Community calendar | Artist reception

A new MIVAL art show for March, featuring works by Island artist Marianne Bond, begins with a reception between 5:30 and 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, at the MIVAL Gallery at Avellino Apartments, 2836 78th Ave. S.E.

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.

Thursday | 23

Kiwanis Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 12 p.m., Feb. 23, 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.

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.

Saturday | 25

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.

An Evening with Reilly & Maloney: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Seattle duo will perform. Through the 1970s and '80s, Ginny Reilly and David Maloney, singers and songwriters, were popular in Seattle. After a 10-year hiatus, they reunited in 2000. Admission: $17, available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Tuesday | 28

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.

Events | Ongoing

Beginning Pilates with a Core Purpose: 10:45-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Feb. 22-March 30, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. This matwork and stretching class is a system of floor exercises designed to introduce beginners to “core” strength while working the body in correct alignment. Bring a water bottle to class. Fee: $156 (resident), $186 (nonresident).

Advanced Pilates: 9:45-10:40 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Feb. 22-March 30, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Pilates matwork is a more advanced paced floor exercise class and is suited to those familiar with pilates or yoga. Increase your overall strength, flexibility, coordination and abdominal muscles. Fee: $156 (resident), $186 (nonresident).

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,

Yoga-Hatha Style: 10:30-11:45 a.m., Tuesdays; 9-10:15 a.m., Thursdays, ongoing through March 27. This style of Hatha Yoga is a series of poses with variations, always done in the same progressive order to work the entire body. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Fee: $79 (resident), $94 (nonresident).


Acrylic Scenes & Portraits Painting Demonstration by Pepper Peterson: 12:45-2 p.m., March 1, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Free, for all ages.

SJCC Purim Carnival: 12-3 p.m., March 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Free admission for the entire community. “Purim Land” for kids 5 and younger, storytime with PJ Library®, music, costume contest and prizes. Purchase tickets for carnival games, inflatable toys, face painting and more. Hamantaschen and lunch for sale.

Babysitting Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 10, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The Super Safe Sitters program teaches young people, ages 11 to 15, basic babysitting skills and safety. Learn: basic infant care, how to choose age-appropriate toys and activities, what to find out from your employers, fire prevention and home security, safety strategies for answering the phone or front door, first aid guidelines and what to do in case of choking. Bring a lunch to class. Fee: $40 (resident), $47 (nonresident).

“Can We Break the Chains of Materialism?”: 2 p.m., March 10, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: John Tyler, Christian Science practitioner and teacher. Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Mercer Island.

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 Graduating 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.



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