Wine tasting for American Cancer Society on Saturday | Community calendar

The Olde Wine Store is hosting a wine tasting for the American Cancer Society this Saturday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event includes refreshments and music, and donations will be taken at the door. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The shop is located at 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. For more information, go to

Friday | 11

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 in Uganda.

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: Mercer Island Arts Council.

Saturday | 12

“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,

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.

Sunday | 13

The Jewish Touch: “The Three Cantors Plus One,” 2 p.m., Feb. 13, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Performance by Cantors David Serkin-Poole, Brad Kurland, Hazzan Ike Azose, plus Rabbi Simon Benzaquen. SJCC members: free. General admission: $10. Seniors/students: $5. Contact: Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832,

Monday | 14

Valentine's Day Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14, Island House. Features musical entertainment with the Fabulous Flashbacks 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. On Valentine's Day, parents may leave kids at the SJCC 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,

“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.

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,

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.

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 of singing are welcome. Free dinner on the grounds both days from 12-1 p.m. Contact: Bob Schinske, (206) 783-8157,

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.

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.

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,

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. 16, 23. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Time for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 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.

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