Community calendar | Trick or treat in Town Center

Kids can have a chance to show off their Halloween costumes and trick or treat in the daylight, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Oct. 31, at businesses in the Mercer Island Town Center displaying a bright orange poster in their window. Bring a donation for the Mercer Island Food Bank; items can be left at designated businesses. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 232-3404.

Friday | 28

Classics on Film: “Food, Inc.” (Robert Kenner, 2008), 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, Aljoya House, 2430 76th Ave. This documentary looks at current conditions in agribusiness, how they came to be, and what alternatives are being presented by individuals and companies. Part of “Economies of Scale,” a documentary film series with Q&A and commentary by Lance Rhoades.

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 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The city encourages Islanders to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications for disposal. The service is free and anonymous. The CTC will provide free medication lock boxes.

Midnight Madness at North end QFC: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 29, North Mercer QFC. There will be games for the kids, drawings for adults for gift baskets, free hot dogs, a pumpkin-pie eating contest and more. Kids can guess the number of candy corn in the jar. There will be face-painting, a cakewalk, the Molly Moon ice cream truck and sampling and demos throughout the store. Bring a donation for the Island food bank.

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.

Halloween Party & Food Drive: 1-4 p.m., Oct. 29, Mercer Island Martial Arts, 2630 77th Ave. S.E. Suites 106-108. Annual fundraiser for MI Youth and Family Services. Costume contest, face painting with a huge bounce house. Suggested donation: 5 cans of food for YFS. Free admission.

Halloween Carnival: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 29-30, old Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way. For kids under sixth grade. Free. (206) 232-4548.

Haunted House: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 29, old Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way. Oct. 30: 5-9 p.m. For sixth grade and older. $10 per person. (206) 232-4548.

Sunday | 30

“Once Upon A Halloween”: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 30, Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Daylight trick-or-treat event. Each tour will be met by a cast of Youth Theatre 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

Seattle Writers Publishing Salon: 3-5 p.m., Oct. 30, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Topic: “Current Publishing Trends This Fall.” Co-hosts: Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco, of Martin Literary Management. Free writers’ event.

Monday | 31

Trick or Treating in the Town Center: 3:30-5 p.m., Oct. 31, Mercer Island Town Center. Young children are invited to trick or treat at local businesses in and around the Town Center. Participating businesses will have an orange poster in the window. Please bring a donation for the Mercer Island Food Bank. Items can be left at designated businesses. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 232-3404.

Wednesday | 2

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. Learn 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).

Thursday | 3

Chamber Membership Luncheon: 12 p.m., Nov. 3. Speaker: Dr. Gary Plano. The Mercer Island School District is celebrating 70 years of educating young people. Now Mercer Island schools are recognized as some of the best in the state and nation. Dr. Plano will bring Chamber members up to date on issues and challenges that MISD faces. Luncheon cost: $15 (members), $18 (nonmembers and members without reservations). Please call the Chamber office, 232-3404 or email your reservation to by Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. It is the Chamber's policy to bill for reservations not cancelled 24 hours prior to an event.

Friday | 4

Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” Opening Night: 7 p.m., Nov. 4, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 20. For tickets and information:

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

Saturday | 5

IMS PTSA Ski Swap: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 5, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. Features Ski & Board Swap. 50% Off Sale: 3-4 p.m. New and gently used winter sports clothing and equipment for sale. Co-sponsor: Sturtevant’s Winter Sports. Consignment check-in at IMS: 3-6 p.m., Nov. 3; 3-7:30 p.m., Nov. 4.


Lively Saints (50+ Years Young) Luncheon: 12 p.m., Nov. 8, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Jim Landerdahl. Topic: the people and facility at the SeaTac Airport USO Center working “until every one comes home.” The USO-PSA center provides all branches of the military with 24/7 travel assistance. $7., (206) 232-1015.

KCLS 2012 Preliminary Budget Meeting: 2 p.m., Nov. 10, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. SE. Community meeting to discuss proposed strategic plans and budget allocations for the coming year. An opportunity for public discussion to help shape services in libraries, online and in communities throughout KCLS., (206) 236-3537.

12th Annual Artists Studio Holiday Sale: Nov. 10-12, the studio of Leslie West, 8798 N. Mercer Way. 6-9 p.m., Nov. 10; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 11; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Nov. 12. Featured artwork from a dozen artists: mixed media assemblages, handcrafted jewelry, glass art, ceramics, cards, chocolate and more. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Mercer Island Food Pantry.

Shabbat Lectures: Nov. 11-12, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Shabbat dinner: 5:50 p.m., Friday. “Kabbalistic Secrets for Wealth and Health,” 7 p.m., Friday. Saturday: “What’s the Greatest Mitzvah in the Torah?” and “The Secret to Having Perfect Children.” Speaker: Rabbi Moshe Gruenstein, scholar in residence.

Events | Ongoing

“Quarantine” - Mercer Island’s Haunted Forest: 7-10 p.m., through Oct. 31, Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Youth Theatre Northwest 40-minute guided performance and tour through park trails. Guests are encouraged to wear suitable shoes. For ages 9 and up. Admission: $15.

Mercer Island Thrift Shop 36th Anniversary Sale & Holiday Showcase: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 7-12, 7710 S.E. 34th Street. On Monday, Nov. 7, all store merchandise will be 35 percent off. There will be store discounts through the week.

MIVAL Gallery Art Show: ongoing through Nov. 13, 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,

Engaging Israel Project: A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture & Study Series, 7:15-9:15 p.m., Tuesdays, through Jan. 10, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Led by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, of Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation. Cost: $150 per person ($275 per couple).

Mercer Island Community Fund Grant Applications: Deadline for grant applications is Jan. 31, 2012. Applications acceptable from organizations that benefit the Mercer Island community in six categories. For information and guidelines, contact grants chair Gail Steinitz:,


National Novel Writing Month Writers Panel: 1 p.m., Nov. 5. Take 30 days and write 50,000 words. Mercer Island Library wants to support all local writers in this endeavor with a panel of top local authors to nudge you on your way to writing and publishing.

eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 3:30 p.m., Nov. 5. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this Digital Downloads demonstration.

STARS Workshop - Growing Your Preschooler’s Brain: 7 p.m., Nov. 14. Presented by Kathy Slattengren. Find out how you can help your child develop the social skills, language skills and behavior traits that will lead to success in grade school. For parents and child care providers who care for children ages 1 to 5.

Rick Steves’ Travel Series: Mediterranean Cruises 101, 7 p.m., Nov. 16. Based on Rick’s new guidebook, this class teaches you how to take a Mediterranean cruise “through the Back Door.” Get a port-by-port rundown of the top Mediterranean cruise destinations, with tips on how to get into town and make the most of your limited time. The rest of the class is an introduction to cruising for first-timers.

Children & Families

Baby and Me Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 1-22. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Very Young Toddler Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Nov. 2-23. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Story Time for Terrific Twos and Threes: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Nov. 2-23. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Nov. 3-17. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Chinese Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, Nov. 5-12. Ages 3 to 7 with adult.


Online Teen Readers: Wonder what other teens in the area are reading? Online Teen Readers are teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule:

Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, Nov. 7-28. Hang out, do homework, play board games or read.



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