Calendar | Mercer Island community

Leaves glow in the afternoon sunlight at Luther Burbank Park in late October. - Megan Managan/Staff Photo
Leaves glow in the afternoon sunlight at Luther Burbank Park in late October.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Staff Photo

Friday | 5

Classics on Film Series: 7:30 p.m., “The Lady From Shanghai,” Nov. 5, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Free.

Saturday | 6

First Aid and Adult CPR with AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 6, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $30 by check or cash at event. This is not a Health Care Provider Class. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

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.

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

“Holiday Helpers”: 2-4 p.m., Nov. 6, Mercer Isle Cabana, 2500 81st Ave. S.E. (formerly the Tamarack Apartments). Attend the Senior Foundation of Mercer Island’s live auction of items useful during the holidays including foods, decorations, gifts and collectibles; proceeds to benefit Island seniors. Parking is limited; find spaces at the park and ride west of the condo complex. Contact: Leslie Scott, 232-4597.

Parents’ Night Out: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 6, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St. Bring young children to eat dinner, hear a story, play and socialize. Call 232-3044 to reserve a space.

Sunday | 7

Global Day of Jewish Learning: 12-2:30 p.m., Nov. 7, 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.

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,

Islander Middle School and Sturtevants Benefit Shopping Evening: “Ski In Style,” 5-9 p.m., Sturtevants, 1100 Bellevue Way, Bellevue. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the IMS PTSA. Free ski lift tickets will be given away every hour. Food and refreshments served.

Monday | 8

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., Nov. 8, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $15 by check or cash at event. This is not a Health Care Provider Class. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

“Tips for Using the Footnote Web site”: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, Stroum JCC, Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open at 7 p.m. Speaker: Karl Kumm. The JGSWS library and WiFi are available. Presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State.

Tuesday | 9

Mercer Island Women’s Club general luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Nov. 9, Aljoya. Guest speaker: Dr. Lana Staheli. Reservations are required.

Wednesday | 10

National Charity League Information Evening: 7 p.m., Nov. 10, Holy Trinity Church, 8501 S.E. 40th. Learn about the NCL, an organization for mothers and daughters (entering grades 7-10). Contact:

Thursday | 11

Schools Out for Veterans Day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Nov. 11-12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Features swimming, field trips, sports and arts and crafts projects. Before- and after-care is available. Contact: Youth and Family Program Manager Matthew Korch, (206) 388-0830,

Veterans Day Celebration: Nov. 11, the Roanoke Inn and VFW Hall 5760. Open House at VFW: 3-5 p.m., with light snacks and root beer floats. Community Toast to Veterans at the Roanoke: 5:30 p.m. 1940s Buffet at VFW: 6 p.m.; RSVP to 232-5413 or because space is limited. Live music and dancing: 6:30 p.m., featuring the Mercer Island Raretones and Eastside Swing Dance. The Roanoke is offering $1 pints of Budweiser and Bud Light all day to honor veterans.

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Nov. 11, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. A support group for senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse or partner in death. Sponsor: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Free. Call Betsy Zuber, (206) 275-7752, to reserve a spot.

Saturday | 13

Emergency Preparedness Class: “Disaster Mental Health Training for Volunteers,” 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Nov. 13, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Eighth class in the Emergency Volunteer Series. The series is nine classes total with a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. RSVP: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

MTS Island Crest Park Trail Work: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 13, Island Crest Park. Restoration work with Mountains to Sound Greenway.

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,

Sunday | 14

"Two Inspiring Women, One Cause": meet Aida Kouyoumjian and Adity Karande, 3-5 p.m., Nov. 14, Studio 904 Salon, 3041 78th Ave. S.E. Features a book reading of Kouyoumjian's new book, "Between the Two Rivers," and a trunk show of Karande's jewelry. (206) 232-3393.

Monday | 15

Mercer Island Historical Society meeting: 1 p.m., Nov. 15, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Topic: Geology, evolution. Speaker: David Dail, M.D.

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund Evening: 7-9 p.m., Nov. 15, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The community is invited to an evening of dessert, beverages and conversation about the vision of Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama’s mother. Speaker: Fran Korten, publisher of YES! Magazine. Discussion will focus on ideas that community members may have about the scholarship and ways to get involved.


Lively Saints of Mercer Island Covenant Church Luncheon: 12 p.m., Nov. 16, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: photographer Will Landon will present “Transitions,” a DVD devotional using panoramic photography and will display photos made with his “frozen motion” technique. Cost: $7. (206) 232-1015.

MIVAL Gallery Anniversary Celebration: 12-8 p.m., Nov. 18, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Items will be 10 percent off. A sales portion goes to art scholarships.

Events | Ongoing

“Pippi Longstocking”: Nov. 5-21, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Based on the book by Astrid Lindgren. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

Diaper Drive: now, through Nov. 6. Lakeridge Girl Scout Troop 52691 is collecting packs of disposable diapers for Westside Baby, a Seattle nonprofit organization providing baby essentials for families in need. Donations are accepted at Lakeridge Elementary during the week and the South end QFC from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 6. There is a need for diaper sizes 4-6; all sizes accepted.

Torahthon 2010: “The Gems of Jewish Learning,” 7-9:30 p.m., Nov. 10, 17, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 East Mercer Way. $15 per evening; $36 for series. Register in advance to reserve a space:

Ten Thousand Villages Sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 11-13, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Thursday through Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., International Gift Sale. Shop for fairly traded, handmade items from over 30 different countries. All proceeds go to Ten Thousand Villages to benefit the artisans.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: Thanksgiving Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 21, S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park. Special Harvest Market. Music to shop by provided by Mercer Island High School Jazz Band: The Color of Controversy.

Groups | Ongoing

Halloween Candy Buy-Back Initiative: now through Nov. 5, David J. Weed Orthodontics, 2955 80th Ave. S.E. Bring leftover Halloween candy and trade in for gift certificates. The candy will be donated to the USO. Contact: Kari, (206) 232-8526,

"How to Study the Bible": 11:30 a.m., Nov. 7, 14, 21. New Hope International Church, Sky Room, 9170 S.E. 64th St. A class on basic Bible study methods taught by Neal Johnson. New Hope College.

Clothing and Blanket Drive: now through Nov. 7, New Hope International Church, 9170 SE 64th St. Please bring blankets, new socks, hats, scarves and gloves for those in need.



Saturday Matinee Film: "Children of Heaven," 1 p.m., Nov. 13. "Men with Guns," 1 p.m., Nov. 20. Join film historian, Lance Rhoades, for a viewing of the film, discussion and free popcorn.

Sid the Science Kid: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 17, KidsQuest Museum, 4091 Factoria Square Mall. Discover how preschoolers can learn to think like scientists when you provide science tools and develop activities in the early childhood classroom. Presenter: KCTS9 Educational Service Staff.

Register online beginning two weeks prior.

"Northwest Noir - Mysteries, Legends and Landscapes": 7 p.m., Nov. 17. Indulge in the Northwest's mysteries with Art Historian Susan Olds.

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.


Mandarin Chinese Story Times: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 5, KidsQuest Museum, 4091 Factoria Square Mall, Bellevue, 98006.

Baby Rhyming Time: 10 a.m., Nov. 9, 16, 23. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Nov. 9, 16, 30. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Story Time for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Nov. 10, 17, 24. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Story Time for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Nov. 10, 17, 24. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Casper Babypants Concert: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Nov. 17. Presented by Chris Ballew. Show for preschoolers and their parents including traditional folk songs, nursery rhymes and original songs. Free tickets will be given out beginning Nov. 10 while supplies last. You must have a ticket to attend the performance.

Homework Help with KCLS: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 19, Coal Creek Family YMCA. Survive your child’s homework and explore KCLS online! Learn how to use the KCLS web site and resources to help your child succeed in school.

Little Red Riding Hood: 11 a.m., Nov. 23, Thistle Theatre. This very funny version of the classic tale includes interactive songs and children are invited to sing and operate puppets. Free tickets will be given out beginning November 16 while supplies last.

Pajamarama Story Time: 7 p.m., Nov. 29. Ages 3 to 7 with adult.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Nov. 16. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour.

Write to Win - Strategies for College Entrance Success: 7 p.m., Nov. 18. Topic: what colleges are looking for in an application, focusing especially on the college essay. Speaker: college administrator Jonathan Brown. Registration required.

Online Teen Readers: Join OTRs (ott-ers), teens who are reading and talking about books on their own schedule online.

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