Community calendar | ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at YTN

Performances of Youth Theatre Northwest’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ end Nov. 20. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (206) 232-4145, ext. 109, or online by visiting

Thursday | 17

Ten Thousand Villages 2011 Sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 17-19, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Fair trade gifts, jewelry and home decor for sale from global artists and craftsmen. Ten Thousand Villages, one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, cultivates trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work.

MIVAL Gallery 2nd Anniversary Celebration: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 17, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Celebration is ongoing through Nov. 27. Special discount sale and celebration party with a 10 percent off coupon on a single item, per person. Festivities, food and drink. Features member artists.

Howard Behar - Leadership Lessons from a Life at Starbucks: 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 17, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Registration, mingle and nosh: 6:30-7 p.m. Q&A, book signing: 7-8 p.m. Meet local author Howard Behar, Seattle resident and author of “It’s Not About the Coffee.” Behar will speak about principles that are important in leadership and success.

Introducing Rodan + Fields Dermatologists Informational Meeting: 7-9:30 p.m., Nov. 17, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Learn about the new skin care line, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, developed by doctors who created Proactiv®. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Lara Davis: (206) 992-6653.

Friday | 18

Annual Senior Thanksgiving Lunch: 12-1 p.m., Nov. 18, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Registration is required and transportation is available; call (206) 275-7609 to reserve your spot. Fee: $5 plus tax.

Classics on Film: “Waste Land” (Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim, 2010), 7:30-9 p.m., Nov. 18, Aljoya Theatre, 2430 76th Ave. Part of “Economies of Scale,” a documentary film series with Q&A and commentary by Lance Rhoades. Free admission, parking and popcorn.

Saturday | 19

MTS Greenway Tree Planting at Luther Burbank Park: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 19, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Half-day shifts are available. Volunteers have worked hard to clear blackberry and other invasive species, and now it is time to return and plant native trees.

Saturday Matinee: “Ace in the Hole” (Billy Wilder, 1951), 1 p.m., Nov. 19, 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 | 20

Thanksgiving Service: 10 a.m., Nov. 20, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th Street. There will be an uplifting message and an opportunity to give thanks to God for His faithfulness and goodness. A free lunch will be served after the service.

Harvest Market of the Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 20, 77th Ave. S.E. and S.E. 32nd St. Mercer Island Farmers Market returns with a special Harvest Market for Thanksgiving. Complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Children’s Table, Master Gardeners, sampling table and music for shopping.

Wednesday | 23

Annual Mercer Island Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4001 Island Crest Way (corner of 40th Street and Island Crest Way). Sponsor: Mercer Island Clergy Association. Nonperishable food items for the Emergency Fund of the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services are welcomed.

Thursday | 1

World AIDS Day Worship: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Jay Bakker, son of Tammy Faye Bakker, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he is co-pastor of Revolution Church NYC.

Friday | 2

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch: 7-9 p.m., Dec. 2, Mercerdale Park and North Fire Station. Community tree lighting ceremony and caroling at the park is followed by Santa photos, treats and children’s entertainment at the firehouse. Free event. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Drive.

Saturday | 3

Breakfast with Santa: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Dec. 3, Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Register your family for Breakfast with Santa. Brunch is provided, and Santa and his elves will be available for a visit and photos. Reservations are required. Fee: $7 plus tax ($5 per child). (206) 275-7609.

EarthCorps Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 3, Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Join EarthCorps, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and community members working to preserve this Mercer Island park. Plant native trees and continue site stewardship of previously restored areas. For more information and to sign up in advance, go to:

Sunday | 4

“The Holocaust Through the Lens of Hollywood”: 2 p.m., Dec. 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Professor Foster Hirsch of Brooklyn College will examine widely differing approaches, using excerpts from films spanning six decades. Limited seating; reservations recommended. General admission: $10. SJCC members: $5.

Events | Ongoing

“Excerpts from the Nutcracker”: 2 p.m., Dec. 10-11, 17-18; 7 p.m., Dec. 16 and 18, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Directed by Susan Valencia. Mercer Island Youth Ballet and Children’s Dance Conservatory will bring the classic holiday ballet to life, set to Tchaikovsky music. General admission: $22. VIP platinum tickets: $35. Purchase tickets in advance:


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 tips, a port-by-port rundown of the top Mediterranean cruise destinations, and an introduction to cruising for first-timers.


Finding the Right College: 7 p.m., Nov. 17. Learn how to weigh different factors, such as size, location and majors, to determine if a college is right for you.

Kaplan SAT Practice Test: 12:30 p.m., Nov. 20 and 27. Check your SAT test-taking skills at this four-hour practice test simulating the real thing. Come back on Nov. 27 to find out your scores and learn some strategies for improvement. Please register.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Nov. 22. Voice your opinions on the books, magazine, programs and services the library offers teens.

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

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:

Children & Families

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

Pajama Story Time of the Season: 7 p.m., Nov. 21. All ages welcome with adult.

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

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

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



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