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Giving from the Heart Breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 9 | Community calendar
The annual Giving from the Heart breakfast to benefit the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St., beginning at 7 a.m. Reserve a spot by calling (206) 275-7746 or go to http://tiny.cc/gfthbreakfast.
Wednesday | 9
Giving from the Heart Breakfast: 7-8 a.m., Feb. 9, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Fundraising event for MIYFS Foundation. Reserve your spot: http://tiny.cc/gfthbreakfast, (206) 275-7746. www.miyfs.org.
Auditions for “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 4-6 p.m., Feb. 9, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Ages 10-18 (through seniors in high school). Contact: Deborah Jacoby, (206) 388-0824, DeborahJ@sjcc.org.
Thursday | 10
League of Women Voters: Mercer Island unit meeting, 9:15 a.m., Feb. 10, MI Presbyterian Church Fireside Room, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Topic: “Reclaimed Water.” Discuss King County’s plans for conserving drinking water through greater use of reclaimed water. Coffee/snack provided. Public welcome. Lucy Copass: (206) 232-7687.
“Race to Nowhere” Film: 7-9:30 p.m., Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. A call to action for families, educators, policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare American youth to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. Tickets: $10 online, $15 at door. www.racetonowhere.com. (206) 388-1992, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday | 11
Mercer Island Women’s Club Newcomer Coffee Break: 9-10 a.m., Feb. 11, South end Starbucks. Contact: VanessaMQuiroz@comcast.net.
Youth 4 the Nations Dinner: “Operation Hope, Uganda,” 7 p.m., Feb. 11, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. NHIC youth group is holding a special dinner and performance to raise funds for Pilgrim, a Christian aid organization. www.newhic.org.
Classics on Film Series: “Touch of Evil,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Starring Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh. Discussion led by film historian Lance Rhoades will follow. Presenter: MI Arts Council.
Saturday | 12
Saturday Matinee: “The Cranes Are Flying,” 1 p.m., Feb. 12, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E.
Wine Tasting for American Cancer Society: 2-5 p.m., Feb. 12, The Olde Wine Store, 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. Features wine tasting, finger foods, music. Donations at door. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. www.theoldewinestore.com.
“Rosie the Riveter” Family Fun Night: 5-7 p.m., Feb. 12, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Live musical dinner theater presented by the J and The 5th Avenue’s Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company. SJCC members: $30 per family. Non-members: $45 per family. (206) 388-0824, DeborahJ@sjcc.org.
Dori Jones Yang Book Signing and Talk: 7 p.m., Feb. 12, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Author of “Daughter of Xanadu,” newly published in January. www.dorijonesyang.com.
Sunday | 13
Black History Month Event: Dialogue on “The Help,” 2 p.m., Feb. 13, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Co-host: The Bookclub, a group of African-American women celebrating their 20th year.
The Jewish Touch: “The Three Cantors Plus One,” 2 p.m., Feb. 13, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. SJCC members: free. General admission: $10. Seniors/students: $5. Contact: Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832, email@example.com.
Monday | 14
Celebrate Valentine’s Day: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14, Island House, 7810 S.E. 30th St. Brunch in the dining room: 11:30 a.m. musical entertainment with the Fabulous Flashbacks starts at 2 p.m. Call (206) 236-0502 for a reservation.
Parents Night Out: Extended Kidstown Day, 6-9:30 p.m., Feb. 14, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. For kids to hang out, have dinner, make dessert and swim. Pre-registration required. SJCC members: $20. Non-members: $25. Kidstown members: $15. Contact: Matthew Korch, (206) 388-0830, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Locating Jewish Records on the New National Archives Web sites”: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open at 7 p.m. Speaker: Carol Buswell. JGSWS members: free. Non-members: $5. www.jgsws.org.
Tuesday | 15
CTE General Advisory Meeting & Dinner: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 15, Mercer Island High School Library, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Annual Career and Technical Education general advisory meeting. Community members are invited. RSVP: Mark Roschy, (206) 236-3387, email@example.com.
Thursday | 17
Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., Feb. 17, MI Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. www.mirohams.org.
Saturday | 19
Pacific NW Sacred Harp Convention: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Sacred harp singing is an all-comers, all-participatory acapella choir. All levels are welcome. Free dinner both days from 12-1 p.m. Contact: Bob Schinske, (206) 783-8157, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events | Ongoing
“Bugsy Malone”: 7 p.m., now through Feb. 13, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109. www.youththeatre.org.
Yoga Basics: 5:15-6:15 p.m., Feb. 16, 23 and March 2, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. For beginning yoga students or those who have taken yoga but want to learn more about proper alignment. Learn basic yoga philosophies, breathing techniques and postures. Instructor: Drew Sowa. SJCC members: free. Non-members: $10 per class; $25 for series.
Groups | Ongoing
New Mercer View Gallery Show: now through Feb. 11, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Features Scott Moore and Catherine Foster.
Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL): Nonprofit gallery showing art by Genny Rees opens Feb. 17, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Hours: 12-6 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday. www.mival.us.
Sogetsu School of Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging Winter Classes 2nd Session: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 18-March 18, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24 St. Instructor: Mitsuko Hakomori. Cost: $50, for 5 classes. (206) 236-3545.
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. (425) 466-3737, email@example.com.
Library | Ongoing
Saturday Matinee: “The Cranes Are Flying,” 1 p.m., Feb. 12. “The Gods Must Be Crazy, Part II”: 1 p.m., Feb. 26.
Black History Month Event: Dialogue on “The Help,” 2 p.m., Feb. 13. Co-host: The Bookclub, a group of African-American women celebrating their 20th year.
Introduction to E-mail: 1 p.m., Feb. 15. Limited class size; please register.
Opera Preview: “Don Quixote,” 7 p.m., Feb. 23. Join Norm Hollingshead as he retells, in music and words, Jules Massenet’s “Don Quixote,” a streamlined retelling of Cervantes’ classic novel.
One-on-One Computer Assistance: KCLS volunteer instructors offer one-on-one computer assistance. Call (206) 236-3537 to make an appointment.
Children & Families
Very Young Toddler Story Time: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.
Toddler Story Time for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23. Ages 24 to 36 months with adult.
Baby Rhyme Time: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 15, 22. Introduce your baby to books and the library. Ages 3-11 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 15, 22. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.
Music Concert Featuring Alleyoop: 7 p.m., Feb. 28. Join, musical entertainer and educator Allan Hirsch (Alleyoop) and enjoy music, puppets, dancing. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Preschool Association. Ages 2 to 5 with adult.
Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 14, 28. Hang out, do homework, play board games. Ages 12 and older.
Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Feb. 15. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.
Online Teen Readers: Join OTRs (ott-ers), teens who are reading and talking about books on their own schedule online.