Community calendar | Easter egg hunts this weekend at Mercerdale Park

Children are invited to the city's annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunts this Easter weekend at Mercerdale Park. The Little Ones Hunt begins at 5 p.m., April 23, for ages 1-6 and will feature the Spring Bunny and Leap the Frog. Kids should bring a basket. For children ages 7-10, the Flashlight Hunt starts at 8:30 p.m., April 23, and kids should bring a flashlight with a basket. Parents are not allowed on the field during the hunts.

Friday | 22

“13: A Rock Musical”: opening night, 7 p.m., April 22, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances: April 22-May 8. Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees: 2 p.m. Tickets: $13-$17.

Mercer Island Classics on Film: “Julie and Julia,” 7:30 p.m., April 22, Aljoya Theater. The film is part of the “Serving Up Food Inspired Literary Programs” theme for spring.

Saturday | 23

Passover Iron Chef: Matzoh Pizza, Teens and Tweens, 7-9 p.m., April 23, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Competition to create the best matzoh pizza. All ingredients will be provided. Contact: Matt Korch, (206) 388-0830,

Tuesday | 26

Passover Family Fun Learning Event: 5-6 p.m., April 26, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Polack Room, 3801 East Mercer Way. For pre-K to 5th grade. Explore the themes of Passover through music, art project, cooking and games. Contact: Matt Korch, (206) 388-0830,

Thursday | 28

Hospice Seminar: 12:30-2:30 p.m., April 28, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Guest speaker: Dr. Hope Wechkin, M.D., Evergreen Hospice medical director. An introduction to hospice and palliative care. Free seminar. Seating is limited; please call to RSVP: Scott Ernst, (206) 799-6964.

“Creating Healthy Eaters” Parent Talk: 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 28, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Join Beverly Pressey, MS, RD and author of “Simple and Savvy Strategies for Creating Healthy Eaters.” Class recommended for anyone feeding babies and children ages 10 months to 5. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829,

Saturday | 30

DEA National Drug Takeback Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 30, Mercer Island City Hall. Free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Wednesday | 4

Probus Club of Mercer Island Annual Spring Luncheon: 12 p.m., May 4, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. Buses will shuttle members and guests between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. from the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Bob Simonds: (206) 232-2190.


Northwest Watercolor Society Evening of Art and Wine: 71st Annual Open International Exhibition, 5-8 p.m., May 5, Mercer View Gallery, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Event features Northwest Cellars wines and hors d’oeuvres, along with the expressions and techniques of water medium on paper by international artists. Tickets available at for $25.

EarthCorps Clarke Beach Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 7, Clarke Beach, 7700 East Mercer Way. Remove a patch of blackberry and other invasive plants so that additional trees can planted; continue stewardship on previously restored areas. Snacks, tools and gloves are provided.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Luther Burbank Park Restoration: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 8, invasive removal at Upper Luther Burbank Park. Volunteers can sign up at

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., May 9, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space. This is not a health care provider class. Cost: $15 (check or cash) at event. Contact: Jolene Judd by phone at (206) 275-7607.

150 Years of Jewish History in Washington State: 7:30 p.m., May 9, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Rabbi Jim Mirel, senior rabbi of Temple B’nai Torah. Nonmembers: $5.

Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., May 16, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Bob Wiley, author of “Revisiting the Great War: Through Letters, Travel and History.”

Classes | Ongoing

Zumba Toning: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays; 12-1 p.m., Thursdays. Fee: $10/class, $90 pass for 10 classes.

Spring Dance Classes: Call (206) 275-7609 to sign up. The city is offering Beginning Ballroom, Introduction to Argentina Tango, Beginning Salsa, Line Dancing, Tap Dance, Hula Hoop Dance.

Events | Ongoing

“Treasures in Miniature” MIVAL Art Show: ongoing through April 28, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 S.E. 27th Street, #109. Features 100 pieces of art and 35 artists. Gallery hours: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact: Sandra Parson, (425) 445-3771,


Saturday Matinee: “Treeless Mountain,” 1 p.m., April 23.

Terrific Twos Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 27. Ages 2-3 with adult.

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

Baby and Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, April 26. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Monday, April 25. Ages 12 and older. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

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