Community calendar | 'The Crucible' opens Friday night at YTN

The opening night for “The Crucible” at Youth Theatre Northwest is this Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. Performances are scheduled through March 20 at the theater, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Evening performances are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. The drama is based on the play by Arthur Miller and is recommended for ages 11 and up. For more information, go to

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.

Friday | 4

Northwest Girlchoir Concert: 7:30-9:30 p.m., March 4, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The Northwest Girlchoir is a community of young women who learn vocal technique, part-singing and music reading. The choristers have traveled around the United States and to countries including Croatia, Japan, Italy, Brazil and Australia.

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.

Monday | 7

Classic Rock Lyrics: 7-8 p.m., March 7, Island Crust Cafe, 7525 S.E. 24th St. In the Spirit of Adar and Purim, Congregation Shevet Achim welcomes the community to a lighthearted look at classic rock lyrics from a Jewish perspective, presented by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld. “Hope I Die Before I Get Old,” by The Who.

Tuesday | 8

Mercer Island Women's Club General Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., March 8, Salty's on Alki. Reservations required. Tickets can be purchased at

Israel 360: “Is There One Israeli Society? Unexpected Perspectives On Communities, Cultures and Laws,” 7-9 p.m., March 8, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. This lecture will analyze what the United States has sought in terms of its own national interests in the Middle East and whether White House officials see Israel as an asset or liability in reaching their goals.

Wednesday | 9

SJCC Monthly Discussion: Race to Nowhere, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., March 9, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Monthly discussion based on Christine Carter’s book and class, “Raising Happiness.” Discussions are on the second Wednesday of each month. Adults only. Child care available upon request. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829,

Friday | 11

Classics on Film Series: French film, “Le Diner de Cons” (“The Dinner Game”), 7:30 p.m., March 11, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. In conjunction with the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Starring Thierry Lhermitte. Screenings are free.

Rabbi Daniel Korobkin at Congregation Shevet Achim: March 11-12, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Avenue S.E. Friday: “Toward Meaningful Prayer: Understanding the Different Modalities of Tefillah.” Saturday: “Is the Concept of Olam Habah (Jewish belief in the soul living eternally) Mentioned in the Tanach?” Sponsor: Morrie Buttnick Fund for Child and Adult Torah Education.

Saturday | 12

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.

Monday | 14

“Using to Locate Your Jewish Ancestors”: 7 p.m., March 14, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. WiFi and the JGSWS library will be available. JGSWS members: free admission. Non-members: $5.

Events | Ongoing

Mercer Island Film and Social Group for Teens: 7-11 p.m., Saturdays, Johnson residence home theater on Mercer Island. The Johnson family is forming a social film group for teens and seeks up to seven members (ages 16–19). Local, professional filmmakers will come once a month. Refreshments included. Contact: Allen Johnson,

Classes | Ongoing

Yoga Basics: 5:15-6:15 p.m., March 2, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Instructor: Drew Sowa. SJCC members: free. Non-members: $10 per class; $25 for series.

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: 9:45-10:45 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Stroller Strides is a nationally acclaimed program that allows moms to exercise with their babies. (425) 306-2275,



As American as Apple Pie: The World of Norman Rockwell, 7 p.m., March 2. Discover the major accomplishments of one of America’s best-loved illustrators. Presenter: art historian Susan Olds.

Saturday Matinee Film: “Smoke Signals,” 1 p.m., March 12. “Central Station,” 1 p.m., March 26.

Meet the Author: Noah Friedland, 2 p.m., March 6. Join local author, Noah Friedland, to discuss his recently released novel, “A House Divided.” The author will speak of his experiences in the Israel Defense Forces, dealing with the loss of a sibling and what motivated him to spend 15 years writing this book. Refreshments will be served, with books available for purchase and signing.

STARS Workshop: Sing into Reading, 7 p.m., March 21. Learn what Early Literacy is and how music helps build the six Early Literacy skills. Also hear about 25 simple songs and props and free resources for building your music library. 2 STARS credit offered. Presenter: Nancy Stewart.

Great Singers: Maria Callas Three-Part Series, 7 p.m., March 28, April 4 and 11.

Lecture series on three great opera singers of the 20th century: Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas. Presented by Norm Hollingshead, who will illustrate his commentary with recorded musical excerpts from his own collection of recordings, many quite rare.

One-on-One Computer Assistance: A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one instruction. Please make an appointment: (206) 236-3537.

Children & Families

Chinese Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, March 5-26. Ages 3-7 with adult.

‘Red Pyramid’ Quest Ultimate Egyptian Party: 2:30 p.m., March 10. Ages 8-14. Take a time quest trip through ancient Egypt featuring Rick Riordon’s book “Red Pyramid.” Watch feats by magician Jeff Evans, solve clues on a scavenger hunt, Egyptian Trivia Jeopardy and other activities. Come dressed in Egyptian costume, and win a prize. Registration required.

Baby and Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, March 15, 22, 29. Ages 3-12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, March 15, 22, 29. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30. Ages 12-24 months with adult.

Terrific Twos Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30. Ages 2-3 with adult.

Pajamarama Story Time: 7 p.m., March 28. Ages 3-7 with adult.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, March 7-28. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat. Ages 12 and older.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., March 15. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.

Online Teen Readers: Read and comment on book reviews from local teens. Submit your own book reviews; if your review is chosen as a featured review, receive a coupon for free ice cream.

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