Community calendar | MLK Jr. Day closures

Next Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mercer Island’s city offices and schools will be closed. State liquor stores will remain open.

Due to the holiday, the City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Friday | 13

Islanders Basketball White-Out Night: 3:30 p.m., JV girls; 5 p.m., JV boys; 6:30 p.m., varsity girls; 8 p.m., varsity boys, MIHS Gym, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Come out dressed in white shirts and support the MI boys and girls basketball tradition as Mercer Island faces off against KingCo rival Mount Si. Limited edition Islanders white-out graphic T-shirts will be sold at the door.

Saturday | 14

First Aid and Adult CPR with 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. This is not a health care provider class.

Sunday | 15

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).

Grammy Nominated Instrumentalist Andy Statman: 1 p.m., Jan. 15, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Hear noted Klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass/jazz mandolinist Andy Statman, from Brooklyn, current University of Washington artist-in-residence. Seating is limited; reservations recommended. RSVP at

Tuesday | 17

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. Little Cheerleaders have the option to perform during halftime at the Jan. 20 MIHS basketball game. Cost: $55 for both days or $40 (one day). For more information, email

Thursday | 19

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.


Hot Spot Basketball Competition: 3:30-5 p.m., Jan. 22, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. For girls and boys, 7-14. Contestants will test their basketball shooting skills in this individual timed event. Winners qualify for the state event. Must bring a copy of birth certificate to qualify. Free.

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., Jan. 25, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $20 (check or cash, at event). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space. This is not a health care provider class.

Our Words, Our Songs Concert: 1 p.m., Feb. 5, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Features Cantor Marina Belenky, cantorial soloist Julie Mirel, and Temple Beth Am Music Director Wendy Marcus. Explore the ways that women carry out Jewish traditions in song. Admission: $10 (general); $5 (SJCC members, seniors and students). Contact: Roni Antebi, (206) 232-7115.

First Aid/CPR Training: Feb. 5, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. For teenagers, but all ages are welcome. Leave with a First Aid workbook and two wallet cards that certify you as trained in First Aid and CPR for two years. Contact: SJCC Teen Program Coordinator Ben Starsky,

Giving from the Heart Breakfast 2012: 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 8, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A benefit for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Contact: Development Officer Kris Kelsay, (206) 275-7751,

MIHS Class of 1992 Reunion: Register by March 31 for the reunion, Saturday, July 28, The Garage, Seattle. Spouses invited. Cost: $50 per person by March 31. No entry will be granted at the door. There will also be a 1992 grad-only event on Friday, July 27, at the Roanoke Inn. RSVP to

Events | Ongoing

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.

Performing Arts Weekend Workshops for Teens: 3-5 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 15-March 18, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. For grades 7-12. Register for one or more. Intensive workshop series for gaining a wide scope of performing arts skills. Workshops specialize in Hip Hop, Sketch Comedy, Acting for the Camera, Stage Makeup, and more. Contact: SJCC Performing Arts Coordinator Natasha Ransom, (206) 232-7115, ext. 247,

Annual Mercer Island High School Drill Team Drill Clinic: 3-4 p.m., Jan. 24-26, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. For 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The clinic is $30 for three days. Clinic participants can come watch the drill team perform at halftime. Contact: Erimi Haggerty,

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) “New Resolutions”: The MIVAL Gallery is ringing in the new year by exhibiting “New Resolutions” for the month of January. Featuring over 20 local fine artists of wide range of mediums. Hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 12-4 p.m., Sunday.



Opera Preview: “Attila,” 7 p.m., Jan. 11. “Attila” is Giuseppe Verdi’s ninth 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.

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Part One: Imagining War, 2 p.m., Jan. 22. The library is hosting a free five-part reading and discussion series. The series encourages attendees to consider the legacy of the Civil War and Emancipation.

Paul Gauguin and the Search for Paradise: 7 p.m., Jan. 25. The Seattle Art Museum presents a blockbuster exhibit, “Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise” opening in February. Art historian Susan Olds presents a slide lecture covering Gauguin’s years in Paris and the Pacific Islands.

Saturday Matinee Film Series: “A Face in the Crowd,” 1 p.m., Jan. 28.

Children & Families

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.

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

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


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 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 while earning one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served.

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

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 online. Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers;


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