Community calendar | Easter egg hunts this Saturday, April 7

The annual spring Eggs-travaganza Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 5. The Lil’ Ones hunt begins at 5 p.m. in Mercerdale Park for kids ages 1-6. Bring a basket to hunt for goodies — eggs, candy and prizes. Find a golden egg for an “eggstra” special surprise. A separate section will be reserved for children ages 1 to 3. Please, no children over age 6, and no parents on the field. Following the first hunt, the Flashlight Egg Hunt will take place at 8:30 p.m. for kids 7-10. Bring a flashlight and basket to find the eggs.

Wednesday | 4

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., April 4, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Jane Meyer-Brahm. Topic: “Unhistory of Mercer Island,” the results of past ideas if they had panned out. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Thursday | 5

MIVAL Meeting & Demonstration: 12-2 p.m., April 5, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. MIVAL presents Barbara Benedetti Newton, demonstrating pastel painting. All are welcome.

MIVAL Treasures in Miniature Show: opens April 5. Opening reception: 5-8 p.m. MIVAL seeks artists to enter and show their unique artworks. People’s Choice $200 award will be given. Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday. Contact: Sandra Parsons, (425) 445-3771.

Tuesday | 10

Mercer Island Women's Club General Meeting and Luncheon: 11 a.m., April 10, Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin St., Seattle, 98112. Guest speaker: Roseanne Olson, award-winning portrait photographer. Presentation title: “This Is Who I Am.” Reservations required. Lunch tickets: $25. Contact Betsy Wiecks,, to attend.

Monday | 16

Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., April 16, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Topic: “When Do You Know It’s Time?” A discussion about when it’s time for seniors to move. Speaker: Betsy Zuber, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. (206) 232-6187,

Thursday | 19

Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., April 19, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. Every third Thursday.

Friday | 20

Senior Adult Tulip Festival: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., April 20, carpool from Mercer Island Community and Event Center lobby, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. 29th annual Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley. Bring your camera. Visit Roozengaarde gardens and gift shop, and have lunch in LaConner. Lunch is on your own. Fee: $16.


Leap for Green Family Fair: “The Food Edition,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 21, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Features indoor/outdoor activities, fresh food. Bring your own water bottle for water at site, and a nonperishable food item for the YFS Food Pantry. Presented by City of Mercer Island and Island Vision. (206) 275-7609,

An Evening of Kosher Wine Appreciation & Tasting: 7-9 p.m., April 22, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. A fundraiser for the Morrie Buttnick Fund for Child and Adult Torah Education. The community is welcome. Snacks provided. RSVP to (206) 232-1919 or email Cost per person: $25.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Lectures: “Breaking Through Brick Walls,” by Michael Goldstein; “Researching Israeli Resources From Your Couch,” by Daniel Horowitz, 7 p.m., April 23, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Members: free. Nonmembers: $5.

Cascade Lodge Sons of Norway Potluck & Meeting: 6:30 p.m., April 24, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th Street. Interested in things Nordic and Nordic-American? Obert Ronnestad will present the history and the role of Alaska’s Waterfall Fish Cannery in the fishing industry. Contact: (425) 957-7692.

French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., April 24, Brennan residence, Mercer Island. An informal evening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. There’s no format or agenda; the only “rule” is to speak French. All levels are welcome. Call for address and directions: Beth, 232-7650, or Monica, 232-2983.

Natalya Ageyeva Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 27, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Pianist Natalya Ageyeva performs works of romantic composers. Freewill offering. The public is invited. Contact: Sue Sherwood, 236-0740, or MIPC, 232-5595.

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.

Events | Ongoing

V.O.I.C.E. & S.V.P. Registration: ongoing through 3 p.m., April 16. Mercer Island Youth and Family Services offers two youth volunteer programs: Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere for high school youth, and Summer Volunteer Program (SVP) for middle school youth. Registration and payment take place at the same time. Contact: Tambi Cork, (206) 275-7755,

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.

Wild Wednesday: ongoing through April 30, Wednesdays, All The Best Pet Care, 3037 78th Ave. S.E. Free samples of raw pet food are offered. Learn about the mother nature model and what a “biologically appropriate” diet is. Free. (206) 232-4377,

Abrakadoodle Art Enrichment: 10:15-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, ongoing through June 19, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236  S.E. 24th Street. Visual arts education: each art class offers a unique educational experience. For children ages 3-6. Contact to register for classes:

Senior Golf Program: Mondays, ongoing through Oct. 29, with Mercer Island Parks & Recreation. 9 and 18 hole options. Round trip bus transportation for a $5 fee; green fees on your own. Register: (206) 275-7609,


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