Calendar | Mercer Island community

Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Tree Recycling: Dec. 30, Jan. 2, 8-9. Lacrosse players will drive by and pick up undecorated Christmas trees from the curb for the club’s largest annual fundraiser. Attach a Ziploc bag with a suggested donation of $20 per tree. Schedule a pick-up: (206) 232-8775,

Wednesday | 5

Opera Preview: 7 p.m., “Barber of Seville,” Jan. 5, Mercer Island library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Norm Hollingshead’s commentary includes recorded musical excerpts from his collection of recordings.

Thursday | 6

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., Jan. 6, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. $15 at event (check or cash). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space.

Friday | 7

Artists’ Reception: 6-8 p.m., Jan. 7, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. New gallery show of Asian-inspired styles: Jan. 3-Feb. 22, 2011. Meet the local artists, Scott Moore and Catherine Foster.

Thursday | 13

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Jan. 13, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse/partner in death. Free. Reserve a spot: (206) 275-7752.


Sogetsu School of Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging Winter Classes: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fridays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2011, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24 St. Instructor: Mitsuko Hakomori. Cost: $50 for 5 classes. (206) 236-3545.

Adult Flag Football League: Friday nights, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2011, South Mercer Playfields turf. Game times: 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. Registration deadline: Jan. 3. 6-on-6 teams. Eight games with two referees, intermediate-sized ball. Top teams go to playoffs. Mid-level league. Cost: $525. Contact: (206) 275-7609,

Events | Ongoing

Holiday Tree Chipping: through Jan. 10. Bring your undecorated holiday tree to the city’s Maintenance Shop at 9601 S.E. 36th St. during daylight hours for the city’s holiday tree chipping service. City staff will repurpose the tree for use in city parks, trails and open spaces. Remove all objects from trees; flocked or artificial trees not accepted. (206) 275-7608.

Christmas Tree Collection: Yard debris customers can set holiday trees out on their regularly scheduled collection day. Trees must be free of flocking and all objects, cut to 4-foot lengths and tied into bundles less than 2 feet by 3 feet wide. Use biodegradable string or twine; do not use nylon, plastic or other synthetic materials. Flocked trees are not recyclable and should be put in the garbage.

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,

Groups | Ongoing

Mercer Island Community Fund Grants: Grant applications are being accepted with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2011. It considers applications from organizations for funding that benefits the Mercer Island community in six categories. Contact Mercer Island Community Fund Grants Chair Gail Steinitz for information and guidelines:

Stroller Strides Class: 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; 4 p.m., Tuesday, Friday, Club Emerald, 3028 78th Ave. S.E. Stroller Strides is a nationally acclaimed program that allows moms to exercise with their babies. This program encourages mothers to make strides not only in fitness but in motherhood and life by offering its registrants play groups and moms' nights out, fostering a sense of community and support. (425) 466-3737,

Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery: Exhibiting "Thought Provoking" fine art by more than 28 local artists. Find unique handmade paintings, glass art, ceramics, jewelry, photography, fiber arts and more at the Gallery. A percentage of each sale is used for MIHS art scholarships. Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday.

Library | Ongoing


Opera Preview: 7 p.m., “Barber of Seville,” Jan. 5. Norm Hollingshead’s commentary includes recorded musical excerpts from his collection of recordings.

One-on-One Computer Assistance: Do you need extra help on the computer? A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Call (206) 236-3537 to make an appointment.

Children & Families

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Jan. 11, 18. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Baby Rhyme Times: 10 a.m., Jan. 11, 18, 25. Ages 3 to 11 months with adult.

Very Young Toddler Times: 10 a.m., Jan. 12, 19, 26. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Jan. 12, 19, 26. Ages 24 to 36 months with adult.

Pajamarama Story Time: 7 p.m., Jan. 31. Ages 3 to 7 with adult.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Jan. 3, 24, 31. Hang out, do homework, play board games or chat. Teen Zone is a place to complete group work for school or catch up with friends. Ages 12 and older.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Jan. 18. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served.

Silent Study Time: 3:30 p.m., Jan. 18-21. Come to the small meeting room for silent study.

Group Study Time: 3:30 p.m., Jan. 18-21. Bring your books to study in the large meeting room.

Online Teen Readers: OTRs (ott-ers) are teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. Do you love to read, but never seem to have the time or the motivation? Would you like to read more, but you can’t think of a “good” book? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join OTRs.

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