Community calendar | Historical Society meeting is April 16

The Mercer Island Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, April 16, at 1 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The topic this month is “When Do You Know It’s Time?” The discussion with Betsy Zuber focuses on when it is time for seniors to move. To learn more, call 232-6187 or visit

Wednesday | 11

Passover Iron Chef for Middle-schoolers: Matzoh Pizza, 7-9 p.m., April 11, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Grades 6-8. Contest to create the best Matzoh pizza. A panel of judges will decide the winner. Fee for admission.

Thursday | 12

Chocolate Family Seder: 5-6 p.m., April 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. K-5th grade. A traditional Passover Seder. Everything will be made with chocolate. Fee for admission.

From Slavery to Freedom, From Matzoh to Matzoh Roca: 1:30-2:30 p.m., April 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. For seniors age 55 and up. Sample kosher for Passover desserts. Fee for admission.

Saturday | 14

Volunteer Emergency Well Operation Training: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 14, Emergency Well, 4320 88th Ave. S.E. Second disaster preparedness class in the Emergency Volunteer Series with a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. RSVP to Officer Franklin if you wish to attend: (206) 275-7905.

Breaking Bread at the J: 7-9 p.m., April 14, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. For all ages. Meet in the auditorium for pizza, pasta, garlic bread and a starch laden dessert. There will be a short Havdallah ceremony to officially end Shabbat. Pre-register at

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,

Tuesday | 17

“Kick-Start Your Life”: The Strivers meeting, 1:45 p.m., April 17, Mercer Island Library large meeting room, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Guest speaker: Dr. Basia Belza, UW School of Nursing professor. Topic: Ways, means and benefits of staying physically active. Free and open to all. (206) 232-9161.

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.

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. Visit Roozengaarde gardens and gift shop. Have lunch in LaConner, on your own. Fee: $16.

Saturday | 21

Creation Workshop For Kids: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 21, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Register early for this family event. A scientific hands-on workshop for kids, grades K-6. The public is welcome. Cost: $5 per child. (206) 275-1042,

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. Indoor/outdoor activities, fresh food. Bring a nonperishable food item for the YFS food pantry. Presented by City of Mercer Island, Island Vision. (206) 275-7609,

Sunday | 22

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.

Monday | 23

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. Nonmembers: $5.

Tuesday | 24

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, Brennen residence, Mercer Island. An informal evening to improve one’s French. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. There’s no format or agenda; the only “rule” is to speak French. All levels welcome. Call for address and directions: Beth, 232-7650, or Monica, 232-2983.

Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness Class: 7:30-8:30 p.m., April 24, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Emergency preparedness overview. Discuss the roles of the Mercer Island volunteer teams and opportunities to assist in preparing the Island to respond to and recover from disasters. Sponsor: Officer Jennifer Franklin and senior care lead Beth Cordova, (206) 275-7905.

Wednesday | 25

April in Paris at Island Books: 7 p.m., April 25, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Features complimentary wine and cheese tasting, and all things French-related, including French Moulin Roty stuffed dolls and animals. 20 percent of sales will benefit the Mercer Island Sister City Association scholarship fund. Contact: Judy Leithe, 232-5413.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., April 25, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. Cost: $20 (check/cash at event). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space.

Events | Ongoing

Master Gardener Free Clinics: Fridays, 1-5 p.m., April 13-June 8, Rite Aid, 3023 78th Ave. S.E.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, June 17-Oct. 14 (no clinic Aug. 5), Mercer Island Farmers Market, Mercerdale Park. Your gardening questions are welcome. Plant disease diagnosis is also available. Annual fundraising Plant Sale: May 5-6, Center for Urban Horticulture.

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 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,


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.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast (Annual Boy Scout Fundraiser): 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., April 29, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. This annual fundraiser is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 457 members.  Pancakes, ham, fruit salad, juice, coffee, tea and hot cocoa. (206) 922-3009.

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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