Community calendar | Chamber lunch this week at MICEC

Ron Sher, the owner of Crossroads Mall and Third Place Books, will be the speaker at the October Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce membership meeting at noon, Thursday, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Please RSVP at 232-3404 or online.

Wednesday | 5

Probus Club of Mercer Island meeting: 10:30 a.m., Oct. 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Bellevue businessman Kemper Freeman Jr., longtime shaper of the Eastside business landscape. The public is welcome. Contact: Bob Simonds, (206) 236-2190.

Thursday | 6

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce October Membership Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., Oct. 6, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Ron Sher, developer and creator of local retail community centers including Crossroads Shopping Center, Third Place Books and Third Place Commons at Lake Forest Park Town Centre. Cost: $15 (members), $18 (nonmembers). RSVP:, (206) 232-3404.

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) meeting: 12-2 p.m., Oct. 6, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Features a demonstration by Mia Yoshihara Bradshaw, a paper technique artist.

Friday | 7

Classics on Film: “The One Percent (a.k.a. Born Rich)” (Jamie Johnson, 2006), 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7, Aljoya Retirement Community, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Part of the “Economies of Scale” documentary film series. Features commentary and Q&A with Lance Rhoades, film historian and Mercer Island Arts Council Classics on Film program director.

Saturday | 8

EarthCorps Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 8, Ellis Pond, 4600 90th Ave. S.E. Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island in helping to restore Ellis Pond. Remove invasive plants, perform general site maintenance activities. Sign up at

fourth Biennial Mercer Island Senior Resource Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 8, Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Features free lunch, makeover, demonstrations, presentations, and free or low-cost flu shots and massage. Hosted by the Senior Foundation of Mercer Island. (206) 232-4597.

Saturday Movie Matinee: 1 p.m., Oct. 8, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. “His Girl Friday” (1940), famous remake of “The Front Page,” starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Part of the “Extra! Extra! Movies in the Glory Days of Newspapers” film series with Lance Rhoades.

“Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” Class: 1-4 p.m., Oct. 8, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. This program is designed to give parents practical skills. Speaker: Liann Smith, certified parent coach, educator, Impact Parenting founder and president. Focus: parenting children through age 12. Free, open to the public. Snacks provided. Pre-register:

Monday | 10

Teachable Skills for Success in School and in Life: 7 p.m., Oct. 10, Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Speaker: Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D., UW professor and author. For parents with kids of all ages. Free for Mercer Island and St. Monica PTA members. $5 at the door.

Tuesday | 11

Mercer Island Women’s Club October General Meeting and Luncheon: Oct. 11, Salty’s on Alki. Social hour: 11 a.m. Lunch: 12 p.m. Speaker: Elizabeth Bowman, founder and president of Innovatively Organized. RSVP required.

Mercer Island Sister City Association French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 11, Island Square Apartments Residence Room, 2758 78th Ave. S.E. Free parking in garage; enter across the street from Alpenland. Contact: (206) 232-2983 or 232-7650.

Thursday | 13

Grief & Loss Support Group for Senior Adults: 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Presented by Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Department. Registration required. Free. Contact: Betsy Zuber, (206) 275-7752,

Friday | 14

Communitywide Shabbat and Sukkot Dinner: 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 14, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. For families with children ages 13 and younger. Adults: $10. Children up to 13 years: $5. Under 2: free. Features songs, PJ Library® storytime and a campfire with s’mores. Contact: Matthew Korch, (206) 388-0830,

Saturday | 15

Volunteer Basic Fire Suppression Training: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 15, Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Seventh disaster preparedness class in Emergency Volunteer Series. This training focuses on basic fire fighting techniques for volunteers. RSVP: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

Events | Ongoing

MIVAL Show: “Summer Harvest,” show runs through Oct. 16, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E.

Congregation Shevet Achim Jewish High Holiday Services: through Oct. 21. All services are held at Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. No tickets required.

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse Middle School Fall Ball: 5-6:30 p.m., Fridays, through 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,


Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., Oct. 17, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Dori Jones Yang, author of “Daughter of Xanadu.”

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 17, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. $15 (check or cash). Call to reserve a space. Contact: Jolene Judd, (206) 275-7607.

MIVAL Gallery 3rd Thursday Art Show: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 20, MIVAL Art Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. 3rd Thursday Art Gallery Opening and Artist Receptions of new exhibits. Contact: Nannette Bassett, (206) 232-8148,

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., Oct. 20, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Fall Recycling Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 22, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. Safely dispose of the old equipment and household items. Drop material before or after the city recycling event to avoid long lines. Note: the drop-off location and conditions may change. A list of acceptable and unacceptable items is available at



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