee, will be speaking this Saturday at Bellevue College. Hosted by ParentMap, this is a special event that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their achievements. Recommended for all ages, there’s even a special family ticket option: $20 for 2 adults and up to 2 kids attending. Individual tickets are $10. Lauren Potter has an important message to share. As ParentMap notes, “When professionals told Lauren that she ‘couldn’t’ or ‘wouldn’t’, she worked harder. Barriers put before her became a personal challenge to let people know what she was capable of.” Don’t miss Lauren Potter’s speech and Q & A! You’ll get to hear from other speakers as well, Steve Ferreira, founder of the non-profit Beyond Disabilities, and Ben Wahl, founder of Ryther’s Aspiring Youth Program. The event lasts from 2-5 p.m. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.


shopping girl

November 16

Need a break? Macy’s Holiday Fragrance Gala creates the perfect girls’ night of luxury. This VIP event costs just $10, which also goes towards any fragrances you shop for that night. Guests will be treated to live music and sample Indian cuisine from Moksha Restaurant, hailed as one of the Top Restaurants for 2013 by a Seattle Times critic. Shop for fragrances on this special day and you’ll be rewarded with extra surprises from vendors. A swag bag is included, with gift cards and vouchers for local businesses totaling over $20. The gala is an all-ages event that will quickly get you in the shopping spirit! The event takes place from 8-10 p.m. Call 425-688-6340 or email to reserve space for you and friend, or find more details here.



120605-A-DT641-002November 16

Immerse yourself in local history during this program from the Eastside Heritage Center and Bellevue Parks & Community Services. You’ll hear how a change in water elevation affected local businesses and individuals after the historic Lake Washington Ship Canal was built in 1934. This free event takes place from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Invite friends and family to learn about a piece of local history and how it shaped the cities that exist today. Click here for more event details.



November 18

Relax to the smooth sounds of jazz saxophonist Mike Allen as he performs with other WWU faculty in The Mike Allen Quartet. Eastside Jazz Club will host the performance on November 18 from 7:30-9:30pm at Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue. Praise for Mike Allen comes from The Jazz Report’s Andy Hurlbut, who declares “Mike Allen’s world is well worth a visit.” Come hear the artist The Jazz Journal International calls “An accomplished musician who has studied Coltrane in depth and forged a style that is fresh and vital.”  Stop by early to enjoy Happy Hour until 7 p.m. Learn more about Mike Allen and listen to his music here. Tickets at door for $13 for adults, youth aged 18 and under for $8. Find additional event details here.


Lewis Creek Park

November 21

Change up your hiking routine with a trek through the park at night! Experience Bellevue’s Lewis Creek Park after dark on a Ranger-led hike. From 7:30-9 p.m., hikers will explore the park and find out what creatures come out at night—a great opportunity for kids and families to have a first-hand experience in nature. Kids as young as 5 are able to join the walk, and the cost is only $2 per resident and $3 per non-resident. If you want to participate in this adventure, dress for the weather and ensure you have hiking boots or shoes suited for the outdoors. Call 425-452-6885 and reference course #86696 to register.


Hercules the Musical

November 22-23

Variety Plus presents an original family musical, Hercules, written and directed by Bob Gribas. This exciting performance at the Meydenbauer Center will appeal to families of all ages. The musical’s cast is 95 Seattle-area youth and adults, with music and choreography by Angela Rinaldi-Gribas. What to expect? Variety Plus boasts, “Catchy tunes, comical characters, innovative masks and whimsical choreography make this high energy production a highly entertaining experience for the whole family!” General admission seats are $14, available online, or at the door by cash or check. Attend one of the four performances: November 22 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and November 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.



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(Photos from top to bottom by antpkr via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; @TheLaurenPotter; stockimages via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; US Army Corps of Engineers; Western Washington University; MyParksandRecreation.com; and Variety Plus)

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