Community calendar | ‘Giving from the Heart’ breakfast is Feb. 8

The annual ‘Giving from the Heart’ breakfast, that supports Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, is set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. The event begins at 7 a.m. and runs until 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday | 1

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: David Dye, WSDOT deputy secretary, will outline the upcoming replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The public is welcome.

Weight Loss Seminar: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 1, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. No unhealthy fad diets, or boxes to microwave. Change your attitude about your weight and attend a free seminar. Contact: Mauricia Spring, (425) 269-9848.

Thursday | 2

Mercer Island Visual Arts League General Meeting: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 2, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Features a demonstration on monotypes by Susan Waite.

Friday | 3

MIVAL Gallery Opening: "Passion from the Heart," 12-8 p.m., 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Refreshments and treats served. This exhibit is ongoing for the month of February.

Sunday | 5

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 for teens: Feb. 5, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Primarily 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,

Monday | 6

Mercer Island Women’s Club Lunch With Tom Douglas Fundraiser: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 6, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Social Hour and Check-In: 11 a.m. Lunch served: 12 p.m. Guest speaker: 12:45 p.m. Tom Douglas owns 13 Seattle restaurants. All proceeds will be donated to local charities selected by MIWC. Luncheon provided by MIPC. Purchase tickets at:

“Finding Kind: Bringing Kindness to Girl Relationships”: 2 p.m., Feb. 6, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Also Feb. 7: 7 p.m., Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Documentary and filmmakers presented by Mercer Island Parent Education. Meet the filmmakers and discuss: 7 p.m., Feb. 6, MIHS, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street.

Tuesday | 7

Cheer Clinic/Workshop: 3-4 p.m., Feb. 7-9, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Presented by MIHS varsity cheerleaders. For 6th-8th grade students. Cost: $30, includes T-shirt and practice CD. Registration forms are available at IMS student center office. Contact: Coach Traci Brandon,

Wednesday | 8

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,

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 8, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $20 (check or cash at event). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607. This is not a health care provider class.


Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., Feb. 16, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Super Safe Sitters: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 18, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Clarke Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Basic babysitting skills and safety. Course includes: basic infant care, how to choose age-appropriate toys and activities for children, first aid guidelines and more. Bring a lunch to class. For ages 11-15. Instructor: Dianne Luecken. Resident/nonresident fee: $40/$47. Register: (206) 275-7609 ext. 1,

First Aid and Adult CPR with AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 25, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check or cash at event). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607. This is not a health care provider class.

Events | Ongoing

“Hairspray: A Musical”: ongoing through Feb. 12, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances: Fridays through Sundays, through Feb. 12. Directed by Seattle artist Isiah Anderson, Jr. Tickets: $13-$15.

Performing Arts Weekend Workshops for Teens: 3-5 p.m., Sundays, ongoing through 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,

MIVAL Gallery: Artwork is refreshed with new, evolving, thought-provoking artwork each month. MIVAL Gallery supports more than 24 emerging and well-established Northwest local artists. Hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 12-4 p.m., Sunday.



Saturday Matinee Film Series: “All the President’s Men,” 1 p.m., Feb. 4. “Network,” 1 p.m., Feb. 11. “Absence of Malice,” 1 p.m., Feb. 18.

eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 10 a.m., Feb. 6, 25. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer.

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War: “Part Two, Choosing Sides,” 2 p.m., Feb. 12. The five-part reading and discussion series in commemoration of the Civil War continues. Each discussion is led by project scholar, Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) public historian. (206) 236-3537.

Opera Preview Lecture: “Orpheus and Eurydice,” 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Presented by Norm Hollingshead, who supplements his commentary with recorded musical excerpts.

Children & Families

Baby and Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, through Feb. 21. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, through Feb. 21. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 1-22. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Terrific Twos and Threes Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 1-22. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Dr. Seuss on the Loose: 7 p.m., Feb. 27. Ages 4 to 8 with caregiver. Join award-winning singer/songwriter Eric Ode for music, rhymes, stories, puppets and fun, celebrating the magic of Dr. Seuss.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 27. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

The Secret World of Arrietty Anime Adventure: 7 p.m., Feb. 17. Teens only. Meet up with fellow teen anime fans for the U.S. movie premiere of writer Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Secret World of Arietty,” based on the novel “The Borrowers by Mary Norton.” Signed permission form and registration required (available beginning Feb. 1).

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Feb. 21. Voice your opinions on the books, magazines, programs, and services that the library offers teens, while earning one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served.

Media Literacy Workshop for Tweens, Teens and Parents: 2 p.m., Feb. 25. For boys and girls ages 10 to 15 and parents. Goal: build self-esteem in teens by deconstructing unrealistic expectations of teenagers as demonstrated on television and in magazines. Presenter: Laura Heck, marriage and family therapist in private practice.

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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