Community calendar | Special MISD Board meeting Thursday, Jan. 5

A special Mercer Island School District Board of Directors meeting will be held on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at West Mercer Elementary School.

The board will discuss, and possibly take action, on the 21st Century Facilities Master Plan, which will determine how much money will be needed in an April bond issue vote.

The meeting will include an opportunity for community members to speak.

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.

Thursday | 5

Chamber of Commerce January Membership Luncheon: 12 p.m., Jan. 5, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Informal networking: 11:30 a.m. Speaker: Erika Schmidt, president and COO, Frause Integrated Communications. Topic: how businesses can decide on how to use social media, and using it effectively. RSVP by email or call 232-3404. Cost: $15 (members), $20 (non-members and members without reservations).

Mercer Island Visual Arts League General Meeting: 12-2 p.m., Jan. 5, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Program: Show-and-tell with potluck.

National Charity League Information Night: 7 p.m., Jan. 5, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. NCL is a mother/daughter organization focusing on leadership, cultural opportunities and philanthropic work. Membership drive ends mid-February, focused on filling the incoming seventh-grade class. For mothers only. Contact: Julie Paulich,, or Betsy Robertson,

Saturday | 7

Thrift Shop Winter ‘Santa Gets To Play’ Sale: Bag Day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Jan. 7, Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th Street. Clothing, shoes and linens are offered at $1.25 per pound. All proceeds support MI Youth and Family Services. (206) 275-7760.

Christmas Tree Pickup: Jan. 7-8. Mercer Island Lacrosse team players and parents will pick up trees. To make a reservation for the service, call (206) 659-5529 or email After “undressing” your tree, drag it to your curb by 9 a.m. on the pickup date. Suggested donation supports lacrosse: $20 or more per tree; attach a check, in a Ziplock bag, to a top branch. Donations are tax-deductible.


First Aid and Adult CPR w/ AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 14, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check or cash at event). Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space. Parking is available behind the fire station (east side of building). This is not a Health Care Provider Class.

Super Sitters Babysitting Certification: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 15, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Ages 11-15. The Super Sitters program teaches young people basic babysitting skills and safety. Cost: $60 (nonmembers), $50 (members).

Lively Saints (50+ Years Young) Luncheon: 12 p.m., Jan. 17, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Avenue S.E. Speaker: Jane Brahm. Topic: Mercer Island history from its beginnings to the present day. Former Mercer Island Reporter editor, Jane is editing and writing the updated Mercer Island history. Cost: $7. (206) 232-1015.

MIHS Varsity Cheerleaders Basketball Little Cheer Clinic: Jan. 17-18, PEAK, 4120 86th Ave. S.E. Cost: $55 for both days or $40 (one day). Little Cheerleaders have the option to perform during halftime at the Jan. 20 MIHS basketball game. Registrations paid by Jan. 10 include free shirt. For more information, email

Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., Jan. 19, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Events | Ongoing

Dinky Dunkers Basketball: Jan. 9-March 25, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Kindergarten through third grade. Practices: Monday or Wednesday, 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Sunday games: 12:30-5:30 p.m. (times vary by age group). No games Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 4. For boys and girls. Price includes games, trophy, jersey. Contact: SJCC Recreation Manager Jessica Wilkinson,, (206) 388-0826.

Summer Camp Counselor Training Course: Jan. 12-March 8, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. This course reviews the fundamental concepts and key skills necessary for working at a summer camp.



The Civil War in Cinema: 1 p.m., Jan. 7. This multimedia presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the American Civil War as seen through over a century of film history. Presented by Lance Rhoades, Saturday Movie Matinee Series program director.

eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 1 p.m., Jan. 9. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this Digital Downloads demonstration.

The Civil War in Washington Territory: 7 p.m., Jan. 10, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. During the war’s 150th anniversary, participate in the national Civil War conversation. Presentation by scholar Lorraine McConaghy. Introduction to a free five-part reading and discussion series, “Let’s Talk About it: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”

Opera Preview: “Attila,” 7 p.m., Jan. 11. “Attila” is Giuseppe Verdi’s 9th opera, first performed in Venice in 1846. The opera is based loosely on historical events. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. Features commentary with recorded musical excerpts.

Children & Families

Baby and Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 10-31. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 10-31. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Wonderful One’s Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 11-25. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Terrific Two’s and Three’s Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 11-25. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Musical Concert with Allyoop: 7 p.m., Jan. 19. Ages 2 to 6 with adult. Enjoy music, puppets, stories and fun.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 9, 23-30. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

Kaplan SAT Practice Test: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, Jan. 14, 28. Check your SAT test-taking skills at this four-hour practice test, simulating the real thing. Come back on Jan. 28 to find out your scores and learn some strategies for improvement. Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Jan. 17. Voice your opinions on the books, magazines, programs and services the library offers teens all while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.


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