Community calendar | Holy Trinity Church auction is Saturday

The Youth & Social Concerns committees at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are holding an auction to raise funds for the 2012 National Youth Gathering and Mission Trip to New Orleans and other outreach commitments. The auction is set for 7 p.m., Sept. 17, at the church at 8501 S.E. 40th Street. The cost is $30 per person for food and beverages. Child care is available. Check out the HTLC Web site,, for more.

Thursday | 15

MIVAL Opening Reception: “Summer Harvest,” 5:30-8 p.m., Sept. 15, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Show runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 16. Meet the artists, view new art. Refreshments served.

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., Sept. 15, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Mercer Island High School Class of 1981 30-Year Reunion: Sept. 16-17. All 1981 classmates are invited to attend. Wormburner Golf Tournament, Willows Run Golf Course; Evening Get-Together, Roanoke Inn; Reunion Dinner, Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Sign up at

Friday | 16

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse Middle School Fall Ball: 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 16-Oct. 28, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. Grades 5-8. Cost: $100 (returning players with valid U.S. Lacrosse membership), $75 (new players plus $25 U.S. Lacrosse membership). Contact: Kara Brodman,

Saturday | 17

First Aid and Adult CPR with AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 17, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $30, at event. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Mercer Island Library Early Learning Garden Grand Opening: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sept. 17, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Tully's Coffee and the Pomegranate Center will celebrate the hard work accomplished by the community in creating and sponsoring the Mercer Island Library's Early Learning Garden. There will be music, food, coffee, a plaque unveiling, guided tours and a dedication.

The Sky’s The Limit Auction: 5-9 p.m., Sept. 17, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th Street. All proceeds to benefit 2012 Youth Gathering in Louisiana, HTLC Social Concerns and Hamomi. To arrange pick-up of your donated item, contact Laurie Sperber: (425) 766-7322. Items may also be mailed to HTLC c/o Laurie Sperber.

Sunday | 18

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 18, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd Street. "International Day." Shopping Power Hour: 10-11 a.m. with complimentary coffee and pastry samples. Music: Yaamba Marimba Band. Kids Table activity: "Amazing Spiders in Your Garden." Community Service Group: MI Sister City Association. Features master gardeners. General visitor parking available at the Farmers New World Life Insurance Company, Wells Fargo Bank and Maloof Building.

Mercer Island Zumbathon Benefit: 1-3 p.m., Sept. 18, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. SJCC and Zumba event benefits the American Heart Association. Participants are encouraged to wear red. Suggested donation: $15.

Boys Select Basketball Tryouts: Sept. 18, Mercer Island High School Gym, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Grades 5 and 7: 2-4 p.m. Grades 6 and 8: 4-6 p.m. Players must attend both Sundays, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25. Register at

Monday | 19

Mercer Island Historical Society meeting: 1 p.m., Sept. 19, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Fran Call will speak about her long-distance bicycle trips with her groups of students known as “Cyclemates.”

“The Power of Three: Insight, Introspection, and Inspiration for Rosh Hashanah” Lecture Series: Sept. 19, Island Crust Cafe, 7525 S.E. 24th Street. Title: “Teshuvah, Tefilah, and Tzedakah.” Presented by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Lecture: 7 p.m. Q&A: 7:45 p.m. Lecture is free. Community is welcome. Contact:

“Genetic Testing for Genealogy: What Tests Are Useful in What Situations”/”Interpreting Your Results to Further Your Genealogy Research”: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presenter: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Speaker: Bennett Greenspan, FamilyTreeDNA founder and president.

Tuesday | 20

Mercer Island Covenant Church Lively Saints (50+ years young) Luncheon: 12 p.m., Sept. 20, MICC, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Dr. Margaret Brand, whose work has had a remarkable impact in the world of medicine and rehabilitation that has literally touched the lives of millions. Cost: $7. Tickets: (206) 232-1015.

Wednesday | 21

City of Mercer Island Emergency Drill: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Sept. 21, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. This drill involves city staff, citizen volunteers, the school district, Community and Event Center, and has the potential to include the business district and faith community. Contact: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

Thursday | 22

SJCC Author Book Signing and Discussion: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 22, SJCC Kesher Community Garden, 3801 East Mercer Way. Author: Naseem Rakha, “The Crying Tree.” Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, from The Kavana Cooperative, will lead a discussion about the power of forgiveness. $10 for SJCC and Kavana members; $15 general admission; $5 seniors and students. Register at

Friday | 23

Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet from St. Petersburg: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 23, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue S.E. Presented by the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle, with artistic director/pianist Natalya Ageyeva. Suggested donation: $20. Senior/student suggested donation: $15. For tickets call: (425) 829-1345.

Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 23, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Spend an evening in prayer and worship.

Sunday | 25

Boys Select Basketball Tryouts: Sept. 25, Mercer Island High School Gym, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Grades 5, 7: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Grades 6, 8: 12-2 p.m. Register at

Monday | 26

MIHS Football Little Cheer Clinic: 3-4:30 p.m., Sept. 26-27, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Led by MIHS varsity cheerleaders. Cost of full clinic: $55. One day: $40. Little Cheer participants will cheer during the MIHS football game on Friday, Sept. 30. All preschool and elementary girls are welcome. Contact: Sandra, (206) 232-0319.

“The Power of Three: Insight, Introspection, and Inspiration for Rosh Hashanah” Lecture Series: Sept. 26, Island Crust Cafe, 7525 S.E. 24th Street. Title: “The Three Shofar Blasts: Tekiah, Teruah, and Shevarim.” Presented by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Lecture: 7 p.m. Q&A: 7:45 p.m. Lecture is free. Community is welcome. Contact:


The Frazzled Mom’s Guide to Friendship and Renewal: 1:30 p.m., Sept. 18. Join local Mercer Island co-authors, Linda Williams Rorem and Carol Gullstad, as they discuss ways to make women happier and healthier. Please register.

eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 10 a.m., Sept. 24. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this Digital Downloads demonstration.

Mercer Island Saturday Matinee Film Series: “Libeled Lady” (1936), 1 p.m., Sept. 24.


Baby and Me Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 20 and 27. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Very Young Toddler Times: 10 a.m., Sept. 21 and 28. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Story Time for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Sept. 21 and 28. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 22 and 29. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Sept. 20. Voice your opinions on the books, magazines, programs and services the library offers teens while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.

Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, through Sept. 26. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

Online Teen Readers: Check out an online book group for teens. Online Teen Readers are teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule. Find out more at or on Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers.




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