Calendar | Mercer Island community

Snow blankets the shore of Ellis Pond as ducks forage for food in the chilly waters last week. - Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo
Snow blankets the shore of Ellis Pond as ducks forage for food in the chilly waters last week.
— image credit: Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo

Saturday | 4

Mercer Island Girls Basketball Jr. Hoopsters Winter Camp: Dec. 4, 11, MIHS Gym. Run by MIHS varsity coaches and players. Grades K-5. K-Grade 2: 9-10 a.m. Grades 3-5: 10-11 a.m. Cost: $90.

A Time to Grieve: 10-11:30 a.m., Dec. 4, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Group for adults who have lost a loved one in the past year. Presenter: Providence Hospice of Seattle. (206) 749-7704.

Forest Stewardship Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 4, Pioneer Park, Island Crest Way NW corner and S.E. 68th Street. Remove invasive plants and plant native trees. Snacks, tools, gloves provided. Sign up in advance:

Friday | 10

French Film: “Joyeux Noel” (Merry Christmas), 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E., with the Mercer Island Sister City Association.

Saturday | 11

Terrorist Response Training for emergency volunteers: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Ninth CERT preparedness class in Emergency Volunteer Series. The series repeats in March 2011.

Open Space Conservancy Trust Walk: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Pioneer Park, S.E. 68th and Island Crest Way. Guided walk with a birder and Wash. native plant steward who will identify birds and native plants. Terrain: mostly flat. Free.

Thursday | 16

Community Center at Mercer View 5th Anniversary Party: Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reception Celebration: 6:30-8:30 p.m., 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Festivities will include live music, games, food. The Mercer Island community is invited. (206) 275-7609.

Events | Ongoing

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”: Dec. 2-12, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Thursday/Friday: 7 p.m. Saturday/Sunday matinees: 2 p.m. For tickets and information: (206) 232-4145,

Groups | Ongoing

Mercer Island Lions Annual Community Christmas Tree Sale: 1-8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Saturday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Farmers New World Life Insurance Company lot. Closed on Mondays. Sale proceeds support MI Youth & Family Services, MI Boys & Girls Club, senior citizen programs, community events, youth activities and Lions Sight & Hearing programs. Wreaths and garlands also for sale.

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A monthly support group for senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse or partner in death. Sponsor: Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Free. Reserve a spot with Betsy Zuber: (206) 275-7752.

Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital: The Guild is preparing the 2011 Mercer Island Directory. Residents who have moved to the Island or changed addresses or phone numbers, please send an update for the directory. Contact: Karin Pangborn, (206) 232-7046,

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