Community calendar | King County prosecutor to speak at MI Historical Society

King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg will speak at the next meeting of the Mercer Island Historical Society on the role of science in solving crimes. The meeting begins at 1 p.m., Monday, March 21, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The community is invited, and refreshments will be served. For more information, go to

Tuesday | 15

The Olde Wine Store Evening of Music, Wine: 5-7 p.m., March 15, The Olde Wine Store, 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. Music: Correo Aereo, a mix of Argentine, Mexican and Peruvian rhythms. Blackberry, cherry nosed Spanish wine to taste. $10.

Wednesday | 16

Seattle Jewish Film Festival at the J: 12-2:30 p.m., March 16, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Doors open: 11:45 a.m. Annual movie screening and lunch presented by the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival and the SJCC, with music by Louie Richmond and Judith Gordon. Reservations required. Cost: $7 for bagel lunch. No tickets sold at the door. No SJFF passes. Limited seating. Ages 55 and up. RSVP: Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832,

‘Raising Healthy Boys’ Parent Map Lecture Series: 7-9 p.m., March 16, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Veteran Waldorf teachers talk. Lecture from Melissa Borden and Tim Bennet: “You’re Not the Boss of Me! The Charms and Challenges of Raising Healthy Boys.” Pre-registration required:

Thursday | 17

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch and Pancake Toss: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., March 17, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street, Mercer Room. Presented by Mercer Island Parks and Recreation. Cost: $7. Call (206) 275-7609 to reserve a spot. Transportation is available.

MIVAL Gallery Opening Night: 5:30-8 p.m., March 17, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. The Gallery Show "The Artful Eye" runs until April 17. It shows local artistic talent. Contact:, (206) 619-6276.

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., March 17, MI Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

An Evening with Ryan Rossner: 7 p.m., March 17, The Olde Wine Store, 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. Speaker: Ryan Rossner, a UW biology graduate student who sees in antioxidants the potential for living forever. Free event for all ages.

Friday | 18

Mailing Day for Mercer Island Directory: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., March 18, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. The Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital needs volunteers to help stuff and seal envelopes for the 2011 MI Directory. Contact:

Piano Rock by Daniel Alpern: 6-8 p.m., March 18, The Olde Wine Store, 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. Tunes from a longtime rocker. $10 donations suggested. Wine by the glass, wine by the bottle.

Revival Service: 7:30 p.m., March 18, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Night of prayer and worship.

Saturday | 19

Scouting for Food: Mercer Island Boy Scouts will be gathering food donations from Island residents on March 19 in the morning. Please place donations on your porch by 9 a.m. The donations will be given to the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Food Bank.

Basic Disaster Preparedness: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., March 19, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. First class in the 2011 Emergency Volunteer CERT Training Series. Classes are held monthly with breaks in September for the citywide disaster drill. RSVP to Officer Jennifer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

Mercer Island Rotary Run Pre-Race Expo and Registration: 1-5 p.m., March 19, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Racers will be able to pick up their race packets and visit booths.

Sunday | 20

Mercer Island Rotary Run: 6:30 a.m., March 20, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Registration beings at 6:30 a.m. Half marathon walk: 7:30 a.m. Half-mile kids dash: 8 a.m. 10k race: 8:30 a.m. Half marathon: 9 a.m. 5k run and walk: 9:30 a.m.

First Aid and Adult CPR w/ AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 20, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. $30 (check or cash). Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Tour of Architects: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., March 20, Mercer Terrace neighborhood, Mercer Island. The project is called Mercer Island Redux, designed by Island architect Lane Williams, Coop 15. Tickets on sale at

Stroum JCC Annual Purim Carnival: 12-3 p.m., March 20, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Purim Land returns this year with activities for children ages 5 and younger. Grogger making, edible necklaces, bouncy ball room, face painting. Storytelling with PJ Library®, carnival games, music, costume contest. Contact: Youth and Family Program Manager Matthew Korch, (206) 388-0830,

Monday | 21

VOICE & SVP Registration: 9 a.m., March 21 - 3 p.m., April 11. This summer, the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services will offer two youth volunteer programs: Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere (VOICE) and Summer Volunteer Program (SVP). Contact: Tambi Cork,, (206) 275-7755.

Wednesday | 23

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" Musical: 7-8:30 p.m., March 23-24, Island Park Elementary, 5437 Island Crest Way. Island Park's fifth grade class presents two evening performances. Tickets: $5 per adult, $3 per child, free for preschool children.

Israel 360 lecture: "The American-Israeli Relationship: Where is the Obama Administration Taking It?", 7-9 p.m., March 23, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Rescheduled from Feb. 24. Tickets will be honored for the new date. Contact: Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832,

Thursday | 24

MI Senior Golf Program Kick-off & Information Meeting: 9 a.m., March 24, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Co-ed program for 9 and 18 hole golfers ages 55 and up. April 3 through October. Sponsor: MI Parks and Recreation. Sign up at the CCMV on or after March 23. (206) 275-7609.

Northwest Watercolor Society 71st Open International Exhibition Reception and Award Presentation: 6-8 p.m., March 24, Mercer View Gallery, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Meet the artists.  Over $11,000 in cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded to winning artists. Exhibition: March 21-May 13. The exhibition showcases paintings by international artists, selected by this year’s juror, Paul Jackson.  Audience attendees will experience the finest stunning expressions, and exquisite artistry techniques, of water medium on paper.

Turn the Page: 6-8:45 p.m., March 24, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way. Rivy Poupko Kletenik will present "A Different View from Sinai: A

Women's Perspective at the Seder." Dinner/program: $25. Supporter: $72. (206) 232-8555,,

"Race to Nowhere": 7-9 p.m., March 24, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. "Race to Nowhere" is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829,

Friday | 25

Shumba Youth Marimba Ensemble Concert: 7 p.m., March 25-26, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Concert of African marimba. Directed by cultural artist Sheree Seretse. Tickets: $15, adults. $13: youth and seniors. (206) 232-4145, ext. 109,

Doors to the Soul Sensory Awakening Ritual: 7-9 p.m., March 25, Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Experience a mindfulness ritual. Led by BodyMind Energetics Institute. Co-sponsor: WomanSpirit Center. Meditative music, open to all. $60. Groups: $50. Students: $40. (425) 641-1527,

Classics on Film: "Babette's Feast" (Gabriel Axel, 1987 Denmark, 102 min.), 7:30-9:30 p.m., March 25, Aljoya Theatre, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Look at the role of food in the film, with commentary provided by Lance Rhoades, Mercer Island Arts Council Classics on Film program director.

Saturday | 26

Mercer Island Spring Recycling Collection Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 26, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. Only certain recyclables are accepted, and a fee will be charged to recycle televisions and computer monitors. Suggested donations: nonperishable food items for the city's Department of Youth and Family Services Food Pantry, or a cash contribution. For a complete list of accepted and restricted items and applicable fees, see the event flyer at

Parents Night Out Fundraiser: 6:30-9:30 p.m., March 26, Mercer island Martial Arts, 2630 77th Ave. S.E., Suite 106-108. Drop your children off for pizza and a movie and enjoy the night out. All proceeds will be donated to The Mockingbird Society, helping foster youth.

Sunday | 27

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., March 27, April 3, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. This annual fundraiser is hosted, prepared and serviced by Boy Scout Troop 457 members. Pancakes, ham, fruit salad, juice, coffee and tea are served.

Red Cross Babysitter Training: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 27, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way.  Babysitter training and infant/CPR with first aid. Attendance both days is required. Ages 11-15. SJCC Members: $100. Non-members: $115. Contact: Youth and Family Program Manager Matthew Korch, (206) 388-0830,

2011 Mercer Island Youth Employment and Volunteer Fair: 12-4 p.m., March 27, MI Boys & Girls Club PEAK, 4120 86th Ave. The fair is coordinated by Cheryl Manriquez, City of Mercer Island Department of Youth and Family Services (YFS) employment coordinator, with the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club and Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. Multiple employment and volunteer opportunities will be available for youth. Prospective employers can sign up for a table at the fair to share job openings or volunteer opportunities. Contact Manriquez: (206) 275-7869.

The Jewish Touch: National Yiddish Theatre, 4 p.m., March 27, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way.

Zalmen Mlotek’s "Magical World of Yiddish Song" with special guest Daniella Rabbani. Contact: Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832,

Tuesday | 29

MIHS Fine Arts Showcase: 5:30-9 p.m., March 29-30, MIHS Gym/Commons, 9100 S.E. 42nd St.

Thursday | 31

Island Books Book Club: 7:30 p.m., March 31, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. "The Imperfectionists," by Tom Rachman. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman's wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it and themselves afloat.


Parklane Gallery Artist Reception: 6-8 p.m., April 8, 130 Park Lane, Kirkland. Presenting glass masterworks of Island artist Jason Gamrath, now through May 1.

Island Books Sister City Benefit: Reading with Maggie Bennett, 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 14, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. "Windy Stories: Storytelling Traditions From The Salmon River Idaho."

Breakfast of Champions: 7-8:30 a.m., April 26, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Parking available in student lots and on the street.

Events | Ongoing

“The Crucible”: through March 20, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Evening performances: 7 p.m. Matinees: 2 p.m. Based on play by Arthur Miller. For ages 11 and up.

Northwest Harvest Food Drive: through March 27, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Bring nonperishable food items and deposit them in the Northwest Harvest boxes in the NHIC main lobby. The last donation day is Sunday, March 27. Contact: Lee Rich, (425) 970-33323.

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

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,



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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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

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