Community calendar | Homecoming Parade in Town Center is Friday, Oct. 21

The 2011 Mercer Island High School Homecoming Parade is set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday evening in the Town Center. The band will head north from Mercerdale Park on 77th Avenue S.E., then turn east on 27th and back south toward the park. Hear the Rose Bowl-bound marching band, see cheerleaders, floats and more.

The football game against the Sammamish Totems begins at 7:30 p.m. at Islander Stadium and will also feature All-Island Band Night.

Wednesday | 19

Frightful Art: 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. For ages 12 and older. Susan Olds presents an array of “frightful art” from as far back as the 14th century. Contact: Vicki Heck, (206) 236-3537.

Thursday | 20

MIVAL Gallery Art Show and Reception: 5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 20, MIVAL Art Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Featured artists through Nov. 13: June Lindsey (pottery), Pia Messina (paintings). 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.

Friday | 21

Meet the Film Maker: 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 21, Aljoya House, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Sponsor: MI Arts Council. Sue Gilbert of “Beyond Greenaway” will show her documentary. Q&A to follow. Admission: free, open to the public. Refreshments served.

Saturday | 22

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

Sunday | 23

“Once Upon A Halloween”: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 23, Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Daylight trick-or-treat event by Youth Theatre Northwest. Each tour will be met by a cast of woodland characters. For ages 3 and up. Admission: $15.

Seattle World’s Fair 50th Anniversary Presentation: 1 p.m., Oct. 23, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. The Seattle World’s Fair 50th anniversary book’s release is Oct. 21. Submit your Seattle World’s Fair remembrances at

Jewish Genealogy Research Essentials Presentations and Workshop: 1-5 p.m., Oct. 23, Stroum JCC Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presentations start at 1:30 p.m. Speaker: Nancy Adelson, JGSWS/JGSWS Board Members president, program chair. Experts available to help research on,, and other sites. Door prizes given. Free WiFi. Admission: free (JGSWS members), $5 (nonmembers).

Monday | 24

Seniors Getting There Safely Defensive Driving: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 24, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Fee: $18 (resident), $21 (nonresident). (206) 275-7609,

Tuesday | 25

SAT vs. ACT Workshop: 7 p.m., Oct. 25, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Are your skills better suited to the SAT or the ACT? Do colleges prefer one test over the other? Learn about both tests. Registration required. For teens. Speaker: Mary Juliano, who has contributed to several test prep publications, including “Cracking the New SAT.”

French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 25. Host: Mercer Island Sister City Association. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to native speakers. Evening is informal. For location and information, contact: Monica Howell, 232-2983, or Beth Brennen, 232-7650.

Engaging Israel Project: A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture & Study Series, 7:15-9:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 25-Jan. 10, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Led by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, of Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation. Cost: $150 per person or $275 per couple; includes materials.

Saturday | 29

Prescription Drugs Take-Back: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 29, Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The city encourages Islanders to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications for disposal to the loading dock, west side of City Hall. The service is free and anonymous. The CTC will provide free medication lock boxes.

Saturday Matinee: “Citizen Kane” (Orson Welles, 1941), 1 p.m., Oct. 29, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Part of the “Mercer Island Public Library Film Series on Newspapers and Other Media,” with Lance Rhoades, Mercer Island Movie Matinee Series program director.

Sunday | 30

“Once Upon A Halloween”: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 30, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Daylight trick-or-treat event. Each tour will be met by a cast of woodland characters. For ages 3 and up. Admission: $15.

“How George Gershwin Became an American Composer”: SJCC Lecture Series, 2 p.m., Oct. 30, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Larry Starr, UW Music History Professor. Admission: $10. JCC members/seniors: $5. Register online at

Events | Ongoing

“Quarantine” - Mercer Island’s Haunted Forest: 7-10 p.m., Oct. 14-31, Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Youth Theatre Northwest 40-minute guided performance and tour through park trails. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear suitable shoes. If it is raining, please bring a hat and not an umbrella. For ages 9 and up. Admission: $15.

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. Contact: Kara Brodman,


Probus Club of Mercer Island meeting: 10:30 a.m., Nov. 2, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Douglas Hainline, Ph.D. Topic: the advent of socialism in the UK and Europe. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Beginning Ballroom: 7:40-8:40 p.m., Nov. 2-30, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. This is a program to teach students the basics of a variety of ballroom dances. Students will focus on lead and follow roles, timing and basic patterns. Fee: $54 (resident), $64 (nonresident).

French Film: “The Gleaners & I,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4, Aljoya House, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Co-hosts: Mercer Island Sister City Association, Mercer Island Arts Council. Features introduction and post commentary by Lance Rhodes, UW instructor of cinema studies. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. Free. 232-5413.


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