Community calendar | Drug Take Back event is April 30

The Mercer Island Police Department and the MI Communities That Care Coalition are teaming up for Drug Take Back Day on April 30. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at the west entrance of City Hall, Islanders can bring medicines that will be disposed for free. Medications such as prescribed narcotics, prescription medications, medication samples, vitamins, inhalers and unopened Epipens will be accepted. Items that will not be accepted include: hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, used Epipens or iodine and mercury products. Last year, Mercer Island police collected almost 150 pounds of unwanted medications. For additional information, contact Derek Franklin, MICTC project director, at 275-7611; or Kelly Donnelly, MIPD evidence technician, at 275-7931.

Thursday | 28

Hospice Seminar: 12:30-2:30 p.m., April 28, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Dr. Hope Wechkin, M.D., Evergreen Hospice medical director. An introduction to hospice and palliative care. Free seminar. Seating is limited; please 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, author of “Simple and Savvy Strategies for Creating Healthy Eaters.” For anyone feeding babies and children ages 10 months to 5. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829,

Friday | 29

Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., April 29, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Night of prayer and worship.

Saturday | 30

MIPA 45th Annual Circus: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 30, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Homespun circus for children ages 2-8, with pony rides, a reptile man, cupcake walks and musical guests. Free admission.

Sunday | 1

Mercer Island Women’s Club 30th Anniversary Tea: 2:30-4:30 p.m., May 1, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Celebrate 30 years of the club. Catered event for members and guests. Tickets: $10. RSVP required.,

Tuesday | 3

Israel 360: Women of the Wall, 7-9 p.m., May 3, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Lecture by UW Professor Gad Barzilai, Lucia S. and Herbert L. Pruzan, professor of Jewish Studies, chair, Stroum Jewish Studies Program. Examines the relationships between the Jewish State and several challenging communities.

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: 11:15-11:45 a.m., from the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Bob Simonds: (206) 232-2190.

Thursday | 5

Northwest Watercolor Society Evening of WINE AND WATERCOLOR: 6-8 p.m., May 5, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The 71st Annual Open International Exhibition features wine tasting and artists’ demonstrations. Attendees can pick a painting from the exhibition to be reproduced on their wine purchases. Presented by Northwest Cellars Winery and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Tickets: $25.

Mercer Island Food Revolution Community Dinner: 6-8 p.m., May 5, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Mercer Island Food Revolution PTA group presents a community dinner prepared by Chef Tom of Experience Food Project. Cinco de Mayo-inspired dinner for the whole family. Suggested donation: $10 per adult.

Saturday | 7

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 more trees can be planted; continue stewardship on restored areas. Snacks, tools, gloves provided.

Sunday | 8

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

Monday | 9

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). 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.

Tuesday | 10

MI Women’s Club General Meeting & Luncheon: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 10, Overlake Golf & Country Club. Guest speaker: Jane Meyer Brahm. Meal tickets: $28. RSVP required. Contact:

Classes | Ongoing

Beginner Mah Jongg Class: 2-4 p.m., May 2, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Class meets Mondays, May 2-23. Learn the tiles and the rules of the game. Instructor: Joan Bell. SJCC members: $20. Non-members: $30. Contact: Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832,

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


Opera Preview: “Magic Flute,” 7 p.m., May 4. Veteran opera lecturer Norm Hollingshead will illustrate his commentary with musical excerpts from his own collection of recordings.


Brother Coyote and Sister Fox Puppet Show: 7 p.m., May 2. Presented by Thistle Theatre. For all ages. Humorous puppet adaptation of a beloved Mexican folktale complete with Spanish songs and plenty of chickens.

Happy Birthday Bunny: 11 a.m., May 3. The rabbit statue at the library, “Between Two Worlds” by artist Georgia Gerber, is 20 years old this year. Join in a celebration with bunny stories, birthday cake and activities. Ages 2 to 5 with adult

Haiku Magic and Rollicking Rhymes: 10 a.m., May 6. Creative poetry for home schoolers. Join creative writing teacher Peggy King Anderson as she incorporates creative activities such as sounds, music and a mysterious bag of objects to help you use your imagination in learning about writing Haiku, rhymes or free verse poems.

Stories from Junk Puppet Land: 7 p.m., May 23. Presented by Zambini Brothers. All young children welcome with adult. Travel to Junk Puppet Land, where multicultural stories are told by whimsical characters constructed of household stuff most people throw away.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, May 2-23. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat. Ages 12 and older.

Red Pyramid Party: 2:30 p.m., May 9. Take a time quest through ancient Egypt featuring Rick Riordon’s book, “The Red Pyramid.” Watch feats of ancient magic, discover clues on a scavenger hunt, test your Red Pyramid knowledge and other fun adventures. Come dressed in Egyptian costume and win a prize. Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., May 17. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.

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