Community calendar | 'The Adventures of Peter Rabbit' opens Friday at Youth Theatre Northwest

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The opening night of 'The Adventures of Peter Rabbit' at Youth Theatre Northwest is Friday, March 2.
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"The Adventures of Peter Rabbit" opens at Youth Theatre Northwest at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 2. Performances are ongoing through March 18 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The theater is located at 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Tickets cost $10. For information or tickets contact (206) 232-4145, ext. 109, or go to

Thursday | 1

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon: 12 p.m., March 1, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Michael Buschmohle of Applause Associates will give a talk entitled “Speak and write like a leader." RSVP at

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.

Friday | 2

Northwest Girlchoir Performance: 7:30 p.m., March 2, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Part of the 2012 concert series. Young women ages 4 to 18 will perform an inspiring concert for the entire family. Suggested donation: $8 to $13. Contact: Sue Sherwood, (206) 300-0313.

Saturday | 3

Mercer Island Learning Lab Preschool Multi-Family Garage Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 3, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th Street. All proceeds benefit the Mercer Island Learning Lab Preschool.

Sunday | 4

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.

Monday | 5

Raising Respectful and Resilient Kids: 6:30-8 p.m., March 5, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Linda Morgan, author of "Beyond Smart: Boosting Your Child’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Potential." Morgan will discuss strategies from her book on how to help raise children while supporting their social and emotional education. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0829, SJCC members: $5. General admission: $10.

Tuesday | 6

Gallery Artist Reception: 6-8 p.m., Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Meet the artists: Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw, Jerry Hahn and Mark Skullerud. View artwork by regional artists at the Mercer Gallery. Artwork is for sale, and a percentage of sales supports the Mercer Island Arts Council’s arts and cultural programming. Refreshments served. This show runs through April 13.

Wednesday | 7

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., March 7, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Mike Lavelle, Museum of Flight director of public programs, will discuss the early days of Pan Am and the role played by the Boeing 314 flying boat in the age of developing transoceanic routes. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Saturday | 10

Super Safe Sitters Babysitting Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 10, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The class teaches young people, ages 11 to 15, basic babysitting skills and safety. 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.

Sunday | 11

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.


Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery "Color and Fun": March 2-31, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Art by Marianne Bond. Come meet Marianne and view her vibrant use of colors and energy possessed in her work. MIVAL Gallery has 20+ local artists. MIVAL has been bringing community together through visual arts since 1961. Treasures in Miniature Show opens April 5. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m.

Mercer Island Covenant Church Lively Saints Luncheon and Program, Music at Noon: 12 p.m., March 12, MICC, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Shirley Hamblen (piano) and Jim Jansen (violin) will share old, familiar songs. Please note the group is meeting on Monday this month only. Cost: $7. Call (206) 232-1015 to reserve your place.

Getting Ready for the 1940 Census: “Searching Without a Name Index and One-Step Webpages, A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools,” 7 p.m., March 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Stephen Morse, creator of the One-Step Website, will present tools for searching the 1940 census to be released in April 2012. Free (members), $5 (nonmembers).

Mercer Island Sister City Association French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., March 13. All levels of French are welcome. Join in an informalevening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French at the home of Monica Howell. Call for address and directions: Monica, (206) 232-2983.

St. Patrick’s Day Senior Lunch: 12-1 p.m., March 15, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Mercer Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Come for a “bit of blarney” in celebration of this Irish holiday. Corned beef and cabbage lunch will be served. Cost: $5 plus tax. Reservations required. Call 275-7609 to reserve your spot. Transportation will be available.

Emergency Preparedness Class: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., March 17, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. The first class in the 2012 Emergency Volunteer CERT Training Series. The series is 10 classes in total with a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. Classes are held monthly at no cost. RSVP to Officer Franklin if you wish to attend: (206) 275-7905.

First Aid and Adult CPR with AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 17, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check or cash). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space. Parking is available behind the fire station. This is not a health care provider class. If you are a health care provider, we offer private classes at your location. Contact: Jolene Judd, (206) 275-7607.

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



Drop-In to Learn About eBooks: 10 a.m., March 5, April 2; 3 p.m., March 24. Library staff is available to get you started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War: “Part Three – Making Sense of Shiloh Book Discussion: Selections from America’s War,” 2 p.m., March 11. Five-part reading and discussion series in commemoration of the Civil War continues this month. Each discussion is led by project scholar, Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) public historian.

Great Singers: Great Italian Voices: Amelita Galli-Curci, 7 p.m., March 14; Giulietta Simionato, 7 p.m., March 21; Cesare Siepi, 7 p.m., March 28. The preview lectures are presented by Norm Hollingshead, who supplements his commentary with recorded musical excerpts.

Saturday Matinee Film Series: “Good Night and Good Luck” (George Clooney, 2005), 1 p.m., March 31.

Children & Families

Baby Rhyme Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, March 6-27. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, March 6-27. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, March 7-28. Ages 12 to 23 months with adult.

Story Times for Terrific Two’s and Three’s: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, March 7-28. Ages 2 and 3 with adult.

Alleyoop Musical Concert: 7 p.m., March 26. All young children welcome with adult. Music, stories and puppets.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, March 12-26. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., March 20. Voice your opinions on the library’s books, magazines, programs and services for teens and earn one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served.

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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