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Calendar | Mercer Island community
Thursday | 21
Oktoberfest and Root Beer Garden: 12-1:30 p.m., Oct. 21, Community Center at Mercer View, Mercer Room, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Registration is required: call (206) 275-7609 to reserve a spot and ride. For ages 55 and over. $5.
Book Signing: 2-4 p.m., Oct. 21, Albertsons, 2755 77th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island author Aida Kouyoumjian will sign copies of her book, “Between the Two Rivers: A Story of the Armenian Genocide.”
Third Thursday Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., Mercer Island town center. "Harvest Festival" features trick-o-treats for kids in costume and the MIYFS pumpkin patch hand-blown glass sale. Wine tasting, snacks. Participate in the Third Thursday Raffle Prize; visit 8 locations, get a stamp on the map and return the map to the MIVAL Gallery. www.mercergov.org/artscouncil.
Meet the Artist Chamber Gallery Opening: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 21, MI Chamber of Commerce, 8236 S.E. 24th. Art exhibition features photographer David Fishman, now through Nov. 30. Botanical photography exhibited.
Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., Oct. 21, Mercer Island Fire Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. www.mirohams.org.
Friday | 22
‘Curfew’ Mercer Island Haunted Forest: a Youth Theatre Northwest 40-minute guided performance along frightening park trails for ages 12 and older, every 10 minutes, 6-9:20 p.m., Oct. 22-23, 30; daylight performances suitable for ages 5 and older, every 10 minutes, 2-3:20 p.m., Oct. 24, 31; Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. $13-$15. www.mercerislandhauntedforest.com.
Classics on Film Series: 7:30 p.m., "The Magnificent Ambersons," Oct. 22, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Free, including parking and popcorn. Orson Welles will be featured in the fall and winter series. www.mercergov.org.
Saturday | 23
Islander Middle School PTSA Ski Swap Sale: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 23, Islander Middle School. Consignment goods check-in: 3-6 p.m., Oct. 21; 3-7:30 p.m., Oct. 22, Islander Middle School Gym. 50% off sale: 3-4 p.m. Sponsor: Sturtevant’s Winter Sports. email@example.com, www.miskiswap.net.
2010 Fall Recycling Collection: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 23, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. Safely dispose of the old equipment and household items that are cluttering your basement or garage. For a complete list of acceptable items, see the Fall Recycling Event Flyer at www.mercergov.org.
Earthcorps Urban Forest Restoration Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 23, Ellis Pond. Remove invasive plants, do general site maintenance. Sign up in advance at www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php.
Artwork Unveiling and Dedication: Honoring Ted Rand, 1 p.m., Oct. 23, Mercer Island Library, Children’s Room, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Unveiling ceremony of the “Salt Hands” painting by Mercer Island artist, Ted Rand. Sponsor: Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
Meet the Author Night: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, Aljoya Conference Center, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Meet Garth Stein, Seattle author of the New York Times bestseller "The Art of Racing in the Rain." Stein has won a 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. A book signing is included.
Wednesday | 27
St. Monica Parish School Open House: 8:45-10:45 a.m., Oct. 27, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. Tour the school. (206) 232-5432, www.stmonicasea.org.
Learn About Girl Brains and Boy Brains at Parent Ed Session: 7 p.m., Oct. 27, MI High School PAC. The school year’s first parent education session. Speaker: educator and psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak will illuminate best parenting and academic practices based on the most current research. Tickets: $5 (PTSA members), $10 (nonmembers). firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday | 29
Halloween Party: 4:30-6 p.m., Oct. 29, Mercer Island Care & Rehabilitation, 7445 S.E. 24th. Features games, food and safe trick or treat for children under age 12. Contact: Judy Vu, (206) 402-1680.
Saturday | 30
5th Annual Moonlight Madness: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 30, North end QFC. Free hot dogs served. Face painting, cup cake walk, fish beanbag toss, shrimp cocktails, bobbing for melons, drawings for cheese, wine and food baskets, cookie decorating, bowling with frozen game hens, pie-eating contest, pumpkin judging contest. Wear a costume.
Monday | 1
Flu Shot Clinic: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 1, Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. For ages 65 and up, chronic illness or health care providers. Appointment required: call (206) 275-7609 to schedule.
Wednesday | 3
Probus Club of Mercer Island meeting: 10:30 a.m., Nov. 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Topic: “CSI: King County — How prosecutors use forensic science tools to find the truth and convict the guilty.” Speaker: King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.
The New Job Search in the New Economy Workshop: 7 p.m., Nov. 3, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. The workshop covers the key differences in today’s labor market, as jobs have changed dramatically over the past decade. The public is invited. Registration not required. (206) 236-3537.
Saturday | 6
A Time to Grieve: 10-11:30 a.m., Nov. 6, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. A monthly drop-in group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past year. Presented by Providence Hospice of Seattle. Registration not required. (206) 749-7704. www.providence.org/hospiceofseattle.
Earthcorps Urban Forest Restoration Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 6, Island Crest Park. Remove invasive plants, plant native trees, continue site stewardship. Sign up in advance at www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php.
Sunday | 7
Global Day of Jewish Learning: 12-2:30 p.m., Mercer Island Stroum JCC. Features programs for children and families up through 8th grade. Register at the door for the chance to win a door prize. Kosher pizza will be on sale from Island Crust Pizza. www.sjcc.org.
Louisianathon 2010: 12:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 7, Mercer Island VFW Post 5760, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Cajun/zydeco all-day dance. Cost: $20 for the day, at the door. Features various bands, including The Midnite Ramblers. Dance lesson with Mary Lee Lykes: 1:15 p.m. Contact: Ted Granger, (206) 522-2919, email@example.com.
Diwali (Festival of Lights) Celebration 2010: 5-10 p.m., Nov. 13, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Purchase tickets by Nov. 8. The MI Indian community will be collecting nonperishable, canned food for MI Youth and Family Services. Aninda: (206) 236-9917, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events | Ongoing
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: Oct. 21-24, Mercer Island Library. Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m.: presale for members only, join at the door. Oct. 22: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 23: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24: 1-5 p.m.: Half Price Sale, all day. Features thousands of books of all genres, plus media.
Groups | Ongoing
Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry: now through Oct. 23. Help fill local foodbank shelves and feed neighbors in need. Drop-off locations on Mercer Island: Albertsons, Community Center at Mercer View, Mercer Island High School, Rite Aid (South end), Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Items most needed include peanut butter, canned items, dry pasta or macaroni, 100% fruit juice, cereal, rice, powdered milk, vegetable oil, jars of baby food, nutrition shakes. www.eastsideforum.org/fooddrive.
Mercer Island Guild: The Mercer Island Guild is beginning work on the 2011 issue of the Mercer Island Directory. Contact Karen Pangborn at (206) 232-7046 to add or update a home listing, or Molly Tyler at email@example.com to advertise. Deadline for ad copy: Nov. 1. Donations support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The Life and Times of Picasso: 7 p.m., Oct. 27. This month the Seattle Art Museum opens a major exhibit, “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris,” which will include works from every phase of Picasso’s life. Join art historian Susan Olds for a slide presentation on Picasso’s life and art. The exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs.
The New Job Search in the New Economy: 7 p.m., Nov. 3. In this workshop, learn how to shift your approach to match the new job environment and smooth your path to finding employment. The workshop covers the key differences in today’s labor market. Registration not required — everyone is welcome.
Computer Class: If you need extra help on the computer, a KCLS volunteer instructor can provide one-on-one assistance. Call to make an appointment: (206) 236-3537.
Halloween Harvest Evening Story Time: 7 p.m., Oct. 25. Ages 3-7 with adult.
Baby Rhyming Time: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, through Oct. 26. Ages 3-12 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, through Oct. 26. Ages 3-5 with adult.
Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, through Oct. 27. Ages 12-24 months with adult.
Story Times for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, through Oct. 27. Ages 2-3 with adult.
Mandarin Chinese Story Times: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 5, KidsQuest Museum, 4091 Factoria Square Mall, Bellevue, 98006.
Online Teen Readers: Join OTRs (ott-ers), teens who are reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. http://blogs.kcls.org/onlineteenreaders.