Community calendar | Emergency preparedness series wraps up this Saturday with shelter operation training

Red Cross Shelter Training, the 10th and final class in the 2010 Volunteer CERT Training Series, will be held this Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Attendees will learn how to assist in emergency shelter operation and will be certified to assist in such operation. Space is limited; RSVP to Officer Jennifer Franklin at (206) 275-7905.

Wednesday | 23 Opera Preview: “Don Quixote,” 7 p.m., Feb. 23, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Join Norm Hollingshead as he retells, in music and words, Jules Massenet’s “Don Quixote,” a streamlined retelling of Cervantes’ classic novel.

Thursday | 24 Israel 360 Lecture Series: “The American-Israeli Relationship: Where is the Obama Administration Taking It?”, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Speaker: UW Professor Joel Migdal. Topic: What America has sought in terms of its own national interests in the Middle East, and whether Israel is seen as an asset or liability to White House goals.

Friday | 25 Classics on Film Series: “Me and Orson Welles,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Starring: Zac Efron, Claire Danes. Screenings are free, followed by a discussion with film historian Lance Rhoades. Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Night of prayer, seeking God.

Saturday | 26 Saturday Matinee: “The Gods Must Be Crazy, Part II,” 1 p.m., Feb. 26, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Monday | 28 Transition Initiative Mercer Island Series of Films: 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 28, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, chapel room, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Second in a series of films with discussion designed to create a healthy and resilient vision for the community. Features David Brancaccio's special broadcast, "Fixing the Future," highlighting NW innovations.

Wednesday | 2 Probus Club of Mercer Island meeting: 10:30 a.m., March 2, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: chief of police (ret.) William E. Cooper, on his career experiences combating suicide terrorism. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Thursday | 3 MIVAL Membership Meeting: March 3, Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Featured demonstrator: Joy Hagan, an encaustic artist. Members are asked to bring art for the “Mostly Music in the Park” poster contest.

Sunday | 6 Jewish Touch Series with Marvin Hamlisch: 5 p.m., March 6, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Marvin Hamlisch will talk about his life on Broadway and in Hollywood. General public: $10. Seniors: $5. JCC members: free.

Upcoming Sogetsu School of Ikebana Mercer Island Branch 21st Annual Exhibition: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March 12; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., March 13, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Demonstrations, both days: 2 p.m. Free admission. Contact: Fanny Yau, (206) 349-1137.

Events | Ongoing Yoga Basics: 5:15-6:15 p.m., Feb. 23 and March 2, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Instructor: Drew Sowa. SJCC members: free. Non-members: $10 per class; $25 for series. Mid-Winter Break Camp: through Feb. 25, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Bring a swimsuit; pack vegetarian/dairy lunches. For kids in pre-K through 5th grade. Morning and afternoon care available. Cost: $55 per day. Classic Rock Lyrics: 7-8 p.m., Feb. 28, Island Crust Cafe, 7525 S.E. 24th St. Congregation Shevet Achim welcomes the community to a lighthearted look at classic rock lyrics from a Jewish perspective, presented by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld.

Groups | Ongoing Sogetsu School of Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging Winter Classes 2nd Session: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., through 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

Children & Families

Music Concert featuring Alleyoop: 7 p.m., Feb. 28. Join musical entertainer and educator Allan Hirsch (Alleyoop). Includes puppets, dancing. Sponsor: Mercer Island Preschool Association. Ages 2-5 with adult.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Feb. 28. Hang out, do homework, play board games. Ages 12 and older.

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