MIVAL Gallery art night is tonight | Community calendar

The MIVAL Gallery's Third Thursday Art Night is 5-8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 20. An artist reception will include a variety of art ranging from blown glass, metal work and glass hearts to ceramics and paintings. Refreshments will be served, and a portion of all sales goes toward the annual giving of art scholarships for Mercer Island High School emerging art students. The Gallery is located at 2836 78th Ave. S.E. and hours are: Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Go to for more information.

Thursday | 20

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., Jan. 20, MI Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Saturday | 22

CERT Volunteer Test and Graduation: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Jan. 22, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. 10th Preparedness Class in the Emergency Volunteer Series. This class is a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Test and Graduation. RSVP to Officer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

Sunday | 23

Hot Spot Basketball Competition: 12-1:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Community Center at Mercer View Gym, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Annual basketball skills competition involving shooting from five “Hot Spots” marked on a basketball court. Youths with the highest score are the winners in their age bracket. Open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Winners qualify to participate in the state event. Free.

Monday | 24

Emmanuel Day School Open Houses: 1-3 p.m., Jan. 24 and Feb. 7, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Meet the teachers, tour the school and ask questions in an informal setting. Parents and children welcome to attend. (206) 232-5663.

“Spiritual Dimensions of Judaism” Lecture Series: Jan. 24 and 31, Island Crust Cafe, 7525 S.E. 24th St. Presenter: Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim. Topics: Kashrut, holy food (Jan. 24), Taharat Hamishpacha, holy intimacy (Jan. 31). The community is welcome to attend. Free. Island Crust offers half price on selected entrees.,

Wednesday | 26

Parent Talk with Eric Liu: “Imagination First,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 26, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Author, educator and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu speaks on innovation and imagination as the key to limitless possibilities. Author of: “Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility.” For parents only. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829,

Thursday | 27

Auditions for “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 4-6 p.m., Jan. 27, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Adapted from “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” edited by Otto Frank. For ages 10-18 (through seniors in high school). Contact: Performing Arts Coordinator Deborah Jacoby, (206) 388-0824,

Friday | 28

Tot Shabbat: 9:45-10:30 a.m., Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. No registration necessary. For 0-36 months. Join instructor Erik Lawson with your children and celebrate Shabbat with songs and challah every Friday morning. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829,

Mercer Island Pediatrics Open House: 6:30-8 p.m., Jan. 28, 9675 S.E. 36th St., Suite 100. MI Pediatrics is celebrating its new location. Light hors d'oeuvres and champagne will be served. RSVP to (206) 275-2122 ext. 116.

“Bugsy Malone” Opening Gala: 7 p.m., Jan. 28, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Performances: Jan. 28-Feb. 13. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

Classics on Film: “The Third Man,” 7:30 p.m., Jan. 28, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Starring Orson Welles and Trevor Howard. Discussion led by film historian Lance Rhoades to follow. Free.

Sunday | 30

St. Monica Parish School Open House: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 30, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. The school is accepting pre-K and kindergarten registration through Jan. 31. (206) 232-5432.

Wednesday | 2

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 2, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: author and Probus member Aida Kouyoumjian. Topic: new book, “Between Two Rivers — A Story of the Armenian Genocide.” Public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Thursday | 3

MIVAL Meeting: 12-2 p.m., Feb. 3, Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Parish Hall), 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Guest: art demonstrator Kathy Collins, a watercolorist. Refreshments are provided. Open to the public. MIVAL Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday: 12-4 p.m.

Wednesday | 9

Giving from the Heart Breakfast: 7-8 a.m., Feb. 9, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Reserve your spot: (206), 275-7746. Fundraising event for MIYFS Foundation.


2011 Lakeridge Elementary Science Fair: 5-8 p.m., March 8, 8215 S.E. 78th. Registration deadline: Jan. 31. Open to all Lakeridge Elementary K-5th grade students. Return applications to school office. Applications are available at and the Lakeridge office. Confirmation of entry will be sent out the first week of February.

Groups | Ongoing

Mercer Island Community Fund Grants: Grant applications are being accepted from organizations. Deadline: Jan. 31. Contact: Grants Chair Gail Steinitz,

New Mercer View Gallery Show: now through Feb. 11, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Scott Moore and Catherine Foster.

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,

Library | Ongoing


Saturday Matinee Film: “The Bicycle Thieves,” 1 p.m., Jan. 29.

Children & Families

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

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

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

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

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