Community calendar | President's Day closures

Monday is President’s Day, and the following will be closed in observance of the holiday:

• Mercer Island city offices

• Mercer Island Library

• Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (Thrift store remains open)

• Some banks will also be closed — check with your local branch.

• Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for winter break.

• There will be no mail delivery, and the post office will be closed.

Thursday | 16

Kiwanis Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 12 p.m., Feb. 16, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Meetings are held on Thursdays. Prospective members and guests are welcome. Notification of guest attendance by noon on Wednesdays is appreciated. (206) 230-0150.

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.

Friday | 17

French Film Night: “The Mystery of Picasso,” 6:30 p.m., Feb. 17, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Wine & Cheese: 6:30 p.m. Film: 7:30 p.m. The Mercer Island Sister City Association and the Mercer Island Arts Council will co-host this French film night with Lance Rhoades, an instructor of cinema studies at the University of Washington, providing introduction and post-commentary. Film has English subtitles. Free. Contact: Judy Leithe, 232-5413.

Saturday | 18

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,

Tuesday | 21

“Getting a Good Night’s Sleep”: 1:45 p.m., Feb. 21, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Presented by the Strivers, a nonprofit dedicated to the proactive approach to good health. Speaker: Dr. William DePaso, who specializes in sleep medicine at Virginia Mason Hospital. Free and open to the public. For information call (206) 232-9161 or 232-0863.

Wednesday | 22

“Combating the Financial Abuse of Seniors” Lecture: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 22, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Guest speaker: Karen Treiger, J.D., an associate with Thompson and Howle. When are seniors vulnerable and why? What are the warning signs of impairment, and how can you protect yourself from financial exploitation and abuse? Learn legal planning tools and remedies. Refreshments served. Members: $1. Nonmembers: $2.

Friday | 24

Total Experience Gospel Choir at MIPC: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Come hear the Seattle-based gospel singing group that is internationally renowned. Free will offerings are accepted.

Events | Ongoing

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 includes Hip Hop, Sketch Comedy, Acting for the Camera, Stage Makeup, and more. Contact: SJCC Performing Arts Coordinator Natasha Ransom, (206) 232-7115, ext. 247,

Tricking and Cinematic Martial Arts Workshop: 7-7:45 p.m., Mondays (teens, adults); 4:15 p.m., Fridays (children), ongoing through April, Mercer Island Martial Arts, 2630 77th Avenue S.E. Learn how to do a martial arts “tricking” or cinematic martial arts. Cost: $225 for three months of lessons. Contact: MeLisa Strongheart,, (206) 230-9050.

MIVAL Gallery: “Passion from the Heart” is being shown through February. Artwork is refreshed each month. The nonprofit gallery is managed by local artists in support of visual arts. Hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 12-4 p.m., Sunday.


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). This is not a health care provider class. To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607.

French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 28. All levels of French are welcome. Contact Beth at 232-7650 or Monica at 232-2983 to learn location and host details.

Richard LeMieux at MIUMC: 11 a.m., March 11, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 SE 24th Street. LeMieux, author of “Breakfast at Sally’s,” will share his journey from affluence to homelessness and recovery. The 11 a.m. service will be followed by lunch in the fellowship hall. The public is invited. (206) 232-3044.

MIHS Class of 1992 Reunion: Register by March 31 for the reunion, Saturday, July 28, The Garage, Seattle. Spouses are 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

MIHS Class of 1962 Reunion: July 28, Broadmoor Golf & Country Club. Celebrating 50 years. Spouses invited. Cost: $80 per person by May 15. RSVP to Charlie Burdell at (206) 442-1684 or, or send check to MIHS Reunion, 1425 4th Avenue #300, Seattle, Wash., 98101.

MIHS Class of 1972 Reunion: Aug. 10-11, VFW Hall and Roanoke (MIHS Annex). Come join “A Celebration of the Lives of One of the Finest Graduate Classes to Come Out of Mercer Island High School: The Class Of 1972.” On Facebook: MIHS Class of 72. RSVP to Contact: Pat Di Julio, (206) 730-6986.



Saturday Matinee Film Series: “Absence of Malice,” 1 p.m., Feb. 18.

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

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

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, through Feb. 22. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Terrific Twos and Threes Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, through Feb. 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 and puppets, celebrating the magic of Dr. Seuss.


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 Arrietty,” based on the novel “The Borrowers by Mary Norton.” Signed permission form and registration required.

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.

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



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