Weekly Round-Up: 7 Upbeat Events in Bellevue

This weekend plan on attending fun events in and around Bellevue. Treat the family to an original dance production with everyone’s favorite artistic styles, take young ones to art classes that will leave them inspired, and even get the chance to try out brand new, unpublished board games! What will you do in Bellevue this week?

1.) Wolves of Washington

WolfJanuary 25 
This free educational event is about the wolves around Washington and how they fit into the area as natural predators. Adults and older kids will learn the grey wolves’ history and what it means to have them as four-legged neighbors. For natural enthusiasts, families, and anyone curious about the area’s animals. This event happens from 2-3 p.m. at Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and is recommended for children 10 and over. Find address and details here.


2.) “I Painted That!” Kids’ Watercolor Class

Blue and green watercolors drippingJanuary 24, January 31, & February 7 
Register young artists for this three-part watercolor class taught by retired Seattle School District instructors. Kids 7-10 years old will learn to create with watercolors on Saturdays from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Pre-registration required; hurry before this class fills! $60 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members; $75 Non-members. Learn more about this class and others.



3.) Get Crafty Saturdays! Leather Crafts

January 24
Need another option for your budding artists? The Bellevue Arts Museum’s Get Crafty Saturdays! classes are back with special Leather Crafts on January 24. The focus is on leather accessories that 4-12 year olds can turn into items such as jewelry and pouches. Every artist is sure to find their inspiration and a few smiles along the way! Admission for this drop-in event is $2. See more from the Bellevue Arts Museum.



4.) Mini-UnPub!

Board games piecesJanuary 24
Board game fans can try their hand at something new at this special event. Bellevue’s Mox Boarding House will host local board game designers demoing unpublished games that participants can also play. Take this opportunity to see the masterminds behind board games while you offer feedback on their latest creations. Haven’t been to Mox before? It’s located right near NE 8th St, on Bel-Red Road. Get directions and more.


5.) Cocoa Brown Live!

January 22-24
Inject some humor into your week with a night of Cocoa Brown at Parlor Live. Brown has been part of Tyler Perry’s work, “Psych,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Choose which day to see her: from January 22-24 with tickets starting at just $20. All event info here.




6.) Danzami Winter’s Tale Dance Show

January 25
LaVida Studio presents an original production featuring various forms of dance sure to delight the whole family—including ballroom, salsa, and hip-hop. Students of a variety of ages will be performing unique dance numbers throughout the performance, and you won’t want to miss a step! The 12 p.m. show is held at Bellevue High Performing Arts Center and goes until 1 p.m. Buy Danzami tickets and find out more.






7.) Rumble on the Ridge XXX

January 23
Experience the adrenaline of MMA matches at COGA Combat Games’ Rumble on the Ridge XXX. Held at Snoqualmie Casino, this evening event has general admission, reserved, and ring side seating available. Don’t miss seeing the skill of trained male and female MMA fighters up close. Fights start at 7 p.m., doors open an hour earlier. See additional fighter lineup and more here.








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Weekly Round-Up: 6 Great Events in Bellevue This Week

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” As you celebrate Martin Luther King Day this weekend, come experience activities around Bellevue to help add quality to your life.


1.)  Seattle Seahawks VS Greenbay Packers in NFC Championship Game

Cheer on the HawksSunday January 18

The Legion of Boom is barreling towards the Super Bowl with only one game that stands in the way. We know you’re going to be watching, so if you can’t make it to the Clink, why not come out and enjoy the game with the rest of the 12th Man in Bellevue? Whether you’re looking for the largest screen, the best burgers, a luxurious lounge or a large beer selection, Bellevue has all the bases covered. Wear your green and blue and click here for a few suggestions on where to watch the game this Sunday!


2.)    MLK Day “Live Healthy – Live Longer” Health Fair & “Celebration of a Dream” Community Tribute

Monday January 19

The Bellevue Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is hosting a Health Fair and “Celebration of a Dream” community tribute. From 11am-3pm at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center you can experience this tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be performances by the Eastside Dream Elite Cheer, Seattle Peace Chorus, Sonny Byers Band and Total Experience Gospel Chois. Plus, you can get a health screening or onsite mammogram, participate in a Zumba demo, sign up for voter registration, listen to guest speakers and lots more. Click here for more information.



3.) Live Comedy: Chris Porter

January 15-17

You’ve seen him on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, now come laugh through the night as Parlor Live presents Chris Porter. Chris’ off-the-cuff style of comedy and Midwest perspective has been entertaining audiences nationwide. You can check out his critically acclaimed special “Ugly and Angry” on Netflix or iTunes. Click here for show times and to purchase tickets.


4.) Bellevue Arts Museum Free Family Day: Cultures of the World

January 18

From 12pm-4pm, you’ll want to stop by Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) to experience Cultures of the World. There will be different art activities, demonstrations and performances from amazing cultures around the world. Come listen to Gary Stroutsus play and educate about Native American percussion, make your own African Ankara necklace, decorate your own feather pen like they did in medieval Europe, and more! Click here for more information and to check out the schedule of events.


5.) Washington Wind Symphony presents “Carpe Diem” 

January 18

If your New Year hasn’t been filled with beautiful music, then it’s time to come out to the Washington Wind Symphony’s concert “Carpe Diem.”  Dr. Ed Powell conducts the Eastside’s premier wind ensemble at the Kirkland Performance Center at 2pm. With beautiful arrangements of “Gloriosa” by Yasuhide Ito, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Wagner, and more, you won’t want to miss this event. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.






 6.) Living Laboratory

 January 21

KidsQuest Museum has partnered with the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) to conduct research through games and hands-on activities. Families will have a chance to meet a local scientist and learn more about how researchers study early learning and children’s brain development. If you want to experience the scientific process first hand and help with real world research, stop by KidsQuest from 1pm-3pm on the 21st. Click here for more information.




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Weekly Round-Up: 6 Ways to Learn and Play around Bellevue

This week in Bellevue, you and your family can immerse in arts and adventures. Try your luck at board games at Crossroads Shopping Center’s family event, take in innovate art at Hall Spassov Gallery, brush up on your snowshoeing skills, and more!

1.) 2nd Saturday Family Night & Family Game Time

Chess pieces

January 10
Experience an evening out filled with free games and goodies! Every second Saturday of the month, Crossroads Bellevue provides a place for families to have fun. Family Game Time happens from 5-7 p.m., when young players can practice on the giant chess pieces and receive tips from chess coaches for free, or families can get comfortable with a board game from Uncle’s Games. Stop by the stage at 6:30 p.m. to witness a unique show geared to younger crowds. Attendees will also enjoy free popcorn and more! Discover more about 2nd Saturdays here.

2.) The Velveteen Rabbit

Brown rabbit in grassJanuary 10-25
Redmond’s SecondStory Repertory Theater presents the Velveteen Rabbit, a well-loved story featuring a very special stuffed rabbit. With weekend shows throughout January, The Velveteen Rabbit debuts on January 10. SecondStory Repertory recommends all-ages Sunday performances for young viewers and offers discounts. Tickets are $10. Discounts, dates, and details are here.

3.) Stallman, Four Handed at Hall Spassov Gallery

 Stallman artists Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman

Stallman Artists Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman            Photo Courtesy of Stallman Studio

January 8-31
Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery is currently showing work by local artists Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, known as Stallman. Their deeply intricate artwork will impress art aficionados and casual event-goers alike. This encore showing continues through the end of the month. Learn more about the artists and find event details.



4.) Science Saturdays

Beakers with colorful liquidsJanuary 10 & 17
Middle-schoolers will love this exciting approach to science! Bellevue College’s Science and Math Institute puts on Saturday classes that teach science, math, and engineering using attention-getting elements like flaming snowballs. Fifth through seventh graders will explore with instructors in three-hour classes designed to make learning more stimulating. The January 10 class, Fire and Ice, will include liquid crystals and more, and the January 17 class, An Inside Look, gives kids the opportunity of how the eyes, brain, and heart function. Both sessions are from 1-4 p.m. Registration is $50 per student and includes a snack. See complete details

5.) Basic Snowshoe Course for Teens and Adults

Snowshoeing in woodsJanuary 8 (field trip on January 17 or 25)
Get on track with a classic winter sport! TRACKS and the Foothills Branch of the Mountaineers will host this class on snowshoeing, with a talk held on January 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. and a follow-up snowshoeing trip on January 17 or 25 to practice skills. Topics will range from snowshoeing gear to winter survival. Some gear provided by request. For ages 18 and up, or 14 and up when accompanied by an adult. Cost is $65 for Mountaineer members; $85 for non-members. See event and registration information here.

6.) Becoming a Northwest Gardener Lecture

CornflowerJanuary 13
Learn how gardener Tom Fischer from Timber Press and Horticulture magazine curated his plant choices and adapted to the local landscape in this evening lecture. While you’re listening, pick up tips for encouraging your own green thumb! Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members pay $5; non-members pay $15. Payment happens at the event; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about Bellevue Botanical Garden Society events.



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Why Locals LOVE Seattle’s Eastside

You might have already guessed that we can’t get enough of Bellevue and the rest of Seattle’s Eastside. Now, thanks to 425 Magazine you can also see why locals LOVE it here! Check out their video below to see what locals have to say.

Be sure to also take a look at 425 Magazine’s list of 425 Reasons to Love the Eastside. From wild wonders and perfect parks to sweet treats and signature dishes, there’s no shortage of reasons to head over to this side of the lake. Think something is missing from the list? Join in the conversation on social media by sharing your favorite things about Bellevue or the greater Eastside using #Love425.

Eastside Love from hortonbarker on Vimeo.

To discover more places to play, stay, or eat while visiting Bellevue, go to www.visitbellevuewashington.com.


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Weekly Round-Up: 7 Fun Events Around Bellevue This Week

Happy New Year Everyone! 2015 is here and we’ve got some great local events to help you start your new year off right. If you haven’t had a chance to see the Garden d’Lights festival yet, then you only have one more weekend to see the amazing light display. Did you make a resolution to get in better shape? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the free classes at the South Bellevue Community Center! Looking for a good laugh? Check out Twisted Flicks or live comedy! There’s tons to do around Bellevue!


1.)  Free Classes at South Bellevue Community Center

Yoga ClassJanuary 5-11

Have you been thinking about taking a class at the South Bellevue Community Center (SBCC)? Now you can, free of charge! As part of their 9th Anniversary celebration, SBCC is offering free classes for a week. No pre-registration is necessary, so check out the class schedule and come try out all that the South Bellevue Community Center has to offer. Click here for more information.


2.) Creative Garden Writing Workshop with Steve Lorton

Garden PictureJanuary 6

If you’ve ever thought about honing your garden writing skills, then you won’t want to miss this event. You’ll spend a morning walking the Bellevue Botanical Gardens then have a chance to write about what you observed. Steve Lorton, the former Northwest Bureau Chief and Garden Editor for Sunset Magazine, will be on hand to help participants with their writing and offer guidance. Click here for more information and to register.


3.) Garden d’Lights

Garden d'Lights
Image Courtesy of Garden d’Lights

January 1-3

This is your last chance to catch the spectacle of Bellevue Botanical Garden Society’s Garden d’Lights festival. It’s the 20th Anniversary of one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite traditions! Come see over half a million lights turn the beautiful gardens into a stunning winter wonderland. Tickets are $5 , with children under 10 admitted for free. The lights run 4:30-9:30pm every night but will end on the 3rd, so don’t miss out! Click here for more information.



4.) Hall Spassov Gallery – Stallman, Four-Handed Exhibit

January 7-31

Hall Spassov is doing an encore showing of the Stallman, Four-Handed exhibition from January 7-31. You won’t want to miss this exhibit! Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman have taken traditional painting and turned it on its head by using shape and shadow to create their “Canvas-On-Edge.” You also have a chance to hear the artists speak about their work on January 7 from 7-8pm. Click here for more information.






5.)  Jet City Improv presents Twisted Flicks: Westworld


January 2

Scientists concur that laughter really is some of the best medicine, so if you’re feeling sad that holidays are over, come watch a classic B-movie get the Mystery Science Theatre treatment. On Friday, Jet City Improv tackles the Michael Crichton film Westworld at the Kirkland Performance Center. Improvisers will be creating all the dialogue, music and sound effects for this low-budget science fiction western, all based on your suggestions! Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


6.) Winter Wonders (Storytime)

Winter PictureJanuary 2

Lewis Creek Park continues their Explorers’ Club activities with a Winter Wonders Story time for families. Wintertime is full of wonders, so come learn about what trees and animals do in the winter! They always make a fun craft to take home so bring the kids to this fun, educational event. The first session is from 11am-noon and the second session runs from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Call (425) 452-6885 to register for the event or click here for more information.




7.)  Live Comedy: Sarah Colonna

January 2 & 3

Start the New Year off with a laugh! Come to the Parlor Live as they present Sarah Colonna on January 2 and 3. A semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Sarah made her presence known on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and has been featured on “Monk,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Scare Tactics.” You can also catch her in the movies “Back In The Day” and “Buttwhistle,” or listen in to her podcast “Off the Rails with Josh & Sarah.” Check out her book “Life as I Blow It” from Amazon. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



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Celebration Lane 2014

Photo # IMG21809When Santa has come, presents have been opened, and all those ugly Christmas sweaters have been put away surely, there is nothing left to celebrate, right? Wrong!

From December 26 through January 1, come to Bellevue to celebrate the next great holiday – New Years – with Celebration Lane at The Bellevue Collection! Gaze in wonder as the streets are transformed nightly into a New Year’s Eve celebration, with music, lights, confetti, and more. It is the perfect way to ring in 2015!

Nightly shows will be held at 7 p.m. on the sidewalks between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. Make a New Year’s resolution, or simply feast in all that Celebration Lane has to offer. For more information, please click here.

Photo Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection; Credit – George White Location Photography
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Weekly Round-Up: 8 Events to Celebrate the New Year

Get ready for a fabulous finish to 2014 with these smashing events in Bellevue! Take the kids to a New Year’s event just for them and then lose yourself in festive fun at a comedy show, cruise, or premier party.

1.) New Year’s Eve at Suite Restaurant/Lounge

December 31
Dance the night away to music by Suite’s resident DJ and be treated to live aerial arts while you enjoy your favorite drinks at this luxe bash in Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency Hotel Wintergarden Plaza. Book through Suite and save on hotel rooms to turn your night into a holiday getaway! Party starts at 8 p.m. Find venue event information here, or buy tickets.



2.) New Year’s Eve Cruise

Multi-colored fireworksDecember 31
Take in the area’s best views during a New Year’s Eve cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington. You’ll indulge in a full-service bar, appetizers and desserts, and a live DJ while you sail through 2014. The Waterways Cruises yacht will depart from Seattle and take in the fireworks display on Lake Union, along with a midnight champagne toast. Attendees must be 21 or older. Explore the details and event menu here.

3.) NYE Comedy Classic with Lachlan Patterson & Sarah Colonna

December 31
Add a fun twist to your night with a Parlor Live comedy event that finishes in time for you to toast 2015! “Last Comic Standing” runner-up Lachlan Patterson with writer and comedian Sarah Colonna from “Chelsea Lately” will be entertaining at the Parlor Live Bellevue from 10-11:30 p.m. Tickets for $50 also give entrance into the Parlor’s New Year’s Eve 2015 Party in the Ultralounge Nightclub! Learn more about the comedians and event here.


4.) Parlor’s New Year’s Eve 2015

December 31
The Parlor’s New Year’s Eve 2015 event is the perfect place celebrate. You’ll love the opulence of Ultralounge. Add free parking, door prizes, dancing and a DJ, and even a VIP booth, and the night can only get better. Tickets for the Lachlan Patterson & Sarah Colonna comedy show include entrance to the Ultralounge’s party. If you want to skip straight to main event, you can purchase Parlor’s New Year’s Eve tickets online or learn more about Ultralounge.


5.) New Years at Noon

December 31
Kids will enjoy starting New Year’s Eve off with a bang! Children can join the KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s New Years at Noon where they’ll participate in the annual bubble wrap stomp along with other young revelers! Event happens at 12 p.m. and is free with membership or admission. Find out more about KidsQuest here.







6.) Celebration Lane USA

Red white and blue tree with starsDecember 26-31
Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to celebrate 2015! Every night at 7 p.m. The Bellevue Collection will host Celebration Lane USA, a free themed musical show complete with decorative lights and bubbles in the air. Musical numbers featuring Americana sounds will spread cheer and get you amped for the coming year. Find out where Celebration Lane will happen in downtown Bellevue.




7.) Comedian and Actor Adam Ray from “The Heat” and “Two Broke Girls”

December 26 & 27
Seattle’s own Adam Ray has come back home to make this holiday weekend even more joyful! Parlor Live hosts Ray for two days of evening comedy shows on Friday and Saturday. Ray’s comic talents have elicited laughs on popular shows like “Workaholics,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Adam Devine’s House Party.” Treat yourself to one of his four shows for a post-holiday treat at Bellevue’s premier comedy spot; tickets $20. Find all details here.


8.) Get Crafty Saturdays! Gingerbread Houses At Bellevue Arts Museum

Colorful gingerbread houseDecember 27
No gingerbread house yet? Bellevue Arts Museum has you covered with a sweet kids’ crafting event! Promote hands-on learning by bringing children ages 4-12 to this creative class. Kids will be encouraged to use their imaginations to decorate gingerbread houses, boats, or other designs they dream up with colorful candies. Drop-class happens from 1-3 p.m. and costs $7 per child. See more about Crafty Saturdays.



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Delight in the 2014 Garden d’Lights

Garden D'Lights 2012Winter is here, so you know what that means – it’s getting darker much, much earlier. Luckily, we’ve got a great solution…   The Garden d’Lights festival!

Held annually at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, this lights festival uses over a half million lights to transform the already beautiful garden into an enchanting winter wonderland. Come see what over 100,000 people have been raving about with this spectacular, illuminating event.

Garden D'Lights 2012The 2014 Garden d’Lights festival goes through January 3, 2015 and is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every night. Tickets cost $5 per person, with several free nights in December. Children 10 and under get in free.

And after you’ve enjoyed the dazzling display, check out the garden’s new visitor service buildings, with all new amenities. For more information, please visit the official Garden d’Lights website here. To see what other holiday events are happening in Bellevue this winter, browse through our holiday event calendar.

Garden D'Lights 2012

 Photos Courtesy of Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.
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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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