Community calendar | Jazz at South end Starbucks, Friday

The “Jazz and more Holiday Jam” at the South end Starbucks event is set for 3:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 23. The musicians will include MIHS alumni and current MIHS and IMS students playing jazz renditions of holiday tunes. Anyone from the community is also welcome to bring their instrument or sing. Music will be provided. This is not a fundraiser, just an event to bring the community together for the holidays.

Thursday | 22

Polar Bear Plunge at Mary Wayte Pool: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 22, Mary Wayte Pool, 8815 S.E. 40th Street. Come join other swimmers and jump in the pool for a brisk swim. Bring a wet suit. The facilities boiler is being repaired during the week and this will be the last day the pool is open before the Christmas holiday. Please bring two nonperishable food items for the local MI Youth and Family Services food bank.

Christmas Ships: 7:50-8:10 p.m., Dec. 22, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. The beautifully illuminated ships will be stopping at the swimming beach. Arrive early because this draws a crowd and parking space is limited. Please note: the Parks and Recreation Department will not be hosting any activities for this event.

Saturday | 24

Herzl-Ner Tamid Annual Chanukah Party: 6 p.m., Dec. 24, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 East Mercer Way. The night will start with havdallah and bring-your-own chanukiah lighting, followed by a Chinese dinner prepared by C&E Catering, featuring sufganiot (fried donuts). HNT Theatre will show the movie “The Princess Bride.” Adults (ages 13 and older): $10. Kids ages 3-12: $7. Kids 2 and younger: free.

Friday | 30

Christmas Tree Pickup: Dec. 30, Jan. 7-8. Have your Christmas tree hauled away, hassle free, while simultaneously supporting Mercer Island Lacrosse. Team players and parents will pick up trees. To make a reservation for the service, call (206) 659-5529 or email Then, after “undressing” your tree, drag it to your curb by 9 a.m. on the pickup date. Donations of $20 or more, per tree, are encouraged; attach a check, inserted in a Ziplock-type bag, to one of the top branches. Donations are tax-deductible.

Saturday | 31

New Year’s Eve Bash: Dec. 31, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. There’s a party at the VFW Hall with dinner, dancing, entertainment and all the frills. $39 per person. Call Jo Ann Zsitvay for details: (206) 232-8211.

Wednesday | 4

Probus Club of Mercer Island meeting: 10:30 a.m., Jan. 4, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Sue Rahr, King County Sheriff, will outline “A New Training Approach” to address public safety issues. The public is welcome.

Christmas Services

Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Family Christmas Eve Service, 4 p.m.; Traditional Family Candlelight Service with Choir, 9 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Day Service, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Dec. 25. 4545 Island Crest Way.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Christmas Eve Services, 1, 5 and 11 p.m., Dec. 24. 1 p.m. service for families with exceptional needs. Holy Eucharist: 10 a.m., Dec. 25. 4400 86th Ave. S.E.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Worship, 2-3:30 p.m.; Special Christmas Music, 3:30-4 p.m.; Worship, 4-5 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Service: 9-10:30 a.m., Dec. 25. 8501 S.E. 40th Street.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: Christmas Eve Family Service and Kids Pageant, 5 p.m.; Candlelight and Carols Service, 11 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Day Worship Celebration: 11 a.m., Dec. 25. 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Christmas Children’s Pageant: 4 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 6, 9 and 11 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Day Family Service: 10:10-11:05 a.m., Dec. 25. 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 24. Family worship time with carol singing. Christmas Service: 11 a.m., Dec. 25. 7070 S.E. 24th Street.

New Hope International Church: Celebrate Christmas with Christ, Christmas Eve Service, 8 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Service: 10 a.m., Dec. 25. 9170 S.E. 64th Street.

Redeemer Lutheran Church: Candlelight Service: 7 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas: 10 a.m., Dec. 25. 6001 Island Crest Way.

St. Monica Catholic Church: Christmas Eve Mass, 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Mass: 10 a.m., Dec. 25. Christmas Day Masses: 8, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., Dec. 25. 4301 88th Ave. S.E.

Events | Ongoing

First Annual Holiday Styrofoam Recycling Event: Dec. 22-31, Islander Middle School north parking lot, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Supported by Mercer Island Schools and Boy Scout Troop 647. A trailer will be marked. Bring all clean, dry Styrofoam. Large pieces can be tossed in. Pieces smaller than a dinner plate should be placed in clear plastic garbage bags. This includes “peanut” packaging. Please, no other recyclables or garbage. Contact: Brody LaRock (IMS) or Rik Norman,

Winter Break Camp: ongoing through Dec. 30, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Participants will swim, play in the gym, do art projects, and participate in a wide range of activities including field trips. Please register at


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